Monday 11 September 2006
In all the excitement over Test Drive Unlimited, it's been easy to forget that the free-roaming racing game has been attempted before. Indeed, the genre's top-selling franchise Need for Speed has already tried it, with some success, in last year's Most Wanted. But the landscape of EA's games is as unreal as a model set next to Test Drive Unlimited's Hawaiian setting.
Based very closely on the island of Oahu, this is a believable real-world space on a scale seldom
With top-notch racing franchises like Forza and Gran Turismo at our disposal, it's hard to believe that Test Drive Unlimited 2 can one-up the competition and provide gamers with new and inventive ways to satisfy their petrol instincts. Well, it does, but without the finesse needed for a great racing title...
The Testament of Sherlock Holmes is the first console game in Frogwares' best-selling PC series in four years. Is it worth diving into the detective work of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's legendary duo? Our review reveals all...
If you've made the mistake of looking for Tetris Evolution on Xbox Live Arcade, we wouldn't blame you. In fact, we would even go so far as to say it isn't a mistake, because that's undoubtedly where it should be. Instead, if you want a piece of this classic (read: stale) Tetris action you'll have to pick up a retail copy at the budget price of $30.
Of course, for a $30 retail edition, we expect a little more than just the same old Tetris. To supplement the classic Marathon mode, various other
Somebody at THQ must be pissed. Considering their own, full-featured Tetris Evolution for the Xbox 360 has just been undercut by a $10, downloadable version of Alexey Pajitnov's seminal puzzler by the very company that owns the rights. Drama!
But those folks at THQ can sleep soundly knowing that the downloadable version of Tetris on Xbox Live is barely worth half of the asking price. Tetris Splash is the most basic version of the game to be released in years, featuring just two different
Poker fans have been waiting for Texas Hold 'em on Xbox Live Arcade for months... and this is what we get? As long as you're chatting and betting with other human beings, Texas Hold 'em works, at least until someone loses. If you play a tournament, there's no "railbird" option - once you're out of chips, you're kicked out of the room, so you can't watch to see who wins. So much for social conversation. Even when playing with other people, the computer takes its time moving the action around the
Thor's a large, angry man with a thunder hammer. Squished into the form-fitting mold of a videogame, there's only so much you can do with that. Sadly, wordy RPGs, Cooking Mama: Cower, for This is Thor's Kitchen Now, and adorable pet sim Thorz aren't really options. So, what are we left with? Did you say “a God of War clone so middle-of-the-road that it ought to be getting flattened by oncoming traffic”? Well, you'd be wrong, because Thor: God of Thunder doesn't even make it that far. It occasionally tries – bless its heart – but at the end of the day, it's just bad. Plain and simple...
Oct 18, 2007
The sandbox (genre) is no place for kids. Between GTA, Saint's Row, and True Crime, lil' Ginny Gamer has smartly stayed the hell out, lest she shovel up murder weapon Uzis or carry home a pail full of sticky condoms. Enter concerned citizen Lucasarts, who with their new theme park grab-bag Thrillville: Off the Rails, has picked out all the used syringes and, sack o' toys in hand, reclaimed the sandbox for
Another boardgame brought to Live Arcade, this one is based around forging railroads across the United States. Like Carcassonne, it’s a speedy play, can be learned in fifteen minutes, and hides more depth than it immediately lets on.One of the smartest board ports yet, with a cracking interface to go with it.
It would appear that Tigers highly publicized swing changes have pervaded EAs golf sim as well. Tiger 06 for 360 is a hurried, stripped-down cut-and-paste between current-gen and next-gen consoles.
The courses look cleaner and more detailed than the current gen editions - trees embrace gentle winds, single blades of grass glimmer in the sunlight, characters stand knee high in heavy rough and sparse handfuls of spectators stare off at one another (you can peg them with the ball too). And the