I imported Ghostbusters on the 360 because I'm impatient and wanted to play it. What's it like? Allow me to tell you.
Time manipulation is nothing new in gaming. Blinx had it,Prince of Persia had it, and GRID had it. But Braid is unlike any experience you’ve had before. From screenshots it’s just a 2D platformer. An utterly beautiful 2D platformer set in a living watercolour painting awash with glorious colours, but a 2D platformer nonetheless. It’s easy to see the homage paid to the early Mario games, too. The monsters look a lot like Goombas, the flytraps in drainpipes are near carbon copies and apparently the princess is in another castle.
Everyone's fantasy is to roll the world's largest snowball. That's why when it snows, people make snowmen, rolling a ball of snow larger and larger until it isn't possible to move it any more, then adding a smaller ball for a head. It isn't because we want to make a man made of ice, but because we just love rolling stuff up.
So hurrah for Namco and their ball rolling simulators!
Call of Duty is back, but not only is it back, it's back under the tender loving care of the original developers, Infinity Ward. After what for me was a blip in the series with the third instalment have Infinity Ward managed to put the magic back into the Call of Duty franchise?
Having played through the likes of Shrek The Third, Ratatouille and Open Season in the last few months, I think I can be forgiven for expecting Meet The Robinsons to be nothing more than a shameless cash-in on Disney's latest all-CGI summer spectacular. Whilst TMNT, Cars and Open Season were all tolerable, Ratatouille and Shrek were diabolical. I was unsure where on this spectrum Meet The Robinsons would end up.
Ask yourself a question.
What do you want from a shooter?
Do you want a compelling story with impressive cut scenes, levels that go on for an hour or two and a well-defined beginning, middle and end?
Or do you just want to start up your console, dive into a level of your choosing that lasts anywhere from a minute to, oh, about five minutes and then get some points for shooting people in the face?
Driving cars is fun. It’s highly dangerous to make it fun, but it’s fun all the same. Which is why videogames with cars were invented. They simulate the fun and eliminate the risk. In real life one is not encouraged to see how fast they can do handbrake turns around Trafalgar Square. But we’ve all wanted to do it, and that’s why we have Project Gotham Racing 3.
There have been few games more hyped than Gears Of War. With sequels to successful games excepted, it’s hard to think of any title so eagerly anticipated. Initially shown off when Xbox 360 was first unveiled, Epic’s third-person action game promised a huge amount, and looked to be the perfect showcase for both the power of Xbox 360 and their own Unreal Engine 3 technology.
The latest game to enter the 360 live arcade is an old 'on-rails' shooter going by the name of Rez HD. If you haven't heard of Rez, that's not a problem, as the countless copies being sold on eBay for the Dreamcast or PS2 at any time are always marked '@@@@@LOOOK RARE@@@@@' or something like that. Well it's not rare anymore - it's available as a download onto the 360.