For every Eddie Murphy there's a Chris Tucker. For every Coke there's a store-brand Cola. For every Mario, a Luigi. You get what we're talking about, right? Lurking in the shadow of every premium product, there's a low-grade, cheapo version. We're pretty sure without this good/bad, yin/yang balance the world would cease to spin on a level axis and topple into a black hole.
More than anywhere (except possibly Hollywood film actors and breakfast cereals) this applies to games. We've lost count
By now, you know the spiel: most Hollywood executives see movie-based games as nothing more than merchandising, no different from action figures and themed socks. Therefore, they could not give a rat's ass about quality, so long as the game sells. And therefore, most movie games are crap. And blah, blah, blah.
We're not here to debate the reasons why 95% of movie games are miserable turds. We like to focus on the positive. And we know that for every 20 or so Rambos or E.T.s or Enter the
Welcome to the fifteenth installment of GamesRadars weekly feature, PokemonRadar.
No special news to report this week – today we'll examine five new Pokemon with two evolutionary stages each.
Next week, you can look forward to five fabulous evolutions of these, including the one and only Lucario!
Now, to the
Not content with the tradition of making all games based on a movie suck hard, the good folks at Buena Vista Games have their work cut out for them. Luckily, their latest offering, Meet the Robinsons - inspired by the Disney CG film of the same name - is shaping up to be one of the lucky few to break the mold. Buena Vista is determined to stray from the plot of the film, in which dorky, yet tragically orphaned Lewis searches for memories of his mother... and is subsequently kidnapped and sucked
For the first time in years, the long running Dance Dance Revolution series is actually undergoing a, well, revolution.
Konami has announced that its franchise is coming to the Nintendo Wii with Hottest Party sometime in 2007. When you think about it, this is a no brainer. Dancing titles have always appealed to a wider demographic than most other games, and the Wii is proving that it can attract a similarly diverse audience. So you have the genre and the console that draw both hardcore fans
Super Monkey Ball: Banana Blitz is already out, so do we really need another rolling-things-through-a-maze game for the Wii? Simple answer: sure. This one's different and fun in its own way. In our brief playtime with the game, we came to grips with the control instantly, which is always a pleasure. And after that, it became obvious that this game offers a different sort of challenge than Super Monkey Ball.
The mazes in Kororinpa: Marble Mania are just that... mazes. The levels in Super Monkey
You're a blessed dew drop out to save the world. Still with us? If you are, you could be in for a real treat - the just-announced Dewy's Adventure may look childish and saccharine, but hey, so does Mario. While we're not ready to put this Wii exclusive on par with Nintendo's main man, the game does sport some workable ideas that easily make it a title worth watching.
Making full use of the remote, Dewy puts you in control of the Saturday-morning-esque world rather than li'l Dewy himself. The
Welcome to the fourteenth installment of GamesRadars weekly feature, PokemonRadar. No special news to report this week, but who needs it? Today we'll examine the three final evolutions of the starter Pokemon: Naetoru, Hikozaru, and Pocchama.
Next week, you can look forward to four new Pokemon, each of which has two stages, including the precursor to Lucario, the star of the most recent Pokemon movie!
Don't forget that you can always see the movies of this week's Pokemon star by hitting the
When it comes to heart-exploding jet action, Namco's Ace Combat series has had the genre cornered for years. But for some, even Ace leans too far to the flight-sim side of things, forcing you to bank, yaw and obey the restrictions of your plane. That's where Heatseeker comes in. Its no-nonsense approach to blasting jets out of the sky should have no trouble courting adrenaline-soaked gamers even if they've never piloted a virtual jet in their life.
Real-world sorties involve quick strikes
We recently got our first hands-on look at Tamagotchi Party On! for Wii, a party game (hence the name), where up to four players fight in a popularity contest to become the president of Tamagotchi Planet. The competition is set up board game style, with players rolling dice by flicking the Wii Remote, then moving their Tamagotchis on the playing board.
At the start of each game, players can choose how many "days," or rounds, they want the campaign to last, depending on how long they want to