Excerpt: It’s less than two months until the launch of the Xbox 360, can you feel the excitement? The biggest question on everyone’s mind has been what games will be available at launch. Of course the bigger question is can Rare actually deliver two games on day one. Rare is not known for timely release dates; in fact most of their games live years apart from each other. However Microsoft is certainly confident that Rare will deliver two must own titles before the end of 2005.
Conclusion: So is Perfect Dark Zero what Halo was for the Xbox? Nope. That shouldn’t discourage Xbox 360 owners from picking up a copy on day one, however, simply because it is still one of the best shooters on the console – especially in the multiplayer arena. The Mission mode is on the short side of the stick, but thanks to co-op play and a myriad of multiplayer options (online and off), PDZ can be mentioned in the same breath as Rare’s previous batch of stellar shooters.
Conclusion: If you enjoyed the original game, and can live with the fact that you won’t be quite as scared as when playing through the original for the first time (even Jason Vorhees lost his fright factor after a movie or two), The Suffering: Ties That Bind is worth picking up. It simply crushes most of the competition in terms of art direction and audio composition.
Conclusion: The classic game of Pac-Man is one that we will forever remember and love, which is why it saddens us to say this transfer isn’t all it is cracked up to be. Gamers should definitely check out the free demo of the game (also on the marketplace), but there are serious considerations players must look at before handing over the 400 points ($5) for this download. Are the awful controls something that can be overlooked?
Conclusion: I found other warts too, such as dead bodies that ricochet around the environment like ping pong balls should they fall into a spot of dodgy collision, little to no physics on water, screen tearing when rotating in highly lit or detailed areas, frame rate hitches in the pre-mission fly by’s, and moments where Joanna’s father Jack, literally stands in the line of fire like a brain dead piñata, but these still pale against the splendor elsewhere especially once the games...
Conclusion: Ultimately, your enjoyment will depend on your willingness to conform to the tastes of the ailing community found online. The single player game definitely won’t stand up to the likes of Call of Duty or Halo, but if you don’t mind the repetition of playing the same few maps over and over, you’ll find a surprisingly deep, action packed multiplayer mode that’s bound to please all fans of the genre.
Conclusion: Ultimately, what you make of Galactic Assault is highly dependent on your expectations. Though not the poster child for gameplay over graphics, it plays much better than it looks; don’t let screenshots deceive you. But Galactic Assault won’t blow your mind with new options or distract you for more than a couple of weeks. And it won’t give you any new appreciation for Soviet sci-fi.
Pros: Sold deathmatch setups; accessible and inviting; clear interface.
Cons: Restrictive campaign; turn-based strategy component can be dull; no online opponents.