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October 2009 Archive

Operaton Flashpoint: Dragon Rising £27 instore @ ASDA [Xbox 360/PS3 Games]

Author:
Marius Goubert
Category:
Deals
Tags:
First person shooter, Games deals, Operation Flashpoint, PS3 games, Xbox 360 games
Discuss:
Playstation 3 | Xbox 360

untitledIt’s finally out! And being one obsessive, diehard fan of the Operation Flashpoint series who has sucked away years of their life brutally maiming communists in one of most realistic combat simulators ever, I for one have been waiting this sequel for so long! In fact, given that Codemasters delayed OFP: 2 time after time it almost seemed like the damn thing was never going to be released.

However it is here at last, and according to the Daily Star, will be available in most Asda stores as of midnight tonight priced just £27. According to price comparison this is the cheapest price currently available with the next best deal coming in at almost £30 from Shopto.

The story behind Operation Flashpoint 2 is fairly simple; once again pitting East against West and Communist against capitalist. Now, since the fall of the Soviet Union America and Russia are on good terms, and on behalf of the Russian government the Americans agree to step in and liberate the remote Island of Skira from the Chinese. So it’s the same old ‘remote island’ Flashpoint scenario we’ve all seen before, but the interesting thing about the setting for FP2 is that it’s actually real.

Skira is a remote Island situated in Alaska and the developers of Flashpoint 2 have faithfully recreated the whole thing to scale, with every topographical feature true to life. Within this environment of realistic natural terrain, the player must coordinate their various missions - with every shell hold, crater, destroyed vehicle etc all remaining from mission to mission. This of course gives a very realistic feel regarding the way a modern war devastates the landscape.

One top of this the designers have given the Flashpoint AI system a complete overhaul. No longer will your men blindly run at machine guns, in fact, if your abilities as a commander are really that atrocious, they may refuse to follow your orders and even shoot you. But, despite all of this, I for one am slightly dubious as to how well a tactical FPS game like Flashpoint will translate onto the PS3 and Xbox 360.

Flashpoint was originally a fairly niche PC game which only really appealed to gamers looking for realism – and who had PC’s powerful enough to run it. Console gamers used to slightly more linear, cinematic FPS titles like COD4: Modern Warfare may find Flashpoint a complete nightmare. Indeed, logistically, the game can be a bit overwhelming. It often requires you to cover huge distances on foot between objectives which involves long periods of just running about without any action at all.

Also, given the game’s emphasis on realism, you can only take one or two bullets before you die. This means that after you’ve sorted out all of your weapons, planned your approach, run about two miles on foot with your squad, you sometimes find yourself cut down after only catching a glimpse of the enemy up ahead. So it’s a game which, while obsessing some, will undoubtedly infuriate others…

Thanks to Kearns from Hotukdeals…

Fight Night: Round 4 £19.99 @ Shop To [XBox 360 Games]

Author:
Lydia Low
Category:
Deals
Tags:
Boxing games, Fight Night, Xbox 360 games
Discuss:
Xbox 360

Fight Night Round 4 £19.99 @ Shop To [XBox 360 Games] photo
If oversized men thumping each other until they can no longer stand is your idea of fun then chances are you already have the latest Fight Night title. If however you're a boxing fan but also the pragmatic type, who prefers to wait a while for their games in order to save the pennies then I hope you bought the game last month when Zavvi were selling it for a mere £17.95. But if you still don't have Fight Night 4 and are desperate to get your hands on a copy then you may want to visit Shop To who are offering the title for £5 less than anyone else at the moment at just £19.99.

If you are familiar with the premier boxing series then you will notice that it has been given a facelift for this, its 4th outing. The career mode has been altered, the control mechanics are different and a brand new physics system has transformed the moves. It has been greeted with highly favourable reviews, usually in or around the 80-85% region, and garnered praise for its good selection of playable boxers, good online play, great visuals and audio and fun fast-paced action.

I am one of those philistines who looks at boxing and sees nothing beyond the barbaric act of two men pointlessly punching each other. Perhaps I should try out Fight Night which apparently allows you to enter the boxer mindset, to discover that an awful lot of thought (how do they have enough braincells left?!) goes into each and every jab and there is a lot more to the sport than meets the untrained eye. I won't though.

