Cripes! Five Atari games you'll actually want to play

Plus exclusive in-game footage of Ghostbusters

Ready 2 Rumble Revolution



What is it?
Second sequel to brilliant Dreamcast cartoon boxing game Ready 2 Rumble.

Why you'll want to play it:
The controls work a treat on Wii with uppercut motions performing uppercuts and swings and jabs activated with appropriate gestures. You can even wind your shot up, Bottom-style, by flicking the Wiimote out to the side. While there aren't any female fighters in this one there are some celebrity lookalikes. Is that a famous X-Factor judge in the funny trousers under the name "Syphon Cruel"? And of course Michael Buffer is back with his famous line "Let's get ready to rumble!"

When's it out?
March 2009

RACE Pro

What is it? An Xbox 360 version of the superb hardcore PC driving simulator from SimBin.

Why you'll want to play it:
It's got all the depth of the PC version's physics model, only with the pick-up-and-play immediacy of a console racer thanks to the selectable driving assists. There's 12 player racing over Xbox Live, too, and much less feeling of sterility than that of Forza 2. The driving engine feels perfect - this could be Xbox 360's equivalent of Gran Turismo 5 when it hits next year. Only more exciting.

When's it out?
January 2009

Chronicles of Riddick: Assault on Dark Athena

What is it?
Another dropped Activision title, this first-person action-adventure featuring Vin Diesel contains a remake of Escape from Butcher Bay plus a whole new chapter and multiplayer.

Why you'll want to play it:
It's benefited from the extra time stuck in publisher limbo. With the original game and brand new content combined, this is a huge game and now includes multiplayer modes too. The game straddles many different genres, with stealth, shooting and even platforming sections where the game switches to third-person view as you clamber onto crates and shimmy along ledges, Lara-style.

You can even take over a drone command station, immediately becoming said drone and playing through its eyes. An expendable body in an FPS? Yup, it's time to have some fun.

When's it out?
2009 - exact date TBA

Dec 04, 2008

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

The longest-serving GR+ staffer, I was here when all this was just fields. I'm currently Reviews Editor but still find time to speedrun Sonic levels and make daft Photoshop articles.
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