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Video Game New Releases: November 29th - December 5th 2010

Author:
Matt Gardner
Category:
New Releases
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BlazBlue, Donkey Kong Country Returns, New Releases, Super Mario All-Stars

Video Game New Releases: November 29th - December 5th 2010

It's a bit quiet this week as we near Christmas, with most of the big hitters having landed in early/mid November. But Mario gets himself a special release and this week also sees the return of Mario's original nemesis, as Donkey Kong returns to platforming rather than beating plastic drums. Hopefully we'll actually get to see BlazBlue: Continuum Shift materialise too. Hopefully.

NB. Release dates have been known to have short attention spans and sometimes get bored and wander off so do be advised that these may be subject to change.

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BlazBlue Continuum Shift
3rd December 2010
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Call of Atlantis
3rd December 2010
Video Game New Releases: November 29th - December 5th 2010
Digger Simulator
3rd December 2010
Video Game New Releases: November 29th - December 5th 2010
Donkey Kong Country Returns
3rd December 2010
Video Game New Releases: November 29th - December 5th 2010
Sports Collection
3rd December 2010
Video Game New Releases: November 29th - December 5th 2010
Super Mario All Stars 25th Anniversary
3rd December 2010
Video Game New Releases: November 29th - December 5th 2010
U Sing 2
3rd December 2010
Video Game New Releases: November 29th - December 5th 2010

BlazBlue: Calamity Trigger | £7.85 | Shop To | XBox 360

Author:
Lydia Low
Category:
Deals
Tags:
beat-em-up, BlazBlue, Fighting Games, Games deals, Xbox 360 games
Discuss:
Xbox 360

BlazBlue Calamity Trigger  £7.85  Shop To  XBox 360 [photo]

Fan of the beat-em-up games will find that Calamity Trigger has enough unique characteristics to give it a place in the well saturated genre. The graphics are excellent, with the character models in particular being well designed and animated, with the interesting backgrounds coming in a close second. Guilty Gear fans will be delighted with the fast, fun and furious combat. It's a shame that this BlazBlue title is not the most accessible of fighters and that there are only twelve characters but these niggles are more than made uop for by the classy gameplay and great online multiplayer. Thanks to goonertillidie at Hotukdeals!

Blazblue: Continuum Shift | £17.95 | Zavvi | PS3 & XBox 360

Author:
Lydia Low
Category:
Deals
Tags:
BlazBlue, Fighting Games, Games deals, PS3 games, Xbox 360 games
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Playstation 3 | Xbox 360

Blazblue Continuum Shift  £17.95  Zavvi  PS3 & XBox 360 [photo]

  • What: Blazblue: Continuum Shift, Limited Edition Pre-order
  • Current Price: £17.95
  • Where: Zavvi
  • Platforms & Price Comparison: PS3 | XBox 360

Continuum Shift is the follow up to popular beat 'em up BlazBlue: Calamity Trigger. It's very difficult and unwelcoming to newcomers but, if you can get the hang of it, then you'll probably have a great time with this game thanks to its fantastic graphics and deep gameplay mechanics. The character roster is excellent with a huge variety of fighter, each with his or her own distinctive fighting style. This is such an absurdly good preorder price (particularly for a limited edition) that I suspect it may well be a mistake, so I advise grabbing this deal while you can! Thanks to andywedge at Hotukdeals!

BlazBlue: Calamity Trigger £9.99 @ Zavvi [PS3/Xbox 360 Games]

Author:
Matt Gardner
Category:
Deals
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BlazBlue, Fighting Games, Games deals, PS3 games, Xbox 360 games
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Playstation 3 | Xbox 360

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Stubbornly leaning in favour of the retro with its 2D graphics and limited roster, BlazBlue is a cracking slice of fighting action thanks to its stunning visual effects, beautiful presentation and simple, yet surprisingly tactical, controls.

It's Mega Monday over at Zavvi again, and that means it's time for some awesome deals. BlazBlue has dropped down to below that magic sub-£10 threshold , meaning that if you're a genre fan but have had your doubts, now is the time to snap up a copy.

