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Any fan of the Pirates of the Caribbean movies will love this game! I will admit I was already a fan of Pirates of the Caribbean but playing this game just made me want to see all the movies again (preferably with Lego characters instead of the actual actors).

Lego games have already become very popular around the world due to the likes of Lego star wars, Lego batman; Lego Indiana jones and even Lego harry Potter. So what makes this game different to any of them? Well in all honesty not much. This Lego game is pretty much the same apart from it being pirate rather than wizards or batman etc.

Lego Pirates of The Caribbean Cover Art

Lego Pirates of The Caribbean is available on X-Box 360, Playstation 3, Sony PSP, PC and Nintendo Wii

The Lego “movie clips” like previous ones are rather comical, for example, before the menu comes up on the screen you get an opening movies sequence which like the start of the movie is Will being pulled on board the ship and Elizabeth realising he is a pirate. In the Lego sequence she punches his parrot, throws away his eye patch and throws away his hook whereas in the actual movie she just hides his pirate medallion. After this opening movie sequence you get taken to the main menu which gives you the option of Story Mode of Free Play (unfortunately you can only play the Free Play once you have completed story mode since the Free Play mode allows you to go back over the levels you have played).

Story Mode takes you through the movies from the start with a lot of added comical movie sequences. Of course if you don’t want to watch the movie sequences you can just skip them and pay the game but I personally would recommend watching them as they are very funny.

For those of you who have played the Lego games before the gameplay is exactly the same. You can change between the characters around you to get different parts of the task done and build up broken Lego models around you too.

My favourite thing about this game was the way they have made the Lego Jack Sparrow just as brilliant as the actual character from the movies (the Lego version even walks the same as him). Clearly a lot of thought has been put into this game to keep the little Lego characters as close to the real characters as possible.

Lego Pirates of The Caribbean Screenshot

Graphically impressive regardless of it being a Lego game

So why play this game? Well really it is for anyone who is a fan of the Lego games and/or a fan of Pirates of the Caribbean. If you enjoyed previous Lego games I would really recommend playing this one too as it kept me hooked from the start.

This game deserves a high score for the thought of characters and because I really enjoyed it but for the originality I will be making it down as it is the same gameplay as previous Lego games (the only difference is the storyline).

If you haven’t played any Lego games or are still a bit unsure if you would enjoy it then download a free demo of the game now from the PlayStation Store, from Xbox Live or you can go on the Lego Videogames website to download a free demo for your PC (not available for Mac).

Game Score: 8/10

Review stolen from a bilge rat and soaked in rum by rainbow

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With today bringing news that sexist commentator Andy Gray has been axed from the next instalment of Fifa 12, I thought this was the best time to start talking about a hotly tipped, high impact, yearly franchised game such as…..well…..Fifa 12.

Fifa 12 Cover Art Concept

Fifa 12 has vast changes not just commentators

So yes Andy Gray has gone, but don’t worry the answer as to his replacement is at the bottom of this review. The other goodish news is that you can choose to have Martin Tyler and his new associate or you can have the comedy commentary of Clive Tyldesley and Andy Townsend. Now that is a shocker (Unless you owned previous Fifa’s) But onto the actual review

So other than the above statements what has changed in Fifa 12, well we will start with just about everything. The ‘Press’ button has been removed and that now makes defending an actual skill, no more will people be able to hold down a button and a defender nipping the ball away from Messi with virtually no skill needed. Attacking has also been altered with the ability to hold up the ball, closer control with dribbling has also been implemented and more importantly than all those put together is the new ‘Impact Engine.’ In the past a collision would send body parts into an almost laughable manor of limbs going through players, tackles not making a difference how hard you tried to destroy Christiano Ronaldo and you get the idea. Now tackles will make a difference, actual injuries will be made if you try and snap someone’s leg, a collision system that should detect even the best of bumps and concussions.

Andy Gray and Richard Keys

Andy Gray gets dropped by Sky first and now EA. What next?

But for me the best is yet to come, finally the Pro Player Intelligence system that ‘supposedly’ was implemented in Fifa 11 is apparently ready and waiting. So for instance, Peter Crouch will be ready to head the ball into the net, Messi will be able to closely dribble the ball, Drogba will have the strength to hold off opponents, and John Terry will be able to hit on friends girlfriends – Just like in real life.

