Tagged "Tom Clancy"

Jun 11
By Adam Philbin In Blog No Comments

On the console front, Sony clearly gave Microsoft a bloody nose last night. However, both the PS4 and Xbox One were slightly lacking in amazing new first party titles, so it was left to Ubisoft to come up with one of the most impressive new titles of the show.

Ubisoft’s Tom Clancy’s The Division is an online open-world co-operative shooter/RPG, set in a future New York after a deadly pandemic. The Swedish Ubisoft Massive are at the healm, having previously worked on World in Conflict, Assassin’s Creed: Revelations and Far Cry 3.

The gameplay combines cover and shoot style mechanics with an MMO style party system, with groups of players shooting both AI bad guys and opposing human teams. Visually it looks rather stunning, with an incredible attention to detail. Watch the video below for the full presentation of the game. Who’d have thought a Tom Clancy game would be a contender for best of show.

Oct 17
By Matt Gander In Features 2 Comments

Back in March we dug out some older Xbox 360 games to see if anybody was still playing them online. The results were surprising – we found nobody playing Turok, Shaun White Skateboarding or Perfect Dark Zero but found people still playing Forza 2, Halo Wars and Sega’s Japan-only Cyber Troopers: Virtual-On Force.

The article proved to be one of our more popular ones, so it’s time to dust off some other older Xbox 360 games for round two.

Tony Hawk’s American Wasteland (2005)

We’re not sure what shocked us more here – the fact that this game is now seven years old and the severs are still up, or that there are still people playing online. Yes – we managed to enter an online game instantly where we found three other skaters to play against, which is handy as most of the achievements are linked to playing online.

Tom Clancy’s End War (2008)

Time hasn’t been too kind to this game. It wasn’t anything too special upon release so as you can imagine it looks even rougher now. We played a few of the single-player missions in order to refresh ourselves with the voice-activated controls and then headed to the online lobbies. There we waited, and waited, until deciding about ten minutes later it was time to try something else.

Brunswick Pro Bowling (2011)

The achievements are ridiculously named in this Kinect-only bowling sim. One is called ‘Hat’ and is gained for unlocking a hat while another is called ‘Pants’ for unlocking… well, you can guess. There are also achievements called ‘Shirt’, ‘Ball’, ‘Wrist Guard’ and ‘Shoes’. Creativity in this game isn’t exactly high and neither is the amount of online players. We did though get a message about a week after playing the game from a random person on Xbox Live saying “Wanna get bowling cheev?”

Band Hero (2009)

The online lobbies aren’t too easy to find in this Guitar Hero spin-off. You have to pick a mode and then on the character select screen press a button to search for online players. Despite costing next to nothing these days (our copy cost £1.50 from CeX) it would appear that most gamers have hung up their plastic guitars for good. Ours was so dusty that we were able to write the word ‘bacon’ in the dust.

Tron: Evolution (2010)

We’ve seen the review scores for this game and all we can say is that those who reviewed it must have played a different version to what we played. It’s stinking terrible – one of the worst games we’ve played this generation. There are lots of players online though, all of which are pre-teens by the sound of their high-pitched voices. Just to highlight how poor this game is when we started a deathmatch one enemy player spawned in a tank – the only tank on a the map, no less – while all other players were on foot. Now that’s an unfair advantage.

Ace Combat: Assault Horizon (2011)

From bad to good. Ace Combat: Assault Horizon exceeded all our expectations – a brilliant shooter that we now regret not buying at launch. The game does appear to have some fans – getting into an online game took a few minutes or so, but the magic did happen and we were able to bag an achievement for playing in co-op.

Capcom Digitial Collection (Various)

As we mentioned in our review of this oft-forgotten XBLA collection, one of the few downers about it is that the severs are mostly ghost towns due to the age of the games it contains. We don’t think we’re ever going to find somebody to play the four year old 1942: Joint Strike with despite staying in a lobby for half an hour or so but we did find a virtual pal to play Final Fight: Double Impact. We missed out on the achievement for finishing the game with Cody all the way through though as we accidentally selected Guy to continue with. Screw you, Guy.

We’ll do another ‘server stalking’ feature in a few months – perhaps after the January sales if we mange to find some older games for next to nothing.

Mar 24
By Matt Gander In This Week's Games 5 Comments

I’ve already given my two cents on the 3DS launch line-up, but if you missed it and can’t be bothered to click here, then here’s a quick run down. Super Street Fighter IV, Nintendogs + Cats, Ridge Racer 3D and Ghost Recon: Shadow Wars should be on the top of your list. PES 2011 3D: Pro Evolution Soccer scored 78% in the Official Nintendo magazine, but the roosters are out of date and there’s no online play so it might be an idea to wait for the next one. If it wasn’t for the fact that Pilotwings Resort and Super Monkey Ball 3D only take 3 hours each to finish, they would be on the list too.

