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LEGO MARVEL SUPER HEROES (PS4) IF YOU have never played one of the LEGO games then you have truly missed out.

They have a unique fusion of fantastic gameplay, quirky graphics, knowing nods and exemplary visuals.

So far the franchise has tackled DC Comics, Star Wars, Harry Potter, Indiana Jones to name a few and they have proved to be the most impressive family games of the last decade.

The latest offering is LEGO Marvel Super Heroes and this was my seven-year-old daughter's top pick from the Playstation 4 launch titles.

She has played it so much her poor old dad hasn't had much of a look in with his new toy yet.

This is another masterclass of gaming and ingenuity and exactly what you expect from this tried and trusted series.

Here it takes the Marvel universe and gives it the plastic brick treatment with the usual humour and action aplenty, but with fantasy characters galore.

I am so impressed when developers create an experience like this that everyone can enjoy together, that is a hard thing to achieve. It spans generations and will charm old and young alike.

The game looks fantastic and the choice of characters and their various storylines will be a real treat for Marvel geeks and superhero fans.

RATING: 4/5 KNACK ((PS4)) KNACK is a completely fresh title designed from scratch by Sony as part of the launch of the Playstation 4. It is designed by the team that brought us Crash Bandicoot and Jak & Daxter and with a rich platform gaming pedigree like that to follow, the pressure is on.

Knack is aimed squarely at younger gamers, placing you in control of a shape-shifting robot, created to help neutralise a goblin threat that''s taken over the previously peaceful land.

With slick cartoon-style visuals and flickers of the fun that Sony developers will have with the new console''s additional powers, it''s a solid early release for those too young to pick up a sniper rifle or head into a post-apocalyptic future.

Despite a unique lead character and some good platform mechanics the game is quite pedestrian and not at all as bold and adventurous as you would like.

Superb graphics, fun gameplay but perhaps slightly too linear.

RATING: 3/5 DEAD RISING 3 (Xbox One) I HAVEN'T got my hands on an Xbox One yet but luckily a relative has so I turned up on their doorstep demanding a comfy seat. I didn't get much further than playing exclusive launch title Dead Rising 3.

Zombies are big business at the moment thanks to The Walking Dead and those clever folk at Microsoft have capitalised on that perfectly by bringing us a new instalment of their popular Dead Rising franchise.

And what an instalment it is, as intense gaming and frenetic zombie massacre ensues. Of course this isn't one to play in front of the kids, in fact I insist you don't, but there is plenty of fun to be had for the grown ups.

As ever the list of weapons on offer in the game is impressive and at times hilarious. You can customise weapons as you go along to great effect.

Or you can just grab the nearest thing and swing it.

It is a ridiculously gory game, it is non-apologetic and in true B-Movie tradition it embraces being so over-the-top. Not a bad game at all.

RATING: 4/5

CAPTION(S):

Weapons at the ready... Take on the zombie hoards in Dead Rising 3

Top graphics... Knack's lead robot

Simply Marvel-ous... The heroes of the latest Lego title assemble
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Publication:Sunday Mercury (Birmingham, England)
Date:Dec 8, 2013
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