Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Screw Attack Review: Street Fighter II Turbo Revival (GBA)

I've got this game and was thrilled to see the good folks at Screw Attack give it a good review. My own handheld gaming has taken a back seat of late, but I've picked up the DS again recently, to play the very excellent Need For Speed Carbon (Own The City). However, in gaming terms, my touch screen is so screwed that my DS is fast becoming a double screened Gameboy, playable with buttons only.

So I need to have a good play through my Gameboy collection and Street Fighter II Turbo Revival seems like a good place to start! Getting a very respectable score of 9.4 from Metacritic, and a very favourable review from Screw Attack, it would seem I'm onto a winner! Enjoy The video...

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Friday, February 22, 2008

Free Nintendo DS homebrew games? Why, yes please.

Guttertalk, having played and rated over 250 DS homebrew -happily freeware- games, has finally decided to answer the question the masses had been dying to ask: is DS homebrew worthwhile? Follow this very linking link to find out part (part one, actually) of the answer and download a hefty compilation of some of the best free NDS games available. You'll find every taste has been catered for, as the games selection includes RPGs, strategy games, shmups, first-person shooters and everything in between.

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Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Space Invaders Extreme PSP free demo

It's only a 5MB download and it contains some of the shiniest Space Invaders graphics you've ever seen. Also it's appropriately free. Download it from either here, here or simply here, follow the simple instructions and you'll be gaming in no time.

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Friday, February 15, 2008

The N-Gage lives again and this time it's got Yamake to support it

As Nokia is re-releasing its N-Gage gaming platform (starting with N81 and a few other phones), I thought we'd let you know the service looks more than promising. This time, you see, the N-Gage won't be a direct competitor to the DS and PSP, but more of an Xbox Live-like thingy for phones, complete with downloadable games & demos, friends lists and accomplishments. Games to appear on the platform will include Fifa 08, Tetris, Sims 2 Pets, Brothers in Arms, Worms and Dogz. Find out more and get first access here.

What's more, Nokia will also be providing the Yamake game/game-creation thingy and will attempt to pull off some proper game 2.0 and homebrew friendly tricks. How? Read on:

Yamake is a groundbreaking new game for the N-Gage platform. Players can make, play and share games that are customized using user-generated multimedia content, and we are proud to be pioneering this new way of playing,” said Dr Mark Ollila, Director of Technology and Strategy and Head of Games Publishing, Nokia. “This is exactly what the future of mobile gaming should be about – creating games that you love and want to play, then sharing them with other players.

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Thursday, February 14, 2008

Secret Files Tunguska (DS)

Harumph! For those of you who don't read our genial host's mainpage, this might come as a surprise... But for those of you who've already basked in this German developer's glory, this might come as a lovely treat...

Yes my friends, the point and click adventure is about to become a mainstay of the DS...

We start at a museum and a noticeboard, but to anyone who has given Phoenix Wright a try, that might be a very good place to start...

I'm feeling optimistic about this title... And I'll fight anyone who isn't!!! LOL!

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Monday, February 11, 2008

Assassin's Creed For DS

Coming hot on the heels of the PS3/XBox 360 release, our favourite hand held gets a taste of time travelling Knight's Templar fighting, free running and puzzle solving. The console release got very mixed reviews, so lets hope the DS version is better. The screen shots look quite nice...

And at the very reasonable price of just £16.90 from Play Asia, you can't go far wrong...

From the publisher:

As the direct prequel of the critically acclaimed console title Assassin's Creed™, discover more of the story of Altair as he must find "the chalice", an object of such power that whoever is in possession of it can end the Crusades. Altair will explore a fully realized 3D world traveling through four cities of the Crusade's Middle East.

The game, like its console counterpart, will feature acrobatic moves and exhilarating combo attacks that mix sword skills and kicks. The setting is 1191 AD. The Third Crusade is tearing the Holy Land apart. You, Altair, intend to stop the hostilities by suppressing both sides of the conflict. Ubisoft's Assassin's Creed has been one of the most popular games in 2007.

Immerge depper into the story with the Nintendo DS™ prequel. Assassin's Creed: Altair's Chronicles is in stock now, shipping as English language Australasia release version at US$ 32.90 only. The US Version (with a different cover artwork) is expected to arrive next week.

Game features:

*Be an Assassin: Master the skills, tactics, and weapons of history's deadliest and most secretive clan of warriors.

*Action-platforming Gameplay: Fast-paced action features swordfights, combo attacks and acrobatic moves that journey through historical 3D environments.

*Choose Your Weapon: Learn and master 11 weapons for both close combat and long-range attacks, featuring five swords, varying types of daggers, explosives and a grappling hook.

*Immersive Storyline: A deep and compelling storyline that will appeal to those who have both played the console title or are new to the franchise.

*Touch-Screen Mini-games: Players will be able to use the Stylus to perform pickpocket maneuvers to carefully steal precious items from the crowd and make informants speak.

*Upgrade and Rank Up: Collecting orbs will upgrade Altair's health and weapons.
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Thursday, February 07, 2008

Another Example Of Why Everyone (but me) Can Get Their Hands On A DS...

...And then not even appreciate it! Take a look at the rather piss poor "news item" below... No wonder I can't get a DS! Cretins like these have bought 'em all... GRRR!!! Oh BTW, the video was rather shamelessly nicked from the most excellent UK Resistance...

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DS Drought...

I feel somewhat shame faced, sneaking back here, when I've not posted here for bloody ages. I'm frankly ashamed of my absence. There has been reasons but I won't bore you with them now...

What I will tell you about is my recent frustration about trying to get a DS Lite for the lovely Mrs. K... having finally lured my lovely (formerly game hating) wife into our world with Brain Training 2 as part of her Christmas present, I was gobsmacked to hear her announce that she wanted a pink DS Lite of her own.

So off I trudged into the desolate wasteland that was post-Christmas Manchester, to procure her one whilst she was in the mood. No luck, every store in Manchester (and I tried all of them) had sold out... That was December 28th and I wasn't at all surprised, what with every Tom, Dick and Harry wanting one as a seasonal gift...

What is quite surprising, somewhat, horrifying some might say, is that the situation is exactly the same as we approach mid February... Not one shop is able to sell me one. There are signs up apologizing for this phenomenon, and the store clerks are unable to tell me when the situation will change... They all state that they never know when Nintendo are going to deliver! WTF is that all about?!!

So, the lovely freeware so generously flagged up by Gnome (underneath) has nowhere to go... sort of... if you get my gist... Come on Nintendo! You're raking it in! Open another factory in Europe! I bet you could get a DS in Tokyo... BAH!

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Wednesday, February 06, 2008

Virus DS: a rather sexy freeware DS puzzle game

You filthy perverts, you! Anyway, click here and... uhm... get it. For free. In French. Without silly puns, but filled with some truly smart game mechanics.

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Friday, February 01, 2008

The allure of the Cobalt / Black DS

Destined to hit shops on February 10 2008, the Cobalt/Black DS is the latest handheld beauty to leave Nintendo's factories. Shockingly it also happens to look like another good looking DS Lite with shiny new colors and it will probably sell just as well. Apparently the Cobalt/Black DS will be the seven colour to... uhm... join the Lite family. Nice.

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