Well the last one you may not be able to do, but you get the point. But all of this comes at a price, and that price is that if you fell in love with Fifa 11 you have to get used to a whole new different ball game (Pardon the pun). So what do you think? Looking forward to the challenge? Or do you expect a difficult relegation battle? Judging from previous years, I’m making Fifa 12 the bookies favourites and expecting Pro Evo to be relegated to the Bargain bin almost instantaneously.

P.S. The person who is replacing Andy Gray is Alan Smith discuss…

Fifa 12 will be available to purchase on 30th September 2012 for Microsoft X-Box 360, Playstation 3, Nintendo Wii, Sony PSP and PC

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After weeks of debate, weeks of wondering it’s finally here, the successor to the Wii…..The Wii U, and whilst it does sound like an infant making the noise of a police cars siren, it actually looks interesting.

Upon first glance, you could be forgiven for mistaking the Wii U as….well…..a Wii. It doesn’t seem too much different from the Wii, but then you turn it on and you see the difference.

For the first time ever Nintendo are upgrading to HD graphics, one of the big selling points of the more ‘serious’ game consoles. With HD graphics, even games like Wii Sports will look good, and it doesn’t stop at Wii Sports, Nintendo have more planned. Games such as Tekken, Batman: Arkham Assylum and Dirt are amongst some of the titles that are going to grace the Wii U. And for the less ‘hard-core gamer’ there are going to be new versions of smash brothers, and almost certainly an updated, upgraded version of Wii Sports amongst others.

Wii U Console

Wii U console.......Huh!? Looks like a console I've played before

This now opens up a window that Nintendo have never really tried to break into and that is the hard-core gamer market. With titles such as Tekken (And almost certainly other games classified as hard-core) coming to the system this may attract a different type of gamer to the console. However, hard-core gamers may still feel as though the Wii U is still just as ‘kidified’ as Nintendo always have been. But who knows I may be wrong.

But the main selling point of the Wii U, in fact the main thing on show at E3 has got to be the controller. Now Nintendo are nothing new to having different, innovative controllers, and this has to go down as one of the best, whilst also annoying (Read on to find out why). The controller is a touchscreen, yes they have finally jumped on the bandwagon and released a touchscreen controller.  So what can this baby do, what it can’t do is cook you breakfast, but apart from that it’s impressive. If your ‘friend’ or dad wants to watch TV you can take your game onto the controller, good yes, surprising, not really. It’s a motion controller, so you could use it like you did the Wii mote and use it to move your character, or drive a car or anything like that. It has a camera, so you can video chat, and I’m sure some games companies will come up with impressive uses for it too. And whilst this is all great and whilst the preview of what the controller can do is impressive (See it for yourself here) it opens up other questions. For instance, are hard-core gamers going to feel that this is an unnecessary add-on? How responsive is it going to be? Why does it look like an Apple I-Pad? And what the hell am I going to do with this, where’s my controller? And the big one…..How much is it going to cost me if I need another one?

Wii U Controller

Wii U Controller - Flashy, but potentially pricy

Which brings me nicely around to pricing. There has been no official word on pricing, just that it would be ‘competitive’ with the other consoles. Pundits reckon the console will start at $299, whilst the controller will start at $99. My guessing is that the console will start at $299, but I can’t see the controller, because of the touchscreen alone, being any cheaper than $150. And then you have to ask yourself, do you want something where the controller costs as much as the console? This is where most people will be put off. And with the latest attack from Lulzsec being on Nintendo, the only system to not have been infiltrated is Microsoft (But your time will come) and people may be put off by that too.

No actual specification was released by Nintendo, although looking around online we did find a supposed ‘internal’ document outlining the (Again supposed) specification which is (Once again supposedly)

CPU – Custom IBM Power 6 Chip (Codename Fox), Quad Core 3.5Ghz

Graphics – Custom AMD RV770 (Codename Wolf) 766Mhz

RAM – 512MB XDR2 DRAM (Main), 1024 GDDR5 VRAM (Video), 16MB eDRAM

Storage – 2.5″ 250/320GB SATA & Expandable storage via SD/SDHC card up to 64GB

Media – Custom Bluray & compatible with Nintendo GameCube Game Discs & Wii Disc

Display – Composite – 480i, S-Video – 480i, Component – 480/720/1080, HDMI – 480/720/1080

But I can’t guarantee that that is real, to look at the ‘actual’ document then click here.

So do I want one, actually, and quite surprisingly yes, but I also wanted one of the original Wii’s, and after 6 months of playing on it, got bored and bought a 360. I see the same being the case for the Wii U, and as always I am asking the same questions that most industry experts are asking.