You probably already know whether or not this is the type of game that you'll find space for in your collection and, at under a tenner, if you are a beat-em-up fan then this is certainly one that you should have a look at. Just make sure you have an extra controller, have a pizza place on speed dial and remember to stock up on beverages.

BlazBlue Calamity Trigger £12.85 @ ShopTo [PS3 Games]

Author:
Matt Gardner
Category:
Deals
Tags:
BlazBlue, Fighting Games, Games deals, PS3 games
Discuss:
Playstation 3

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Had it been released over here in time, there's a good chance that BlazBlue could well have taken our Fighting Game of the Year mantle off of Street Fighter IV. At a time when SFIV was dominating all on these shores, across the pond all of the noises were pointing towards this little retro-tinged 2D gem.

PS3 owners can find out exactly why for just £12.85 at the moment, courtesy of ShopTo, and saving you around £4 on the nearest competitor. Sadly Xbox 360 players will have to fork out over £15 for the game, but it's probably still worth it at that price.

There's a reason Mortal Kombat's going back to 2D and it's because 2D is better when it comes to fighting games. The presentation here is absolutely top notch, with some stunning effects and beautiful character models and smooth animations. The weapon-based combat succeeds on a number of levels thanks to some deceptively simple two-tone defensive mechanics that allow for a bit of thought and strategy to go hand in hand with frenetic action, and a roster of characters that, whilst small, are all pretty much unique.

Let's be honest though, the only real question you need to ask of a fighting game is just how much fun is it to play with a mate? I'd strongly recommend that you buy it and find out for yourself...if you're a fan of the genre you won't be disappointed at all.

Check out Brendan's review for more info.

Thanks to goonertillidie at HUKD

More Video Game Release Dates August 2010

Author:
Matt Gardner
Category:
New Releases
Tags:
BlazBlue, Freddie Flintoff, Madden NFL 11, New Releases, The Guild, Victoria

More Video Game Release Dates August 2010

August 2010 Game Releases

Every week, we’re doing a new post to tell you about the upcoming video game releases (you can see them all in the new releases category). Not much for you this week, although acclaimed fighter BlazBlue finally makes its way onto the PC and Madden NFL 11 lands on these shores.

How to use: Click on the title of the video game if you would like to see the cross platform possibilities. Click on the game cover of the platform of your choice to see the price comparison for that particular game, showing you the cheapest prices from UK online retailers.

NB. These dates may be subject to change.

8th to 14th August 2010:

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BlazBlue: Calamity Trigger
13th August 2010
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Freddie Flintoff's Powerplay Cricket
13th August
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Madden NFL 11
13th August 2010
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The Guild 2: Renaissance
13th August 2010
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Victoria II
13th August 2010
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BlazBlue: Calamity Trigger Portable £7.99 @ HMV [PSP Games]

Author:
Brendan Griffiths
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Deals
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BlazBlue, Games deals, PSP games
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Almost definitely a mistake on HMV’s end so be quick on this pre-order for £7.99 which saves around a tenner on the competition.

Click here to buy BlazBlue: Calamity Trigger Portable on PSP for £7.99 from HMV

While most PSP ports from their bigger PS3 versions usually come off as a bit of an ugly mutant with poor graphics and crippled controls BlazBlue makes the transition with a little more grace. The backgrounds are very impressive and go some way to forgiving the comparatively spritely/blocky character models.

The fights still have that familiar zip and flavour of madness about them as the small character roster masks the wide variety of fighting styles each one of them possesses. It’ll take you ages to master them, but trying them all out will be worth the time of any fighter fan.

The PSP version gets some exclusive content such as the in-game store which you can use points (earned from most fights) to buy concept art and the ‘Unlimited’ characters. There’s a new mode too called Legion where you collect characters as you progress around a map by slapping around anyone that crosses your path. It’s a good way to learn moves for all characters rather than sticking with one forever. You know, the ‘Ken effect.’

