All in all, the game is very user-friendly. And the A.I. opponents you can choose from in the single-player game all have different personalities. Some will play defensively and shrewdly, while others go on the offensive immediately, often making ballsy - if stupid - moves.
Of course, you can play the game with another person both on one console or over Xbox Live. Rounding out the package is a puzzle mode that offers more advanced chess players creative, game-related challenges.
Chessmaster Live doesn’t look like much. But it delivers exactly what it promises, and there’s not really much to complain about because of it.
Feb 5, 2008