Can it compete with the consoles that are already acknowledged as ‘serious’ games consoles? Is this the right time for a new console? Can it actually be ‘competitively’ priced? And are people going to switch from their favourite console to this, just because it is newer? And finally the biggie if the Wii only last 6 years, then what’s to stop this console from lasting only that long? Let us know your thoughts

The Wii U is expected for a release date between July and December of 2012

Having spent a fair amount of time enjoying the delights of Virtua Tennis 4 I thought it would behove me to review the other additional tennis simulations that are going to be available and for that I had to really review its competitor which is Topspin 4.

Anyone who remembers my review (Insert review post here) will remember that I greatly appreciated the rather simple and casual gaming style of Virtua Tennis 4. And if I had to give these games a real life comparison Virtua Tennis would be Rodger Federer and Topspin 4 would be Andy Murray. Why you all gasp? The reason is simple, Virtua Tennis is (And for me always will be) a tennis great, it’s intuitive, easy to pick up and play, enjoyable, and is always going to do well. Topspin 4 is also intuitive (Maybe too much so) not as easy to pick up and play as Virtua Tennis, doesn’t go into too much details during it’s “World Tour” mode and will only surprise you actually follow tennis. Now that we have that analogy over with it’s time to properly review the game.

Top Spin 4 Screenshot

Top Spin 4 does indeed look good, but is that important in comparison to gameplay?

First thing to mention is that the control system is fairly easy to us (Although it has a lot more shot options then I would ever need to use) and even tells you if you have hit the ball early or late and, obviously as would be expected, this alters the movement of your shot. This control system however seems to nurse you too much, and whilst you can turn it off, it’s still there as a back though that the creators 2K Czech need to implement this into the game. I mean it is a good thing, if you’re playing a practice match or training this is a must have, but when playing in a competition it’s not really necessary.

Secondly the control system seems a little slow, there doesn’t seem to be any real power in the shots, and since this is trying to simulate real life, they should have given the game a little more oomph. Even the character I was playing as (Federer) seemed to hopelessly flap at the ball when if he’d of actually tried to hit it he could have. The game really seems unpolished, which after three years of waiting for a sequel, is very much unexpected.

Maybe I’m being too harsh as I am a real lover of the new Virtua Tennis series, but this game does have its good points.

Top Spin 4 Cover Art

Top Spin 4 available now on Playstation 3, X-Box 360 and Nintendo Wii

It has several different difficulty settings, so someone like me can easily start off on medium and the die-hard tennis fan can get into the nitty gritty expert level straight away. It has advanced control systems for serve and all of its other shots, but if you’re feeling a little tired you can let the computer automate your shots and serve as well. It has amazing graphics, probably on par with Virtua Tennis 4 and its new player animations are very realistic and well presented. It has an all new TV broadcast quality, which although is seen in other tennis sims, is very well replicated and maybe even better then Virtua Tennis. But these are all novel, and very cosmetic plus points and in no way can compete with its nemesis Virtua Tennis 4.

So to summarise what I summarised at the beginning this game really is the Andy Murray of the tennis video games. It may be a very good game for those who played Topspin 3 as it keeps some of the glory of that game and takes away all that was bad and terrible about it. But with a very dull world tour mode, (No side quests like meeting fans, signing autographs etc.) very slow and seemingly powerless shots, and did I mention the lack of depth in the “create a superstar” mode this really is Andy Murrays Wimbledon…… unwinnable.

Score: 6.5/10

Reviewed by the IRS before submitting by: parkergordon

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Ever wanted to see WWE legends like The Rock, The Ultimate Warrior and Stone cold Steve Austin fight against Triple H, Randy Orton or even Sheamus? Well now you can!

Macho Man and John Cena Image

I'm not too sure about the likeness or that John Cena's muscles are that big but there you have it

You can make your favourite legends fight against the latest wrestlers from the WWE Smackdown and Raw roster in many epic battles. You can play Exhibition mode which is a single match and choose either a basic 1v1 match or maybe you fancy putting your wrestlers in a steel cage match, a fatal 4 way or even an extreme rules match.

There are a wide range of modes and many different wrestling rings for you to play on this game and if you like you can even create your own superstar.

I have played a few of the Smackdown vs. Raw games over the years but i was never a big fan of them but i actually enjoyed playing WWE All Stars. I found All Stars a lot easier to get the hang of, especially with the controls, and i loved the hints that would pop up beside my life bar (hints such as how to get in and out of the ring, how to climb the ropes etc), these are very helpful for beginners such as myself.

