games with Steve Wollaston [Sunday Mercury (England)]
(Sunday Mercury (England) Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) BEYOND: TWO SOULS (PS3) THE big game this week genuinely couldn't be any bigger.
The budget is big, the storyline is massive and it has the loftiest of ambitions.
It also stars Hollywood names Willem Dafoe (Platoon, Spiderman) and Ellen Page (Juno) who lend their voices and likeness to characters Jodie and Aiden.
They add a dramatic quality and depth to a fantastic storyline and it oozes quality from the off.
The graphics are exceptional and truly the height of next generation imagery, the animation is dazzling and important in backing up the quality of the narrative.
This is an interactive thriller where every decision counts.
I don't want to give anything away about the plot, but it has supernatural elements, horror, high-drama and real emotion.
It is an unpredictable adventure and a cinematic powerhouse, the real issue with the game is for all the brilliance there is a sense of not being fully in control.
Occasionally you can feel like a passenger in a movie, the gameplay is actually fairly simplistic, your enjoyment from it will be determined by your expectations.
It is a journey and it is certainly an interactive one but there is that element that you are witnessing film at times.
That said, this is jaw-dropping, bold and beautiful and although it may not be everyone's cup of tea it is too impressive to ignore.
RATING: 4/5 THE LEGEND OF ZELDA - THE WIND WAKER HD (Wii U) IT'S a decade since the original Wind Waker blew onto Gamecube, and whipped up an incredible storm by delivering the best game of 2003.
Fast-forward to today, and console technology's come on in leaps and bounds, but this Zelda classic still more than holds its own.
Remastered and presented in 1080p graphics, gamers can experience this awesome HD cell-shaded fantasy adventure on their TVs or entirely on the Wii U GamePad controller.
New game features, such as the Swift Sail that lets you gather the wind and speed across the waves, or the Tingle Bottle that brings connectivity with others over Miiverse, further enhance one of Zelda's finest outings.
RATING: 4/5 THE CAVE (iPhone/iPad) THE brain behind the Monkey Island series has gone back to what it does best, creating the latest point-and-click-style puzzle platformer for smartphones and tablets, which sends you underground to conquer crazy fantasy quests.
Along the way you'll pick up different items, meet a cast of weird and wonderful inhabitants of the world, but you'll also quickly encounter a flurry of control issues on the touchscreen, which put a bit of a dampener on your descent.
Puzzles are fun and require a bit of grey matter to solve, which is appreciated, but the long treks from one end of a level to another, hunting down activity hotspots can be draining.
It's a shame, because with such a celebrated head honcho at the helm and seven different characters available, The Cave could have been fantastic. In the end, though, it's more likely to leave you scrambling in the dark for the off switch.
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