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The Week Ahead - 07/12/07

Feature: Uncharted territory...

Is it December already? Sony looks like it's beginning to get its act together. While third party games are generally still coming out a few weeks after those on Xbox 360 Uncharted: Drake's Fortune is definitely a game worth getting excited about.

It may not be a system seller in the same way Gran Turismo was but the Indiana Jones theme is appealing and the action engrossing. The £299 price point is already seeing a few more units being shifted shifting, especially considering you can't get a retail enforced Wii bundle for under £400 at the moment.

Elsewhere Link's Crossbow Training, complete with Wii Zapper, is a great package while on PSP Sonic Rivals 2 and Wipeout Pulse constitute very decent stocking fillers.

The complete list of games released in the UK this week (07/12/07):

  • Alan Hansen's Sports Challenge, Wii, Oxygen
  • Alvin and The Chipmunks, PS2/DS, Brash
  • Balls of Fury, Wii, Zoo Digital
  • Barbie Island Princess, DS/Wii, Activision
  • Beowulf, PSP, Ubisoft
  • Catz, Wii, Ubisoft
  • Dogz, Wii, Ubisoft
  • Hot Wheels: Beat That!, PC/DS/360, Activision
  • Juiced 2: Hot Import Nights, PC, THQ
  • Legend of Spyro, Wii, Vivendi
  • Link's Crossbow Training, Wii, Nintendo
  • Medal of Honor Airborne, PS3, EA
  • NBA Live 08, PSP, EA
  • Pro Evolution Soccer 2008, DS, Konami
  • SingStar: Next-Generation, PS3, Sony
  • SOCOM: Tactical Strike, PSP, Sony
  • Soldier of Fortune: Payback, PC/360, Activision
  • Sonic Rivals 2, PSP, Sega
  • Sudden Strike 3, PC, Fireglow
  • TimeShift, PS3, Vivendi
  • Telly Addicts, PSP/Wii, Ubisoft
  • The Golden Compass, PC/PSP, Sega
  • Ultimate Mortal Kombat, DS, Midway
  • Uncharted: Drake's Progress, PS3, Sony
  • Warhammer 40,000 Squad Command, DS, THQ
  • Wipeout: Pulse, PSP, Sony
  • Yu-Gi-Oh! Tag Force Evolution, PS2/PSP, Atari
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Uncharted: Drake's Fortune (PS3)

Finally, Sony has a PS3 exclusive worth shouting about. Already touted as a potential game of the year Drake's Fortune effortlessly combines the acrobatic excess of Tomb Raider with the derring-do of the Indiana Jones movies. You play Nathan Drake, a gung-ho adventurer with his sights set on discovering the lost treasure of El Dorado. Boasting an innovative animation system that layers in movements to create incredibly spontaneous reflex actions and a Wrinkle Mapping system able to generate minute facial detail this is one game that's going to push your PS3's HD technology to the max. Expect bullets, pirates, a foxy heroine and death defying stunts to keep you going through to Christmas.

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Link's Crossbow Training (Wii)

This game was produced to highlight the advantages of Nintendo's latest Wii gadget: the Wii Zapper. Strangely it looks more like a submachine gun than a crossbow but the idea is to encourage third party developers to come up with a whole host of game designs so Nintendo can flog even more consoles. Link's Crossbow Training is great fun, if a bit limited. You get to go back into the beautiful world of Twilight Princess and take part in a number of themed events such as target shooting and charging into enemy encampments like a crazed Robin Hood. Brilliantly the Wii Zapper can also be used with Resident Evil: Umbrella Chronicles released last week.

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