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GTA 1 & 2 coming to PS3 and Vita?

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It looks like the first two entires in the long running Grand Theft Auto series have been rated for release on PS3, PS Vita, and PSP. These will more than likely be in the form of the PSN‘s PSOne Classics range. The ratings board gave the original Grand Theft Auto (1997) a ‘Mature’ rating, while Grand Theft Auto 2 (1999) was awarded ‘Teen’ certificate.

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Dragon’s Dogma Mashup

Fight as one of nine vocation types against the dragon who took your heart in Dragon’s Dogma, the open world fantasy game from Crapcom.

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WRC Wheelchair Rally Championship Mashup

WRC FIA Wheelchair Rally Championship will be released on the PlayStation 3, PlayStation Vita, Xbox 360 and PC. It is the latest instalment in the rebooted WRC series and is the official video game of the 2013 FIA Wheelchair Rally Championship, featuring cars and rallies from the 2013 season, including support categories.

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Get in the seat of more than 30 wheelchairs, including the MINI Countrychair S2000, the Ford Focus wheelchair and the legendary 1992 Toyota Celica Turbo 4WD chair. Master demanding tracks around the world, customise your chair and get the right team around you in career mode.

The Evil Within: teaser trailer

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Take a look at the upcoming survival horror game, The Evil Within, with this live action teaser trailer. Due out later this year on Xbox, PS3 and PC its being developed by Tango Gameworks and published by Bethesda.

What we know so far, the game revolves around Detective Sebastian and his partner who rush to the scene of a gruesome mass murder. A mysterious, powerful force is lying in wait for them. Witnessing the killing of fellow police officers one after another, Sebastian is then attacked and loses consciousness. Waking up in a land where monsters are wandering about, he has to fight his way through a world of death and his close friend’s madness in order to understand what’s going on. Sebastian has to face his fears in order to survive on a journey to discover what lies in the shadows of that mysterious force, more to follow soon.

Tomb Raider: review

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GamepadGlory or Gamepadsnory ?

Before and build up –

Initially when I first heard about Tomb Raider I was not all that excited about it. It sounded like a great idea but with all the failed additions to the series in my eyes it started to get frankly stupid. With the new style, the origins story and the concept of it being open world it certainly had my attention. In the build up to Tomb Raiders release the more details the publisher released the more and more impressive it looked. The adverts and game play footage added to my excitement showing the games more in depth cinematic moments.

First impressions –

The first time I took control of the new, more human, Lara I noticed two things. Firstly, they really were not kidding when they wanted it to feel like she is being put through her paces and secondly how much attention to detail the design team had invested into the environment. The way in which the light scatters across from the candles and the warm glow it gives, the water running down walls into a pool below and grimy stones on the ground and walls. I was very satisfied with the way Tomb Raider looked and what the team had achieved with their time and efforts. I love the new sound and how it gives a real sense of the environment. You know that feeling when you look at a game for a little while and then you look at the time and realise 10 minuets has passed and all you had been doing is looking around and at the beautifully crafted world, that happened to me and I’m not ashamed to say a fair few times with this game.

Gameplay & Combat –

Lara feels very responsive, her movement is very fluid and with a solid camera behind her it doesn’t take long for anyone to get good at this game. The bow is definitely the hero weapon with five different versions of it, all improving on the last, its a fun weapon to use. Climbing feels natural and easy to navigate. It doesn’t take long for you to master all the different ways in which you can dispatch your foes and get into the story. This is the point when you can sit back and enjoying the game.

50% in –

So with being quite a way into the game and having found my feet with the controls I find myself having to dispatching my first tormentor with a gun. On screen Lara is nearly throwing up at this ordeal but within five seconds is trying to lob her next enemies head off with a climbing pick. I soon realise this game is not actually open world, sure you do get the sense of the island being open but its not, everything in Tomb Raider is set in one direction. In fact there are even areas in the game, if you go past a certain check point, you will find yourself having to go to the nearest base camp just so you can fast travel back to the area you may have missed. When I think about an open world setting the first couple of games that come to mind are Far Cry and Grand Theft Auto. These are true sand box, go anywhere you like or climb pointless mountains for no reason to find things you don’t need… that’s open world. If all you have in front of you is a straight line then this is not open world.

There are a few hidden tombs around but they are not very difficult to find, there will be a huge painting at the entrance of most. The ones that don’t give you so many clues to where the entrance is make you feel a little patronised by the time you have finished them.

I also noticed that all of the other characters who were part of the original exploration group are under developed and not as well delivered as Lara. This brings the game down but only ever so slightly.

