The Fight: Lights Out

The Fight: Lights Out Features for PS3

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5Out of 10
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Tom Orry, Editor – Kinectimals, Xbox 360 and Kinect

Kinectimals screenshot

It's cute, looks pretty and is clearly aimed at pre-teen kids, but it's hard not to like Kinect launch title Kinectimals. You get to play with a wild kitten on a lush green island, brush its hair, throw it balls, and teach it tricks. There's something quite charming about saying "play dead" and then watching the cat stick its tongue out and flop to the floor. I even had a good time steering around the little car it was riding on, and throwing objects at skittles is good fun and shows off the Kinect hardware very well. I expect this is what the younger family members will be playing on Christmas day when everyone else has fallen asleep.

Neon Kelly, Deputy Editor - Deadly Premonition, Xbox 360

Deadly Premonition screenshot

Deadly Premonition has made quite a name for itself, thanks to its bizarre nature and reputation as "that good-bad-good" game. Now, thanks to Rising Star Games, us Europeans can sink our teeth into this oddball, open world Twin Peaks homage. The game itself certainly lives up to its reputation: the controls are ropey at best, the graphics and animation are shonky, and some of the basic features have been implemented in a way that makes little or no sense. But look beyond these failings, if you can, and you'll find a hugely original horror-mystery caper. Deadly Premonition has a wicked sense of humour, and the plot is actually pretty damn sharp. It also contains some of the nastiest moments I've seen in a game for quite some time. An overdue review will be popping up on the site next week.

Martin Gaston, Staff Writer - Castlevania: Lords of Shadow, Xbox 360, PS3

Castlevania: Lords of Shadow screenshot

Everyone's been banging on about Enslaved lately, but I'm not really interested in a game with combat so basic it might as well play itself. I'm both a show-off and a naturally difficult person, you see, so when told that the mammoth Castlevania: Lords of Shadow was probably a bit too hard on Knight difficulty I immediately pledged to complete the entire game on Knight difficulty. Crikey. I've never tasted humble pie, but I'm thinking it might be a little something like this. I'm at the end of Chapter V now, and have observed the following things: most of the enemies are big sods, but the bosses are complete ballaches and require near-perfect play; I find watching Patrick Stewart do flips and act like a badass completely ridiculous; and bloody hell there's a lot of climbing to do. I absolutely will complete it, but I might give myself a hernia in the process. It's probably a bit too hard on Knight difficulty.

Jamin Smith, Staff Writer – Dance Central Xbox 360 and Kinect

Dance Central screenshot

I got my groove on this week, busting out some crazy moves with Emily Gera in Dance Central. Perhaps you read my review? I went and gave the game an 8, lauding it as 'the perfect application of Kinect' and 'a huge leap forward for the dance genre'. It's true, too. Most of the games in the Kinect launch line up are a load of tosh (hopefully we'll be able to bring you a review of the unfathomably bad Fighters Uncaged next week), but Dance Central can hold its head high as the best Kinect game currently available. A certain Martin Gaston has been talking a lot of smack about 'pwning' me at the game (he reckons his experience with Just Dance 2 makes him Usher, or something), so there might be a little dance battle on the cards at some point next week...

Emily Gera, Staff Writer - Plants Versus Zombies, PC

Plants vs. Zombies screenshot

And would you look at that, here I am playing Plants Versus Zombies again. The game I can always rely on when I don't have an Internet connection or cable, or anything better to do beyond playing Tower Defense with plants. It's been my go-to game to play since I moved flats the other night, and it's officially replaced the time I usually spend zoning out to the block-marathon of Friends at 6pm. If it weren't for the fact that this game was sitting on my laptop I'd have spent the last three nights staring forlornly at walls until my Internet kicks in. Thanks, PvZ, you're there when I need you the most.

Tom Pearson, Video Producer - Force Unleashed 2, Xbox 360 and PS3

Star Wars: The Force Unleashed II screenshot

Whom, vom vom vuurmmm ccerchiiiiiiiiiiii: The sweet sound of lightsaber fury. I've been enjoying The Force Unleashed 2 this week. There is one huge flaw with this, and many other games in the Star Wars franchise. When you hit someone with your glowy stick, you expect it to go clean through and for them to end up in two separate parts. Also, if there's one thing that the films have taught me, it's that wielding a lightsaber is rather dangerous. So why on earth does Starkiller hold his like he wants to slit his wrists? It may look cool, but it's not practical. Remember there's only so much the force can teach you... about health and safety.

