WAYNE, N.J., Sept. 25 /PRNewswire/ — With the official start of the
holiday shopping season only weeks away, today Toys”R”Us announced its 2008
Hot Toy list, representing the definitive selection of toys that will top
kids’ wish lists this holiday season. The company’s predicted list of the
biggest holiday “must-haves” features 36 new toys that are sure to delight
and excite kids across the country when they open their Christmas presents.
Carefully selected after a comprehensive review process, items on the list
are organized by age from “Baby’s First Christmas” to “Big Kids” and serve
as a starting point to help parents, friends and family find the perfect
gift for any child. From the overall list, the “Fabulous 15″ were selected
to represent the very best toys of the season. All items featured on the
list are available at Toys”R”Us stores nationwide and at
“After a thorough evaluation of all new toy introductions throughout
the year, and consultations with our global merchandising team in 34
countries, Toys”R”Us has the unique ability to provide our guests with THE
ultimate list of items certain to bring big smiles to kids’ faces – the
Toys”R”Us Hot Toy list,” said Karen Dodge, Senior Vice President, Chief
Merchandising Officer, Toys”R”Us, U.S. “With new toy shipments arriving in
our stores daily, customers will have a better chance of finding the
hottest toys, in stock, at Toys”R”Us than anywhere else.”
Last Tuesday morning, I picked up my copy of Star Wars: The Force Unleashed, even after seeing many mediocre reviews for the game. I’m not usually deterred by what game critics say about a game and I couldn’t help my urge to swing the Wiimote around in crazy patterns to ‘unleash’ the force.
One of the first things Wii owners will notice about the game, is it’s lack of visual polish. The game runs in 16:9 widescreen with decent visuals, but the Wii can definitely do better. It looks like they used PS2 graphics with barely any added particle effects except for maybe some of the cutscenes and the lightning. Despite the lack of visual flare, I couldn’t stop playing through the many areas in the Star Wars universe we’ve come to know and love.
Join Nathalie Cox, star of the cutting edge new Star Wars chapter, in our live webchat
Chat date: Friday 19th September
Chat time: 14.00
Star Wars fans and gamers: rejoice. Star Wars: The Force Unleashed is a new video game that not only features cutting edge technology for the new generation of consoles, but promises to reveal the full story of the events that took place between Episode III: Revenge of the Sith and Episode IV: A New Hope.
The next chapter in the Star Wars saga, tells the story of Darth Vader’s Secret Apprentice, a mysterious figure trained by the menacing Sith Lord, to hunt down the last of the Jedi. Set in the dark times between the prequel trilogy – exploring the aftermath of Order 66 which called for the immediate execution of all Jedi – and forming a direct bridge to the Original Trilogy, The Force Unleashed will forever change the fate of the Galaxy and explain key plot points that directly lead into events in Star Wars: A New Hope.
PLATFORMS: Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft, the Wii™ and Nintendo DS™, PlayStation®2 and PLAYSTATION®3 computer entertainment systems, PSP® (PlayStation®Portable) system and Windows PC.
RELEASE DATE: Fall 2008
PUBLISHER: Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment
DEVELOPER: Traveller’s Tales
LEGO Batman: The Videogame is the latest game from the award-winning team behind the LEGO Star Wars series of games. With trademark LEGO fun and charm, the game takes you into the world of the ultimate crime-fighting hero.
LEGO Batman: The Videogame brings the one-and-only Caped Crusader to life in a completely original storyline. Players will take control of the Dynamic Duo, Batman (Bruce Wayne) and Robin, as well as bonus hero Nightwing to fight Gotham City’s most notorious criminals including The Joker, The Penguin, Catwoman, Scarecrow, Killer Croc, The Riddler, Mr. Freeze, Harley Quinn, Two Face, Bane, Clayface, Poison Ivy and many more. The criminals have broken out of Arkham Asylum and are set to wreak havoc on the city.