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[January 02, 2014]

Do you like the sound of skinny aliens with frog-like heads? Then Ben 10's for you ; Games reviews [Lincolnshire Echo (England)]

(Lincolnshire Echo (England) Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) Ben 10: Omniverse 2. Xbox 360 (reviewed), PS3, Wii, Wii U, 3DS. Publisher: D3Publisher. Rating: 7/10 Based on the third story arc of the Ben 10 Omniverse TV series, this latest Ben 10 game features the Incurseans - skinny humanoid aliens with frog-like heads - as the main bad guys. Naturally you play as 16-year-old Ben Tennyson. With the wrist mounted Omnitrix device, which he found while on holiday with his granddad and his cousin, he is able to transform into a huge variety of alien species.

Among the aliens available this time are the colourful Bloxx, who resembles a gorilla made out of Lego, old favourites such as Cannonbolt, Four Arms and high jumping Crashhopper. You run about, viewing Ben from the third person, bash up the baddies and follow the storyline, which is enjoyable in a Ben 10 sort of way.

The graphics are well done, the animation is excellent and swapping between aliens is entirely smooth and hassle free. There are some interesting environments to explore later in the game but you will have to fight your way through hordes of aliens to fully appreciate them. Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2. PS3, Xbox 360, PC. Publisher: Konami. PREVIEW It's been three years since the release of the first Lords of Shadow title in the incredibly long running Castlevania series but now the sequel will soon be with us.

The original was and still is a thing of surprising beauty.

The plot, involving a young knight setting off on a quest to rescue the soul of his wife, was more complex than you might imagine, and narrated by Patrick Stewart which lent it additional gravitas.

You faced horrendous foes from the medieval canon of horror - werewolves, vampires and other beasts all lovingly rendered - but the knight ultimately becomes corrupted and turns into an horrific vampire himself.

And that's where Lords of Shadow 2 is set to pick up the plot.

Trailers show your character, Gabriel Belmont, now become a thing of darkness that is feared and despised by humanity.

Not only that, pre-release information suggests that you'll now also be able to roam an open world modern day environment, choosing what path to take yourself. It'll be one of 2014's earliest retail video game releases and it's certainly one to watch out for.

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