Sept 28, 2007
Let's be brutally honest. Race Driver: Create & Race isn't the best looking of the Race Driver franchise. That's not to say it isn't a phenomenal effort for the DS - it kind of looks likes other formats, but only if you squinted and looked at the screen with your head inside your t-shirt. Plus, the handling has been simplified to the point where driving a Renault Clio and STRANA Supertrack feels much the same. It makes what was a simulator with arcade leanings a totally arcade
Japanese role-playing games frequently fall into the same clichés and it’s becoming increasingly difficult to find new ideas within the genre. Thankfully, Radiant Historia provides us with something innovative and mind-boggling...
Ever played Ragnarok Online? No? It’s an (almost) decade-old MMORPG from Korea and is worth the seven-day free trial just so you can marvel at the peerless sprite work on display. With its sunny locales and unbearably sweet character art, if there’s one thing this particular PC game can’t be accused of is lacking charm.
You would be forgiven for thinking that the 'DS' part of the title infers that DC Studios, the game's Montreal-based developers, have, in some way, embraced the unique features that Ninty's new handheld offers. But you'd be oh-so-very wrong. For starters, Rayman, so called, DS is actually just a port of the N64 and Dreamcast game, Rayman 2 The Great Escape. Which may well have been excellent in 1999 but today - six years later and on a revolutionary piece of kit - it's a doddery
Like Hull City in this season’s Premiership, Real Football 2009 (Real Soccer 2009 in the US) is something of a surprise package. And just like Hull, it may look rather rough around the edges but it offers a solid defense plus fast-paced, attacking football with occasional flourishes that allow it hold its own against the big boys.
"Real Time Conflict," blares the title of Namco's Real Time Conflict: Shogun Empires. From that, you might extrapolate that this is a Real Time Strategy game, like PC classic StarCraft. But there's a reason it's "Real Time Conflict" instead of "Real Time Strategy," and that's because Shogun Empires doesn't actually have any strategy. In fact, it's not only completely devoid of strategy, but also of any compelling gameplay whatsoever. Good thing it's a Real Time Conflict, then. Let's shrug off
Breakdancing and geometry may sound like unlikely bedfellows, and this game proves beyond all doubt that this is the case. A tie-in with the real-world breakdancing contest, BC One challenges you to concoct fly b-boy moves by drawing shapes between coloured blobs on the touch screen. The more shapes you draw, the better your moves; hit the wrong colour and you stumble.
Some things just do not age well. Ten years ago the rotting corpses, flesh-rending hounds and bloodthirsty plants of Resident Evil managed to squeeze a few jumpy scares out of our throats; today they're so damn tame and ugly that only the heaviest helping of fond memories will keep you from foaming at the mouth in frustration.
So you're trapped in a shabbily run mansion, searching for folks who've likely long been eaten by the mindless, skin-feasting zombies that roam about. There's precious
Based on an obscure Japanese TV show, Retro Game Challenge is a very specialized title that old school gamers are going to LOVE. You're transported back to 1985 to play through the games of the era, with the disembodied, polygonal head of the host, Arino, dishing out gaming challenges you must complete to get sent back to the present.
If you missed Rhapsody: A Musical Adventure when it first came out for PlayStation almost a decade ago, you’re sadly not alone. It’s a traditional RPG that looks fairly generic on the surface, but tells an unusually sensitive story about a plain girl named Cornet who embarks on a quest to save a prince, and more importantly, discover herself along the way. Awww… Meatheads, turn back now!