Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince Features for Wii

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6Out of 10
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Shadow Complex screenshot
Shadow Complex screenshot

Tom Orry, Editor - Shadow Complex, XBLA
I was never a big Metroid fan growing up, mainly because I was a bit of a SEGA fanboy, but it's easy to see why Metroid fans might be a bit excited about Chair and Epic Games' XBLA game Shadow Complex. It's a stunning game, no doubt about it, but visuals alone won't make it a hit. The gameplay blends retro-style platforming (reminiscent of titles like Prince of Persia), with arcade style action. The end result feels like a kind of 2D Uncharted, which can only be a good thing. I've only had the chance to play a preview build for a few hours, but Shadow Complex is easily one of the most impressive XBLA games I've had the pleasure to play.

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James Orry, News Editor - Gorillas Deluxe, PC
Friday afternoon at VideoGamer.com HQ isn't the most productive of periods at the best of times, often filled with more Keyboard Cat than anything worthwhile. This Friday afternoon proved a particularly bad example of efficiency in the work place when the whole VG team stopped what they were doing and gathered around a game in which gorillas stand on skyscrapers and throw bananas at each other. The game was Gorillas Deluxe and it turns out I am a natural at judging angles and velocity. To the amazement of Neon, Tom and Seb I plucked the correct angle and trajectory from nowhere to send my bananas on a collision course with the rival gorillas's big hairy heads. My arms actually raised aloft in celebration of my achievements - I was literally marginally excited by what I'd just done.

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Neon Kelly, Previews Editor - Gorillas Deluxe, PC, open source
It’s quite rare for a game to get the entire team excited, but it happened this week. On Friday morning Seb stumbled across an open source version of Gorillas - that ancient PC game where two large apes chuck explosive bananas at each other across a randomly-generated urban landscape. That’s right folks: we have access to every triple-A title out there, but we prefer to play remakes of old maths-based games from the 1980s. By Friday afternoon the entire team was screaming at each other in the main office, with multiple bouts taking place at once. It turns out that James canactually play something other than Football Manager Live; the git scored a one-hit kill on me, perfectly calculating the angle and velocity, and even taking the wind into account. Ah well, at least it’s educational: I’ve learned that bananas are made out of C4, and that gorillas are capable of floating in the air if you happen to blow up the ground directly beneath them. I’ll be sure to pass on these important discoveries to my kids… should I ever have any.

You can get Gorillas Deluxe here: http://telcontar.net/Misc/Gorillas/

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Sebastian Ford, Video Producer – Battlefield 1943, XBLA & PSN
Since working at VideoGamer.com, the amount of games I have actually purchased has plummeted. I’m talking, like, maybe 3 games? Street Fighter 4, Gears of War 2… and I’m sure there’s another one somewhere but you get the point. So, when I purchase a game (as opposed to stealing it from the office, and then selling it when I’m done) it basically has to be excellent. So last night, after playing it to death at work, I invested 1200 of my hard earned Microsoft points and purchased DICE’s multiplayer-only Battlefield 1943. You only get three class options from enlistment, and it didn’t take me long to realise that Rifleman is my forte, whereas Pilot certainly isn’t. Neon and I have both successfully nose dived a plane into the ocean immediately after take off. I only have one minor gripe with this game, that it truly indulges spawn campers to the extent of dying within 2 – 3 seconds of life. However, this game does have the feel of a true XBLA/PSN game – in the sense that you can pick it up, be in a game in under a minute, and play a quick match while you’re waiting for the kettle to boil. A solid investment I’ve decided, and a game I will frequent in the evenings if anyone cares to join my supreme* squad of ass-kickery.

*Note: Squad may or may not be “supreme”. Term “ass-kickery” is open to interpretation, including “ass-suckery”. Small purchase necessary.

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South_East_Jedi's Avatar


nothing, been drinking in Tenerife! Got back yesterday and was too busy to stick on the console. Will be back playing something tonight, I just don't know what!
Posted 17:23 on 21 July 2009
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This week i aint been playing many games due to loveing Battlefield 1943 so much,I some how got around to playing GHM which was alot of fun.
Posted 10:23 on 20 July 2009
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CheekyLee@ Wido

Ah! That explains my confusion. Excellent work, man. I hope I don't have to fight you until the final. ;)
Posted 00:17 on 20 July 2009
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Tenchu 1 and 2, tekken 3 and WoW.
Posted 17:46 on 19 July 2009
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some socom and lots of Battle field 1943.
Posted 16:57 on 19 July 2009
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Resident Evil 5 still. Just going round to collect the emblems and then done. 100% in fact.

I saw the SFIV tournaments on shopto. I would of entered but I don't have the time like I use to have.
Posted 16:55 on 19 July 2009
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PS3 SFIV tournament I lost in yes. Got completely thrashed. My mate whos gamertag name is Mahiro who is on there. I played for him and I won for him and I'll mostly represent him but thats if he wants to continue for himself.

Thats why I said it.

Hey! Its a bloody achievement! I won my first fight on the 360. So :p
Posted 16:21 on 19 July 2009
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CheekyLee@ Wido

Originally Posted by Wido
P.S I'm also in the second round in the shopto tournament SFIV. First place £250
So, why did you post on shopto saying you lost? I'm a bit confused, here. Or did you enter the 360 tournament as well? I don't know your gamertag, but can't see anything obvious in the thread. I also got through to round 2, which makes me happy as I didn't expect to get anywhere!

Most of my week has been taken up with SFIV, and at least one of the 1 vs 100 Extended Play sessions per night, in the vain hope that I might get to be 'The One. But then Ghostbusters turned up from lovefilm for PS3, and I'm really enjoying it.
Posted 00:04 on 19 July 2009
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Haha, Cheeky! :p
Posted 19:50 on 18 July 2009


Gratz mate, if you win I will expect a nice copy of Batman to Land on my door :)
Posted 17:42 on 18 July 2009
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Been playing Call Of Juarez: Bound In Blood. Major improvement from the first Call Of Juarez. The story is top notch and the twist & turns is up there with the rest of them. Gameplay is something new as of the dual weapons and the stand-off mode can be frustrating at times.

I just not long finished my second playthrough. I played Ray the first time and then finished it again with Thomas. The gameplay is exactly the same but different paths you take in each level. Nothing dramatic or the changing of the story.

After finishing it for the second time. I felt a little bit disappointed. Techland could of done so much more with Call Of Juarez: Bound in Blood it was unbelieveable. Then again western shooters aren't bigger than the setting of war or sci-fi world apocalypse FPS.

Now that I have finished playing CoJ. I have now started Sacred 2 for the first time. 500 quests, level cap upto 200 and DLC arriving soon... Sacred 2 is the 'Never Ending Story'. I have selected myself as the Shadow Warrior as of able to have great armour sets and deadly devastating weapons. I'm only level 3 and I have done about 4 quests so far which have gained me to get a new shield and sword.

Sacred 2 has surprised me a lot... So much reminds me of Baldur's Gate. I really enjoyed Baldur's Gate and I think Sacred 2 is going to be a memorable game for me.

So far so good!

P.S I'm also in the second round in the shopto tournament SFIV. First place £250 :p
Posted 17:39 on 18 July 2009


Battlefield 1943 and yet again Left 4 dead and CS:S also off to watch The harry Potter film :)
Posted 15:10 on 18 July 2009

Game Stats

Release Date: 03/07/2009
Developer: EA Bright Light studio
Publisher: Electronic Arts
Genre: Action
No. Players: One
Rating: PEGI 12+
Site Rank: 8,519 32
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