Some games pull it all together: graphics, music, gameplay and presentation. F-Zero GX is one of those games. It's a lightning-quick testament to hardcore racers, and a permanent fixture in the grand hallway of Nintendo's premier franchises. It's damn near impossible to bat an eye or take a breath while clinging to the winding, twisting courses that float miles above the alien landscape. Few of us have rocketed down a spiraling race track at 2,000 kilometers per hour, but after spending
You are Wayne Rooney. 'This is your moment', goes the opening gambit. If you actually were Wayne Rooney, upon receiving a perfect through ball, you'd expect to race clear of the defender and smash the ball into the top corner.
Here, playing against Swindon Town in the FA Cup, 37-year-old clogger Alan Reeves will catch our Wayne up and 'your moment' will be gone. Unless of course 'your moment' is passing back to Paul Scholes.
This chronic lack of pace is the one thing that prevents FIFA 06
Ignore the GBAs for a moment, even though the game insists on them as a requirement. Forget about the singleplayer too, even though it transpires to be more simple and satisfying than expected. The real question is how Crystal Chronicles shapes up as a straight multiplayer. Initial observations are hopeful: teams of two to four players (with two to four GBAs, and two to four link-up cables) are supported, and saves can be opened in both single and multiplayer modes. Closer inspection, however,
Despite the fact that a real battlefield is not, in fact, divided neatly into squares and real soldiers refuse to take gentlemanly turns, Fire Emblem has managed to become synonymous with fantasy warfare on the Game Boy Advance. There's a good reason for that: these games are damn engrossing. On GameCube, little has changed. This is for the best.
As young mercenary Ike, you're immediately swept up into a situation that's larger than you are. While the GBA games centered around the tribulations
It's been a long and no doubt gruelling road from conception to Pillage to Future Tactics, with the gloomy footnote that Zed Two closed before its game reached the shelves. In the sense that the game fulfils its intent - to prune that most spiky of genres, the strategy RPG, into something manageable, intuitive and bright - it was worth the uncertain wait.It was evident from our first preview that stripping away the clutter and complication of movement grids, action points and rules within rules