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Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception – review

PlayStation 3; £39.99; Naughty Dog/Sony; 16+

Games exclusive to a single console have apparently been subjected to 1940s-style rationing these days, but rumours of their death have clearly been exaggerated. In recent years, the burden of providing a reason to buy a PlayStation 3 rather than Xbox 360 or Wii has been shouldered by Naughty Dog’s action-adventure franchise Uncharted, so the third iteration, subtitled Drake’s Deception, is the company’s great white hope for this Christmas. So it’s a good job that, like a polar opposite of the England football team, it seems able to feed off the pressure and achieve new heights.

As ever, Uncharted superficially adheres to the blueprint established by the Tomb Raider games, in that the game’s protagonist, Nathan Drake, divides his time between acrobatic leaping, climbing and swinging around, shooting and solving puzzles. That’s where the resemblance ends though. Uncharted 3 has a cinematic grandeur that would make Lara Croft choke with envy.

Talk of adhering to blueprints, commendably, is slightly misleading in Uncharted 3’s case. From the beginning, it makes clear its intention to avoid the predictable and obvious, mixing up its gameplay and exotic locations cleverly. It begins with Drake and his mentor Sully, unarmed, taking part in a great brawl in a London pub. Which illustrates two things: first, the game’s hand-to-hand combat engine has been massively improved (although it takes a back seat once weapons enter the equation). And second, that the franchise has raised its game in terms of virtual acting to a level only previously occupied by LA Noire. Those tiny incongruities that remind gamers they aren’t actually controlling a Hollywood movie have been ruthlessly eradicated, and the dialogue is vibrant rather than clunky.

The game’s narrative flow, as tortuous as we have come to expect, also provides an extra level of immersion. It soon busies itself by filling in a crucial chunk of back-story, as you flash back to control a teenage Drake in Cartagena, Colombia – where he first encounters Sully. The game then returns to the present day, apparently competing with itself to take you to ever more exotic locations as Drake’s treasure hunt takes shape.

You wouldn’t say that Uncharted 3’s gameplay is fantastically innovative. It’s very much a traditional game, and takes care to be forgiving for those who wouldn’t describe themselves as hardcore gamers. It does, nevertheless, feel fresh and ground-breaking. It flows magnificently, and is much more tightly plotted than the average movie, despite lurching across the globe. Drake and Sully’s banter compares favourably with that of the best-buddy movies, and is leavened by the occasional reappearance of various allies from previous Uncharted games. The (British, and nicely observed) baddies dog you every step of the way, so bouts of adventuring are usually followed (or even preceded) by shoot-outs. Drake even gets to show off his horsemanship skills at one point. As ever, the shooting places great emphasis on plundering guns and ammo from dead enemies, and different classes of enemy (including heavily armoured tank characters), keep that side of the game interesting. Uncharted 3 is gratifyingly keen to make its shoot-outs more challenging and hectic than its predecessors.

Graphics-wise, Uncharted 3 is beyond impeccable – it is one of the finest looking games ever. The trademark rich, colourful and vibrant environments are present and correct, and the cities are better populated, and therefore much more convincing, than before. And there are a couple of unexpected aspects to the game. At times – thanks to a baddie with a habit of firing darts filled with mind-bending drugs – proceedings become positively psychedelic. And Drake and his cronies have become much more humorous than before, never knowingly sparing the wisecracks.

Decades ago, all the talk in the world of games centred on beating Hollywood at its own game – but what we got, instead, demonstrated how difficult that was. But Uncharted 3, perhaps for the first time, represents what we all hoped games would eventually evolve into. Its production values are sky-high, and it puts you at the centre of a gloriously rich and irresistible world, controlling a character who is heroic, but also convincingly human. It’s also mildly didactic, and feels less dumbed-down than any mainstream movie we’ve come across in years. For once, you’re able to forget that it’s a mere collection of ones and noughts: the sheer slickness and believability of Uncharted 3’s production and characters ought to induce widespread self-flagellation in Hollywood.

Rating: 5/5





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Slim PS3 news: Weekend Essentials 91

Join the Resistance, become a Space Marine and take a hellish holiday on Dead Island in a packed PlayStation weekend.

You are the Resistance

Small, scattered pockets of humanity are hiding from the Chimera scouring the globe to find them in Resistance 3. Are you ready to step into the shoes of Joseph Capelli and take the fight to one of the most brutal enemies on PlayStation 3?

