July 11, 2008 - I usually like to start off my reviews by creating a clever pun out of the game's title to introduce or briefly summarize how I feel about said game. But to take a line out of Alone in the Dark's dialogue, '**** it,' this game sucks. For anyone left in the dark about Alone in the Dark (ok, so maybe I still snuck a pun in there), the survival-horror game takes players through the monster-infested streets of New York. You begin the game by waking up from a daze. As with a lot of clichéd stories nowadays, your character starts out with a bad case of amnesia. You don't know who you are, or where you came from. All you know is that you are being held captive by dangerous and mysterious men. After you orient yourself with the slightly awkward controls, you will escape their clutches only to come across a dicier scenario. For reasons unknown, zombies, freaky bats, huge spiders, and more scary creatures begin to unearth themselves.
Final Fantasy XI isn't a new game--it's just newly released for the PlayStation 2 in North America. However, the game originally debuted in Japan nearly two years ago in the summer of 2002. Late last year, a PC version of the game shipped to these shores, which was many English-speaking gamers' first exposure to the persistent world of Vana'diel. The new PS2 version of the game is identical, to the point where you can freely transfer your player character between the different versions of the game. Yet while it's the same Final Fantasy XI, the context is completely different. Despite the fact that the PC gaming market is oversaturated with massively multiplayer online role-playing games, many PS2 owners have never experienced such a game before. But let's not beat around the bush: The PC is the better platform for Final Fantasy XI, and to properly enjoy it on your PS2, you'll need to pay $100 for the PS2 hard disk drive (the game comes included) and possibly $40 for a PS2 network adapter if you don't already have one. Plus you'll need a USB keyboard hooked up to your console to communicate with other players.
Gaelic Games: Football 2 is the sequel to the bestselling Gaelic Games: Football. With all new features and improvements, GGF2 is a while new ball game! Features: * Career mode which allows you to train and improve your team across multiple seasons * Improved graphics and weather effects * All new control system gives you ultimate control of you players * New tactics so you can set your team's behaviour * Club teams and team editing * Mission mode to replay historic matches
Obsessively technical. Meticulously refined. Viciously fast. The world's most technically advanced racing experience delivers capabilities beyond any game. Key Features: Broadcast quality visuals blur the line between game and reality. 4,000 polygons per vehicle captures exceptional detail, right down to the disc brakes behind the wheels. Amazing special effects will drop jaws to the floor: impairing sunglare, shimmering heat waves, real-time reflections and much more! Two modes of play: Arcade Mode, for those who love the thrill of speed, and Simulation Mode, for the hardcore gamer who longs for the complete racing experience. Rally racing returns with a refined physics model challenging off-road driving skills. Advanced opponent behavior and calculated physics turn mere car physics into 'emotion' physics where players will sense other cars reacting to sneering passes and jarring cut-offs. Each car was carefully designed according to the exact specifications of its real-life counterpart. Analog controls and pressure sensitive buttons on the DUALSHOCK 2 analog controller ensures precision steering, braking, and acceleration.
It's more than a game. It's a religion. Whether it's for the thrill of speed, the intensity of competition, or the fanaticism in supping up your car, Gran Turismo has captured the essence of the automotive lifestyle and had unleashed the passion between man and machine. As the fourth installment of the worldwide blockbuster-selling Gran Turismo series, Gran Turismo 4 is available exclusively for the PlayStation2 computer entertainment system. The creative and talented minds of Polyphony Digital, Inc. have once again succeeded in developing the most technologically advanced racing experience ever. Gran Turismo 4 features a truly authentic racing experience spanning 100 years of automotive history. Packed with more cars, courses, and race modes, Gran Turismo 4 delivers enhanced, if not perfected game physics and graphics. Key Features: New physics engine adds a higher level of realism in car performance. The game physics can now react within .03 seconds of its human counterpart. More than 700 vehicles encompassing manufacturers from around the world ranging from vintage to modern models seen today Up to 100 international courses including rally, real-world city
The Grand Theft Auto series and the PlayStation 2 have gone hand in hand, which each game debuting on the PS2 before it travels to other consoles. That all changed with the release of last year's side story, Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories. This game, designed to take advantage of the PSP's hardware, was an impressive technical feat, managing to pack in a lot of what made the "big" GTA games so memorable. But it fell short in a few key spots, most notably the story, the characters, and the series' biting sense of style and satire. That stuff was easy to overlook when you could carry Liberty City around in your back pocket. But on the PS2, where you can compare it directly to the three Grand Theft Auto games that have appeared there, the whole package is significantly less interesting, even considering the PS2 port's budget price. Not much has changed, so if you've already played this on the PSP, there's not much reason to take on the PS2 version. The game's got a slightly longer draw distance on the PlayStation 2, and the streets look like they might have a few more people on them.
Last year, Grand Theft Auto III took the world by surprise. While the first two games in the series had a small, hard-core following, their simple 2D graphics and lack of a focused narrative structure limited their appeal. On the other hand, GTAIII featured a massive, clockwork world that was really impressive to behold, and it refined its predecessors' free-roaming, nonlinear design and added a far more compelling story in the process. Those improvements, coupled with amazing vehicle physics, a surprising amount of variety in the gameplay, and a great sense of style, made GTAIII a runaway hit and one of the rare games that is accepted by both hard-core and casual game players alike. But as good as Grand Theft Auto III is, the next game in the series, Grand Theft Auto: Vice City, improves upon it. Vice City expands on the themes and concepts found in Grand Theft Auto III, fixes a few of the minor issues in the last game, and adds a lot of new abilities and items to play with. It all comes together to form one of the most stylish and most enjoyable games ever released.
