Boom Blox Bash Party

Boom Blox Bash Party Features for Wii

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Fight Night Round 4 screenshot

Tom Orry, Editor - Fight Night Round 4, Xbox 360, PS3
I've been excited for Fight Night Round 4 for some time, so it was great to finally get my hands on the final review version this week. I'm not exactly a big boxing fan these days (since every big match went pay per view I've lost interest somewhat), but there's still something hugely satisfying about landing a knockout punch to the chin after deftly dodging a deadly haymaker. It obviously helps that EA's latest entry in the series is drop dead gorgeous, with some of the best character models and animation I've ever seen. I'll warn you though: while the total punch control is brilliant, it doesn't half make for some sore thumbs. A five hour session on Monday left my left thumb rather red.

King of Fighters XII screenshot

Wesley 'Cry Baby' Yin-Poole, deputy editor – The King of Fighters XII, Xbox 360
Okay. Very funny. I see what you did there James. Last week, I told the great community that I hadn't been able to play a single game as a result of my wrist injury, and you put a picture of a crying baby next to my name. Very funny. Ha ha... he... ho. Well I'm sure you'll all be glad to know that my wrist is on the mend. It's not 100 per cent, but I have been able to play a preview build of upcoming SNK Playmore fighter The King of Fighters XII this week. You'll get more details from my hands-on preview, but something I didn't mention was a little discussion we've had in the office about the new art style. I reckon it's fluid as a result of the hand-drawn animations, James reckons the animation doesn't have enough frames. What do you think readers?

Street Fighter IV screenshot

James Orry, News Editor - Street Fighter IV, Xbox 360, PS3
In preparation for the first VG Staff vs VGers I've been putting in literally minutes of practice at Street Fighter IV. Fearing a beating I've decided to spend tonight (Friday) sat with controller in hand brushing up on my stick twiddling. I've not actually played a game (other than Football Manager Live) in about 10 years so it'll be quite a refreshing experience; I just hope my thumbs are up to it. Forumites be warned. The last time I took a game seriously I ended up getting prettyyyy, prettyyyy, prettyyyy good. I don't recall what the game was, but ask anyone and they'll tell you that I shouldn't be taken seriously... erm hang on, that's not right.

Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen screenshot

Sebastian Ford, Video Producer - Transformers, Xbox 360, PS3
I was hoping to get my hands on this game a little earlier on in the week than Friday afternoon, but better late than never. The first thing you can’t fail to notice is that the menus are somewhat terrible. We’re talking the kind of thing you would see on a bedroom-coded flash game. The gameplay is filled with potential, but let down time after time with annoying bugs and quirks that frankly should have been ironed out in testing. Playing as Ironhide, I got jammed between some crates while in vehicle mode. I should have been able to reverse out, but because there wasn’t enough space for me to transform back to normal, and the fact that vehicle mode demands that you continually move forwards, there was simply no way for me to escape and I had to replay the entire level after my convoy had been completely atomised. Challenges come in the form of wave upon wave of fodderbots that had me physically tearing my hair out. I’m not even making that up - there’s a pile of it on my desk. The good and bad storylines are basically the same except you have Optimus Prime or Starscream reminding you that you have Autobots/Decepticons inbound… again. It’s a real shame because the Transformers look awesome and the transforming and fighting is actually really enjoyable and quite thrilling at times. This in itself is let down by the fact that as soon as you transform into a vehicle you will instantly run into something. Sometimes, for no reason at all, you will transform in the wrong direction leaving you charging away from the action at full pelt. Let me save you some time right now; if you absolutely love Transformers then this game will offer some entertainment. For anyone else, save your precious coins for something else. Your hair and scalp with thank you for it.

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South_East_Jedi's Avatar


Went to a Namco Bandai presentation last night at the Namco County Hall near the London Eye. Got my hands on Tekken 6, Dragon Ball: Raging Blast, Magna Carta 2, Dead To Rights: Retribution and a few other titles released end of this year early next year......cannot wait for Tekken to hit retail
Posted 11:59 on 01 July 2009
El-Dev's Avatar


Got both Ratchet games for £21 in HMV the other night so was playing that before getting FNR4 on Friday.

