Conclusion: This is the basketball game to own this season. NBA 2K7 advances the classic basketball formula to deliver the best playing game in quite some time. Nice touches like offering the various draft classes from the past six years are great to see. The online features coupled with the franchise and 24/7 modes are enough gameplay to keep even the best ballers busy for months to come. This could very well be 2K Sports’ finest work since the original NFL 2K on the Dreamcast.
Conclusion: Cliffy B. must have been well aware that Gears 2 would come under increased scrutiny, would be dissected even more closely than the original, because once the glossy veneer of a beautifully constructed object loses its appeal, your left just with a table, chair, or other mundane thing. But Epic has adorned their pretty, gory little thing with so much new stuff (for lack of a better term), and placed it just so, that it feels exhilarating all over again.
Pros: Visceral, bloody combat; cover system strategy; brilliant atmosphere and voice acting; great variety in scenarios, combat, levels, and gameplay; robust multiplayer includes co-op and new Horde mode; beautiful visuals and production values; imaginative and thrilling through and through.
Cons: Ham-fisted and failed attempt at introducing an emotional subplot; sometimes clunky controls; online competitive multiplayer is not for the faint of heart; doesn’t carry the same impact as the original.
Conclusion: The game delivers a great story, includes great achievements, and a wonderful all-star cast of actors to bring the wild west in your rooms. Gun is definitely the best western game on the 360 to date, and the best western game to hit shelves in a long time. Definitely not a game to pass up, it's great for anyone.
Conclusion: The rest of the audio bring in a cinematic
spectacle to the action scenes. The sound
effects for human grunts, horses, and explosions
in the background deliver a convincing tone;
even the weapons themselves feel like they pack
serious wallop! But the music isn’t all that
great. Most of the time, it’s muffled and faint.
But that’s going to be the least of your
concerns since you’ll be paying more attention
to the action than to the music.
Excerpt: You really can't help but be impressed with what Visual Concepts has done over the years with the NBA 2K series. Even though the franchise has remained fundamentally the same year-after-year, with minor adjustments made to warrant the price tag each fall, the 2K series continues to be the go-to-game for basketball aficionados, especially when compared to EA's jaded Live series. But who needs a major makeover when you've got gameplay as authentic as this?
Excerpt: What do you do when you're fed up with making yearly skateboard titles that appeal to a hugely broad demographic? Make a brutal shooter set in the Wild West that carries an 18-certificate and has the 'kids can't play this' appeal of the Grand Theft Auto series. This is what famed Tony Hawk developer Neversoft has done, and while it's not really a genre that you could have predicted they would move into, GUN is a solid entry in what will undoubtedly be the first of a new...
Excerpt: Breaking away from the world of vert ramps, skinned knees, and million-point combos, developer Neversoft is trying its hand at an all-new franchise. Famous for its wildly successful Tony Hawk series, they've struck out in a different direction and created a new entry in the sparsely populated Western genre.
Excerpt: What’s the deal with video game Westerns? There is no deal, that’s the deal. There are plenty of action games out there set in various time periods throughout history, but the Old West is a forlorn and forgotten setting. Perhaps it’s that Hollywood has turned its back on one of the genres that helped build its empire. Perhaps it’s that the few Western games that have come down the trail have been so forgettable (quick, name one!).