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Battles, birds and a bust

Previewing Playstation All-Stars Battle Royale, Angry Birds: Star Wars, more



(Console Me, Creative Loafing's new electronic gaming column, will consist of previews, reviews and commentary penned by Charlotte writer Adam Frazier, a regular contributor to CL and the websites Geeks of Doom and Hollywood News.)


Developed by SuperBot Entertainment, Playstation All-Stars Battle Royale is an upcoming crossover fighting game published by Sony Computer Entertainment. Similar to Nintendo's Super Smash Bros. series, this one allows up to four players to battle each other using characters from various Sony franchises such as God of War, Jax and Daxter and LittleBigPlanet, as well as third-party games like BioShock and Devil May Cry.

So if you've ever wanted to play as Sweet Tooth from Twisted Metal and simultaneously beat the crap out of PaRappa the Rapper, Kratos and Big Daddy, then Playstation All-Stars Battle Royale might be a ridiculously fun multiplayer game to check out this holiday season. Like Smash Bros., it looks easy to pick up and play, but hard to master.

Take the battle online for competitive multiplayer action, or go head to head with a group of friends and prove once and for all who's really the king of the couch! Check out the trailer below:

Playstation All-Stars Battle Royale hits stories Nov. 20.


Rovio Entertainment and Lucasfilm Ltd. announced Monday a new blockbuster entertainment franchise collaboration: Angry Birds: Star Wars.

Launching worldwide on Nov. 8, this will combine the classic Angry Birds gameplay with the characters, stories and settings of George Lucas' sci-fi series.

In addition to the game, Rovio and Lucasfilm are coordinating a massive retail launch for Angry Birds: Star Wars this fall. Merchandise ranging from Halloween costumes and apparel to action figures and collectible plush toys will be available at select retailers, starting Oct. 28.

While I do enjoy the occasional bird-in-a-slingshot romp, this news depresses me more than anything. Watching Lucas desperately squeeze every nickel and dime out of a tired and worn-out franchise makes me want to walk straight off a desert skiff plank into The Great Pit of Carkoon, the nesting place of the all-powerful Sarlacc. I'd rather find a new definition of pain and suffering as I am slowly digested over a thousand years than have to endure Lucas' continued efforts at ruining his own creation.

In any case, if you want to shoot birds dressed up like Mark Hamill at pigs wearing Darth Vader masks, Angry Birds: Star Wars will be available on iOS, Android, Amazon Kindle Fire, Mac, PC, Windows Phone and Windows 8.


And finally, Sony has provided an update regarding the absence of The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim downloadable content for the PlayStation 3, and the news isn't good. On Oct. 4, Bethesda vice president of public relations and marketing Pete Hines addressed fans of the open-world action roleplaying game on Twitter with disheartening news:

"I don't have any info on Hearthfire, Dawnguard or DLC in general for PS3," he said. "We're still on it. Will share update when I have one."

Skyrim's first add-on, the vampire-themed Dawnguard expansion, hit Microsoft's Xbox 360 in June, with a subsequent release for PC following the Xbox 360's 30-day exclusivity.

Now it seems the downloadable expansion may never come to the PS3, according to comments from a Bethesda representative in August:

"Skyrim is a massive and dynamic game that requires a lot of resources, and things get much more complex when you're talking about sizable content like Dawnguard," the Bethesda representative explained.

"We have tried a number of things, but none of them solve the issue enough to make Dawnguard good for everyone. Dawnguard is obviously not the only DLC we've been working on either, so the issues of adding content get even more complicated. This is not a problem we're positive we can solve, but we are working together with Sony to try to bring you this content."

Being as I've got a PS3 copy of The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim collecting dust on the shelf waiting for fresh content, this is pretty disappointing news. I've been looking forward to giving Sony my money so I can check out the Dawnguard DLC but, alas, it looks like that theoretical cash will have to burn a hole in my electronic wallet a little while longer.

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