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Japanese roleplaying games aren’t often noted for their excessive handholding, and White Knight Chronicles II is certainly no exception. This is a sequel that fully expects you to have played the original, dropping you directly into the action without so much as a controller map. Luckily for newbs, Level-5 has included the complete original game on the disc, polished up with some of the sequel’s improvements to gameplay and combat. While getting a free game is a great bonus, new players eager to dive directly into the sequel are inevitably going to be frustrated and disoriented...
Let’s face it: there are no surprises here. The title alone should tell you all you need to know about this: namely, the pinnacle of “love it or hate it” racing games running at 60 frames per second in 1080p.
It’s funny, in a way, that Japan manages to keep one of the longest-running Western RPG series going strong. Wizardry: Labyrinth of Lost Souls is a fully Japanese-developed entry in the series, and it stays true to many of the franchise’s hallmarks: letting the player craft a party of adventurers, sending them into a massive, winding first-person dungeon maze, and being excruciatingly hard. It might sound interesting, sure. But that’s the thing: you can’t just think you might enjoy Wizardry and buy it to give it a shot, you have to absolutely, positively know you will enjoy it going in. Otherwise, you are going to be completely lost and overwhelmed...
If you aren’t sick of the classic Worms concept then there’s a great deal of fun to be had with this snack-sized downloadable title. With smaller maps, and fewer weapons and modes than the 1995 original, this is Worms distilled to its purest essence – but the simple joy of lobbing grenades at cartoon annelids is almost worth the asking price.
Worms Revolution doesn’t try to fundamentally alter the longstanding series so much as it tries to refine it to perfection. Does that make it worth your time? Find out in our review...
The SmackDown series remained the dominant force in pro wrestling gaming for over a decade. While challengers like TNA and Lucha Libre tried, only one thing could dethrone SD: the game makers themselves. This year publisher THQ dumped the brand to replace it with WWE '12. However, even with the new name and image, things aren't quite as different as some might hope, but we aren't that bothered by it...
The newest game in THQ's long-running wrestling dynasty, the series stays fresh this year thanks to a heavy dose of nostalgia for late '90s wrestling...
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