Ranks of US videogame players decreased by nearly 12 million.


Ratchet & Clank Trilogy

RATING: 8.5/10

R&C's adventures produced three of the finest games ever to grace the PS2 - okay, two of the best but the first in the trilogy wasn't too shabby. The inevitability of a high-def re-issue was therefore never in doubt.

But for games almost 10 years old, they still hold up astonishingly well thanks to their mix of platforming, delightfully crazy weaponry and anarchic humour.

The series shows clear improvement over time, with R&C3 the high point of its inventiveness that broadens the gameplay satisfyingly beyond its core of bashing enemies and collecting bolts.


Beat the Beat: Rhythm

RATING: 8/10

It's a risk making the first game in a collection so hard some may give up. But that's so in this amusing assortment of music-related challenges that rely on precise timing.

If you're arrhythmic, you may struggle with the aural clues to the timing, but it will become a little more forgiving and works its way into your affection with its diverse range of pop tunes and barmy tasks. - Belfast Telegraph