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Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six: Vegas (PSP)

Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six: Vegas review (PSP)

Reviewed on August 26, 2008

We know that special-ops missions must often be unromantic, behind-the-scenes dirty work, but the developers must have forgotten that Vegas is a game. Because nothing is so disappointing about it as the fact that it never feels like we’re in Vegas.
MYST (DS)

MYST review (DS)

Reviewed on August 15, 2008

Sensibilities and expectations have changed over the last 15 years, but not much else has. The game is still a collection of wondrous locales which we must navigate in the crudest of ways—through a poverty of frames such that turning around brings to mind a herky-jerky slide show. Impossibly, the game actually looks worse – far worse – than it did when it first reared its innovative head in 1993.
Space Invaders Extreme (DS)

Space Invaders Extreme review (DS)

Reviewed on July 09, 2008

Each boss battle is pretty clever, but one in particular is especially so: the boss will actually move back and forth along the bottom of the lower screen, while you take up a new position, along the bottom of the top screen. There, you will stand off against reflector aliens, and attempt to time your shots so that they get reflected back your way, slipping past you, hitting the boss below. All this while he shoots up at you as well. Brilliant stuff.
Capcom Classics Collection: Reloaded (PSP)

Capcom Classics Collection: Reloaded review (PSP)

Reviewed on July 02, 2008

Amazingly, I remember finishing Ghouls ‘N Ghosts, and Super Ghouls ‘N Ghosts in their heydays. I would have two questions for my old self were able to ask him now, a good one, and an even better one: how, and why?
Street Fighter Alpha 3 MAX (PSP)

Street Fighter Alpha 3 MAX review (PSP)

Reviewed on June 27, 2008

You’ll see the usual flaming uppercuts, 360 degree spinning pile drivers, and upside-down hurricane kicks – yup, the usual fare. But because this is a Street Fighter game of the SUPER COMBO (or ISM) era, you’ll also bear witness to the vacuum hurricane kick, which catches unsuspecting enemies in its unforgiving vortex; and my personal favourite, Ken’s Shippu Jinraikyaku, which may as well have been dubbed, “huge soccer kick turns into spinning kick which carries opponent to the top of the screen to die”. (That was probably too long.) Alpha 3 is full of such awe-inspiring maneuvers.
SNK Arcade Classics: Vol. 1 (PSP)

SNK Arcade Classics: Vol. 1 review (PSP)

Reviewed on June 20, 2008

Magician Lord is still gorgeous. Its backdrops are utterly otherworldly; its foregrounds brim with fantasy book life. Long-armed, bipedal beasts and gaggles of skeletons patrol the outer realms framed by unearthly mountain range and sky. Leap-deterring, hovering spheres; amorphous, wall-hugging gelatin; and spinning eyeballs actually seem alien -- not your garden variety projectile-spitters.
World Heroes Anthology (PlayStation 2)

World Heroes Anthology review (PS2)

Reviewed on May 22, 2008

The two main Heroes are SNK’s answer to Street Fighter II’s Ryu and Ken, right down to the fact that the ‘alternate’ choice is the guy in red. Even their moves are rip-offs – a rising uppercut, a spinning attack, and a projectile attack – all effected in the exact same way as in Capcom’s game. This wouldn't be so bad if the newer game actually improved upon the source material. As it is, the moves that enaged, that elicited such a gut feeling of satisfaction in the execution, here come off with little pay-off for the player.
Last Alert (Turbografx-CD)

Last Alert review (TGCD)

Reviewed on May 01, 2008

Last Alert's 'advanced speech' is in stark contrast to its visuals: the game uses an overhead view (much like the one employed by Guerrilla War) to chronicle the adventures of our favourite Guy, who happens to be a bruising special forces bad ass (of course).
Unreal Tournament (PlayStation 2)

Unreal Tournament review (PS2)

Reviewed on April 01, 2008

Consider UT’s enviable balance. Imagine a map where beginners can seek rocket launchers to run amok, while pros can deign to gun them down armed with only a pair of pistols.
Ultimate Ghosts 'N Goblins (PSP)

Ultimate Ghosts 'N Goblins review (PSP)