If you’ve picked up on of those rubber mods for your PSP that turns the d-pad into an 8-direction pad then you shouldn’t have any problems, others may struggle with quarter-circle (or higher) moves. Or you could always risk the PSP’s five-pence-piece-on-a-glass-table excuse-for-an-analogue stick.

Ad-hoc multiplayer is in, but there’s no online play. The PS3 version is pretty solid online though if you really want to test your skills. If you have a PS3 or 360 you should really be picking up that version first (PS3 review here). But at this price you can probably trade the PSP version in and not lose any money if you just want to try it out.

Thanks to viewtiful at HotUkDeals for the find.

BlazBlue: Calamity Trigger £14.85 @ ShopTo [PS3 Games]

Author:
Matt Gardner
Category:
Deals
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BlazBlue, Fighting Games, Games deals, PS3 games
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Playstation 3

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Missed out on the HMV deal for BlazBlue Lydia posted up a few days back? Fret not, for ShopTo have just dropped their PS3 price to £14.85. Although not much cheaper than the currently out of stock HMV listing, this price will save you over £2 on Tesco's nearest offer.

It was telling that, in a year where Street Fighter IV dominated most of our domestic games media headlines when it came to fighting games, overseas media were championing an old-school 2D, tactic-heavy fighter. So when BlazBlue finally made it over here, we got very excited indeed.

Eschewing hand-to-hand for Soul Cal-esque weapons, this is a worthy competitor for 2009's fighting crown. Stubbornly retro in many ways, its 2D engine dripping with gorgeous presentation and some finely detailed character models, BlazBlue still manages to find a place on our shelves thanks to its frenetic and furious gameplay, its two-tone defensive mechanics and a roster that, whilst pretty darn small, features such wildly unique and distinctive characters and fighting styles that you won't really mind.

Of course, as with all fighting games, multiplayer is where the action is really at, and BlazBlue's doesn't let us down, easy to navigate, matchmaking is swift and painless and the replay function allows you to witness your moments of violent glory again and again and again.

Not convinced? Why not check out Brendan's review for more.

Thanks to evilvort3x at HUKD

BlazBlue: Calamity Trigger £14.99 @ HMV [XBox 360 & PS3 Games]

Author:
Lydia Low
Category:
Deals
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BlazBlue, Fighting Games, Games deals, PS3 games, Xbox 360 games
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Playstation 3 | Xbox 360

Blazblue: Calamity Trigger £14.99 @ HMV [XBox 360 & PS3 Games] photo

It was only yesterday that Tom posted HMV's great £17.99 Blazblue deal but, not satisfied with having the best price for the game, they've decided to slash it again and now you can grab a copy for under £15!
With the next best price for either version coming in at £20.84 you stand to save yourself at least a fiver.

The beat-em-up market is a seriously competitive one and with Street Fighter IV deftly KO-ing all its opponents, is there any real reason to buy Blazblue? Luckily for its developer, Arc, the answer is "probably". It doesn't share the goliath's immense production values but this new rival does have some nice unique characteristics that make it worth a try for fans of the genre. The graphics are all-round rather lovely with some very nice and well animated character models and a variety of interesting and appealing environments in which to test their skills. Guilty Gear fans should be relieved to hear that the gameplay is also furious, fun and very fast. As a staunch Soul Calibur supporter, I was pleased to see the inclusion of weapons in the battles, rather than typical hand-to-hand only combat.

Blazblue: Calamity Trigger is not the most immediately welcoming of games and it would be nice if there were more than just 12 characters to choose from but if you give it a chance you will find a satisfying and deep beat-em-up title that you may just come to love.

Thanks to Starbug One at Hotukdeals!

Blazblue: Calamity Trigger £17.99 @ HMV [Xbox 360 & PS3 games]

Author:
Tom Silkstone
Category:
Deals
Tags:
BlazBlue, Fighting Games, Games deals, Xbox 360 games
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It's not easy to try and tap into a genre dominated by well established titles such as Tekken, SoulCalibur, Street Fighter, and Mortal Kombat, but Arc System Works brings us a fantastic fighting game in the form of Blazblue: Calamity Trigger, which more than holds its own.

