Here's how to win favour with us. Right at the beginning of this adventure, our character, a young Egyptian guy called Assil, has been captured by criminals, who are threatening to kill him. Dialogue choices appear, varying on the theme of pleading required, except for one, right at the bottom: "First I'd like to know, can you die in this game?"
One of the thieves pauses, considers, and replies, "Well, the developer has taken his inspiration from games in the classical adventure games vein.
Fiddly, obscure and as ugly as mashed offal. But look closer and Battleground Europe is deep, wide, complex and an overlooked attempt to create a massively multiplayer World War II game.
Pulling together soldier sim, tank sim and flight sim in a grand conflict, its played over weeks and months in a single, authentic theatre of war. And you might say that its only as pretty as it needs to be.
But does it deserve your money? Thats hard to answer, since the reality of this game is far from what
Back when Snowboard Kids showed up on the game-starved N64, it had a certain charm that outweighed its most obvious flaws. Yes, it was the slowest racing game we'd ever seen, and no, it wasn't the prettiest.
The characters were a bunch of cartoon 10-year-olds and after the halfway mark, when the game's designers must have got tired of drawing snowy mountains, your pre-teen snowboard genius would be sliding over green meadows, sandy deserts, and cherry blossom-strewn Japanese lanes. Snowboard
Of the following, which best defines Star Wars? Is it the stormtroopers? The Ewoks? The low-flying skirmishes on Hoth? Or is it guys with laser swords fighting wars in space?
If you picked that last one (or any of the others, really), then youll be glad to know that Star Wars Battlefront II features everything youd expect from a Star Wars game. Like the first Battlefront, the game lets teams of players shoot it out in sprawling, open battlefields as soldiers of the Republic, the Trade
Bone: Out From Boneville is based on a whimsical, almost Disney-esque comic book series starring three short, sassy, semi-human cartoon cousins called the Bones. They're a handful just by themselves, but they're further complimented by and extended cast that includes a beautiful girl, a bored-looking dragon, an apron-clad grandmother who races cows, a bug named Ted, and an army of talking rat creatures who entertain a strange love of quiche. It's clever, charming, and a little bit timeless;
Despite the ongoing rivalry between the two series, Ataris DRIV3R is to Grand Theft Auto what Avril Lavigne is to the Sex Pistols: a slick knockoff that copies the form, but not the substance, of the original.
DRIV3Ris the story of Tanner, a creaky-voiced FBI agent who has carte blanche to steal cars, shoot anyone and destroy property as he goes undercover to bring down an international car-theft ring. Youll spend your time running around on foot, getting into firefights and driving stolen
"Bok, bok. BOK!" Hear that Mr Smith? That's the sound of inevitability as we smash you up like a jelly baby. It could be "Paf, paf. PAF!", but either way, it's hard not to cheer every time you unleash a cheesy, yet ludicrously indulgent, seven hit combo in Path of Neo. Atari's latest Matrix 'experience' - at times, you'd be hard-pushed to call it a game - might be flawed, broken, sludgy and almost stupidly easy, but it's also one of the most ambitious, empowering, technically innovative and
There really is a lot of love here. Wire-free online play aside, Mario Kart DS gets so much right it's untrue. So much in fact that it's easy to forgive the fact that many of those irritating classic Mario Kart quirks have reared their ugly heads on to DS.Let's start with these quirks to get them out of the way. 50cc mode is still painfully slow and dull as ditchwater - it was true in Double Dash and the same applies here. It feels like your karts are driving through soup; every straight on
Who said videogames can't make you laugh? Narnia had us cackling like witches throughout - not bad for a game that isn't supposed to be funny.The Chronicles of Narnia is a very Lord of the Rings-like mix of adventure and combat. Which is why we giggled like chimps; to make it work, the four kids you control use hilariously inappropriate moves, such as thumping thick bars of ice apart with their bare fists, or riding bareback on wild wolves.When you've finished sellotaping your sides back
Evolution, not revolution. That seems to be the maxim of Yuke's. For, as Alan Partridge once said, "We evolve, but we don't... revolve." So while Smackdown vs Raw 2006 is better than last year's outing, the improvements are more tweaks, prods and licks of paint rather than huge changes to the game's foundations, in the same way as SvR 2005 was largely a spruced up version of the previous year's game. Whether that's a good or bad thing is kind of up to you.But first, what is new? There're the