Unless you’ve been living under a rock or with some part of crazy strict religious cult you’ll know of Harry Potter. Like Haribo, kids and grown ups love it so. J.K Rowling’s certainly been doing pretty well for herself spawning seven books making billions out of it. Of course you can’t have a large worldwide popular franchise without some merchandising and spin offs. Harry Potter is certainly guilty of this. As the series grew so did the tone. Abandoning the more childish themes of previous books, The Deathly Hallows is a darker and more adult story.
For those who need a little catch up, The Deathly Hallows is the first part of a two part adventure which involves Harry Potter flunking out of Hogwarts due to the death of Dumbledore. Voldermort is rising in strength and it’s up to Harry and his friends to destroy the Horcruxes – items which give Voldermort his immortal power.
Throughout most of the game you’ll go through a third person shooter fashion with some small stealth elements thrown in. The main problem with the style of the game is that you’ll often be blocked by objects in the environment as you try to attack the enemies. Furthermore aiming is annoying. There’s no auto aim to aid you making the imprecise and inaccurate targeting cumbersome.
Have you ever wondered how you should celebrate the 75 anniversary of Monopoly? Well the good news is that if you own a Wii or a DS then wonder no more.
EA has announced that it is making Monopoly Streets for the Wii (as well as the PS3 and XBox 360) and a classic Monopoly game for the DS. Monopoly Streets has been described as “fully dynamic” so there should be plenty to look forward to.
As mentioned, this is to celebrate one of the best loved board games on it’s 75th birthday, and since its original setup there have been many changes in technology. Monopoly Streets offers the chance for you to launch yourself into an entire world where you can develop properties from inexpensive houses to posh hotels.
Players also get their own headquarters that change depending on your fortune. There will also be a classic game board to play for those who prefer the more tradition playing style.
Electronic Arts has announced the next instalment of this Sims spin off, MySims Sky Heroes. It does have a bit of a spin this time, which, to some surprise, this release will also be coming out on the PS3 and Xbox 360.
Get ready for another episode in the MySims series.
In the latest release, SkyHeroes lets you take flight in an air combat game, in which your MySim will help battle the evil Morcubus and his army of drones. The game will unlock customisation options as you progress through the game building up your skill level and testing your new found abilities. You’ll have the ability to tune, build and customize your aircraft to suit your style and make sure that Morcubus doesn’t take over the skys.
Unfortunately only the PS3 and Xbox 360 versions will feature a local split-screen mode, online multiplayer mode for up to ten players and the usual solo campaign. Leaving the Wii and the DS with just the usual solo gaming style.
The game is currently due out in the fall, so expect this to hit our shelves toward the end of the year to.
EA press release [Electronic Arts]
'2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa' box
The summer is nearly upon us, and thank goodness that this year brings a World Cup to fill the summer months. But until that begins you can enjoy the highs and lows of a fierce competition with this EA offering for the Wii. It’s not the first FIFA game to be released on this console – there have been a few before this, but this is my first experience of a football game on the Wii. I’m intrigued to know how the controls and graphics work, and how the whole thing comes together.
The opening sequence prepares you for the general feeling of the game, which is bright and fun with plenty of music and atmosphere. Everything right down to the menu is in-keeping with the celebratory feel with jolly music and lively colours. There are five main game modes: Hit the Pitch, Zakumi’s Dream Team, 2010 World Cup South Africa, Global Elimination and Online. Hit the Pitch allows you to play a quick match and improve your skills. You can play a quick match, take on countries you have yet to play and do some training. Zakumi’s Dream Team lets you build a dream team from players you acquire by completing challenges and 2010 World Cup South Africa takes you through the World Cup process with a country of your choice. Global Elimination allows up to four players to compete against each other locally, while Online mode lets you challenge people via the Internet.
As for the actual content of the game, you get a lot really. You can choose virtually any country in the World (even those who didn’t make it to the World Cup) and there are 40 stadia to choose from when the option is available. You can also choose your team formation and players before the game or during it. Then you come to playing a game and you are pleasantly greeted by Clive Tyldesley and Andy Townsend who commentate on the game.
Purchase five Otis Redding tracks on the Rock Band Music Store, along side with Alphabeat, All Time Low, Brian Setzer, and The Chemical Brothers.
From 15th February 2010 onwards, you’ll be able to buy tracks from Otis Redding on the Rock Band Music Store at 200 points each. The release is as follows…
- “(Sittin’ On) The Dock of the Bay” [*]
- “Fa-Fa-Fa-Fa-Fa (Sad Song)” [*]
- “I’m Sick Y’all” [*]
- “I’ve Got Dreams to Remember” [*]
- “Love Man”
Other tracks from other artists include…
Originally released back in 1993.
EA has officially announces that a new NBA Jam game is in development for the Nintendo Wii.
