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Matt Martin

European Editor

Matt Martin joined GamesIndustry in 2006 and was made editor of the site in 2008. With over ten years experience in journalism, he has written for multiple trade, consumer, contract and business-to-business publications in the games, retail and technology sectors.

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Retrospective: Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 2

From finger tricks and kickflips to middle-age shred.

Def Jam Rapstar

Lyrics of Fury.

Def Jam Rapstar

B-Boy document.

Valve: boycott Steamworks, miss out

MW2 sold an "awful lot", says Holtman.

EA studio boss keen on Bullfrog remakes

Populous and Theme Park considered.

Nintendo profits drop by 60 per cent

Money-printing licence expires.

Nintendo's profits for the first quarter of the financial year are down by 60.6 per cent, due to a fall in demand for the Wii and the strong yen.

PS2 outselling PS3 and PSP

Console and game sales down generally.

Sony has revealed that the PlayStation 2 is its best-selling console, as PS3 and PSP numbers decline to produce a loss for the financial quarter ending 30th June.

PEGI becomes UK standard for games

Ratings system to be backed by law.

The PEGI ratings system is to become the sole standard form of classification for videogames in the UK, the Government has announced.

E3: Games-on-demand service for Live

30 titles at August launch, CC and MSP.

Microsoft is to launch a games-on-demand service for Xbox 360, allowing users to buy full games such as Mass Effect, Assassin's Creed and BioShock over Xbox Live.

NBA Ballers: Chosen One

Ballin' outta control.

"He threw his balls between her legs like he was playin' for the Globetrotters," rapped basketball fan and one half of The Bosshog Barbarians, J-Zone, on "Spoiled Rotton". Which is just my way of catching your attention with a sexist lyric in the hope of attracting you to a review of an average-at-best basketball game.

50 Cent: Blood on the Sand

Off the hook, the map, the meat rack and radar.

"The first thing we had to do was deliver a game that was much, much, much better than the original," says Julian Widdows, game director on 50 Cent: Blood in the Sand. "While it was a huge commercial success, I don't think anyone is particularly shy of that fact that it wasn't critically well-received. It wasn't the game people wanted."

Frontier unveils LostWinds for WiiWare

Exciting, flappy launch title.

Frontier Developments has unveiled its first title for Nintendo's WiiWare service - platform adventure game LostWinds. You can check out screenshots o'er yonder.

Takahashi shows Nobi Nobi Boy

Katamari creator at GameCity.

Keita Takahashi used his keynote at this weekend's GameCity festival to show off an early demo of his new PlayStation 3 game Nobi Nobi Boy.

Hydrophobia

Swept away with Blade's kingdom by the sea.

The real star of Hydrophobia isn't female lead Kate, but the water that rapidly floods the environments and influences almost every aspect of gameplay. This isn't about pretty water reflections that merely slow a characters' movement, nor is it about taking games back to that period where every adventure game had to have an underwater level, just because it could. The water in Hydrophobia is more than that - it acts as a weapon, a key, transportation and an entire control system that the player uses to influence, change and conquer the environment.

The Simpsons

Insert amusing Homer quote here.

"The whole premise of the game is that the family becomes self-aware that they've been licensed to yet another videogame," says Farshid Almassizadeh, senior director of product development at EA.

Rock Band

It's a hard rock life.

I don't listen to a lot of rock music any more, my audio diet consists of 95 per cent hip-hop and a little bit of Girls Aloud. They only time I hear guitars is when MOP has sampled them and are bawling out really offensive lyrics over the top. But you know, if DJ Shadow can sample Metallica, I can sample a little bit of metal.

The Witcher

Hands on with CD Projekt's monster-slaying RPG.

"RPGs are like McDonald's burgers," says one of the team at CD Projekt. They're everywhere, and it's difficult to distinguish between them. RPGs are all the same. Rat-punching to level up. Twee character design. A world where the good battle dark forces to free the land of tyranny. And orcs. Orcs everywhere. Punch them. Level up. Go on. Now go and buy a leather waistcoat.

NHL 2K7

Ice cream.

All those guns and muscles and pumped-up shouting and macho tactics - honestly, sometimes games are embarrassing. The more mature they try to be, the more they look like kids' fantasies. It's tiring. Give me a tough and exhilarating sports game any day. Hockey, that's where it's at. Checking opponents, slamming the puck, weaving in and out, landing flat on your arse and grinding you teeth in last minute tension. Man's stuff.

