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It’s amazing, but true – Trash Panic has the same maddeningly addictive qualities as Tetris. The concept is simple, there’s a bin on screen and objects are dropped or ‘smashed’ from above into it. The junk piles up and you need to keep smashing bikes into TVs and chairs into boats in order to crumple it down and so leave space above for more trash.
If you’re reading this, you probably know that the brilliance of Puzzle Quest lies in the beautiful matrimony between casual and hardcore. The original PQ took a casual puzzle concept (Bejeweled) and legitimized it with plenty of hardcore RPG elements like intense battles, character leveling and engrossing story.
Open-world superhero games and plot-altering moral decisions are nothing new by themselves, but stick them together and you’ve got… well, you’ve got Spider-Man: Web of Shadows. But throw in lightning powers, riots, out-of-control gangs that hunt in packs and lots of ruined buildings to climb, and you’ve got inFamous, the story of a wall-climbing wild talent trapped in a city gone mad
During the demo appointments leading up to Undisputed’s release, we knew we were seeing something good. The tactical, yet undeniably brutal sport (if it’s recognized by many state athletic commissions then yes, it is a sport) is rendered the best it’s ever been in digital form.
As ever, the appeal of this latest SingStar depends on your feelings towards the track list. The highlights of the 30-song line-up? Kaiser Chiefs, The Killers, Sam Sparro and Kings of Leon, plus many more bands bludgeoned into your ears by Radio 1. There are big acts, but to those of us waiting for SingStar: Math Rock Edition, the endless stream of pop is getting a bit much.
If your ideal gaming setup is laying about the sofa in your undies while Friday night’s hangover sits uncomfortably on your forehead – you need Astro Tripper. Like many of the PSN shooters influenced by the two-dimensional blasts of yesteryear, Astro Tripper is a neat mix of old-school points-chasing and new-school visuals.
If you aren’t sick of the classic Worms concept then there’s a great deal of fun to be had with this snack-sized downloadable title. With smaller maps, and fewer weapons and modes than the 1995 original, this is Worms distilled to its purest essence – but the simple joy of lobbing grenades at cartoon annelids is almost worth the asking price.
Buzz’s enthusiastic quizmaster is back with a whole sack full of new questions and some mildly cringe-worthy one-liners. As with SingStar, we’d assumed that downloadable content for the first PS3 game would make further releases unnecessary, but there are bound to be those who just want to pick up an easy new instalment. And they’ll be pleased with what they get for their money.
Here’s a quick heads-up: you only think you know all the words to Killer Queen. In reality, you don’t. But fear not, Freddie fans, as there are another 24 tunes to strut and punch the air by.
We’re torn though. On the one hand this is great and warbling through Under Pressure with a mate is as beautiful as SingStar gets. But on the other, this is simply a repackaged SingStar with zero originality.
It’s really very simple. You drive fast; it looks pretty; a lovely blonde urges you on. Yep, Outrun is really very, very simple. Outrun was born in a time when games were dumb as hell. It was a good time rammed with simple thrills and instantly accessible excitement. In the 80s nobody was especially concerned with physics, simulated car handling, real-world tracks, or halfway-decent clothing.
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