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At A Glance: Weekly Roundup 16th-22nd April 2012

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At A Glance: Weekly Roundup 16th-22nd April 2012

Trawling through blogs can be time consuming, so we thought we’d make it even easier by rounding up the hottest headlines, ripe reviews and fantastic features each week in a handy, low-fat look at the previous seven days.

News

At A Glance: Weekly Roundup 16th-22nd April 2012

Reviews

  • Wheels Of Destruction Review: Slow off the line this week is Wheels of Destruction which, as Matt points out, is hampered by horrendous controls, a shallow class system and nowhere near enough content to keep you satisfied for any real length of time.  If you're just looking for something cheap and pretty you could still do better than this.
  • Pandora's Tower Review: It's fair to say that the JRPG no longer going to satisfy the vast majority of Nintendo's audience.  Nevertheless, Ganbarion take a stab at crafting a decent roleplaying experience, and to a large extent pull it off.  Jon cites good storytelling and decent gameplay mechanics as reasons to take a chance on one of the few serious titles still trying to carve out a niche on the Wii, but warns of a genuinely awful camera and a whole heap of wasted potential as counterpoints to an otherwise essential purchase.
  • Skullgirls Review: Exploitation aside, Skullgirls promised to deliver a deep and balanced fighting game to rival even the biggest of the genre's heavy hitters.  Jon is pleased to reveal that it sticks rigidly to this manifesto, providing a beat 'em up that plays as good as it looks.  This comes at the cost of content however, with Skullgirls failing to provide any real staying power, short of the competitive online modes, which will surely be dominated by hyper-capable enthusiasts intent on beating any who dare oppose them to a pulp.  Still, if you think you're hard enough... [poor choice of words -Ed.]
  • Trials Evolution Review: There's not much to say about RedLynx's arcade trials-bike title that you won't have heard from passers-by in the street by now.  This game is everywhere, and with good reason.  High-quality gameplay does not, as is the case with some of the other titles in our list this week come at the expensive of quantity, with Trials Evolution providing a massive amount of bang for you buck.  Challenging enough for veterans but accessible enough for newcomers, there's no reason for you not to add this to your online game collection.
  • Kingdoms Of Amalur: Teeth Of Naros DLC Review: Jon gets stuck into Big Huge Games' second dose of Amalur DLC, and finds it a far more refreshing experience than their first batch.   Shorter, but far sweeter, Teeth of Naros populates an exciting new setting with a whole host of new enemies, and wraps them up in an engaging storyline full of interesting characters.  An exceptionally strong addition to an already strong title.

At A Glance: Weekly Roundup 16th-22nd April 2012

Features

  • Spec Ops: The Line Preview: Much has been made of Yager's fresh take on the third-person cover-based shooter.  All of the genre's elements are present and correct, but drawing them all together is a fluid story littered with moral choices.  Unfortunately, Carl saw very little of the latter in his hands-on time with the title, but confirmed that the narrative itself looks to have been crafted superbly.  Time will tell.
  • Ghost Recon: Future Soldier Hands-On Preview: Jon finds out that Ghost Recon: Future Soldier really is better together, as he pops a few melons before getting his own shot at following the arrival of an armoured apc.  Unforgiving, and brutally realistic, Future Soldier is shaping up to be a worthy addition to the Tom Clancy brand.  He also manages to grab a couple of minutes with chief level designer Evan Champlin to discuss the hyper-realistic sound design and the team's almost obsessive attention to detail.
  • Blast From The Past | Star Trek Armada II: I must admit to being alien to the Star Trek franchise (I know, I know...), but our commenters assure us that Tom is spot on in his belief that Star Trek Armada II is one of the best things to happen to Star Trek in the gaming universe.
  • SimCity Preview: Matt gets hands-on with the latest iteration in the SimCity franchise, and investigates what changes the new Maxis-developed engine have brought to the series.  Interconnection is the name of the game here, with your choices affecting not just your city, but also those around you.  In the words of our esteemed editor: "Roll on 2013".  Until then, there's a comprehensive interview with the general manager of the series Bret Berry to get your teeth stuck into.
  • DealsPwncast: And don't forget, if you want to hear the Dealspwn guys having a banter about the latest goings-on in the gaming industry, you can always download the Dealspwn podcast from the link below.

At A Glance: Weekly Roundup 16th-22nd April 2012

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Casinodancer  Apr. 23, 2012 at 12:51

What scene is this from in the witcher cheers?

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