Just bought Wii Fit Plus? Already tired of swapping your daily Crunch bars for stomach crunches? Then what you need is something that still makes good use of your fun new peripheral but will keep the wolf from the disc drive, so to speak. What you need is Shaun White Snowboarding: World Stage. Well, maybe.
Great boxing games are few and far between. For every Punch Out!! and Fight Night: Round 3, there are half a dozen pugilistic clunkers that litter bargain bins in game stores near and far. As amazing as it may seem, though, we may have discovered the least entertaining one of all. Showtime Championship Boxing would be a lousy looker two console generations ago; in 2008 it’s nothing short of a Mike Tyson-biting-ears-level
You know when you’re watching a wildlife documentary and they’re showing some cute baby wildebeest or something, then five minutes later scraps of that same baby wildebeest are stuck between the teeth of some nasty hyena? That’s nature for you. And that’s SimAnimals, too.
Last year, SimAnimals gave us a cartoon ecosystem where everything lived in harmony until you turned your back, at which point hungry foxes would move in and eat all the rabbits. Harsh but fair. Educational, certainly. But it wasn’t all that much fun, and the effort EA put into underpinning the game with a proper simulation was lost on an audience that just wanted to hand-feed a bunch of cute animals.
Spend hours designing the perfect city, watching as tens of thousands of invisible Sim people move in and make it their home. Create a road network that spells out your favourite swear word, visible from outer space, and humbly accept the gift of a statue in your honour.
You know all those “bullet hell” shoot ‘em ups that insist on cramming as many projectiles on the screen as possible? The kind that seem to require a superhuman level of hand-eye coordination to survive? Sin & Punishment is the accessible, tough-but-not-impossible version of the genre, tossing endless amounts of lasers, missiles and rocket-breathing monstrosities in your face, albeit in a manageable, less rage-quitty kind of way...
This open-world boarding title is inspired by Tony Hawk and Jet Set Radio (and by ‘inspired’, we mean it’s lawyer time), giving you a choice of rad dudes to play as in a shiny futuristic metropolis. After a dastardly robot called Virus captures one of your friends, you have to roam around completing city-wide challenges to placate him and get your dead-eyed buddy back.
You’ve got to admire the creativity of Skate It’s developers. While most companies can’t be bothered to explain why their next-gen ports look so shabby on the underpowered Wii, these guys came up with a whopper to explain why their skateboarding game looks so sparse and bland compared to the original version – there’s been an earthquake.
Directing a movie about fighter pilots and having Namco’s Project Aces team make the game of it is sort of like making an action flick and getting Infinity Ward on board, or a fantasy adventure movie with Square Enix handling the console translation.
Step into the world of Skylands. Is the next Skylanders adventure worth your time? Read our review and find out...