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
When we heard Worms was heading to an online-enabled handheld, naturally our first thought was, "Oh cool, you'll be able to play people on the Wi-Fi network." But for whatever reason, the turn-based, surreal invertebrate war is limited to your portable's wireless range.
Online omission aside, Worms: Open Warfare is the same game you've been playing for years. Up to four people pick their mouthy, racial-stereotyped army of worms and start lobbing grenades, tossing dynamite or upper-cutting
The best way to describe Red Hot Rumble is by screaming into your ear until it bleeds, followed by a catapult ride into a volcano thats somehow floating in the sky. Putting the Viewtiful Joe characters into a smash-tastic, four-player beat 'em-up seems like a great idea, but its often an indecipherable orgy of color and noise.
Normally, the goal in games like this (the GameCube's Super Smash Bros. is the most well known) is to be the last guy standing - its you against two, three or four
Were still a little bit miffed over the fact that we were fooled into falling in love with strategy card games in the first place. Metal Gear AC!D dropped right under our collective radars, and turned us into obsessive collecting freaks. The sequel, Metal Gear Ac!d 2, throws fresh salt in those wounds. An avalanche of new cards marks the return of this highly varied, wickedly addictive, trading card/strategy game. We know our made-up genre sounds weird, but that's really what it is. This series
There is a once-great series called Tokyo Xtreme Racer. Dreamcast owners loved it; if every other racer on the planet hadnt aped and improved it, wed recommend eBaying a system for that alone. Problem is, every TXR since has been a pallid photocopy of the series' 2000 height, Tokyo Xtreme Racer 2. Now, though no one asked for a portable version, were saddled with Street Supremacy, which is definitely not among the best games for the
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
If you don't know how to pronounce the generations-old series of Ys, you've probably never even heard of it. It's a run-of-the-mill hack-and-slasher that has you battling monsters, chatting with long-eared villagers and searching ancient ruins for more powerful weapons. You're not getting an award-winning story or particularly deep gameplay, but fans of the old-school will feel right at home.
At least they would have on the year-old PlayStation 2 version. Ark of Napishtim on the PSP is a sorry
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
Dragon Ball Z. For some, the name calls to mind an incomprehensible cartoon (or manga comic) in which each character is from a different planet, nobody stays dead, and everyone's hair keeps changing color. For others, it's a brilliant epic chronicling a battle for supremacy between beings with the power of gods, with Earth itself hanging in the balance. Whichever your take is, you have to admit that the first DBZ fighting game on PSP is actually pretty good.
The storyline (based loosely on the
Okay, were just going to lay it out for you: Daxter is an awesome game. And the thing that makes Daxter so awesome, the thing that sets it apart from other, similar PSP games, is that it succeeds in capturing much of what made the Jak games so great while simultaneously being perfectly tailored for the PSP.
The Jak games have always had great characters coupled with tried-and-true platform-hopping gameplay (and a few weapons thrown in for good measure). Daxter has all of these things, but -