Prepare for the fight to come by heading to PlayStation Home on your PS3 and taking part in a series of treacherous timed Resistance 3 challenges, then confront the Chimera and lead the human race back from the brink by picking up the latest chapter in the blockbuster series this weekend.

Welcome to Dead Island 

Pack your bags for a holiday you’ll never forget in Dead Island on PS3, as a mysterious zombie outbreak sweeps through a tropical resort, plunging you into a relentless fight for survival. Use melee weapons and discarded firearms to cut a path to safety through the undead hordes.

Greetings from Dead Island on PS3 – wish you were here?  

Be the next legend in NHL 12

Become the next hero of hockey in NHL 12 from EA SPORTS, the coolest sports simulation on PS3. Spend this weekend on the ice perfecting huge slap shots, bone-crunching interceptions and your fighting skills when the gloves come off.

Lead your team to Stanley Cup glory in NHL 12 on PS3.  See the galaxy as a Space Marine

Strap into the hulking battle armour of Captain Titus in Warhammer 40,000: Space Marine and enlist in the legendary Ultramarines. The fearsome Orks have launched a blistering assault on an Imperial Forge World, and it’s up to you to hold them off until Imperial reinforcements arrive.

Stop this vital factory planet falling into Ork hands using any means necessary on PS3.  

Get 10% off Shin Megami Tensai: Persona 3 Portable

Play one of the most absorbing PSP adventures of recent times when you download Shin Megami Tensei: Persona 3 Portable from PlayStation Store. Until 21 September 2011, you’ll get ten per cent off the price of the game too – just one more reason to play this gripping tale of high school demon hunting.

Download some sizzling demos

Unsure of whether you first want to take out global targets for The Network in Bodycount or battle across ancient Greece in God of War Collection Volume II? Then try both demos by downloading them to your PS3 system from PlayStation Store right now. 

Dust off your spirit of adventure in Tomb Raider II

Uncover the final resting place of the mythical Dagger of Xian in Tomb Raider II, as the Lara Croft adventure joins the PS one Classics collection. Download it from PlayStation Store to PS3 and PSP and revisit this memorable journey along the Great Wall of China. 

Gear up with Battlefield: Bad Company 2

Practise your field manoeuvres for Battlefield 3 by downloading the Battlefield: Bad Company 2 bundle, which contains the two exclusive modes granted by the VIP Pass, the Vietnam map pack, the Onslaught co-op modes pack, the SPECACT special forces bundle and the Shortcut kit upgrade bundle.

Download it to PS3 from PlayStation Store while you still have the element of surprise.

Win a copy of Deus Ex: Human Revolution – Augmented Edition

Fancy getting your bionic hands on the rare Deus Ex: Human Revolution – Augmented Edition on PS3? Then head to to be in with a chance of bagging a copy of the game, an exclusive Deus Ex: Human Revolution comic book and many more limited edition goodies.

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Fight alongside Batman, Superman and Wonder Woman in DC Universe Online this weekend.

The next legend is you

Shazam! The electrifying comic book adventure of DC Universe Online has arrived on PlayStation 3 to take you on an epic journey. Create your own legendary superhero or villain with a choice of powers, allegiance and costumes, then jump onto PlayStation Network to join thousands of other players in a massive superpowered environment. Where will you go? Who will you battle? What heroic or villainous deeds will you perform? And what is it like to go toe-to-toe or fight side by side with the likes of Superman and The Joker

Get up to super speed with DC Universe Online by checking out our handy primer feature and a behind the scenes look at the game’s creation – no x-ray vision required.

The Chronicles of Lara

PS one Classic Tomb Raider Chronicles transports you to a cold, dark, rainy memorial service… the last resting place of Lara Croft, presumed dead from a perilous quest. Play through an exciting recollection of Lara’s past adventures retold by her colleagues. Download Tomb Raider Chronicles from PlayStation Store for PSP and PlayStation 3 and unearth a gem of a game…

Music, maestro!

Buzz!: The Ultimate Music Quiz puts your trivia knowledge to the test on PSP! Choose the rounds you want to play and the subjects you want to smash, and give your poptastic know-how a challenging boogie.  Up to six players can face the music, so download Buzz!: The Ultimate Music Quiz for PSP from PlayStation Store or pick up a copy from your local shop and give your friends a musical beat down.

Are you game for a drive?