I liked the fact that this game is very Arcady – you can just pick it up and play as and when you want, you do not need to sit for hours playing and trying to get into it.

WWE All Stars Cover Art

WWE All Stars for Playstation 3, Nintendo Wii, X-Box 360 and Sony PSP

The moves in this game are easy to do but you need to get close enough to the person you are wrestling to be able to pull them off, i also found that sometimes when i would be trying to do a move i would end up doing a completely different one without even knowing how i did it.

The main thing in this game that I’m not a big fan of is the fact that the wrestlers are all very bulky and have a lot of muscles. I know some wrestlers do have quite a few muscles but not as much as there is on them in this game. Most of the wrestlers look wrong because of it. I also felt that the ring entrances were a bit short. It just seemed to last a few seconds as the wrestlers ran to the ring and got into it, so I wasn’t very impressed with that.

If you are still not sure whether this game is for you then you can download the demo free on both Playstation 3 and on Xbox 360 now. In the demo you can only play as either Ray Mysterio or Ultimate Warrior but you still get a good tryout of the game – well enough to decide if you like it or not.

I will recommend this game although i do not believe it is worth the £39.99 price tag. I would say wait a few weeks to get this when the game decreases in price a little bit as the game is good but not brilliant and not worth spending loads of money on.

Score: 7.5/10

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Now I admit I haven’t played a golf game since the early days of the Tiger Woods PGA series, but surely not that much has changed right? I mean golf is golf at the end of the day right? Wrong.

In the past, golf games stuck to a very simple approach that meant that even if you didn’t like the game you could pick up the controller and just play whenever you had a casual minute or two. Playing this game for almost half an hour I think I would have needed all day to like it, and it just didn’t happen.

Tiger Woods PGA 12 : The Masters Cover Art

Notice how small the words 'Tiger Woods PGA 12' are. I wonder why!?

So let’s look at what’s new in this year’s version. Well first things first, there is no Tiger Woods on the front cover. Whether this is due to Tigers ‘off-field’ shenanigans, or because EA felt the need to take the game in a separate direction we’ll never know, but either way he’s slipped off the cover. Even the games name (Tiger Woods PGA 2012) is now in small letters at the bottom of the game case, rather than emblazoned on the front in giant letters. Of course that doesn’t change the way the game plays so let’s take a look into that.

There is only one word to describe the gameplay and that is awful. They seem to have spent way too much time, effort and probably money capturing the license so that players can play the Hallowed Grounds of Augusta National Golf Club’ and take a ‘run at capturing the distinctive Green Jacket.’ And if I may steal a line from Happy Gilmore ‘Gold Jacket, Green Jacket, who gives a shit’.

The gameplay makes you use the left stick (Playstation 3) or the Playstation Move to take aim and set your power. After about 20 minutes of trying to get this right (Using the Playstation 3 controller) I gave up and I think I got maybe two, three shots that were perfect. This new version also has a caddie for you to be friends with. Aside from the fact that he is a right royal annoyance, he also suggests shots that you may like to take, and his judgement is terrible. You’re better off hiring the labour party to calculate your shots than this guy.  This game made me more frustrated than I have ever been at playing a game and has very few redeeming features.

Tiger Woods Screenshot

Tiger Woods doesn't have Tiger Blood. Neither is he winning

The only thing I can think of is that if you are a seasoned veteran of this game you may just have the time to play it and enjoy it. But if you were like me and just wanted a couple of holes of golf after work, then your better of dusting off that old Playstation 1 system and buying a very cheap version of one of the first PGA tour games.

Saying that though, the graphics are very polished and do look very authentic, at more than one point I actually thought I was watching a video, but this feature alone will not make the game any better. And the ‘Broadcast Presentation’ is quite a nice feature too and makes it feel as though you’re watching it on TV, and in all honesty you are better off watching it on TV.

So to sum up, unless you have all day to hone your skills (Doley, student, stay at home mum, drug addict, lazy sod) then you won’t and can’t possibly enjoy this game. And unless someone tells me otherwise, you will most likely be using this game, the best way possible, as a coaster within 30-45 minutes.

This game will be available to buy from April 1st 2011 on Playstation 3, Nintendo Wii and X-Box 360.

Score: 3/10

Review done during a Charlie Sheen promotion stunt by: parkergordon

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