Summary: Truthfully, the whole Chrome Hounds
affair ends up being embarrassingly bad. Though the persistent multiplayer
component is a step in a direction console games have needed to go for
a long time, without a decent combat system and interface it lacks the
excitement or staying power to get you your money's worth out of this
Pros: It's fairly pretty and the online stuff is a good effort.
Cons: The game plays like development team quit half-way through and Sega just decided to ship what they had anyways.
Conclusion: - 15G - Find Three hidden paths All in all, Switchball is certainly one of the best puzzles games on XBLA, and is definitely the best, um, ball-based puzzle game of all-time. It’s a great looking game, offering a deep single-player mode and plenty of multiplayer options. It’s a great addition to anyone Xbox Live Arcade library, and a must-have for fans of the genre.
Conclusion: When I first heard that someone other than Rare was going to be handling the development of a Viva Piñata game, my first concern was how the look of the game might suffer. One of the things that made the original game stand out was its unique look. Pop in a copy of Viva Piñata and you actually feel like you’re in a bright and colorful papercraft world. You could actually believe these little candy-filled whipping boys and girls were alive.
Conclusion: The worst thing about Hot Wheels: Beat That!, though, has to be the unforgiveable number of glitches that persist in the game. During one race, my car got knocked off the track during a vertical loop, dropping me to a different section of the track. My position immediately jumped from third to first, as I'd seemingly skipped half the race. However, as soon as I crossed the checkpoint for the next lap, my position magically dropped from first to last.
Excerpt: In 2006, war was beginning. At least, it was in Chromehounds , the most multiplayer capable mech game to date, in which the Neroimus War takes place. From an innovations viewpoint, Chromehounds offers little that is new or different, and apart from the multiplayer aspect, you could get the same experience out of playing any MechWarrior game. However, the Xbox Live experience is where Chromehounds really shines, and really, what it was built around.
Excerpt: The Xbox 360 can't be called the system of choice for younger gamers, but Microsoft certainly looks to have a winner on its hands with the Viva Piñata franchise. The garden management title that launched the cutesy piñata animals onto Xbox 360 perhaps wasn't best suited for the audience the 4Kids cartoon attracts, but the latest candy-filled offering is certainly better placed for success.
Conclusion: Conclusion Overall Chromehounds operates like Armored Core's slow cousin. THe multiplayer was the most appealing aspect of the game but the single-player is alright and the customisation is fairly in-depth. So it is a game that I would recommend purchasing, provided its a cheap purchase.
Excerpt: A lot of great people have suffered for their art: Van Gogh lopped off his ear, Salman Rushdie had a bounty put on his head for writing the Satanic Verses, and I played Chromehounds for a week. This may be a tiny bit of exaggeration on my part, although I did once slip with a razor and nick off part of my ear, but I wonder how long those two guys would have been happy to spend aimlessly wandering an apparently barren and deserted battlefield, in a vehicle boasting all...