Here is where you are blessed with the commentary of both Zach and Ben, which allows you to live a more fullfilling life and die a happy camper.
|Serious Sam: The Second Encounter
||The Twinkie of First Person Shooters, SS:SE provides a fun,
mindless experience at a budget price. It can't compare to Medal
of Honor's Tiramisu, but you aren't paying $50, either.
|Star Trek: Hidden Evil
|I beat this game in one hour and forty-five minutes. That's
less time than almost every movie released recently. I pay $5.00
for movies. It's a good thing that I rented Hidden Evil, because
I would have been frothing at the mouth if I had paid $40+ for
the game. To add insult to injury, the game isn't even very
good. The Graphics are mediocre, the combat is dull and hard
to control, and the plot is weak.
I can only think of one slightly redeeming thing in the game,
and that is the ability to play most of the game with only one
hand. This will allow all those SpinerFems out there to... amuse
themselves whenever Data is talking.
There is also a "Special Edition" version of the game that comes
with a VHS of the final Star Trek: TNG episode, thereby doubling
the life of the package.
|I don't think that I can even follow commentary like that.
||2.5 (yes, worse than a Headgame)
|Fuck... (as in good)
|| Not done at time of review.
|Rainbow Six: Rogue Spear
|At its core, Rogue Spear is Rainbow 6... and twice as hard.
While R6 would have me swearing in frustration, RS caused me
to stop playing out of fear that I would do something violent.
Past that, RS has the expected graphical and gameplay enhancments
that justify a sequel, but only barely. Most of the time I felt
like I was just playing new levels for R6. While that isn't
necessarily bad, the game does lose some of it's "freshness",
for lack of a better word.
Did I mention that the game was really hard? Really, really
hard? Assuming you didn't start reading this halfway through
(thereby making you lazier than me). I just felt like mentioning
that again. It is really hard. "Urge to Kill Rising" hard.
|This is more like an expansion pack for Rainbow Six. I have
a lot of mixed feelings about this one. On one hand I couldn't
get enough of Rainbow Six so Rogue Spear was a blast. However
I was really hoping for a bit more out of a sequel to such a
fantastic game. The only differences were that it has steeper
requirements and is much more polished. I have to agree with
Zach about it being hard, but not to the extent that he says
it is. In fact some of the missions were a little bit too easy,
such as the hijacked airplane. On the other had the following
mission made me want to put my fist through my monitor. A good
|Game Designers take note: This is what you get when you are
creative. By trying something new (and making it look really
nice), Relic has created a game that, quite simply, rocks. The
single player game is interesting and challenging, although
it is also a tad short. The multiplayer game actually forces
you to use tactics and formations. The only strange part of
the game is the interface, and a strong tutorial takes care
||This is one of the most refreshing games I have played in
a long time. It has a very new feel to it. All of the graphics
are beautiful. The AI is challenging and intelligent. I personally
thinks the game was just about long enough. (one mission couldn't
have hurt :) The multiplayer is phenomenal. (and it came a long
way from its beta stages let me tell you) The story is compelling
and well thought out and it leaves me with a request for nothing
but more. Relic really outdid themselves this time. Great job.
|If this could be merged with Midtown Madness it would be perfect.
What Driver lacks in graphics and a decent damage model is made
up for in a story, a variety of missions, and multiple cities.
However, the best part of the game has to be the way the engine
allows for movie-like chase sequences. No game yet has managed
to capture the intense feeling of weaving in and out of traffic
and cutting corners while the blaring police sirens get closer
and closer. My only dream is that Reflections will allow me
to create my own car in the inevitable sequel so that I can
create a computer version of the crudmobile. I would then drive
it off a cliff (it would live, just to spite me).
|Heavy Gear 2
||You run around in a 20ft tall robot shooting and blowing crap
up. There are objectives, but who pays attention to those anyways.
It has some really cool features like space missions and humanistic
control of your robot. There is a slight feel of unfinishedness
but nothing major. A nice change and a good sequel.
|You get to drive around Chicago in a bus and ram into things.
There are races too, but who cares? Ramming into things is so
much more fun. On a side note, either Chicago has really strong
trees or really weak steel, as I was able to knock down lamp
posts but a sapling would stop my Semi dead in its tracks.