This is not a good game to play when you're sleepy, unless you have trouble with insomnia and dont like to take medication to deal with that problem. Even the most blisteringly action-heavy parts of Steambot Chronicles - the gladiatorial arenas, if you're curious - are pacifying and tranquil because they're just so simple, quirky and adorable. The game's simplicity and charm are what will make it so easy to go back to after it's sent you into controller-flinging fits of frustration.
There are so many retro compilations these days, one trip to EB and you could snap a weak Ikea table with stacks of them. Most are filled with totally useless games you never wanted to play in the first place, let alone revisit these days. That makes Street Fighter Alpha Anthology stand out even more. With four full-fledged games that sold for around $40 or $50 each around 10 years ago - that are all still really good, even in 2006 - you can't go wrong here.
Anthology contains four games that
Okay, this is a stretch, but - you know when one of your favourite retro films comes out on DVD but the 'special features' turn out to be a couple of manky trailers and scene selection? That's Street Fighter Anniversary Edition, that is.Make no mistake - Street Fighter's great. The original's brilliant, and SF3: Third Strike (included in the Xbox package) stands up next to Guilty Gear X2 as one of the best, most beautifully animated 2D fighters ever. There's even the chance to watch the SF
Love 'em or hate 'em, console role-playing games have amassed a following willing to live and die by plot-twisty storylines, convoluted combat systems (tagged with esoteric names like "Active Time Battle") and - more often than not - lithesome, blue-haired heroes and the spunky female sidekicks who love them.
The long-running Suikoden series (the release of Suikoden V marks the franchise's 10th anniversary) has been guilty of all of the above at some point in its illustrious (and
If you have no idea which purple alien destroyed the planet Namek, and "Spopovitch" sounds like a type of Norwegian breakfast sausage, don't worry. Super Dragon Ball Z isn't really about Dragon Ball Z; it's about smashing that purple alien through brick walls.
Of course, fans will still be treated to a healthy dose of authentic DBZ flair. The environments are nicely detailed, replicating the look of the original manga surprisingly well, and DBZ creator Akira Toriyama personally designed the
Super Monkey Ball ruled, and that's a fact. It was polished to a sheen, it was tightly focused, and it had cute monkeys. Unfortunately, Super Monkey Ball Adventure, the latest entry in Sega's simian series, can only stake a claim to one of those merits.
Taking the series in a more modern direction, Adventure offers up a lengthy story mode wherein you roam large environments in a rolling capsule, completing objectives to unlock further large environments. Trouble is, it lacks the series' former
When anyone mentions the word 'maniac', we invariably think of nut jobs like Friday 13th's Jason Voorhies and people who run with scissors in their hands. However, honourable mentions must go to the bike-mad loonies who descend upon the UK each June for the most notorious race on the planet - the Isle of Man TT.Gran Turismo levels of authenticity are the key to TT Superbikes' quirky brilliance, so prepare yourself for front and rear braking, individual wheel suspension and lifelike
Nov 26, 2007
When you read the back of the box and inevitably find the word "history" somewhere in the synopsis of the game, just go ahead an ignore that. This Civil War era western-themed pirate game is actually a terrible depiction of what the Civil War was like. On the other hand, it's not a bad mix-up of ideas and gameplay elements topped off with some bad language and a delightful amount of limb
Poor Gabe Logan. It must be hard to be stuck in Snakes shadow, while in possession of a moniker that sounds as if its ripped from a bad 70s cop film. Gabe may have triumphed on PSP through an adventure that was tightly designed, offering solid controls, but what was an impressive achievement on handheld is now merely adequate by PS2 standards.
Dark Mirror, despite its stealthy roots, is actually more like a third-person shooter and this works to its benefit. Sony have sculpted a surprisingly
After getting a generous promotion, including a cushy office with a window and an en-suite washroom, Gabe Logan was living the high-life. In fact as he lay back, staring out his window at the world below, he wondered aloud "What could possibly spoil this?" Doh. Jinxing words, Mr Logan. Syphon Filter: Omega Strain, sees Gabe Logan and his PSone buddies, return for a 2004 update on PS2. As before, the Agency is in hot pursuit of the evil Mara Armarov who's escaped from jail and is now