Play This! 30 May 2013

Welcome to ‘Play This!’ our weekly round-up of the games you should (or shouldn’t) play this week.


1. Fuse

Developer – Insomniac Games

Release Date – 31st May 2013

Platforms – X360 & PS3

Developed by Insomniac Games (of Ratchet & Clank, Resistance & Spyro the Dragon fame), Fuse is a four-player cooperative action game which tries to answer the question: “What happens when human beings access powerful alien technology they were never meant to have been exposed to?”

Who exactly has been asking that question I don’t know.  But answer it, this games does!

Without getting into details: try the demo.  If you play the demo and you love it then definitely pick up a copy of Fuse.  If, however, you’re less than impressed (or, shock horror, unimpressed) perhaps you can give this one a wide birth or perhaps pick it up from a bargain bin in a couple of month’s time.

Play This? Demo the fucker first!


2. Grid 2

Developer – Codemasters

Release Date – 31st May 2013

Platforms – X360, PS3 & PC

A sequel to Codemaster’s Race Driver: Grid, Grid 2 features a host of real world locations (you know, because they’re the main drawing point for a racing game) and a selection of vehicles spanning four decades (ah! The main drawing point for a racing game).

It seems to me that most racing games are a bit of a muchness these days: nothing terrible but nothing stand-out either.  This game is neither terrible nor stand-out but still a safe bet for any hardcore racing enthusiast.

Apparently, Codemasters (of Colin McRae Rally fame) have developed an all-new car handling system “TrueFeel” which aims to balance realism with accessibility.

Play This? Give it a go if you’re a fan of the genre.


3. Bubble Guppies

Developer – Black Lantern Studios

Release Date – 31st May 2013

Platforms – DS

Based on the preschool series of the same name, Bubble Guppies sees the (presumably rather infantile) player discover a watery world of learning & laughter while engaging in more than 20 exciting interactive activities.  Can you tell I more or less copied and pasted all that?

You guessed it, I’m not even going to go any further.

This one is definitely for the kids and almost definitely for kids who are huge fans of the Bubble Guppies franchise.  What the Bubble Guppies franchise is, I don’t know.  Kids these days, eh.

Play This? For hardcore fanboys of Bubble Guppies.


4. The Night of the Rabbit

Developer – Daedalic Entertainment

Release Date – 28th May 2013

Platforms – PC & Mac

This adventure title follows the tale of a 12-year-old boy who is mysteriously carried off into another world by a dapper rabbit somewhere around the time his dream of becoming a magician comes true.

While perhaps not Daedalic Entertainment’s intention, The Night of the Rabbit is a curious adventure game featuring clever puzzles and beautiful imagery that’s something different than the plethora of children’s games on the market (I’m looking at you: Bubble Guppies!)

There may even be enough charm for older gamers to discover some enjoyment here.  Don’t get me wrong, it’s not an amazing game, but for the right price it’ll waste away a rainy Sunday afternoon or two.

Play This? Give it a chance.


5. Painkiller: Hell & Damnation

Developer – The Farm 51

Release Date – 31st May 2013

Platforms – X360 & PS3 (Previously released on PC)

The original Painkiller game (developed by Polish game studio ‘People Can Fly’) is regarded by many as one of the best first-person shooters ever, drawing inspiration from classic FPS titles such as Quake and Doom.

Painkiller: Hell & Damnation is both a remake of and a sequel to Painkiller (however that works).  This re-quel sees main character, Daniel Garner, re-visit some old locations from the original game in his quest to exchange 7,000 souls to be reunited with his wife.

The game sees you kill hordes of monsters with a smorgasbord of over-the-top and generally insane weaponry.  That’s the positives over (the weapons).  Now for the negatives.  The biggest gripe reviewers are having with Painkiller: Hell & Damnation is the enemy AI, which IGN labelled: “dumb and often glitchy”.  Sadly, the AI often has enemies getting stuck in the environment which is something of a detraction if you’re all about escapism.

Play This? If you sleep in Painkiller pyjamas beneath Painkiller bedsheets in a room located in the fiery depths of Hell itself.

One response to “Play This! 30 May 2013

  1. Pingback: Painkiller Hell and Damnation (Xbox 360) – Review | ItsMuchMore·

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