PS3 racing sensation Gran Turismo 5 has some speedy new mini-games to test drive via the GT Facebook app. Speed off with Golden Lap, Shot in the Dark and the all new Fantasy Circuit where you create your own fantasy track using sections of various circuits available in GT5. Go for a spin over at

A wonderful winter offer

Don’t leave your Facebook profile page yet – you can grab yourself a free copy of popular minis puzzler Arctic Adventures: Polar’s Puzzles by taking a trip over to All you have to do is visit the site and follow the instructions to slide into some Arctic action. This special offer closes at the end of January 2011, so act now and make sure you don’t get left out in the cold… 

Make everyone else green with envy

Win an incredible 3D cinema screening of Seth Rogen’s explosive new film, The Green Hornet, for you and your friends by entering our competition over at And if you want to make others even more envious, be the first of your friends to download the PlayStation Official App for your mobile device. Available for iPhone and iPod Touch with OS 4 and above or most Android compatible devices with a minimum of OS 1.6, you can check out your PlayStation Network trophies, discover all the latest games and more, all while on the move.

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PS3 news: Tomb Raider Trilogy Brings Back Classic Lara Croft Action the PS3 in HD, March 22, 2011 Release Date

While the all-new, less buxom, more “beat-up,” and slightly controversial Lara Croft will be appearing in an origin story version of Tomb Raider, the original hot pants, pony tailed, Barbie jealousy-inducing, acrobatic, dual-pistol weilding Lara Croft will getting a makeover as well as she gets her polygons bumped up and her textures re-worked for “Tomb Raider Trilogy.”

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Slim PS3 news: 15 years of PlayStation – the defining moments

Take a journey with through 15 years of PlayStation innovations.

PlayStation has helped define an industry since its explosive arrival on the videogames scene 15 years ago. From the birth of the revolutionary PlayStation games console to the advanced technology of PlayStation 3, there’s always been something that has moved your entertainment experiences to the next level… The PlayStation revolution

1995 saw the European arrival of a fresh-faced machine called PlayStation. The games console sported an attractive design and the ability to play audio CDs. This merging of entertainment – music and videogames – in one system was a baton passed down to PlayStation 2 in 2000, which was the first home games console to offer in-built DVD playback, USB support for a range of handy peripherals and full backwards compatibility with its predecessor. PS2 went on to be one of the most popular videogame consoles ever created, shipping over 145 million units worldwide to date – and still going strong. 

With the seeds of multimedia planted, the stage was set for PSP (PlayStation Portable) to dazzle in 2005, thanks to a combination of powerful portable hardware and the ability to play Universal Media Disc movies, as well as MP3 music, photos and games. PSP also boasted a built-in Wireless Internet connection for web browsing and continued to broaden the creative diversity that PlayStation had become famous for.

Further evolution came in the shapely form of PlayStation 3 during 2007. The world’s most powerful entertainment system brought with it a host of new hardware features to once more alter the videogames landscape. PS3 offered things no other system could, with a built-in Blu-ray Disc player for incredible full High Definition picture quality, connectivity with PSP through Remote Play and a unified online platform – PlayStation Network. This paved the way for downloadable games across PS3 and PSP (something especially significant for the pocket sized PSPgo, which features a large amount of internal memory for downloadable content), along with a number of other advantages for music, films and television. Put the power in your hands

Revolutionary hardware is nothing without precise control, and the history of PlayStation is rife with ergonomically-designed controllers that made sure all your entertainment needs were in hand. The roots for the famous DUALSHOCK controller were established by the original PlayStation controller which boasted four buttons on top of the controller instead of the standard two, giving developers the scope to explore more gameplay possibilities in their titles. This was soon followed by the twin analog stick wielding Dual Analog Controller, and then the original Analog Controller (DUALSHOCK). In 2000 the DUALSHOCK 2 for PS2 introduced vibration function features and pressure sensitive buttons which transformed gaming from a visual and aural experience into a tactile one as well.

In 2007, PS3 signalled the arrival of motion control on PlayStation with the SIXAXIS Wireless Controller and later the DUALSHOCK 3. Tilt sensors, Wireless connectivity and the PS button for accessing the XMB™ (XrossMediaBar) user interface became standard, along with all the other advantages of the previous DUALSHOCK controllers.

