Nov 28, 2007
On paper, Sonic Rivals 2 should be a great game. Take the Sonic games' awesome sense of speed (as well as its colorful characters and environments) and tailor it for a competitive racing game - that should be a formula for success. It's a fantastic concept that seems like surefire way to provide hours of entertainment on the Sony PSP. Unfortunately, the execution is merely adequate and the final product is a game that's okay at
Success in Soulcalibur: Broken Destiny requires a sharp mind and a sharp weapon. Combat is brutal, quick and handled using the bare minimum of complex thumb acrobatics – just as it is in SC IV. Instead of a focus on impossible combos and complex throws, the fighting here is about reacting to opponents’ moves with swift counters or carefully selected flurries of attacks.
The idea of waging war on humans and demons alike sounds very promising to us. Uppity monsters think they can rule the human race forever, so we revolt and smash their oppressive ways. Then they fight back, and now we've got major problems, with splintering factions all vying for their own ends. Throw in an arsenal of weapons, monsters and battlegrounds and you've got the recipe for a handheld war we could get behind.
Until we have to wait 10-20 seconds for a new area to load. Or small bits of
Almost a full year after the release of the Spider-Man 2 film, Activision launches a PSP version on to the unsuspecting public. Now, it doesn't take a genius to work out why. It's because a) they wanted to get a foothold in the PSP market as soon as possible and b) they wanted to milk the teat of the webbed-wonder's movie popularity until it positively whistles with emptiness. We're all for the first reason, but the second is a certainly a bit of a cheek, given that what the developers have
We could listen to actor Michael Ironside brilliantly deliver lines as the sardonic super-spy Sam Fisher all day long. He gives that good of a performance. What we cant take, however, is not having a second analog stick to work the camera the way we can on the home consoles. Because of qualities like these, the net result of Fishers PSP debut in Splinter Cell Essentials is a game that series veterans might tolerate in order to see the story through, but new players likely wont pay Fishers
Though Star Ocean: First Departure is technically a remake of 1996’s Japan-only Star Ocean for Super Famicom, most of us missed out on its magical fantasy meets space travel story and real-time battles, which at the time were drastically different from the Final Fantasy series' orderly turn-based system. Although not quite as outstanding as other Square-Enix remakes as of late (Final Fantasy IV, Dragon Quest IV, and the upcoming Chrono Trigger), First Departure holds its own if you can squeeze it into your bust RPG schedule.
Although Star Ocean: First Departure just came out this past October, Square-Enix has already cranked out a port of its sequel with Star Ocean: Second Evolution. Gameplay-wise, the two are absolutely identical, so if you just recently played through First Departure, unless you absolutely loved it to death, we recommend giving yourself a little buffer time so you don’t get tired of the formula.
Star Wars! Truly it’s the game license that keeps on giving, providing a universe that, even now, is capable of providing fresh stories and experiences. Elite Squadron further stripmines the Clone Wars era to tell the tale of two clone brothers, X1 and X2, one of whom (somewhat predictably) falls to the dark side.
We've railed on the PSP's analog nub plenty, many a time expressing our disappointment with the portable's numerous attempts at pulling off a decent shooter. Well, the PSP and LucasArts have just delivered a resounding "Shut yo' mouth" pimp slap across our flapping gums with their fairly phenomenal shooter, Star Wars Battlefront: Renegade
You've played as Jedi knights. You've played as droids. And now, you're gonna play as a Twi'lek. Yep, a smokin' member of Jabba's favorite race of slavegirls takes center stage in Star Wars: Lethal Alliance, the latest adventure in the now very extended Star Wars universe.
Lethal Alliance takes place shortly before Episode IV: A New Hope, and follows the travails of one Rianna Saren, a Twi'lek mercenary whose considerable talents are retained by a fledgling Rebel Alliance. With the help of a