The universe of Phantasy Star has always been a unique one. Its refreshing sci-fi style breaks the swords 'n' sorcery RPG mold. Phantasy Star Online's networked approach was highly addictive and gave fans a reason to fall in love with the series all over again. But, no matter how stunning Phantasy Star Online was, gamers love single-player, story-driven RPGs. The intended solution was Phantasy Star Universe, which promised to contain both fully-realized story and online modes, to give fans
Raven Soft and Activision have teamed up for two of the best X-Men adventures in videogames (X-Men Legends and X-Men Legends II: Rise of the Apocalypse). Now, using some of the best, most powerful and most popular heroes in the Marvel universe, Marvel Ultimate Alliance is an enormous adventure filled with dozens of vile villains and multiple universe-shattering threats. The game features an ambitious story and an equally ambitious cast... that's wrapped up in the same old gameplay you've
You've been through the hell of World War II before in first-person shooters like Medal of Honor and Brothers in Arms. But beating back Hitler's blitzkrieg has never been as shell-shockingly chaotic and intense and indeed heavily scripted, as it is in Call of Duty 2.
You'll alternately fight in the American, British and Russian armies, each experience complete with fanatically historic weaponry and badly accented English. You'll regularly attempt heroic assaults against impossible odds,
For a series that's been around as long as Tiger Woods PGA Tour has, it's pretty odd how much variation there is between platforms. The Xbox and PS2 get 21 courses and difficulty that can be tweaked to hell and back.
Meanwhile, the Xbox 360 gets only 12 courses, but changes out the targeting flag you've grown to distrust with a circular swathe of grass. On the one hand, at least we're not seeing the same thing ported all over creation, even if you'd have to buy half a dozen copies of the same
Y'know, we've never really liked the Splinter Cell series all that much. There's just something about playing the role of a government spook working for the CIA, the NSA or whatever that rubbed us the wrong way.
But we're professionals, so when the boss asked us to play Splinter Cell Double Agent, we begrudgingly agreed. After all, we were starting to get used to being a tool of the Man (just kidding).
When we fired up Double Agent, however, it didn't take very long for this gem to surprise
Believe us - you already know whether or not you're going to like Doom on Xbox Live Arcade.
Did you waste much of the early '90s strafing through demon-infested hallways, searching for the organ-vaporizing BFG 9000... or, better yet, a chainsaw? If not, are you now willing to forgo modern graphics, sound and even controls just for the simple pleasure of experiencing a moment in gaming history? Is the scenario "I'm a Marine and I'm trapped on Mars" sufficient story motivation for you to spend
Now we get it - this is that whole "next generation" thing we keep hearing so much about. The newest hardwood hoops sim from 2K Sports is simply the sweetest looking and sounding b-ball game we've ever played, the kind that makes people stop what they're doing and watch in wonder when it's on the screen (assuming, that is, you've finally dropped some cash on an HDTV). It may not be perfect, but any faults can be forgiven because, well, it's just so damn pretty you can't stay mad for
Man, oh man, we never saw this one coming. On the heels of the two well-received Madden and NHL games this fall, EA had hit their stride with next generation titles - or so we thought. The shockingly bad NBA Live 07 completely floored us, for all the wrong reasons. Gameplay is abysmal, visuals are dreadful (well, only when there is actual motion involved), game modes are limited, even the online aspect is completely busted. It all adds up to a big fat letdown, especially when compared to the
Daddy, where do cheap bananas come from? Well shucks, Billy! Dont you remember the days after World War II, when the CIA liked to sneak into Latin American countries, assassinate elected leaders and install hand-picked puppet tyrants so corporations like the United Fruit Company could move in and rape the land and people?
You can be part of that rich history in Just Cause, where youll play Rico Rodriguez, a CIA agent sent to initiate regime change in a paradise island overrun with power-hungry
It's moved to a new platform and the name it on its license may have changed, but the Tokyo Xtreme Racer franchise is running on bald tires at this point. Import Tuner Challenge sets street racers loose on virtual recreations of Tokyo's major highways and while there's plenty of tire smoke, there's precious little fire.
You start out with some cash, a selection of similar sedans to choose and the first tier of specialty upgrades. The story, such as it is, is merely to climb the ranks of the