Christ on a bike.

Digital FoundryXbox 360 vs. PlayStation 3: Round 28

Splatterhouse, Nail'd, Blood Stone, TRON: Evolution and The Force Unleashed II.

Digital FoundryNail'd PS3/360 performance analysis

Techland's insane ATV racing game under the microscope.

Digital FoundryNail'd PS3/360 Face-Off

The latest Chrome Engine game compared on PS3 and 360.

Key events

3rd February 2011


18th December 2010

Nail'd PS3/360 Face-Off

16th August 2010

Nail'd gamescom trailer

16th June 2010

Nail'd E3 trailer

26th April 2010

First trailer for Nail'd

EU PlayStation Store update 9th Feb

EU PlayStation Store update 9th Feb

Stacking! Plants vs. Zombies! Explodemon!

Today, PlayStation Plus comes of age. Free to subscribers are Tim Schafer's potentially fantastic downloadable Russian doll game Stacking (usually £9), and a Killzone 3 single-player demo.

Eurogamer's Stacking review is in the works, by the way. It'll be with you by tomorrow lunch time. Stacking offers a free trial, incidentally.

For everybody else, the PlayStation Store cupboards are heaving with content.

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Christ on a bike.

Ostensibly, Nail'd combines the fast-paced off-roading thrills of Black Rock's excellent Pure with the expansive environments of Codemasters' underrated FUEL, but after you've finished your first race, another game immediately springs to mind: Mario Kart Wii.

There are two reasons for this. Firstly, the handling model makes Pure look like Gran Turismo, with both MTX bike and ATV quad able to make the sharpest turns even at full speed. It's like racing as Toad with unlimited mushrooms; if you fail to make a turn it's only because you were either going so fast you didn't see it coming, or you were too busy watching your rivals disappear behind you to notice your finger was glued to the button activating your speed boost.

Secondly, like Nintendo's game, it's incredibly keen to top up your turbos. Pass through a fiery gate or a ring and your boost meter refills. Land a jump on all four wheels (or two, if you're biking it) and you get a boosty bonus. You'll more often pull off a wheelie by happy accident than design, but you'll be rewarded with yet more boost for doing so. Smashed an opponent off a cliff? More boost. Spent a few seconds not boosting? "Oh hello sir, I notice your boost meter is empty – let me refill that for you."

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Out This Week - 04/02/2011

Earthrise! Mario! Arcana! Nail'd!

It's a relatively low-key week for shops, if you deal in blockbusters - but there are minor morsels succulent enough to be digitally devoured.

Xbox 360 vs. PlayStation 3: Round 28

Digital FoundryXbox 360 vs. PlayStation 3: Round 28

Splatterhouse, Nail'd, Blood Stone, TRON: Evolution and The Force Unleashed II.

Woah. It's hard to believe that it's been almost five months since we posted Face-Off Round 27, the most recent of our multi-game comparison features. Here, in an effort to make up for the deficit, is a compilation of the most interesting games to come our way, with the promise of further roundup coverage next month.

While none of the releases covered in this feature are absolute must-buys, it's equally fair to say that each and every one of them has its own unique charms, and in a market where games just a couple of months old are savagely discounted, even a Eurogamer 6/10 rated title can provide plenty of value when the price is right.

Here's a quick rundown of the titles we're covering this time:

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UK release date revealed for Nail'd

UK release date revealed for Nail'd

Arcade racer to reach finish line in Feb.

Deep Silver has announced global release dates for PC, PS3 and Xbox 360 racer Nail'd.

The game will launch in the US and Germany on 30th November. A few more European territories will get it in January, while here in the UK we'll have to wait until 4th February.

Nail'd is said to feature arcade racing which is "bigger, faster, higher, and longer than any game has ever gone before!" Expect spectacular tracks inspired by locations like Yosemite and the Andes, "Straight from Mother Nature's OMG collection."

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Nail'd dated

Playable at gamescom.

Off-road racing game Nail'd will be released on 22nd October worldwide for the PC, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360.


To the floor.

Nothing is ever quite extreme enough for game developers. Confronted with snowboarding - the act of strapping yourself to a small piece of wood and flinging yourself down a mountain - they add extraordinary obstacle courses and balletic mid-air stunts. Tame old parkour? Bah. Running up vertical walls 500 feet away from a very hard pavement is dull - best put in an authoritarian police force to fight with while you're at it.