Alert the historians: Call of Duty is on the PSP and its every bit as immersive as its console counterparts. The stock footage presentations are enough to make the greatest generation shed heartfelt tear, real life locales and weaponry are present and accounted for, and they even give names to your fellow soldiers - a practice we gave up back in
For a set of games you've probably played before, Capcom Classics Collection Reloaded does a hell of a job entertaining. Multiple Street Fighter IIs, a few takes on 1942, Ghosts 'N Goblins, Ghouls 'N Ghosts and Super Ghouls 'N Ghosts are the marquee titles, but back up pieces like Eco Fighters and King of Dragons also shine in quick bites of play. Almost all are pretty hard, by today's standards, but very fun. Like last year's PS2 version the emulation looks great on the system; even if you
Every time we turn around, there's a new classic arcade game appearing on Xbox Live Arcade, or another arcade compilation hitting store shelves. And now you can carry not one, not two, but 20 of Capcom's best and most beloved quarter-munchers around with you wherever you go, all without the hassle of learning to parallel-park a semi trailer full of arcade machines. Technology, she is grand, no?
Well, mostly grand, at least. This collection actually left us with a few tokens left over. The
Ever wonder why Sony locks you out of running emulators on your PSP? It's so you'll buy games like Capcom Puzzle World, which compiles a handful of old brick 'n bubble coin-ops on one UMD. Good thing they made it well worth the $30.
We suspect the compilation is called "Capcom Puzzle World" because "Buster Bros. World " wouldn't have sold as many copies - but three of the five games come from that coin-op franchise.
The original BB is an uncluttered "pop the balloons with your spear" affair
Carve sounds like it ought to be some kind of hack'n'slash adventure, the word being more readily associated with swords, knives and turkey than it is with watersports and 'carving up the waves.' The game's battle for recognition isn't helped by the fact it can't call its vehicles 'Jet Skis' (trademarked by Kawasaki and licensed to Jet Ski Riders) or even 'Sea-doos' (trademarked by Bombardier and licensed to Splashdown), so it's settled for the horribly vague 'watercraft'.Awkward nomenclature
Oct 26, 2007
After years of delivering the goth-gaming goods to Nintendo's GBA and DS, Konami is finally putting the sharpened stake in the hands of PSP players with Castlevania: The Dracula X Chronicles. The drac-slaying series makes its Sony portable debut with a re-mastered version of 1993's previously Japan-only Castlevania: Rondo of Blood.
For faithful fans, this alone is enough to hammer the must-buy nail into the coffin. But add to this un-lockable versions of the original
Whatever your thoughts on the whole Footy Manager/Championship Manager fisticuffs, theres no denying Champ Man PSP is a true miniature marvel. All the leagues are there, all the players are there, and – frankly – its incredible that something this mind-bogglingly comprehensive has all been squeezed right down into just a few inches of circuitry.
Unfortunately, while its fairly simple to construct a solid defensive line, we seemed as toothless as Sunderland in front of goal.
Blast 'em. Use swords. Avoid fire. Power up. Those are the four bullet points made on the back of the Chaos Field package, and as a vertically scrolling shoot 'em up, that's all there is to playing the game.
Jam down the fire button, dodge a billion incoming missiles and hope your ability to mentally track all those projectiles is up to snuff. You've got about three seconds from the time you choose your ship to prepare for a screen completely filled with multicolored bullets, and it only gets
It's rare to find a game that provides so much, but Charlie and the Chocolate Factory does it all: boredom, frustration, irritation, the works. It's not laughably bad because that would mean the developer had actually achieved something. Instead it's just dull and monotonous. There's little reward for doing anything other than hitting the off button. Okay, there's a passing similarity to the movie and there are levels based on the Dahl book that weren't in the film, but that's all it's got
Wednesday 24 May 2006
Robots who love doing household chores are most peoples' dream come true, although the closest we seem to have got so far are ones that imitate dogs or serve us drinks in swanky bars. Chibi-Robo - who you play as - is the future. He's a tiny robot, with a body like a TARDIS for storing sweet wrappers and wastepaper, and a love of scrubbing away at carpet stains.
Life as a house robot is a fairly demanding but rewarding experience. Your overall goal is to earn happy points