Excerpt: Electronic Arts is embarking on a new initiative to put out some premier quality titles on the iPhone/iPod platform. Instead of repackaging old franchises, the publisher is releasing games in conjunction with their hits, and The Sims 3 is about as big of one that Electronic Arts will publish in 2009. So what do we get with The Sims 3? The basic tenets of The Sims continue to exist in this iPhone version of the game.
Conclusion: Moments of fun punctuate an otherwise dull, generic blast. Twitchy controls, thunderously dull levels and by-the-numbers storytelling dig Turok its own shallow grave. So much for the comeback.
Excerpt: As far as aging franchises go, Turok is right up there. Having started out on the Nintendo 64, Turok's early games proved to be popular with critics and gamers, in no small part for the then rather spectacular graphics. But things went wrong. After Turok 2 the games seemed to get progressively worse, with the last game, Turok Evolution, pretty much nailing the coffin shut.
Summary: Parents need to know that this is a violent, bloody shooter with a prehistoric twist. Beyond the assortment of firearms ranging from machine guns to rocket launchers, players will use a compound bow and combat knife. Players can sneak up and execute a quick knife kill. You can kill by slitting another's neck, and when done on Dinosaurs, those deaths look particularly gory and involve a lot of blood.
Conclusion: The new additions to the tried and true gameplay formula add quite a bit to the overall game, spicing it up enough that the game feels fresh but also keeping enough of the mainstays intact to satisfy series veterans. The story is fantastic, with just the right amount of humor and revelations to keep gamers intrigued throughout the entire run. The inclusion of trophies will keep gamers playing this game for quite some time.
Pros: Beautiful visuals, humorous and touching story, excellent voice acting and some of the best gameplay in a platformer.
Cons: Some of the gameplay feels like we've been there before.
Excerpt: First Impressions My reaction is The first Turok video game, based on an American comic book by Western Publishing called ‘Turok: Dinosaur Hunter’, was released way back in 1997 for Nintendo 64 (N64). The game shot in popularity and become one of the finest games to release for the platform. It was then followed by mediocre iterations on N64, Game Boy, GameCube, PS2, and Xbox and so on.
Excerpt: Now over ten years later, Turok remains an emblematic title of the Nintendo 64. The goodwill gamers have from the Nintendo 64 days were enough to overcome the horrible reception to Turok: Evolution on the GameCube, PS2 and Xbox. Considering how badly that game fared, I am quite surprised by the amount of hype and anticipation that has built up to the release of this next-gen Turok game for PS3 and Xbox 360.
Excerpt: Recently a few of us gameboyz.com staff had a chance to visit Propaganda Games Studio in Vancouver, B.C. to preview Turok for the Xbox 360 and PS3 on its official launch day. In addition to getting an overview of the game we also had the opportunity to meet with some of the developers, gain an in-depth look at the development of the game and play some of the multiplayer maps with staff from Propaganda.