Jan 8, 2008
Like the other RealPlay titles, the steering wheel peripheral doesnt add a new dimension of control; it merely adds a new dimension of difficulty - wrecking what might have been a half-decent budget game underneath. Here, there isnt even a half-decent game underneath, but what looks like a half-finished PS1 game.
How half-finished? Well, the moment you hit a ramp, your car will start flipping uncontrollably, no matter what. Youd laugh if you hadnt spent full price on the thing.
Well, pilgrim, in this world, there are two types of people - those who have guns, and those who dig. Or maybe those who like third-person shooters and those who don't. Either way, we don't think it's nice, you laughin'.Ahem. Sorry. This isn't working, is it? We were going to do this entire review in a Clint Eastwood voice, because that's so obviously what Rockstar have in mind for Red Dead Revolver - a gritty homage to the Man With No Name. Since 'acquiring' it from Capcom, they've polished it
Based on an alternate history comic series of the same name, The Red Star pits us against hordes of robots, tanks, and sorcerers in an alternate history version of Russia (the U.R.R.S.). If you're looking for a detailed story about a battle between Red Star loyalists and an evil Dark Lord, read the comic. While the game is set in the same (very cool) world, the story is pretty negligible, and is presented in quick mission briefings which can easily be skipped
Outbreak is a really, really hard sell. As a single-player game, it's a return to old Resident Evil of static cameras, remote control handling and door loading screens, which seems archaic and crippled compared to the majesty of Resi 4. Then, as multiplayer online game, it's fiddly and frustratingly lonely when compared to any other online experience. What's supposed to happen is that you and three other online players combine forces to battle the worst that Raccoon City has to throw at you.
When we first heard about Resi: Online (as it was then) and splashed it on the cover of PSM2 it was online only and we described it as being the 'first real reason to buy a Network Adapter'. So when the shitshell dropped that the game wouldn't be online in the UK we almost choked on our collective bile. OK, Capcom haven't properly said that it won't be online but let's just say it's 'unlikely'.So Japan get a single-player game plus an online team version and UK is heading for just the
If there was ever a wrong message to be sending out to the kids, then it's the intro sequence from Ribbit King. A bulbous-eyed freak approaches Atari's cutesy character, Scooter, and offers him a ride on his rocket. Despite the concerned protests of his talking picnic hamper (don't laugh) Scooter decides to go with him. Utter madness. But don't worry, the creepy alien isn't trying to perv him up. He merely wants to chauffeur him around the Frolf Championship. Phew. Hang on. Eh?!Ribbit King
If you play games to have fun, then you might want to think twice about shelling out forty notes for Richard Burns Rally. It's possibly the grimmest, most relentlessly cheerless game we've played in a good long while, and there's not a gun, eviscerated innocent bystander or gore-dripping hell spawn in sight. Not bad going for a game about cars, eh?It's all because this is the hardest, most punishing game we've played in, ooh, ages. Sure, rallying is all about grappling with physics and mother
The saddest part of River King: A Wonderful Journey isn't that it's an appallingly dull mixture of fishing, minigames and RPG elements - it's the fact that it's neither wonderful nor a journey in any way. Easy-time gamers may very well want to like this, but spend just an hour dealing with this boring life and you'll be ready to move on.
The gameplay itself is a lobotomized version of an RPG. You'll explore a few environments in which you encounter small populations whose lives revolve around
Thursday 25 January 2007
Space pirates - by which we mean full-on, grog-swilling, "shiver me nebulas" space pirates, with cybernetic peglegs and lasers and everything - really don't get enough play in videogames. So when someone goes and makes a whole game about them, we take notice. And when that game is one of the biggest, most satisfyingly intricate RPGs we've played in ages, we say "awesome."
Rogue Galaxy isn't quite as huge as its name implies, but sometimes it feels that way. Promising
Have you ever thought to yourself, "Gee, I love the Ratchet & Clank games, but I wish that instead of a robot sidekick, Ratchet had magical werewolf powers?" If so, then Ruff Trigger: The Vanocore Conspiracy might be the perfect game for you. Drawing its inspiration from Ratchet 's art and play styles, Ruff Trigger is a cute (if bland) sci-fi shooter/platformer in which players control Ruff, a dog-faced interstellar bounty hunter.
At first armed with little more than a clunky set of