Conclusion: The aforementioned framerate jiggles would be a bigger deal if Virtua Tennis 3 was more aesthetically appealing. The facial maps are pretty decent, but the animation sets aren’t quite as good as the competition. The clay and grass courts degrade nicely and look quite realistic in any compound, but the peripheral setting items pale in comparison to those in Top Spin 2 . You’ll also have to trudge through simple art direction that doesn’t really cut it in this generation.
Excerpt: There is no better sport for creating great video games than tennis. From Pong at the dawn of virtual time through to the storm of excitement that Wii Sports Tennis served up for the Launch of Nintendo's newest console, there is something about hitting a ball backwards and forwards that just works. Virtua Tennis has always been the undisputed champion of tennis games, and the latest release proves that the series just gets better with time.
Conclusion: You’ll be staring a pretty decent game down the sights when you fire up Cabela’s Alaskan Adventures for the first time. While it won’t blow you away visually, there’s a decent amount of variation to the sixteen wilderness areas. The textures are basic and much of the foliage looks 2D, but there are glimmers of hope.
Excerpt: Activision’s progression with the extensive line of Cabela’s -licensed games has thus far been minimal. Like a hunter lost in the wilderness, the series is without a compass. Thus, it’s floundering helplessly in transition from PC to Xbox 360. Sometimes it seems as though the developers are knee-deep in the makings of a quality product. And now it seems they’re knee-deep in something entirely different. In Adventure mode, you begin by choosing your character’s gender.
Conclusion: Despite being plagued with bugs, repetitive gameplay, and some of the worst visuals you'll see on a next-gen console, Cabela's Alaskan Adventure is fairly entertaining. You probably won't play for more than half an hour at a time before you lose interest, but for that half hour, you'll have some fun with it. There's a lot of untapped potential here, and I think the series could benefit from a bigger budget.
Excerpt: We take our best shot at this woodsy adventure. Basically, we play the bad games so you don’t have to.
Pros: There’s decent variety to be found, and this game can be quite entertaining if you don’t take it too seriously and just skip the bad parts.
Cons: Inconsistent AI and a few completely broken mechanics such as driving hold this game back in ways that shouldn’t have been overlooked. Plus, it doesn’t get much more “evil” than shooting cute furry little bunnies from point blank range.
Excerpt: I’m still puzzled at where exactly my love for sports came from. As far back as I can remember, I was playing something; even if it was baseball with a rolled-up sock and an old chair leg. I started Little League at four. I played my first year of tackle football at seven, by which time I had already worked in a season of basketball and two of soccer. I was a sports junkie as a kid. But what always struck me as strange was that my parents were not. Not even close.
Excerpt: The hunting genre is not exactly ripe with games on the current generation of consoles. You won’t ever see a hunting game rivalling the likes of Call of Duty and Final Fantasy in the Top 20 chart and it’s likely you won’t even find it on a shelf in a gaming store. No, hunting games have found their home in the bargain bin of the gaming world.