July Japes - PS3 Attitude Big Three
Sometimes I wish we hadn't called this feature the Big Three.
Every now and then, a month comes along that is so devoid of new games, finding three good titles to spend your hard-earned cash on is a difficult task. Thankfully, this month we can bolster the sadly lacking roster with the first ever hardware entry and first ever PSN entry into the Big Three.
In other words, we can't really recommend you spend money on either Ferrari Challenge or Wall-E.
So here's the rundown on what the Big Three for July. Remember, this is based on UK and European titles that will launch in July only...
1. Buzz! Quiz TV [pre-order with buzzers] [pre-order game only]
I'll admit - I love Buzz! games on the PS2. Of all the different party games available for the PS3's little brother, this is the one that we keep on playing even to this day.
And the PS3 version is like the original, only on steroids.
Firstly, I'll be upgrading to the new wireless buzzers. No more octopus wires strewn across the living room! Yay! Of course, you can use the old ones in the first two ports of your PS3 (assuming you have more than two ports) without issue.
Secondly, they have kept all the games we love and added in some new ones too. Cool!
Thirdly, there's more questions than ever before, and this time the lowest scoring player gets to choose what category comes next, which helps balance the gameplay and keep the questions fair for all players.
Now for the extra plus points. How about taking on families and groups from all over the world online? Or setting your own questions and challenging players across the globe on the subjects you know best? Yep - all of this and more are in the new, improved Buzz!
In fact, you can even head on over to the Buzz website and begin setting your own questions now, even before the game has launched.
Let's face it - if you don't love Buzz! Quiz TV, you don't love fun.
2. DualShock 3 controller [pre-order]
This will be the shortest ever Big Three review ever.
Go and buy this. Now. You'll love it.
I've had a DS3 for a while now, and I have to tell you it is more assured than the SixAxis, feels better to play with, has a longer battery life and - of course - it vibrates.
This is a no-brainer. Click and buy. 'Nuff said.
3. Bionic Commando: Rearmed
Assuming this doesn't get put back again, BC: R should hit the PS Store during July.
A re-imagining of the original Bionic Commando (that we all know and love - and if you don't there's always Wikipedia), the guys at Capcom have finally hit PSN gold with this game after the terrible Rocketmen.
The graphics are still 2D, but with a next-gen feel that pops right out of the screen. Everything has a sheen of gloss that shows real care and attention have been lovingly poured into the game.
BC aficionados will revel in the levels they know so well, whilst new weapons and features make the game a new challenge for even the most ardent fan. Newbies on the other hand will realise just how great 2D platformers can be.
The other reason to get Bionic Commando: Rearmed? The price. We believe it will ship for only $9.99 (between £4.95 and £6.95 after Brits-pay-more tax), which is frankly ridiculous value.