Platforms: PSN | XBLA (Reviewed)
Publisher: Majesco Entertainment
I've been banging my head against a brick wall during the process of writing this review... both literally and figuratively. Rarely has a game proved to be so frustrating and yet so bizarrely compelling; delivering a sucker punch of aggravation, fun and a host of contradictions. Where does one draw the line between being taxing and outrageously cheap? Between time-sensitive combat mechanics and abject, broken clunkiness? Between being complex and overly fussy? Or between good... and terrible?
Confusingly, BloodRayne: Betrayal is all of the above.
Click here to tear into our BloodRayne: Betrayal review >>
After what can only be described as a
thoroughly boring fairly slow update last week, the latest PSN bulletin is thoroughly engorged with new stuff.
In terms of deals, the PSP Power Sale has entered its secondary phase and discounted a huge slew of titles... which is once again a bizarre grab bag of bargains and massive lies. By which I mean games that are much cheaper to buy from online retailers. By the looks of things, the best bargains are to be found with the £3.99 Star Wars Battlefront series (note that the servers have been culled, though) and Ridge Racer, though be sure to let us know what you'll be spending your money on.
Plus subscribers actually have something to crow about this week. Plants vs Zombies, Street Fighter Alpha II and some minis are free to download, as well as an exclusive Ratchet & Clank: All 4 One open beta.
Promising 2D revival BloodRayne Betrayal and SkyDrift have both hit the store along with trial versions. We'll have full reviews for you in due course. Be aware that BloodRayne Betrayal is part of the PLAY promotion if you're participating, and that Playstation Plus subscribers receive a further discount!
Oh, and our generous corporate sponsor Abstergo Industries would like to remind you that the Assassin's Creed: Revelations Multiplayer beta is also accepting new Templar trainees. It's open until the 11th, so get on it before the server maintenance tomorrow afternoon!
Click here for the full list of promotions! >>
Hot on the heels of Microsoft's 'Buy 4, Get 5' initiative with Xbox LIVE's Summer of Arcade, Sony announced that they'll be launching a rival promotion, under the moniker 'Playstation Network Play'.
Starting on August 24th, the new programme will work much like Microsoft's, seeing the release of a game every Wednesday for four weeks, and gifting players a fifth if they purchase all four before September 20th.Click here to see which titles are in the mix...
Anyone remember BloodRayne before Uwe Boll twisted and perverted a half decent game into a whirlwind odyssey of suck? Betrayal, a spiritual side-scrolling sequel is headed to Xbox Live Arcade and PSN this August, featuring new comic-style artwork and a combo-centric scoring system.
Bottom line: it looks good, and we're cautiously curious. Or curiously cautious. See for yourself.Click here to read more...
There's blood in this first gameplay trailer for BRB, lots of it. The new peek at Majesco's 2D slash-em-up is covered in claret, features giant robot arachnids, some delicious sprite-based visuals and looks like a mash-up between The Dishwasher and a long-running franchise that rhymes with 'Parcelmania'.Hit the jump to check out the shiny new BloodRayne trailer...
Everyone's favourite Dhampir dominatrix is due to hit consoles once again this summer, as Majesco have announced BloodRayne: Betrayal will be hitting the digital marketplaces of the home consoles in a mere handful of months. You can check out the teaser site here.