The simple to use Buzz! Buzzers introduced a brilliantly fun way to play the accompanying quiz series, Buzz!, on PS2 and PS3 in 2005. Featuring big coloured buttons, the controllers make answering quick-fire quiz questions a blast!

In 2010 the latest addition to the PlayStation controller family, the PlayStation Move motion controller, was launched. Placing incredibly accurate motion control technology in the palm of your hand, PS Move changes the way you play games. Working in tandem with the PlayStation Eye camera, PS Move replicates your movements on-screen and puts you right in the action. Suddenly you don’t just have a controller in your hand – you have a mighty sword, a powerful ray gun, a trusty bow and arrow… you have whatever you need for the game you’re playing. Light and Wireless, PlayStation Move represents the epitome of how far PlayStation has progressed when it comes to videogame control.

The birthplace of gaming classics

Many blockbuster franchises started life on PlayStation and have since become household names. Tomb Raider became synonymous with PlayStation thanks to its impressive debut in 1996 which made Lara Croft a lasting and popular videogames figure across the globe. Solid Snake was reborn in the Metal Gear Solid franchise during that same generation, providing a new look for the rugged hero as well as helping popularise stealth based gameplay. And who can forget the birth of the survival horror genre through Resident Evil and Silent Hill, both PlayStation titles originally.

Tried and tested genres also got a welcome shot in the arm with PlayStation systems. Role-playing games found a new way to portray cinematic storytelling thanks to the epic Final Fantasy VII, using the console’s technology to realise narrative techniques which are still used today. Futuristic racing games flew out of the home and into nightclubs with WipEout offering blistering visuals and a dance floor filling soundtrack.

The world-beating likes of Tekken, Ridge Racer, God of War, Jak and Daxter, Ratchet & Clank, Killzone, Uncharted, LittleBigPlanet, Kingdom Hearts, MotorStorm, Resistance and so many more all became popular series that took off on PlayStation. And the fresh breath of innovation drifted into videogames through titles such as EyeToy: Play, EyePet, Grand Theft Auto 3 and the emotion driven storytelling of Heavy Rain, ICO and Shadow of the Colossus.

Fans of realistic racing games were put into the driver’s seat with the emergence of Gran Turismo. In 1998, the Real Driving Simulator took Europe by storm by delivering the most stunningly realistic portrayal of racing ever seen in a videogame. Gran Turismo’s sequels on PS2 set the bar even higher, leaving rivals in the dust thanks to a perfect combination of well observed physics, a massive range of selectable cars and a comprehensive career mode.

Critical and commercial acclaim has followed Gran Turismo on the track to success, which looks set to be repeated with the late 2010 arrival of Gran Turismo 5 on PlayStation 3. Over 950 stunningly recreated cars, more than 70 track variations and unparalleled realism await, along with compatibility with another innovation – stereoscopic 3D. With a 3D compatible TV, compatible glasses and the PlayStation Eye camera, you can change your field of view as if you’re actually inside your car by moving your head left or right while driving. No other driving game can offer this sort of realism.

With the arrival of the PlayStation Move motion controller and experiences offered by related titles such as Sports Champions, Heavy Rain Move Edition, The Fight and SingStar Dance, PlayStation continues to be the home of memorable and genre changing fun for all ages.

Step into a wider world online

No glimpse through the defining moments in PlayStation history would be complete without a mention of PlayStation Network (PSN). Released in Europe in 2007, the online service took PSP and PlayStation 3 into the wonderful world of free Internet access, where over 50 million users to date now regularly create their own colourful online IDs, play online at no extra cost, browse their favourite sites and use features such as the ever growing PlayStation Store. Offering a colossal range of downloadable content, PlayStation Store is open 24/7 for you to stock up on games, playable demos, themes, trailers, avatars and game add-ons.

PSN took another defining step with the arrival of premium subscription service PlayStation Plus, in 2010, which introduced exclusive discounts, services and content such as early access to beta trials and demos, and free games and downloads.

Snackable titles on both PS3 and PSP became all the rage with minis on PlayStation Store in 2009. Their bite-sized blast of addictive gameplay meant the range of game types and genres instantly increased on PlayStation.

Demand more from your machineWhen it comes to entertainment services, PlayStation is ahead of the game. PlayTV unlocks the potential of your television by letting you watch, pause and record live TV. Planning television programmes around your life is easy with PlayTV and you can even use Remote Play to organise your viewing schedule on PSP, VAIO laptops or compatible Sony Ericsson phones, meaning you also have access to previously recorded programmes wherever you go. And with an increasing range of TV on-demand services, such as BBC iPlayer also at your command, you don’t have an excuse to miss your favourite shows ever again.

