Sunday, January 1 1995
This series is more interested in exploring the mind of the killer before it places a skull-crushing crowbar or innards-spewing grenade launcher in your hands.
In a clear case of technology mimicking a movie's worth, both of these now-dated diversions look pretty lousy on the handheld device.
Unfortunately, so much time was spent perfecting the style that gameplay got the shaft.
Playing DDS2 without having endured the first one is a bit like watching Kill Bill: Vol. 2 without having seen Vol. 1.
With its immensely rich background full of unforgettable characters and indefinable humor, you'd expect nothing less but more of the same. Unfortunately, this is not the case.
Rise of the Kasai is more Kill Bill than Aladdin.
The tired gameplay certainly seems a secondary concern to the developers.
We might have to consider the possibility that the first-person shooter has already scaled its greatest heights.
Playing as the Prince is somewhat akin to controlling a fully rendered Jackie Chan.
Ride or Die is no more harmful than a commercial featuring Snoop Dogg and Lee Iacocca.
NBA 2K6 remains unaffected by the rolling red-state tide.
Don't worry if the police are slow and boring for the first day. It's not them, it's you.
Playing New Super Mario Bros. is a lot like shagging an ex: it's satisfying in the moment, but afterwards you realize your effort could have been spent better elsewhere.
Like most sim games, Nintendogs is not about control, but care.
I'd consider this a masterpiece, but it lacks the instant gratification that the best shooters have.
Something I find utterly pointless is the constant comparisons between the Nintendo DS and Sony PSP.
I expect innovation when I hear Molyneux's name attached to a project.
Mario Superstar Baseball embraces the universal desire to see any given pitch turn into something truly astounding.
Technically Metroid Prime: Hunters is the DS's greatest achievement.
Expectations being what they are, Makai Kingdom just plain isn't enough.