Archive for November, 2012

Wii Mini confirmed, brings cut-price gaming to Canada only

No sooner had Best Buy leaked it than Nintendo officially confirmed the existence of the Wii Mini. With a smaller physical size than the existing Wii console, the Mini cuts out various features to achieve a $100 (£62) asking price. It’s sadly only available in Canada for now though.

One of the main features the Mini loses over its big brother is an Internet connection. That means that you won’t be able to access services like YouTube or Netflix, nor will you be able to download extra games. Instead, the Wii Mini is a no-nonsense console for families to enjoy the arm-waving fun without splashing too much cash.

Oddly though, the Wii Mini will be “available exclusively in Canada during the holiday season”. Bad news if you were hoping to snag Mario on the cheap this Christmas. When I asked Nintendo to clarify if it will be permanently exclusive to Canada or not, it simply stated, “No announcements have been made regarding other regions.” I really can’t think of any benefit of restricting it purely to Canada, but evidently Nintendo has its reasons.

Along with its smaller size, the Wii Mini also comes with a bold black and red colour. A matching red Wii-mote and Nunchuk will come as standard, but presumably you’ll have to match them with other existing add-ons, most of which are white. It isn’t bundled with any games, but no doubt some stores will knock up their own package deals.

If you’re keen on a cut-price console but don’t live in Canada, keep your eyes on CNET UK. We’ll be sure to report any news of a UK launch as it happens. In the meantime, let me know your thoughts on the Mini in the comments below and over on our Facebook page.




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Posted on November 30th, 2012 by  |  No Comments »

Slim PS3 news: Fancy a fantastic deal this Christmas?

Latest Slim PS3 news:

Pick up a festive bargain on PlayStation Store with our 12 Deals of Christmas promotion.

Grab yourself a very merry deal this festive season with the 12 Deals of Christmas on PlayStation Store. A dozen amazing bargains await you from 1 December until 24 December 2012.

Like the best Christmas presents, each deal is kept under wraps until it’s time for it to be opened, so keep an eye on PlayStation.Blog and PlayStation Store to find out what the latest deal is.

Don’t waste a moment – each discount will only be available for 48 hours, so be sure to grab them before they vanish…

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Posted on November 30th, 2012 by  |  No Comments »

Slim PS3 news: Bundles of fun

Start your PS3, PS Vita or PSP adventure with a great value hardware and software pack from PlayStation.

New to PlayStation? One of the best ways to join in the fun is to pick up a value for money hardware bundle online or from your local retailer. Typically these contain a PlayStation console and a quality game which has received critical acclaim, so you’ve got everything you need to get started in one handy box.

Wonderbook: Book of Spells and PS3 12GB

 

Bundle includes:

PlayStation Move motion controller

Wonderbook peripheral

PlayStation Eye camera

Disney Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two and PS3 12GB

Bundle includes:

PlayStation Move motion controller

PlayStation Eye camera

FIFA 13 and PS Vita Wi-Fi model

Gran Turismo 5 and PS3 320GB

More great value

The world of PlayStation offers something for everyone, and always at great value:

Sign up to PlayStation Network to enjoy free* online gaming, surf the web and chat to friends and family around the world.

Head to PlayStation Store for regularly updated special offers on games, additional game content and the minis range of bite-sized titles.

Check out the Platinum range on PS3 and PSP for best-selling titles at a great price.

Try out the PSP Essentials range for great PSP games at pocket money prices.

So what are you waiting for? View a small selection** of PlayStation bundles at eu.playstation.com/ps3system, eu.playstation.com/psvitasystem and eu.playstation.com/psp then head online or to your local retailer to take one home and start enjoying yourself the PlayStation way.

 

* PlayStation®Network, PlayStation®Store and PlayStation®Home subject to terms of use and not available in all countries and languages. Broadband internet service required. Users are responsible for broadband access fees. Charges apply for some content. Users under 18 require parental consent.

** Please note that not all bundles are available in all countries.

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Posted on November 29th, 2012 by  |  No Comments »

Best games and gaming accessory gifts

Gamers are arguably the easiest group to shop for at Christmas because games console manufacturers and software houses tend to wait until December to launch their flagship titles and hardware.

