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Byline: Ross Wilkinson

THIS week you can take your musical talent from the garage to the front room.

Rock Band lets you live out your alternative life on Xbox 360, but Battle Of The Bands doesn't do such a good job on Wii. Elsewhere, Haze is a great-looking futuristic first-person shooter on PS3, and Fizz will get your brain bubbling on Nintendo DS.

GAME OF THE WEEK: I'M WITH THE BAND

Title: Rock Band Platform: Xbox 360 Genre: Music Price: pounds 49.99 ASIN: B000TT7RHG Guitar Hero gave you the chance to live out your plectrum-strumming fantasies, but Rock Band goes one step further, adding the drums, bass guitar and lead singing skills into the bundle. It's the perfect party game - get two or more pals together and you'll absolutely love the career mode where you try to emulate the dozens of superstars whose tracks feature on the game. The drums have to be the pick of the parts to play, while the singing follows a familiar pitch-recognition karaoke theme. It's a brilliant way to rock out at home.

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BAND BATTLE IS MISSING A BEAT

Title: Battle of the Bands Platform: Wii Genre: Music Price: pounds 29.99 More musical mayhem to contend with on Wii - surely a coincidence that this comes out at the same time as Rock Band? The premise is pretty much the same: wave your Wii controller in different directions to match the note laid out before you on the beat bar, defeating duelling bands as you advance the story mode. It would all be good fun if the Wii-mote wasn't so sketchy in recognising your moves.

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CLOUDS CLEAR TO REVEAL A CRACKING SHOOTER

Title: Haze Platform: PS3 Genre: First-person shooter Price: pounds 49.99 With a CV that includes the TimeSplitters series, Ghost Recon Advanced Warfighter and Far Cry, Haze should draw gamers' attention. It is a futuristic first-person shooter from Free Radical and Ubisoft. Set in 2048, this classy encounter grants you access to the most advanced gear and deadliest weapons.

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A BUBBLING PUZZLER ON DS

Title: Fizz Platform: Nintendo DS Genre: Puzzle Price: pounds 19.99 The most interesting puzzle games are often those that are simple to understand and nigh impossible to master. Fizz falls squarely into this category, as an inventive puzzle challenge based around a game board composed of 25 points, each with four antennae. Each antenna can contain four colours and the goal is to create energy flow by aligning colours. Give it an hour and you won't be able to put it down.

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WHAT'S HOT AND WHAT'S NOT

It's difficult to know which console is winning the next-generation race, but the findings from the second Global Youth Survey by Habbo reveal PlayStation 3 is the teen choice. Nearly 60,000 aged of 11 to 18 took part in the global survey.

Sixty-nine per cent rated PS3 "great" or "good", followed closely by the Nintendo Wii at 64% and Xbox 360 with 58%. But Wii was top among girls.

GAMES CHART

1 Grand Theft Auto IV

2 Wii Fit

3 Mario & Sonic At The Olympic Games

4 Iron Man: The Official Videogame

5 Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare

6 Pro Evolution Soccer 2008

7 Mario Kart Wii

8 Guitar Hero III: Legends Of Rock

9 Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six: Vegas 2

10 Cooking Mama 2

Leisure software charts compiled by Chart Track, (c) ELSPA (UK) Ltd
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Date:May 29, 2008
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