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Mobile reviews: Hearthstone Heroes of Warcraft, Hitman GO, more

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Each week, Digital Spy rounds up the biggest mobile gaming releases with reviews and trailers. This week's games include an addictive card game from World of Warcraft, a stealth assassination board game and some extreme fishing that isn't quite ridiculous.

Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft

Reviewed on: iPad 4
Platforms: iPad
Price: Free

Hearthstone makes its way to iPad, bringing Blizzard's addictive World of Warcraft card game to touch screens in top form.

While it could be easy to write Hearthstone off as an imitation of similar games like Magic: The Gathering, it distinguishes itself through having a faster pace than most card games, requiring new types of strategies.

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Hearthstone feels right at home on iPad.

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Games out this week: Dark Souls 2 on PC

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A surprisingly quiet week follows a very busy month for new releases, but for PC owners it's probably one of their most anticipated thanks to the arrival of Dark Souls II.

Dark Souls II

Release date: April 25 (worldwide), May 2 (retail)
Platforms: PC (Xbox 360, PS3 already released)

The sequel to Digital Spy's game of the generation was released on Xbox 360 and PS3 last month, and now it's the turn of PC owners.

It offers a number of new features, including more freedom to explore the world, a new player invasion system and the voice of comedian Peter Serafinowicz.

If you're getting it at retail however, note that it's been delayed in the UK by one week.

Our Dark Souls II review: Hardcore, heart-pounding action
How Peter Serafinowicz was cast as Mild-mannered Pate in Dark Souls 2


What are you picking up this week? Add a comment below!
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Trials Fusion live stream - watch Digital Spy play live on PS4

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Updated story: The stream is now over! Thanks for joining us, and be sure to follow Digital Spy on Twitch for future events.

Original story: Trials Fusion, the new entry in the challenging motorcycle series, is available to download today (April 16) on PS4, Xbox One, PS3 and Xbox 360.

Alongside Digital Spy's review, we'll be playing an hour of the game on PS4 from 3.05pm to 4pm, and we want you to join us.

If you have any questions or queries during the live stream, be sure to comment on Twitch or in the comments section below.

Our Trials Fusion review: Teaching an old bike new tricks

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Mobile reviews: RollerCoaster Tycoon 4, Monument Valley, SideSwype

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Each week, Digital Spy rounds up the biggest mobile gaming releases with reviews and trailers. This week's games include an Escher-inspired puzzle game, a less than amusing amusement park simulator and addictive match-3 puzzles.

Monument Valley

Reviewed on: iPad 4
Platforms: iPad, iPhone
Price: £2.49 / $3.99

Monument Valley is a surreal puzzle game full of gorgeous landscapes that will have players looking at architecture from a whole new perspective.

Navigating the Escher-like environments requires players to poke and prod at the levels to create the impossible geometry needed to succeed.

Monument Valley

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Monument Valley

Monument Valley

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Monument Valley


Turning cranks will spin platforms and specially marked walls and pillars can be slid about with your finger, all toward lining up paths that only work as a matter of perspective.

As a result, the puzzles aren't exactly challenging in a traditional way, with relatively little head-scratching while you search for a solution.

Rather, Monument Valley is more about finding moments of epiphany when everything clicks into place, both literally in the level's layout and conceptually when you catch a glimpse of two platforms lining up perfectly.

The end result is just as rewarding though, if perhaps ending a little too soon after only ten levels.

Monument Valley's absolutely stunning visual style and clever level manipulation make it a fantastic mobile experience. The only shortcoming is that you will wish there was more of it.


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Games out this week: 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil, Trials Fusion

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EA releases a new football game in time for the FIFA World Cup this summer, while one of the best-selling downloadable console franchises returns.

2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil

Release date: April 17 (Europe), April 15 (North America)
Platforms: Xbox 360, PS3

The official game of the FIFA World Cup is a standalone product only releasing on last generation platforms Xbox 360 and PS3.

As well as qualifying teams that can participate in the 'Road to the FIFA World Cup' and 'Captain your Country' modes, it features a full 203 nations as well as a set of new animations, ball physics and set-piece tactics not featured in FIFA 14.

Our 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil preview: Capturing the carnival atmosphere

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Spider-Man 2 retrospective: When Spidey met Grand Theft Auto

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First Released: 2004 (PS2)
Now Available On: N/A

Like most comic book superheroes, Spider-Man has a hit-and-miss track record in the world of video games.

It's fair to say that Marvel Comics' most iconic character is yet to have his Arkham Asylum moment, although there have been admirable attempts to deliver the definitive web-slinging experience over the years.

One game that immediately springs to mind is PS2-era title Spider-Man 2, a movie adaptation that succeeded where so many licensed offerings have failed by living up to its source material.

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Developed by Call of Duty studio Treyarch, Spider-Man 2 was essentially the Tobey Maguire-fronted movie meets Grand Theft Auto, with some comic book lore thrown in for good measure.

