Advance Wars: Dark Conflict

Advance Wars: Dark Conflict Features for DS

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8Out of 10
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Welcome to Plays, our weekly feature where we give you the inside track on what's been whirring in our disc drives this week. We'll be honest (so if we've been playing Superman on the N64 we'll tell you). But if we've been hammering the latest billion-selling blockbuster we'll let you know about that too.

The Club screenshot

Tom Orry, Editor -The Club, Xbox 360.
Forget about Devil May Cry 4 (well, don't as it's still a great game). It's The Club from SEGA and Bizarre Creations that should be top of your list this week. It's fair to say that the last game from Bizarre to be released outside of Activision snuck up on me a little. I had no doubt that it'd be a polished game, but I just didn't expect it to be so addictive and challenging. It's easy to blast through the game's levels, but that's not really the point. It's only when you go back and try to place high on the worldwide leaderboards that the game's true brilliance shines through. There's just something thrilling about seeing your name appear on the first page of almost every leaderboard - I blank out the fact that only a handful of people had the game at that point.

Tetris Splash screenshot

Wesley Yin-Poole, Deputy Editor - Tetris Splash, DS.
Once again, this week I've been mostly playing superb XBLA title Tetris Splash. At this point, I'm so addicted to this game, that when I close my eyes to go to sleep, I can actually see Tetris blocks falling into place. I can see them right now, as I'm typing this. It's maddeningly addictive, and a bit funny too, especially when played online with people trash talking as if we're playing Halo 3. It's only Tetris lads, calm down. I've now improved my already amazing Tetris skills by switching to the thumb stick instead of the much clumsier d-pad, and rotating clockwise AND anti-clockwise depending on what's the quickest way of getting my piece in the right position. Next: T-Spins!

FIFA Street 3 screenshot

James Orry, News Editor - FIFA Street 3, Xbox 360.
What's the point in international football friendlies, especially those involving the England team? I sat watching the game on Wednesday, which despite some decent play in the second half almost bored me to tears. The same wasn't the case immediately following the game when Tom sat down to play FIFA Street 3. I've not actually played it yet, but it sure looks impressive. Each player has been beautifully caricatured, meaning Rooney has stocky bull-like features and Crouch looks like he'd snap in two if the ref blew his whistle too hard. Anyway, I've not played it so this doesn't really qualify for Plays, but watching it in motion made me want to pick up a controller and join in.

Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare screenshot

Nick Peres, Video Producer - Call of Duty 4, Xbox 360.
There's no point in me denying it, after returning to this game I am as crap as ever which I find highly inconvenient since I love it. Finishing very often near the bottom of the score table I often wonder what it would be like to feel like I played a useful part in the previous battle. My friends are never slow to throw some useful tips my way, the sort of advice everyone appreciates, like "don't stand in the doorway", "you should aim above the ground once and a while" and worst of all "it's probably best you leave now". The most embarrassing scars I bare I have to carry with me into every COD lobby I go - my service record. It details some of the worst statistics to hit this country, proving on paper that I am actually an official handicap to any team I play on.

The Club screenshot

Simon Hunter, Associate Video Producer - -The Club, Xbox 360.
After downloading The Club demo from Xbox LIVE Marketplace, I played it for about an hour and really enjoyed myself. I enjoyed it so much that I did a little dance when the retail copy arrived, but tom had to write the review so I had to wait! After what seemed like an age I started playing - at last I could fill my combo meter while stylishly going for headshots. I liked the look of Nemo (his intro made him look like some kind of cannibal), but he was locked so I had to satisfy my blood lust with another character. Although, after failing to beat Tom's high scores I think I might just go after him instead.

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rayyanjafri's Avatar


I Think The Club Will Stink Just Like Cod4
Posted 12:27 on 10 February 2008
Netmind's Avatar


You guys play too much on the 360 :P
PC FTW! :)
Posted 02:11 on 10 February 2008
FantasyMeister's Avatar


If it's any consolation I only usually play COD4 once per week during our regular Thursday matchups, and Nick is nowhere near as bad as he thinks he is :)

If you guys mention The Club once more I might have to grab it for £20.98 using NinetiesKid's 'bargain bin' technique before GAME cotton on, but I think Guitar Hero 3 might offer me a similar type of score-beating fix, just with rock instead of bullets. I was very impressed with The Club's polish on the demo though, really nice looking game.
Posted 15:35 on 09 February 2008

Game Stats

Technical Specs
Release Date: 25/01/2008
Developer: Intelligent Systems
Publisher: Nintendo
Genre: Turn-based strategy
No. Players: 1-4
Rating: PEGI 12+
Site Rank: 14,022 195
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