Watcha been playing 009

For the week of September 28th 2008.

  • Star Wars: The Force Unleashed (PS3)

    Did some more unleashing this weekend and after suffering through the second level (or third if you count Vader) the game gets a lot better again. All in all, it’s a bit repetitive, but it’s a fun 3D brawler. Unfortunately, it all goes up in flames when you hit a Jump’n Run sequence, because of the weird camera and unprecise jumping controls.

  • Wipeout HD (PS3)

    THE title of the week. For only 18EUR, you get 8 tracks (coming from the PSP episodes Pure and Pulse), about the same number of vehicles and a full-blown online-mode. Oh, and one more thing… a ton of fun. Even though, it doesn’t do anything revolutionary, it’s just nice to have the PSP Wipeouts on the big screen, in 1080p. The game supports trophies, too and is sold via the PlayStation Network.

  • Burnout Paradise (PS3)

    Even though I am a big Burnout fan, I somehow didn’t pick this up last year. This week, it was re-released as a Platinum title and now I just had to get it. During the year, Criterion released a bunch of updates, including bikes, trophies and night-time racing. In contrast to previous iterations, this one is set in an open environment, as you can race through a whole city, called Paradise. At every crossing, you can start events by hitting L2 and R2 simultaneously. When you hit L1 and R1 at the same time, you enter the famous Crash Mode, which now works at any place in the game. Aftertouch was more or less removed, but you can now keep blowing up your car again and again by hitting X. The online portion is available at any time, too, by simply pressing -> on the digi-pad. What’s quite impressive is that online happens pretty much immediately, without any delays. All in all, Burnout Paradise is a nice new title in the series, with a little bit of innovation and gorgeous graphics.

  • That’s it for this week.

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