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Stormrise £6.99 @ The Game Collection [PS3 Game]

Author:
Lydia Low
Category:
Deals
Tags:
PS3 games, Real time strategy, Stormrise
Discuss:
Playstation 3

Stormrise £6.99 @ The Game Collection [PS3 Game] photo
If, like me, you find yourself strangely but irresistably compelled to try truly rubbish games then it will please you to hear that the PS3 version of the abysmal Sega title, Storm Rise is now available for just £6.99 at The Game Collection. This is £3 less than the next best price (offered by Play). Unfortunately, rubbish as the PS3 version is, all are agreed that it is not a patch on the PC version in the crap stakes.

Stormrise is a post-apocalyptic, real time strategy game. From the ashes of society emerge two warring factions: "The Sai": a tribal society that were able to adapt to the brave new world and evolve and "The Echelon": a technologically advanced race that survived the planet's fall from grace by entering themselves into a state of hibernation. You take on the role of a Frontline Commander and you have the ability to deploy and control units in the air, on the ground, on rooftops and underground.

So far, so reasonably interesting and promising the premise. Sadly, it is in the execution that Stormrise shows the ace up its sleeve of disaster. All the potential is drowned like a sack of puppys in the murky sea of the dreadful control system, making your every move feel a chore, even as the dodgy AI chokes the life out of your patience. The idea is good but the story is told in a truly miserable fashion, making you unlikely to care for your victories or losses which may be for the best, as a myriad of technical glitches and peculiarities make your every attempt a frustrating wade through a swamp of mess. The voice acting aint all that bad but sadly the lines that the actors are saying are so hackneyed that you may prefer to avoid the dialogue altogether. There's a multiplayer option but, frankly, who is going to want to play with you?

Thanks to SveTom at Hotukdeals!

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From Natal Facing An Expensive Price Point To Batman Rhythm Action: News Roundup October 7th

Author:
Admin
Category:
News
Tags:
Batman, Game news, Project Natal, PSP

Today’s news sees Natal face a price point similar to that of a console, ShopTo point out everything isn’t turning up roses for the PSP Go, and Rocksteady explain Batman: Arkham Asylum’s combat system originally started out as a full rhythm action game.

Natal May Work Out Same Price as Console

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Microsoft is currently working out how much they want to charge us gamers for Natal.  President of Microsoft's entertainment and devices division Robbie Bach suggests “people should expect that it will go through the usual price curve.”  Meaning it will likely come out at a relatively expensive price point, and then slowly decrease as it gets older, mirroring that of a console.  Natal may even come as part of a brand new version of the 360, being more expensive than the current models of course.  Hopefully Microsoft can reveal more soon.  [Gizmodo]

ShopTo Claims PSP Go Sales Off To Slow Start

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Although Sony claim the PSP Go is selling in line with their expectations, UK online retailer ShopTo take a less optimistic view.  “PSP Go has seen a slow start for ShopTo and we have kept stock quite tight in consideration,” said CEO Igor Cipolletta.  “We remained at the [recommended retail price] for PSP Go so that we can achieve the maximum margin considering that there will be no further software sales for this format for us as an e-tailer.”  Cipolleta also points out that the PSP-3000 has not yet seen a significant rise in sales, despite what Sony may say.

The lack of bundles due to no physical software made it hard to move units.  “Not being able to bundle the PSP Go with physical software or accessories means that the consumer offer is standard and then price becomes the key issue.”  Instead Sony offered online incentives for the PSP Go, such as a voucher for Rock band Unplugged Lite and three free games for UMD owners.  With retailers contradicting Sony’s claims, it’s probably safe to say things aren’t going as planned.  [GamesIndustry]

Batman: Arkham Asylum Almost Featured Rhythm Based Combat

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Batman: Arkham Asylum may not feature rhythm action gaming, but it easily could of according to Rocksteady Studios.  “Combat went through three distinct revisions - the first one being a full rhythm action game!” said Rocksteady.  “The second one was prototyped in 2D, which popped up whenever you got into a fight, and involved coloured circles bashing into each other. This actually formed the basis of the final system.

Rocksteady also claim to take part in some voice acting themselves.  They point out when you first enter the penitentiary and are confronted with the cries and screams in the room full of lunatics; it’s a recording of the entire development team.  Not on a night out I hope.  [GameInformer]

Xbox 360 Wireless Controller 'Unboxed' £16.99 @ The Game Collection

Author:
Marius Goubert
Category:
Deals
Tags:
Games accessories, Xbox 360

360WiredController-1The price of these things seems to be going down all the time. Now you can get hold of an Xbox 360 wireless gamepad for just £16.99 from The Game collection. According to price comparison the next cheapest price for a brand new wireless game pad comes in at £19.95 from Shopto.

