It's a story nearly as old as video games themselves: A city has been overrun by rampaging street gangs, and it's up to you to restore order. But in Urban Chaos: Riot Response, you're not some scrapper in a leather vest doling out two-fisted vigilante justice. Instead, you're part of a merciless special police unit, T-Zero, given carte blanche to blast the face off anyone who looks at you funny.
Of course, funny looks are the least of your worries. As you navigate the 12 missions of Eidos'
Impressive as PSP has been so far, this is the year it really takes off. Some very big titles are coming, but not all of the most promising stuff is high-profile. At least, not yet. So take a look through this top 10 and make some notes. You really don't want to miss out.
Tomb Raider: Legend
By Eidos | Out May 9, 2006
Legend is gorgeous for a PS2 game, and almost as gorgeous running on the diminutive PSP (we're not guessing; we know). Better still, beneath the striking looks lies a Tomb
The name Urban Chaos will immediately cause involuntary shudders and perhaps even seizures from those who remember the terrible PlayStation game of the same name. But worry not, as this is related to that travesty in name only. Indeed, we've seen this in action and it's looking very promising.
Urban Chaos is a first-person shooter where you dismember anyone looking even slightly aggressive, no plot needed. But Rocksteady has gone out of its way to create a nice little plot for us anyway.
We're not sure how untold those legends can really be: this is the follow-up to PSP launch title Untold Legends, itself related to a whole family of top-down RPGs based on Champions of Norrath and the Baldur's Gate series.
Despite the many upgrades appearing in Warrior's Code, it still feels familiar. Still, if it means more good stuff, who are we to complain? If we had to come up with an 11th commandment, it would be, "Thou shalt give us more good stuff."
The combat's a little more complex
Since The Sims first appeared on PC over five years ago, there has been a multitude of new versions and various updates, including Bustin' Out, Nightlife, Hot Date and Makin' Magic.
The latest title to join the ever expanding family is The Urbz: Sims in the City on Nintendo DS, which, after its first weekend on sale, has helped to propel the game to number 14 from number 30 in the All Formats Chart.
So how have Maxis, the game's creators and developers, taken to DS? We put some questions to
The tussle for football gaming supremacy between giants EA and Konami has long since gone to extra time, with no victor emerging to dominate the market as of yet. With this in mind, EA have attempted to revolutionise the whole football experience. Turning to the UEFA Champions League for inspiration, they've tried to instil this latest variant on the FIFA theme with more cinematic panache than Lord of the Rings. Nice idea lads, but what exactly does that mean? Well, the fairytale goes that your
Don't be different, blend in. Don't have your own opinions, go with the crowd. Don't choose your own clothes, just do it! These are all valuable - and painful - lessons we have learnt from playing The Urbz, that and the fact that 'weasel packing' isn't a metaphor. It's a job, but you do still need the rubber gloves. For a Sim raised in the 'burbs (where the greatest danger is a singed microwave meal or lost lover) learning to fit-in on these mean streets is the key to surviving and thriving.
Midway and developers Epic Games recently threw down the gauntlet in Madrid for all would-be kings of the arena as they presented for hands-on gladiatorial delectation the latest build of Unreal Championship 2: The Liandri Conflict. We experienced full-on system-linked multiplayer sessions and a bout of Capture The Flag of the Xbox-exclusive Unreal title that aims to push the genre in a refreshingly new direction.UC2's introduction of a complementary third-person perspective to the traditional