If movie madness is your thing, then you’ll find plenty of opportunities for popcorn viewing on PlayStation with MUBI and the PlayStation Store Video Store. MUBI reels in some of the most treasured film masterpieces and puts them on demand for your PlayStation 3 viewing pleasure, while the Video Store is all about the biggest films and newest releases at the touch of a button.

Music maestros aren’t left out either with VidZone pumping thousands of music videos to your PS3 absolutely free. Redefining your music experiences on PlayStation, VidZone lets you create your own playlists from hundreds of artists, with regular updates to keep your tunes fresh. You can even access the service on the move using Remote Play for PSP.

The world of comic books was also unleashed on PlayStation through Digital Comics on PSP, a service which lets you download some of your favourite comics and take them anywhere you go in the comfort of your own pocket. Be social

Fostering communities is something which has helped define PlayStation throughout the years and PlayStation Home is a large social environment which no home console can compete with. Accessed through the PlayStation 3 XMB, this free to explore world has you creating a custom avatar before decorating your own personal apartment. Then you can venture out into PlayStation Home and interact with other users enjoying the constantly growing environments. Want to watch a trailer? Make new friends? Play games and take part in special events? PlayStation Home brings all these elements together for the perfect blend of videogaming and social fun – and it’s only on PlayStation.

3D: A new dimension to home entertainment

It may be relatively new technology, but stereoscopic 3D is already making waves with PlayStation. Both 3D compatible games and movies are available to change your experience. Arm yourself with a 3D TV, compatible glasses and the 3D game or Blu-ray 3D disc movie of your choice and see the future of home entertainment pop out of the screen. If you already have the equipment you can dive into new depths with titles such as PAIN, MotorStorm 3D Rift and WipEout HD, and 3D movies including Cloudy With A Chance of Meatballs and Monster House.

Putting you at the forefront of PlayStation

Even before the arrival of stereoscopic 3D, PlayStation has looked at new and inventive ways of playing games. Augmented reality is one such area, showing a live version of the world around you on the screen and overlaying it with computer generated images which you can interact with. You become part of the virtual world and use your body and surroundings to alter the game.

PlayStation explored this exciting concept as early as 1999 with the announcement of the EyeToy USB Camera for PlayStation 2, pushing augmented reality gaming into the mainstream. Games such as EyeToy: Play thrust you on to your TV screen, while other titles like EyeToy: Kinetic Combat offer the opportunity to keep fit or jump into other activities.

With the clear success of these titles, PlayStation took the concept even further with the PSP camera. Games such as Invizimals give you a taste of what it’s like to find and collect hidden creatures around your home, while EyePet lets you rediscover the world around you with an adorable new friend.

On PlayStation 3, augmented reality is in full flow thanks to a combination of the PlayStation Eye camera, PlayStation Move and stereoscopic 3D. Titles that use PS Move and the PlayStation Eye camera give you the chance to be on-screen and in the spotlight – Start the Party! and The Shoot are perfect examples of this magical way to play, while EyePet Move Edition adds stereoscopic 3D to really bring it all to life. Augmented reality is a defining moment happening right now – and you can be a part of it with PlayStation.

During its first 15 years, PlayStation has helped the videogames industry move into the mainstream and brought memorable and engaging entertainment into your homes. Where will the next 15 years take you? The journey starts here… is updated regularly per day with the very latest Free Sony Slim PS3 news.

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Slim PS3 news: Weekend Essentials 43

Take to the skies, don a super suit, relive an epic adventure and have your say with PlayStation this weekend.

Chronicles to remember

Take your PSP into the stunning world of Valkyria Chronicles II, where you can experience a heady mix of distinctive visuals, addictive gameplay and a compelling story of adventure and peril.

Pick up your copy of Valkyria Chronicles II in stores this weekend or download it from PlayStation Store – and while you’re there, you can also download mission packs to keep the voyage going.

So, what are you waiting for? More chronicles await.

Top guns

The skies are no longer safe; only you can change that in the explosive aerial action of Tom Clancy’s H.A.W.X. 2 on PlayStation 3. As a member of the ultra-secret H.A.W.X. 2 squadron, you are one of the chosen few; the truly elite. Use your finely honed reflexes, bleeding-edge technology and ultra-sophisticated aircraft to dominate the skies.

