Sigh... you can't help but expect any RPG on PS2 without the words 'final' and 'fantasy' in the title to achieve nothing more than the status of 'also ran'.
This was the case with the first game in this series, which scored a rather pallid 60%, despite being developed by a group of ex-Square Enix employees. Covenant, however, has restored our faith and proved it possible to make a great RPG that isn't a me-too Final Fantasy clone.
The storyline picks up a year after the first game, with
Ryu Ga Gotoku might be the most heartbreaking game ever made. Its portrait of friendship, love, loyalty and betrayal might just be the most emotionally intense, beautiful story ever etched on to a PS2 platter. It might be, but we wouldn't know - GCSE Japanese doesn't quite cut it when it comes to the complexities of what actually happens in the plot. Instead, let's review Gotoku ('Like A Dragon') for what it is - a fun-but-impenetrable game where you hit men with baseball bats, funeral urns and
There are times while playing Call of Duty 2 that you'd be forgiven for thinking the apocalypse was happening around you.
Scampering across a Sicilian beach, you'll be ducking, diving and weaving as seemingly everyone in the world takes pot-shots at your ass. Explosions batter your ears and flames can be seen all around.
Call of Duty 2, even more so than its prequel, is built around a structure of some rather excellent first-person-shooty bits, which then lead into some of the most
Madden games have always been the market leader for digital translations of America's most popular sport and nothing seems set to change as we enter the next gen. Admittedly, there's not much competition. Or, in fact, any at the moment.
So, as EA's leading franchise, what did we hope for? A game built from the bottom up specifically for Xbox 360? Yep. A Madden that looked absolutely gorgeous? Hell, yeah. A game that packed in all the modes we've come to love and expect over the years?
In a time when bullying is said to be at crisis levels in UK schools, and where people are mercilessly abused just for being a bit different, its refreshing to see that videogames are producing role models that kids can aspire to.
Like Pinocchio for instance: a poor puppet with sinus problems who wants to be a real boy, but is constantly getting jip from a Black Knight. Until one day when hes had enough and anger surges through his timber frame – and he beats the Dark Knight senseless
It takes a certain type of person to be sucked into a strategy RPG: the sort that can spend several hours customising an army of characters without stepping on to the battlefield once. The type of gamer who, when faced with an evil carrot as an enemy, will wonder if it has a high resistance to wind spells.
Our anti-hero, the self-styled ‘frikkin bad ass overlord Lord Zetta, attempts to circumvent a prophecy by burning the very book that predicts his downfall. Instead he accidentally
If the game of the film of the comic book is anything to go by, the Fantastic 4 really aren't that fantastic. They're just OK.
Reed Richards (or 'stretchy man') is good at punching, Ben Grimm (or 'the big one with dried-on cornflakes for skin') is even better at punching and can also pick up large objects.
Susan Storm (or 'the sexy one who can go invisible') can use telekinesis to throw people about and, naturally, is quite decent at punching. Then there's Johnny Storm (or 'fire man'). He can
Little over a year ago, the Prince was foppish, witty and charismatic. Now he's a witless cut-and-paste action hero with no discernible personality. Imagine remaking The Godfather, but having Steve Guttenburg play Michael Corleone. Or rewriting the Bible in jive talk. It cheapens the original in every respect.
Typically, no one bought the first game. They saw the cover art, saw the pantaloons, and never even bothered to play it. To remedy this, Ubisoft dunked Warrior Within into the
In terms of core values, core plot and core play, Invisible War is the direct heir to Deus Ex. Set 20 years on from the original and after a worldwide collapse, global society is getting back on its feet. You play a nanotech-modified trainee at something called 'The Tarsus Academy'.
Shortly after the opening of the game, you find yourself flying the nest and trying to work out what's actually going on in the world. Conspiracy and control are the two major plot threads.
Sitting down to
In the ideal world, the perfect prison-break game would involve a high-security slammer solely for highly dangerous rogue Christina Aguilera clones, Britney as the butch-yet-golden-hearted warden, and enforced communal showers. It would be a game where you broke into prison, naturally.
The Chronicles Of Riddick: Escape From Butcher Bay is, however, like most prison games, a game about breaking out of prison. It's also the prequel to Vin Diesel flick Pitch Black and sequel, The Chronicles Of