I’ve rounded up the big releases below, plus some not-so-obvious gift ideas that would be appreciated by anyone who spends far too much time hunting down alien foes in virtual universes.

Nintendo Wii U

Price: £248 from Amazon.


Nintendo likes to do its own thing, especially when it comes to designing games consoles. It has a knack of getting it right, as it showed with the original Wii and its ingenious motion controllers. With the launch of the Wii U, Nintendo is shaking things up again.

The console will come with a large gamepad that has an integrated touchscreen and allows players to continue playing games when their TV is turned off. The system will be the first of a new generation of consoles to appear, and so is likely to be a massive hit this Christmas.

X Rocker
Pro Gaming Chair

Price: £160 from Argos.


If you’re settling down for a serious gaming sesh, you’ll want to do your posterior a favour and get a proper gaming chair. X Rocker is the specialist in this field and the Pro Gaming Chair is one of its best models. It features a cool swivel base and comfortable gunstock arms.

The headline feature is the 2.1 integrated audio system that wirelessly connects back to your games console or PC to provide hassle-free, top-notch sonics. There’s even a supplementary rumble generator built into the chair, so you’ll literally be feeling booty-shaking bass.

Turtle Beach
Ear Force X42 Wireless Headset

Price: £110 from Simply Electronics.


The Ear Force X42 is a great-looking headset that’s able to recreate enveloping 360° sound to put you right in the thick of the action, thanks to its built-in Dolby surround sound feature. The large 50mm drivers produce booming bass, but you can also fine-tune the sound of the headset using multiple equaliser presets, including bass and treble boost options.

A dynamic chat boost mode automatically increases the chat volume as the in-game sounds get louder. And the headset is wireless so you don’t have to deal with annoying cables when you’re in the midst of a frantic fire-fight. The range is good too — they’ll work at up to 30ft away from the transmitter.

Razer
Imperator

Price: £56 from Pixmania.


Razer was the first company in the world to take seriously the need for gamers to have high-precision peripherals. It started off by creating gaming mice, but has grown to offer a whole host of products including keyboards, headphones, controllers and even gaming notebooks.

Its gaming mice are still first-rate, as the Imperator shows. It features a dual-sensor system that uses a combination of optical and laser technology to produce exceptionally sensitive 64,000dpi tracking. So if you get blown to bits in a frag fest while using the Imperator, you can’t blame the tool.

Dress Down
Evolution of Man: Arcade Gamer t-shirt

Price: £13 from Amazon.



There’s a fine line to tread between out-and-out nerd-dom and ‘quite cool’ when choosing a gaming t-shirt. I failed at the latter so I’ve chosen this one instead. It shows our personal evolution from ignorant hairy ape to sentient gaming genius, or something like that.

It’s available in a range of 10 colours, so you can buy one for every day of the week, and then some. Sizes run from small through to XXL.

Gametel
GameTel

Price: £45 from Amazon.


There are some cracking games now available for mobile phones, from simple but hugely entertaining puzzle games to first-person shooters like Nova. The problem, though, is that some games aren’t that suited to touchscreen controls and leave you longing for the immediacy and tactile feedback of real buttons.

This is where the Gametel comes in. It’s a control pad add-on for Android phones that connects wirelessly via Bluetooth to your handset and allows you to play a huge number of games using real buttons. It can also be used with iPhones running iOS v4 or later, but there aren’t quite as many iPhone games that are compatible with it.

Halo 4

Price: £38 from Amazon for Xbox 360.


Halo has played a huge role in making the original Xbox and the follow-up Xbox 360 such a success. All of the Halo games have been consistently excellent, but Halo: Reach, in particular, was a peach of a game, so there’s a lot of expectation surrounding the new Halo 4, which will be released on 6 November.

The game, which is the first to be developed by 343 Industries instead of Bungie, is set four years after the ending of Halo 3 and sees the return of Master Chief as the main protagonist.

Just Dance 4

Price: £40 from Amazon for Nintendo Wii U.


Just Dance 4 will be one of the launch titles on the new Nintendo Wii U console. It fits in nicely with Nintendo’s more family-orientated gaming image, as it allows the whole family to make idiots of themselves by recreating choreographed dance moves in time to hit songs.

