Spring is here, and with it comes a relative onslaught of baseball games for the venerable PS2. Not one, not two, but three full-fledged titles for Sonys current generation console make it onto the store shelves. Take-Twos MLB 2K7 is the last of the three to come up to bat, and while its got big-league skills and options aplenty, it brings up the rear of a hyper competitive race for gamers dollars this
Oct 10, 2007
If baseball is a game of inches, what then is MLB Power Pros, a game of fate, love, loss, friendship, loan sharks and pizza delivery? It's probably the most creative sports game to be released in some time, and a nice addition to any baseball fan's library.
Developed by Konami, Power Pros is the Americanized version of Jikkyou Pawafuru Major League 2, the madly popular Japanese baseball game. As you can see from the oh-so-cute player models that lack legs, Power Pros is targeted
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.
SlugFest 2006 prides itself as an arcadey baseball game, but we have to ask: where's the lack of realism? This game features big-skulled players who are obscenely bulky that can effortlessly drill 500-foot homeruns over the cheap seats. The MLB's steroids fiasco is all over but the asterisks, but SlugFest is a knowing nod to the joys of baseball's HGH (Human Growth Hormone)
Like the animated movie it's based on, publisher THQ's Monster House attempts to offer all the frantic frights of Halloween... in July (arguably the second most frightening month of the year). Ultimately, the game ends up being like most summer movie releases - a bit fun, but ultimately forgettable. Monster House isn't offensive, but at the same time it doesn't have anything to make it stand out from other action-adventure games. It's a very average title that will seem above-average to kids
There is nothing to excuse how bad this evolution of the Monster Rancher series is. We love swapping in disc after disc to unlock new monsters from movies and games. We hate that every fun part of the Monster Rancher games has been tossed aside for Monster Rancher EVO.
The game revolves around a young, confused boy who travels from town to town as part of a circus, performing with the monsters he trains. Each town you visit has a pile of missions from the "Guild" - who else? - as well as
Did gaming ever really get better after you first took control of icy ninja Sub-Zero and ripped out Scorpion's spine? Yes, yes it did - and it seemed for a while there that Mortal Kombat didn't notice. The last few chapters in the sloppy fighting game saga piled on more and more stuff without actually making it noticeably more fun than the old days. But the ominously titled Armageddon - the last entry in the series until it reinvents itself on next-gen consoles, according to its creators -
Mortal Kombat fans are a loyal bunch. Whether it started with the visceral thrill of ripping out someone's spine or genuine affection for a soap opera set in the Outworld universe, there's a faithfulness among the MK fanbase that other franchises wish they had. Shaolin Monks feels very much like a reward for that devotion - it's got enough gore and lore to make even the most hardened ninja smile.
Whereas most MK games have been one-on-one fighting affairs, Shaolin Monks branches out into the
PS2 motorcycle racing fans are getting a raw deal. No one expects MotoGP4 to threaten the similarly named Xbox 360/PC game - which comes from another publisher - for graphic flair, but hey, a decent wash and wax would have been nice. As it is, the fourth chapter in this six-year-old bike racing franchise is visually indistinguishable from its immediate predecessors.
A stalled release is partly to blame here. MotoGP4 launched in Europe over a year ago and Japan soon after. Apart from a new
MotorStorm: Arctic Edge marks the first time the series goes backward from the PlayStation 3 to the PlayStation Portable and PlayStation 2. Like you’d expect from any backwards conversion, some of the game’s slickness is lost in the downgrading. But as ports go, Arctic Edge holds up well enough on PS2 for diehard racing fans to consider it.