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Published on May 23rd, 2011 | by Louis Garcia, Contributor

Weekly Round-up: More Problems with Sony and Microsoft

Let’s get truthy. Or something like that. What a week we had, eh? If it wasn’t Sony letting in more ninjas to disrupt things and(ninjas with flamethrowers too) it was Microsoft bricking systems. I guess the end of times did indeed come and go if you were a gamer! One of our own writes about the way Sony has dealt with these repeated ninja hackers and firmware mishaps in his column.

At least we get goodies for the return of the PlayStation Network!

Now then, let’s kick this pig!

The truth:

Seriously? A video game based on that damn red-haired doll that scared the crap out of me as a child?

BioShock has been included in a Smithsonian exhibit. Big Daddies gouging holes into players is art, ‘kay?

Find out how to get a free Xbox 360 when you purchase a new computer for school! So much for getting anything academic done.

The date has been set for when Final Fantasy Tactics: War of the Lions (the PlayStation Portable remake) will hit iPhone. This version of the game turned one of the best games ever made into something even better. If you haven’t played it, this may be a good time to jump into the tactical turn-based RPG.

It had me at Marcus Fenix statue. Damn it.

The reviews:

SEGA Rally Online Arcade

SEGA Rally Online Arcade is a pretty straight forward racer. It is also a steal for 800 points. The game offers some pretty impressive graphics for an online arcade title. Weather effects really gave this rally-racer a great feel. Online modes are simple and ready to join. The game doesn’t provide as much depth as other rally racing games and the AI only sees two ends of the spectrum. During the regular Championship mode, some players might have preferred grueling AI during races, rather than a difficult, sometimes frustrating last race. If you are a fan of the series and liked titles like SEGA Rally 3, or would simply like an arcade style racer that is fun to pick up and play online, then this should be a breeze in blowing those Microsoft points.

Blocks That Matter

Blocks That Matter is an amiable and entertaining Xbox Indie that makes use of a mix of 2-D side-scrolling platformer elements with block-building puzzler. It provides a unique experience for gamers wrapped in charming graphics–the Tetrobot is just irresistible and the in-game developer interactions are humorous. Players must use strategy and their wits to solve puzzles with platformer mechanics and save the Swedish developers from their captors and save the day in this engaging Xbox Indie mashup.

Outland

Overall the game had given me an experience I won’t quickly forget. The stunning use of the colors on the silhouette backdrop, along with the challenging, unique combat mechanic left me wanting more. I could easily overlook the few control and design flaws; I found myself adjusting to them rather quickly anyway. For an arcade title, this game was, as I said earlier, a “diamond in the rough”.

Sequence

While the game takes a bit to get used to (even with the included Tutorial), it offers quite an original and different gameplay experience for gamers and Sequence is a type of game that isn’t seen too often on the Xbox Indies marketplace. Overall it uses quirky and humorous character personalities to supplement gameplay, while also offering an expansive RPG system of spells and a unique rhythm-based concept-where quick reflexes are key.

Players must focus on multiple prompts and fields, making the game into sort of a fast-paced puzzle game with enjoyable beats and harmonious musical tracks. I highly recommend this title to gamers who enjoy unique games such as mash-ups or hybrids.

L.A. Noire

L.A. Noire is a game of the year contender from the start. The game redefines the genre and breaks new barriers with ground-breaking technology. The story is engrossing and will leave you wanting more and more. Think of it as a great television show that leaves you wondering what will happen next week. L.A. Noire is like an awesome series with two seasons crunched into a video game. Is there room for DLC or possibly a sequel? It’s Rockstar, so, yes. DLC will be instrumental in the future of Noire but for now I am thoroughly happy with what’s already in the box.

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