PS3 Review: Lumines Supernova

For fans who have every version of the series to date, it’s going to be tough to swallow Lumines Supernova. Why it took so long for a PS3 version is rather odd given its beginnings on the PSP, but now that it’s here, it still delivers as expected. That’s also sort of the problem. There’s nothing truly revolutionary here, and the lack of online play is a downer.

On the bright side, compared to the Xbox 360, the entire game is available from the start. There’s no need to keep dishing out money to have the full game once this overly large 650+ MB title is done downloading. New modes include the fun Dig Down, where you need to clear a screen of pre-set blocks. Sequencer lets you create your own beats for use in the game, although this was on the PSP release Lumines II.

Gameplay remains the same, and it should or else it couldn’t be called Lumines anymore. Players flip 4×4 blocks to match up colors into squares. There are only two colors, certainly separating it from other match puzzlers. The backgrounds offer trippy visuals while thumping dance music provides the aural sensation, somewhat controlled by the player’s action.

While Supernova does contain multi-player modes, they’re sadly not online. Only leaderboards are available. Trophy support is also included, though hardly a replacement for gaming with friends who are not sitting in your gaming area.

The real disappointment is that Supernova doesn’t even try to separate itself from its 360 counterpart. Some may find themselves drawn to the new gameplay modes, but that’s not worth the price ($15), especially after delays. Q Entertainment still has an addictive puzzle game on their hands, and if you’re not one of the many who have picked up a previous Lumines, this is a full featured entry that’s well worth the price. Otherwise, stick with whatever version of the game you have.

Holiday: Under magic spell of exotic southern mix.

Sunday Mercury (Birmingham, England) February 6, 2000 | Hollyoak, Gerry IT’S easy to see why the the USA’s Deep South – centred on New Orleans and Florida – has become a booming holiday destination.

It is the place where the country’s most turbulent period of history covering civil war and the abolition of slavery mingles with previous years of occupation by seven different nationalities.

Some 30 million holidaymakers -+are expected to be tempted this year to visit the Deep South’s exotic and unusual attractions, taste its wonderful mixtures of cuisine, enjoy its wide variety of music – jazz, rhythm and blues, country and rock and roll – and admire its architecture.

The territory was originally the home of the Creole Indians and, in the following centuries, occupied by the Cajun settlers from Nova Scotia, fought over by the Spanish, French, British and Americans and populated by Africans brought over as slaves to work on the fertile cotton plantations. go to website disney animal kingdom

“This part of the country has such a colourful, exciting past and so much to offer in the different national influences on its cooking and dishes, its architecture, its entertainment and music and its variety of scenery,” said Jeff Haller, tour director for the British company, Archers, in the USA.

Luxury, air-conditioned coach tours with overnight stops at good-class hotels have become one of the most popular ways of seeing the many highlights of the Deep South.

Archer’s 14-day tour through the five states of Louisiana, Mississippi, Tennessee, Georgia and Florida starts at New Orleans, with three nights in the birthplace of jazz and home of the Mardi Gras. go to site disney animal kingdom

There are optional organised walks through the city’s famous French Quarter. You can also sample southern cuisine and hospitality, try its dishes of okra and seafood gumbo, oyster or crab stew or spend the night in one of Bourbon Street’s jazz clubs.

Dinner can be taken aboard one of the paddle steamers on the mighty Mississippi River which winds for more than 1,000 miles through the United States to make it the world’s third largest river and still serves as a waterway for massive cargo ships to the city’s docks.

Boat rides can be taken on the South’s other extensive waterways, the wild wetlands and swamps, home to an estimated two million alligators and thousands of graceful egrets.

Head across the fertile countryside to the Vicksburg National Military Park where every state has a memorial to its regiments that fought in the civil war.

A night in Memphis offers the chance to visit Beale Street, known for the birth of the blues.

Two other famous musical locations are included – a tour of Gracelands, the home and burial site of Elvis Presley, and an optional visit to the studios where he first recorded. A stay in Nashville includes reserved seats for the world’s longest running radio show, the Grand Ole Opry, started in 1926 and described as the heartbeat of America’s country music.

Another visit takes in a town made famous in a song – Chattanooga, where the railway station has been turned into a hotel and the Chattanooga Choo Choo Express has been mothballed alongside, its carriages turned into sleeping apartments.

Overnight in Atlanta, the USA’s fastest growing city and the stage for the 1996 Summer Olympics, provides an opportunity to see the memorial to Martin Luther King.

Then it is on to the beautiful city of Savannah with its 22 oak-lined squares and many homes and buildings used by the generals fighting in the civil war, preserved and restored to win the city a National Historic Award.

Finally there are two days in Orlando with a wide choice of vast shopping malls and theme parks including the new Disney Animal Kingdom and Universal Studios Escape Park.

Fact file: New Orleans, The Deep South and Florida, USA, 14-day coach tour covering some 2,600 miles with hotel accommodation, costs from pounds 795 direct from Archers Direct Tours on 0870 751 2000.

Hollyoak, Gerry