Relatively early in the Campaign Mode of Resistance, our hero Nathan Hale bursts out onto the shoreline quay to be confronted by a horizon dominated by a cloud-sized Chimera ship, looming over the suspension bridge with the surrounding sky teeming with tinier enemy craft.
Vallkyria Chronicles shares the same frustrations as MGS4, with its gratuitous cutscenes redeemed by glimpses of genius. The premise might be unspectacular – set in a world at war, you control a military unit in a quest to free your country from Imperial occupation – but gorgeous presentation and intriguing gameplay make it a rare gem that stands out from the crowded shelves of RPG sequels and remakes.
Publisher Sony snuck this latest entry in its long-standing Navy SEALs-based shooter onto store shelves with very little fanfare. Odd, considering this was one of PlayStation 2’s biggest franchises and the game introducing the PS3’s swish new wireless headset.
Your motorbike can outrun the entire field, but it’ll get chewed up and spat out by a couple of monster trucks, which as expected, start throwing their weight around at the beginning of the race.
LittleBigPlanet may be the best game Nintendo never got around to making. There’s the fuzzy little mascot, colorful worlds, a charming story and an unending barrage of innovation. It’s Nintendo to the core; except the core is made by Media Molecule and it’s on a Sony console.
Sony’s first-party basketball title has long been the black sheep of the NBA posse, considered a pint-sized squirt watching from the sidelines as the big boys – 2K and Live - grapple for supremacy. This season is no different, although considering the prowess of its competition, that’s no real shame. NBA 09 The Inside may not be a jaw-dropping, drenching-in-atmosphere tour de force, but it continues to improve and should no longer be a mere afterthought in the hoops conversation.
We don’t get it. We realise that there are people out there who like horse racing, and we realise that there are even people out there who like the G1 Jockey series of games.
We reckon developer Artoon’s mastery of irony is pretty spectacular: here’s a game called Vampire Rain; it features hundreds of vampires (check) and it never stops raining (check). That’s like calling Gran Turismo… “Car Drive”. Bravo, then, for that. It’s not that Altered Species is appalling.
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.
If you weren’t around for Mega Man’s heyday (waaaay back when dinosaurs roamed the Earth, around 1990), all this commotion about an archaic, unsophisticated platformer may make about as much sense as the robot elephants that populate Concrete Man’s level.
The confusion is understandable - Mega Man 9 is an old-school 8-bit NES game through and through, with pixel-perfect jumps, one hit kills and crushingly difficult boss encounters that'll shred wrists from here to Japan.