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This year’s XBLA Summer of Arcade kicks off with a spruced-up version of the original greats in skating games. We’ve been secretly hoping for the revival of the Pro Skater franchise for years, but we might have to wait a little longer…
Sometimes making a game more realistic isn’t always the best way to go. Learning how to skateboard in real life is an exhausting, frustrating, and frequently painful experience. In that regard, Tony Hawk: Ride manages to hit the reality nail on the head.
A decent online RPG or dungeon crawler is still something of a holy grail for the 360 – and consoles in general for that matter. So our hopes for Too Human have been understandably high.
First, you have to unlearn everything you know about tennis games. Not since Pro Evolution hit the PS2 and redefined videogame footy has a title so radically changed how we look at in-game sport. Top Spin 3’s arrival makes Virtua Tennis look like Pong. Where Sega’s title asks that you be in the right place and aim in the right direction in a timely manner, Top Spin 3 stresses technique and the most delicate touch. Holding a face
Tennis games are, by and large, some of the most easily accessible sports sims out there. The games are best when simple enough to grasp immediately and then put the focus on using tactics rather than grappling with a busy control scheme. 2K Czech understands this, and while it may seem a little odd to have the developers of Mafia II on a tennis game, it's not as if 2K's other studios did a bang-up job in the past. In stark contrast, this year's version is easily the closest the series has ever come to hitting that sweet spot between sim and arcade game...
Anyone who’s ever played a game ported from PC to console knows it’s risky business. Strike that. Generally, it’s an exercise in stupidity. Sure, first-person shooters seem to have figured it out, but for every massive success like the Call of Duty games there’s a StarCraft for Nintendo 64 or Diablo on PlayStation. Some things just haven’t translated well without a mouse in years past. Don’t believe us? Just ask the Xbox 360 Final Fantasy XI players. All three of them.
Seriously, then, thank God for Torchlight...