Gaming's most famous heroine makes her triumphant return in Lara Croft Tomb Raider: Legend! Lara Croft travels the globe in search of an ancient artifact and is pitted against rival forces... # Features: Lara comes to life - the dual-pistol-wielding adventurer's polygon count and animation set has been increased significantly, presenting Lara in the finest fidelity to date # Return to the Tombs: Lara's new quest brings her to lost ancient realms that guard Secrets of the Past # Fluid movement: the revamped control system provides intuitive and fluid character movement # Dynamic animation system puts focus on continuous motion, giving Lara the ability to seamlessly handle any obstacle and interact dynamically with any surface # Move and shoot. Lara uses her physical prowess to combine gunplay with unique signature moves # Variety of player choice - intelligently use the environment, technical gear and weapons to overcome challenging situations. # Physics, Water and Fire systems bring the perilous environments of Lara's world alive, and challenge the player to improvise solutions to obstacles
Rockstar Games Presents Manhunt 2, coming to PlayStation(R)2, PSP(R) and Wii(TM). An experiment at a secret research facility has gone catastrophically wrong. Daniel Lamb and Leo Kasper are the only surviving subjects. The Pickman Project will stop at nothing to hunt them down and stop the truth from getting out. Demented screams echo around the dank asylum that has caged you for the last six years. You open your eyes. A white-coated body slumps to the floor through your shaking hands. A bloody syringe slips from your arm. Waves of confusion and paranoia crash over you. You have no idea who you are or how you got here. The door to your cell is open. One choice. One chance. They took your life. Time to take it back.
Twice the recommended daily dose of Evil! Even though Chris Redfield and Jill Valentine were able to destroy the Umbrella corporation's undead monsters in the original Resident Evil, they were ultimately unable to prevent the zombie disease from spreading. As either Claire Redfield, biker chick and sister of Chris, or Leon Kennedy, a rookie cop on his first day of the job, your character arrives in the sleepy midwestern town of Raccoon City only to find the city in flaming ruins due to the inhabitants having been transformed into mindless flesh-eating freaks. Although Claire and Leon soon team up, they are separated from each other and trapped inside the city by an accidental car crash. Barracading themselves within the Raccoon City police station, each character must find a way to escape from the nightmare while solving the mystery of what happened to Raccoon City. Each character will gain the periodic assistance of a fellow survivor... Leon will team up with a mysterious but well armed woman calling herself Ada Wong, while Claire will find herself charged with protecting a little girl named Sherry Birkin.
So Evil they even gave it a subtitle! The final installment of the Resident Evil series for the Playstation, Resident Evil 3 takes place during the events of Resident Evil 2. The midwestern town of Raccoon City is in ruins, having been overrun with the undead creating T-virus thanks to the wacky hijinks of William Birkin and Umbrella Inc. As Jill "master of unlocking" Valentine (one of the two main protagonists of the original Resident Evil), you must find a way out of the zombie-infested remains of the city alive. Along the way, you'll interact with and receive help from three heavily armed Umbrella mercenaries who have also become stranded in Raccoon City thanks to the incompetance of their employer. Standing in the way of your group's last escape are a horde of flesh-eating zombified citizens, homicidal mutants, and a relentless killing machine known only as Nemesis who is determined to hunt down and kill the survivors of the original Resident Evil, including Jill. A dramatic improvement over Tyrant/Mr. X/G from the previous games, Nemesis possesses the same maneuverability as Jill allowing him to run (faster than you, in fact), use firearms (such as a rocket launcher).
Since its debut on the PlayStation in 1996, the genre-defining Resident Evil series has had its ups and downs, though it's always remained at the forefront of survival horror games. Yet it's not enough to call Resident Evil 4 one of the high points of the series, because this is probably the single greatest horror-themed action game ever created. Now on the PlayStation 2, Resident Evil 4 sure didn't cut corners in translation from the original GameCube version released earlier this year. Like that game, this is an amazing achievement in a variety of ways: Its inspired, state-of-the-art cinematic presentation works extremely well with its relentlessly exciting, white-knuckle action, all of which is wrapped up in a decidedly lengthy adventure chock-full of hidden secrets and bonus extras. It obviously isn't for the squeamish or for those otherwise not qualified to play this gory, mature-rated game, which is too bad for them, because it's hard to imagine anyone else not being consistently thrilled and impressed by what Resident Evil 4 has to offer.
One of Marvel's most powerful Super Heroes unleashes epic destruction this June in Marvel Studios' blockbuster movie, The Incredible Hulk. Along with the film, SEGA releases an intensely realistic third-person action video game available on all major video-game platforms. Fueled with fury, SEGA's The Incredible Hulk features key moments from the film, as well as additional plotlines and characters from the character's rich comic-book universe. Players smash through New York City, battling gigantic enemies amidst soaring skyscrapers in a massive open world. As one of the most anticipated entertainment events of 2008, The Incredible Hulk will have fans lining up this summer on both the big and small screens. * Unlimited Destruction: Become the Incredible Hulk and experience unlimited destruction. Players can demolish anything in their path and also use it as a weapon - pieces of a crumbling building...a passing car...a light standard. They can even demolish buildings with their bare hands. Damage is persistent, and gamers can use it to gain access to previously unreachable areas. * Powerful Rage: Rage is power. Build the Hulk's rage to learn powerful moves. Cause unheard-of damage