Developers seem to have hit on a new trend: any game with a ragdoll to torture will keep people coming back. We’ve had Sumotori Dreams, where a jittery figure pounds on another, Flatout 2 where you send your character through the windscreen of a crashing car, and now we have Trials 2, where the fun comes from whacking a trail-bike rider until he falls to the ground and spasms in pain.It’s a Junior Kickstart-style trail-bike sim,
The few clans organised enough to gather around Battlefield: 1942 discovered a neat trick. At the start of the match, they could rush far-flung capture points if a couple of daredevil troopers hopped on to the wings of a B-29 bomber and, precariously balanced, wing-walked their way across the skies. With a simple tap of F9, their parachutes would open and they'd drop into enemy territory. It's an exploit, but it's a fun exploit. Spend time with Tribes: Vengeance and you come away with much the
Bungling through Trine’s side-scrolling levels of physics puzzles with two friends is definitely the way to go. In single-player, you transform between these three characters, using their abilities to solve puzzles step by step. Conjure a platform as the Wizard, swing from it as the Thief, then turn into the Knight to bash the skeletons on the other side.
What the hell is wrong with our eyes? Can this cheap game we found on Steam really look this good? It's unbelievable. As we get further into the game, though, we realize our eyes aren't imagining it: Trine 2 looks amazing. Also, hey, look at this, it's fun too! So we dive in...
“The ability to control time could be very
useful,” says your fictional Presidente after one of Tropico 4's optional
tutorials. Really, that sums up the game pretty well. You're an island dictator
who's capable of, well, pretty much whatever he damn well pleases. You can slip
on your goodie two-shoes, kiss a few babies (and a few more asses), and
climb to the top the hard way, or you can bulldoze your glorious tropical
paradise to make way for a menagerie of military bases. Sorry, rebellious
types, them's the breaks. And by “them's,” we mean “your kneecaps.” And by
“breaks,” we mean, well, you know. Our point is you've got some serious power –
including, yes, limited time control. Like many politicians, though, El
Presidente's incredible promise lacks substance. Dig beneath the surface, and
there's really not much to see...
We didn’t know this was a game based on an Uwe Boll film until about 30 minutes into playing. A passing scribe asked whether it was “that Boll Tunnel Rats game” and, when answered in the affirmative, laughed and gave his condolences.
Twin Sector plays like an amateur dramatics performance of Portal. That might sound mean, but we’re actually a little bit in love with this game. A fun first-person environmental puzzler, its conceit – investigating a disaster in an underground bunker – sees you with a pair gravity manipulating gloves.
Sifting through games reviews must be a depressing activity if you work for NYC & Company, New York's official tourism marketing organisation. Max Payne, 50 Cent: Bulletproof, True Crime: New York City, The Warriors... recent years have seen a sewer-pipe tsunami of games celebrating the Big Apple's seedier (pippier?) side.
Why aren't develepers more interested in the NYC that is America's safest large city, its financial capital and one of its most popular tourist destinations? We think the