This Week’s New Releases (21 – 28 February)

February 22, 2010 by Thomas Mulrooney  
Filed under Nintendo, PC, Playstation, Xbox

I and the monkey finally made up this week, and as I write this he’s currently enjoying a cigar and listening to Mozart. He’s a cultured monkey at heart, it’s just that his natural tendencies took over whenever I’d absent-mindedly left a Word file open on my computer. We now enjoy each other’s company while watching Frasier repeats on Comedy Central.

So, enough about the monkey, what’s out this week? There are two big games of interest; Heavy Rain and Silent Hill: Shattered Memories. The former makes me long for a PS3, and just might make me buy one, while the latter might actually make me turn on my Wii again; although I’m not too sure if I’ll be able to find my Wii under the mountains of dust.

Here are all of this week’s releases:

  • Heavy Rain (PS3)
  • Silent Hill: Shattered Memories (PS2, PSP, Wii)
  • Monsters (Probably) Stole My Princess (PSP)
  • Superstars V8 Next Challenge (PC, PS3, X360)
  • Bit.Trip Void (Wii)
  • Theatre of War: Afrika 1943 (PC)
  • Water Sports (Wii) – The…temptation…to…make…a…pun…too….strong!
  • The Farm (PC)
  • Sonic & Sega All-Stars Racing (DS, PC, PS3, Wii)
  • Sonic & Sega All-Stars Racing with Banjo-Kazooie (X360) – Like that’s going to tempt me to buy it!
  • Sail Simulator 2010 (PC) – Game of the year!
  • Adventures to Go! (PSP)
  • Lips: Party Classics (X360)
  • Puzzle Chronicles (DS, PSP)
  • Gamehits (DS)
  • Echoshift (PSP)
  • Safar’Wii (Wii) – So apparently this didn’t come out the other week after all.
  • Pop’n Music (Wii)
  • Undead Knights (PSP)
  • Casual Mania (DS)
  • Might & Magic: Clash of Heroes (DS) – When I was at school I knew someone who loved this series. He looked like an Orc. True story!
  • Napoleon: Total War (PC)
  • White Knight Chronicles (International Edition) (PS3)
  • Way of the Samurai 3 (PS3, X360)
  • Crash Time III (X360)
  • Dawn of Discovery: Venice (PC)
  • Driving Simulator (PC) – Game of the year runner-up!
  • The Stronghold Collection (PC)
  • The Sky Crawlers: Innocent Aces (Wii)
  • Dante’s Inferno (PSP)
  • Blue Toad Murder Files: The Mysteries of Little Riddle – Episode Three (PS3)

Heavy Rain – Do Origami While You Wait!

February 2, 2010 by Thomas Mulrooney  
Filed under News, Playstation

As is fast becoming the norm with PS3 games Heavy Rain will have a mandatory install when you first put the game disc in. The install will weigh in at 4.2GB, but you’ll be pleased to know that you don’t have to go and make a sandwich while it installs (although this would be preferable if you’re hungry).

Instead you’ll be able to make swan origami in 12 steps, which means you’ll actually be learning something while you wait for the install to finish (unless, of course, you already know how to do it). Obviously this has a connection to the game since it’s based around finding the Origami Killer, but it’s also a fun little distraction from what can be an incredibly dull process. I hope more developers follow Quantic Dream’s lead and and insert neat little things into the install process. Either that or I’m picking up a good book to read. Maybe you can watch one of the games characters, Madison Page, getting naked before getting into a fight while you wait (obviously NSFW).

The game comes out on the 26th February here in the UK, although the rest of Europe will get it two days earlier (as a suprising side note Japan is the market to get it earliest, with the game coming out on the 18th over in the Land of the Rising Sun).

(Via Just Push Start)

European Collector’s Edition of Heavy Rain Unveiled, Along With Confirmation of DLC

December 21, 2009 by Thomas Mulrooney  
Filed under News, Playstation

Heavy Rain Collector's Edition (EU)

Sony has unveiled the European Collector’s Edition of Heavy Rain through their EU Playstation Blog. Thankfully it doesn’t include useless tat, so even those who don’t have deep enough pockets to spend on night-vision goggles may want to read on.

As well as the snazzy box – that apparently gives the impression of 3D rain-drops due to a ‘special embossing’ on the slipcase – you will also get a voucher that entitles you to extras that us lowly peasants won’t get (at least some of it anyway).

  • Heavy Rain: Chronicle One – The Taxidermist. This is going to be the first piece of downloadable content for the game, and expands upon the original ‘Taxidermist’ demo that was shown at E3 last year. This will eventually be available for anyone to buy through PSN, but those that buy the Collector’s Edition will get it early.
  • The Heavy Rain Official Soundtrack – Recorded at The Abbey Road Studios (where acts like The Beatles and Pink Flyod recorded tracks) and features ‘powerful orchestral themes’.
  • Dynamic XMB theme

Details of pricing and avenues of release are yet to be announced, so in the meantime you can check out the full image of the Collector’s Edition box and read a few more details here.