However bear in mind that this wireless pad is brand new but ‘unboxed’ which may be a bit off putting for the slightly neurotic out there, but for the rest who aren’t really bothered by that kind of thing, this is a superb deal. The Game Collection currently have 934 in stock.

Of course the benefits of going wireless are fairly obvious. For a start, without all those annoying wires your gaming area looks a lot less cluttered. Also – and this is something which caused me to break two Playstation consoles – there’s no risk of sending your console crashing to the floor after you jump up to answer the phone and the damn wire gets wrapped round your foot.

In terms of specifications, this controller has a 30 foot range – way more than anyone is ever going to need. It is capable of getting 40 hours life out of two AA batteries and the controller will give you plenty of warning when these are running low. This is particularly useful if you have one of those Play and Charge Kits. Overall, for a better all round experience from your Xbox 360, one (or even two) of these pads is a great investment.

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Thanks to Macseffect from Hotukdeals.

Stay Casual: Hasta La Vista Commitment!

Author:
Tamsin Oxford
Category:
Features
Tags:
Gaming articles

Yes, it abides by the same rules as casual sex but without the usual consequences...

As the noughties progress, there are several things that we are becoming increasingly short of and two of the most precious are time and commitment. They pretty much work hand in hand – we don’t have the time to make a lot of commitments and we can’t often commit to something that demands a lot of time.

There are always people who manage to do a thousand things a day but they are clearly holding back some secret that none of us are privy to.

So enter the wonderful world of casual games. These are ultimately defined by the fact that they allow players to enjoy gaming  fun without having to commit too much time and effort. You can swoop in, have some fun and swoop out again.Handheld-gaming

You can even dabble, fiddle, muddle and sidle.

Casual games leave the field wide open for all personality types, on all sorts of budgets and with any particular preferences (even an obsession with the colour pink is catered for @ Sify.com).

Yeah but...

Wii-playing

Of course there are some who believe that casual games do not exist or that they shouldn’t be slapped into a unique genre of their own. Check out CasualGaming.biz, and the announcement that Harvey Elliot, VP and general manager of EA Casual, is to be one of the keynote speakers or the Casual Games Forum. His entire stance is that “There is No Such Thing as a Casual Game or a Casual Gamer”. Hmmm, interesting.

It promises to be an interesting take on the subject but honestly not one that I can completely relate to.

Defining games as casual is not necessarily the pigeonholing of a singular genre that may or may not alienate it from the more hardcore player. I believe that even hardcore gamers will happily enjoy an hour or two playing Sudoku or Farmville, just because it’s wonderfully light and fun.

Yes, there is always going to be the allure of the FPS or RTS but that doesn’t mean gamers have to be stuck in a niche either.Woman gaming

Elliot believes that the very word casual is “misleading and potentially dangerous” (reference). Although I clearly don’t know what his speech will cover, I do think that gamers are savvy enough to decide what mood they’re in by themselves and that there is nothing remotely dangerous about the title Casual Game.

In fact it fills me with delight.

Casual fun

Casual games are like chips and dip. Tasty and easy, they take the edge off when you need it most. And it looks like plenty of people agree.

According to the Casual Games Association, there are more than 200 million casual gamers worldwide.

Grandad-gamingDefining casual gaming is simple:  – anyone of any culture, age or lifestyle can enjoy it, gameplay is easy to learn and you can play it on anything from your computer at work to your mobile phone on the train.

It’s an excellent way to make any commute less of a daily journey through hell, that’s for sure.

Another defining factor is that it can be instantly accessed and understood by anyone. Anyone. So your grandad could, theoretically, download a title and get involved within seconds.  He won’t need lightning fast reflexes or amazing mouse skillz0rs but he can enjoy a cuppa tea and a biccie at the same time.

Therein lies the appeal. You don’t have to invest hours and hours of your time to get results. You can play for ten minutes and abandon it forever without feeling even the slightest bit of guilt.

Cheaply cheerful

You see, casual games can be so easily abandoned because they’re cheap.

