Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Superb Follow-Up; Games

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Superb Follow-Up; Games

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TITLE: Ratchet And Clank: Tools Of Destruction PLATFORM: PS3 PRICE: pounds 49.99

The Ratchet And Clank series has always delivered on whatever console it's been released on. But this new PS3 release gives you a showcase of just how incredible these guys can be when next-generation technology is unleashed upon them. It's one of those classic titles that does just about everything right - amazing graphics and sound, perfectly pitched levels of gameplay and the hefty dose of humour that we're used to seeing and hearing in previous adventures. This may play out as a familiar platformer, but the polish applied in every area, as well as the dazzling array of more than 20 upgradeable weapons, ensures it never becomes tiresome. *****

TITLE: PDC World Championship Darts PLATFORM: Wii PRICE: pounds 34.99

Gaming can be considered a pretty sedentary pastime, and darts has never really been known as the most physically demanding of sports either. And with the Wii's motion controller, you'd imagine that the two could combine pretty well for a realistic and entertaining simulation of the classic pub game. In the main it does, with tossing darts replicated by making a similar action while holding the Wii controller. Fairly easy to pick up but tricky to master, working your way through the various game modes that take a twist on traditional darts is fun enough, but the best way to see an evening shoot by with this game is to get some mates round for multiplayer. It gives the game more of a down-the-pub social feel, which is great for your living room. And who wants to play darts on their own? *****

TITLE: Smackdown vs Raw 2008 PLATFORM: Xbox 360 PRICE: pounds 39.99

The king of the wrestling ring comes to Xbox 360. Yes, we all know ifs more scripted than an episode of EastEnders, but the world of WWE remains a worldwide phenomenon and the Smackdown vs Raw series gives wrestling fans the chance to get their annual hit of high-tempo, brash brawling. …

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