The Nazi/occult setting has been a mainstay of computer gaming since Blake Stone ate his first bowl of dog food, but UberSoldier II actually manages to remove the joy from foiling Hitler’s mystical shenanigans. FPS cliches abound: battle environments include a moving train, a war-torn city, and a Goldeneye-style communications platform.
Ooh, we like that. Having just loaded up UEFA for the first time, were greeted by the stirring operatic Champions League theme so familiar for people who actually watch UK soccer, at least. God bless the FIFA series and its license-happy handlers - this is powerful stuff. Electric memories of pre-match excitement are stirred, atmosphere heavy and anticipation high. We suddenly need a bottle of
First off, don’t worry - England’s absence from this year’s European Championships is rectifiable. UEFA Euro 2008 allows you to play through qualification, or just jump straight into the finals - with the correct team line-up or your own selection. So you can take JT, Lumpard and the rest to glory after all, until their egos are so gigantic they can’t stand up under the weight.
During the demo appointments leading up to Undisputed’s release, we knew we were seeing something good. The tactical, yet undeniably brutal sport (if it’s recognized by many state athletic commissions then yes, it is a sport) is rendered the best it’s ever been in digital form.
Here’s the good news: Yukes have answered our prayers and delivered a more compelling story to accompany the career mode in UFC Undisputed 2010. Now you get to fight through amateur bouts, up through the World Fighting Association and into the big leagues of the Ultimate Fighting Championship. You’ll also find a more user-friendly feel to the grappling as opposed to the mash-the-pad-until-something-happens system from the original...
THQ's attempts to take the UFC Undisputed franchises yearly went poorly. It wasn't a full-fledged knock out by any means, but the series was left winded, stumbling around and searching for purpose. This year, Undisputed leaps back to its feet, and goes into the fight with the will to win...
Humans vs aliens. If anything from videogames is to be believed, its the inevitable struggle of the future. In this third installment of the UFO series, mankinds already lost the battle for planet Earth, and we've been shipped off by conquering aliens to a lonely crater on Mars instead.
Newcomers will be totally bewildered by Afterlights mix of turn-based strategy and micro-management. If youve never tested the waters of the series before, it can be a bit like trying to gouge your eye out with
We feel dirty. Dirty because what enjoyment we've taken from UFO: Extraterrestrials isn't of its own making. It's all very well treating it as its own entity, but when something is so knowingly a carbon copy of X-COM, the past can't be ignored. This is a straight copy, not the experimentation of the rival UFO: After series, though equally unpolished. Only the move to a butt-ugly 3D engine, a wonky interface and the same plot but in a different light mark significant change.
That it sucked us
Music games such as Rock Band 2, Guitar Hero: World Tour, and [shudder] Rock Revolution typically rely upon controllers in the shape of the instruments they’re imitating to help sell the experience. But not rhythm-action music sim Ultimate Band - it sticks with the basic Wii remote and Nunchuk.
At first glance, baseball games and MMOs dont seem like a natural marriage. Sure, there are a few similarities: For every giant, ogre-like beast in World of Warcraft, baseball has a Roger Clemens. And for every diabolical genius bent on world-domination in City of Villains, baseball has, well, a Roger Clemens. But the common features really end there, which is why its surprising to see that Ultimate Baseball Online 2007 actually works pretty well.
After all, this free game is treading into