Sunday, January 1 1995
Mayhem feels like a series of errata and revisions but, really, you've got to sweat the small stuff for a game so miniature.
If the shocking oddity of the objectives weren't enough to warrant further play, the never satisfied attitude of the King will.
Surely a system that is simple to play and a game series that is essentially a no-fuss beat 'em-up would be a perfect match, right?
Sadly, you are not required to rescue George W. Bush from angry Louisiana officials or disgruntled military moms in Namco's new Urban Reign.
These are comic book panels come to life.
For a game whose real meat is supposed to be multiplayer madness, it's gratifying to see that the developers took the time to give us an entertaining single-player campaign.
A properly executed solitary walk will frighten players more than a zombie jumping through a window.
Undeniably cute and relatively smart, Tokobot provides a title the PSP desperately needed: a game with at least some mildly innovative gameplay, as well as casual appeal.
Obviously, Trauma Center does not a doctor make. But the game does suggest something interesting about the way we work at any job or activity.
It's hard not to be struck by the apparent concession that the only people playing the game are going to be male.