You’re not going to feel a lot of guilt about dumping a title you spent £3 on. However, every time you amble through the lounge you can feel the eyes of that Wii title you bought for £40 last month boring into the back of your skull.

That said, of course, there are plenty of expensive Wii titles that do fit into the genre of Casual Games but they don’t quite meet the demands of portability and accessibility that, ahem, are essential qualities for “true” casual game.

Needless to say, whether you debate this fine line or not, you can safely spend little to no money enjoying a casual game from the comfort of your sofa, car, train, plane, bus, office chair, holiday lounger and patio, on whatever device takes your fancy.

No commitmentPeggle

Isn’t it wonderful to be free as a bird, to bring that 70s ethic of free loving right into the land of gaming?

So why not go and enjoy a brief fling with Peggle or a one-night stand with Plants vs. Zombies?

Delight in a divine dalliance with the Mystery Case Files series and don’t worry about her feelings later.

Snatch yourself some guilt-free fun and forget about commitment, for today...

Rhythm Paradise £14.93 @ The Hut [DS Games]

Author:
Marius Goubert
Category:
Deals
Tags:
DS games, Music Game, Rhythm Paradise
Discuss:
Nintendo DS

untitledWith games like Guitar: Hero, Rock Band, Singstar etc all dominating the interactive music game genre and playing on everyone’s secret desire to be a rock star, you would have thought there’d be little hope for a game like Rhythm Paradise. However, to be honest, it’s actually quite refreshing to get on something a bit less dramatic than all those other flashy music game titles.

Although RP won’t exactly have you drunkenly hurtling round the living room and destroying your parent’s furniture like Guitar Hero, it still provides some pretty tough tests of your musical competency. Currently the cheapest place to get hold of a copy of Rhythm Paradise is from The Hut where they are going for just £14.93.

Rhythm Paradise basically consists of a series of interactive mini-games which challenge the player to keep a particular rhythm by tapping the screen with the stylus, flicking it upwards or holding it down. The games themselves have that surreal WarioWare madness about them, and vary from things like shaking the tail of a female lizard in order to attract a mate, to assuming the role of a farmer and stomping the soil to reveal turnips, to flicking the beak of a Russian military stork…

Who knows what the designers had been smoking! However Rhythm paradise is as hilarious as it is insane, and is a game which would appeal to almost any age group. According to a Eurogamer review, the only small drawback is regarding its difficulty which is inconsistent. Also, the visuals can be off confusing and occasionally it is far easy to get the right rhythm by simply closing your eyes and listening. However the game still attained very good reviews (Eurogamer gave it 8/10) and, from parents to preschool children, this one would make a great Christmas gift.

Thanks to Amibees from Hotukdeals.

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Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days Preorder £17.73 @ The Hut [XBox 360 Games]

Author:
Lydia Low
Category:
Deals
Tags:
DS games, Games deals, Kingdom Hearts, ro
Discuss:
Nintendo DS

Kingdom Hearts 3582 Days £17.73 @ The Hut [DS Games] photo

Those who are itching for the much anticipated Kingdom Hearts: 358/2 Days start getting excited: you now have just a couple of days left to wait!
Last month I posted about Coolshop's great preorder deal at just £22.49. However if you took my advice then I am sorry; you may want to cancel it because The Hut have now gone one better and have set their preorder price at just £17.73, undercutting Cool Shop by nearly £5!

358/2 is the first of the Disney/Square-Enix collaborative series to be released on the DS and, fortunately, it looks set to be great, having achieved very good reviews in the US and, especially, Japan. Aimed at those who are already fans of the series, Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days is an interquel which tells the story of what was going on between Kingdom Hearts I and II. Therefore the narrative focuses on Roxas and shows us what happened after his creation as a Nobody at the end of the first game.

Once again featuring a host of beautifully realised Disney locations as well as brand new Kingdom Hearts IP, 358/2 Days is a fantastically presented game, with fun combat and a deep customisation system using the new panel mechanic. There is also now a multiplayer option with both co-op and competitive modes of play. Sadly the game does not make use of the DS's touch screen capabilities, the camera can be a pain and the soundtrack is a bit of a cop out with recycled tunes and voiced sections kept to a minimum. But with plenty of unlockable materials and multiplayer action, if you are a Kingdom Hearts fan, this is a game that should keep you happy right up until Halloween.


Thanks to andywedge at Hotukdeals!