The embargo for Ubisoft’s titles doesn’t lift until tomorrow (Friday) so we won’t know until then if Rayman 3D and Splinter Cell 3D are up to scratch. LEGO Star Wars III: The Clone Wars might be worth considering, while The Sims 3, Combat of Giants: Dinosaurs, Asphalt 3D and Rabbids 3D didn’t get much love when being previewed. This leaves us with Samurai Warriors: Chronicle – which scored 5/10 on Eurogamer – and Madden NFL Football which isn’t of great interest to 97% of us Brits. It’s probably OK though.

There are a few other big name titles out this week too. Crysis 2 is apparently gorgeous but the main character is a bore and the plot is dull. Do people really play FPS games for the plot though? There was mild concern that the PlayStation 3 version was lacking behind the Xbox 360 version (EA pulled the demo after people started complaining about screen-tearing and other faults) but word has it that the final version is fine and dandy. Scores so far include an 8 from Eurogamer and a 7 from 360 Gamer Magazine. One of 360 Gamer’s writer also said on Twitter that LEGO Star Wars III: The Clone Wars is surprisingly brilliant. That’s out on every format, including PSP and PC.

Dissidia 012: Final Fantasy and Naruto Shippuden: Kizuna Drive also arrive on PSP this week. There’s a special “Legacy Edition” of the former which Amazon is selling for no extra cost to the standard.

There hasn’t been much hype behind PlayStation Move Heroes, which stars Ratchet, Clank, Jak, Daxter and Sly Racoon. Metacritic’s average is currently 57% which perhaps tells us why. Tomb Raider Trilogy – which is another PlayStation 3-exclusive – looks like being a better purchase.

Next week: WWE All Stars, Shift 2 Unleashed, Ar Tonelico Qoga, Tiger Woods PGA Tour 12, The 3rd Birthday, Dynasty Warriors 7 and movie tie-in Rio.

Mar 19
By Matt Gander In Blog 5 Comments

The 3DS launch line-up is a funny thing. There’s a lack of an easily indefinable system seller, while the likes of THQ, Take-Two and Activision don’t have a single title ready. On more positive note, however, it’s quite astonishing that Ubisoft has managed to get six games due for launch. Activision would have presumably given us DJ Hero if they hadn’t lost all faith in the franchise. It’s a little disappointing that it was axed – without the need for a peripheral and no music-based 3DS games on the cards it could have found a new audience.

EA also canned MyGarden, but that’s less of a loss – it didn’t appear to resemble a proper game, more of a tech demo or a relaxation tool at the very most. A game for pansies, even.

If you haven’t made your mind up on what to get with your 3DS yet, then maybe our guide can guide you in the right direction. That’s why it’s called a guide, see?

Pilotwings Resort
A last minute inclusion into the line-up, reviews have been sadly disappointing claiming that the whole thing can be done and dusted in three hours. NGamer were particularly miffed that the island on which it’s set had already been used in previous games – such as Wii Sports Resort – thus leaving little new to explore. With decent visuals it would appear to be a good way to show off your new handheld, but don’t coming crying to us when you’ve seen it all in an afternoon.

Super Street Fighter IV
It may not be the definitive version but it’s still one to think about taking home on launch day. Nice features are plentiful, including a demo that can be beamed to nearby 3DS owners. StreetPass analyses your save games and fighting styles and will automatically play battles for you with any 3DS owning strangers that you come across on your travels too. A good conversion of a good game it would seem.

Ridge Racer 3D
The fact that this is the first game shipped to the press to review (Eurogamer published theirs on 1st March) shows that Namco are pleased with what they’ve achieved. 3DS features are heavily used – you can take a photo with the camera for your driving license – while the tracks are a mixture of old and new. Worth considering, even though there’s no online play.

Nintendogs + Cats
Available in different flavours, a la the first Nintendogs range, NGamer awarded this glorified Tamagotchi 80%. Features are bountiful, including breeding and gift sharing via StreetPass and use of the 3D camera, pedometer and AR cards. The fur effects have been greatly improved (because that’s important, right?) as has the voice recognition system. The cats can’t be entered in contests, walked or be taught tricks, which may be disappointing for moggie lovers, but it’s likely that this is one of the few launch games you’ll come back to time and time again.

Super Monkey Ball 3D
Sega’s simian sim has the same problem as Pilotwings Resort – it’s good but too short. The core game has 80 levels compared to the original’s 310 and there are just 2 mini-games. The GameCube original had 12; Step and Roll had 21. As such, it’s probably worth waiting for the price to drop.

