Joining the growing multitude of Xbox Live Arcade games is another classic from the past, Galaga features wave after wave of unpredictably descending insectoid invaders that twirl and shoot at your weakly armed starfighter. It's up to you to blast the creeps into nothingness using only two bullets at a time (you have to wait until your shots leave the screen before you can fire again). Intensely frustrating, this game represents the epitome of the old school arcade concept of never allowing the
While fiddling around during our hands-on time with Chromehounds, we discovered a few tricks of the trade we'd like to clue you in on so that you'll be fully prepared to slap together a brutal robot of ultimate destruction. We've compiled our little handbook of how-to horror, and to seal the deal we captured video of the building process (sped up for the sake of time) along with our titanium terrors in action on the battlefield. So drink deep from our well of kill-bot carnage knowledge.
We were incredibly excited when we heard that Over G Fighters was going to be released on the 360. Finally, a detailed flight simulator featuring the latest in high-powered jet technology... or so we thought. When we actually got our hands on this dogfighter, imagine our dismay at the discovery that the game was mind-numbingly boring. How a game-maker can damage the experience of tearing the sky a new horizon by submerging the entire feel in the sludgy bowels of molasses where Over G resides is
The Lord of the Rings seems tailor made to the real-time strategy genre. The franchise is brimming with diverse races, distinct settings and detailed weaponry that beg to be brought to life and put at a player's command. The Battle for Middle-earth series offers just this kind of magical experience and now console owners will get their first taste of it when the second installment hits Xbox 360 next week. We've been covering the addictive multiplayer extensively - see here and here - but how's
Tony Soprano and "family" have way too much fun on HBO's hit series, The Sopranos. It's about time they let us get a piece of the action. THQ and 7 Studios are bringing us just that, and the Sopranos game may be one of the most accurate licensed titles to date.
Road to Respect takes place between seasons five and six of the series. Gamers play as Joey LaRocca, the son of Big Pussy; he's an ambitious kid looking to work his way up the ladder of success. That ladder is obviously littered with
Just Cause is shaping up to be something beyond incredible. When were mighty impressed when we saw it at E3 and now, after savoring another hands-on with the game, we're still smitten. And it's not just the eye-meltingly gorgeous graphics or the indulgently expansive play area that has us quivering at the knees - when you play Just Cause it's like a mushroom cloud-laying fun bomb going off in your face.
If you're unfamiliar with the set-up, here's a quick rundown: you play CIA agent Rico
Friday 30 June 2006
Just Cause is shaping up to be something beyond incredible. When we saw it at this year's E3 we were mighty impressed and now, after savouring another hands-on with the game, we're practically vomiting with excitement.
And it's not just the eye-meltingly gorgeous graphics or the indulgently expansive play area that has us quivering at the knees, but more the fact that when you play Just Cause it's like a mushroom cloud-laying fun bomb going off in your face.
Are you sick and tired of Grand Theft Auto-derivative games? Wait, let's rephrase that: Are you sick of reading about GTA-derivative games? If so, we're wasting each other's time here. But you're urged to keep your mind open, because Saint's Row might just change your mind about the free-roaming drive-and-gun genre.
The most striking aspect of the game, of course, is the graphics. Saint's Row wasn't just put on Xbox 360 so that its publisher, THQ, could charge an extra $10 at retail. While the
Hobbits and wizards may soon be as commonplace on the servers of Xbox Live as soldiers, athletes and racecars. The multiplayer aspect of the upcoming real-time strategy sequel The Lord of the Rings: The Battle for Middle-earth II could be the best reason to pick up the game and theres a lot more to it than just throwing a few armies at each other and seeing who bites it first (though thats fun too – read our impressions of the games basic Versus mode here ). Players will also be treated
In the movies, a fighter on the rise usually gets a montage outlining his climb up the ladder to success and butt-kickery. If any game were worthy of such treatment, it would be WWE SmackDown vs. Raw 2007. Spanning five platforms and sporting a feature list almost as long as its title, this game has been putting some serious time in at the gym.
The SmackDown series - adding "vs. Raw" to the moniker back in 2004 - has become the franchise leader in wrestling games, WWE or otherwise. Now that