Frankly, it's a surprise it's taken this long for the team at Traveller's Tales to get their hands on the Jurassic Park license. But on the plus side, it's meant they have managed to squeeze the brand new Jurassic World entry into the game alongside the original trilogy.
In fact, if you want to dive into the new movie straight away, you can after the prologue level. But if, like us, you love the original movies, you'll want to play through from the very start. By now, TT are seasoned pros at reproducing iconic moments from films into family-friendly games. They've had their work cut out for them though as the original movie is surprisingly violent, so the game has been heavily reimagined or cut. So nobody really dies, goat spines don't land on sunroofs and you certainly won't be seeing Samuel L. Jackson's severed arm flopping onto Laura Dern's shoulder. Hell, even Dennis Nedry has even been slimmed down (because Lego doesn't do fat). I'm surprised (disproportionately outraged) the electric fence scene has been completely cut though.
There's no beating around the bush. It's another Lego game, so don't expect any genuine innovations. Aside from enjoying the Lego games' established gameplay, your main reason for buying this should be a love for the source material. Expect the usual mix of platforming and smashing everything made of Lego in sight. Unlike real life, any problem in Lego games can be solved with wanton destruction and that's the status quo once again.Click here to read more...
Two retailers are squabbling for your cash at the moment for Lego Batman 3: Beyond Gotham, with both of them slashing their prices to £29.86 for the PS4 and Xbox One versions, ensuring the game's cheapest price since release. I've included links to both retailers below, just in-case it goes out of stock at one or you have a preference.
Compared to Lego Hobbit, there’s less to do than before, but you’re still looking at at least thirty hours of gameplay if you fancy a crack at a 100% rating. There’s nothing particularly taxing here -even the flying controls have been tuned up a bit- and it’s a solid title for relaxing gameplay sessions, especially when played with a co-op partner of any age. Which, when it comes down to it, is all we really want from a Lego game. The DC license lacks the star quality of its Marvel rival, but the refined elements of Lego Batman 3 ensure this is an improved sequel, despite the removal of an open world to explore. As ever though, this is best enjoyed in co-op if your sanity can take a bit of taunting from the camera.
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Lego Star Wars III: The Clone Wars | Asda | £7.50
Did this one slip you by before you fell into your full-on Lego game addiction? Don't worry, Asda are one of the only sites flogging it for under a tenner. Sure, the Clone Wars setting might only appeal to the more hardened Star Wars fan, but the staple Lego gameplay is platforming and collectibles are still rock solid. There's a lot of space battles to be had too. And Lego Yoda.
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Lego Movie Videogame | Base | £18.99
Ok, one more Lego game for your collecting fix, because we know you'll be jonesing by the time you've finished Hobbit (as long as a glitch doesn't screw you out of a Platinum Trophy after 37 hours too!). The film has been a huge success in cinemas, so chances are your little ones are going to enjoy the game too. Expect another phoned in effort from Traveller's Tales, but fans of the film should enjoy it. Once again, the saving on PC over the consoles is nothing short of devastating. You can also get the XO version for £19.99. Both the PS4/XO versions are cheaper than the last-gen versions too.
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Lego Movie Videogame | Green Man Gaming | £5.74
Ok, one more Lego deal for your collecting fix, because we know you'll be jonesing by the time you've finished Hobbit. The film has been a huge success in cinemas, so chances are your little ones are going to enjoy the game too. Expect another phoned in effort from Traveller's Tales, but fans of the film should enjoy it. Once again, the saving on PC over the consoles is nothing short of devastating.
The latest Lego effort is one of the more rushed efforts from the overworked Traveller's Tales studio, but just look how cheap this is already. It's certainly worth a look at this price if you're a series fan. The third film will be added as DLC later this year, but Warner are remaining tight-lipped about pricing. I think any chances of it being free went out the window when Arkham Knight got delayed into 2015.
