This effectively kills off the need to buy another Buzz! game ever again. Over 5,000 questions makes it the biggest quiz to date, and you’ll never run out of new trivia thanks to downloadable 500-question quiz packs and user-created quizzes. Writing your own quizzes for family, friends and total strangers to play is a massive draw, though be warned that only a stingy eight questions per quiz are allowed.
Beer bongs. Vodka snooters (snorting Smirnoff, in other words). Mariachi bands. Scientists are constantly coming up with new and exciting ways to make parties more chaotic and financially ruinous, but they’ve outdone themselves with SingStar Vol. 2. If you’re the sort of person who routinely gets emotionally blackmailed into holding SingStar ‘dos’ round at your house, then watch out: life is about to get worse.
Launch title? It was meant to be, yes. But now Fatal Inertia is finally here, albeit as a PS Store release. And comparisons with WipEout are inevitable. Both are futuristic racers with anti-gravity craft and magnetic weaponry, but, well… one’s a lot better than the other.
Comparisons aside, there’s an abundance of features to get stuck into. There are four classes of racers, each with their own advantages and
Metal Gear Solid 4 is a masterpiece, arguably the best in the series and – though many will fiercely disagree – ever so slightly disappointing. About 40% through, our notepad was scarred with breathless superlatives like 'Genius', 'Amazing' and 'Wow!!!' but by the game's conclusion, they'd given way to considered criticism and stark cries of 'WTF?'. Will you enjoy it?
Following the first ever SingStar on PS2, every one of the new games - from SingStar Rocks to SingStar Legends - has been judged and rated on its track list. It’s the only fair way. We know SingStar is the best party-rocking karaoke game out there, but you can’t keep giving every add-on a 9 because of that. It’s been all about the songs. So now - at last - we have a properly brand new SingStar to score. A next-gen revamp of
After five years of hype, speculation and delay, Ubisoft’s Haze breaks cover - and despite being developed by Free Radical, the team behind the excellent TimeSplitters 2 on PS2 - it fails to better UT3, Resistance and CoD4. Haze looks poor, lacks set-pieces and feels like a novel idea that missed its window of opportunity, frayed by the requests of nervous Brand Managers and cruel demands of next-gen development.
Echochrome looks arty. Pretentious. Snooty, even, but for all its edgy minimalism, few games provide such a colorful challenge. It’s a dignified and well-measured puzzler - and PS3 certainly needs some more of those.
As you can tell from the screenshots, Echochrome uses impossible structures like those conceived by MC Escher (that well-known hip hop artist), and gives you the apparently simple task of guiding an
Don’t let the fact that this is from the developers of maligned PS3 launch title Genji put you off; it’s actually one of the better PSN games to date. If you remember the dungeon crawls from the old Zelda games, this will be familiar - a top-down view, enemies to defeat, bosses to battle and items to collect. The unique thing, however, is that each room of the dungeons is filled with black fog.
Gran Turismo 5 Prologue might only be a demo, but it’s worth 40 bucks alone to justify the $2000 you splurged on a PS3 and a 1080p HDTV. Prologue - the preview version of 2009’s full-on GT5 - looks even better than the screenshots you can see here. It’s the game you’ll use to convince confused loved ones about the power of PS3. The demo may have been available in Japan for a while, but thanks to the new Drift Mode
Realism is the bunker of next-gen gaming. Easy to hit, but restrictive and slightly depressing - so it’s refreshing to come across a title that bucks the trend. While MotorStorm and GTA IV digitally recreate real-world visuals - with pin-sharp crisp packets and grimly accurate mud physics - Hot Shots Golf: Out of Bounds raises a smile with beautiful cartoon characters in a saccharine-sweet universe. There’s a highly addictive game