When Xbox Live launched, it was lovely, but lonely. It had no friends - none of those initial online games were anywhere near as fun as we'd expected. Then along came MechAssault, with its slack single-player manbreasts but whistling a memorable multi-player tune, and they hit off like drunks in a jail cell. Has that bond been broken at all with this sequel? Kind of. But not really.Lone Wolf is an improvement, for sure, in all aspects. The single-player mode has been given more texture, as
Poor old Medal of Honor. The much-decorated series that kick-started our obsession with first-person shooter war games has recently seen the likes of Call of Duty and Brothers in Arms demote it from a celebrated Rommel to a lowly gameshow cheat Major Charles Ingram. After the well-received but underwhelming Rising Sun, EA's cheeks must have been burning with shame. Enter European Assault.The linear, scripted narrative of previous MOHs has vanished, replaced by massive open battlefields, a more
You can pay Men of Valor a number of compliments, but the highest is undoubtedly that it managed, on more than one occasion, to really make us sweat. At its best, it genuinely conveys the eerie, tense and especially sticky atmosphere of jungle combat. You wouldn't think it from the game's opening, though. A thoroughly tedious training mission kicks off proceedings and immediately highlights a number of areas in which the game is less than impressive, mostly visual. Chief among these is an
OK, let's get it out of the way right now. Pandemic's war-fuelled action game is possibly the most blatant GTA clone we've ever seen. You can walk, fly or drive across a huge landscape and you can even commandeer (or, in GTA terminology, 'jack') every vehicle that you come across (except planes... damn). But if imitation really is the sincerest form of flattery, you may as well be buttering-up the greatest game out there and Mercenaries does a good job of doing just that.Unlike GTA, the action
We've heard it said that the parry and thrust of a decent beat-'em-up is like a game of chess. You react to your opponent's moves, countering his attacks and disguising your own technique, until the superior mind emerges victorious.
Of course, chess doesn't have a rule where you can score a victory via repeatedly kicking your rival in the shins. But anyway, in recognition of the connection, Mortal Kombat now includes a chess mode.
In fact, this jack-of-all-games also includes a new