Excerpt: A girl in a plain white dress swings from the rafters of the barn roof above, swaying in the wind; the soldiers who hung her there long gone. Such unexpected brutality makes you stop for a second and think. Brothers in Arms: Hell’s Highway is defined by moments like this, showing a level of maturity unmatched by its peers. It takes inspiration from the likes of Band of Brothers , but is brave enough to carve out its own story rather than duplicating someone else’s.
Conclusion: Despite some shortcomings, Cities in Motion is still a marvelous achievement. It is by far the prettiest transport simulation to date and the engine runs smooth at any zoom level. The attention to detail is incredible with beautifully crafted vehicles and buildings and you can even spot the soccer players during practice at the stadium.
Excerpt: To say there is an overwhelming amount of World War II video games on the market would be an understatement. Why are there so many? Well, simply put they sell and gamers love them. The Call of Duty, Metal of Honor, and Brothers in Arms franchises have been the leaders of the pack when it comes to this genre. So it comes as no surprise that Ubisoft has deployed another installment in the hit Brothers in Arms simply titled Brothers in Arms: Hell's Highway.
Conclusion: However, if we look beyond the politics I must say that as a stand-alone squad shooter it's a solid game if slightly unremarkable. If World War 2 is your thing then sure, go for it. However, you might want to wait and see how COD5 fairs and make your choice then: yet another World War 2 game to look forward too. Or not.
Excerpt: There's something peculiarly puzzling about gore in video games. Like chocolates in a box of Roses it can come in so many types. Gore can be completely stylised and over the top, like in upcoming black and white Wii game Mad World, for example. Or gore might be gritty and shocking, like in Grand Theft Auto IV. Gore works in video games because of the context it appears in. The gritty and realistic gore in GTA 4 works because the tone of the game is realistic and gritty.
Conclusion: Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon is, at its heart, a great game. It has some missed potential, and occasionally a lack of polish. Yet in the end what a game boils down to is the gameplay itself, and that is where Shadow Dragon excels. The classic Fire Emblem formula still holds up brilliantly today, and is a blast to play through. Whether you are new to the series or a veteran looking to see where the series began, Shadow Dragon should satisfy your appetite.
Conclusion: They have announced that a playable section of the game will be available at the event in London. Along with this news, the new Street Fighter game has also been confirmed for release on Microsoft’s box of tricks.
Summary: Despite a few missteps, Hell's highway is a road worth travelling.
Pros: Shooter/strategy formula from past titles still works great; great enemy AI; mostly excellent presentation; strong storyline; smooth controls.
Cons: Missing key features from past titles, including co-op skirmish mode; graphical glitches and sloppy cutscenes ruin immersion; co-operative AI is occasionally sketchy; multiplayer is only fun under ideal circumstances.