Excerpt: The idea of a Tekken 6 PSP port seemed uninteresting at first, but when word got out that it'd be very similar to the home console versions, I had to check it out. Fighting games do often wind up very well suited to a portable system, as the quick bouts and short-attention-span action are perfect for when you're spending fifteen minutes waiting at a doctor's office or in a parking lot.
Flawed But Fun Single- and Multiplayer Make For a Great Overall Package
22 September 2009
Conclusion: Concept: Square off against North Koreans and hostile aliens in a new side-story campaign
Graphics: Don't be fooled, the game's amazing graphics still push your rig to the max. Cutscenes also look great, but the later, ''emotional'' moments are spoiled by overacting and poor direction
Sound: In case you can't tell by his accent, Psycho will constantly remind you that he's British, you muppet
Playability: Scales down to accommodate weaker PCs, but finding the right...
Conclusion: Rock Band: Unplugged is a great departure for the series on to the portable scene. With 41 songs on disc, great controls, downloadable songs and an extensive World Tour mode there are a lot of reasons to come back to Unplugged again and again. Don't let the bad sides - such as mediocre graphics, poor ambiance, awkward gameplay and the wee bit shallow selection of modes - bother you: Unplugged is probably the best portable rhythm game ever made and it doesn't even need a...
Excerpt: As we enter one of the most crammed release windows the video game industry has ever seen it's easy to get carried away and focus on the main headline grabbers. We know Gears 2, Resistance 2, Fallout 3, LittleBigPlanet, Far Cry 2, Mirror's Edge and Prince of Persia are going to be massive games, but what about EA and Crytek's Crysis Warhead, the stand alone expansion to last year's utterly brilliant and stunning PC only FPS?
Conclusion: Though the games are remastered in HD, I wouldn’t have noticed at first. They look as good as I remember them being, nothing more or less. However, while the in-game graphics have been redone (cutscenes are in the original, but they were always in a moving picture, comic book style, so it doesn’t matter), the “back to the hideout” clips are intact, and they look rather hideous.
Excerpt: CRYTEK is well known for making games that focus heavily on beautifully realised tropical landscapes and big-balled protaganists. Crysis Warhead is no exception to this pattern. This pseudo-sequel to 2007’s Crysis promises to deliver more action than Ross Kemp versus Vinnie Jones. Crysis received a lot of criticism for its poorly developed hero, Jake Dunn (a.k.a. ‘Nomad’), and his supporting cast, which includes a generic cockney man dubbed ‘Psycho’.
Summary: Whatever else it may have been, Crysis was a blast when it got out of its own way and allowed players to creatively abuse their nanosuit-granted super powers to dominate anything in their path. This standalone expansion aims to focus in on that aspect of the gameplay, and it largely succeeds. The story is still throwaway, but the action is more explosive than ever, the new weapons are fun, and not having null-gravity sections is a very good thing.
Excerpt: If PC gaming is more than a casual thing for you, there invariably comes a title which reminds you that your system is outdated. Back in the early- to mid-90s this was often an Origin game, like Ultima VII or Strike Commander . id Software's Quake series did it for a lot of people, later in the decade, but the rise of consoles has flattened out the upgrade path considerably, to the point where two- or three-year old systems are still up to modern games.