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DS Fanboy Review: The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian

If you happen to know what (or who) a Pevensie is, you've probably either dabbled in the readings of C.S. Lewis or watched the blockbuster Narnia fims. You should be familiar with the formula by now, though: with a big movie comes a video game. The existence of The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian for the DS and other platforms is to be expected.

Those of you who fell in love with C.S. Lewis's magical world probably want to experience it in any way possible. Of course, you also want to have fun while doing so. With games like these, fun is never guaranteed, and as I made my way through Prince Caspian, I clung onto that careful caveat.

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Ultimate Band shreds out first screenshots

With Guitar Hero DS apparently chasing the "Assassin's Creed Award for Puzzling Lack of Pre-Release Media or Any Information Whatsoever Really," it's been left to the DS's other upcoming music game to clamber up on stage and show us what it's got.

Disney's Ultimate Band, then. Developed by Fall Line Studios, it promises to let DS owners sing, and/or play the guitar, bass, and the drums to a selection of tunes that spans rock, alternative, popular, emo and indie rock music. According to the press release we received today, this will allow us to "realize [our] dream of becoming a rock legend," presumably without the suicidal tendencies, overdosing on recreational drugs, trashing of hotel rooms, and other bad stuff.

The two screenshots in the gallery below are the first for the title, and came to us in a quite ludicrous 512 x 768 resolution. One of them features what looks like a guitar selection screen, but the other is far more interesting, in that it seems to show gameplay, with little d-pad icons scrolling across the strings of a guitar. According to Hannah Montana aficianado JC Fletcher, this is the exact same gameplay that appeared in Hannah Montana: Music Jam. Fortunately, those sections were "pretty good," so there's still hope.

Gallery: Ultimate Band

[Via press release]

Disney promises the Ultimate Band experience on the DS

Disney has announced a new Wii/DS music game called Ultimate Band, developed by Fall Line Studios. The game is a Rock Band-style multi-instrument simulator that doesn't use any wacky peripherals (except, of course, for the supremely wacky peripherals both systems use by default). Both versions will allow players to play guitar, bass, drum, and vocals, and will feature "a broad selection of current hits and all-time rock favorites." Yes, many of those "current hits" will no doubt be the latest from Disney Channel stars.

Of the two, the DS version definitely sounds the most interesting: it is advertised as a "rhythm-based music game with a built-in recording studio" that allows players to record guitar, bass, drum, and vocal tracks for original songs and mix them in-game. We're slightly wary, having been fooled by promising-looking Disney music games before. Both versions will use Disney's Dgamer social network ... thing.

We foresee problems when Disney decides to start making sequels to a game they've already labeled "Ultimate." Although Square doesn't seem to have had any problems in that area.

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