Sitting in a bush on the actual Serengeti, waiting to get a snap of a giraffe roundhouse kicking a wildebeest is – as we can only imagine in our crazy world – kind of exciting. The tension of seeing beasts in the wild and their unpredictability makes for a once-in-a-lifetime experience, if not a potentially dangerous one if a lion happens to sneak up on you.
It’s not even remotely difficult to imagine how the idea for PowerUp Forever came about. Somebody played the hypnotic, 2D game flOw (try the demo here and buy it on PSN) and said, “Hey! Wouldn’t this be fun if your onscreen avatar had a gun?”
The nutshell we’re about to stuff Crash Commando into, essentially saving the you effort of reading any further should you so wish, has two distinct halves. One is brightly coloured; with lots of pinks and greens clashing in nauseating ways. It has been decorated like an Easter egg in the style of the Worms games. The other half is darker, more serious.
‘Tis the season for house parties, hot booze and awkward family reunions, so while karaoke is the perfect antidote to glaring silence and forced smiles, it’s a shame that this is the weakest SingStar on PS3. Don’t worry, they haven’t broken it completely. The basic set up hasn’t changed – you sing, you get a score; you argue that your microphone isn’t working properly.
It’s tough to review a game like SingStar: ABBA, because it does what it does very, very well – the question is, does anyone want a game that does what this game does?
Heavy on nostalgia, light on content is probably the quickest way to sum up GTi Club+ but you’ll doubtless want a few more facts than that. You should, seeing as the PS3 download game has been created by Sumo Digital, the British company behind the excellent home console versions of OutRun 2. Sumo stick to what we know they can do here and bring us a faster, smoother, hi-def remake of another arcade racer.
Prince of Persia Classic gives the original 2D adventure an extremely likeable modern twist. Gameloft has done a stunning job of giving the old backgrounds an exotic 3D makeover. Sometimes this kind of thing falls flat on its face, but with such an iconic game, it’s brilliant that the makeover has been so successful.
There was a time when Street Fighter II machines lined the halls of dimly lit smoke-filled arcades. It was there that crowds gathered to watch titans clash. Remember the sneaky Guile player? Always crouching and constantly cornering, he was ready to throw up a Flash Kick every time you tried to break free from his never-ending barrage of sweeps and Sonic Booms.
Naruto: Ultimate Ninja Storm is without a doubt the prettiest Naruto fighting game we’ve yet seen. Thanks to the power of the PS3 (and a required 4GB install – these have to stop), it’s every bit as crisp and colorful as the Naruto anime – and the game moves a lot more smoothly, too. Special attacks are spectacular.
Pirates, eh!? Brilliant, eh!? Not really, but this is a multiplayer game up there with Bomberman and Worms. Eight players sail the seas, fight, and attempt to occupy ports to secure victory. Offline, it’s... a bit rubbish. It’s a speedy and strategic RTS-lite, and unlike anything else on PSN. Just don’t bother playing alone.