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Mirror's Edge - PS3

Mirror's Edge has a learning curve closely modelled on the shape of a brick wall, but persevere for a few minutes and you'll rapidly grow to love it. A first-person Prince of Persia with a dash of Portal, when it all comes together and you get into the flow, Mirror's Edge will make you feel like something very close to a god. A high-flying, wall-jumping, god of the ninjas.

One context-sensitive button for upward movements, one for downwards, one to attack and one to spin 180. That's all you get and that's all you need. And when you've finished playing, the real world will look completely different, just like it does after a long Tony Hawk or Metal Gear session. You know what we mean.

Score; 9

MotorStorm: Pacific Rift - PS3

Hmmm. Hmmm indeed. How much you're going to enjoy Motorstorm's sequel will depend entirely on how much you liked the original game. Because apart from the setting, very little seems to have changed at all. It's a gorgeous-looking game, make no mistake about that, but in terms of gameplay, expect nothing more than the same slick, simple, but sightly sluggish racing you played to death at the PS3's launch. Not a terrible experience, but certainly not an exciting one so far.

Score: 6

Pure - PS3

Something feels slightly lacking in Pure at the moment, at least judging from the track which was available to play at GC. Admittedly, it's a tricky, indefinable something, but it's a something nonetheless.

All of the ingredients seem to be there - super-charged quad bikes, branching, big dipper tracks and insane, physics-bending, high-flying tricks were all present and correct - but somehow the experience just didn't add up to the petrolhead SSX we were hoping for.

With just a few button taps and a stick wiggle it's amazingly easy to pull off all manner of showboating potential neck-snappers, as miles of lush countryside stretch out breathtakingly below. And the on-ground bike handling is as tight and responsive as you could ever wish for. But somehow the experience still managed to feel a little flat. It was fun certainly, but between the cool but unexilerating track design and a feeling that we just weren't interacting with the other racers much, we couldn't help but walk away a little deflated.

Score: 7

Resident Evil 5 - Xbox 360

How can something so unquestionably great evoke such little excitement? Because familiarity does not in fact breed contempt. It breeds apathy. And while Resident Evil 5 is a whole load of frantic, visceral, not-zombie blasting fun, what we've played so far - admittedly from only around half an hour into the game - is nearly exactly the same fun we had with Resident Evil 4 in 2005. It sounds ungrateful to criticise a title for being too similar to one of the best games of all time, but criticise we cannot help but do.

There is however, a rather exciting flash of hope in the hints we've seen of the full game's eventual co-op slant. A shared inventory between Chris and Sheva hints at a very heavy emphasis, and a brief, Gears Of War-style, split-up-and-provide-covering-fire escapade put definite smiles on faces while implying that teamwork might really set Resi 5 apart from its hard-to-follow predecessor.

Score: 8

Shaun White Snowboarding: Road Trip - Wii

The Wii Balance Board is a responsive piece of kit, and packed with potential. If you need proof of that, you need only give the Wii version of Shaun White a go. The closest we'll ever get to a home version of Namco's classic Alpine Surfer coin-op, the game controlled brilliantly after the prerequisite foot calibration period. While hitting grind rails has been made a little easier than is perhaps necessary, the game's bright, solid visuals in no way indicate a simplistic game. It's not SSX3, but what we played was a very engaging, tightly-designed showcase for what the weirdest of Wii peripherals can actually do in the right hands.

Score: 8

39 comments

  • bron1417 - September 5, 2008 12:55 a.m.

    im really looking foward to Dead Space and Mirror's Edge they look freaking AMAZING!!!
  • 1upmario - September 3, 2008 8:04 p.m.

    Bennycow you are screwed in the head you like the looks of cod5 better than crysis.
  • londonjack - August 30, 2008 7:56 p.m.

    mirrors edge looks good
  • KingofHearts - August 29, 2008 9:20 a.m.