From Nintendo Voted As Best Company Of 2009 To Sony Insisting PSP Go Going As Planned: News Roundup October 6th

Author:
Admin
Category:
News
Tags:
Call Of Duty, Game news, Nintendo, PSP, The Last Guardian

Today’s news roundup sees Nintendo take the prize for World’s best company of 2009, Call of Duty make the transition to the big screen, Ico and Shadow of the Colossus creator Fumito Ueda express his desire to make a first-person game, and Sony maintain everything is going as planned with the PSP Go.

Nintendo Claim Top Spot for World’s Best Company

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Microsoft and Sony may not agree, but according to Business Week Nintendo is the World’s Best Company of 2009.  An annual poll from the magazine looks at the top 40 companies in the world right now, deciding Nintendo has what it takes over competition like Google, Apple, and Amazon.  Rivals Sony and Microsoft failed to make the list at all.

 Management consulting firm A.T Kearney compiled the list, deciding Nintendo has the “commitment to innovation, diversified portfolios, aggressive expansion, strong leadership, and a clear vision for the future,” necessary to make the cut.  Nintendo’s 36% annual growth over the past five years and emphasis on innovation certainly demonstrates this.  [BusinessWeek] 

Call of Duty Takes On Hollywood

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A recent tweet from Infinity Ward creative strategist Robert Bowling suggests Call of Duty is the next game in line to hit the big screen.  “First round of meetings in Paris wrapped. Grabbing lunch with Xavier Gens, director of the Hitman film while in town.  Talking game films” wrote Bowling.  With a little investigation Trademork show the Call of Duty license was reserved for film use back in September, backing up speculation.

With the Hitman film director at the Helm, the movie will likely, as most game to film transitions, come as a huge disappoint, make us all feel a little more dead inside, and want our money back.  With Modern Warfare 2 on the way, more details will likely be revealed.  [1UP]

Ico Creator Interested in Developing First-Person Game

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Fumito Ueda is the man responsible for creative masterworks Ico and Shadow of the Colossus.  So a recent interview suggesting his interest in making a first-person game comes as pretty exciting news.  Ueda explains Half-Life 2 inspired him to create a game in a first-person perspective, highlighting the interactive storytelling as the most impressive aspect. 

There was variation in terms [of] locations [in Half-Life 2, and also the way of storytelling in the game. Usually, you have to incorporate storytelling with constraints, but the way they [Half-Life 2 developer Valve] implemented constraints was something different that I enjoyed, compared to other games.”  Ueda’s previous games didn’t focus much on cut-scenes or storytelling, and with these comments it's possible his next project The Last Guardian will be purely interactive.  Although more likely we’ll have to wait until Udea’s first-person game to roll around for that.  [G4TV]

PSP Go Sales In-Line with Expectations Say Sony

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Sony recently reacted to backlash against the PSP Go by claiming it wasn’t as much as they expected.  Now Sony’s European branch state PSP Go sales are in line with their expectations, boasting an increase in the entire PSP market.  “PSP Go has performed in line with our expectations, driving 100 percent incremental volume for the category and has benefited the broad PSP portfolio with PSP-3000 also enjoying a big lift,” according to SCEE.  PSP software also enjoyed strong sales, with Gran Turismo PSP and FIFA 10 performing especially well.  [GamesIndustry]

Resident Evil Archives £13.26 (With Voucher) @ The Hut [Wii Games]

Author:
Marius Goubert
Category:
Deals
Tags:
Resident Evil, Survival Horror Games, Wii games
Discuss:
Wii

untitledFor more than a decade Resident Evil fans have been flinching and cowering their way through some five editions of the Capcom classic. However, if like me, you found yourself disappointed by Resident Evil 5 and thought the developers made a mistake taking away all that traditional RE atmosphere and tension, there’s a great opportunity here to get your hands on the original.

Resident Evil Archives is currently going for just £13.26 at The Hut – but do remember to enter the discount voucher Wii10 before checking out to bring the price down from £14.73.

Resident Evil Archives is essentially a remake of a remake. Resident Evil was rereleased for the Game Cube back in 2002, and despite the fact that the Nintendo Wii is compatible with Nintendo Game Cube games, it has once again been readapted (although it is by all accounts practically identical to the GC version) for the Nintendo Wii. Unfortunately for anyone like me who thought that Resident Evil 4 for the Wii was absolutely superb, Achieves hasn’t really changed much since its release seven years ago.

