Sunday, January 1 1995
Rockstar Toronto didn't just remake a cult favorite to reap the commercial benefits; they expanded an interesting story into something that could only work in this medium.
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.
Ty 3 has no desire to reinvent the wheel.
The game continues to remind you that being a good cop in such a rough and violent occupation is less than easy.
She was voluptuous. She was British. And she was fun to watch.
Few games match the quality of Legend's atmosphere.
What SBK gets very right is the feeling of speed.
Soulcalibur is about flamboyant overkill, and this title embraces its shallowness with exuberant panache.
By focusing on graphics instead of the script, Pirates! was crippled.
The content-to-die enemy AI drifts by like kamikaze flotsam.
Sly 3 seems to be changing the least out of Sony's three-headed platformer beast, but even these slight alterations might have been too much.