PSA: SSX demo today, Starhawk Beta tomorrow, Syndicate, Asura’s Wrath and Rhythm Heaven Fever buy-able

If I didn’t know any better, I’d say that our real lives are being attacked by video games. There are new releases, demos, more demos and announcements coming from all sides, and it hurts so good. Today, everyone gets a chance to try out the new SSX demo on Xbox 360 and PS3. Can the shred king make a comeback and be as popular as it was last gen? I guess we’ll find out soon enough.

The Starhawk multi-player beta will be blasting its way onto the PSN tomorrow, February 22nd, and the Playstation.Blog wanted to remind everyone that it’s a beta, not a demo, so they are testing things out, laser-blasting bugs, and doing everything in their power to make an enjoyable game that any space outlaw can enjoy. Starhawk can mostly be compared to Halo because of its futuristic setting and focus on vehicle combat, though it does allow players to summon buildings and vehicles from the sky that may happen to squash other players. Check out the official site for now, download the demo beta tomorrow, and watch the trailer now, if it pleases you.

New releases

Now we get serious. We’re talking cash–cold, hard cash. The Wii is currently in mid-bow, but the show isn’t over just yet. Nintendo has pulled a surprise rabbit out of its hat with the new Rhythm Heaven Fever, a game that boasts a respectable 82 on Metacritic. What I love about it is that it’s a Rhythm game that ties animations to your actions. For example, one level has you screwing robot heads onto their respective bodies. Too much, though, and you’ll have created a robot with a sideways head and a bit of a disturbing twitch. The variety in the animations, that are based on how well you do, are a blast. It’ll cost you 30 presidents and it’s worth every one of them.

Asura’s Wrath is an odd amalgamation of God of War-like quick time events, Sin and Punishment-like shoot-em-up sections, and some old-school beat-em-up gameplay ala Bayonetta and Devil May Cry. It mashes up all kinds of crazy and asks you to play it. I think I did forget to mention that it takes all of the intensity of five major Dragon Ball fights and condenses them into one major planet-splitting action fest. Asura’s Wrath is available in the US on Xbox 360 and PS3 and will be available in Europe on March 9th. It currently has a Metacritic score of 77.

Lastly, we have Syndicate, another multi-platform release (Xbox 360, PS3). It takes the old strategic gameplay and throws it out the window for some futuristic FPS face-blasting infiltration. The multi-player demo is available, and the Metacritic score is currently at a 76.

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