Dec 14, 2007
The latest game to make the increasingly common jump from the PlayStation Portable to Microsofts Xbox Live Arcade service is none other than GripShift, the cult-classic kart racer that made a few ripples when it first hit Sonys portable what seems like an age ago. And the transition has been pretty kind. GripShift looks good on the 360 considering it started life on a much less powerful console. This kart racer with a twist is sharp and colorful, all backed up by super smooth
Remember this cheeky chappy? It was an 800-point WiiWare download, but now we get a beefed-up retail version with extra songs and graphical effects. Don’t get too excited, though, because while Groovin’ Blocks is far from the worst game on the service, the concept isn’t strong enough to justify the extra cost.
Lumines has ruled the music-infused block-puzzler roost for too long. Groovin’ Blocks may not have the slick ‘rightness’ of that rhythmical tyrant, but its ideas are at least fresh. Just like Columns, the aim is to link three blocks of similar color. Drop the blocks in time with the music’s beat and you’ll build a score multiplier.
Oct 8, 2007
From Odin Sphere to Persona 3, Atlus has sure had a successful bunch of games this year. The recently released Growlanser: Heritage of War seems to have gotten the best localization treatment: an 80-page artbook, three pins, a keychain, a media disc, and more - all for the typical retail price. The package itself is neat, but just like any Christmas package full of underwear and deoderant, Growlanser: Heritage of War turns out to be disappointing and thoughtful at the same
One of the first racers on the Wii sets a particularly low standard that every future Wii-racer has to beat.
The poorly cel-shaded graphics engine may have been passable on current-gen machines, but this is next-gen – as powerful as the Wii's competitors are, but still. The soundtrack is a shocking state of affairs, the cars sounding how you think mud would sound if it could talk and in the background is a Europop house soundtrack. On top of this the handling is awful, with cars
Heavy on nostalgia, light on content is probably the quickest way to sum up GTi Club+ but you’ll doubtless want a few more facts than that. You should, seeing as the PS3 download game has been created by Sumo Digital, the British company behind the excellent home console versions of OutRun 2. Sumo stick to what we know they can do here and bring us a faster, smoother, hi-def remake of another arcade racer.
The original GTR stood out as an incredibly faithful simulation, entrancing despite a totally unforgiving approach to grip. This sequel softens the challenge with a far more accepting - yet, make no mistake, far more realistic - attitude to excessive behavior. Yet it's still more intense.
Drivers of GTR 2 's Lamborghinis, Maseratis and Porsches (to name a few) can breathe a sigh of relief that some grip now lingers once the rear tires start spinning, whereas before all hope would be lost. This
Ignore the name. GTR Evolution is a standalone expansion pack for Race 07, with new cars, new tracks and SimBin’s first arcade mode. Arcade mode means you no longer have to fart about qualifying, nor waste time buried in a tire wall trying to work out which button reactivates the driver aid you unwittingly deactivated moments before the last bend.
A lovely mash-up of action platformers old and new, Guacamelee! scratches an itch you probably didn’t know you had...
Guardians of Graxia will kick your ass. The question is, are you clever enough and patient enough to fight back? If you're a smart cookie, and you've got the time and persistence to learn (or already know the board game), Petroglyph’s latest release can be a smooth, deep, and rewarding challenge...