Outside of a few nitpicky graphical issues, Capcom's classic game compilations, released over the last year, are among the best on the market. No, this isn't terribly surprising considering the company's rich arcade heritage. But between the handheld and console versions, it's been hard to keep track of what classic game's on which retro compilation. And just when you thought you had it all straight, here comes yet another version to muddy the waters. Capcom Classics Collection Vol. 2 is more
Cold Fear is not your usual lumbering horror-fest. Dispensing with an exhaustive inventory and minimising puzzles, this is an in-your face nautical terror blaster with the tension heightened by the intervention of a particularly violent storm. The storm can sweep you and your enemies off ship and causes all manner of naval machinery to become dangerous slapstick pendulums, endangering yourself and your evil mutant pursuers. More importantly, it causes a constant - and impressively tense - roll
There's a lot to worry about with Commandos Strike Force. You could worry about the basic idea for a start, which in the words of developer Pyro's CEO, Ignacio Perez, combines "the tactical approach of the previous Commandos games with the intense action of an FPS."
The whole point of the series was its lack of intensity - just slow-burning, top-down puzzles in a WWII setting. You could question the stripping down of the characters you switch between; of the original six, only three remain:
A game with a gigantic, opera-singing boss-turd called the Great Mighty Poo? That you defeat by lobbing bog roll into its peanut-studded gob? While playing as a foul-mouthed, toilet-obsessed squirrel? Welcome back, Conker...Live And Reloaded is a complete reworking of 2001's 18-rated Conker's Bad Fur Day for the N64, featuring the original one-player mode revamped with snazzy Xbox graphics and, yes, even more potty-mouthed language. It's full of movie parodies (there are scenes nicked from
A lot of people are scoffing at Rare's meagre output for the Xbox to date, but it's hard to see Conker: Live And Reloaded as anything but a win/win situation. Are you a fan of the N64 original, with its balls-out approach to humour at the expense of producing a 'normal' videogame? Then you'll be gagging to see the whole thing decked out in its funky new Xbox strides. This is the Conker of old, pimped up to heavenly new visual levels.But what if you're new to the whole swearing squirrel thing?
We are over it. Seriously. We are over the fact that one of comicdom's most enduring British characters - Hellblazer's John Constantine, a cynical, trenchcoated scouse mage with a habit of getting his friends killed and the hordes of hell on his tail - has been turned into Keanu Reeves. The mind boggles, but, y'know, we are over it.Besides, the film might be brilliant. Might be. Going on what we've played of the game of the film of the comic, this month, it's certainly going to be interesting,
Imagine a Tony Hawk-style, stunt-focused game with dirt bikes instead of skateboards, and you'll have a pretty good idea of what to expect from Crusty Demons. You'll tear around small, freely explorable levels on the back of a roaring, wheeled gas can, taking on stunt challenges from random weirdos in an effort to make it to the next level. Oh, and you'll get hurt. A lot.
While it's ostensibly about stunts, the main draw of what we've played of Crusty Demons is in watching our riders get