Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Game REVIEWS

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Game REVIEWS

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This week, Puppeteer cuts the strings loose on PS3, NHL 14 skates onto Xbox 360 and there are no half measures for Kingdom Hearts 1.5 ReMix on PS3. Meanwhile, Giant Boulder of Death rolls onto iOS...

NHL 14 Platform: Xbox 360. Price: PS34.99 The summer's barely over, but we're already pulling on our skates and facing the subzero temperatures, not to mention frenetic physical action, that ice hockey brings to Xbox 360 this autumn. This year, you can unlock the highest level of hockey aggression, speed and skill, delivered through NHL 14's Collision Physics, built from FIFA's Player Impact Engine. You can take the physicality to the next level by dropping your gloves with the new Enforcer Engine, powered by EA's Fight Night technology. This is an awesome game engine package that proves the perfect foundation to layer over enhanced speed and control with the second season of True Performance Skating. New and established game mode mesh together superbly to advance the series, while retaining - and improving upon - all that has made NHL such a success to date. It's as brutal and bone-crunching a sports sim that you'll come across, but one where gaming finesse still stands tall, and smacks a puck-er punch to the competition.

4/5 Kingdom Hearts 1.5 ReMIX Platform: PS3. Price: PS23.99 Fans of the Disney and Final Fantasy mash-up series will find plenty to be thankful for in this gloriously remastered HD collection of the critically acclaimed KH Final Mix and Re:Chain of Memories, which have never previously made it to European shores. In addition, high-def cinematic story videos from 358/2 Days, a host of gameplay mechanics and new PS3 trophies all deliver an invigorating universe where Mickey, Goofy and Donald tread the gameplay boards with our FF friends, traversing rich worlds from Aladdin to Alice in Wonderland. It's a brilliant combination of real-time battling and RPG depth, which will continue to delight gamers of all ages, backed up by the kind of fabulous fantasy storyline that will inspire a new generation of interactive Disney diehards.

4/5 Giant Boulder of Death Platform: iPhone / iPad Price: FREE Endless runner titles must be nearing the end of their gaming life - after all, how much more innovation can there be in a game mechanic that simply requires you to shimmy left and right, dodging obstacles and collecting power-ups? …

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