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Watchmen - the comic book - is one of the artistic high points of the form. Watchmen - the movie based on the comic book - is a fairly close reproduction of the graphic novel, with some mostly forgivable divergences. Watchmen: The End is Nigh - the videogame based on the movie based on the comic - is, despite grand production values, the shameless cash-in that fans feared the film would be.
We hated every moment of this second combat-orientated Watchmen game. Bad guys get hit. Lots of bad guys. And then blood flies everywhere, and Rorschach punches people in the groin and, like, Nite Owl breaks arms in half or something. A ‘Rage’ meter keeps track of their anger and makes them go crazy when it’s full.
Ever since we first heard about it, we’ve always loved the concept behind Way of the Samurai – a free roaming adventure where your actions in the game world have a significant impact on how the story pans out. We’ve always loved the setting too, where you play a wandering samurai in rural Japan.
For those short on time, refer to our review of Wanted. It’s the same kind of game – short and bittersweet, poorly made but confident, filled with ideas but none of them strong enough to carry the game.
Wet is as dumb as it always promised to be – fourteen stages of constant blasting with the occasional platforming interlude.
If Vin Diesel wants to turn Wheelman into a movie he’s going to have to stump up a budget of about $5 billion. That should just about cover the hundreds of cars that explode, the thousands of objects that get flattened, and the special effects that allow vehicles to melee attack one another and Diesel to leap between cars travelling at 100mph.
There’s nothing wrong with being a game for kids, and Where the Wild Things Are (the game of the film of the book, no less) is a decent example of finger-fangling fun for the younger player. It’s repetitive and sometimes tedious for those of us who are over ten, but it’s also inordinately charming.
You need to be pretty confident about your development skills if you’re going to call the results ‘Great’. Germans 49Games are probably relying on sheer bravado to convince us their latest winter sports game is awesome. It is, of course, no such thing – but points for trying.
There’s nothing quite as jarring as not understanding how to play a game. How to just begin, even. Mashing buttons aimlessly is a short stop away from giving up altogether, and if you remain clueless as to what to do after the instructions have been digested and practice runs attempted, there’s a fundamental flaw in play.
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