Boom Blox: Bash Party

Spielberg: consoles will go, VR will return

Plus: he's a PC gamer, but has 360/PS3.

Film director Steven Spielberg has said that traditional gaming platforms will cease to exist and that 3D gaming and virtual reality will be the "new platform for our gaming future".

Boom Blox: Bash Party

Boom Blox: Bash Party

New blox for the kids.

You'd think Steven Spielberg had better things to do than help EA make videogames. Like issue a public apology for Indiana Jones and the Crystal Skull, for example. Or remake it with a proper plot, decent special effects and an ending that doesn't make you want to slice your own face off.

But instead he's been busying himself with the sequel to last year's Boom Blox. It scored an impressive 9/10 on Eurogamer, even though I wrote the review. It's inventive, accessible and addictive. It's the most fun you can have with friends and family without engendering a complex series of emotional conundrums and children with three arms. It's a game developed by looking at the Wii's control system and building a game around it, instead of tacking on a bit of shaking.

Boom Blox: Bash Party is also all of those things. Once again, you're presented with hundreds of puzzles to solve and challenges to complete - over 400, in fact, which is a good deal more than the previous game. The gameplay is physics-based; put simply, you use the Wii remote, the A button and a throwing gesture to chuck projectiles at inanimate objects.

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Boom Blox: Bash Party

Brick flair.

People forget. I forgot. More than 400 new levels! Twice the multiplayer modes! Online integration! Boom Blox: Bash Party sounds more like Boom Blox: Bad Old EA. But it's not. Not only does it appear to strip away things that people didn't like ("Shooting has taken a huge back seat in the sequel," the producer told us recently), but it presents new takes on old ideas, and new ideas altogether.

Boom Blox Bash Party

Baby boom.

When you get a toy, you want to play with it. If you make a toy - a really good toy - you've got to presume the urge is even stronger. Except, no sooner than you've made this joyous thing, you've got to put it in a box and send it out to all the little boys and girls (and less little boys and girls).

Boom Blox sequel due this spring

Boom Blox sequel due this spring

More multiplayer, DLC, 400 new levels.

The Hollywood Reporter brings the welcome news that last year's best Wii game (unless you count Okami), EA's action-puzzler Boom Blox, will get a sequel as soon as spring this year.

Boom Blox Bash Party will offer Wii owners "increased multiplayer action and more than 400 new levels that take players from underwater into outer space", according to the report. It will also offer online multiplayer, and additional levels available as downloadable content - for a fee, naturally.

Movie mogul Steven Spielberg is still attaching his name to the project, and to frothy quotes for press releases.

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