The tussle for football gaming supremacy between giants EA and Konami has long since gone to extra time, with no victor emerging to dominate the market as of yet. With this in mind, EA have attempted to revolutionise the whole football experience. Turning to the UEFA Champions League for inspiration, they've tried to instil this latest variant on the FIFA theme with more cinematic panache than Lord of the Rings. Nice idea lads, but what exactly does that mean? Well, the fairytale goes that your
The city is on fire, and it's your job to put it out - with bullets. The civic-minded shooter Urban Chaos: Riot Response is shaping up nicely for its June release, and we recently went a few rounds with the PS2 version's frantic online multiplayer mode. Where we got shot. In the head. A lot. (Seriously, click here to see for yourself.)
Our abysmal performance aside - and the lesson here is not to play against the guys who made the game - multiplayer in Urban Chaos is promising. While the
It's a story nearly as old as video games themselves: A city has been overrun by rampaging street gangs, and it's up to you to restore order. But in Urban Chaos: Riot Response, you're not some scrapper in a leather vest doling out two-fisted vigilante justice. Instead, you're part of a merciless special police unit, T-Zero, given carte blanche to blast the face off anyone who looks at you funny.
Of course, funny looks are the least of your worries. As you navigate the 12 missions of Eidos'
The name Urban Chaos will immediately cause involuntary shudders and perhaps even seizures from those who remember the terrible PlayStation game of the same name. But worry not, as this is related to that travesty in name only. Indeed, we've seen this in action and it's looking very promising.
Urban Chaos is a first-person shooter where you dismember anyone looking even slightly aggressive, no plot needed. But Rocksteady has gone out of its way to create a nice little plot for us anyway.
Thursday 4 May 2006
With its satisfying combat and clever gameplay ideas, Urban Chaos: Riot Response is our bet for sleeper hit of the year. We've already bashed heads in the single-player mode, but when Eidos offered us the chance to try the gang-war action online we dusted off our truncheons and waded back into the fray.
Urban Chaos's multiplayer modes are eight-player skirmishes between the hi-tech riot response team, T-Zero, and a gang of molotov-obsessed bad guys, the Burners. There are
The Hope Street Police Station is already swarming with masked thugs and practically engulfed in flames by the time the cavalry arrives. Our armored police wagon smashes through the gate and into the snowy precinct courtyard, and as a lifeless punk slides off our hood, our sergeant kicks open the doors and we spill out onto the pavement. We're not five seconds out of the van when the pyromaniacs who call themselves the Burners crash a garbage truck through the outer wall, blowing up a police