Excerpt: Samurai Shodown Sen is not an awful game. The only way it could be considered "awful" would be to ignore the barely playable fighters that have come out over the last twenty years. The characters perform expected actions whenever I press the buttons, and -- aside from plastic doll faces -- the graphics are well beyond "PlayStation 2 quality". I can say this with confidence because I've actually played PS2 games.
Conclusion: For all its problems Sen is just about salvaged by the fact that it isn’t completely broken. The fighting style, taken on its own stubborn terms, is serviceable; SNK Playmore have at least also thrown in a few cute gestures to please fans (Achievements, for example, poke fun at the series’ reputation for poor translations, with one description reading: “To have Xbox LIVE fighting for once”), and the new ability to dismember limbs never gets too old, if only because the...
Excerpt: I am completely dumbfounded. For once in my life, I can’t find a single good thing about a game, and I’ve played some horrible games. I’ve always been able to find some good in them, whether it was a good concept, or the sheer absurdness. But the only way I managed to sit through this title was because halfway through I discovered some rather bizarre cheats.
Excerpt: The first twenty minutes of Superman Returns are impressive. Its Metropolis is a daunting, colossal city with dismal industry, gleaming financial districts and grid-locked highways. When you’re a near-invincible superhero the idea of feeling intimidated by anything is laughable (unless it happens to be a green meteor rock). However, even the Man of Steel feels small and insignificant against this epic Metropolis.
Conclusion: THE VERDICT: If you're thinking of buying Superman Returns, stop right now. This is licensed garbage of the worst kind and buying it will only encourage publishers to continue insulting the medium like this. If you have to do something with Superman this Christmas, go out and buy one of the Christopher Reeves movies. But, please, stay away from this game.
Conclusion: A missed opportunity does not even begin to cover it. Putting aside the sub last-gen graphics, the stunning lack of variety in the gameplay when you have seventy years of material to drawn upon is unforgiveable. There is no other way to view Superman Returns: The Videogame as a cynical cash-in that makes a mockery of a character that deserves so much more.
Excerpt: Now before I begin to absolutely slate this half-baked effort of a sandbox game, I’m going to give it a sprinkling of sympathy because the task of making a great Superman game would arguably verge on being impossible. Whilst some game characters break a few of the ‘golden rules’ of games mechanics – Superman just takes the piss: He’s invincible, can fly through space, and lift up potentially anything if he needs to – and that’s just for starters… Superman as a character...