Going forward - fast - sometimes requires a little reverse. At least, that's what Midway are banking on with in-production customisable street racer (heard that before somewhere?), LA Rush. It's been a while since we've seen any Rush titles, the classic arcade racers set in places as diverse as San Francisco and The Future. In fact, it's been so long that they'll turn up soon on a new Midway Arcade Treasures compilation. Really. But if you're going to jump into an already saturated genre why
Every once in a while, an aging series needs a shot in the arm. When Spyro the Dragon originally debuted on PlayStation back in 1998, it was a cute platformer that still managed to be enjoyed by young and old alike. Eight years and over a dozen games later, the series has devolved into something mostly for the kids - who, in fact, largely ignore it.
As the title of the game implies, Legend of Spyro: A New Beginning hopes to reverse all that, taking the little purple guy back to his roots and
Back in the day, GM fondly recalls being thrilled by the antics of Luke Skywalker and co., before scampering off to our bedrooms to recreate the majesty of the Millennium Falcon using only some Lego bricks we'd discovered behind the sofa. Years passed before Lego finally gave the world proper Star Wars model kits,but by then we were all grown up and had to earn a living instead of arseing around in our bedrooms. Luckily, we've also been able to play the coolest thing since Darth Vader finally
Lego Star Wars didn't so much secure the support of a wide audience as capture, for entirely separate reasons, the hearts of two. Children warmed to its unpatronising approach and to adults it provided an antidote to George Lucas' wavering prequels.
For its successor - at first glance a project with everything to gain - the use of Episodes IV to VI as source material is, in the eyes of adults at least, of significant concern. Will innocent parody earn the same appreciation when applied to
Our first real glimpse of Lego Star Wars II: The Original Trilogy was of Luke Skywalker running over pedestrians in a landspeeder. As he thoughtlessly careened around the streets of Mos Eisley, any Lego people who got in his way were reduced to flailing their limbs while lying helplessly on their backs. No wonder those goons in the cantina don't like him.
While it still features plenty of the adorable lightsaber-swinging, puzzle-solving, multiple-character-controlling action that made the
Slicing plastic robots into tumbling bricks as a miniature and rather angular Obi-Wan Kenobi plugs into that "pure fun" part of our brain in the same way that building forts out of couch cushions used to. Lego Star Wars drew out that imaginative joy with ease, and now we get to do it all over again ... but with the original trilogy of Star Wars
A rebel ship disappears from orbit, sucked into the belly of an Imperial Star Destroyer. Rebels hold their breath and take up defensive positions as a door is breached. Stormtroopers flood in. Shots are fired. Cute plastic heads clatter to the floor and slowly blink out of existence.
Beginning with the first scene of A New Hope, Lego Star Wars II: The Original Trilogy finally gives fans what they really want: the chance to play through Lego versions of the first three films. We've finally had
Hands-on time with LEGO Star Wars II: The Original Trilogy only confirms what you already knew: If this adorable game does not make you smile, you have no soul. Of course, cute ain't everything, and that's the real reason why our time traipsing through Episodes IV (A New Hope) and V (The Empire Strikes Back ) in a preview version of this Xbox 360 action/adventure was so satisfying. Not only is the game almost huggable (all these warm-fuzzy screens are taken from the Xbox 360 version), it's a