From throwaway ideas tacked onto games that aren't much to begin with, to genuine labors of love - gifts from the developers to you - the world of the bonus minigame is wide, varied and rarely more than a couple of minutes long. Here're a bunch of our favorites.
Mario vs. Luigi in New Super Mario Bros
An insanely intense two-player battle that turns the classic Mario platforming action into a feat of endurance. The aim is to be first to collect up to 10 stars, but if the players decide to
We've been invited to check out Medal of Honor: Airborne time and time again. This latest visit, though, put us in touch with a brand new level that really showcased what separates the game from its competition. Based on an actual German construction, the Flaktürme, or Flak Tower - a massive gun-emplaced tower designed to defend against air strikes on key cities.
Where does this leave you? Parachuting down, of course, past a massive concrete tower that's crawling with Nazi soldiers (of
Now that we're almost midway through this gloriously lazy season, you've settled into the groove of either summer school, some lame-ass job or sleeping in until 3pm. But c'mon, we know you're seriously missing the countless hours of free entertainment your second best friend - the internet - provides. We've compiled a few more for your viewing pleasure. Feast your eyes.
Guitar Hero II: Trippolette perfection
Either Jimmy Hendrix has risen from the dead to play Guitar Hero or this fellow has
Detective Conan brings one of Japans most popular anime series to Wii this month - peep the review here. And weve already had the obvious fighting games based on Naruto and Bleach, as well as a swashbuckling adventures with the pirates of the popular One Piece and, uh, a Fist of the North Star pachinko game.
These games got us thinking about other classic pieces of Japanese animation that wed love to see in videogame form, and how they might work. Whether or not any of them ever turn up, its
In general, we think you've got pretty good taste in games. You've made massive successes of stellar franchises like Ratchet & Clank, The Elder Scrolls and Katamari Damacy. You tend to like the things we like, and that's part of why we enjoy writing for you and telling you about all the cool games we think you'll get excited about playing.
Sometimes, though, you ignore our advice, which breaks our hearts a little. It's bad enough when you do it by passing up kickass experiences like Okami or
Alma - as seen in F.E.A.R. and F.E.A.R.: Extraction Point
Most action games owe a debt to Hollywood, but this scary little girl with long black hair was a particularly blatant borrowing from Japanese horror. Still, a spectral tween who could murder entire platoons of crack soldiers in the blink of an eye, and a foe that can never be defeated? Damn.
Anna Navarre - as seen in Deus Ex
Deus Exs supporting cast was full of great characters, but fellow cyborg agent Anna was the standout. Initial
The view from above always makes the most sense. With Medal of Honor: Airborne, industry veteran Patrick Gilmore has looked back over years of virtual war to figure out how, in this golden age of AI and physics, EAs troubled series can reinvent itself. He could be the ideal candidate for the job. Hes associated as much with Disney as D-Day, having produced over a dozen games starring Mickey and co, he brings a fresh perspective to a series thats long been considered stale. And despite Airbornes
Not all the characters are available in the main game, but any standard cheat disc like Action Replay Max will open up a host of classic Simpsons folk to play with. Heres a selection of favorites and rare people from around Springfield:
See… Cletus Spuckler
The slack-jawed yokel is an homage to rednecks all over the US. Hes the proud father of over 20 children and lists his hobbies as collecting “flat-meat” - roadkill, in other
Time to complete
12-15 hours – but it really depends on how familiar you are with Laras tomb- leaping world and whether you get really stuck (which you shouldnt if you use this guide to help you along!)
Most challenging level
Egypts door slamming, post jumping, razor wire traps will have you restarting again and again. And the end levels timed lava jumping sections are enough to get you cursing Laras good name.
Stuck with no way out?
Youll spend a large part of Tomb Raider
Pirates. An ideal subject matter for hackneyed analogies about sea shanties, dead men's chests and bottles of rum. None of which you shall read here, this being a serious investigative article and all. Let it just be said, it was once rumored that Chuck Norris lost a fight to a pirate, but this rumor was a lie created by Chuck Norris to lure more pirates to him.
Truth be told, not even the ginger warlord or Steven Segal (or David Hasselhoff in his prime) could stem the onslaught of PC games