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KickBeat Launch Trailer Brings The Rhythm and Bruise

Author:
Brendan Griffiths
Category:
News
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KickBeat, PS Vita games, PS3 games, Zen Studios

KickBeat Launch Trailer Brings The Rhythm and Bruise

Why has this not been done before? The rhythm action has literally had some inspiration beaten into it thanks to Zen Studios' KickBeat. Merging the worlds of beat 'em ups with rhythm action seems like an enticing prospect to us and one look at this trailer had us scampering for the demo on the US PSN store.

Featuring  angsty tracks from the likes of Pendulum, Marilyn Manson and Rob Zombie, the scene is set for the loudest of beatdowns. Better yet, why not play the game to the rhythm of your own music files? Kickbeat is out now in the States and is a Cross-Buy title for the PS3 and PS Vita. There's no sign of the game on the EU store right now, but we're keeping our fingers crossed for a release date soon.

Check out the launch trailer after the break.

Castlestorm Review | King Of The Castle

Author:
Jonathan Lester
Category:
Reviews
Tags:
Action Games, Artillery games, Castlestorm, Microsoft Studios, Strategy games, XBLA, Xbox 360 games, Zen Studios

Castlestorm Review | King Of The Castle

Platform: XBLA (800 Microsoft Points)

Developer: Zen Studios

Publisher: Microsoft Studios

Have you ever played Angry Birds and wished you could build your own fortifications? Fancy summoning troops, wielding mighty heroes and demolishing your opponent's citadel in a tense mix of all-out attack and desperate defence?

Do you have any objections to using flatulent sheep as a devastating ballistic weapon?

So long as you answered yes, yes and no to the opening checklist, you're going to get a massive kick out of Castlestorm. Zen Studios have proved that they can do more than just pinball with a neat fusion of Angry Birds, architectural design, strategy and all-out destruction.

Castlestorm Review | King Of The Castle

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Zen Pinball 2 Arrives On PS3 & Vita This September

Author:
Jonathan Lester
Category:
News
Tags:
Cross-platform, PS Vita games, PS3 games, PSN, Zen Pinball 2, Zen Studios

Zen Pinball 2 Arrives On PS3 & Vita This September

Zen Pinball 2 will be available to download on PS3 and PS Vita from September 4th, Zen Studios has announced. Which basically means September 5th here in Europe. Unlike previous Zen Pinball games, it will act as a free-to-download content platform, from which you can purchase and play any combination of 26 new tables including Marvel and PopCap themes. Any content you buy on the PS3 or Vita will be compatible with both consoles (you'll essentially get both versions for the price of one), and original Zen Pinball content will also be supported.

Zen Pinball 2 will also contain some online functionality, new trophies and other features - we've got the full details below.

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Team Meat & Zen Studios Brawl Over Microsoft Indie Treatment

Author:
Jonathan Lester
Category:
News
Tags:
Controversy, Microsoft, Team Meat, XBLA, Zen Studios

Team Meat & Zen Studios Brawl Over Microsoft Indie Treatment

Super Meat Boy Devs Attacked By Fellow Indies

Over the last few months, Team Meat has continually publicly attacked Microsoft's handling of the Super Meat Boy XBLA release, which they claim was under-exposed, poorly advertised and horribly supported. The Indie studio went as far as saying that Microsoft "f*cked" them as part of a "f*cking mindf*ck" (ouch), but in an interesting development, fellow independent outfit Zen Studios (the developers behind Zen Pinball) have spoken out to defend Microsoft's policies. On top of that, they've accused Team Meat of cynically milking the situation for extra PR rather than actually making a stand against a corporate juggernaut that's crushing the little guy.

As you'd expect, Team Meat haven't responded well - leading to a genuinely unpleasant and filthy war of words on Twitter, Gamasutra and social networks. We've got the full story below... and have a review of the recently-released Super Meat Boy Ultra Rare Edition in the pipeline.

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Planet Minigolf Review

Author:
Brendan Griffiths
Category:
Reviews
Tags:
Games reviews, Planet Minigolf, PS3 games, PSN, Zen Studios
Discuss:
Playstation 3


Formats: PSN on PS3

Developer: Zen Studios

Publisher: Zen Studios

Ah minigolf games and Demon’s Souls in the same weekend. Will my pads survive? Will my sanity hold? Probably not.

£6.29 gets you an impressive amount of crazy golf shenanigans with 144 holes, 6-player local or online multiplayer and a course editor to create your own knuckle mawing middle finger salutes to reason.

The graphics are just about the right side of average and the holes here put any real-life minigolf courses to shame with loop-d-loops, moving platforms, mine-cart swings, lifting bridges and all sorts of manic multiple routes to the hole. None of that windmill shit. They take place over several different environments, from shipwrecked pirate islands, London rooftops, jungle ruins and the arctic. Great, slippery ice and golf combined finally.

There are a few ball powerups that you can collect to get around easier, such as: rocket boosts, weights for stopping your ball bouncing, glue to slow it down, or magnets to attract it to the hole. The best of them is the motion control one where you use the Six-axis pad to steer the ball. You can use them straightaway or save them for another shot.

Click here to see how Planet Minigolf takes a wrong turn like Tiger Woods trying to park his car