STAR WARS: THE FORCE UNLEASHED II (M)
PS3, Xbox 360, $99.95 ★★★★ A GREAT Star Wars title that’s action-focused and over-thetop. As the Jedi Starkiller, you can mix and match force powers with lightsaber moves for incredible results. Enemies can be thrown, zapped, cut into pieces and even tricked into fighting for you, and the world is gratifyingly interactive. The visuals are a highlight, while the story is an intriguing look into the early days of the Rebel Alliance. THE Sims 3 once again charges players with ensuring their sims are happy in love, life and work. This time, however, players have a whole town to explore, and the gameplay is more rewarding. Sims are more complex and surprising, thanks to personalities which are built from a huge pool of traits, and helping to fulfil their wishes gives the series structure. Players are also able to earn and spend karma points on beneficial boosts to their sims. THE latest from the creator of Sonic the Hedgehog isn’t what you might expect. It’s a 2D platform game and stars an unlikely animal, but Ivy the Kiwi is about puzzles more than speed. Players don’t even directly control the flightless bird, instead drawing in vines to guide it using the Wii remote or DS stylus. It’s very cleverly implemented, and there are numerous tricks to learn, which all adds up to a serious challenge later.
★★ RAZING Storm utilises the PlayStation Move controller (or Negcon 3 light gun) for players to point and shoot their way through three separate games: Razing Storm, Time Crisis 4 and Deadstorm Pirates. Each is fast and frenetic, and best in short bursts, with the player taking on terrorists with rocket launchers and machine guns one moment and fighting undead warriors and giant snakes the next.