360 hasn't been on all week so maybe a bit of Crackdown is called for later.
Posted 19:40 on 28 June 2009
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GTA: Chinatown Wars (obtained for a crisp £10 note) and I'm really enjoying it.
CoD4: Played a bit of it online and got absolutely pounded to the ground by everything, including a hot-blonde. ;)
CoD5: Growing tired of this now.
GH3: Finally started to learn TTFAF on Expert... and failing.
Resi 5: Going back through again for the lulz and other collectables. :P
Posted 14:04 on 28 June 2009
CheekyLee's Avatar


This week, I are been mostly Street Fightin'. Not at all in preparation for the vs the staff event, nosiree. Not I.
Posted 11:57 on 28 June 2009
Rogue_Soul's Avatar


Been hammering Banjo-Kazooie: Nuts & Bolts lately. One of RARE's many hideously underrated games!
Posted 11:26 on 28 June 2009
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This week i been playing the list below:
Test Drive: Had to gave this some more play,it mostly just free ride for a hour or so.
Res 5: Didnt think i would like this game,but loved it so much,glad i picked it up on rent.
Posted 10:45 on 28 June 2009
South_East_Jedi's Avatar


Prototype, finished off sttory mode, fully upgraded, and now i'm running round the city looking for the consumables and collectables, and some red faction chucked in for good measure
Posted 10:29 on 28 June 2009
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wyp100@ renegade

It's because 80 per cent of the time publishers provide Xbox 360 code as preview builds of multiplatform games. Publishers have got better at sending PS3 code in the last 12 months however, and developers are, generally, getting better at making multiplatform games exactly the same across both consoles.
Posted 09:41 on 28 June 2009


Wes why do you always seem to put your playing the Xbox version, and never put that there is a PS3 or Pc one like the others :o
Posted 00:43 on 28 June 2009
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I have been playing FNR4 on the PS3 and The Ghostbusters.

FNR4 is a very satisfying game when landing nasty haymakers or your signature punch. I have made my boxer in the 'heavyweight' class, and as big as Wladimir Klitschko. 6 matches undefeated with 5 KO's and one won on the judges decision.

Ghostbusters = bloody great! Starting the mission to proceed onto defeating Mr Stay Puft. Visuals are good stuff maybe not be as good as the 360 verison. Though, it still proves that its a great looking title on the PS3. Proton pack, Egon theories, Venkman's comedy moments and Rays heroism makes the Ghostbustering experience like the film but better.
Posted 21:34 on 27 June 2009
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FantasyMeister@ altaranga

Originally Posted by altaranga
Farthest left: Who is it, and more impartantly WHAT is he holding?

Hint a) Cherubic features, so innocent that when he was asked to do a Booth Babe segment for 1/3rd of the footage was of Mario. Probably not related to a famous actor whose first name is Harrison.
Hint b) A drumstick.
Posted 21:33 on 27 June 2009
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Farthest left: Who is it, and more impartantly WHAT is he holding?

Transformers, another epic movie tie-in failure. What are the odds, eh?

Just got my 360 back. Have spent a little time preparing for Wednesday. Shamone.
Posted 20:51 on 27 June 2009
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this week i gave socom confrontation another go and frankly slant six games has fixed all the bugs with patches and im geting into playing socom again it remindes me of my old socom days on the PS2. So now i wont be geting rid of it.
Posted 16:26 on 27 June 2009
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Sacred 2 for me all week as predicted. This week I rescued a kitten from a graveyard and fought an Alien, as in Ridley Scott's Alien, who hits very hard so I'm glad it was a one-off quest. There's just so much to this game!
Posted 12:49 on 27 June 2009

Game Stats

Release Date: 29/05/2009
Publisher: Electronic Arts
Genre: Party
Rating: PEGI 3+
Site Rank: 225 14
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