Reviewed on March 07, 2008

Ultimate’s thesis is a simple one: all things conspire to kill and frustrate, all roads lead to death – which, admittedly, seems in keeping with the spirit of the series.
Rainbow Islands Evolution (PSP)

Rainbow Islands Evolution review (PSP)

Reviewed on March 04, 2008

For starters, the new-and-improved premise is really, really stupid. In action-puzzle games that should not matter. But it does, because controlling a sombrero-wearing, hurdy gurdy-wielding imp against the evil forces of the despotic recording industry (Million Records Company) is as ridiculous as it gets – so dumb that it offends.
Taito Legends 2 (PlayStation 2)

Taito Legends 2 review (PS2)

Reviewed on February 13, 2008

A Taito shooter showcase would not be complete without representation from the Darius series of shooters. The side-scrolling fish-featured mainstay makes two welcome appearances here: in the shmup fan favourite Darius Gaiden, beloved for its balance, and the ostentatious bullet storm that is G-Darius, beloved for its excess.
MX vs ATV Untamed (PlayStation 2)

MX vs ATV Untamed review (PS2)

Reviewed on January 28, 2008

There seem to be scores of cookie-cutter ATV racing games to choose from these days, all of them involving taking the four-wheelers through winding, bumpy courses, endeavouring to both win races and earn big points for pulling stunts along the way. Untamed adds motorbikes (and a few other novelty vehicles) to the mix, in the hopes of spicing things up.
Sega Genesis Collection (PlayStation 2)

Sega Genesis Collection review (PS2)

Reviewed on January 25, 2008

I especially appreciated the wonderful Ristar, one of my favourite Genesis games, which I was unable to unlock in the Sonic Mega Collection, despite doing what was ostensibly necessary to unlock it. The little star-bodied mascot with the rubber arms is as entertaining as ever, clutching enemies and slam-dancing them to death amidst the most colourful of environs the Genesis ever saw.
ATV Offroad Fury: Blazin' Trails (PSP)

ATV Offroad Fury: Blazin' Trails review (PSP)

Reviewed on January 15, 2008

Even on normal difficulty, on countless occasions I've had a race all but wrapped up, taking care to play it safe as the game allows in the home stretch, only to land a jump on a barricade and get tossed violently from my vehicle while the other riders whip by (they're probably smiling under their helmets, the bastards).
Silent Hill Origins (PSP)

Silent Hill Origins review (PSP)

Reviewed on January 10, 2008

The spectre of Dahlia—the cult’s resident fanatic, bent on raising a god borne of pain and suffering—still serves as thematic backdrop for a lonely trek guided toward fate by broken doors and crumbling streets which gape at oblivion.
Prince of Persia: The Two Thrones (PlayStation 2)

Prince of Persia: The Two Thrones review (PS2)

Reviewed on July 27, 2007

Getting close to an unsuspecting enemy will cause things to slow down and go blurry, allowing the prince to initiate a very fast, and very stylish kill. His dagger will flash blue when the time is right to hit the attack button. If your timing is off, you'll bollocks up the sequence, and have to fight the enemy the old fashioned way, or else use a Sand Tank to rewind time and try it again.
Resident Evil 4 (PlayStation 2)

Resident Evil 4 review (PS2)

Reviewed on April 20, 2007

In RE4, you are armed to the teeth, but your enemies’ insistence, their thirst for your pain, and their sheer numbers create more compelling and dire circumstances than a few zombies or “nurses” after an unfortunate pipe-bearing player ever could.
Ecstatica (PC)

Ecstatica review (PC)

Reviewed on February 20, 2007

Unless you tread with absolute care, you'll be assaulted by a crazed werewolf, almost immediately. If your defenses are shaky, he will beat you to death then and there, in the first minute of your game. And I mean, he'll pummel you.
Mazes of Fate (Game Boy Advance)

Mazes of Fate review (GBA)

Reviewed on February 19, 2007

MoF has a grand story of course, telling of mankind's greed and other sins against God, and of hatred nurtured between us and a race of goatmen. I can't say that the tale did anything for me other than give me a chuckle at the word 'goatmen', but it could be that fantasy fans live for this stuff.

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