When we first heard that the same studio that makes the fluidly acrobatic, lushly visualized Prince of Persia series was going to make a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles game, we were thrilled. In our minds, no other team on Earth was better suited to blend the four things that define the turtles: a dark personality (in the original comics at least), incredibly acrobatic ability to treat an entire city like a jungle gym, teamwork, and high-flying martial arts shell-kickery complete with different
Spartan is nothing but a killing machine. We cant say if its because he has no real name, if someone said he'd never make it in a third-person hack-and-slash game because he's not as pretty as Russell Crowe, or what. What we can say is this: the only way his countrymen could have designed a more effective tool for relieving Roman soldiers of their limbs would have been to attach giant razor blades to an airplane propeller.
This meaty brand of third-person action slaughter is executed via the
XD opens with a cutscene worthy of a much bigger screen. A cruise liner is set upon by a legendary Pokemon and a gang of helicopters from the extra dimension (which is what the XD stands for). The Pokemon, a Shadow Lugia codenamed XD001, drags the liner out from the waters and makes away with it through the night sky. It's a dramatic, well-executed set-piece which immediately establishes the blockbuster style of the game - Pokemon XD is the real deal.
At first you can't access any areas apart
Mario's done it again. From golf to tennis and now baseball, the plumber has proved that he's a better sportsman than Deion Sanders. But Mario Superstar Baseball diverts from the pick-up-and-play style of previous athletic outings, and ups the difficulty.
The truth is you will miss the ball. A lot. As good as Mario can be at golf and tennis, he's no A-Rod, and he doesn't hit a homer easily. In fact you can forget about home runs for the moment; at first you'll be happy when you actually hear
After recently popping up all over the place - thanks to a few odd cameos and numerous sporty spin-offs - the Mario gang has invaded yet another franchise; Konamis Dance Dance Revolution
Hows this for an award-winning premise for a game? Shrek and The Gingerbread Man seeing who can hold their breath the longest… Donkey showing up with the Fairy Godmothers magic wand… Donkey waving the wand around and – you guessed it – summoning up a swamp beast, a Cinderella-esque kart and a giant cupcake on wheels. Just the kind of respectful swansong the poor old GameCube deserves for its final
At this point it's hard to remember all the hoopla Wind Waker caused when it launched in 2003. Nintendo ditched the serious tone of 1998's Ocarina of Time and replaced it with a childish, Saturday morning version of always-hero Link and the kingdom of Hyrule. Many were incensed. But you know what? It's still one of the best puzzle-solving, labyrinth-crawling adventures you'll ever play.
Graphics don't make everything, but here they certainly carry a bright, cheery mood through the whole game.
People often rip on Madden for coming out every year with nothing but minor tweaks. Well, we feel inclined to mention that the first Clash of Ninja was released in March...of this year. It was an exceptionally energetic anime scrapper that looked just like the cartoon on which it's based upon and offered enough action for all styles of fighting fans. And here we have Ninja 2, essentially the same game with just a handful of enhancements. And you know what? They're more than enough.
With the last exciting titles for the dying GameCube now being transported to Wii (Super Paper Mario, The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess), Nintendo seems to be forcing their fans to consider just one option: buy a new console. These days, there just aren't that many games for GameCube-owning Nintendoholics to look forward to. Except one - Baten Kaitos Origins, an RPG sequel that plays its cards right by not only delighting fans of the first quest, but also welcoming newcomers with its
As wrestling fans will attest, the previous Nintendo console was host to some of the best wrestling games ever made - WWE Day of Reckoning 2 doesnt excel like the N64 classics, but is by default the GameCubes best wrestling game so far.
If you played the first Day of Reckoning, youll be able to jump right in. In fact, the story continues from where the first game ended - sounds great in theory, but is marred by the fact that you cant carry over your created Superstar from the first game. The