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In a similar way to Skylanders, you place plastic toys on a docking station plugged into your console and those toys will appear on-screen allowing the player to use them in-game in specific Playsets.
Characters are linked to Playsets, specific stages based around famous Disney films or locations. John Day told us more at a recent hands-on event:
“In a given Playset you experience a single universe in a really immersive way. So when you play in Cars, you play as a Cars character you do things that makes sense to Cars like racing or building up the town of radiator springs. And if you play in the Pirates of the Caribbean Playset you get a very different experience, you play as a Pirate’s character, you get a pirate ship you sail the high seas, you fight the Kraken, the Kraken eats you, that’s what happens in Pirates. The two never really cross over, Jack sparrow will never go into the Cars Playset and McQueen will never go into the Pirates Playset."
Essentially a Playset is a campaign; it’s the main meat of a game that, until now, would be a separately released product on a disc.Click here to read more...
Developer: Avalanche Software
Publisher: Disney Interactive Studios
Skylanders makes millions. Serious millions. So it was only a matter of time before other companies decided to get into toy/video game hybrids and names don’t come much bigger than Disney. When we learned that the biggest name in animated movies was stepping into the fray, we knew things were about to get interesting in the war for a spot under Christmas trees.
Like Skylanders, Disney Infinity is going to sell toys that are placed on a docking device (the Infinity Base) which makes them appear in-game. These characters will be sold in ‘Play Sets’ based around specific film franchises. These sets will include a couple of toy characters along with single-player stages/missions based around that film. Pirates of the Caribbean, Monster’s University, The Incredibles, The Lone Ranger and so on.
In addition to standard single-player modes, Disney Infinity will offer a Toy Box mode which gives players free reign to create their own adventures and that’s what Disney invited us down to try out. As a fan of creating my own stages in Little Big Planet and ModNation Racers, I was keen to see how this compared.Click here to read more...
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Having Disneyland Adventures demonstrated to me by an adult member of Microsoft's European marketing team was one of the most surreal things I've ever experienced, and the game is just as surreal. And, more to the point, it's actually surprisingly competent. It's only good for kids, but the Kinect controls work well, there's plenty to do and lots to explore. Amazon are touting a £2 saving compared to ShopTo.
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Having Disneyland Adventures demonstrated to me by an adult member of Microsoft's European marketing team was one of the most surreal things I've ever experienced, and the game is just as surreal. And, more to the point, it's actually surprisingly competent. It's only good for kids, but the Kinect controls work well, there's plenty to do and lots to explore. Coolshop have the cheapest price around at the moment.
Forget the hysterical posturing of the mainstream press. These days, videogames bring families together in ways I wish had been around when I was a lad, providing unique opportunities for cooperation, friendly competition and living room hilarity regardless of age or ability. With Christmas fast approaching, we've decided to round up five of the hottest family friendly games with links to our price comparison engine and dynamically-updating price tracker widgets. The holidays don't have to be expensive.
Note that a couple of these titles require you to own a motion control peripheral. If you're still on the fence, why not check out our Kinect and PlayStation Move reviews?Click here to read more...
Remember when the Kinect launched? Course you do, it was only a few months ago and, even with those all night CoD multiplayer fests, your brain cells aren’t that battered.
Basically, the Kinect launch was greeted with that standard peripheral fanfare: nice idea, shame about the software. I seem to remember the Sony Play system getting much the same response. There are no prizes for guessing where the reviews for Wii’s latest addition, the uDraw Tablet, are headed then...
After early sneak views last year, uDraw struck those of who’d had a few minutes playing with it as a neat enough idea. The Guardian’s Steve Boxer celebrated its refusal to make “game-changing” claims and described it as “by no means an earth-shatteringly clever input device like Microsoft's Kinect... but it should prove pretty attractive to parents worried about their offspring spending all day in front of their Wiis without achieving anything concrete.”
Six months on from that early look, with the finished tablet (and its three launch games) zooming towards retail outlets even as I type, how does it fare? Do I really need to answer?