This time around there’s an all-new Battle mode, an upgraded Just Sweat mode and new alternative dances. The Battle mode allows you to challenge friends across six rounds of dance battles. Ubisoft has also crammed in 40 new tracks, ranging from 2 Unlimited’s Tribal Dance to The B52s’ Rock Lobster.

PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale

Price: £40 from Play for PlayStation.


PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale is a bit like the Avengers Assemble of video games, except with extra fighting thrown in for good measure. It’s a brawler that lets up to four players duke it out on screen at once. All the in-game characters are drawn from other PlayStation games and the arenas where battles take place are also influenced by other classic PlayStation franchises.

Iconic characters that you can take charge of include Kratos, Sweet Tooth, PaRappa, Fat Princess, Colonel Radec and Sly Cooper. Similarly, the fight arenas are based on levels from games such as Jak & Daxter, LittleBigPlanet and Resistance.

XCOM: Enemy Unknown

Price: £30 from Steam.


This game is a reworking of an old cult strategy title called UFO: Enemy Unknown. It’s a turn-based strategy and tactics game that puts the player in charge of a multi-national military force called XCOM, which has to defend the earth against invading alien forces.

As well as commanding troops in the field, the player also has to direct military R&D, manage the force’s finances and expand XCOM’s base of operations. Phew. This game is a perfect last-minute Christmas panic buy because you don’t need to rush out to the shops to get hold of it — you can gift it electronically through the Steam website.






















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Posted on November 29th, 2012 by  |  No Comments »

Nintendo Wii U launches without TVii streaming service – Console news

Recent news:

Nintendo’s Wii U launched yesterday in the US and will arrive in two weeks here in the UK, but the console will initially lack its TVii service, according to details in a press release about the launch.

The TVii service, which lets you watch telly on your Wii U, will be activated in December, according to the release. The streaming apps — Amazon Instant Video, Hulu Plus, Netflix and YouTube — will be arriving in “the coming weeks”. If any of our American cousins were looking forward to watching TV shows and movies on their Wii U on day one, they’ll likely be disappointed.

In the UK though, there’s no word on when we can expect to get video streaming services, as Nintendo hasn’t sealed the deals with the right partners yet. Realistically, it’s also highly unlikely it will manage to do so before the end of the month either. Head to the UK Nintendo site, and you’ll see the message that “Nintendo is working with other partners to bring video experiences to Wii U that will take advantage of the integrated second-screen experience. Additional details will be released at a later time.”

The delay doesn’t bode will, although many other features such as the Miiverse — which lets you share with friends what you’ve been up to — Wii U Chat and the web browser will be enabled at launch. You should obviously be able to play games without any problems as well.

Nintendo showed off its Wii U recently, and revealed it only has 3GB of storage, which means you’ll need streaming to be up and running if you want to store more than a handful of movies on it. It also recently aired the first Wii U advert “How U Will Play Next” on YouTube and Facebook, which you can see below.



Will you be handing over your cash on launch day? Or do you agree with my esteemed colleague Luke Westaway that the Wii U doesn’t have all that much going for it? Let me know in the comments, or on our Facebook page.



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Posted on November 24th, 2012 by  |  No Comments »

PS3 news: PS3 Review: Sony PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale

It’s like a PS3 gamer’s dreams come true. Fall asleep playing a fighting game and dream of a world in which your favorite Sony characters battle it out “Super Smash Bros.”-style for world dominance. What would happen if Cole fought Nathan Drake? What Hell could Fat Princess unleash on poor Sackboy? Does Parappa the Rapper still have a fan base? Welcome to the world of “Sony PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale,” a game with a great concept marred by disappointing execution. Read our full review for more details on one of the most creative and most chaotic games of the season.

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Posted on November 23rd, 2012 by  |  No Comments »

GTA Vice City to hit iPhone, iPad and Android in December



A decade after we first burned rubber onto the sun-drenched, neon-scorched streets of Grand Theft Auto: Vice City, the classic 80s-tastic drive’em’up is coming to iPhone, iPad and Android.