Hmv are selling copies of the game on the PS3 and Xbox 360 for £17.99, which is almost £3 cheaper than the next best offer on the Xbox, and exactly £2 cheaper than the nearest competitor for the PS3.

Blazblue uses the classic 2D fighter format, pitting two characters against each other in an arena, however the game is weapons based instead of focusing on hand to hand combat. The battles are incredibly fast paced compared to some of the better known titles and are really good fun. Each character has a unique drive attack, and are backed up by special moves known as distortion drives and astral finishers which are instant kills that need to be charged before they can be executed.

As someone who plays a lot of fighting games, I thought it was a nice touch that the developers included two distinctive types of block, so you're able to mix up your defensive tactics a little bit. The first is the guard, which can be broken by your opponent if you use it continuously, and the second is the barrier, which can't be damaged by weapons but does have a time limit.

There are a number of different game modes to choose from, including story mode, arcade mode, and score attack mode. Its also worth noting that the plot is quite good for a fighting game, even if you do have to play through with a couple of characters to work out whats going on.

In my opinion the multiplayer, as with all fighting games, is the section of the game that you'll be consumed by, as its always a better challenge to take on another human being and your victory feels that little bit more satisfying. The online multiplayer is a joy to use and comes with an added bonus in the form of the replay function, allowing you to witness your enemies defeat over and over again.

If you're bored of playing the familiar fighting titles out there and want a blend a fun, beauty, and fury then you should definitely consider grabbing Blazblue: Calamity Trigger for £17.99.

BlazBlue: Calamity Trigger £21.86 @ Shop To [XBox 360 Games]

Author:
Lydia Low
Category:
Deals
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BlazBlue, Fighting Games, Games deals, PS3 games, Xbox 360 games
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Playstation 3 | Xbox 360

BlazBlue Calamity Trigger £21.86 @ Shop To [XBox 360 Games] photo

The latest beat-em-up on the block has made a good first impression but nonetheless has shed the pounds with impressive speed, now being available at a very svelte £21.86 from Shop To. This is the cheapest I have seen it so far and £5 down from the next best offer of £26.85 from Simply Games.

If you are looking for the PS3 version of the game, then you are best off heading over to Cool Shop's site as they are selling it for £22.99, which is almost £2 down from the next best price.

So, in the week following the release of Super Street Fighter 4, is there any reason to buy Blazblue? Thankfully yes; while it may not be quite the standard of that classic fighter, Blazblue has enough unique characteristics to make it well worth a shot. The graphics are pretty super, with very attractive and well designed and animated characters fighting in a variety of interesting backgrounds. More importantly the gameplay is fast, furious and very fun, almost everything a Guilty Gear fan could hope for. The online play is excellent and for lone wolves there's plenty of offline gaming enjoyment to be had.

While it's a shame that there are only twelve characters and Blazblue is not the most immediately welcoming of games, if you give yourself enough time to get used to the way it plays then you will find a surprising and satisfyingly deep experience.

Want a second opinion? Check out Brendan's slightly less glowing report here

BlazBlue: Calamity Trigger Review

Author:
Brendan Griffiths
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Reviews
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Arc System Works, BlazBlue, Games reviews, PS3 games, Xbox 360 games, Zen United
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Playstation 3 | Xbox 360

Dealspwn Rating: 7/10

Platforms: PS3 (Reviewed)| Xbox 360

Developer: Arc System Works

Publisher: Zen United

Approaching a new beat ‘em up name for the first time can be a tricky affair, with no familiar character to go for at the character select screen, your first impressions of the game are severely at risk. Do you pick the huge mass of muscle, the one with a sword, the one made up of a Studio Ghibli oil slick nightmare or simply the one with the biggest boobs?

Choose carefully my friends because you won’t pick up a brawler this year with such a diverse set of fighters. There might only be twelve to choose from, but any similarities are minor. There aren’t any Ken, Ryu and Akuma-style remixes of characters here. Pick the wrong one and you might get a rough start. However, things start to look up once you find a character that suits your own individual style.

