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Christmas Ideas
Toy Story 3

By Jorge Figueiredo - December 5th, 2010

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Woody, Buzz, and the whole gang come alive in this Disney Interactive title developed by Avalanche Software; Toy Story 3 is a larger-than-life action/adventure platformer that does far more than tip its cap at the film of the same name. The game focuses on the story of the toys in their latest adventure: Andy has grown up and is going off to college, leaving the toys to try and get him to play with them just one more time. Of course, things are never that easy, and our intrepid little friends ride a veritable roller-coaster of adventure before the tale reaches its conclusion.

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Review
Invizimals

By Dana Russo - November 27th, 2010

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When I first played Invizimals for the PSP, it was at the Sony Holiday Event that was held in Toronto back in October. It was difficult to assess whether the game was destined to be good or not since it relied so heavily on a quiet environment; the Sony Centre was anything but that day. Still, I was intrigued by the principle and was enthused to give it a solid go for a review. The first thing that you need to know about this game is that it uses the PSP Camera, and if you don’t already have one it isn’t a big deal: the game already comes with one in the box for $40.

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Fashionably Late Review
Football Manager 2010

By Rituro - October 26th, 2010

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2009 looked to be a dark, dark time for Worcester City FC. If you believed the pundits in the media and the majority of the club’s supporters, Worcester was poised to be relegated from the lower echelon of the Football Conference – already a whopping five tiers below the fabled Premiership – into true obscurity in the English footballing world. The players, all on part-time contracts, looked resigned to their fate and had nothing but a brave face to put on before starting what may have been their last semi-professional campaign.

And then a spunky 26-year-old Canadian manager showed up out of nowhere to fill the vacant manager position.

Four seasons later, Worcester has truly confounded all critics by rocketing up to the Conference’s top tier, the Blue Square Premier division, and shown they are capable of holding their own with the best the Conference has to offer by holding a respectable mid-table position two-thirds of the way through the 2012-13 campaign. The FA Trophy – contested by teams in the Conference and below – is tantalizingly close for Worcester as well, with the squad having survived to the 4th Round draw where a tough Yeovil squad awaits.

As for the Canadian manager, he’s in the first year of a two-year extension to his original contract and is the darling of the board room and the supporters. If they only knew he was keeping one eye on the job market and taking more than a cursory look at the insecure manager positions in the higher leagues…

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Event
Sony PlayStation Holiday Event 2010 – Third Eye

By Jorge Figueiredo - October 7th, 2010

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Now you have to ask yourself: do you feel lucky? Well, do ya?

On the opposite side of the main floor from Killzone 3 was another first-party section; games like Little Big Planet 2, 3D-enabled Motorstorm: Pacific Rift, Move-enabled SOCOM and a variety of other Move titles were on display. There was also a PSP table, featuring a bevy of games (including a neat one that used the PSP Cam). We decided to check out some of the titles here before moving upstairs to the third-party area.

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FanExpo 2010
B Number 2 – Tron: Evolution

By Jorge Figueiredo - August 30th, 2010

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Easy to recognize.

When Tron 2.0 came out, it was pretty clear to me that only those of us who saw the original movie would be excited, if at all; fans are a fickle bunch; resistant to change; any departure from the plot is met with a frown and an insistence that “this never would have happened in the original”. Monolith did a good job toeing that line between canon and the introduction of new material. Even with generally favourable reviews, Tron 2.0 underperformed from a sales perspective, and support was eventually dropped; a shame, really, since the faithful user community kept producing mods for it, as well as an expansion.

Tron: Evolution, though, is a whole other story, and has something going for it that 2.0 did not: an accompanying motion picture (Tron: Legacy); even though that film may not be as closely tied to the game as one might expect.

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Late To the Party
Assassin’s Creed: Bloodlines

By Jorge Figueiredo - August 1st, 2010

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My final destination (for now) in my mad quest to play everything in the Assassin’s Creed franchise was finally reached the other day upon my completion of Assassin’s Creed: Bloodlines for the PSP. When Bloodlines hit the shelves last year, it received a lukewarm reception from many; I, on the other hand, thoroughly enjoyed it.

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DON CHAKA!
Patapon 3 Multiplayer Demo Jam Session

By Jorge Figueiredo - July 14th, 2010

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The Patapon multiplayer demo is a fantastic foray into the world of those feisty giant-eyeballs-with-feet-and-hands; you will be tapping your toes to the beat in no time. There is no single player mode to the game, other than the introduction (which does a great job of establishing the mood and pulling you into the world of the DON CHAKA).

When the single player intro is completed, the game will ask you -nay, implore you- to try out the multiplayer mode.

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