Rockstar Games is celebrating the 10th anniversary of Vice City with a souped-up version of the original game that you can take anywhere. Now you can go and steal a car when you’re in a car! Just try not to get confused between the two and start mowing down pedestrians on the high street while singing along to Sunglasses at Night.



The iOS version of the game comes complete with retina display graphics, while all versions of the game have improved character models and enhanced lighting effects. You also get new and more precise targeting and shooting.

It’ll echo the epic scale of the original game, letting you roam the entire Miami Vice-inspired open world. All that will cost you just a fiver. 



You’ll need at least an iPhone 4, fourth-generation iPod touch or any iPad to play. If you’re more of a Grand Theft Android type, compatible phones include the Samsung Galaxy Nexus, S2 and S3, or the HTC One S and One X. Samsung Galaxy Note and Tab tablets also play the game — click here for the full list.

Rockstar is currently gearing up to unveil Grand Theft Auto 5, with a new trailer showing off buckets of train-crashing action. And a dog. For more on that and all the biggest, smallest and in-betweenest new games, check our our button-bashing buddies at GameSpot.

The mobile version of Grand Theft Auto: Vice City runs over a passer-by and hijacks your phone or tablet on 6 December. What’s your best GTA memory? Tell me your thoughts in the comments or on our Facebook page.





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Posted on November 23rd, 2012 by  |  No Comments »

Slim PS3 news: PS3 Review: Mr. Torgue’s Campaign of Carnage

The second DLC for the great “Borderlands 2″ has been released and “Mr. Torgue’s Campaign of Carnage” lives up to its billing by giving visitors to Pandora, well, a campaign of carnage. With much more action than “Captain Scarlett’s and Her Pirate’s Booty,” this DLC is about non-stop combat. Are you ready for the challenge? Could you be the biggest badass in the Badass Crater of Badassitude? Join up and find out. But read our review first.

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Posted on November 23rd, 2012 by  |  No Comments »

PS3 news: Let the music play with Music Unlimited

The latest PS3 news:

Get an entire year of Music Unlimited Premium for £11.99 with PlayStation Plus.

You can listen to millions of songs at home via your PlayStation 3 and on the move with PlayStation Vita thanks to Music Unlimited.

PlayStation Plus members can sign up now for a one-year Premium subscription at PlayStation Store and get a whopping 90 per cent discount off the full price – hurry though as this offer is restricted to the first 100,000 purchases and will end on 31 December 2012.

Sony Entertainment Network’s Music Unlimited lets you stream millions of songs from the latest hits to classic tracks  to compatible devices.

Music Unlimited is available on a wide range of Sony and non-Sony connected devices including any computer (including PC and Mac), iOS devices including iPhone and iPod touch, Android devices including smartphones and tablets, PlayStation 3, PS Vita and connected Sony BRAVIA TVs as well as various Sony home audio and video devices.

If you’re a PlayStation Plus member and haven’t tried Music Unlimited yet, head over to PlayStation Store now and pick up a one-year Premium subscription at a bargain price.

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Posted on November 21st, 2012 by  |  No Comments »

Slim PS3 news: Access TV Episode 59

Available to download from the PlayStation Store now

The most iconic cartoon character in history? You could say that. He’s been enchanting audiences for over 80-years and now Mickey Mouse makes his PS3 bow in Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two, a brilliantly creative platformer that takes the Game of the Week spot in Access TV Episode 59.

Also out this week is the awesome PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale, and there’s coverage from last weekend’s Access Live event where the PS3 exclusive brawler was the main attraction. Expect interviews with the brilliant Access community as well as Battle Royale’s Lead Designer (and all round beat ‘em up legend) Seth Killian. Plus there are people in ridiculous costumes.

And there’s more! Specifically an interview with Far Cry 3 Lead Writer Jeffrey Yohalem as we gear up for the release of the biggest open world shooter in years, plus all the latest PS3 news and a roundup of the best content currently available on the PlayStation Store, which this week includes the superb Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed.

Access TV is available on the PlayStation Store every Wednesday, free to download for all UK PSN users.

To sign up for future Access events or to hang out and chat with other members of the Access community, then visit us on Facebook at facebook.com/PlaystationAccess, or follow us on Twitter at twitter.com/PSAccess. 

 

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Posted on November 21st, 2012 by  |  No Comments »