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WHAT’S INSIDE VOLUME 1  ISSUE 13 2010

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NEWS Ovi Maps makes summer travel easier Conspiracy for Good launched O2 shows its commitment to end child poverty ASA rules on Orange’s Adversing Campaign Golden Eye in 2010? Eve: Tyrannis expansion released UK games industry denied special tax status Upcoming MMO Guild Wars 2

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PREVIEWS Gears of War 3 Castlevania: Lords of Shadow Halo: Reach

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Dell Streak Samsung Galaxy S Nokia 7230 Red Dead: Redempon Super Street Fighter IV Blur Split/Second: Velocity Sin and Punishment: Successor of the Skies Metro 2033 Lost Planet 2 Resonance of Fate Nier Dead to Rights: Retribuon Prison Break: The Conspiracy

COMPETITION

FEATURES

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GAMING ARCADES: RELICS OF THE PAST? Mecca or a live museum?

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PACMAN AT 30 Has it really been 30 years since the yellow one first started munching?

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FORGOTTEN GEMS: MEANS ARENA Smart and involving puzzler? Naff Amiga tle? Who cares, it was hugely funny!

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THE GUIDE Games: Phonica’s 20 Recommended Coin Pinchers

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Mobile Phones

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EDITOR IN CHIEF Kevin Leonce

GAMING EDITOR Sco Tierney

CONTRIBUTORS Rob Hobson Ian Duncan Paul Park

CREATIVE SERVICES & DESIGN Sco Tierney www.sco-erney.com

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EDITOR’S LETTER WAKA WAKA PHONICA MAGAZINE UK! Thanks for geng another great issue of the mobile phone and gaming magazine. So for many it’s been a scary and different World Cup….No England, no Brazil….who’s next? It did get me thinking about how things are changing. We now have phone/tablet devices like the Dell Streak (with Apple rumoured to be heading in that direcon with upgrades to the iPad) and the near exncon of arcades across the UK. The laer really struck home, as I disnctly remember geng a whopping for skipping aer school lessons for a nice 45 minute session at the nearest arcade. Is change good? Will we miss the things we once revered? Take a break from crying for an early exit by our fooe team and... Enjoy reading Your Editor in Chief

Kevin Leonce

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REVIEWS NOKIA 7230 CUTE AND JOLLY...IS THIS WHAT WE’RE LOOKING FOR? Buying a phone these days is a very expensive business. If you want something that has all the features and gimmicks that you require for your daily life, then it’s likely your bank account is going to have a £400 hole chomped out of it. You’ll get a top-notch phone for your cash, but we can’t all afford to throw around that amount of money every me the latest mobile upstages the rest. So, those cheap phones that merrily glow with their star-shaped bargain sckers are a very tempng and financially lucrave opon, and this new bargain, the Nokia 7230, looks to be a very tempng buy indeed. The Nokia 7230 is a cheap and cheerful slider, which gives you what you need and ignores what you don’t. All the basics are covered, with a dy 3.2MP camera, Bluetooth, 3G, solid music playback, FM radio and a respecul 395 hours or baery life. All this is packaged in a curvy and amusing body, which looks slender in black and silly in pink. As expected, the 7230 is extremely easy to use, thanks to a simple yet effecve interface that has been honed and toned by Nokia through years of pracce. It’s nothing to get overly excited about, and to be fair we’d rather finger the iPhone’s or HTC’s interface than this, but it’s more than useable, especially for a standard mobile. As with any budget phone, there are going to be some rather heavy drawbacks. Firstly, the camera is very poor when used in moderate to low light, and due to a lack of flash, there’s not a lot you can do to combat this shorall. Also, the audio output is of a very low standard. OK, this is a budget phone, but audio quality is a feature that should not be affected by this. Good speaker quality is the bread and buer of the mobile at the end of the day.

Another flaw that crops-up is the lack of HSDPA support, and also the exclusion of Wi-Fi.Although Wi-Fi is a general inclusion for the vast majority of phones, it’s sll an expensive luxury. That said, with the price for the 7230 being set at around the £100 mark, Wi-Fi should be included. Sending emails is also an excruciang task.

