It was outrageously ‘different’, yet stylishly designed, when we first reviewed the predecessor of the NWZ-W252, the W202 it was pretty difficult to predict how well its interesting ergonomic design would be welcomed. But a sequel one year and a few months after, its initial release have proven it to be somewhat a popular choice. We were recently sent the new W252, water resistent version of the W202 and we’ve been trying it out.
You can now download tele from the BBC and Sky, along with movies to watch on your PSP with Sony’s new Go! View service. While we still wait for Sony to launch a film and TV download series for PS3, at least we have Go! View for PSP. The Go! View website offers TV shows and films for a free. The current line up includes Lost, Heroes, plenty of comedies and documentaries, along with sporting highlights from Sky Sports and a smattering of recent blockbusters.
For a nation much more at home kicking balls about in grass than sliding a rubber biscuit over frozen water, the appearance of a second ice hockey game which looks, play and even sound almost same as the first EA’s NHL 09, is pushing it. Confusing the issue even further is the fact that they are both really good. Last month’s NHL 09 scored an impressive nine, and 2K9, although still lagging a little behind, is a big improvement over last year’s stiff, over serious sim.
Total Nonstop Action Wrestling’s videogame debut couldn’t have come at a better time, with the rival WWE Smackdown Vs Raw series on the wane and the UK release for the excellent Fire Pro Wrestling Returns on PS2 pulled at the last minute. Happily this is much more than an opportunistic crack at a genre in dares need of freshening up. Its unique six sided ring and roster of WWE vets (Kurt Angle, Booker T), indie starlets (Samoa Joe, AJ Styles) and aspiring youngsters (Shark Boy, Chris Sabin) are obvious plus points, but its Impact’s impressively accessible gameplay which makes this worth a look over its big name rival.
Global soccerization is being aided largely by the fine competition for fans that occurs with each annual PES and FIFA release. One champions a set of features, the other tags on what’s missing and adds its own. One dominates the licensing department stakes, the other has to make do. The result is consistent improvement, and PES 2010 illustrates that fact in its iterative, but still significant upgrades over last year.
We expect the new physics system to be contentious issue. Last year, almost every attack could be nipped in the bud with a simple block tackle, but now there’s no such guaranteed save. When the attacker and defender jostle for the ball, one misplaced touch can send it spinning away form the pair. If your man’s not got the strength to ride out the bumps and challenges during his run he’ll soon end up on his back. Similarly, unless a player’s ready to receive an incoming ball it will careen off his shin and into the path of the opposite. In the final third spells one thing: goals.