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A cross between Apocalypse Now and The Descent, with your dad’s record collection dusted down to provide the soundtrack to its steamy jungle gunplay – you’ll be strangling a ghoul in the bowels of an ancient temple when the screen freezes and our hero narrates the horrors of war, his love for his brother and how he’ll never be the same again. It’s all very ‘Nam.
It takes a special breed of writer to pen a competent point-’n’-click, and Sherlock Holmes vs Jack the Ripper’s authors definitely fit the ‘special’ billing. Sometime between piecing together a ladder from planks of wood found in a scrap heap and reconstructing a hook to safely remove a king cobra from its cage in order to retrieve the gas mask next to it (no, really), it clicked: Sherlock is bonkers.
Somewhere low on the totem pole of gaming fanboy rivalries, far beneath Sony vs Microsoft and PC vs Console, exists the simulation racing vs arcade racing debate. Arcade fans say “I don’t give a rat’s ass about adjusting flux capacitors and tuning F-nork ratios, I just want to jump into a bad ass car and have fun!” Simulation fans say “But what’s the difference between cars if they can all go 200 mph sideways around a turn? Customizing and tweaking is fun!” The basic problem is that simulation games tend to feel too dry, while arcade games tend to feel too ridiculous. GRiD did a fantastic job blurring the line, but with Codemasters now focused on the rally minded DiRT 3, Slightly Mad studios has stepped up with Shift 2 and delivered one of the year’s best racing games...
Game titles don't get much more self-explanatory than Shoot Many Robots. Fortunately, this downloadable game delivers way more than just the satisfaction of gunning down automatons...
It’s Japanese chess, if you’re wondering. Whatever possessed Rubicon to choose an ultra-obscure game like this for their debut is beyond us, but they’ve done a great job of making it, and of teaching you how it’s played. It’ll be big in Japan; over here, not so much. A great way to meet Japanese people?
When you bought your PlayStation 3 the chances are it wasn’t because you were dreaming of playing a game in which you built a garden of hanging vines to attract William Shakespeare to your city while Ghandi shook a stick at you in a fit of rage. The chances are even slimmer that you pictured yourself playing said game, bellowing your civilization to victory while trying to shove a sandal up Ghandi’s rear.
The combat is clunky. The monsters are drab. But as we found out over the course of this surprisingly lengthy adventure, Silent Hill can still find plenty of ways to surprise us...
"Things have changed around here, and not for the better,” utters one of the first characters Silent Hill: Homecoming protagonist Alex meets upon returning to his hometown, Shepherd’s Glen. He’s right. Or rather, half right, for while there’s some cause for complaint here, many of the series’ standout signature features are present and correct.
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