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Digital FoundryXbox 360 vs. PlayStation 3: Round 29

Marvel vs. Capcom 3, Test Drive Unlimited 2, Fight Night Champion, Stacking, de Blob 2.

Digital Foundryde Blob 2 PS3/360 3D Performance Analysis

PS3 has the resolution advantage, but what about frame-rate?

Digital Foundryde Blob 2 PS3/360 Performance Analysis

Can THQ's quirky paint 'em up sustain 60FPS?

Digital Foundryde Blob 2 PS3/360 Face-Off

THQ's quirky paint 'em up compared on both HD consoles.

Key events

de Blob IP purchased by Nordic Games, could see a comeback

"We will evaluate opportunities with the existing games, as well as potential sequels.”

When THQ when kaput last year its assets were auctioned off to the highest bidder with Darksiders and Red Faction sold to Nordic Games. Now the Vienna-based publisher has acquired another one of THQ's lost properties with the whimsical platforming series de Blob.

Upcoming Xbox Live schedule detailed

Bulletstorm, Gears of War deals incoming.

Deals on Bulletstorm DLC, an XBLA release for Street Fighter III: 3rd Strike and new content for Dragon Age 2 head up the latest Xbox Live content schedule.

de Blob 2 struggles at retail

Poor first month sales for THQ platformer.

THQ's colourful platform sequel de Blob 2 had a disappointing first month on sale, selling well below 75,000 copies in the US and failing to make the UK top 40.

Xbox 360 vs. PlayStation 3: Round 29

Digital FoundryXbox 360 vs. PlayStation 3: Round 29

Marvel vs. Capcom 3, Test Drive Unlimited 2, Fight Night Champion, Stacking, de Blob 2.

All killer, no filler - there are five top-rated titles in this instalment of our ongoing Xbox 360 vs. PlayStation 3 comparison comparison, covering off the cream of the crop from the latest cross-platform releases.

It's a huge article backed up by hundreds of supplementary screenshots alongside 11 high-definition videos, so let's move swiftly along to the line-up, complete with handy links to get you to the right page and the right game as quickly as possible.

Marvel vs. Capcom 3: Fate of Two Worlds

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de Blob 2

de Blob 2

de Blightful.

The best games are often those that don't need to bulk out their premise with weak secondary mechanics. THQ's de Blob for Wii wasn't the best game in the world, but the idea at its heart is timelessly fun all by itself: colour in. How wonderful to see it back for another try, especially now that it's multi-platform.

In de Blob's word, cute little one-eyed menaces called Inkies have stolen the colour from the world, trapping its denizens in grey suits, building monuments to the monochrome and splattering toxic black ink all over the place. As a colourful amorphous blob, your job is to slop colour over everything, soaking up paint from big, bright pools and rolling yourself over buildings, trees and cheerful little characters until it's all singing and dancing again. That colouring in is as fun after five hours as it is for the first five minutes.

But it's not a free-form structure. de Blob 2 prods you around levels with specific challenges, transforming the place area by area. It works the colouring into tricky platforming tasks and combat with the inky bad guys. Some buildings need to be painted specific colours, and after the first level you're introduced to the concept of mixing, leaving you searching the back of your brain for long-forgotten primary-school knowledge about how to make brown from red, yellow and blue.

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Wii and DS release dates for Q1 2011

Wii and DS release dates for Q1 2011

Kirby your enthusiasm.

Look at all these games Nintendo has prepared for Wii and DS - and they'll all be released before the end of March (Q1 2011).

There are some absolute belters! Wow it's Peppa Pig Theme Park Fun! Gosh it's National Geographic Challenge! Shoot me it's Bibi & Tina - Jump & Ride!

Actually, star billing goes to Pokemon Black and White. Why? Well, selling 5.26 million copies from mid-September to the end of December, in Japan alone, says something.

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de Blob 2 release date confirmed

de Blob 2 release date confirmed

HD debut for stylish Wii platformer.

de Blob 2 will launch in the US on 22nd February 2011 for DS, PlayStation 3, Wii and Xbox 360 .

The news comes courtesy of the game's official site, which offers no firm news on when the sequel will bound on over to European shores. We're checking with THQ now for clarification.

The original game, which saw the titular blob restoring colour to a monochrome city, was a Wii-only affair and very enjoyable it was too. Eurogamer's Kristan Reed gave Blue Tongue's eccentric adventure 8/10 back in 2008.

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de Blob 2 supports 3D on PS3/360

Also due on DS and Wii in spring 2011.

THQ has announced that de Blob 2: The Underground will appear on DS, PS3, Wii and Xbox 360 in spring 2011 and that the high-def versions will support 3D.