The controls are a little bit awkward and the pre-determined camera angles can be maddening when you’re trying to fight off hordes of zombies. However Archives deserves credit for the way it still manages to retain that classic Resident Evil charm. The pre-rendered back grounds still look great aesthetically ,and create an atmosphere of terror which, sadly, Resident Evil 5 completely lacked. So for anyone who is new to the Resident Evil franchise, Archives is a great way to get initiated.

Thanks to AndyWedge from Hotukdeals.

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God of War: Chains of Olympus £6.49 @ Shop To [PSP Games]

Author:
Lydia Low
Category:
Deals
Tags:
Action Games, God Of War, PSP games
Discuss:
PSP

God of War Chains of Olympus £6.49 @ Shop To [PSP Game] photo

Kratos' first adventure in mini is considered by most to be an essential purchase for the PSP owner and by many as the best game available for the platform. It is currently available for less than £10 all over the place but Shop To offer the best deal with an asking price of £6.49 - £1.50 cheaper than the next best.

Chains of Olympus is a prequel to the original God of War title and is set halfway through Kratos' ten years of service to the gods in payment to Ares. He has been sent to Attica to help protect the city against the Persian invaders but it turns out there is more going on behind the scenes than first meets the eye...

This game is famed for its fantastic visuals and, for a handheld, it certainly does not disappoint. At the time there was nothing that could touch it and even now it stands head and shoulders above most other titles in a beauty contest. Furthermore you rarely see a loading screen throughout the whole game!

The gameplay is great fun; gory, intense and furious.  Kratos has managed to keep hold of virtually all his moves during his transition to the PSP so you can continue that much loved, traditional God of War combat.  Kratos remains as over the top and hilarious as ever with great voice acting bringing him to life. The PSP version does not offer much new in the way of gameplay but when said gameplay is this much fun in the first place why fix what aint broke?

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Prince of Persia £9.99 @ Play [PS3 Games]

Author:
Lydia Low
Category:
Deals
Tags:
Adventure Games, Games deals, Prince of Persia, PS3 games
Discuss:
Playstation 3

Prince of Persia £9.99 @ Play [PS3 Games] photo

The most recent Prince of Persia game almost seems like it should be made for the Wii considering how dumbed down it feels (you cannot die!) and its jolly family fun feel. That's not to say that it doesn't offer a whole lot of enjoyment however and now that it has gone below the golden ten pound mark, it is well worth a go.
Play are currently selling the game for just £9.99 including p&p, which is over £4 less than the next best price.

Also available at the same price for the XBox 360 here.

Rarely has a game not based on a Disney film felt so overwhelming Disney to me. The new prince feels just like the wise cracking diamond in the rough of a classic kiddies' favourite. In other words, he's really quite irritating. The story, however, is pretty decent and well told and the graphics are truly gorgeous. The voice acting is decent but only enhances the irritation factor of the prince himself.

The story is, of course, set in ancient Persia where our hero, the Prince, meets a young woman named Elika while he is searching a sandstorm-swept desert for his donkey. It turns out that Elika is no ordinary hot chick but in fact part of an ancient faction, sworn to protect the world from the evil of Ahriman by keeping him locked in his prison. As misfortune would have it, Elika's naughty father has instead set him free! Together Elika and the Prince must heal the once lush and fertile lands that have been sickened by the corruption unleashed by Ahriman's escape.

As well as being easy, Prince of Persia is also rather short and will probably take you no more than about 15 hours to complete, even if you try to hunt down all the Light Seeds and there is little reward (just some unlockable skins) in replays. However the game is enjoyable enough that you may wish to return anyway. Thankfully Elika is all kinds of lovely and more than makes up for the Prince's less than beguiling character and the game, on the whole, is a delightful, if not quite fantastic, experience.

Thanks to adsldave at Hotukdeals!

Call of Juarez: Bound in Blood £17.95 @ Zavvi [PS3 Games]

Author:
Lydia Low
Category:
Deals
Tags:
Call of Juarez, First person shooter, Games deals, PS3 games
Discuss:
Playstation 3

Call of Juarez Bound in Blood £17.95 @ Zavvi [PS3 Games] photo

If you're ready for a hootin' tootin' good time and prefer your spaghetti of the western rather than bolognese variety, then Call of Juarez: Bound in Blood is probably the perfect game for you. In which case, the fact that Zavvi are currently offering the game for just £17.95 will come as welcome news, especially considering the next best price is over £5 more at £23.15.

