LEGO Pirates of the Caribbean

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Lego Pirates of the Caribbean

A Jerry Brickheimer production.

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Swashbuckling footage from At World's End.

VideoLEGO Pirates of the Caribbean trailer

Footage from the second film, yar.

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A video game version of Lego Lord of the Rings has been suggested by leaked images of Lego toy boxes. It's backed up by a now-removed listing for the game spotted on retailer ShopTo's website.

UK Top 40: Zumba Fitness sales rise

UK Top 40: Zumba Fitness sales rise

Nears record number of weeks on top.

Dance yourself slim game Zumba Fitness has won an eighth consecutive week at number one.

Its sales rose this week, up by 16 per cent, and it outsold the rest of the top five games combined.

It's now been top 11 weeks in total, which makes it the joint third (with FIFA: Road to the World Cup '98 and FIFA Soccer '96) best streak of all time.

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EU PlayStation Store update 15th June

EU PlayStation Store update 15th June

Black Ops: Escalation pack finally released.

Call of Duty: Black Ops' Escalation pack at last lands on PS3, a month after its initial Xbox 360 launch.

For 10.99, yours will be five new maps to the mix, including George Romero-inspired zombie killing in Call of the Dead. There's even a digital version of Sarah Michelle Gellar.

Also watch out for delightfully named The 2D Adventures Of Rotating Octopus Character as a mini for both PS3 and PSP. The aquatic adventure tugged an 8/10 (out of tentacle?) from Kristan in Eurogamer's PSN: Comeback Special review roundup earlier this week.

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Lego dev confirmed for GameCityNights

Lego dev confirmed for GameCityNights

Jonathan Smith to show Lego Pirates.

TT Games' Jonathan Smith will showcase Lego Pirates of the Caribbean at the next GameCityNights festival event.

Smith will discuss his experience of life at TT Games and reveal what it's like to work with blockbuster franchises such as Star Wars, Batman and Indiana Jones.

Eurogamer's Lego Pirates of the Caribbean review returned an 8/10.

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Lego Pirates of the Caribbean

Lego Pirates of the Caribbean

A Jerry Brickheimer production.

One of the unsung strengths of the Lego games is that their reductive approach to plotting allows them to skip or gloss over the weaker elements of their inspiration. In the case of Pirates of the Caribbean, that's several hours' worth of storytelling bloat - and at times, TT Games punctures it perfectly.

In particular, the ludicrous convolutions of third film At World's End are beautifully skewered in one single scene where the characters rapidly exchange places until half are on one side and half on the other. Who needs two hours of cross and double-cross when a single thirty-second sequence can cover similar ground without the audience looking at their watches - and offer a knowing chuckle into the bargain?

Just as the Star Wars prequels were shorn of midichlorians, younglings and dialogue about sand being rough, and transformed into lean, exciting, set-piece-driven action films, the Pirates movies suddenly become much more appealing in Lego form. Sure, there are perhaps too many stages where you're fighting aboard a ship at night and/or during a storm, but you can blame the apparently light-phobic helmsman Gore Verbinski for that.

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Out This Week - 13/05/11

Brink! LEGO Pirates! SBK 2011!

Long-awaited shooter Brink sits nervously in the dug out. Finger on chunky gun trigger, hand wiping sweat off oversized brow. It headlines this week's new recruits.

LEGO Pirates of the Caribbean and outpouring emotion

Traveller's Tales on its co-op platforming powerhouse.

LEGO, as we all know, is for everyone. And so are the LEGO games. The secret to their success is the wonderful co-op play: father and son, brother and sister, anyone and anyone together, smashing, building, puzzle-solving and laughing at those cutscenes.