Conclusion: By now, I shouldn’t even have to convince you go out and pick up the Halo 2 Multiplayer Map Pack , as it is about the best bang for your buck you can find on game store shelves right now. For $19.99, gamers will get nine great new maps that will keep players hooked on the biggest selling shooter of all time long into the next-gen of Xbox gaming.
Conclusion: Madagascar is a pretty decent kids game based off of a movie franchise, which is almost unheard of in the current days of the console. Unlike some of the other E 10+ titles out there, Madagascar is definitely geared toward the younger player, as its ease and shortness suggest. At forty bucks, and for the right age group, Madagascar is a sound value, and worth checking out if the movie was a hit in the household.
Excerpt: Mention the words "Tim Schafer" around most gamers, stand back, and let the slack-jawed reverie ensue. Tim is a god among the hardcore. He's one of the few bona fide auteurs in our medium, a man who has done the unthinkable: He makes the kinds of games that he wants to make. They're angsty. They're chatty. They're unafraid to deal with issues like existentialism and nihilism. He's gaming's Woody Allen. Critics adore him.
Conclusion: known as Double Fine Productions – foray on the Xbox and a departure from the adventure games everyone knows him for. (Honestly, I felt a pang of animosity when I found out about Psychonauts. Here was a PC giant – Tim Schafer, the Tim Schafer – reduced to making a console game. Even worse, he chose that fate. It just didn’t seem fair. But this passed quickly.
Excerpt: Kid friendly movie tie-ins are big business and there was no chance that the big CGI movie of the summer wouldn't be accompanied by a videogame. Madagascar tells the story of some larger than life Zoo animals and Activision has brought the movie experience to our consoles and PC, with most of the movie's charm and fun very much intact.
Excerpt: Few games go through four years of development and two publishers, and come out smelling of roses. Psychonauts is a game Microsoft no longer wanted as part of its first-party portfolio and despite positive word of mouth and much interest from the gaming hardcore, Tim Schafer's debut console project looked to be in trouble.
Conclusion: I cannot recommend Psychonauts highly enough. I played a few boards on Xbox and the entire game on the PS2. If you have the option, you probably should go with the Xbox version, but if you only have a PS2 you will not be disappointed. The plot and gameplay are almost flawless, and the experience really was the best I have had in a while. As I mentioned, there are a few minor problems with the game, but nothing that should discourage you from playing it.
Conclusion: THE VERDICT: For anyone who wants to experience how games can provide entertainment beyond the simple act of play, Psychonauts is one of only a handful of titles that can give you what you're looking for. It is a game that deserves not to be just played, but experienced, by everyone who loves videogames.
Excerpt: This year, a number of great titles have appeared, but none have gotten us as stir-crazy as the newest intellectual property from game writer and director Tim Schafer. Psychonauts is one of the most enjoyable games to come around in a long time; find out why inside.