You know, for a while there, superhero games were experiencing a renaissance. Most of Marvel's heavy hitters, Hulk, Spider-Man and even the X-Men, have seen solid games that make excellent use of the license – but X-Men: The Official Game plays like a drunken blend of three separate games that can't get their act straight.
Set in between the second and third films, you play through completely linear levels as either Wolverine, Nightcrawler or Iceman. Each handles extremely different from
Remember that episode of The Simpsons where Homer goes to hell and is sentenced to eat donuts for eternity, only to find that all of the Krispy Kremes in the fiery abyss cannot quell his unending hankering for the fried doughy treats? Well it won't be long after you start playing The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion before you're just like the animated éclair-scarfer, except you'll be in hell fighting monsters and it'll be your penchant for adventuring and treasure hunting that'll be
You've heard of pitchers in baseball or linemen in football who show up to training camp too fat - usually they get benched or put on a brutal regimen until their overpaid butts can cut it. That's exactly what went down with the hockey game NHL 2K6. The PS2 and Xbox versions that came out in September suffered from all kinds of problems, but the Xbox 360 version (a launch title) makes a solid return to form and even - get this, EA - adds a dazzling, innovative new
Imagine buying a beautiful new house, but when the day came to move in, all that was there were a solid foundation and a roof. That's NBA Live 06 for Xbox 360. To EA's credit, this is a completely different experience from the current-generation versions, rebuilt from the ground up in every conceivable way. One complaint you certainly cannot level against the game's creators is that they're charging you $60 for a prettier version of the current-gen NBA Live 06 released just a few months
Sizzling gunfights, white-knuckle horseback riding, lots of unflinching stares, slutty barmaids, and whisky - not the kind of stuff that usually works well with a gamepad attached, but the action/adventure Gun perfectly bottles all those classic Old West ingredients in videogame form, and the label doesn't read "snake
You're pinned down, crouched low behind a car while bullets play a tinny percussion on the mangled remnants of the car's bumper. One of your men screams a cry of pain into your headset as he drops to the ground writhing. The dusty, sun-drenched pavement of Mexico City begins to look more and more like the most likely site for your headstone - but as long as there is one ounce of fight left in you, you must reach your objective and pull your men the hell out of here.
Sending the remainder of
You know that saying about pleasing all of the people all of the time, right? Impossible. That's kind of what Need for Speed has faced as it went from a high-end exotic racer to a cop-chase simulator to a tuner's paradise. With every shift, the franchise lost a few passengers who preferred "the way it was." So here's one game with a little bit of everything: the appropriately titled Need for Speed Most Wanted.
You want exotics? Slip behind the wheel of a Lamborghini Gallardo or a Lotus Elise,
There's a little pool hustler in everyone, and now you can take your game to the world via Xbox Live with Bankshot Billiards 2. Whether you're an 8-ball player or a trick-shot master, this little Live download lets you run the table for hours, days or weeks, depending on the depth of your Friends list and the severity of your own personal obsessive-compulsive
Matching colored items - will it ever get old? We used to think so, but Xbox Live Arcade games like Hexic, Astropop and Zuma Deluxe have convinced us otherwise. And even if you already own the other two, Zuma's worth your precious Microsoft Points too.
If you're a Bust-A-Move fan (or if you played the old PlayStation game Ballistic), you'll recognize Zuma 's basic setup. Your pivoting gun (in this case, a frog idol) fires colored stones into an ongoing chain, with the goal of eliminating
There's a pinwheel on your ass. You try to run away but you're suddenly bombarded by two dozen pulsing blue diamonds. Quick, cut left - but don't get sucked in by the black hole that's inexplicably bright red. After a narrow escape to a relatively empty corner of the undulating, pinpoint-laden blue grid, you're abruptly annihilated by an explosion of what can only be described as electric sperm. If you think you're stuck in a nightmare, you're right - but when that nightmare is Geometry Wars: