Out Today: Wanted, WSC 2009

Out this week: 4th April 2009

Wanted: Weapons Of Fate [ Buy now for just £29.95 ]

Based on Universal Pictures’ action-thriller Wanted, Wanted promises to deliver the same fantastic visual style, in-your-face attitude and edge-of-your-seat action as the blockbuster motion picture. The game continues the story of hero Wesley Gibson, picking up the action where the film leaves off and creating an entirely new chapter exploring both Wesley’s journey to becoming an unmatched überassassin and the epic fiction of “The Fraternity.”

Mixed reviews from the community so far (we’ve not played it yet) with some commenting that the game follows the style of the movie closely and the bullet time and curved shots are cool, but the game has met with criticism based on the length of the game (roughly 5 hours) and the repetitive nature of the game mechanics.  If anyone’s brave enough to take the plunge please let us know how it is, but for everyone else we recommend a rental.  Still, £29.95 for a brand new game isn’t half bad.

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WSC Real 09: World Snooker Championship [ Buy now for just £29.99 ]

Apparently the product of a new technology called Infinite Worlds, according to the publishers the game looks so good you will believe that you are facing down snooker’s superstars. The game has a new Real Mode that allows you the player to walk around the set and get down and view the shot from any angle before committing. A new control method allows you to take the shot more accurately than ever before. All the competitions, all the top players… play them for real!

Snooker’s a great thing to watch on the tele, but I’ve always felt that post Amiga a lot of the so-called ‘sims’ have completely missed the point.  This year’s Blade Interactiv title has all the trappings of a decent game, and it’s fully licensed too so you won’t be playing against Bonnie O’Mulligan.  Although that might an altogether more enjoyable experience anyway.

Recently released:

Buzz: Brain Of The UK [ Buy now for just £19.99 ]

With more than 4000 questions all about the UK as well as general knowledge – all of which you can play with your friends at home or online against other trivia fans on PlayStation Network, you won’t be able to put your wireless buzzer down. Compete for the high score on the national leaderboard and play with up to eight friends across five trivia channels: Movies & TV, Music, Sport, Lifestyle and Knowledge; then, when you’ve mastered your national knowledge, go online to the MyBuzzQuiz website to write your own quizzes or download extra premium quiz packs from PlayStation Store.

Initially when we played this it felt like a cheap expansion pack.  The truth is that despite the fact that the game is exactly the same as the main PS3 Buzz! title, the UK focus actually makes it more enjoyable.  Yes, it’s essentially a booster pack on a Blu-ray, but there’s a huge amount of questions with even more downloadable via the Store.  The inclusion of precisely the same Trophies as last year is baffling, though, but hey – if you want some easy Silvers and Golds, grab this game.

Command and Conquer: Red Alert 3 [ Buy now for just £37.98 ]

Command & Conquer: Red Alert 3 blends the over-the-top humour and fast, fluid and fun gameplay the series is known for with exciting new innovations for the real-time strategy genre, including fully co-operative, story driven-campaigns and an unprecedented emphasis on naval gameplay. PlayStation 3 gamers will navigate the C&C style, action-packed gameplay via the Command Stick 2.0 interface, an intuitive control system that allows gamers of all skill levels to easily and efficiently command their units on the battlefield. Command & Conquer: Red Alert 3 – Ultimate Edition also packs in a tremendous amount of bonus content.

We just started playing this last night after hammering the 360 version, so what’s new?  Well, I was under the impression this would run at 1080p (it doesn’t, it runs at 720p, with tearing) but it does come with a number of new enhancements.  Gameplay-wise there are five new multiplayer maps, but the rest of the additions are purely DVD-extra style bonuses: behind the scenes videos, in-depth profiles on the units and the full soundtracks (albeit streamed on your TV, not downloadable).  Still, fluff aside, it’s still a great game, all the voices have been re-recorded to match the DS3’s different button mapping and it feels solid enough.  If you’ve already splashed out on the Xbox version, though, it’s probably not worth it.

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