Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Horror Shooter Still Hits Target

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Horror Shooter Still Hits Target

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Aliens Vs Predator Platform: Xbox 360. Price: pounds 49.99 MANY gamers would insist that these creatures should be consigned to film and gaming history, so as not to tarnish the reputations they've built up in both genres. However, you can't help but feel a ripple of excitement at being able to once again dive into the unique world where colonial Marines, aliens and predators go toe-to-toe in this tense, horror shooter. While the developers unashamedly delve into the past for material to furnish the single player campaigns, this merely provides more stand-out moments to savour than rehashed old soundbites to reel off.

Control-wise, a host of character-specific weapons keep things feeling fresh, whichever campaign you're progressing, but overall, this doesn't feel quite as cutting edge as today's leading shooters. However, that's a minor gripe - this is a blockbuster shooter in every sense of the word.

Guitar Hero Van Halen Platform: PS3. Price: pounds 49.99 TAKE a well-worn, formula, bring a legendary rock band into that world, and you have a bona fide recipe for success. This time round, you have 25 classic Van Halen tracks, three signature Eddie Van Halen guitar solos, and 19 hand-picked guest acts to contend with, played out in eight original venues designed for this version of the game. With tracks ranging from the high-energy Jump to the legendary guitar solo Eruption, Guitar Hero yet again extols the virtues of being easy to play and difficult to master. Playing as one of the four members of Van Halen, or as your own personalised superstar with Rock Star Creator, you could be driven to distraction as your superstar parties on stage. With the option to rock out with up to four players or battle other bands with up to eight players, it's another hefty musical challenge all round. Pricey, but you know it makes sense.

Family Party: Winter Fun Platform: Wii. Price: pounds 19.99 BEARING in mind the disruption created by this year's winter weather, why anyone would want to subject themselves to more wintry activities is beyond comprehension. …

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