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December DLC For PES 2011 (Free)

Konami Digital Entertainment GmbH has revealed details of a free data update for PES 2011, which will be available from December 21st.

The download will be available for PlayStation®3, Xbox 360 and PC-DVD users, and adds a number of new items to the game. Twelve kits have been updated within the game, including those of the Ireland national team, and some French clubs sides. Similarly, ten new licensed boots styles from manufacturers such as adidas, Puma, Umbro and Mizuno have been added.

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WDG Award Winners: Best Racer

Throughout 2010 racing games have consistently delivered a high quality of output. The genre that is more saturated in games than Jenna Jamieson saturated in human love spunk. Unlike Jenna the games industry have had to re-invigorate the genre by introducing social media capabilities and it was Bizarre’s Blur that was the first of it’s kind to deliver social media updates for achievements unlocked and campaign progress. It was an interesting concept, but one of which not fully utilised. That was all to change with AutoLog (Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit), a feature that blew everyone away with it’s built in social network which added race suggestions, and a facebook style wall to post all saved images to your area. 2010 finally saw Gran Turismo come out of the traps to deliver a PS3 exclusive which once again scored highly despite the prolonged development time, but who the nominees?

Nominations for Best Racer of 2010

Gran Turismo 5
Split/Second
Blur
F1 2010
Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit

Winner

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Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit

A late entrant but an absolute corker. NFS fans got what they were waiting for in NFS: Hot Pursuit. Developed by Criterion Games, Hot Pursuit pushed boundaries with the social media intergration and offered a flawless campaign to boot. Perhaps the biggest draw with this title was it’s online compoonents which ran effortlessly. Interceptor is the very best game mode in a racer to date, as you play cat and mouse either as a racer or a cop in a semi-open world envrionment to either outpace or destroy your opponent. It’s an addictive and quality racing experience that excudes the word ‘FUN’ whilst ascertaining elements even core racing fans would enjoy.

XBLIG Score Rush Review

Xona Games has pulled off another extremely addictive Indie Game for Xbox Live users to enjoy. This time with their newest title Score Rush this game is going to keep you up all night trying to beat your previous high score. What makes this Indie Game so great? Well it’s a four player shoot’em up with ridiculous firepower, kill everything on the screen bombs and tons of enemies fire tons of bullets. Now that I have your undivided attention I’ll continue with what you can expect from this title.

Score Rush is a sixty frames per second SHMUP (Shoot’em Up) with intense colorful graphics. It plays a lot like Geometry Wars from Bizarre Creations, but with a lot more enemies to kill and even more bullets to dodge. Score Rush is a very intense 2D experience where up to four players can play at the same time and dual stick kill as much as you can. The main goal of the game is to rack up as many points as you can before you run out of lives. Simple.

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In Score Rush you also can collect mini orbs that give you even more fire power to aid in your quest of annihilating the enemy. At one time I had about 15 orbs collected and I couldn’t believe the fire power that was on display. There is also one really cool weapon though that I found the most interesting and that’s the screen bomb. It will kill pretty much any enemy and all of the projectiles flying toward you as well. This bomb really saves the day when you have a million bullets coming right for you and you have nowhere to run. Just hit your left button and let the “save your ass” bomb do its thing. Trust me when I say there are going to a lot of times when this bomb comes in handy, but choose your times wisely because you only have so many available. Save these bombs and only use it when you need to frankly, save your ass.

The sounds in the game have been handled by Dragon Music. They not only have one of the coolest logos I have seen for a company, but they add good ole fashioned hard rock music as the soundtrack of the game. The hard rock really sets the tone for the game, and there is nothing like listening to rock while killing everything that moves. For the explosions and weapons they sound as you would expect them to sound. Not too much variety in the different weapons you get. No worries though as this doesn’t really affect the game play and besides the rocking soundtrack makes up for it.

The visuals in the game are run on the award winning Duality Engine. The engine does handle all the loads of enemies, their bullets and some very bright vibrant explosions on the screen with no problems at all. Score Rush resembles Geometry Wars in many ways but I honestly feel that Score Rush has a lot more polish. You can just feel the love that Xona Games put into this game to make it look as good as it does especially since it will only cost you a dollar. Yes, that’s right, only 80 Microsoft points.

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The replay value on Score Rush is definitely high. While it really doesn’t set a new bar for the SHMUPS it has very addicting game play and the music is great. As I mentioned earlier you can play with up to four of your friends. The challenge of being the first to hit 1,000,000,000 points first has me hooked for sure. I will never get there but it sure will be fun trying.

The bottom line is that, Score Rush is an Indie Game that you do not want to miss out on if you are a fan of Shoot’em Ups or even a fan of Geometry Wars. A lot of heart and soul was put into this game and it delivers on almost every aspect a gamer could want. And the price of the game is definitely not an issue in anyone’s book, that’s for sure. Head onto XBLA and grab Score Rush. Its game’s like this that really put the Indie developers on the map. Fun, insane and intense gameplay will have you playing for hours on end just to achieve that high score plateau you set for yourself.

95/100

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Sony Surprises PS3 Owners Today

If you ever wanted a little Christmas cheer from Sony, not only are they offering the VAT back on any purchases this year, but they have also released a sufficient update on the PS3 here in the UK. The update isn’t some stupid security fix, or a feature nobody cares about. It’s actually an update that required no firmware update at all.

As we browsed through our XMB we were delighted to find that two new on demand players were added to the PS3. ITV and 4OD were both added along with LoveFilm and the existing BBC iPlayer. This re-affirms Sony’s ‘the game is just the start’ mantra. This excellent update really has served up a surprise. We knew that ITV and 4OD were a matter of time, but it was never heavily publicised of a date it would land. As part of the store update this came as very welcome addition to the Playstation and one of which leaves Microsoft hanging their tail between their legs.

Merry Christmas Sony!

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Pimp My Ride Review

As a part of celebrating our 1000th YouTube subscriber we decided to delve deep into the belly of the bargain bins and review one of the worst games that the Xbox 360 has to offer. Hilarity ensued.

Better than - Driving Simulator (2010) PC
Worse than - Juiced

20/100