The Nazi/occult setting has been a mainstay of computer gaming since Blake Stone ate his first bowl of dog food, but UberSoldier II actually manages to remove the joy from foiling Hitler’s mystical shenanigans. FPS cliches abound: battle environments include a moving train, a war-torn city, and a Goldeneye-style communications platform.
Humans vs aliens. If anything from videogames is to be believed, its the inevitable struggle of the future. In this third installment of the UFO series, mankinds already lost the battle for planet Earth, and we've been shipped off by conquering aliens to a lonely crater on Mars instead.
Newcomers will be totally bewildered by Afterlights mix of turn-based strategy and micro-management. If youve never tested the waters of the series before, it can be a bit like trying to gouge your eye out with
We feel dirty. Dirty because what enjoyment we've taken from UFO: Extraterrestrials isn't of its own making. It's all very well treating it as its own entity, but when something is so knowingly a carbon copy of X-COM, the past can't be ignored. This is a straight copy, not the experimentation of the rival UFO: After series, though equally unpolished. Only the move to a butt-ugly 3D engine, a wonky interface and the same plot but in a different light mark significant change.
That it sucked us
At first glance, baseball games and MMOs dont seem like a natural marriage. Sure, there are a few similarities: For every giant, ogre-like beast in World of Warcraft, baseball has a Roger Clemens. And for every diabolical genius bent on world-domination in City of Villains, baseball has, well, a Roger Clemens. But the common features really end there, which is why its surprising to see that Ultimate Baseball Online 2007 actually works pretty well.
After all, this free game is treading into
While UT2003 was well received, Epic's true success can't be judged on that alone. In an infinite chain, it isn't the first link you judge, but the movement onwards.
While still very much in the same vein, the improvements in UT2004 are so varied, polished and deep that they make any devotee of the genre consider upgrading. In fact, its range is extensive enough to make those who turned their nose up at the business-as-usual nature of UT2003 come storming back.
While there are large changes,