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TMNT: Turtles in Time HD Remix on for $4.99 for PS3

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Recently, I’ve been jonesing for some retro-game action, but with the multitude of games awesome I’ve experienced over the years, I had no idea where I should start. I went to Twitter and was directed at Paperboy and Sonic 2 by @liloart, Punch Out by @SuzieWarCry, Pitfall and Space Invaders by @40Tech, and reminded myself of Zaxxon and Bubsy and a few other greats from the 80’s and early 90’s. I couldn’t choose and, as I was just about to settle in and just some Dragon Age: Origins on PS3, the Playstation Store nabbed me with an ad for the High Definition remaster of TMNT: Turtles in Time one of the greatest, action-packed, beat-the-crap-out-of-the-bad-guys side-scrollers since Double Dragon – and it was on sale for $4.99.

I have to say, I’m normally not into Playstation Store games, but who can complain about a fully realized 3D version of some original Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles? Not me! Not much anyway. I mean, it would have been cool if the characters were cell-shaded so they looked more cartoony, but aside from that, TMNT: Turtles in Time Re-Shelled is just as fun as (if not more than) the original SNES (Super Nintendo)  and Arcade classic.

The game was released for Xbox Live Arcade and the Playstation Network back in August of 2009, and was hit hard by the critics – but mostly because it was grossly overpriced at $9.99 on PSN and 800 Points for Xbox Live. I remember it back then and I, too, laughed at that price. TMNT: Turtles in Time Re-Shelled is on sale now, though, for PS3, at the much more reasonable price of $4.99(sorry Xbox 360 peoples, it’s still 800 points for you, which is around $11-$12). This is a “limited time offer”, though, so jump on it while you can!

Features:

  • New graphics and sound
  • Attack in full 3D – eight directions
  • Play Online with up to 4 Players in Co-Op Mode
  • Survival Mode and QuickPlay Mode
  • Multiple Difficulty levels
  • Achievement/Trophy support for you trophy hounds
  • Awesome smart-ass vocals re-recorded by the original cast of the 2003 cartoon!

A Couple of Misses:

For you folks looking to relive the SNES version of TMNT (IV): Turtles in TIme, this game is based off of the original arcade version and so is missing the extra stages and enemy characters you might be used to.

As mentioned earlier, the new graphics are cool and fun, but a little cell shading would have gone a long way to keep the original cartoon feel.

If you’re looking for some Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles fun, to scratch that nostalgia itch, some low-cost action on your Playstation 3, or all of the above, I highly recommend this game!

Heavy Rain: Dark, Gloomy Immersive

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Heavy Rain is awesome.

Created by the same folk as the equally moody Indigo Prophecy (aka Fahrenheit to the unedited world outside of North America), Heavy Rain is a deeply granular and immersive dramatic thriller surrounding the mystery of the Origami Killer; a serial murderer who uses bouts of exceedingly heavy rainfall to drown his victims. This game draws you in deep, with a  story that plays out like a movie – but a movie in which your choices and your skill are in control, leading you seamlessly to one of 22 possible endings.

Twitter Friend @liloart says: It’s soooooo good! the music, loading screens, and the 22 different possible endings are some of my personal highlights.

Story

You play four characters in the story:

Ethan Mars: A father who is trying to save his son from being the next victim

Madison Paige: Investigative journalist

Norman Jayden: FBI Profiler

Scott Shelby: A Private Detective hired to track down clues to the Origami Killers identity

The characters are well rounded people, each with their own difficult choices to make, but it’s the story and their place in it that will keep you coming back for more. Not to mention the story’s flow. It is dark and engaging and truly interactive main characters can die, man! And everything just rolls out as if it were all a part of the grand scheme of the story. The 22 different endings are, once again, completely dependent on the choices you make and how well you play the game – but you don’t need to play through every possible combination to get the full effect. It definitely makes for a bit of long term replayability, though, if you’re into it.

Gameplay

The controls for Heavy rain are, thankfully, much better than Indigo Prophecy. The predecessor of Heavy Rain was often so frustrating that you could lose sense of the story or will to play, but the folk at Quantic Dream made terrific use of the Playstation 3 control scheme. The game tells you what control combinations you need to enter in order to accomplish objectives from climbing, to fighting, to conversing, to using your asthma inhaler before you die (that’s what I meant by granular), but they don’t generally detract from the mood or flow of the story. In fact, even if you fail at something or pick the wrong conversation element by accident, the story branches off so seamlessly into new direction that you may think it was supposed to happen that way.

It should be noted though, for the more impatient gamers out there, that while the granular nature of the character control is pretty cool, there are times when you would probably rather that the game would just move on (as opposed to making you do special combinations just to walk up a flight of stairs or something).

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