Jump into the cockpit of Tom Clancy’s H.A.W.X. 2 on PlayStation 3.

Nice suit

Suit up, lock ‘n’ load and take to the stars in the playable demo of Sega’s third person shooter, Vanquish. With giant robots; rocket propelled super suits and a huge arsenal of weaponry, it’s the ultimate primer for the full game, which explodes on to PlayStation 3 in October 2010!

Get in on the action for free and download the demo from PlayStation Store.

Lara is back!

This weekend, why not relive some old school videogame memories with Tomb Raider? The PS one classic is available to download from PlayStation Store, and sees you embark on a series of exciting missions as the iconic British archaeologist, Lara Croft.

Head over to PlayStation Store and start an epic adventure all over again…

Sam and Max hit the road again

Everyone’s favourite dog and rabbit police partnership has returned to PlayStation 3 – you can now download Sam & Max: The Devil’s Playhouse Episode 5 from PlayStation Store. Titled The City that Dares Not Sleep, the end of The Devil’s Playhouse season is nigh. Dare you miss the shocking conclusion to this fiendish adventure?

Go on, be a devil and download it today from PlayStation Store.

Deception never felt so good…

This weekend you’ll be able to practise your trickery tactics in anticipation of the release of R.U.S.E. on 10 September 2010 with the deception filled demo, available to download now from PlayStation Store.

Get in character

Fancy getting your mitts on some cool Uncharted 2: Among Thieves avatar packs? There are two up for grabs, which feature characters such as Gabriel Roman, Elena Fisher, Eddy Raja and Daniel Pinkerton.

Slip into character and download the Uncharted avatar packs now from PlayStation Store.

New in PlayStation Home

Love the bulbous headed Bomberman, star of Hudson Soft’s Bomberman series? Then PlayStation Home is the place to be as an explosive new public space has launched, offering information on Hudson Soft titles. The store features Bomberman outfits and even games to try your hand at. There’s also the chance to take part in races featuring the loveable Dolphy creatures, and purchase the Dolphy Apartment where you can raise your very own Dolphy.

Check out the Hudson Gate public space in PlayStation Home and have blast with Bomberman this weekend.

Friday Debate

Have you voiced your opinion in the Friday Debate yet on PlayStation Blog? The weekly discussion prompts users to talk about various videogame topics, such as game lengths, gaming labels and art in games.

This week, the discussion will centre reviews, and if they influence your purchasing decisions. Would you buy a game after reading a terrible review? Or do you prefer to make up your own mind?

Head over to and start sharing your views with other blog readers now.

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Posted on September 8th, 2010 by  |  No Comments »

PlayStation news: See The Future of PS3™ First – Episode 13

Episode 013 of FirstPlay is packed full of previews and reviews

Episode 13 of FirstPlay is on the Store this Wednesday and leading the way this episode is the first lady of PlayStation, Lara Croft. This week we have a HD preview of her new top-down adventure game, The Guardian Of Light.

Aside from Lady Lara we have catch-up reviews of two of the best games released this summer, Activision’s fizzing combat racer Blur, and the brilliant motorcycle platformer Joe Danger from the heroic four-man team at Hello Games. Rounding out HD reviews and previews we also have a look at Mel Gibson’s conspiracy thriller Edge Of Darkness.

On top of that we’ve also got a round-up of the latest minis, a browse through the PSN movie store, and a look at downloadable PS3 games Anarchy: Rush Hour, Feeding Frenzy 2: Shipwreck Showdown and Kick-Ass. And we’ve got our regular batch of screenshot galleries, which this week include Deus Ex: Human Revolution, Brink, Fallout: New Vegas and Kane & Lynch 2: Dog Days.

Episode 13 also features our exclusive demo of Backbreaker, and don’t forget that the minis we gave away in episodes 7 to 10 – Echoes, Blast Off, Age Of Zombies and Aero Racer – are all still available to download for our regular price of 99p.

As ever, episode 013 costs just 99p, or you can snap up a money saving 90-day subscription for just £8.99.


We’d also like to remind you that you can stay in touch with all things FirstPlay by following us on Twitter at @firstplay_uk and on our Facebook page: FirstPlay (official). We also have a YouTube channel up and running here

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Posted on June 29th, 2010 by  |  No Comments »