This prequel to 2007's Call of Juarez is the tale of brothers and sworn enemies Ray and Thomas and tells how they fell from being respectable Confederate soldier to bounty hunters devoid of morals and hungry for treasure. This is a far cry from the Ray that those who have played the original game have come to know; a zealous preacher of the fire and brimstone variety – this is your chance to uncover his tale.

Bound in Blood tells a complex tale of greed, revenge and betrayal with an excellently authentic Western feel, enhanced by a great soundtrack. You can play as either Ray or Thomas, making your way across the Wild West in a flurry of fast paced and exciting gameplay. There are also five modes of fun multiplayer action to keep you occupied and coming back for more.

Call of Juarez: Bound in Blood suffers from dodgy AI and a single player mode which is far too short. It is also marred by the not-too-infrequent technical and visual glitch which can be a real pain. That said, it is a whole lot of fun and a definite improvement on the original.

Thanks to whizzkid at Hotukdeals!

Guitar Hero: On Tour: Decades (includes GUITAR GRIP) £7.99 @ HMV [DS Games]

Author:
Marius Goubert
Category:
Deals
Tags:
DS games, Games accessories, Guitar Hero, Music Game
Discuss:
Nintendo DS

untitledIt might come as a shock to fans of Guitar Hero that the DS adaptation is actually pretty damn good! In fact, the DS version of Guitar: Hero World Tour – which was recently going for just £8.99 on HMV – was one of the only products I actually bought after writing it up as a deal. Now you can hold of World Tour’s sequel Decades which is going for just £7.99 along with the DS guitar grip.

It really is quite a neat little package and one which would make a great Christmas present (not least because it looks like it should cost a lot more than £7.99!). However rather than being a sequel which offers DS Guitar Hero enthusiasts with anything particularly innovative, Decades is – according to IGN – more of a track pack. The game features various rock tunes which have all been grouped together according to the decade they were released.

The game features 28 songs in total which feature tracks from the likes of Queen, Linkin Park, Fall Out Boy, Weezer, Red Hot Chilli Peppers, Blondie, Alien Ant Farm etc etc. In fact, quite a few of these tracks have appeared on previous editions of Guitar Hero, but then again it is nice to have them adapted onto the DS. Probably the best new feature according to IGN is the fact that when a player with a copy of World Tour hosts a multiplayer game, both players are able to select any tracks they want from either Decades or World Tour which is a nice little touch.

Overall however, Guitar Hero on the DS is good fun if you’re a GH fan. Of course it’s not really like playing the guitar, but the grip is easy to use, and the song selection on both World Tour and Decades is fairly decent. The only drawback I found was that it doesn’t sound so good through the DS speakers, so you’re probably better off listening to it through headphones.

Thanks to KingCampo from Hotukdeals.

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Wii Fit and balance board £51.96 @ The Hut [Wii Games]

Author:
Marius Goubert
Category:
Deals
Tags:
Games accessories, Wii Fit

untitledIt’s been dubbed one of the most successful video games of all time, and now the Wii Fit is down to £51.96 on the Hut. So now that it’s far too cold to be exercising out doors as winter is almost upon us – plus gym memberships are about the first thing everyone sacrificed to the economic recession – it’s all about getting into shape the Wii fit way. However do bear in mind regarding this deal that you need to enter the code Wii10 prior to checking out in order to bring the price down from £57.73 to £51.96.

There is no doubt that striving to fit etc is a very good thing, but, with regard to the Wii fit, just remember that it can be quite a cruel game, especially when you’re getting weighed by that board. The Wii Fit uses the good old BMI (Body Mass Index) to calculate your weight and, if you are over weight, will tell you by how much – and actually create a bloated little avatar to represent you (charming!).

The problem with BMI is that it is very inconsistent – in fact, after the decision of an American health corperation who moved the BMI ‘normal’ category down from 27 to 25, millions of people were made obese overnight! But whether you believe in BMI or not, Wii Fit can make you very paranoid. I’ve even heard of children who look perfectly in proportion being told they are overweight and being pretty devastated as a result. So as a Christmas present this one can be a bit of a double edged sword.

Thanks to Jake1983 from Hotukdeals.

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