The gun-crazed, spice-obsessed, wildly over-the-top shoot 'em-up Chili Con Carnage is racing toward PSPs this spring, and after weeks of screenshots, we've finally seen the game in action. Continuing the adventures of agent Ramiro Cruz, this semi-sequel to Total Overdose: A Gunslinger's Tale in Mexico combines an El Mariachi-inspired Mexican setting with vehicle stunts and impossible bullet ballet. And what's more, it's looking great.
The game opens innocently enough, with Ramiro bringing his
Friday 26 January 2007
The game with the stupidest name ever - except for Earache Extreme Racing - is a fantastic example of a title catering to PSPs strengths. Rather than try to crowbar Total Overdoses free-roaming city into the handheld sequel, Developers Deadline have instead created a series of focused single-player missions and the game is all the better for it.
Flying around performing loco moves in glorious slow-mo is a revelation. We defy you not to giggle with delight as you flip
We’re not exactly sure how someone can be sexy “in an 8-bit sense,” but we certainly applaud the folks at NIS America for loading up their latest retro gaming throwback with some seriously off-the-wall character dialogue and wacky self-referential humor. Amusingly, Cladun: This is an RPG literally wears its genre on its sleeve while poking fun at it in the process. Blocky 8-bit warriors, jokes about cosplay, heavy duty dungeon grinding and talking cats punctuate this promising and quirky retro RPG...
Cold Fear is not your usual lumbering horror-fest. Dispensing with an exhaustive inventory and minimising puzzles, this is an in-your face nautical terror blaster with the tension heightened by the intervention of a particularly violent storm. The storm can sweep you and your enemies off ship and causes all manner of naval machinery to become dangerous slapstick pendulums, endangering yourself and your evil mutant pursuers. More importantly, it causes a constant - and impressively tense - roll
There's a lot to worry about with Commandos Strike Force. You could worry about the basic idea for a start, which in the words of developer Pyro's CEO, Ignacio Perez, combines "the tactical approach of the previous Commandos games with the intense action of an FPS."
The whole point of the series was its lack of intensity - just slow-burning, top-down puzzles in a WWII setting. You could question the stripping down of the characters you switch between; of the original six, only three remain:
A game with a gigantic, opera-singing boss-turd called the Great Mighty Poo? That you defeat by lobbing bog roll into its peanut-studded gob? While playing as a foul-mouthed, toilet-obsessed squirrel? Welcome back, Conker...Live And Reloaded is a complete reworking of 2001's 18-rated Conker's Bad Fur Day for the N64, featuring the original one-player mode revamped with snazzy Xbox graphics and, yes, even more potty-mouthed language. It's full of movie parodies (there are scenes nicked from
A lot of people are scoffing at Rare's meagre output for the Xbox to date, but it's hard to see Conker: Live And Reloaded as anything but a win/win situation. Are you a fan of the N64 original, with its balls-out approach to humour at the expense of producing a 'normal' videogame? Then you'll be gagging to see the whole thing decked out in its funky new Xbox strides. This is the Conker of old, pimped up to heavenly new visual levels.But what if you're new to the whole swearing squirrel thing?
We are over it. Seriously. We are over the fact that one of comicdom's most enduring British characters - Hellblazer's John Constantine, a cynical, trenchcoated scouse mage with a habit of getting his friends killed and the hordes of hell on his tail - has been turned into Keanu Reeves. The mind boggles, but, y'know, we are over it.Besides, the film might be brilliant. Might be. Going on what we've played of the game of the film of the comic, this month, it's certainly going to be interesting,
Here's a mind-boggling statistic - this year's Crash Bandicoot game will mark the fifteenth installment of the series in just over a decade's time. Fifteen. What could Mind Over Mutant, the newest adventure of the marsupial omnivore (seriously, look it up), possibly do that we haven't seen... well, fifteen times before?
You might be surprised, especially if you haven't tried a Crash game in several years. Mind Over Mutant breaks free
In the days before Grand Theft Auto III, there was nothing quite like Crazy Taxi. A sunny, high-energy arcade adrenaline rush, it was superficially centered around picking up fares in a big, open city and rushing them to their destinations before the timer ran out. However, those who played it for more than five seconds soon realized what Crazy Taxi was really about: bombing down gigantic hills at top speed while The Offspring and Bad Religion roared over the soundtrack.
It was a lot of fun