And so with another weekly update upon us, I have to say it has been a rather busy week for me games-wise. Because of this I did not get much writing done, for which I am sure TurtleGirl will have me punished, so I shall try to get back to that, but with so many games to play it’s not easy. I started off on Thursday playing Mafia II, which I instantly became addicted to and will be writing a review of soon. I say soon because it is one of a handful I have to write up. But the playing of Mafia II was shared time-wise over the weekend with Red Dead Redemption while I explored the new content that was released last week. On top of this I have been playing Sky Fighter, which I will also be writing a review of, and a third one which I picked up only just today – Formula 1 2010, of which I played a tiny bit of and already love, so look forward to reading that also. So with a lot to play and write up, I need to get it together and get some of these written up for your perusal and consideration.
This week brings with it the return of a gaming legend Lara Croft, a few demos and a pretty decent selection of new content for exsisting games. So lets take a little look see.
LARA CROFT AND THE GUARDIAN OF LIGHT Â£9.99/â‚¬12.99
This week we get a new game featuring the gaming legend Lara Croft, although not technically a Tomb Raider game, more a new adventure that just happens to star the pixelated buxom beauty. Taking a step away from the traditional third person adventure that we associate with the Tomb Raider star, this time it is an isometric adventure viewed from afar and Lara is not on her own as this adventure requires a wee bit of teamwork and as such she is joined by a native named Totec. Both the characters have their own unique moves which must be used in conjunction with the others to progress through the stages, with Lara using her grappling rope and Totec able to throw spear, creating foot and handhold or grapple points. The one thing missing from the game, both the Xbox and PlayStation versions, is an online co-op mode which we are told will be arriving in the future. This feature in my opinion would have been a huge selling point to what looks like an already fun game.
TEROVER FREE TRIAL AND UNLOCK KEYÂ Â£8.99/â‚¬11.25
TeRover is a puzzle, driving, side scrolling platform game. The looks of the game are very basic but kind of cute with line drawing style graphics. The player controls a multi wheeled rover vehicle through numerous stages and must guide the rover over obstacles, some of which on first sight look impossible to pass as they are sheer walls. But your vehicle appears to be extremely nimble. Your rover can also hop, meaning you can jump over small pits and holes. So if you are looking for a new platform game with a little difference, then this could be worth checking out, especially as there is the chance to try before you buy with a demo.
CASTLEVANIA LORDS OF SHADOW DEMO FREE DOWNLOAD
Castlevania Lords Of Shadow is the latest in the long line of Castlevania games and this time, on the current generation of consoles, the game takes on a third person perspective for some gory hack and slash action. Over the fifty odd stages in the game you can expect many puzzles and platform jumping, that is to be expected from the Castlevania series, meaning fans will be able to rest in the knowledge that although things have progressed in the looks and gameplay stakes, it is still undeniably a game that belongs to the series. And to find out for yourselves whether it lives up to being worthy of the name, you can pick the demo up now and give it a try.
EA SPORTS MMA DEMO FREE DOWNLOAD
Electronic Arts newest addition to their expanding stable of sports title is MMA – a little bit of competition for the established UFC fighting game. The player takes control of fighters who are masters of various martial arts and fighting styles and are pitted against other similar fighters within various rings and cages. Not many more details concerning the gameplay but you can pretty much guess from the genre what will be involved in the game. With one on one fights it all really comes down to the control system, determining whether it’s a button basher or whether it actually takes some skill to play while remaining fun. This demo is perfect for you to find out if it is a worthy contender or not.
MYSIMS SKY HEROES DEMO FREE DOWNLOAD
Electronic Arts MySims Sky Heroes is a console outing for EA’s Mysims series of games and this one involves the player fighting evil in a cartoon style, arcade, aerial based shooter where your mini sim takes on the role of a combat pilot in a series of fights. There has been an influx of aerial combat games over the last month or two, both full retail games and PSN titles, and this seems to be taking a more light-hearted view of things, keeping things fun and enjoyable rather than a serious shooter. Check out the demo now to see if this is your kind of thing or not.
