Someone at EA has taken the concepts of Panini stickers, Top Trumps, David Beckham’s footy school and a Question of Sport and somehow moulded them into this frankly bizarre DS title. The game’s remit is essentially to improve your football knowledge and, in an outstanding piece of timing, ex-Chelsea gaffer Luiz Felipe Scolari is on hand to help you along the way.
Eco-Creatures: Save the Forest is a hybrid. No, it doesn’t run on a combination fuel cel/electric battery pack. It’s a cross-hybridization of Chibi-Robo: Park Patrol’s re-forestation premise, Pokemon-esque creature evolution and Pikmin-ish group control and combat. If it were powered by an alternative fuel, it’d most likely be adorable squirrel power.You play as the bipedal magical fruit and commander, Dorian, sent to
The first-person perspective has been dropped, but Elebits’ Wii DNA is present in Kai’s mission to hoover up the electro-beasts. Capturing Elebits (needed to open doors and operate machinery) is a neat, tactile affair – you shake the scenery with your stylus, tag the escaping ’Bits, and tap your sidekick Zero to grab them. In a nice arcadey twist, tagging the first Elebit begins a countdown – you’ve got a few seconds to try and grab more before Zero brings them in.
What happens when Nintendo puts together a completely nutso piece of musical software that's so out of the ordinary it's not even carried on retail store shelves? After playing with a gaggle of fish-like creatures that react in musical ways depending on how you touch them with the stylus, two GamesRadar editors dive into Electroplankton:
Dan Amrich, Working Musician: Electroplankton struck me as the handheld equivalent of a toy xylophone. It's got lots of pretty colors and anybody of any age
Have you ever built up a city in SimCity, only to have more fun trashing it with natural disasters? If so, you may want to check out Elements of Destruction for the Nintendo DS. In this budget-priced mayhem simulator, you use the touch screen to unleash tornadoes, storms, and other calamities on pre-fabricated cities and try to dish out as much destruction as you can before the clock runs
Elite Beat Agents shows all the signs of becoming one of those underappreciated genius games that most people never try. It's in a niche genre, it can't easily be explained, and at a time when all the cool kids want "cool" games, it is gloriously goofy. Since you're reading this, however, there's still hope that at least one more gamer will find out why this cheesy, over-the-top, music/rhythm game is one of the year's very best for the DS.
The premise is as nutty as it is unique: as a member
Elite Forces is a tactical shooter that involves a squad of four specialized soldiers (demolitions, sniper, electronics expert, tank) traipsing through the jungle on a mission to annihilate countless cannon-fodder enemies.
Etrian Odyssey is not your typical Japanese RPG, though the cute anime artwork might mislead you at first. Its much more akin to the dungeon-crawlers of yesteryear. Instead of a pre-determined cast of characters that leave and join throughout, you craft your own party from several classes of adventurer. Rather than “Go to Town A, see event B, slog through Dungeon C, wind up in Town D, repeat” gameplay progression, how far youve managed to make it into the game is determined simply
Etrian Odyssey II: Heroes of Laagard is a very tough game to review simply because it's one of those "love it or hate it" game types: An old school dungeon crawler. There's only a rudimentary story (you're exploring a single, gigantic tree dungeon trying to find the way into a magic, floating castle), there's no character development beyond gaining levels and choosing skills, and its turn-based battles are
It’s always entertaining when a game comes along that repeatedly punches you in the face, kicks you in the gut, and expects you to love every second of it. Anyone who’s played either of the past two Etrian Odyssey games will be well acquainted with the terror that sets in when you’re deep inside the labyrinth with a party of warriors barely clinging to life.
Fighting your way back to the surface in order to save the game before a nasty monsters chows down on your band of spent adventures, instantly eradicating the last hour you spent meticulously grinding away to beef them up, makes for some intense dungeon crawling. Etrian Odyssey III: The Drowned City is every bit as brutal as its sadistic predecessors, but a bevy of new classes and some awesome features make the punishing trek back into the death-dealing underground catacombs a truly worthwhile adventure...