Excerpt: Let’s face it, EA are hardly the most creative bunch, which is exactly why Def Jam: Icon comes as such a surprise. What we have here is one of the most refreshing fighting games in years, courtesy of the brilliant Fight Night team: EA Chicago.
Conclusion: As with other Atari-to-XBLA conversions, Warlords features two modes of play: Normal and Throttle Monkey. In a Normal game, the difficulty level starts low and builds up over time. Each round of play raises the bar a little higher and pushes the players a little harder.
Conclusion: As for game’s challenge, Turning Point provides four difficulty levels: Easy, Normal, Hard and Insane. Even at Normal, you’ll probably find yourself dying a number of times, and the checkpoint system might cause you to have to replay a sizable section over—and perhaps over and over and over—again.
Conclusion: I enjoyed GH: Aerosmith , even as a casual fan of the Boston-based group, but the game isn’t one that I’ll likely spend much more time playing beyond completing a career or two, then trying some at a harder difficulty in an effort to buy some of the other cool content in the Vault.
Excerpt: I was in on the ground floor with Guitar Hero . I was there at Gamestop on its first day of release, buying a plastic guitar with money that I didn't have. My girlfriend at the time was furious when she found out that we couldn't afford groceries that week, but I did what needed to be done.
Excerpt: Take a hugely successful genre (FPS in this case), use a well established and advanced game engine (Unreal Engine 3), throw in a storyline with a twist to make it different to the norm (a world where the Germans invaded America during World War II) and you'd expect good results.
Excerpt: Guitar Hero has certainly come a long way. I remember when it was nothing more than a fairly novel looking game that didn't have nearly enough stock when it arrived in the UK months after its US debut.
Summary: Parents need to know that many teens will want to play this fighting game because it features big hip-hop and rap artists, but it's very much an M-rated game. That's why this well-constructed game gets plenty of stars for quality but earns our rare "Off" rating for 17+.