Transformers: Fall of Cybertron
High Moon Studios' Transformers outings have earned a fair amount of respect, due mainly to the franchise authenticity and the fact that none of its games are typical Activision movie tie-ins. This successor to the fairly well-received War for Cybertron, continues to stick its finger up to Michael Bay's recent cash cows and does so through true Transformer grittiness.
Sure, it plays like the average shooter it is – with a serious hat tip to Gears of War – but you'll have more fun churning through its repetitive levels than you would wincing at Bay's cheese-ball Hollywood explosions. I did, anyway.
Players take control of an Autobot for half the game, before switching to the Decepticon dark side for the remainder. Without giving much away, the finale is a predictable but entertaining mish-mash of the two, where players are forced into choosing which side of the moral fence they lie. It's hardly a game that'll leave a lasting impression, but certainly has its merits and might be worth picking up for a rainy weekend of button bashing.
Platforms PS3, Xbox 360, PC
More info Activision
The Unfinished Swan
This downloadable indie title is a hugely original concept that proves there is plenty of untapped innovation in the pool of games design. Players start off in a completely blank world, controlling an orphan that throws paint around in order to find his way.
You're actually on the hunt for a swan that went missing from one of your late mother's paintings and dived into the blank canvas in search of it. As the world around is unveiled, further features – such as chucking water to grow vines – must be discovered and used to solve puzzles. It isn't by any means a lengthy game, but it's certainly an enjoyable experience and one unlike any other on offer. You'll come away feeling like you've just had a lucid dream. ®
More info Giant Sparrow
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DLC; making cheap games expensive
I think the main problem with some games is the massive amount of DLC. And also in such a way that it seems as if you're going to have to buy into this sooner of later if you really want to enjoy all merits of the game, depending on the game of course.
But I've also been looking at Tokyo Jungle for a while but then noticed the /huge/ amount of extra's available. Needless to say but that gives me a totally different impression of said game; I can't help wonder how long gameplay can really last without purchasing any DLC.
Re: Dark Souls
Yes... It can be really difficult and frustrating at times, but it's down to you to observe what you're doing wrong, and improve your strategy. Rarely does it feel like the game is being 'cheap' when dishing out death.
The respawning of enemies is completely intentional. The game wouldn't be so difficult, and yet so damn satisfying if you could stroll back to the boss after defeat. Things get a touch easier if you manage to summon help from other gamers online though!
It's definitely not a game for everyone, but Dark Souls and it's predecessor are easily my favourites of this generation and jumped straight into my top-five games of all time. Love them!
Played it at eurogamer, and well, this was my take on it.
F1 Race stars played almost exactly the same as LBP Karting, which played almost exactly the same as Mod Nation Racers which was just a poop copy for Mario Kart. It just wasn't good.
Personally if I were to recommend a ps3 game people might have missed, it would be a much older one than that. Valkyria Chronicles. One of the best TBS games I've ever played, and not a single person I've talked into playing it has been able to disagree. If you like strategy then play that game.
Whatever any PS3 owner does this year...
...I highly recommend Okami HD, whether or not you played the original PS2 version. Its brilliant with or without the Move support, it looks awesome and it's one of the best PS2 games that ever came out.
Little Big Planet Karting as good as sonic racing? sonic racing is the best racing fun since mario kart on the snes.
we just got the new sonic racing transformed. cars then boats then aircraft. loads of fun and still pretty hardcore on the highest levels.
i do fancy Little Big Planet Karting but it was twice the price of sonic transformed. might pick it up after xmas when there are loads of user tracks.