When we see a game come across our desks with little to no fanfare, it's usually a sign that it's meant to be buried and forgotten. So, when a jet racing game called M.A.C.H: Modified Air Combat Heroes suddenly appeared in our PSP, we were rightfully skeptical. Imagine our surprise when the game's mixture of Burnout-style speed and WipEout -caliber sleekness fused into a totally playable, PSP-exclusive title.
M.A.C.H. tries to be two different games at once - a balls-out racer and a
If you've even bothered to read this review, we're going to go ahead and recommend Mana Khemia. Your interest is probably due to past run-ins with Gust/NIS collaborations (Atelier Iris, Ar tonelico) and if it's more of the same you're after, here's another heaping portion to tide you over until the next super-cute, anime-soaked, cliche-ridden JPRG lands on PS2.It all starts with the same stock characters we've seen countless times.
Who decided that Marvel’s lineup of classic super heroes had to be transformed into grotesque Cabbage Patch Kids to be cool? Hardcore comic nerds will cry heresy over Marvel Super Hero Squad’s squat interpretation of our favorite X-Men and Avengers, though the game isn’t meant for them; it’s aimed at an infant audience. The kicker?
Few current X-men fans realize it, but their super-strong southern sweetheart Rogue was originally introduced as a villain. Indeed, she kicked the costumed crap out of the Avengers - particularly Ms Marvel, whose powers she stole permanently - in her first adventure. Over time, she became the champion of justice comic fans know and love today, but the gloves she must wear still keep her from truly touching another person.
This poignant little comic history lesson is important because if Rogue
Nothing could be simpler than rolling up a ball of junk. But somehow, with that basic concept, the Katamari series has become a bona-fide phenomenon. It's a pure burst of bright personality in a world dominated by gunmetal grey. It's also a hell of a lot of fun. Surprisingly, perhaps, it also translates well to the PSP.
This is unexpected because the control of the two PS2 games in the series revolves entirely around the use of the two analog sticks on the face of the controller. As you've no
Most of the PS2-to-PSP games have been retooled versions of an existing title, usually cutting some content and adding new bits here and there to justify the re-release. With Medal of Honor Heroes, you're getting the same head-rocking sound effects and attention to detail the console games have enjoyed, but the insane online action distinguishes this one from the rest.
The idea of a 32-player fragfest isn't new, but being able to do it from the tiny PSP is novel indeed. You can check out our
Nov 28, 2007
With only one thumbstick, pulling off a first-person shooter on the PSP has always been a tricky proposition. And by "tricky," we mean "doomed." Which, in a weird way, makes reviewing this portable Medal Of Honor rather easy: if you've liked other FPS games on the PSP, especially the first Medal Of Honor Heroes, then you'll like this; if you didn't, and it's because you hated the controls, then don't bother with the sequel.
As with other FPS games on the PSP (World War II or
Mega Man hit puberty at the tender age of six when he emerged, revamped and retooled, in the excellent Super Nintendo side-scroller Mega Man X. It's true, robots really do grow up faster. But unlike, say, Shadow the Hedgehog, Mega Man X managed to retain everything that made the source material great while adding a little sass. So now, almost 13 years on, Capcom has created a new version of its SNES classic for the PSP. While at first it feels a bit too familiar for its own good, a small but
If you're gonna remake a classic game, it had better be damn good. Otherwise, well, bad things happen. Luckily for Capcom, Mega Man: Powered Up isn't just good; it's damn good. It's one of the most interesting remakes we've ever seen, and contains enough retro-style platforming challenges to keep even the most ardent Mega Man fan busy for months.
The original Mega Man, on which this game is based, hails all the way back from 1987 and the Nintendo Entertainment System. Mega Man pitted a
Though it's hard to tell from the game's cover, Mercury Meltdown is quite a bit more fun and complex than your momma's marble rolling game... which, considering it was probably just "marbles," may not be the ringing endorsement we originally thought. But still - the game is good.
In this sequel to the PSP launch title Archer Maclean's Mercury, you use the PSP's mini thumbstick to tilt game boards and safely maneuver a gooey blob of the silver stuff through more than 160 Rube Goldberg-style