Where are you hiding it Order of War? Where’s that nugget of novelty, that pinch of personality that sets you apart from the rest of the Company of Blitzkrieg set?
It’s certainly not in your two nine-mission campaigns. They’re as predictable as they come – dreary slogging matches with almost no room for tactical experimentation.
For some reason, people love to do things in video games that they would find incredibly tedious and mundane in real life. Washing the dog. Shopping on a limited budget. Going to court. Math. And especially cooking. We can barely be bothered to microwave ramen noodles in the real world, but slap an anime girl into the mix to yell at us when something goes wrong, and we’ll happily chop, grill, stir, and clean up the leftovers
Acquire tries something new with its latest Vita title, but is this rhythm-based strategy game worth your time, or does it hit a bum note?
Oct 19, 2007
Ultimate Frisbee is one of those weird sports that nobody plays until they get to college, and most everybody stops playing once they get out of college. Frisbee Golf? Same thing, only geekier. Still, having skipped Calculus class more days than not in favor of tossing the ol' flying disc around behind the dorm, we felt like this was the game for us. Turns out, we were wrong. Not as wrong as most anyone who thinks their high school sweetheart is going to stay faithful once she
We’re typing this while the Osmos soundtrack gently moans from our speakers - a relaxing ambient soundscape that makes us feel like we’re floating. In the game, we really are floating. We’re a spherical microbe, fighting for survival in a gloopy mess of other microbes. All we need to do to win is become the biggest.
Stuck in a rut? Life lost its fizz? Or perhaps you have a more specific problem, such as a dirty monkey and no spa bath to clean him in. Fear not, troubled soul, because Ouendan is just a despairing wail away. Ouendan - Elite Beat Agents here in the States - is the name of the cheerleading squad that turns up whenever a situation turns bad enough to require the kind of fixing that only three guys in trenchcoats, a cheerfully bouncy piece of Japanese pop and some synchronized dance moves can
Out of the Park Baseball 9, or OotPB 9 for short, is a comprehensive, astonishingly intricate sim. It’s just one that doesn’t have a friendly way in for new players.
Nostalgia is a dangerous thing. We remember Out of this Worlds beautifully animated alien vistas and a cinematic and narrative edge conjured up with nary a syllable of the written or spoken word.
What we dont remember, however, is the hours we must have spent as a 12-year-old screaming and shouting as the game forced us to replay the same bastard-hard cavern jumping sequences after a cruel one-shot kill from a lumbering monkey-man guard. Games just used to be harder, and we were used to
War: it sure is unpleasant. So it's a bit of a relief to find a World War II game that refuses to take itself too seriously and creates a shamelessly fun experience without too much consideration of historical accuracy. That's THQ's action/strategy shooter The Outfit. Despite some pretty glaring shortcomings, such as bland level design and yucky controls, The Outfit's commitment to delivering a good time raises it above those flaws and makes it a game that you should play. That is, if you like
There are enough borrowed core mechanics from other popular games found woven all throughout the fabric of Outland that you could make a drinking game out of calling them out. Developer Housemarque did its due diligence in strip-mining classics like Super Metroid, Ikaruga, and Prince of Persia - to name just a few - for ideas to inject into Outland. This 2D action platformer may be a pastiche of well-worn ideas found in games that came long before it, yet its many disparate elements blend together to create an experience that still manages to feel fresh and original...