Blizzard created a magic formula for fun with Diablo, which turned out to be one of the most addictive games ever made. It was kinda simple and repetitive, yes, but it kept millions of players hooked through a slow but steady trickle of character upgrades. A stronger sword here, a tougher armor there... hours flowed like water. But as effective as this formula is, in the wrong hands it can go awry. Case in point is Namco Bandai's Bounty Hounds, which usurps Blizzard's recipe wholesale but
Based on the Brave Story manga, Brave Story: New Traveler is a classic, Japanese-style RPG set in the fantasy world of Vision. As you progress through its 11 well-paced chapters, you'll remain engaged in its simple yet fun battle system, which features a clean menu system and your choice of Japanese or English voiceovers. Add in charming characters and fresh dialogue, with a sprinkle of smart pop culture references, and there's not much to complain about here.
The battle system is
Oct 23, 2007
We feel your pain. We know that if you're a cricket fan, until now you were stuck for any games to play on the move. First comes Pressure Play 2007 then next month International Cricket Captain hits the shelves. Should you hold out?
To counter the obvious problem of a sport that can potentially last days featuring on a handheld, the developers have included a handy Pressure Play mode, which basically acts as a Scenario mode - you're given a challenge like "win the match in the
Just like the lovable-yet-undateable best friend character in every single teen date movie, Brooktown High: Senior Year has a heart of gold and a fatal flaw. Actually, it has several flaws, but the big one is that it recreates the erratic conversations and neurotic mood-swings of the teenage psyche too well. In other words: these babes are all crazy, and the bros aren't far
Just about the time that you stopped being able to distinguish one World War II shooter from another, the seminal Brothers in Arms: Road to Hill 30 came along and single-handedly jolted the genre back to glorious life. Featuring - gasp! - actual military tactics, it (along with follow-up Earned in Blood) offered an exhilarating (if often painfully difficult) experience while placing itself shoulder-to-shoulder with the more established Call of Duty and Medal of Honor
Bust-A-Move's brand of bubble-shooting gets ported from platform to platform almost by default, seemingly immune to innovation. The PSP version shakes some cobwebs loose, adding some new tricks and a haunted-house theme that contrasts with the ever-present blank-stared cuteness of the twelve cartoon characters.
For those who've never played a Bust-A-Move before, the concept is simple: Aim a crossbow to launch colored bubbles into a playing field that's full of them, matching up three or more
Buzz without the plastic buzzers? It won’t work, surely? Well, the results are mixed. The hard part – making the game fun in both single and multiplayer – has been nailed by Sony perfectly. PSP’s face buttons are mapped to answers, so buzzing in is easy, and thanks to the ability to play via WiFi (or better yet via Gameshare Buzz with four mates) the game stays faithful to its social roots.
There have been dozens and dozens Buzz! titles – they seemingly multiply like germs on a Petri dish. But while the man with the flip-top head normally hosts quiz-based games, he’s now donned his lab coat to test your actual brain skills instead of your general knowledge.