Radiant Silvergun is for
Or at least it used to be.
It's a punishing shooter that's tough to master and, until now, could set you
back upwards of $200 to import from Japan (not including a special cartridge or
a Japanese Sega Saturn). You tell us that ain’t a bit crazy.
But underneath the madness
is a well-made game that deserves all the praise it's received and, remarkably,
still holds up after all these years. Good thing it’s finally available on Xbox
Live Arcade so everyone can be crazy without breaking the bank.
Fists of Plastic is a bit like Smash Bros. after it had a wander around LittleBigPlanet, but without a mind for constructing anything – and a lot more pain. Not all on screen, unfortunately. Four players, one arena and a physics model that provides a near infinite amount of collisions and hurt between shiny marionettes is what Rag Doll Kung Fu is about.
Beat-'em-ups don't work on PC, right? It's all up, down, punch, kick, wish I had a joypad.
Wrong. Rag Doll Kung Fu has just reinvented the fighting game on PC, with style, wit, originality and fine mouse play. The only thing this game has in common with other smack-'em-ups is the hitting part.
Combat is entirely mouse controlled. The ragdoll characters don't use conventional animation, instead they move with a rubbery, wibbly response to the teasing of a mouse cursor.
It's all done a limb at
spending just a few hours in Rage’s world, we were overcome with a feeling not
just rare in videogames but in any work
of fiction: We actually wanted to live there. It’s a more comfortable version
of Mad Max, with all of the cobbled-together and lawless excitement but without
the horrific desperation. Sure, the people have it rough – it’s the apocalypse,
after all – but...
Ever played Ragnarok Online? No? It’s an (almost) decade-old MMORPG from Korea and is worth the seven-day free trial just so you can marvel at the peerless sprite work on display. With its sunny locales and unbearably sweet character art, if there’s one thing this particular PC game can’t be accused of is lacking charm.
You know that somewhere, in a hidden underground hangar invisible to radar, Air Force engineers and strategists are looking at Raiden III and crying themselves to sleep. "If only," they think, "if only we could devise two space-capable aircraft, one red and one blue, that could vomit forth huge, endless swaths of deadly plasma, missiles, and laser fire, picking up bits of the enemy to make themselves even stronger, and then convince all of our enemies to gather together and stand in a line,
Slay monsters in the style you choose and wear them as your prize in Raiderz, the action-based free-to-play MMO from The Perfect World...
You want us to make a joke? You think rail simulators are funny? You think the idea of recreating a largely event-free one-dimensional journey is absurd? Why not think of it as Half-Life, without the excellent narrative or the satisfying combat? There you go. That's made you all
What does RailWorks have in common with a Class 57 diesel? Answer: both rely on a lot of recycled parts. The Class 57s – or ‘bodysnatchers’ as they’re known – were built with bits of the long-serving Class 47s. RailWorks is built with bits of 2007’s Rail Simulator.
If you own Rail Simulator and buy RailWorks you’re going to end up with a lot of content you already possess.
A game of European ambiance wafting through a fuzzy metaphor...