WRC FIA WORLD RALLY CHAMPIONSHIP DEMO FREE DOWNLOAD
Oh god! Yet another racing game that I feel the need to own. This time it is another officially licensed game centred around one of my favourite motorsports, rallying. The game however competes with Codemasters reigning champion of the sport, the Dirt series. What WRC has in it’s favour is that it is the licensed game, meaning that it has the real teams, drivers, cars and locations included. Another thing in it’s favour, which will appeal to fans of the sport, is that instead of Dirt’s various types of off road racing, WRC keeps its focus on the timed rally stages. So if you are in the mood to go roaring through forests and woods around the word in high performance cars, then this is one to check out. I know for sure I will be.
FIFA 11 ALL LEAGUES LIVE SEASON Â£7.99/â‚¬9.99 PACK CONTAINS THE FOLLOWING PACK WHICH CAN BE PURCHASED SEPARATELY
BARCLAYS PREMIER LEAGUE LIVE SEASON Â£1.99/â‚¬2.49
FRENCH LIGUE 1 LIVE SEASON Â£1.99/â‚¬2.49
ITALIAN SERIE A LIVE SEASON Â£1.99/â‚¬2.49
GERMAN BUNDESLIGA LIVE SEASON Â£1.99/â‚¬2.49
SPANISH LIGA BBVS LIVE SEASON Â£1.99/â‚¬2.49
The Live Season features, which are activated on purchasing these packs for Fifa 11, automatically update your game each week using real life, up to date statistics of both teams and individual players. This means that if a player is not doing too well in real life, then his in game self will be affected the same way, including injuries. Real life injured players will either be removed from the games or may remain in game, but not play to the fullest of their abilities. Although the game runs just as well without this feature, real hardcore fans, of which there are a lot, will surely snap this up, keeping the game as realistic as possible.
MAFIA II GAME PACKS
GREASER PACK Â£1.99/â‚¬2.49
WAR HERO PACK Â£1.99/â‚¬2.49
VEGAS PACK Â£1.99/â‚¬2.49
RENEGADE PACK Â£1.99/â‚¬2.49
These various packs for Mafia II were originally the pre order bonus items for various retailers which are now being made available to purchase in the PSN store. Each pack offers the player two themed outfits and two vehicles to go with those outfits. For instance the two packs that I received when I purchased the game were the greaser pack, which gave me biker leathers and a racing suit with a cool crash helmet along with two hot rod themed cars, and the made man pack which gives a suit and tuxedo along with a sports cars and a huge car – the kind you imagine Al Capone driving around in. The other packs offer up similar goodies such as an army uniform and jeep, which takes it’s roots from the first chapter of the game. These packs are great to pick up if you are after a little variation in your outfits and rides. Grab ‘em all, or just one or two that take your fancy.
BORDERLANDS CLAPTRAPS NEW ROBOT REVOLUTION Â£6.29/â‚¬7.99
Fans of Borderlands rejoice as this weeks brings with it a new content pack containing a decent amount of gameplay value. The story involves the player fighting off Claptraps Robot Revolution either on their own or in co-op mode with some friends joining in. The pack includes twenty brand new missions along with a multitude of new enemies, including the cunning Ninja Assassin Claptrap. The game also offers players the chance to improve their characters with extra skill points and backpack slots. If you are looking for a little more of a challenge and more gameplay from Borderlands, then this may well be your answer.
DEATHSPANK THONGS OF VIRTUE THE SNOWY MOUNTAIN DUNGEON Â£2.39/â‚¬2.99
The Snowy Mountain Dungeon pack is ideal for player who are near to ending the main story of the game. Lower level players may find this a little tough as it is aimed primarily at higher level players, with hordes of creatures to be taken care of and a few new boss fights also. Hidden within this mostly linear dungeon is a new set of pretty impressive armour, along with a few new weapons. The dungeon itself is a pretty short romp, but the pack is not too expensive. Perfect for people looking for a bit more of a challenge from the game.
