STAR WARS: THE FORCE UN­LEASHED II (M)

Herald Sun - Switched On - - Games -

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.

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