Sept 17, 2007
What a fascinating game. And what a mess. Its such a shame, as Vigils unique black and white appearance and twisted design could have created something splendid. As it is, its a greater test of patience than skill.
Little is explained as you start, letting you try to fathom the meaning of the game for yourself. You play one of four ancient creatures, the other three being dead. Exploring, you learn how they died as you pursue your sworn enemy, Evil. Each of the four is
Some people like car combat games. They’re weird folk. Attaching guns to cars is a fad that’s had its day. Even with the HD spit and polish Vigilante 8 shows its age, but it’s a decent, mindless rampage online for the converted. As we say, some people do like car combat games, and this is the best one on 360.
You don’t judge your progress in Viking by high scores, percentage complete or rankings. You measure it in blisters - that old school badge of honour. The more pus you have swilling round beneath your swollen fingertips, the more pallid thick white skin that’s built up on your digits, the harder you’ve fought. Because in this game if you can still feel your thumbs midway through the first level, you aren’t
First-person shooters, sure, but first-person gambling? This is blackjack, only viewed from the best seat in the house: inside the martini-addled head of a card junkie. Our host is Mr. Paradise (how can you not be magnetically drawn to Vegas with a name like that?) – prepare to meet his hands.
Oct 29, 2007
After all that “only PS3 can do Virtua Fighter 5” talk, were proud to say the 360 version is graphically superior - by some margin, in fact. Truthfully, the 360 sheen is so apparent in a direct HDMI cable switch comparison, its like looking at Soul Calibur 2 on Xbox compared to PS2. VF5s here, online, and all is right with the
The latest iteration of the legendary Virtua Fighter franchise is making the jump from Japanese arcades to PSN and XBLA as a $15 downloadable. See if this reputable 3D fighting series is actually worth your time and money…
There’s more chance of Andy Murray cracking a smile and sorting out his big hair than there is of spotting what’s new about Virtua Tennis 2009 when you first start playing. For the past ten years the series has consistently played an excellent game of tennis, and while the player likenesses get better and sharper, everything else has an air of ‘if it ain’t broke…’ about it.
This will make you love tennis. No, really. Even if you loathe the sport and grit your teeth when Wimbledon distorts the TV schedules, Virtua Tennis 3 is so realistic that it forces you to appreciate the sports intricacies - in a stealthy education dressed as addiction. And while the latest game in the much-loved series is no massive departure - its still a tennis game, for instance - theres enough new gameplay tweaks and content to tempt veterans as well as newcomers.
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Even though it’s the fifth of the series, Virtua Tennis 4 is - for better or worse depending on your affection for Sega’s tennis games - still very much what we remember playing in the arcade ten years ago. It relies on simple, arcadey mechanics rather than the simulation-based play 2K’s Top Spin series is famous for. In fact, you only really need four buttons (up from VT2009’s three!), a joystick, and a basic understanding of geometry to feel like a master. It’s a system that has transcended the sport, appealing even to those out there who think Federer is that guy who played for the Red Wings. That’s all well and good, but fans are eventually going to start expecting new and exciting things. Too bad VT4 isn’t different enough to warrant a purchase, and due to its slower and less responsive gameplay, actually causes us to worry about where the franchise is headed...
If you think Viva Pinata is just a silly kids' game that's not worth your hardcore gaming time, you're probably right. Viva Pinata is a very special game that won't appeal to gamers only interested in adrenaline-fueled bullet fests. If you've got an open mind, however, you'll find a uniquely addictive and pleasantly colorful change of pace that scratches that Animal Crossing itch without all the hassle of little dogs yelling at you for not playing in a couple days.
You start with a ramshackle