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Arkham Asylum had only one major flaw – the game was so painstakingly, overwhelmingly, wonderfully thorough in its depiction of the Batman universe, we couldn’t imagine what was left to cover or accomplish in a sequel. The developers at Rocksteady got every element of the character right, from his combat to his gadgets to his previously neglected detective skills. They featured half a dozen of Gotham’s greatest villains, then included hidden references to nearly 30 more just as fan service. They created a setting with enough macabre detail to capture the comics’ horror, but with enough epic scope to somehow fit a Batcave, Batmobile and Batwing. This was it. This was the perfect Batman game.
Yet from the moment we started Arkham City, all we could think was: Arkham Asylum was practice. Compared to its sequel, the “best superhero game ever” and our choice for Game of the Year 2009 seems like a tech demo, a first draft, merely a blueprint for what the perfect Batman game can actually be. This is it...
It’s seriously lucky Battle Tanks is flawed, otherwise it’s exactly the sort of game you could lose a whole weekend to. The setup is that four cartoony tanks face off in tight square maps filled with walls, breakable obstacles and various power-ups. It’s a bit like Bomberman in layout. The controls are Smash TV-style, with the left stick moving you around the map as the right fires in the direction pressed.
Tricky review to write, this one. Tricky review indeed. You see Battlefield 3 is really two separate games fighting for attention in the same package. One of them (and arguably the one that most of the series' core fanbase are interested in) is very, very good indeed. The other, despite looking very pretty and seeming to have the best of intentions, is a formulaic, often-shambolic mess of thing, which stumbles into the territory of the downright broken at times.
So the question is, does one ignore the crap and rate the game based upon the best bits, or take Battlefield 3 as an overall package and adjust the score accordingly? I'm going to have to do the latter, because Battlefield 3 is an overall package, and a review cannot simply be written for a selected group of gamers. I will however, be breaking things down a bit in my text so that you can contextualise what the final number means for you personally. My position clear, let's get on with this, shall we?
Sega brings us another third-person shooter. But can it match up to the heady heights of Vanquish? Predictably, no. But once you get over that, there's a lot to like here.
Capcom is in real danger of shooting itself in the foot here. As well as its big-budget re-imagining of Bionic Commando, it is also releasing Bionic Commando Rearmed as a cheaply-priced download.
The wait is over. See if BioShock Infinite is everything you've been anticipating...
Grasshopper and Digital Reality team up once again to create a dark, stylish platformer--but is it any good? Find out in our review...
BlazBlue: Continuum Shift (CS) is nothing if not honest, even in the basic tutorial the game’s 12 year old Gothic Lolita berates you for your lack of skill and “The vast rotting expanse you call your head”. Essentially, it’s a perfect microcosm of BlazBlue: Continuum Shift; If you’re not willing to suffer a little in order to have fun, you might want to look elsewhere. CS is unapologetically Japanese both in its style and gameplay, offering up a carnival’s worth of fascinatingly bizarre characters while demanding some skill from the player to get the most out of them.
Everyone has their reason for why they fall in love with a particular anime. Whether it's the flashy, high-action battles, an unpredictable story, or well-rounded, intriguing characters, there's always a part that some fans cling to more than others. Bleach could have been a Dragon Ball Z clone, but it instead featured excellent character interaction - particularly, the witty banter to make it stand out from the pack. Now, strip this interaction from Bleach and leave it just with its combat. Still interested? Then Bleach: Soul Resurreccion should stay in your good graces; however, for those who revel in the eclectic personalities of Ichigo and company, they’re nowhere to be found here...
Real world blimps are dangerous, unwieldy death traps that have a history of exploding over heavily populated areas. Strangely enough, it's for these exact reasons that piloting a virtual blimp in Grip Games' Blimp: The Flying Adventures equates to one of the most enjoyable and downright addictive titles in the PS Mini library...
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