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Pac-Man Championship Edition 2 announced for September

Pac-Man Championship Edition 2 is real and it's coming this September to PS4, Xbox One and PC.

Like the brilliant Pac-Man Championship Edition DX, this sequel will allow players to chain together pursuing ghosts in a conga line before devouring the whole lot of them in one fell swoop.

In addition to the tried and true timed score attack mode, Pac-Man Championship Edition 2 features an all new Adventure mode that includes moving fruit and boss battles.

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Mobile Games Roundup

Mobile Games Roundup

Trialz! Death! Ozone! Pac! Cordy!

Is this the best time ever for video games? As someone who reviews 10 games a week, and tries out plenty more, I've almost started to take for granted that there will be a minimum of two or three truly great games out. At that rate, over the course of a year, you're looking at as many as 100 great games that are worth spending money on - and that's just in the downloadable gaming scene.

This week provides an embarrassment of riches, and yet again, I didn't even cover half of the worthy contenders beating a path to my door.

From absolutely nowhere, we've got a new poster child for the Android scene in the shape of Cordy, an effortlessly charming superbudget LittleBigPlanet. MotorTrialz similarly pinches a good idea and refashions it to great effect, while Remedy trawls its back catalogue and delivers probably the best mobile racing game in the process.

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Mobile Games Roundup

Mobile Games Roundup

PES! Galaxy! Nebula! Pac! Pop!

Every week, the comments unfailingly ask for more Android game coverage. We're listening. This week, we've managed to up the quota to two titles - but the reality is most developers are still debuting their games on iOS platforms first.

It may not have escaped your notice that both PES 2011 and Pac-Man Championship Edition appeared on iOS initially before eventually migrating to rival platforms. It's a familiar tale.

Whether it's a simple case of the Apple's App Store proving to be a bigger draw for developers is hard to gauge. The truth is, though, that most of the 'new' games to hit the (markedly improved) Android Marketplace have already been reviewed - so we tend to focus on brand new titles instead.

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Pac-Man Championship Edition

Pac-Man Championship Edition

Back from rehab.

Does the Xbox Live Arcade really need three versions of Pac-Man? God love it and all, but we could reel off a gigantic list of other games we'd rather see dusted down and squeezed down our in-pipe instead. Or so you might imagine, at least.

The rather surprising reality of this new one is that it's (whisper it) really bloody good. It's what Namco should have done in the first place, with the seminal original game thrown in as a nice extra for those of us that demand it. A bit like how Rare handled Jetpac Refuelled, for instance.

But what's done is done, and what's more important is the fact that someone's finally managed to take hold of the age old pill-munching concept and make it exciting and relevant for today's retro-minded gamer.

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New Pac-Man on XBLA

Fresh mazes and everything.

Today's Live Arcade offering is a championship edition of Pac-Man featuring the first new mazes in more than 26 years. (On a related note, we've got a competition running to give copies away, along with Live subscriptions and cameras. Ooh.)