Despite having a name like an awful cake - or maybe a dangerous aftershave for old men - Baten Kaitos is, in reality, a very good role playing game. Namco may have to be banned from fox hunting after its mediocre efforts with Star Fox Assault, but they've made amends. And a cake for us all to share, however awful its name may be. We won't bother you with the plot; imagine the plot of every RPG ever, added up and divided by a million. It's likely that it's nothing you won't have seen before, in
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
Sometimes you just have to admit that you're not cut out for your career. Hate tweaking cows' nipples? Don't work on a farm. Afraid of heights? Don't be a pilot. Similarly, if all it takes to reduce you to a blubbering wreck is some scaffolding falling over nearby, you're probably not cut out to be a criminal. And if your natural instinct when you're really scared is to throw your away gun - the only thing that could possibly protect you from Batman - it's probably time to think about something
War games, above all else, need to make you feel like you're in the thick of a life-or-death struggle between bitter enemies. Battalion Wars wastes no time in bombing your skull into the charred, corpse-ridden ground, but its squeaky-voiced troops and cartoony presentation make it a hard game to take seriously.
Rather than sticking to the turn-based missions of Advance Wars, Battalion Wars puts you in direct control of your troops. You'll take to the skies with helicopters, jet fighters and