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
Lets face it: there's something gratifying about cutting through hundreds of enemy warriors like they werent even there, and Samurai Warriors: State of War definitely delivers in that respect. Anyone familiar with the series' PS2 releases or its based-in-old-China counterpart Dynasty Warriors will know that the point of these games is simple: to beat the living hell out of entire armies of enemies. As such, elements like story and character development take a backseat to shoving your blades
So here's the setup: your state is overrun by five criminal gangs who like to terrorize the citizenry and steal anything that isn't nailed down. As a drastic, last-ditch measure, you've been empowered to take them out. They're too badass to just pull over, though, so you'll need to jump onto their cars at high speed, fight for the wheel and get ready to do it again if you're going to eliminate the menace.
At its core, Pursuit Force is a racing game, albeit one where you switch vehicles
A hyper-stylized 2D puzzler/platform-hopper, Exit stars Mr. ESC, a two-tone, fedora-wearing escape-artist-for-hire. Using only his wits and acrobatic abilities, Mr. ESC charges into disaster areas to rescue trapped victims, slogging through rubble, fire and water. Getting his charges to safety takes jumping, climbing and the creative use of ropes, fire extinguishers and whatever else the designers saw fit to leave lying around.
Exit plays like a 2D Tomb Raider (or the original Prince of
As every Englishman knows, speaking foreign languages is impossible. Spend three years ramming your ears with schoolboy German and, at best, you'll be able to order a pork sandwich and tell girls you like swimming.
Get a GCSE in French and - at most - you'll be able to ask for directions just well enough for some sneering garcon to reply in perfect, contemptuous English.
Blunder outside Europe and things get even trickier - Korean comes with an alphabet that involves 'stacking' letters on top
Odd one, this. Street Fighter Alpha 3 Max is the best and worst choice for conversion on to PSP. Crammed on to its screen, those gorgeous 2D graphics look sharper and brighter than ever, like a lovely cartoon about two men in pyjamas.
It's also perfect on-the-go gaming fodder - with most bouts lasting a furious two minutes or less, there's nothing to stop you sneaking a quick smackathon in while you're queuing up to buy some stamps or having a dump.
And if you're not acquainted with the
At some point in your life, you've probably taken an I.Q. test. Maybe it was a series of simple questions and visual puzzles, or maybe it was in the back of a magazine. Either way, it probably wasn't anywhere near as fun as PQ: Practical Intelligence Quotient.
PQ seems simple enough. With a visual style that apes Metal Gear Solid's VR missions (think 3-D grid environments), it stars a faceless, monochromatic little fellow with modest block-pushing-and-lifting skills who has to escape from a
You've got to feel sorry for the poor little Tokobots. They just want to be friends, but the only bloke who'll touch them with a bargepole is a crazy, robot-battering nutcase with a severe attitude problem. It's never going to work out.
You see, the only way to get around in this platform-puzzle adventure is by picking up your cute Tokobots and smashing them into things. You fool them into thinking something good is going to happen, by holding their hands, then shatter their hopes (and bodies)
After a hiatus of some years, the suicidal rodents make their return. But unlike Prince of Persia and other resurrected classics, Lemmings sticks to its roots.
The aim of the game is simple - guide the rodents to the level's exit. Sadly, being lemmings, they'll blindly walk off cliff edges, casually march into lava pits and happily stumble into traps unless you help.
Apart from an extreme lack of self-preservation, your lemmings have no special attributes by default, but by clicking on one of
Whatever your thoughts on the whole Footy Manager/Championship Manager fisticuffs, theres no denying Champ Man PSP is a true miniature marvel. All the leagues are there, all the players are there, and – frankly – its incredible that something this mind-bogglingly comprehensive has all been squeezed right down into just a few inches of circuitry.
Unfortunately, while its fairly simple to construct a solid defensive line, we seemed as toothless as Sunderland in front of goal.