Excerpt: Life as a god must be difficult -- at least if the new god game From Dust is a reliable indication. As the second entry in this year's Summer of Arcade lineup for Xbox Live Arcade, From Dust offers a unique take on the omnipotent simulation genre that the foregoing Populous and Black & White have helped mold.
Excerpt: There's little to differentiate the masked men of From Dust as they scurry around the world, looking for sanctuary among the forces of nature. Take part in their salvation by becoming the Breath, a force capable of inhaling and exhaling the very earth itself, and later lava, water, and more. The campaign in From Dust has you terraforming a dozen or so worlds as they undergo various predicaments like impending tsunamis and erupting volcanoes.
Conclusion: Still, From Dust really is an experience you need to have. There are plenty of levels, a challenge mode to tackle, and lots of secrets to find. Plus, you haven't really ever played anything like this before. Sure, Black and White let you chuck people around, but From Dust lets you dump mounds of earth on them, then drown them all in a tsunami. You surely can't turn that opportunity down.
Conclusion: We love MK vs. DC despite the fact that it’s uncomplicated stuff, lacking the refinement of other examples in the genre. Yet as a no-nonsense punch in the face, MK vs. DC fits the bill perfectly. It’s nice to look at, effortless to play, tough to master and will satisfy all but the most po-faced Mortal Kombat or DC fan.
Excerpt: Mortal Kombat vs DC Universe brings together the heroes and villains from two extremely popular worlds, and has them all battle it out in (what else?) mortal kombat. The fighting system is that of the recent Mortal Kombat games. The fighters all have their own punching and kicking combos, as well as their own special moves. Some of the really cool things you can do while fighting include Test Your Might!, Free Fall Kombat, Klose Kombat, and Rage Mode. Test Your Might!