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FantasyMeister

The excitement and stresses (mostly on my feet) of my first week in a full-time job in years only made it possible for me to think about playing videogames this week. I thought a lot about how I'm going to raise 6.5m gold in Fable III on my day off.
Posted 09:32 on 07 November 2010
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mikejosh1978

Same as last wk for me , Fable 1&2 , gears 2 & Crackdown on 360 & Band Hero ,GH5 & BFBC2/1943 on Ps3 .
With all those & PoP HD Soon i shouldn't think i'll miss any of a certain bore me daft re-skinned ,re-hashed franchise this wk.
Posted 09:31 on 07 November 2010
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pblive

iPhone games again. Capcom Arcade, Chu Chu Rocket and Zombie Crisis, a Hoyse of the Dead type rail shooter.

Oh...and a little Super Meatboy, but not enough to get any better at it.
Posted 09:24 on 07 November 2010
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clangod

No surprise it's been a majority F1 2010 affair for me. Online is one of the most frustrating things I've ever encountered yet totally addictive. There's something about winning a hard fought race that just gets the primal juices pumping. At least for a few seconds, you are untouchable, fist pumping happens, and there seems no more an appropriate occasion for it.

Then you start the next race, get rammed off the track (repeatedly) and swear black and blue to avenge the dirty deed. You compose yourself, fight your way back into the race and witness your sworn enemy spin out under pressure and zoom by him satisfied that you didn't have to stoop to his level. Well, at least this works for longer races...

So many times now I've started a race, up to the first corner in P1 or P2, get rammed, spun, launched off the track but have managed to fight my way back into a podium finish through sheer perseverance (and super sharp driving skills ;)) Waiting in a lobby for some twat to start a race though really can get boring.

Apart from that I've been shooting zombies in RDR. Awesome bit of dlc, and well worth the price just going on what I've seen so far. I can see that it may seem a bit 'old' for players who have already invested so much time in the original outing as I have been unable to play it at length yet myself. Maybe a couple of 1 hour sessions spaced out over a few days...

And not a lot else...
Posted 09:20 on 07 November 2010
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Mr_Ninjutsu

@Tom Orry, 'throw it balls' I actually for a second thought you wrote 'throw its balls'.

I've been playing League of Legends, which is a real competitive RTS esque game. Also been playing Medal of Honor for PS3 and Castle Crashers Demo which is soooo overdue it's untrue.
Posted 08:36 on 07 November 2010
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IamBugged

Castlevania for me. Absolutely love that game.
Also played some Fifa with a friend. I still hate football games and probably always will.
Posted 08:28 on 07 November 2010
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Neon-Soldier32

Deadly Premonition - Shooting feels like Resident Evil. Killing enemies, is like Resident Evil. The plot (so far) is more original and engaging than Resi's and the graphics are certainly worse, but I am yet to play past the prologue. And that's because I don't want to get too heavy in story just for me to forget about it after play a certain shooter.

Crysis Warhead - The original Crysis is one of my favourite FPS' but it's such a shame that only a small percentage have played it. (Possibly two reason for this though, you either can't play it because you haven't got a PC or you can't run it because of your PC) And Warhead brings back all those good memories of playing the original. Near perfect graphics, original ideas and a decent campaign.

Modern Warfare 2 - Brilliant Campaign, overrated multiplayer, plays well with friends. In anticipation for BlOps.

Modern Warfare - Played a couple of hours with a (virtual) friend earlier, still as much fun as it was when it was first released.

Killing Floor - Incredibly fun, plays well with others and is brilliantly simple. If you have a PC you should definatly pick this up.

Undead Nightmare - Unfortunatly, I am in the small percentage of people who thought that RDR was a little overrated and got bored with playing it for extended periods at a time and this is the same with Undead Nightmare. The effort that RockStar have put in is phenominal and it comes at a brilliant price. I just wish the old guy would hurry up and get to Mexico so I can advance.

StarCraft 2 - Still my GOTY and it's easy to see why. The best RTS game that I have played. One of the most competative online games that I have played and an emmersive and emotional campaign this game is the complete package, which leaves one question unanswered: Why has it sold only 3 million copies! Roll on Heart of the Swarm.

Anyone guess what I'll be playing this week?
Posted 02:39 on 07 November 2010
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reynoldio

Love Martin's section! Beautifully rounded off :)

I took Friday off work and spent all day killing zombies on COD:WaW with a mate from uni, brilliant way to spend a day. We also threw in a little killing zombies in Red Dead Redemption. And not killing zombies in Red Dead too. And a little Fifa. It was a good day!

Played plenty of Fifa ultimate team today too, love the idea, hate the blinkin contracts bit. Fun though.

P.S. You'd better be filming this dance-off!
Posted 02:11 on 07 November 2010

Game Stats

Release Date: 29/10/2010
Publisher: Sony Computer Entertainment
Genre: Fighting
No. Players: 1-2
Rating: PEGI 16+
Site Rank: 4,007 2415
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