    !! Lol !! @ Sonic! Why cant they get it right...sigh...
  • flare149 - August 29, 2008 3:05 a.m.

    I agree, what's up with Killzone 2 getting a five? Everyone says it looks really good and it's pretty promising. heck a few months ago GamesRadar was like bowing down to it and saying it made the PS3 the most important gaming console ever...and then this? Also why does everyone say Killzone sucked? It really wasn't bad aside from minor bug issues I r confused
  • Coolbeans69 - August 29, 2008 2:30 a.m.

    Another crappy Sonic game? That's dissapointing.
  • NintendoNerd655 - August 29, 2008 12:56 a.m.

    We need some water for these flames!
  • georgeguy - August 28, 2008 11:29 p.m.

    hey bennycow they played the demo im sure there going to change like cod 5 how much u wanna bet its going to be a 9 at least when it comes out
  • GamesRadarTylerWilde - August 28, 2008 10:10 p.m.

    http://stuff.tjwilde.com/1210882774844.jpg
  • Bennycow - August 28, 2008 10 p.m.

    YO THIS IS MY OWN RATINGS OF THESE GAMES I HAVENT PLAYED ANY OF THEM IM RATING THEM BY HOW THEY LOOK BIONIC COMMANDO 7 CALL OF DUTY 5 9 CRYSIS WARHEAD 8 DAMNATION 7 DEAD RISING 2 7 DEAD SPACE 9 FALLOUT 3 10 KILLZONE 2 3 MIRRIORS EDGE 10 MOTORSTORM 2 8 PURE 8 RESIDENT EVIL 5 10 SHAWN WHITE SNOWBOARDING 7 SKATE IT 6 SONIC UNLEASHED 8 STAR WARS CLONE WARS 4 STREET FIGHTER 4 10
  • NintendoNerd655 - August 28, 2008 8:53 p.m.

    Why? Because they said something bad about the PS3? I was also a little suprised about Killzone 2's performence. But it wasn't too suprising.
  • TheGreatHobbe - October 7, 2008 11:46 p.m.

    ha killzone and sonic for the lose, and what no fable 2, wasnt it at that convention, not sure
  • John-117 - September 10, 2008 12:44 p.m.

    @Fluxnard I'm confused because alot of other gaming news/features sites say the game is shaping up to be fantastic, even a preview posted recently on GamesRadar says something to that effect. I don't know why you want Killzone 2 to be bad it's looking pretty fun and exciting, especially the multiplayer. As many people have already said, Killzone 1 wasn't a horrible game, it was just overly hyped by people at sony and gamers as well. GG wanted to deliver a great game but they made a good one and Killzone 2 looks to be the game they intended to make but were hampered by both time constrainsts and the PS2 hardware.
  • NintendoNerd655 - August 31, 2008 12:23 a.m.

    srry dude, i got a little outta hand. :$
  • Synster - August 30, 2008 8:07 p.m.

    I find it funny that people rag on Killzone 2, yet the first one was /not/ a terrible game. It was a solid, well thought out FPS. Besides. Since when does a different planet, in a completely different solar system, with little to no oxygen, not to mention it's constantly storming. When do you expect /that/ to look like earth?
  • je@n - August 30, 2008 6:05 p.m.

    lol street fighter is gonna be awsome!
  • mfwahwah - August 30, 2008 5:36 p.m.

    "Why? Because they said something bad about the PS3?" That has absolutely nothing to do with it. Don't go spinning my unexplained opinions into some fanboy shit, I really don't appreciate that.
  • Marioninja1 - August 30, 2008 2:13 a.m.

    I actually Agree with most of these, but I wish Left 4 Dead was in this
  • Phantasmagorical - August 30, 2008 2 a.m.

    I was really hoping Sonic would be be a bit better... But at least Mirror's Edge is as good as it looked! I want to play it so badly. ><
  • TheWebSwinger - August 29, 2008 7:15 p.m.

    Killzone 2 a 5? Wtf??

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