Developed at EA Canada, the classic franchise that many of us grew up playing is making a comeback. With vintage gameplay and all-new features, EA Sports NBA Jam promises to mix “the old school with the new”.
Introducing new game modes and characters; this new instalment will feature true-to-life body types, updated physics, and visible player emotions. You can also expect over-the-top gameplay mechanics that made the old ones so damn enjoyable to make a return.
EA Sports NBA Jam is currently scheduled for release in 2010 for the Nintendo Wii. Slam dunk the funk!
Press release [EA via Games Press]
If you’ve been reading up on the world of Nintendo platform games lately, you’ll have noticed that developers/publishers have expressed their disappointment in the less-than-impressive sales figures from the “mature titles”. What is the root cause for this?
Due to recent PC problems, I’ve pretty much been limited to internet access on my mobile phone. Which isn’t the best way to browse websites, but it’s better than nothing. One thing you can’t miss is the response from developers/publishers to the sales figures of their “mature titles” on the Nintendo Wii.
The sleek white box has long been accused of being a console unsuitable for the mature demographic. First of all, I get the feeling that the definition of a “mature title” may vary from person to person. Yes, there maybe underlying themes that most will agree on, but the term is largely subjective. One opinion that I think most older gamers will agree on though, is that there’s not enough of them on the Nintendo platforms.
Sega has recently has made it clear that games like MadWorld, and The Conduit have not been selling as well as expected. The same with Dead Space: Extraction from EA, and also, Antoine Seux from Capcom France has made a worrying comment on the choice of consoles that the company will be focusing on due to the lack of gamer response to their attempts at mature titles.
Since we started the site a little over 3 years ago, it has fast become a tradition to hold a competition around Christmas time to hopefully make some of our readers’ dreams come true (as long as their dream is to win some great Nintendo swag!). This year is no different, and we are pleased to announce our Xmas Competition for 2009 and our biggest competition we have run to date!
Thanks to some of the great support from the various companies we have dealt with at some point during the last 12 months, we have a truly amazing selection of prizes on offer. Special thanks go to EA and Ubisoft for supplying a majority of the prizes, so we’d like to take this opportunity to let them know how much we appreciate their support and to let you know that you should definitely should buy at least one EA and one Ubisoft title for someone you love this Christmas!
So, that’s the introduction and the sucking up to the sponsors out of the way. Now it’s time to let you all know what we have up for grabs, so here goes:
Due to the shear amount of prizes on offer, we’ve decided to split the packages into 2 packages- The Wii Prize Pack and The DS Prize Pack.
The Wii Prize Pack
- Spore Hero (EA)
- MySims Agents (EA)
- SimAnimals Africa (EA)
- Hasbro Family Game Night Vol 2 (EA)
- James Cameron’s Avatar: The Game (Ubisoft)
- 2 x Avatar t-shirts (Ubisoft)
- 2 x Rabbids Controller cases (Ubisoft)
- Wii Remote and Nunchuk skins
- Classic controller skin
- Official Wii 2Gb SD Memory Card
- Special WiiDS.co.uk Mushrooms!
The DS Prize Pack
- Spore Hero Arena (EA)
- MySims Agents (EA)
- SimAnimals Africa (EA)
- Hasbro Family Game Night (EA)
- Rabbid Nintendo DS Case (Ubisoft)
- Super Mario Nintendo DS Holder
- Nintendo DS lite skin
- USB Nintendo DS charging cable
- Special WiiDS.co.uk Mushrooms!
How to Enter
To enter our great competition and stand a chance of winning one of our great prize packs, all you have to do is leave us a comment telling us which prize pack draw you’d like to enter by either typing Wii for the Wii Prize Pack draw, or DS for the DS Prize Pack draw. Seeing as we’re feeling especially generous, if you can’t decide between the two prize packs just type Both and we will enter you into both draws!
You will have to be a registered user to be able to comment and enter the draw, but signing up is free and easy. Make sure you enter a valid email address when signing up as we will need to contact you if you win.
The competition will close on Thursday 31st December at 16:00, when we will select one winner from the Wii Prize Pack draw and one winner from the DS Prize Pack draw and announce them as the lucky winners.
This competition is subject to our standard terms and conditions and is open to residents of the United Kingdom only.
Good Luck Everybody!
EA has released a new trailer for the range of electronic books designed for the Nintendo DS.
Flips is the result of EA working in conjunction with some of the leading publishers of children’s books and magazines in the UK. With publishers like Egmont, and Penguin on board, children of all ages can now enjoy the works of authors like Cathy Cassidy, Eoin Colfer, Enid Blyton, and the collective writers of the “Too Ghoul for School” series on their handhelds. Each Flips title contains 6-8 books and have RRP of £24.99. The first four titles in this new series will be released in the UK tomorrow.