There are four Singstar games coming to PS2 this fall: Pop Vol 2, Legends, Country, and ABBA (dammit Sony, where’s the Bollywood pack for the US? We’re not kidding. The UK got it and we want it too). We’re going to use the same review text for all three. Not because they aren’t good – they are. And not because we haven’t played all three of them – we have.
There are four Singstar games coming to PS2 this fall: Pop Vol 2, Legends, ABBA, and Country (dammit Sony, where’s the Bollywood pack for the US? We’re not kidding. The UK got it and we want it too). We’re going to use the same review text for all three. Not because they aren’t good – they are. And not because we haven’t played all three of them – we have.
This is a tear-inducingly monotonous platform/beat-’em-up hybrid based around the premise that an evil troupe of globules named the Morphoids has infested the NickTooniverse. This creates the opportunity for the NickToons (heroes and villains) to band together to clear their lands of the Calpol-esque menaces.
Shadow of the Colossus is the unlikely inspiration for this, the fourth game starring generically tribal platforming star Tak. This time, the loinclothed bonehead has accidentally released four giant ‘Grosstrosities’ upon the world, and it’s up to him to bring these lumbering maniacs to heel.
When we first looked at Dokapon Kingdom, we were impressed with its innovative multiplayer RPG concept. Being an RPG player can admittedly get lonely, so anything that brings role-playing fans together for a competitive adventure has to be a step in the right direction, right? Although we desperately wanted to root for this game, it unfortunately fails to live up to its potential in almost every aspect.
There are a few different fighting moves in The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor, but we’d be lying if we said we had any clue what they were. All we know is that one button means punch. Punch punch punch. Samurai warriors in your way? Punch. A bigger version of the samurai warrior, except this time with a hammer? Punch him.
Yakuza 2 is a game with an identity crisis. It features a complex plot that bears favourable comparison with some hard-boiled Japanese cinema. But it gets so carried away that it nearly forgets it’s a game at all. Pantomime villain aside, the characters are largely likable with distinctive personalities, and the plot’s various twists and revelations keep things barreling along nicely.
Major league ballplayers are filthy, disgusting creatures. Constantly spitting and grabbing their crotches, they’re the furthest thing possible from lovable cartoon characters. It’s remarkable, then, how MLB Power Pros manages to turn everything about these gruff, vulgar “athletes” into cheek-pinchingly cute caricatures of themselves on and off the field.
For something that looks like a Nintendogs rip-off, there’s a lot more on offer here than you’d think. Choose your four-legged bobble headed puppy from a whopping 48 breeds and you’ll begin a surprisingly entertaining adventure. It’s not GTA or anything, obviously, but it’s still quite diverting.
Digital distribution via the Virtual Console and Xbox Live Arcade has thankfully helped stifle the previously intense flow of classics compilations to retail, but this is one greatest hits package we can get behind. SNK Arcade Classics: Volume 1, as indicated by the title, compiles 16 of the most prominent NeoGeo hits from the early 1990s – Metal Slug, Samurai Shodown, and The King of Fighters '94 included – without the need for dusty, overpriced cartridges.