Some games pull it all together: graphics, music, gameplay and presentation. F-Zero GX is one of those games. It's a lightning-quick testament to hardcore racers, and a permanent fixture in the grand hallway of Nintendo's premier franchises. It's damn near impossible to bat an eye or take a breath while clinging to the winding, twisting courses that float miles above the alien landscape. Few of us have rocketed down a spiraling race track at 2,000 kilometers per hour, but after spending
So, if F1 2009 on the Wii has been created for father-son gaming and presented in a fashion that caters for the differing skill levels of both, F1 on PSP is obviously for the motorsport fan on the move. We’ll assume that it’s a particularly long journey if you’re attempting the full 70+ laps.
The clue is in the title: Fable. It was supposed to be the game that let you write your own adventure. If this were a magazine given to swearing then that statement would be followed by an eight-letter word beginning with 'b' and ending with 'ollocks'. Fable lets you do nothing of the sort. It's probably best to get that major criticism out of the way first. TALL STORIES
During the game's protracted development (over four years) we heard about how you could become good or evil, make decisions
Part ball puzzler, part fantasy epic - but all tedious - Fading Shadows shows what would happen if a budget version of Lord of the Rings collided with a broken pinball machine.
You control a beam of light and must guide an orb (which is actually a boy’s soul sealed in a teardrop, apparently) through castles, swamps, dungeons and other medieval environments. To conquer these terrains, you’ll use the orb to hit switches,
While still clearly a big success, a lot of folks would probably agree that the PC version of the first-person shooter FarCry was less a great game and more a great tech demo. This was thanks mostly to lush visuals and massive, go-virtually-anywhere levels that often far overshadowed the gameplay itself.
It's no surprise then that this console-only, enhanced port actually feels like the better game, thanks to a number of tweaks that remind players that you're not here to gawk at the scenery -
Fat Princess: Fistful of Cake is one of those rare PSP multiplayer games that won't leave you cursing Sony for leaving out a second analog stick. There are no awkward controls or weird button compromises to bother you here; it's just straight-up multiplayer mayhem. Like the PS3 game, this is basically capture the flag, only instead of flags, you’re fighting to protect a lovely princess, who gets chubbier and chubbier if you keep stuffing her with cake...
If you're already itching to get your bloodthirsty hands on the turn-based war machine that is Field Commander, youre likely familiar with Nintendo's Advance Wars series. Though they both share many traits, there's enough grim-and-gritty action to make this title stand apart from its Saturday-morning-saturated competitor - glitches and all.
Each mission begins on a tiled map, decked out with cities, mountains and various weather effects. Your goal, most of the time, is to wipe out the enemy's
You are Wayne Rooney. 'This is your moment', goes the opening gambit. If you actually were Wayne Rooney, upon receiving a perfect through ball, you'd expect to race clear of the defender and smash the ball into the top corner.
Here, playing against Swindon Town in the FA Cup, 37-year-old clogger Alan Reeves will catch our Wayne up and 'your moment' will be gone. Unless of course 'your moment' is passing back to Paul Scholes.
This chronic lack of pace is the one thing that prevents FIFA 06
For the uninitiated, Fight Night 2004 stood out because of a little gimmick called 'Total Punch Control'. Surprisingly, unlike 'First Touch Control' and the 'Golden Eye' this was genuinely revolutionary.
By moving the punching mechanism from buttons to the right analogue stick, and then by patenting it (the sneaky blighters), they revolutionised the boxing game by adding a rhythmic reality to each blow.
Round 2 has sensibly tweaked this system and addressed the rather confused presentation of
Final Fantasy's 20th anniversary: it's here. In 1987, Japanese gamers were treated to the original entry in the series. We're acknowledging this chiefly because we're forced to cut the company some slack here: this is the fourth remake of Final Fantasy released since 2000. Fortunately, it's also the best.
Let's start off with stuff you don't know. Final Fantasy looks incredibly clear and sharp on the PSP, with bright and inviting graphics that easily outclass all prior versions of the game.