Platform: 360 | Publisher: Microsoft | Developer: Chair Entertainment | Price: 600 MS Points
This Super Metroid-inspired side-scroller had Cliff Bleszinski as a
design consultant. It's damn fine by any measure, but doubly so when you
slash 50% off its regular asking price. So to see it at a mere 600MS
Points is like... ooh, seeing Perfect Dark at 400 MS Points. Which, by
amazing coincidence, is happening too. Funny, eh?
One in five Americans are born with some sort of personality disorder –
something that makes them zag when everyone else zigs. It might be as
subtle as a nervous tic, as confusing as Asperger's or as overt as
psychopathy. But mentally unstable individuals are part of
the real world – and part of the world of videogames as well. Sometimes their
damage leads them to be horrible, monstrous villains, and other times it
can make them loyal friends, or complex protagonists. No matter what it
does to them, though, it's usually hard not to be sympathetic to their
problems, and to, in a way, fall in love with them... even if they're
a videogame hero has more than one or two adventures under his or her belt, it
simply isn’t enough to just have an archenemy anymore. To keep things
interesting, they need a foil, a rival, or some other angry opposite number
obsessed with matching wits with them. Sometimes, those characters stick around
long enough to make themselves an indelible part of the series, even going so
far as to make friends with the
protagonist – although more often than not, their friendships tend to be shaky
at best, and even those involved might never fully admit to them. Relationships
like that tend to make for gaming’s most enduring and interesting rivalries,
and what follows are some of the most notable...
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Some do it for gold. Some do it for love. Some do it for patriotism. Some do it because the developers decided they needed an arbitrary twist. Whatever their reasons, there are few ways to make a previously loved character universally despised faster than having them turn traitor.
While some betrayals you can see coming a mile away, and some just make no sense, this list is a tribute to the traitors who really hit home. Whether they shook us to our core, or were just so sympathetic that we couldn’t harbor any resentment; these characters did more than break our bodies…they broke our hearts...
Pac-Man's name and image have been used for a number of mediocre spin-offs over the years – think Pac-Man Party, Pac-Man World Rally, etc. – so approaching something like Pac'n-Jump with a healthy dose of cynicism isn't a bad idea. After all, this marriage of Pac's retro aesthetics with the popular hopping gameplay of iOS smash Doodle Jump doesn't seem like the most essential stop for the beloved gaming icon. But despite the questionable copycat approach, Pac'n-Jump is a surprisingly excellent iOS entry: a universal app that not only mimics a popular game, but also arguably improves on it...
We're diving into a diverse set of premium and free new releases for the iPad this week, with the paid options headlined by Pulse: Volume One, a striking and original rhythm game, as well as Siege Hero HD, which sort of plays like a first-person Angry Birds. And then there's Thor: Son of Asgard… better not to elaborate much on that one. Plus, we have a couple of free universal apps this week: Square Enix's Imaginary Range, which blends comic panels and mini-games for a unique iPad experience, and Frisbee Forever, which (like many freemium releases) makes you play it forever to access much of the content unless you spend real money...
We've got a pretty solid slate of iPad offerings for you this week, headed up by Snuggle Truck HD, the game about carting around cute animals that was previously a game about smuggling around illegal immigrants – until Apple had its say. Also, we're looking at Unpleasant Horse, the first (free) offering from PopCap's new 4th and Battery label, as well as the latest unexpectedly strong Pac-Man offshoot, a robust free-to-play motocross game, and… well, the half-baked adaptation of Fast Five, the latest Fast and the Furious movie. Can't win 'em all...
When you’re a kid who’s lost his girl and been cut from the high school soccer team, things are tough. When this happens in the middle of a zombie outbreak, it’s downright deadly. To make matters worse, you’ve been bitten by one of those undead. While you got some nifty powers thanks to that, you’re also a few hours from being dead. Now, it’s a race against time to save yourself, your ex-ladyfriend, and your town. The weapon of choice? A regulation soccer ball, of course...