Players took on the role of Marvel's famous wall-crawler, and were given an open-world city backdrop to explore, with plenty of opportunities to swing freely between buildings and make their mark on the city.

The game loosely followed the plot of its cinematic counterpart, pitting Spidey against the villainous Doctor Octopus. Of course, one bad guy was never going to cut it, so Treyarch mined Peter Parker's rogues gallery for additional adversaries.

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During the course of the adventure, players locked horns with Rhino, did battle with Mysterio and defeated the Shocker.

Facing off against classic Spider-Man villains was a tantalising prospect, but granting the opportunity to climb, swing and leap around the city uninhibited is what the game will always be remembered for.

Spider-Man 2's incarnation of Manhattan was a digital playground filled with side missions, typically involving robberies, shootouts, citizens in distress and more.

Spiderman 2 for PSP 2

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Players could complete these varied quests at their leisure, and it was this level of freedom, coupled with how liberating it was to swing from building to building, that made players feel as though they were Spider-Man.

Treyarch did a decent job recreating the movie characters for the game, with numerous members of the cast, including Maguire, Alfred Molina and Kirsten Dunst lending both voice and likeness.

Futurama star John DiMaggio supplied the voice of Rhino, while Mysterio was portrayed by the current voice of Fred Flintstone, James Arnold Taylor.

Spiderman 2 for PSP 2

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Production values were generally high across the board. Spidey resembled Maguire when he appeared unmasked, and the game maintained a solid frame rate while players swung across the skyline at top speed.

Spider-Man 2 received generally positive reviews on PS2, Xbox and GameCube, with critics praising its faithfulness to both its movie and comic book source material.

However, a drastically altered version of the title landed on PC and Mac to a different reception. The home computer edition was watered down for a younger audience, sapping its depth and challenge.

The game's success also paved the way for handheld ports to follow it to market, the most notable of which was the PSP version, which earned plaudits for its gameplay and graphics, only to be marked down for its awkward camera angles.


Spider-Man 2 is one of several laudable attempts to capture the essence of the comic book legend on home consoles, with more recent releases Ultimate Spider-Man, Web of Shadows and Shattered Dimensions also delivering the goods.

But there's still the sense that the character's potential has never been fully maximised in the world of video games, in the same way that Batman's was in the sublime Arkham series.

With Spidey's imminent return to cinemas in The Amazing Spider-Man 2 sending the hype machine into overdrive, it's clear that the character's popularity is set to endure, so there's every reason to believe a truly definitive video game outing is yet to come.

Do you have any fond memories of Spider-Man 2? Post a comment below.
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Mercenary Kings live stream - watch Digital Spy play live on PS4

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Updated story: The stream is now over! Thanks for joining us, and be sure to follow Digital Spy on Twitch for future events.

Original story: Mercenary Kings is a retro-styled run-and-gun platformer recently released on PS4 and PC, and is currently available for free for PlayStation Plus subscribers.

Digital Spy will blast through a few multiplayer missions on PS4 this afternoon (3.05pm to 4pm UK time), and we want you to join us.

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Got any questions or queries during the live stream? Be sure to comment on Twitch or in the comments below.

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Games we want to see given a next-gen makeover on Xbox One, PS4

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Starting with the likes of Tomb Raider and Rayman Legends earlier this year, and now The Last of Us finally being confirmed for PS4, the trend of current-gen games appearing on new consoles isn't slowing down.

We look at other games we'd love to revisit on PS4 and Xbox One, why a next-gen makeover would be justified and the likelihood of it happening.

Dark Souls 2 (and the original)

Dark Souls 2 will launch on Xbox 360, PS3 and PC in March

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Dark Souls 2's March release - and status of one of the year's most anticipated releases - meant its absence on next-gen systems came as a surprise. With the PC version looming and PS4 and Xbox One architecture being similar, it hopefully means a port wouldn't be too much of a stretch.

And while we're at it, we'd also love a next-gen edition of our best-game of the last generation, the original Dark Souls, which has become one of the most popular live streamed games of recent years - perfect for Twitch-ready consoles. Read More...
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Strike Suit Zero live stream - watch Digital Spy play live on PS4

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Updated story: Unfortunately we've had to cancel today's livestream due to technical difficulties. Apologies for the inconvenience. We'll be back this Friday at 3pm UK time for a live stream of Mercenary Kings, so join us then.

Original story: Strike Suit Zero: Director's Cut is a remastered version of last year's PC space combat shooter for next-gen consoles, and marks the debut of Xbox One's ID@Xbox scheme that allows independent studios to self-publish.

Digital Spy will play the PS4 edition from the beginning at lunchtime today (1.10pm to 2pm UK time), and we want you to join us.

Got any questions or queries during the live stream? Be sure to comment on Twitch or in the comments below.

Our review of Strike Suit Zero: Director's Cut: Now more satisfying

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