WWE All Stars

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VideoWWE All Stars 3DS footage unveiled

Extra modes and DLC characters included.

Digital FoundryWWE All-Stars 360/PS3 Face-Off

Xbox 360 presents clear resolution and effects advantages.

Digital FoundryWWE All-Stars 360/PS3 Performance Analysis

THQ's brawler measured with Digital Foundry tools.

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WWE All Stars announced for 3DS

WWE All Stars announced for 3DS

Exclusive modes for portable version.

A 3DS version of WWE All Stars steps into the ring on 25th November, publisher THQ has announced.

Developed by THQ's new San Diego studio, it's a portable take on the arcadey grappler that launched on PlayStation 3, PSP, Wii and Xbox 360 earlier this year.

In addition to a beefy roster of WWE staples such as John Cena, The Rock, Andre The Giant and Stone Cold Steve Austin, the game also includes 13 of the additional DLC characters made available to console users since launch.

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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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Hearts and Minds

Why the games industry could learn something from WWE All Stars.

"I got the opportunity to work with Shawn Michaels, but guys like that are your heroes. I like to keep them at arm's length, because you don't want to find out they're not how you thought."

WWE All Stars

WWE All Stars

Ring o' stars.

It may be a novel thing for the world of sports entertainment, but THQ San Diego's decision to pit the legends of wrestling against the new class in WWE All Stars is nothing innovative when considered in the broader context of sports video games as anyone who has suffered a beating at the hands of my World XI in FIFA will grumpily attest.

WWE All Stars is unique in at least one respect, however. It's as if the team took a look at the rippling, definitely-not-steroid-enhanced muscles and unselfconscious pageantry of WWE (a franchise that invented concepts like a match where 10 participants try to set up ladders and use them to grab a briefcase suspended in the sky), and said, "You know what this needs? Exaggerating."

As it turns out, they were onto something. WWE stars may look more like action figures these days than their actual action figures, but for fans of the organisation's relentless TV and PPV output (such as myself), there's a special thrill to probing the character roster and unfurling the spectacular caricatures of signature moves and finishers like the 6-1-9, the Tomb Stone Piledriver and Attitude Adjustment.

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EU PlayStation Store update 23rd March

EU PlayStation Store update 23rd March

Try not-too-serious wrestler WWE All Stars.

A demo for friendly and caricatured game WWE All Stars elbow-drops onto the European PlayStation Store today and should provide a short, sharp burst of fun.

All Stars sends up the camper, not too serious side of glamour wrestling, flaunting over-the-top and stylised action from legendary wrestlers such as Hulk Hogan, Macho Man Randy Savage, Ultimate Warrior, The Rock and Andre the Giant.

DC Universe arrives as a full download today for 40, and there's the usual crop of extra songs for Def Jam Rapstar and Rock Band 3.

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