SONIC ADVENTURE DX UPGRADE Â£3.19/â‚¬3.99
This pack upgrades the recently released Sonic Adventure to the Directors cut of the game, which not only adds the metal sonic as a playable character but also gives the player sixty new missions to play through. For the price and greatness of the game, I would say that it is more than worth it. If you picked up Sonic Adventure last week, then you may well want to pick this up.
MODNATION RACERS AIR RAID PACK Â£1.39/â‚¬1.75
This weeks ModNation pack is an air raid pack and as usual comes with a mod and a kart. The Mod himself comes sporting a leather flight jacket and old style leather pilot helmet with some rather fetching goggles. The kart more resembles an old fighter plane rather than a kart, with a plane body and wings. It looks especially impressive as it sails through the air over the games huge jumps. As usual, all the parts can also be used in your own creations, should the fancy take you.
NAUGHTY BEAR EPISODE 9 THE TREASURE OF BEAR BEARD Â£3.99/â‚¬4.99
Oh no! Look out everyone. That naughty bear is at it once again and this time he is playing with a decidedly pirate-like theme. So not only can you once again knock the stuffing out of even more bears, rather violently, with all sorts of dangerous weapons, but you also get to swash the buckle as you play pirates. Perfect for those looking for more bears to kick in the soft furry bits.
Snoop Dog Pack 01 Â£7.49/â‚¬10.99
Closer To The Edge by 30 Seconds To Mars Â£0.99/â‚¬1.49
Coffin Nails by Atreyu Â£0.99/â‚¬1.49
I’m Not Okay (I Promise) by My Chemical Romance Â£0.99/â‚¬1.49
Listen To The Music by The Doobie Brothers Â£0.99/â‚¬1.49
Long Train Running by The Doobie Brothers Â£0.99/â‚¬1.49
Out Of Line by Buckcherry Â£0.99/â‚¬1.49
Welcome To The Black Parade by My Chemical Romance Â£0.99/â‚¬1.49
ANTHRAX TRACK PACK 01 Â£4.39/â‚¬6.59 CONTAINS THE FOLLOWING TRACKS THAT CAN ALSO BE PURCHASED ALONE
Among The Living Â£0.99/â‚¬1.49
I’m The Man Â£0.99/â‚¬1.49
Madhouse (Live) Â£0.99/â‚¬1.49
Metal Thrashing Mad (Live) Â£0.99/â‚¬1.49
Video wise this week it’s pretty slim pickings. However, we are give the soundtrack to ModNation Racers for your listening pleasure, which can be yours for the price of Â£3.99/â‚¬4.99. The videos are headed up by FirstPlay Episode 026 Â£0.99/â‚¬1.20. There is not much else here this week, but maybe you can find something to watch…
Bulletstorm Gamescom Trailer
Mass Effect 2 Announcement Trailer
R.U.S.E. Launch Trailer
Ace Combat Assault Horizon TGS Trailer
Last on the update as always is a selection of bells and whistles to brighten up your system. Here is what there is…
Kung Fu rider Dynamic Theme Â£1.59/â‚¬1.99
Goldfish Pond Dynamic Theme Â£1.59/â‚¬1.99
Blackbeards Curse Premium Theme Â£1.19/â‚¬1.49
Mayan Skulls Premium Theme Â£1.19/â‚¬1.49
That brings to an end yet another PSN store update. A decent update with a nice amount of content to choose from. Hopefully there is something there that grabs your attention. As for me, I have enough to keep me going for now, but the question remains should I now write more, or should I play more games. Games might just win out. Okay, I am off to play at being a gangster yet again. Right about now is when I would wish you all happy gaming, but this week, fuget about it…