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POSTED 24/1/11


SPARE PARTS

EA
PS3/PSN (also on Xbox 360/XBLA)

Take ToeJam & Earl, defunkify them, clone another Clank, bung em in a 3D platformer and BAM! We call it Clank & Clank; EA call it Spare Parts.

Hey, thats probably our most succinct game summation ever! This download title does have something that helps it avoid a crust of averageness forming on the hard drive space its 1GB+ wallows upon though, Simon Pegg. Yes, he who had red on him voices a spaceship computer named Conrad, which sounds like pretty much any other spaceship computer (save for Red Dwarfs Holly). He has some fun with it, providing guidance and shitloads of excuses for inability - to your character, a generic, Number Five-like bucket o bolts called Mar-T.

You can trudge through the games five main zones solo, or call upon a local or online partner wholl grease up Chip and go co-op with you. In fact, if you want to complete things properly youll need to buddy-up, something that always makes us emit a grunt like Clint Eastwood in Gran Torino.

Story? The premise really is reminiscent of the first outing of SEGAs seemingly forgotten megastars, the aforementioned ToeJam & Earl crashed spaceship, search for parts. Thats it.

We have to balance that, in Australia, Spare Parts is a reasonably affordable $15.95 downloadable title (although its only $9.99 in the USA hello McFly, parity?!) with our opinion that, ultimately, its also just average. Its pretty in a PS2 kinda way, but suffers from the worst malaise that can infect a 3D universe zilcho control over the camera, which leads to more cheap deaths than a Steven Seagal marathon (and the right stick equipment menu making innumerable unwelcome appearances).

Spare Parts isnt shocking, it just needed more screwdriver.

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