Games round-up: The Jak And Daxter Collection
The Last Story offers up an incredible RPG adventure for Wii gamers, Zumba Fitness Rush hits the Xbox 360, and Jak and Daxter serve up a tremendous trilogy on PS3.
The Jak And Daxter Collection
Developer Naughty Dog may be better known these days for the incredible Uncharted series, and in its earliest days the adventures of Crash Bandicoot. But in between lies a brilliant trio of titles bundled together into an updated HD offering on PS3, featuring the dynamic duo of Jak and Daxter. Here, Jak And Daxter: The Precursor Legacy, Jak 2 and Jak 3 provide a triple testament to the power of expertly executed action gaming. Although some elements of the three games may now be showing their age, there is still plenty of reason to return to this franchise, thanks to unshakeably solid gameplay and its constant ability to surprise and delight with each plot twist and turn. Jak 2 and 3 may be the titles you'll keep coming back to, but overall this is a trio well worth revisiting.
The Last Story
Japanese RPGs often have that extra layer of style and story intrigue that give Euro gamers shivers down their spine at the prospect of launching into an all-new adventure. The Last Story is one such example, featuring polished, time-honoured RPG gameplay and story elements but also adds some modern twists to the traditional formula, as you take control of Zael on a quest to leave behind your life as a mercenary and become a true knight. The game also boasts that rare combination of a thrilling single player campaign matched by equally engaging online multiplayer options. This is thanks to the innovative combat system, and character customisation options that you can transfer to the online experience, all of which makes The Last Story something of a last hurrah for the Wii with new hardware on the horizon.
Zumba Fitness Rush
Platform: Xbox 360
Whatever your level of fitness and previous propensity to tap your toes at special occasions, the current trend in console dance fitness titles has probably exposed you to some level of gaming workout. Zumba Fitness Rush takes things up a notch or two, featuring 42 hot new music tracks, sizzling choreography and a huge variety of new dance styles and arenas. You have six Zumba instructors get you moving to the beat, including new stars exclusive to the Kinect game: Kass Martin, Jason Thompson and Erica Pierce. Each one will guide you from Merengue to Samba, Bollywood to Latin Pop, as you monitor your performance through the Progress Tracker, which adds up calories burned, grades dance styles, and displays trophies, stats and overall rank. Whether you're playing in Single Song, Full Class or Zumba Party mode, breaking out in a serious sweat is guaranteed and you might end up with a transformed, toned body to boot.
Pizza vs Skeletons
Deep pan pizza and spooky skeletons - not a combination you would have put together in a million years. But this is the world of iPad gaming we're talking about, and after Angry Birds and plants taking on zombies, should we be surprised to see these two adversaries thrown together? Here, tilting and tapping is the name of the game, as your circular dough hero seeks to survive increasingly challenging stages of skeletons, rolling through them or splatting them from above. But watch out for their spikes, swords and other weaponry that will pierce your pepperoni and mushroom! In a word, this is surreal. A game experience quite unlike any other, presented in such a classy animated style that it's impossible not to enjoy the eccentric ride, even if you hate anchovies.
Title: Little Acorns
Your little squirrel family is hungry, and as the furry provider of sustenance, you must hit the treetops to gather as many acorns as you possibly can to ensure that your family survives another 12 months. And so begins a delicious little platformer that's as simple to control as it is beautiful to look at. With a retro cartoon feel to the characters, the small screen keeps proceedings crisp and clear through the seasonal levels, but don't expect an easy ride from the various bugs and other blighters lurking in the foliage. Jumping, dodging and disposing of these creatures is all part of the fun with a great collection of power-ups lying around the levels, while extra rewards are also on offer for completing stages in certain timeframes. A great difficulty curve sucks you in and will have you squirreling around for an extra five minutes play time during your daily chores. A great little game to lose yourself in.