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Game Night!

2009-10-29 13:57

Red Faction:
Guerilla piggy-backs convincingly enough on the back of the fad for 3rd person, sandbox-type games. So far, so GTA IV, but besides being set on Mars and in the future, it has something very distinctive to offer: all out destruction, baby! With the most sophisticated physics we've seen in any game, Red Faction's demolition-centric gameplay is a fantastic way to implode, collapse or obliterate a long day's stress. Take a look at the Destruction trailer in the Video Vault to see for yourself.

UFC 2009 Undisputed
offers carnage of a different kind. Just be aware that if you plan on jumping straight in, the usual button-mashing won't get you very far. UFC is a fighting simulator in every sense of the word, requiring dedication and training to experience its full potential. At the very least, you'll have to complete a lengthy tutorial to have any hope of enjoying the game. Once that's over, however, you'll find the incredibly deep fighting mechanics are ideally suited to intense, blood-spattering bouts of 2-player madness with your closest frenemy.

Killzone 2 (PS3) comes with a reputation for being the best-looking game on the PS3, but that depends on whether you would call a smoky palette of browns and greys "good-looking". Nevertheless, Killzone manages some incredible graphical feats while putting gritty, visceral gun fights at the centre of its experience. Tactical shooter fans will be impressed, although we might recommend extra drama classes for some of the voice acting cast. The trailer in the Video Vault is pure poetry in motion (and ultra-violent: you have been warned).

Up (PS3, PS2, Xbox 360, Wii, DS, PSP), while showing some promise, ultimately follows in the footsteps of countless movie-based games by being, well, a waste of time. The game mixes and matches a range of existing game genres, sprinkling a few fresh ideas here and there to keep your attention. Unfortunately, these ideas don't make up for a very rushed, unsatisfying game that doesn't live up to the excellent movie

King of Fighters XII (PS3, Xbox 360) is another loving, over-the-top update to one of the most well-loved fighting franchises around. The roster of fighters is typically colourful, featuring hawt anime beauties, huge dudes with huge fists and the odd circus freak. While not challenging seriously for Street Fighter IV's crown, the meticulous hand-drawn animation and general sense of fun make it worthwhile multiplayer fare.

50 Cent: Blood on the Sand could have been awful, it really could. A 3rd person shooter featuring a rapper and his buddies? Get real. But instead of getting real, the makers of this game got ridiculous, and it totally worked! It's not a classic, but 50 Cent's sense of fun is definitely something you can sink your teeth into. Add to that a rocking soundtrack from the man himself, and some so-bad-it's-good cut scene acting, and we have all the recipes for a good, gangster-loving time with MTV's biggest megalomaniac.


Seeing is believing. Check out the gameplay footage from Killzone 2:

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King of Fighters 12:

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That's all we have time for now, but look out for the next Game Night, which should feature some exciting games for Nintendo's so-fun-it's-annoying console, the Wii, as well as more PS3 and Xbox 360 releases. Cheers! Niel.

We checked out some of the recent releases on PS3 and Xbox. Red Faction, Killzone 2, King of Fighters XII and more...

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