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The Week Ahead - 06/04/07

Feature: And then there were none... Except Guitar Hero II on 360

Hopefully you've got plenty of games in your 'to do' tray because over the next few weeks there's going to be slim pickings. After the deluge that greeted the PS3 launch weekend (some 63 titles) we are now down to just six.

Yep, just six major releases. So don't blame us that Prince of Persia: Rival Swords on Wii is the standout title, there's really not much to sift through. At least we can all look forward to the magnificent God of War II that is most definitely scheduled in for April 13.

The complete list of games released in the UK this week (06/04/07):

  • Guitar Hero II, 360, Activision
  • Freakout: Extreme Freeride, PS2, JoWood
  • Prince of Persia: Rival Swords, Wii, Ubisoft
  • Rayman Raving Rabbids, 360, Ubisoft
  • Dragon Ball Z Shin Budokai Platinum, PSP, Atari
  • The Red Star, PS2, Take 2
  • The Sims 2: Celebration Stuff, PC, EA
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Prince of Persia: Rival Swords (Wii)

You have to be a little sceptical that a game already out for practically every other format is going to make good use of the Wii's unique input system. Well, there's good news and bad news. The good news is that the controls now mapped to the Remote and Nunchuck are actually very intuitive and responsive but the bad news is that they don't really bring anything fresh to the experience.

There's a lot of waggling attacks and death blows to be delivered but it all feels a bit tagged-on. This is still a great game though, and one worth considering if you missed it first time round.

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The Red Star (PS2)

This fantastic looking old-school brawler/shooter has been on the sidelines for two years and many of us thought it would never get released. Thankfully Take-Two stepped up just last month to give The Red Star a green light in Europe. It's been favourably compared to both Strider and Contra and the idea is to battle your way through the streets and complexes of a USSR under the evil regime of Troika, a Russian megalomaniac.

Mixing mysticism with advanced technology The Red Star has enough variety, boss battles and special 'protocol' attacks to keep trigger fingers happy for repeated plays. With a great cooperative mode and a price tag of £20 this is well worth a look.

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Rayman Raving Rabbids (360)

Originally released on Wii to muted applause Ubisoft's inconceivably popular hero has since been ported to every other platform. Now it's the turn of Xbox 360 and while the visual splendour has been upped significantly this is much the same collection of tame mini-games and story elements (tinged with Michel Ancel's distinctly French humour) that came before. Only worth a look if you have a short attention span and enjoyed the movie Les Visiteurs.

The Sims 2: Celebration Stuff (PC)

Yet another Sims expansion pack, this time focussing on party events. From weddings through to fiestas and evening soirées Celebration Stuff (we love the lazy title) offers everything for those who like dressing up, planning events and setting off party poppers at inappropriate moments. Complete with balloons, floral arrangements and twinkling tea lights this should appeal to the Colin and Justin in all of us.

Joytech PS3 Fusion Cooling Fan

We're still not sure if this one is entirely necessary as we've only had our PS3s for a short time but if you want complete peace of mind when using your £425 hunk of kit for lengthy periods then this cooling fan could be a good investment. It's as quiet as a whisper and as it runs from the USB ports there's no need for an external power source. It's certainly discrete and at £14.95 from www.joytechstore.net is far from outrageous in terms of price. And let's face it, Sony could do with a few extra fans (sorry).

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