Tuesday 17 October 2006
X-Men Legends had a good run as an Action RPG but what about those of us who like our superheroes with a little less social outcast to them? Publisher Activision is embracing the entire Marvel universe with Ultimate Alliance, and allowed us to embrace every next-gen version at a recent hands-on event.
The cast is a veritable who's-who of the heroic elite (in the Marvel universe, anyway). We were able to formulate our team from the following icons: Captain America,
If you've played one Monkey Ball game, you've essentially played them all. Every single one of them consists of guiding a trapped monkey through a hovering maze that's dangling above some surreal landscape. Instead of controlling the spherical monkey prison, you actually tilt the level and make the little dude roll around. Levels will narrow, twist and throw all kinds of obstacles in your way in an attempt to buck you off.
And all of that can be said for Wii's Banana Blitz too. The difference
When plans to put Dragon Ball Z: Budokai Tenkaichi 2 on the Wii were first announced, imaginations went wild. Would players be able to hold Wii remotes in each hand to beat down space-karate enthusiasts with their actual fists? Could they throw fireballs with the same motions the characters use?
Now that we've actually played the game on a Wii, we know Tenkaichi 2 isn't quite as mind-blowing as we first imagined - but it's still pretty cool. Like in the PS2 edition, you'll fly around a huge,
If you're looking for even the slightest bit of realism in your Wii racing, you should check out publisher Ubisoft's other launch game, GT Pro Series. For those who couldn't give a rip what kind of tires are smearing through layers of dirt and mud, there's Monster 4x4 World Circuit - and just like its sports car cousin, this one comes with a free plastic wheel attachment for the Wii remote.
Everything about Monster is designed for the widest possible audience. Pick your oversized ride
If there's one thing Wii's launch games have covered, it's gotta be variance. Pretty much any genre you can think of is represented in some way, even the gear-headed, customize-your-ride racer. GT Pro Series throws more than 80 licensed cars your way, each with tweakable options that you've seen in plenty of games up to this point. So what's the angle with this one? Well, a free steering wheel is a pretty cool bonus.
GT ships with a tiny plastic wheel that comfortably nestles the Wii remote
Playing Tony Hawk's Downhill Jam for Wii, it's hard to fight the feeling that it's the total opposite of the Tony Hawk you know and love. It's a race game at heart; using the Wii remote couldn't be more different than the typical Tony control we're used to; and it only has one real skater. Maybe that's why it came off as so refreshing at Activision's next-gen hands-on event in Santa Monica, CA.
This is one of those games that you'll be playing with a bunch of buddies (provided someone foots
The Call of Duty franchise has already defined what a next-gen first-person shooter should be, winning FPS battles since the day the Xbox 360 launched. Activision and Treyarch won't be happy until they win the whole darn war, and showed us their firepower in a next-gen hands-on gameplay session at Activision headquarters in Santa Monica, CA.
It's easy to see this series is hitting its stride. The people behind Call of Duty know that we want intense, memorable scenarios filled with carnage. We
X-Men Legends had a good run as an Action RPG, but what about those of us who like our superheroes with a little less social outcast to them? Activision is embracing the entire Marvel universe with Ultimate Alliance, and allowed us to embrace every next-gen version at a recent hands-on event in Santa Monica, CA.
The cast is a veritable who's-who of the heroic elite (in the Marvel universe, anyhow). We were able to formulate our team from the following icons: Captain America, Spider-Man, Iron
During the formative years of most of GamesRadar's veteran staff, games like Disney's Ducktales and Aladdin were often amazingly polished and fun, in spite of their obvious kid appeal. But somewhere along the line this changed, and cartoon-licensed games started aiming squarely at the rugrats. Good for them, but older game fans were left out.
This is why THQ's upcoming Avatar: The Last Airbender is rather interesting. While it's not akin to the best of those old games, it's a very capable,
Take a look at your collection of games. Probably don't see any Madden games over there, do you? As either a major Nintendo fan or hardcore gamer, you likely scratch your head every August when the latest version dumps itself on the rabid sports crowd. You couldn't possibly care less about playing any football game, much less a stat-ruled, playbook-heavy simulator that demands a keen understanding of everything NFL.
Well, Madden NFL 07 for Wii might end up being the football game we all crowd