The Week Ahead - 14/09/07

Article: PS3 finally gets a new games

Hallelujah! Sony is releasing a game for PS3 this week. Although the PS3 versions of both Stranglehold and Fatal Inertia will be out later than their 360 counterparts Sony does get one game to the shelves in the form of Heavenly Sword.

It's been touted as a console seller for about two years now but in reality it's probably going to only preach to the converted. Lovely looking but not quite as sophisticated as it wants to be. Look out for the review early next week.

Alternatively you might want to try the strange and whimsical Freshly Picked: Tingle's Rosy Rupeeland (DS) or the surreal and mind-bending Super Paper Mario (Wii). As you can see by the blossoming release list things are starting to hot up as we approach the busiest time of year. With Halo 3, Mass Effect and Assassin's Creed all on the way it's time to make some tough decisions on what you can and can't afford. Or just stick 'em all on your credit card and deal with it later...?

The complete list of games released in the UK this week (14/09/07):

  • Blazing Angels 2: Secret Missions of WWII, PC, Ubisoft
  • CSI: 3 Dimensions of Murder, PS2
  • Fatal Inertia, 360, Koei
  • Final Armada, PS2, Virgin Play
  • Freshly Picked: Tingle's Rosy Rupeeland, DS, Nintendo
  • Heavenly Sword, PS3, Sony
  • Heroes of Mana, DS, Square Enix
  • PSP Slim and Lite
  • Tiger Woods PGA Tour 2008, PSP, EA
  • Sonic Rush Adventure, DS, Sega
  • Stranglehold, PC/360, Midway
  • Super Paper Mario, Wii, Nintendo

Heavenly Sword (PS3)

This stunningly beautiful martial arts title has been eliciting gasps of awe whenever it's been showcased. Easily among the prettiest games on PS3 Heavenly Sword has already received several awards for both its looks and technical prowess, but it also proves to be a decent combat title in its own right.

With hundreds of combination attacks and Hovok physics powering every bump, explosion and limb-quivering death this offers visceral melee combat that's higher on style than substance. It's unlikely to be the killer app Sony wanted it to be but it's still a beautiful advertisement for the console.


Super Paper Mario (Wii)

Quite possibly the finest game to be released on Wii to date Super Paper Mario has the perfect blend of RPG elements mixed with precise platform control. The writing, wit and humour are sparkling and the dimension jumping feature turns what might have been a linear trek into something surreal and compelling. The puzzles are not the hardest and boss encounters are on the easy side but that's in keeping with Nintendo's general move towards games for all. Whether you've played a Paper Mario game or not, this is spellbinding entertainment while it lasts.


Stranglehold (360/PC)

John Woo's name has become so synonymous with balletic slow-mo action he may as well have his own entry in the dictionary. Stranglehold is supposedly the spiritual successor to Hard Boiled, the movie that popularised his moviemaking in the West. As such the plot is gossamer thin, merely serving to link one action scene to the next.

A nifty Precision Aiming feature allows you to slow down time and bang off a couple of accurate shots into vital body parts - the resulting animation of enemies clutching their throats or heads is gruesome yet satisfying. This is not the most sophisticated shooter by any means but it offers seven hours of visceral and cool-looking destruction.

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