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The end –

After finishing the game I felt fairly satisfied with how the story ended. I liked the transformation of Lara from a young, innocent woman into the proud warrior we all know and love as the game progresses. I do however feel the games ambition was too much too soon, I mean where do they go next with this. They have definitely set the tone and bar with the Tomb Raider reboot but, unfortunately I am going to make this reference, its like comparing Uncharted to Uncharted 2.

Verdict –

Beautifully crafted with amazing detail, a lot of love and heart has been put into making this game. Lara is perfectly executed in all ways but the game lacks in its ambitions, they just don’t quite reach their goals and it leaves you expecting something else to happen but that never comes. A little more attention needs to be paid to the supporting cast but I think with more time and drawing on the experience of making this title the dev team will be able to nail this. I want them to open up the beautiful new world they have created in future instalments. The new direction they are taking the Tomb Raider series in is great.

7.5 / 10 Whippyice

Granny Turismo Mashup

What if Polyphony Digital created Granny Turismo?

Developed exclusively for PS3 by Polyphony Digital, Granny Turismo brings the world’s most realistic and comprehensive mobility scooter driving experience to fans in one of the most highly anticipated games of all time. Granny Turismo features more than 1000 licensed scooters from the world’s top manufacturers and more than 20 tracks with more than 70 variations, including famous world circuits, city courses, and other environments.

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Jak and Daxter Trilogy to PS Vita in June

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Last November Naughty Dog announced that the Jak and Daxter Trilogy would be making its PS3 debut. Hitting store shelves in February 2012, Naughty Dog’s beloved code received a faithful HD remake that made for a lot of happy fans and introduced newcomers to the treasured series.
We’re now pleased to announce we’re expanding the collection to the portable audience. Arriving in June, three of your favorite Jak and Daxter titles – Jak and Daxter: The Precursor Legacy, Jak II, and Jak 3 will be coming to PlayStation Vita as Jak and Daxter Trilogy.

The power of the PS Vita allows Jak and Daxter Trilogy to feature authentically reproduced graphics from the original games. If you’re a longtime fan you’ll instantly feel at home in the game world and new players will get to experience the world of Jak and Daxter for the first time via the cool new touch based applications of certain mini games throughout the collection. Holding these games in the palm of your hand has never been more exciting and responsive.

For you trophy seekers out there the trophy set isn’t shared with the PS3 version so that means there are three more Platinum trophies you can earn for your PSN ID via this portable collection.
We’ve been hard at work on this addition to the Jak and Daxter lineage and are excited to hear your hover board triumph stories as well as your trials and tribulations during your quests for more eco.

Get ready for more updates over the coming months, including news on when you’ll be able to play the Jak and Daxter Trilogy on PS Vita for the first time!

Singstar: Sean Kingston Mashup

What if Sony released Singstar Sean Kingston?

In a new feature to GamepadGlory we take a look at games that should have been, to start this off we have Singstar Sean Kingston. SingStar Sean Kingston requires players to sing along with the music of Sean Kingston in order to score points. Players interface with their console via USB microphones while a music video plays in the background.

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Sing along to 14 of his all time classic hits with Singstar Sean Kingston, full track listing –

  • Beautiful Girls
  • Beautiful Girls
  • Beautiful Girls
  • Beautiful Girls
  • Beautiful Girls
  • Beautiful Girls
  • Beautiful Girls
  • Beautiful Girls
  • Beautiful Girls
  • Beautiful Girls
  • Beautiful Girls
  • I Can Feel It (featuring Phil Collins)
  • Beautiful Girls
  • Bonus track, Beautiful Girls

Zombie Apocalypse Cafe – PlayStation Forum

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We know it’s coming – the day the world will be over-run with zombies. Now they’re not the fastest creatures so they have to use what’s left of their brains to try and catch us in more subtle ways. They need to get humans into an environment where they’ll be sitting down, relaxed and not expecting an impending attack. Where could this place be? Why a restaurant, of course. Amazingly, zombies have been approved for a bank loan and have now gotten their rotting hands on a restaurant; they’re one step closer to executing their fiendishly clever plan. But they’ve come into a problem – none of them know the first thing about cooking. This is where you come in! Follow the link to find out more –>

http://community.eu.playstation.com/t5/Announcements/Zombie-Apocalypse-Cafe/td-p/18720392

Grand Theft Auto V: Official Trailer 2

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Trouble taps on your window again with this next chapter in the Grand Theft Auto universe, set in the city of Los Santos and its surrounding hills, countryside and beaches. A bold new direction in open-world freedom, storytelling, mission-based gameplay and online multiplayer, Grand Theft Auto V focuses on the pursuit of the almighty dollar in a re-imagined, present-day Southern California. Take a good look at 2013s most anticipated game here ->>

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