Wednesday 23 August 2006
After a lengthy wait in the lengthy Wii queue - the Leipzig Game Convention really is the new E3! - we were able to play a multiplayer match of the recently announced Battalion Wars 2. Featuring the Xylvanians and other familiar sides from the original (the final game will feature six playable sides), we were tasked with protecting positions on the map from rampaging show-goers.
Looking at Battalion Wars 2 in action, you might be forgiven for thinking it's still the
After a lengthy wait in the lengthy Wii line in Leipzig, we were able to play a multiplayer match of the recently announced Battalion Wars 2. Featuring the Xylvanians and other familiar faces from the original (the final game will feature six playable armies), we were tasked with protecting positions on the map from rampaging show-goers.
Looking at Battalion Wars 2 in action, you might be forgiven for thinking it's still the original game - the major difference being, of course, the control
Our first exposure to Downhill Jam's hilly raceways left us confused and concerned. The open environments were gone, replaced by all-downhill tracks that focused more on speed than busting out tricks. Upgradeable skaters had also disappeared, removing the satisfaction of slowly customizing your own character throughout the game. But perhaps worst of all, simply pulling off the signature Tony flips, grabs and grinds was a pain, thanks to only three buttons on the Wii controller - one of which
Hidden creatures crying out for the catching: that pitch initially sounded so cynical. It would be easy to write Elebits off as a lazy recharging of Pokemania against a domestic backdrop that calls to mind Chibi-Robo or even Toy Story. The result, however, seems likely to be far more surprising.
And the biggest surprise of them all is the slow-dawning realization that Elebits is, in essence, a first-person shooter - albeit an FPS reduced to first principles and then rebuilt with an entirely
After about umpteen kajillion attempts at making a Dragon Ball Z game, last year's Budokai Tenkaichi was the first to really get it right. Unfolding from a third-person perspective, it captured the feel of the mega-popular anime almost perfectly, enabling players to freely fly around a huge, 3D battlefield while beating the crap out of a super-powered opponent in lightning-fast aerial fistfights.
The sequel - imaginatively titled Dragon Ball Z: Budokai Tenkaichi 2 - is poised to build on the
It was a cold day in France. The rain was beating down something harsh, the enemies had an advantageous position, and we had one mission: get to the top of the hill. The problem was, for the most part, we were in a wide open valley with very little cover, and the enemies already occupied the few higher altitude positions there
Marvel: Ultimate Alliance doesn't really need a serious introduction - just take the action RPG elements of the two mega-popular X-Men Legends games and add about 20 new characters. It's not the gameplay that'll bowl anyone over (at least from what we've seen so far), but the sheer amount of Marvel-ness is staggering.
At the recent San Diego Comic-Con, three new playable heroes were revealed: The Fantastic Four's Invisible Woman and Human Torch, and Iceman of X-Men fame. We saw these
At EA's recent Studio Showcase 06, we got a glimpse of the future of one of the most popular racing franchises in gaming history (next to Gran Turismo, of course). The tricked-out racing rides of Need For Speed are back and even more customizable than ever - with hyper-tense, high stakes tracks to match.
To start, EA has added a new feature called Auto Sculpt that blows the doors off of the term "vehicle customization." Instead of simply strapping on pre-formed after-market parts to your sleek
It's the first-person shooter that has constantly set the standards in the World War II action market so it was with much excitement that we got to see the latest on Call of Duty 3.
With new additions to the Call of Duty series, publisher Activision's main aim has been to create the most intense and authentic WWII experience possible, which is why the transition to the next generation of consoles is hugely important. The extra processing power means more of everything - more enemy troops, more
Avatar: The Last Airbender is one of the coolest cartoons on Nickelodeon these days. A far cry from the misshapen adventures of the Rugrats, it blends action and magic into a tasty blend of kick-ass Asian action. Just as a show like this can bridge the gap between kids and adults, the game THQ is cooking up brings the series' slick cartoon visuals together with the kind of action RPG gameplay mature gamers have come to love. Think X-Men Legends, and you're getting there.
Avatar's world is