NBA 2K7

Rocking the rim.

Why are yearly updates a good idea? Because content just swells on those discs. A game like NBA 2K7 couldn't be where it is today - at the top of the heap - without years of tweaks, refinements, tinkering, mistakes, polish and hard graft. It's difficult to know where to start with NBA 2K7 because there's so much of it. Seasons, tournaments, single games, franchise mode and a fat online offering easily make it the most comprehensive basketball title on next-gen, laughing off any semi-pro challenge that comes from EA's NBA Live effort. 2K Games' b-ball title is the shit.

NHL 07

Slap dash.

Well lookee here. EA's designers have got busy with the right analog stick again, and served up a blinding control method for NHL 07. It's simple, it's obvious. The right stick is your hockey stick. Tap up to shoot, jab left and right to deke, and pull back before slamming forward for a blazing slapshot. Later, you'll discover more intricacies, such as rolling the stick in one direction and back a little to flick one off the wrist. Obviously, all of this sounds like wanking euphemisms. Ignore that, the Skill Stick - as EA is branding it - is very satisfying.

NBA Live 07

Go hard or go home.

Another year, another broken NBA Live on 360. While not as busted as Live 06, the addition of more features actually makes the problems with NBA Live 07 all the more apparent. It looks like shit on the court, and the controls aren't responsive enough. And in any videogame that requires quick reflexes, stiff controls are the absolute worst crime imaginable. It's the badger baiting of videogames.

You don't often find a videogame that's so unapologetic in its intention. Def Jam Fight For NY: The Takeover is simply about smacking stupid people in the face. Taking its cue from the rude, ignorant, macho and downright nasty world of mainstream US hip-hop, it rolls around in its own stupid crap like a grinning pig. It shags your mum and tells your mates she lays there like a sack of spuds. And if you complain about it, it'll smash your head into a brick wall, you little bitch.

UK Charts: PES6 holds off FIFA to go top

Fastest-selling 360 game in the UK.

Konami has scored the top spot in this weeks All Formats Charts, with Pro Evolution Soccer 6 achieving the highest week one sales since Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas.

UK Charts: Football Manager scores

FIFA 07 knocked into second place.

Sports Interactive's soccer sim, Football Manager 2007, has taken the top spot in the UK All Formats Charts on its first weekend of release, knocking EA's FIFA 07 into second place.

B-Boy

Busted groove.

For a game built on looking your most stylish, B-Boy is as slick as it should be. Like Atari's Marc Ecko's Getting Up: Contents Under Pressure, the presentation and sheer justice it does to the culture it's emulating is tremendous. With the soundtrack, the Montana paint scrawls and the motion capture of Crazy Legs and other legendary rockers, this is one of the best examples of hip hop culture captured for a game we've ever seen.

Field Commander

Casualty of war?

We could do a lot of soul searching about whether strategy games work on a console - a handheld console at that. Ask anyone who's gotten cosy with the Advance Wars series - presentation, style, replayability, charm and deep strategic choices make it a beautiful thing. In horrible contrast, those of us who spent time with Aliens versus Predator: Extinction can only cringe at the pain. It left us feeling violated.

UK Charts: FIFA blocks Lego

07 edition of EA's football series maintains grip on top slot.

Electronic Arts' FIFA '07 continues to demonstrate its retail staying power by remaining the top-selling title in the UK All Formats software charts on its second week of release.

UK Charts: Star Wars forced out by FIFA

Power in numbers for multiformat football favourite.

FIFA 07 has stormed the number one position in the Chart Track All Formats charts on no less than seven different formats, with the PS2 version responsible for 84 per cent of sales.

Jackson to create 360 titles

Original titles and Halo spin-off.

With pies now firmly off formerly chubby Lord of the Rings director Peter Jackson's menu (well played fella, by the way), he's had to find metaphorical alternatives to stick his fingers in - and the latest is a mammoth collaboration with Microsoft on games.

Halo Wars and exclusive deals blitz X06

GTA IV, PGR4, Peter Jackson, more.

Microsoft has unveiled a whole host of software for the Xbox 360 and Windows at X06, including exclusive deals on some of gaming's most lucrative franchises and new IP.

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