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GAMES AND GADGE T S


Game of the Month: Mortal Kombat (PS3 and Xbox 360)


The term Mortal Kombat is synonymous with fi ghting games for console lovers. The over the top blood and grisly fatalities used to sell the fi ghting within the game is a series trademark. As such it carries an 18+ rating, which at times is applied rather harshly on some games, but in this case it’s warranted.


The ninth release of Midways classic is much more accessible then previous versions. The developers have embraced the casual player, removing layers of complexity to make the game more engaging. This is not delivered at a cost to the quality of the gameplay and the experience for veterans of the series is not impacted as new game features provide an additional challenge.


The graphics engine has received an overhaul with a polished


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fi nal product rendered in 2.5D, the term used to describe 3D character rendering on a 2D background. Fighting games were never strong on storyline but Mortal Kombat makes a valiant effort, placing the game in the Mortal Kombat 1-3 with the storyline re-imagined. We see familiar favourites return in a trimmed down roster of 27 playable characters. Exclusive downloadable content is promised, bringing more characters and more fatalities at a cost. The re-playability factor is greatly enhanced by the online offering of one vs one, tag team fi ghting modes and the single player Challenge Tower. The developers have delivered a very


stylish and modern fi ghting game without deviating too much from the core mechanics that make Mortal Kombat unique. The signature fatalities and moves are all present along with the classic soundbytes, ensuring you will be smiling as the announcer shouts “Finish Him”. This game is a purchase rather than a rental for any fi ghting game fan and has enough features to entice new fans to the genre. Mortal Combat is available from Xtravision and Gamestop.


Android Smart Phone: Desire S


HTC have gained a deserved reputation as a leader in smartphone innovation and this latest offering expands on the successful Desire. The S variation boasts a 3.7” screen, big enough to comfortably browse websites and run social networking applications. All the features of a smartphone including mp3 support, video playback and applications to handle are present in this lightweight model. It also


offers improved battery life, more


internal memory and slight improvements in terms of processor speed over its


predecessor. This represents a good


entry level smartphone that is both affordable and sure to have a long lifespan.


The Android Smart Phone: Desire S is available from the Meteor Store.


MP3 Player:


Creative Zen Style 100 With the summer months upon us, now


is the perfect time to take to the road, be it walking or jogging and why not take along your music collection? Creative have a reputation for easy to use mp3 players that don’t require a computing degree to setup and populate with your song collection. The Zen Style 100 comes in 4Gb, 8Gb and 16Gb variations, enough to ensure you run a couple of marathons without hearing the same song twice. This affordable device is lightweight with a clear display capable of watching videos


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and photos on making it ideal for traveling and commuting.


Creative Zen Style 100 is available from Soundstore.


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