When you say a videogame has a “good story”, it’s always within the confines of a very slim context - sure, Halo has a good story for a videogame, but it’s no 2001: A Space Odyssey, and Condemned may tell a fine tale, but it’s hardly a Poe-esque piece of horror fiction. Frontlines is on the very highest end of the ‘good for a videogame’ scale. It spins an intriguing fictional history, drawing on real
Above: You'll need to be acutely aware of your body's position at times
Fruit Ninja Kinect doesn't have any structure. You just sort of load it up, play, and move on. The Xbox 360 port of one of the iPhone's greatest games is rigidly stuck in its original mobile mentality, now with the addition of, uh, mobility. It's a combination that should scream "shallow garbage," especially at ten times the original price. Instead, it winds up as a surprise hit in the Summer of Arcade lineup...
FUEL is a big game. Like huge. The overall racing area covers roughly 5,000 square miles of terrain, from icy mountain tops, to arid desert lowlands. It’s ten (maybe twenty) times the size of GTA IV. The epic scope of what developers Asobo have created is incredible, but at the same time there’s a whiff of quantity over quality.
Bombing down the streets of a heavily populated urban city by the bay, unleashing a concussive hail of rockets on everything you see sure sounds like a staggeringly good time. Sadly, while the execution of this exact scenario in Full Auto seems masterful during your first few races, it quickly degenerates into boringly repetitive, mindless destruction.
We had such high hopes for Full Auto when it was announced, and the preview versions only got us more excited for the maximum quantities of
The old axiom "if you don't succeed, try again" must have been the mantra at developer Pseudo Interactive this past year. Heeding the feedback from their first Full Auto on the Xbox 360, the PS3-exclusive follow-up has improved on its predecessor in every single ridiculously destructive way. An eviscerating visual cacophony, it sports a much wider array of weapons, vehicles, and - most importantly - mission variety. Played at a pace that just about borders on Ludicrous Speed, it's a feast for
Oh yes: it's a sordid business. In my experience, those with first-hand experience of what supersonic-speed chunks of metal do to people don't speak of honour, or duty, or the privilege of fighting for freedom. Most don't want to talk about it at all. Full Spectrum Warrior doesn't shy away from the unpleasant parts of war, featuring a mass grave in an early level, but this is very much gaming from a Hollywood angle. The heroes are ordinary men, doing extraordinary things, and saving the day. Or
Full Spectrum Warrior: Ten Hammers, the new iteration of the thinking man's shooter (read: the one where you don't really do any of the shooting yourself), outranks its predecessor in every way: better variety, better interface, better story, and better multiplayer. But it's all for naught because someone got the bright idea that Ten Hammers shouldn't be fun but instead be as hard as boot camp in Full Metal
Puberty has blessed you with a metal arm and leg. You tell people you're "the closest thing to God there is." Your man-child adventures have been painstakingly hand-drawn by subservient throngs of Japanese artists. Now, your devotees can press buttons to electronically relive your harrowing exploits in Fullmetal Alchemist: Dual
Don’t let those rampant exclamation marks fool you – this minigolf game isn’t that exciting. Maybe one mark, at a push, but two? That’s! Insane! This is golf of the uncraziest variety. Its three vanilla courses look pretty enough, but there are no clever Mouse Trap-style contraptions, no wacky pirate ships or fire-breathing golf dragons hidden in any of them.
We've lived with the Wii for more than a year now, so there's really no reason to belabor this opening point: Yes, the Wii plays host to an inordinate amount of minigame collections. Furthermore, most of them are insipid, although some few are actually worth your time, whether you're flying solo or waggling with companions. Furu Furu Park unfortunately does not fall into that worthwhile category, but it's hard to tell if it just misses the mark or if it truly falls into the category of soulless