“WHEN YOU COME TO BUY YOUR NEXT PHONE, YOU MAY CONSIDER THE NOKIA 7230 AS AN OPTION, BUT YOU’LL PROBABLY FIND THAT THE 7230 JUST DOESN’T OFFER EITHER TOP QUALITY OR A BARGAIN PRICE TAG.” Overall the Nokia 7230 is a bit of a let down, and not up to the standard that we’ve come to expect from any trusty budget phone. It’s got some great features, it’s sturdy and we love the design, but we’ve come to a point in me when the exclusions and standard that the Nokia 7230 has to offer is no longer acceptable for a budget handset. £100 is sll a lot of money for a mobile phone, and if you just want a phone that makes calls and does the most basic of basic dues, why not get a £9.99 handset from ASDA? The Nokia 7230 just doesn’t quite seem to fit, as it’s a bit too pricy for a cheap buy, but not good enough to match-up to the pricier mobiles. When you come to buy your next phone, you may consider the Nokia 7230 as an opon, and to be honest you could do a lot worse, but you’ll probably find that the 7230 just doesn’t offer either top quality or a bargain price tag, and for that reason we can’t overly recommend it. Sco Tierney

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BLUR PUBLISHER: ACTIVISION DEVELOPER: BIZARRE CREATIONS PLATFORM: XBOX 360, PS3, PC AVAILABLE: NOW

MARIO KART FOR THE GROWN-UPS? Take Mario Kart 64. Modernise. Add hot graphics. A touch of class. Result? A fantascally excing, edgeof-the-seat racing acon with weapons and abilies thrown in for good measure – Mario Kart v2.0. Very few games have encompassed mulplayer acon from across the board in terms of acon, progressive gameplay and the raw thrill of blowing your friends away, and in Blur we may see one of these rare beasts. Blur, to put it in a very simple manner, brings together the best of the prim and proper racing games - such as the Project Gotham series and the Need for Speed series - included some of the awesome graphics on show, and tossed it to Crazy Ivan from Red Alert to mess about with.

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As expected, the graphics, the handling of the cars, the racing itself is prey much spot on; you get what you expected, nothing le out, and it’s a good ride by itself. Driing, blasng down straights, hing curves like a baseball pitcher – it’d be a passable imitaon of any of the aforemenoned games by itself. Given that there is a very similar rewards system like the Kudos feature in Project Gotham Racing, with also a similar singleplayer campaign involving various differing types of races, boss races, et cetera, you’ll somemes find yourself wondering why you bought this game when you already have PGR... Unl you get to the racing itself.

“BLUR HAS MADE A SLOW START IN THE MARKET AT THE MOMENT BUT I EXPECT TO HEAR GREAT THINGS IN THE FUTURE.”


Here you find the essence of the racing combat so widely loved in the Mario Kart games coming to the fore in Blur. Power-ups such as Shunt (Red shell to you MK gamers) and Bolt allow players to literally blow the crap out of each other mid-race, with these power-ups available, again like in Mario Kart, hovering over the racetrack. However, the abilies don’t stop there. The ability to infuse abilies with perks allows incredible combinaons, inslling a depth of strategy and taccal mastery that rivals some of the leading tles in other markets. Players fast to idenfy these will be able to switch from defence to offence with the pickup of one ability and the use of their perk loadout (similar to Modern Warfare perk loadouts in the case that you choose them before combat) and combinaons such as using a shield power-up then augmenng it to form a baering ram just goes to show how deep the game can be at top level racing.

It was only a maer of me before someone stepped up to the plate where Mario Kart was pitching with it’s already infecous gameplay, but Bizarre Creaons really has given an almighty swing of things and by the looks of it, connected where it maered. Having taken what Mario Kart was so good on and expanded on it in all direcons, Blur has made a slow start in the market at the moment but I expect to hear great things in the future with regards to this tle. Paul Park

PRESENTATION: 18/20 STORY: 14/20 CONTROLS: 16/20 GAMEPLAY: 19/20 DURABILITY: 18/20

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