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September 23 2009
Fairytale Fights - PS3 Preview
Release Date Distributer Publisher Developer
29/10/2009AFA InteractivePlaylogicPlaylogic
Offline Players Online players Price Anticipation
1-42-4$79.95

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Fairytale Fights looks quite superb...
Cartoon violence isn't anything new. Happy Tree Friends and Itchy and Scratchy have been around for years and even The Family Guy had a rather violent showing at the 2009 Emmy Awards this week. So here we have a game that sounds like it's perfectly suited for youngsters, but it most certainly is not. In fact, it's one of the bloodiest games we've ever seen!

Fairytale Fights is the first game from Playlogic Game Factory to be released on the PS3 but the company has a long history of game development on various platforms including Xyanide, Obscure II and Age of Pirates: Caribbean Tales. Now, admittedly none of these titles set the world on fire, but they did get some pretty loyal followings after hitting shelves around the globe. Fairytale Fights looks set to be another hit, but it's not exactly a child-friendly game as the title suggests.

Fairytale Fights is a truly twisted hack n slash platform adventure where players assume the role of a much-loved fairytale character whose glory days have long since passed. Fairytale Fights takes popular characters and tales from the pantheon of well known fairytales and turns them on their heads as players must fight their way through hordes of bloodthirsty enemies on a quest to restore their own personal honor and re-establish peace in the land of fairytales.

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... but it is very blood!
Fairytale Fights takes place across more then 20 locations each filled with inspiration from books and memorabilia with three difficulty levels to cater for gamers of all ages (although, the game has been rated MA15+ in Australia!). The game contains over 140 weapons in total each of which has several different uses. For example, players can choose from a range of weapons including Hand to Hand Combat, Blunt Weapons, Slice Weapons, Ranged Weapons, Potions, Magic Wands and more! Slicing weapons range from axes, swords and daggers, to fish hooks, pins and musical swords, Blunt weapons range from rolled up newspapers, to mallets for example. There are multiple potions and wands throughout the game, for example, acid potions to melt your enemies skin, or transformation potions designed to turn your enemies into inanimate objects.

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There are over 140 weapons in Fairytale Fights.
Besides the single player quests players can work co-operatively to complete quests, with the developers including drop-in, drop-out gameplay so you can join or leave a game at any time. Naturally the game will also support up to 4-players belting the living daylights out of each other in a variety of competitive, brutal, multi-player matches. Multi-player modes will work both offline or online. We also expect, but haven't had confirmation as yet, or worldwide leader boards of some kind, and we guess any game these days is open to downloadable content somewhere down the track.

One of the biggest selling points to this release is the 'Volumetric Liquid System' which according to Playlogic's press materials allows multiple liquids to seamlessly blend together. For example; Blood from characters and NPCs / Enemies will spray across the environment and scenery and increase in size as attacks grow more frenzied. As our liquid and blood system was built upon the principles of atoms that attract each other, creating organic shapes that interact with objects and characters in the surrounding environments is easy. Players can also slide through the pools of blood, creating a blood stained platform in seconds! Other liquids such as water will behave like water and acid like acid, causing characters to melt. When players have a bottle of acid for example they can use these to help melt enemies and opponents (or drink it and throw up). Actually it sounds pretty cool, so we'll see how it runs in real life upon release.

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Fairytale Fights uses Unreal Engine 3.
Another of the technologies for this game is the 'Real-time Dynamic Slicing Technology'. Players will have full control over how and when to slice and dice their enemies or opponents as fully textured, 3D animated objects lay strewn across the ground in pieces. When using a special mode in the game called Glory Attack (and if using a slicing weapon), players will be given a window of opportunity to slice up their enemies multiple times. All this can be seen in a close-up PnP window.

Fairytale Fights is powered with the Unreal Engine 3 meaning it should look pretty sharp, although as we've learnt from the past if you're not careful with this engine the PS3 can burn you pretty hard. Still everything looks bright and colourful, and pretty damn bloody too.

Admittedly our enthusiasm for this game isn't up there with some of the other big Christmas releases, but this could be a sleeper title. With a very whacky, over-the-top, crazy sense of humour (Playlogic's parent company is based in Holland after all!) Fairytale Fights could be a game to check out late this year. Just remember that despite that name, this is a very adult game!