Using the X button works as a type of combat modifier, but in a different way for everyone. For Litchi Faye Ling it means she’ll stick her staff in the ground and fight unarmed. Pressing X again will make the staff spin its way back to you wherever you are, usually catching your opponent round the face on route. For Noel Vermillion X acts as a combo starter for the other face buttons, making for some excellent fact paced moves with some powerful, short range firearms. An excellent character to start with.

Click here to find out how BlazBlue plays...

BlazBlue: Calamity Trigger Limited Edition £29.95 @ Zavvi [PS3 & Xbox 360 Games]

Author:
Jonathan Lester
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Deals
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BlazBlue, Fighting Games, Games deals, PS3 games, Xbox 360 games
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BlazBlue, the sublime successor to the Guilty Gear series, is finally hitting UK shores- and Zavvi have a great preorder price for the limited edition. They're currently retailling for £29.95, which is a £5 saving on its nearest competitor, ShopTo. Since the standard edition is hovering around this price, you'll essentially be netting the special edition (with all of its bundled goodies) for the same price as the bog standard version elsewhere.

BlazBlue is a novelty amongst fighting games for a number of reasons. Firstly, it has a decent plot that actually puts the fighting in context. Secondly, it's fully 2D in an age where three dimensions reign supreme... and yet looks beautiful for it. Blazblue is a gorgeous game with fluid animations, high-res sprites and some luscious anime cutscenes.

And we haven't even mentioned the combat yet. Whilst BlazBlue only features 12 characters, each has a radically different moveset and fighting style that requires practice and dexterity to master. This is a tender fillet mignon in a world of thick, tasteless steaks- and fighting game connoisseurs are bound to lap it up.

The Limited Edition comes with a 100 page art book and DVD tutorial explaining some of the more advanced techniques. Considering BlazBlue's complexity, this little advantage could go a long way to ensuring your online success. Oh, and it comes in a special edition box- so it'll look nice on the shelf.

There's a single caveat here, though: the improved BlazBlue Continuum Shift is currently in the pipeline and will be hitting the States this summer. Europe can still expect huge release delays, though, and hardcore brawler fans that are looking for both style and subtly nuanced gameplay would be well advised to consider this preorder deal.

Thanks to millarcat at Hot UK Deals

Some More Video Game Release Dates March 2010

Author:
Matt Gardner
Category:
New Releases
Tags:
BlazBlue, Calling, Combat of Giants, Command & Conquer, Dragon Age, Fireburst, Fragile Dreams, God Of War, Metro 2033, New Releases, Rugby League, Scene It?, Twilight

Some More Video Game Release Dates March 2010

March 2010 Game Releases

Week three, and here comes another new releases post. The big one this week is, of course, the hotly anticipated God of War III, but it might be keeping an eye out for post-apocalyptic FPS Metro 2033 and also the return of the much-loved EA RTS in Command and Conquer 4: Tiberian Twilight.

How to use: Click on the title of the video game if you would like to see the cross platform possibilities. Click on the game cover of the platform of your choice to see the price comparison for that particular game, showing you the cheapest prices from UK online retailers.

Stay tuned, folks, as we'll be updating you with all of the new releases for next week along with their cheapest prices in just a few days' time.

15th - 21st March 2010:

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BlazBlue: Calamity Trigger
19th March 2010
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Calling
19th March 2010
Some More Video Game Release Dates March 2010
Combat of Giants: Mutant Insects
19th March 2010
Some More Video Game Release Dates March 2010
Command & Conquer 4: Tiberium Twilight
19th March 2010
Some More Video Game Release Dates March 2010
Dragon Age: Origins - Awakening
19th March 2010
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Fireburst
19th March 2010
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Fragile Dreams
19th March 2010
Some More Video Game Release Dates March 2010
God of War 3
19th March 2010
Some More Video Game Release Dates March 2010
Metro 2033
19th March 2010
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Rugby League 3
19th March 2010
Some More Video Game Release Dates March 2010
Scene It? Twilight
19th March 2010
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