So, you're one of the millions and millions of potential Madden 07 players who have yet to fork over the cash for a shiny, new Xbox 360, and you'd like to hear a little about how Madden is going to play on your system this year? We've got you covered. We were given time in a windowless room to brain-beat Associate Producer Josh Looman, and he started singing like a canary before we even rolled up our sleeves. We're actually really lucky he was so coopoerative - it turns out, guys who hang with
Thursday 17 August 2006
Thanks to its unique and finely honed control system (it's a no-cheap-button-presses or single-analogue-stick-swing zone), impressive roster of golfing pros and fairway favourites to master, ProStroke Golf: World Tour 2007 promises to be a bona fide treat for gamers seeking an authentic virtual golfing experience.
As ProStroke Golf's developer, Gusto Games, finally reaches the 19th hole (the game is out for PC, PS2 and Xbox tomorrow), we've chipped 10 quick-fire
Thursday 17 August 2006
If you think Family Guy is a peculiar cartoon, wait until you see what the Griffin family get up to in the game. Baby Stewie's battling his unborn brother Bertram (see series three, when Stewie goes inside dad Peter's body Inner Space-style) as both try to take over the world.
Meanwhile, Brian the dog's been wrongly imprisoned for impregnating Mr Pewterschmidt's greyhound Seabreeze and Peter thinks he's starring in a videogame after taking a bang on the head from a
Some games, like Shadow of the Colossus or Ocarina of Time, have that intangible "something" that makes them more than just a bunch of polygons thrown up on a screen by a wheezing plastic box. Add one more game to that list. In our eight transcendent hours with Okami, we're already convinced this water-colored adventure will rank among the most unique, beloved fables on the PS2. Okami will affect your life.
But this gushing praise wasn't our first impression. You're awoken as a goddess that's
The Tales series meant very little in the US until 2004's surprise hit Tales of Symphonia. It blended intense action, beautiful graphics and... well... a passable story into a lengthy adventure hundreds of thousands found well worth undertaking. Flash forward to earlier this year, and suddenly, things hit the status quo again. Tales of Legendia, which arrived on the PS2 in February, was kind of a mess - though it looked great, mediocrity seeped through every
After about umpteen kajillion attempts at making a Dragon Ball Z game, last year's Budokai Tenkaichi was the first to really get it right. Unfolding from a third-person perspective, it captured the feel of the mega-popular anime almost perfectly, enabling players to freely fly around a huge, 3D battlefield while beating the crap out of a super-powered opponent in lightning-fast aerial fistfights.
The sequel - imaginatively titled Dragon Ball Z: Budokai Tenkaichi 2 - is poised to build on the
Okay, you couch-bound, wannabe PGA pros - consider yourself called out. You may rock at the Tiger Woods golf games, but that doesn't mean you can swing a club in real life. The first shot in the money-where-your-mouth-is campaign was fired by Real World Golf, with its unique, gloves-with-strings controller. But the big gun might be ProStroke Golf, which uses the standard controller you already have to show Tiger a thing or two about "realism" - and may expose your weak skills along the
Forget Final Fantasy. Kingdom Hearts? Don't make us laugh. The plot of the Xenosaga series packs in more characters and bizarre menaces per minute than the rest of the PS2's RPGs combined. Don't believe us? We've cooked up a little guide to the plot elements you need to know to wrap your head around the mysteries of Xenosaga
After years of building a reputation for mediocrity, Sony's sports division finally found its hook last year with NBA '06, a basketball sim that put players into the shoes of a single baller. Instead of controlling a whole team through season after season of straight-up games, gamers created a custom player - a point guard simply called The Kid - and followed his story all the way through to the championships.
In NBA '07 - due out in September - The Kid is back again, this time rejoining his
The comic has driven Japan mental for almost a decade. The show has ping-ponged around the US cable networks as the comic is published in the nation's most popular anthology, Shonen Jump. But the bizarre saga of the Straw Hat Pirates... well, maybe it should be played to be believed.
For those who've somehow avoided the phenomenon, One Piece is a long-running series that takes place in a steampunk-style world of endless oceans. The Age of Piracy is at its peak, and One Piece follows the