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UK Top 40: Prototype 2 tops chart

Despite lower sales than predecessor.

Open world mutant adventure Prototype 2 managed to wrap its tendrils around the UK all-formats chart this week, debuting in first place.

UK Top 40: Pandora's Tower charts in 38th place

FIFA Street climbs back on top.

Wii JRPG Pandora's Tower has failed to trouble the top of the UK all-formats chart. It squeaked a 38th place entry, despite being the first Nintendo-published title stocked at GAME since the retailer's recent troubles.

FIFA Street Review

FIFA Street Review

Let's be avenue.

While the FIFA series itself has long since shed its reputation as the glitzy but superficial alternative to proper football simulations, the same cannot be said for FIFA Street. As recently as 2008, when the main FIFA series was already well in the ascendancy, FIFA Street 3 was picking up lukewarm write-ups that faintly praised its "shallow, unpretentious fun" before giving it 6/10 for being, well, glitzy but superficial.

There's no sign of a "4" on the end of this edition, and if we had to guess why then we'd suggest it's because EA Sports has ripped things up and started almost completely anew. The objective is still to deliver flashy street football full of tricks, feints and individual skill, but the basis this time is less SEGA Soccer Slam or Mario Strikers Charged and more FIFA 12 with the trick stick dialled up to 11. The power bars and signature trick kicks are gone and replaced with something that's more like a simulation.

This is still heavily exaggerated football where every little thing you do is straight out of a Nike advert, but it's much more grounded in reality. This is perhaps best illustrated by your most obvious new tool: a close-control shoulder button that plants your standing leg and lets you swizzle the ball around with your other foot using the left analogue stick, dragging it this way and that and pivoting to shield yourself from attackers. With a quick tug of the sprint button you can then escape smoothly in any direction, gliding into space and sometimes breaking out a 'panna', or nutmeg.

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Twisted Metal will be sold by GAME this Friday, Sony confirms

Twisted Metal will be sold by GAME this Friday, Sony confirms

Fate of Yakuza, Bit.Trip, Konami games unknown.

PlayStation 3 exclusive Twisted Metal will be sold by GAME in the UK, Sony has confirmed.

"I can confirm Twisted Metal will be available to purchase in GAME this Friday," a Sony spokesperson told Eurogamer today.

Sony Computer Entertainment Europe's continued support of GAME Group, which will see Twisted Metal pre-orders honoured, follows last month's launch of PS Vita at GAME and Gamestation. Sony UK reportedly sold 61,000 unit sales as a result.

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FIFA Street release date announced

FIFA Street release date announced

Plus, Street Network feature detailed.

Showboating footie sim FIFA Street leaves the dressing room on 13th March for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360, EA has announced.

The publisher also seized the moment to unveil the game's new Street Network feature, that lets you record clips of yourself showing off and then share them with friend in-game.

It also allows you to keep track of friends' progress through the game, and will broadcast regular community clips, such as goal of the week.

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Lionel Messi FIFA Street pre-order bonus announced

Lionel Messi FIFA Street pre-order bonus announced

Exclusive all-star team, Messi Barcelona venue.

EA Sports has announced a Lionel Messi pre-order bonus for FIFA Street.

If you pre-order the game, out in March 2012, you get exclusive in-game access to an adidas all-star team featuring Messi and 12 "of the greatest footballers in the world".

A pre-order also nabs you exclusive access to the Lionel Messi Barcelona venue, an "environment inspired by street footballers playing in and around the Plaça de Catalunya in the historic center of Barcelona, that Messi himself helped design".

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EA announces FIFA Street 4

EA announces FIFA Street 4

Early next year, built by FIFA team.

EA has announced FIFA Street during its Gamescom 2011 press conference.

It's due out early 2012 on PS3 and Xbox 360.

Technically this is the fourth FIFA Street game, although the number has been dropped from the title.

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UK Charts: GT4 holds off major releases

Strong debuts for Brothers in Arms, Championship Manager 5 and Resident Evil 4.

Polyphony Digital's PS2 exclusive racer Gran Turismo 4 has held on to the top spot in the UK sales chart this week, despite strong challenges from a host of new releases - four of which make it into the top ten ranking.