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It’s always nice to boot up a game that doesn’t take itself too seriously. B Team: Metal Cartoon Squad is such a game, shunning any sort of war realism to deliver a cartoon shooter that’s like a cross between old SNES game Super Smash TV and arcade classic Gauntlet. Movement is controlled using the D-pad while shooting is on the stylus.
We’ll have to be honest and admit that Bakugan has passed us by. Not because we’re old farts (which we’re not); more likely because Pokemon gives us an adequate fix of otherworldly-creatures-in-a-ball action. Okay, that’s probably drastically oversimplifying the whole Bakugan concept, but certainly for newcomers that’s what it feels like.
Think you’re good at games? You can measure how hardcore you are by spending a couple of hours with Bangai-O – if your eyes are bleeding, your nerves are frazzled and you’ve torn your hair out in scalpy clumps, this game has just exposed you as a casual. What are you going to do about it, chump?
Dinosaurs battling other dinosaurs for survival is a concept long-unused by game developers. Huge thanks to Ubisoft for reminding us why that is. You pick a dinosaur – carnivore, herbivore or speedy (it doesn’t seem to matter which type) – and begin trudging slowly across a map, seeking out the marked objectives, which seem to consist only of locating fossils (time paradox alert!) and beating other dinosaurs to death for golden eggs.
Everybody loves fireworks, and we’re pretty sure that every DS owner will love this pyrotech-tastic shoot-’em-up. It’s as visually arresting as it is infectious, original and quirky, and we can’t recommend it highly enough, especially given its budget price. Describing the game makes it sound a little convoluted, but please bear with us.
There are gamers who wish the 1990s never ended. 3D, high-def, online multiplayer? Bah. All of this is trumped by the greatness of the 16-bit era and most markedly, the SNES. Black Sigil: Blade of the Exiled is a game made entirely for these gamers, and despite some stumbles, it largely succeeds at tapping into that sense of nostalgia for games gone by.
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