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Featured Game – God of War: Chains of Olympus (PSP

Title: God of War: Chains of Olympus (PSP)
Format: Sony PSP

Kratos came to the PSP with nearly the full God of War experience on Sony’s handheld. Set between the first two games, it sees Kratos being sent to prevent Morpheus God of Dreams from taking over the land.

The game manages to pack in the brutal combat, superb graphics and excellent story we expect of this game line, and is well worth buying for any fan of the series. As you can probably tell, I loved this game.

Featured Game – Loco Roco 2 (PSP)

Title: LocoRoco 2 (PSP)
Format: Sony PSP

Loco Roco 2 is the sequel to the innovative Loco Roco, and continues where the first game ended. With the same bright characters and simple control system, this is an easy game to pick up and play.

Once again, the main task is simple to get all the coloured blobs – Loco Rocos – from one end of the area to the other, by tilting their world and letting them roll. As always there are dangers along the way, and you need to find as many of your fellow Loco Rocos as possible.

Although the main task remains the same, the scope of the game is wider, with more minigames and hidden extras. If you liked the first game, or are a fan of puzzle games in general, this game is for you.

This game, and its forerunner, were so popular that several versions have been released, including Platinum and Essentials editions. Widgets

Featured Game – Patapon (PSP)

Title: Patapon (PSP)
Format: Sony PSP

A simple rhythm game with basic graphics and addictive gameplay. You control a small group of Patapon warriors, who you move around the screen by beating out a rhythm on the drum they carry. Different rhythms mean they move, defend, attack or summon greater power.

It is a fun game but does require a sense of rhythm which, unfortunately, this reviewer does not possess. Despite that inor problem it is still extremely enjoyable and easy to get hooked.

Overall this is a simple yet extremely addictive game, and one you will find yourself tapping along to, hoping that the little creatures you control can make it to the end of the level without missing a beat.

It also has a sequel, Patapon 2, for gamers who couldn;t get enough the first time round.

Featured Game – Ace Attorney: Apollo Justice

Name: Ace Attorney Apollo Justice (Nintendo DS)
Format: Nintendo DS

The last game in the Ace Attorney series, Apollo Justice introduces an entirely new cast. Cameos from existing characters tie the games together, but the focus is very much on Apollo as he tries to find his feet in the court system and win his first cases.

The prosecutor, a rock star called Klavier Gavin, is an unlikely someime-ally along with Trucy, an apprentice magician who proves to be tied closely with one of his cases. Apollo has his own ability to fall back on however: an uncanny knack of telling when people are lying.

Set years after the Ace Attorney games, Apollo Justice gives a new twist on the old format – even if in some cases it asks more questions than it answers. Definitely worth playing for any fans of the Ace Attorney games. Widgets

Featured Game – Beyond Good and Evil (PS2)

Title: Beyond Good and Evil (PS2)
Format:Sony PlayStation 2 Console

Beyond Good and Evil was a much hyped game when it game out, and it deserved the plaudits. A mixture of action, and RPG, you play Jade a young photographer caught on a planet that is being invaded.

Caught between the invading Domz and the Alpha section, Jade joins the resistance to find out the truth about what is going on. This involves sneaking into heavily guarded bases to catch events on film as they happen. These photos are then integrated with underground broadcasts to win over the people.

It’s a simple concept, and despite the sci-fi overtones the world of Beyond Good and Evil feels real. The script is sharp, the characters beliveable, and the game a great deal of fun for gamers of most ages (the very young may find it difficult).

Although I played the PS2 version, this game is also available on Xbox and GC. The Gamecube version will play on the Wii.

Featured Game – Miles Edgeworth Investigations (DS)

Name: Miles Edgeworth Investigations
Format: Nintendo DS

Part of the Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney series, Miles Edgeworth Investigations takes a new spin on it. Playing the eponymous prosecutor, it’s a surprise that there aren’t more court scenes.

Instead, Edgeworth works with the police and witnesses to discover what truly happened and who should be prosecuted for the crime. With gripping stories, and an overall arc that keeps you guessing, this is an excellent addition to the Ace Attorney series.

A host of regular faces appear, both as major characters and cameos, and it gives you a chance to fill in some of the backstory between the charcters that isn;t covered in the main Pheonix Wright series.

Overall this was a joy to play, and definitely one I’ll play more than once. Widgets

Featured Game – Ratchet and Clank – Tools of Destruction (PS3)

Title: Ratchet & Clank Future: Tools of Destruction – Platinum (PS3)
Format: Sony PlayStation 3

Ratchet and Clank come to the PS3 in this action platformer.

Aimed at a younger audience, it’s a little formulaic, and there are few sidequests. Although it has a few funny moments and some interesting enemies, but there is nothing there which would challenge an odler gamer.

Tools of Destruction is a fun family game, and doesn’t pretend to be anything else. There are few games like it on the PS3 and for its target audience it is an excellent game.

That said, dedicated or hardcore gamers may find it less than challenging, but then they aren’t the people it is really aimed at.

Featured Game – Brutal Legend (PS3)

Title: Brutal Legend (PS3)
Format: Sony PlayStation 3

Heavy Metal in-jokes abound in this tribute to the metal scene. Written by Tim Scheaffer, the creator of Psychonauts, and starring Jack Black as Eddie Riggs the best roadie in the world, Brutal legend is definitely a different style of game.

On the down side, the game itself is rather short and the sidequests get repetitive. Download content provides a few extras to help with this, although they don’t entirely correct it. However the script is great, characters excellent (if scarily recogniseable) and the soundtrack has to be heard to be believed. The stage battles are an innovative mechanic, and – at the risk of sounding cliched – the use of a guitar as a weapon rocks!

If you’re a metal fan, this game features metal, goth, glam and more, and is definitely one for you. And that’s without going in to the range of jokes, landscapes out of heavy metal album covers, and the creative use of the Parental advisory label.

Also available on Xbox360: Brutal Legend (Xbox 360) Widgets

Featured Game – Eternal Sonata (PS3)

Title: Eternal Sonata (PS3)
Format: Sony PlayStation 3

Eternal Sonata is definitely something diferent: an RPG based on the music and life of Chopin. There are a lot of unique features about the game, from the near real-time combat system and its innovative use of light and dark, to the soundtrack, and chapter breaks which tell the life story of the composer.

It has a slow start, buts builds pace steadily. As the action cuts between Chopin’s death bed and his dying dream the question is asked repeatedly about which world is real, and in fact whether it matters?

Beautiful cel-shaded graphics and, unsurprisingly, an excellent soundtrack, make this one to play if you can get hold of it.

Also available on Xbox360: Widgets

Featured Game – Skies of Arcadia Legends (Gamecube)

Title: Skies of Arcadia Legends (Gamecube)
Format: Nintendo Gamecube Console (also plays on Wii)

Sky pirates, privateers, a hidden civilisation, an evil empire and more! Skies of Arcadia Legends is a classic exploration RPG for the Nintendo Gamecube. A port of an earlier Dreamcast title, small sidequests were removed in favour of enhanced graphics and gameplay. The result is a gorgeous-looking game with an excellent plot that keeps you hooked right up until the bitter end.

We replayed this on the Wii recently, and it has lost none of its charm for the new console. If you are going to play it on the wii however you will need two things: the classic controller and a Gamecube memory card to save your game.

For a detailed review and trailers, please see the review lens here