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Gamer Limit Review: Tumble
By: | September 30th, 2010

With more highly publicised titles such as Sports Champions and Start the Party! being the centrepiece of the PlayStation Move launch library, it would be easy not to notice Sony’s new budget puzzle game Tumble neatly tucked away on the PSN Store.

Playing seemingly like a digital version of the classic Jenga and a little reminiscent of Boom Box for the Wii, at its most basic level Tumble is all about stacking blocks up to a certain height and preventing them all from toppling over. On internet paper it doesn’t sound like the most exciting premise for a game however, so can the technology of the PlayStation Move bring this puzzling premise to the 21st century?

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There’s little to be complaining about this week on PSN. The star of the show has to go to Lara Croft, as The Guardian of Light has finally been ridden of its 360 exclusivity binds, available as both a full game and trial and unlock sample.

Elsewhere, a further collection of demos awaits including My Sims: Sky Heroes and the new WRC FIA World Rally Championship, along with a strong dose of DLC for the likes of Mafia II and the newly released Fifa 11.

A full listing of this week’s update can be found after the break.

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It’s the announcement Sonic fans have been craving since its reveal earlier this year: the 2D series reboot Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode 1 will finally be launched on current generation consoles this October.

SEGA confirmed the various pricing and release dates for all formats, which are as follows:

  • iTunes App Store (iPhone, iPod Touch): October 7
  • Wii Shop Channel: October 11, 1500 Wii Points (Oct. 15 EMEA)
  • Xbox Live Arcade: October 13, 1200 MSP ($15)
  • PlayStation Network: October 12, $14.99 / £9.99 / €12.99 (Oct. 13 EMEA)

Details of the iPhone version are also said to be coming soon.

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Things may have calmed down on the PSN Store after last week’s mammoth update, but there is still a satisfying stash of content for everyone to enjoy.

There are certainly a lot of PSN games this week, including Sky Fighter from the makers of Wakeboarding HD and Smash Cars, Sonic Adventure and Deathspank: Thongs of Virtue, not to mention the anticipated Liars and Cheats DLC for Red Dead Redemption.

Hit the jump for a full roundup of this week’s PSN Store update.

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Today D3Publisher announced that a sequel to the hilariously addictive Xbox 360 budget title Earth Defense Force 2017 will be hitting stores Spring 2011. Dubbed Earth Defense Force: Insect Armageddon, the third-person shooter will be arriving on the Xbox 360 and PS3.

According to the press release, “Players take on the role of the world’s elite soldiers, who will engage in nonstop bug filled arcade action with over 150 weapons and four upgradeable armor sets.” The game will also feature three player online co-op, as well as a “six-player Survival mode that pits a human squad against a nonstop onslaught of the largest enemies.” Read more… »

With the launch of a certain new motion peripheral in Sony’s arsenal, this week’s PSN Store update is something of a bumper Move special, with no less than nine playable Move demos to appease the early adopters.

Elsewhere, the ongoing rivalry between Fifa and PES has once again been reignited with a set of playable demos for Fifa 11 and PES 2011 for your consumption. Enjoy.

A pretty packed update thanks to the birth of the PlayStation Move, I must say. Hit the jump for a taste of the remaining bulk of this week’s update.

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There’s sadly not much to shout about in this week’s PSN store update, with notable content rather thin on the ground.

Still, the arrival of Worms 2: Armageddon softens the blow and there is also a playable demo of Quantum Theory, along with some more DLC for Mafia II.

Read on for a full listing of this week’s PSN Store content.

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The Scott Pilgrim series of graphic novels told a wonderful story about learning to accept you as yourself, for all the good and all the bad you’ve done. The Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World film doesn’t really capture that theme, but it at least makes up for it by showing us some action scenes of the likes we’ve never seen before. Both are excellent in their own right.

The Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World game is…just a game. There’s not much to be to excited about; nothing groundbreaking that we haven’t seen before. Perhaps it’s unfair to hold the game to the same standard set forth by the comics and film. Disregarding even that, we’re still left with a game that does little to break the mold of mediocrity.

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Flower is a title that is considered by many to be largely centered on evoking positive emotions from players. With simplistic gameplay, vibrant visuals and a calming soundtrack, developer thatgamecompany succeeds in providing a relaxing and enjoyable experience. Flower also has a subtle story to tell, one that is far more interesting and profound than a gorgeous game about the interaction between wind and flower petals might first let on.

From the very beginning Flower delivers on the aesthetic which first makes the title so attractive. Within the first moments of gameplay thatgamecompany provides an experience that is beautiful, calming, and liberating all at once. Flower romanticizes nature and revolves around a common modern mindset towards nature: the absence of human development allows the natural systems of the planet to shine and offer their raw beauty.

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Let’s face it, there have been a handful of downloadable games for consoles each year where we raise our eyebrows at the price. Whether it is the fact that the game feels unfinished, is downright awful, or is far too short, there are a myriad of reasons why the current pricing structure of downloadable games on consoles just doesn’t work. In fact, there are plenty of recent releases that I can think of – and I’m sure you can as well.

Being upfront, I do consider myself to be a huge fan of Apple products. However, I am more than able to realize the problems with the App Store. What I can’t disagree with though is its pricing structure. More so than any other downloadable market out there, the games available on the App Store either seem just right or feel like a downright bargain. I rarely, if ever see that on XBL, PSN, and Wii marketplaces. Overpriced games are an abomination. Stop it! Read more… »

Another Wednesday is upon us, which means it’s time to unravel this week’s goodies for the PSN Store. Highlights include playable demos for R.U.S.E. and the highly touted Vanquish along with new DLC for Kane and Lynch 2: Dog Days, Bioshock 2, Red Dead Redemption and a reasonably priced car pack for Split/Second.

All in all, a pretty packed update I would say. Hit the jump for a full round-up.

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Well PlayStation 3 owners, the wait is finally over. Castle Crashers has arrived to the PS3! Rejoice!

Outside of that, not too much else. Valkyria Chronicles 2 is available to download if you’re into that. I don’t know about you, but downloadable games are starting to bum me out. Keep an eye out for the Stop It article tomorrow. Until then, after you my PlayStation friend. Read more… »