With its speedy action and cartoon visuals, Sensible Soccer - Sensi to friends - is the anti-Pro Evo, and the nemesis of realism. It's not about simulating weight-perfect Premiership counter-attacking cross balls, it's about 35 yard goal-thwackers that bend like squashed bananas.
Fifteen years after the original, the veteran footie game is returning for PS2, Xbox and PC this June as an antidote to "dull, drab sims", according to the creator of the series. But Pro Evolution Soccer is no
Our first hands-on preview of Final Fantasy XII cut straight to the basic details of this mammoth RPG, the most monumental PlayStation 2 release of 2006. More time spent under its spell proves the game to be a slow burn - one of the most deliberately-paced in the series. Somehow, though, it's still addictive.
So far in the first several hours of the game, all action has revolved around blonde leading man Vaan - though Ashe, the princess who played a leading role on the demo disc, has made a
Poker: America's new national pastime? You'd think it from the sudden explosion of TV shows, books and paraphernalia littering the pop culture landscape. Video games have jumped on the bandwagon, too, but every poker title seems to be missing ... something. Usually it's either smarts or speed. Stacked featuring Daniel Negreanu promises both.
Stacked is powered by the Poki AI, which doesn't sound like much, but has the potential to make all other poker games look utterly ridiculous. Developed
We all know that strategy games require a lot of time to plow through. Commanding an army through mission after mission, obliterating foes and discovering new weapons can easily take, oh, 50 hours or more. But tactical fans already know the ditzy demons of Disgaea 2 will offer double that. Easily.
The colorful, vibrant visuals may appear basic, but they hide a war zone that's deeper than anything else you'll touch on the PS2. Right from the start, you can create your own hellacious army of
To say the first Kingdom Hearts was unique is an understatement. It wasn't just a success: it was a mega-smashing, world-eater of a success. It wasn't just unusual: it was a sounds-unholy-but-works-perfectly mating of Disney's characters and worlds with role-playing style and flair from Final Fantasy developers Square Enix. It was an Action RPG that atomized the mode - seriously: Goofy is a knight and Donald Duck a wizard? Your spaceship is made of gummi bricks? - and left fans squalling for
Forget about “the cream” and “the clear” - baseballs back in the one place its guaranteed to be steroid-free: on your favorite videogame console. With a third-party exclusivity agreement with Major League Baseball in publisher 2Ks back pocket, MLB 2K6 steps onto the field as the only pro hardball title on Xbox and GameCube, and just the second on PS2. And while longtime fans of the digital diamond may be nervous at the thought of a pro MVP-less season, youve got to like
Last year's racer FlatOut is remembered mainly for two things: drivers who went flying violently through the windshield with every serious collision, and minigames that revolved around how far you could launch your driver out of the car. Some critics dismissed the actual racing as unremarkable, but the horrible-accident minigames stood out so well that the game is getting a sequel.
FlatOut 2 features everything a good sequel should: more cars, more varied tracks, more personality and twice as
Lego Star Wars didn't so much secure the support of a wide audience as capture, for entirely separate reasons, the hearts of two. Children warmed to its unpatronising approach and to adults it provided an antidote to George Lucas' wavering prequels.
For its successor - at first glance a project with everything to gain - the use of Episodes IV to VI as source material is, in the eyes of adults at least, of significant concern. Will innocent parody earn the same appreciation when applied to
Final Fantasy is, for most gamers, absolutely synonymous with the concept of role-playing games. These games represent the pinnacle of technology and visual artistry wherever they land. If we're lucky, they also tell captivating tales, filled with adventure and love. From what we've played so far, Final Fantasy XII is set to uphold this tradition. It is both like and unlike its predecessors, and instantly feels epic. Whether or not it holds up over its entire playtime ... well, we'll find out
Your starter for 10: what was the UK's videogame Christmas number one in 2005? Sony's plan was for it to be Buzz! The Music Quiz, presumably thinking that Need for Speed couldn't possibly make it three in a row. But despite its crowd-pleasing buzzer controllers, calculatingly bland presentation and high-energy turn from housewives' favourite Jason Donovan, Buzz only just squeezed into the top 20. So was the whole Buzz venture