Back in the NES days, there was only one football game that mattered: Tecmo Bowl. Today it may come off as unrealistic and pretty shallow, but it was amazing then and is remembered fondly now. And with today’s football games dominated by sims like Madden, perhaps it's a good time for the return of Tecmo's simplicity. Just not with Tecmo Bowl: Kickoff.
Teen Titans is an interesting example of the constant tug-of-war between quantity and quality. On the one hand, this multiplayer brawler does a serviceable job of emulating the aesthetics of the canceled television program and comic - thin cartoon lines, high-contrast palette and vocal talent from the show's cast. On the other, it throws wave after wave of same-y, jerkily moving dunces in front of you, each of which is easily dispatched in one bloodless slap-fight after another.
Which is not
There's a hit country song (written by an '80s hair rocker, much to the chagrin of some fans) that asks the question, "Who says you can't go home?" That's the spirit GamesRadar had when we logged on to Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, a beloved four-player beat 'em-up that originally cowabunga-ed its way into arcades in 1989. As it turns out, you totally can go home - it's just that the neighborhoods that haven't changed in 20 years might look pretty run down.
Oh, online support was good, with
At least there's some truth in advertising with the beat-'em-up Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 3: Mutant Nightmare. This game is someone's nightmare, to be sure.
Mutant Nightmare outdoes its predecessors Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2: Battle Nexus, but this is like saying when you buy the sneakers, they give you the shoelaces for free; the game could hardly be worse. It's also pointed and a bit sad to note Nightmare is outdone in almost every way by Teenage
As we stare down the barrel of a fresh new year, our thoughts turn to games. In this most futuristic year of 2010, technology will surely bless us with unparalleled experiences. Well, here’s hoping it does, because 2009 went out on a low with this cack-fest.
Arcade Attack is a fighting game so tedious that we suffered a total neural shutdown about five minutes in.
TMNT: Out of the Shadows may have been a much stronger game had it had a tighter scope...
Rats are put on earth for two things: spreading disease and starring in Pixar movies. It seems Splinter didn’t get the memo. The pet of ninja Hamato Yoshi, he spent his days observing his master’s martial arts, mimicking routines he would one day pass on to his amphibious acolytes. Developer Game Arts did much the same.
The first Turtles game hit Live back in 2007 and became one of the biggest sellers on the Marketplace. It was, of course, rubbish. Ubisoft are gambling on the same nostalgia-fuelled sales for their 3D remake of its sequel, Turtles in Time. Which is, of course, also rubbish. Even the critics of the day were guarded in their praise for the Turtles games.
Is there no end to the abundant joy that’s been provided over the years by that most retarded of foils, the zombie? No, apparently not. The screenshots for this might look a bit kiddy, but the puzzling work definitely hits the mark like a shovel to the jugular. Take control of a trio of zombies who must rid the world of aliens, using each character’s unique moves and powerups.
It wasn't until the last generation of handhelds that fighting games came close to matching the standards of console games. And it was Tekken leading that charge, thanks to excellent titles like Tekken: Dark Resurrection. Tekken 3D Prime Edition aspires to set the same standard on 3DS with a fluid 60 frames per second, whether 2D or 3D. But do flowing fisticuffs make up for some rather barebones story mode? The answers lie within...