Splinter Cell 3D
One of two Tom Clancy ’em ups, this isn’t a new game as the title suggests but rather a retelling of Chaos Theory. Features are thin on the ground, such as the lack of co-op and multiplayer, but there are new gadgets that make use of the 3D screen such as a hacking mini-game. There’s a whiff of a rush job about it, so wait for the reviews first.

The Sims 3
It would appear that EA’s biggest brag is that you can send your Sim to other 3DSs via StreetPass. Unimpressed? So were NGamer, who claim that the graphics are “minging” and that it suffers from slowdown even during the character creation screens. Also in their preview they mention the ability to cause an earthquake by shaking the handheld. Will this make it into the retail version? If it has already gone ‘gold’ then it might be too late to remove it.

Rayman 3D
It’s good to see a platformer in the line-up, but Rayman 2 again? It was a good game back in the day but most gamers worth their salt will have played it before. In fact, Ubisoft released a conversion of this very early in the DS’s life. And it’s available on iOS for literally pence. It would have been a real treat to have seen Rayman 3 instead; that too was a genuinely great game but Ubisoft always acts as if they’re ashamed of it. If you’re desperate for some colourful platforming it’ll probably fit the bill but you’ll only be sending the message to publishers that it’s all right to endlessly recycle old code.

Samurai Warriors: Chronicle
Content-wise, this sounds a lot slicker than some of the aforementioned titles. Weapons can be traded and battles fought with StreetPass while Spotpass will eventually allow for downloadable scenarios. The single-player mode boasts of 400 battle scenarios, RPG-style elements to spice up the hack and slashing and loads of cut-scenes with full voice-overs too. Don’t dismiss it so suddenly; there are far worse 3DS games in the line-up…

Combat of The Giants – Dinosaurs
…like this one, which gained the lowest scores in Famitsu when they reviewed the launch titles. It’s a very basic affair with a ‘paper, sissors, stone’ style combat system. The DS versions were dire; this is no different. NEXT!

Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon: Shadow Wars
See: we told you there were two Tom Clancy titles. Memory fails to recall another console that was lucky enough to launch with a tactical turn-based strategy game and although the visuals may be simplistic compared to other titles it’s the only game present that’ll get your grey matter ticking. Playing a lot like Advance Wars, it has quite some heritage behind it having been created by X-COM chap Julian Gallop. Give it a go: you may be surprised.

PES 2011 3D: Pro Evolution Soccer
The Official Nintendo Magazine gave Konami’s soccer sim 78%, championing the smooth difficulty curve and its compulsiveness. But with no online play and rosters that are six months old it may be a better idea to wait until the next football game arrives on the scene.

Rabbids 3D
“Bwaaah!” indeed. Previews were far from positive and both NGamer and Official Nintendo Magazine were missing reviews of this side-scrolling platformer in their launch specials. This should tell you everything you need to know.

Asphalt 3D
Let’s face it – this was always going to be in Ridge Racer’s shadow. There are just 9 tracks compared to Ridge Racer’s 15 and reviewers have moaned about slowdown. The Official Nintendo Magazine were impressed with the visuals, pointing out that you can see the dashboards through the windows, but then went onto say it’s not worth the asking price.

Lego Star Wars III: The Clone Wars
We’ve left this to last as you know what you’re going to get here. It might be an idea to wait for LEGO Pirates of The Caribbean instead, which despite being a few months off (ETA: May 2011) already has StreetPass battles confirmed. It’s your call – it’s very unlikely to be any less than average.

Coming soon: Madden NFL Football, Dead or Alive: Dimensions (delayed in Japan, was due 24th March), Pac-Man & Galaga Dimensions, Puzzle Bobble Universe, Thor: The Videogame, James Noir’s Hollywood Crimes 3D, Driver: Renegade 3D, The Legend Of Zelda: Ocarina Of Time 3D, Professor Layton And The Mask Of Miracle, Steel Diver, Paper Mario 3D, Starfox 3D and Combat of The Giants: Mutant Woodlice (maybe).

Nov 11
By Matt Gander In This Week's Games 2 Comments

This Week’s Games

It seems funny to say that most of the games out this week require another £130 to be blown in order able to play. I am of course talking about the Kinect, which doesn’t appear to be totally sold out just yet.

Eurogamer reviewed the launch line up last week – Dance Central and Kinect Sports gained the highest scores, followed by Kinectimals, Kinect Joy Ride and Kinect Adventures (which is bundled with the device). The Biggest Loser: Ultimate Workout looks like being the best of the fitness games, getting an 8/10 from Game Informer. Fighters Uncaged, Motion Sports and Sonic Free Riders have been getting a kicking – Ubisoft’s brawler currently has a 41% average GameRankings review score, Motion Sports at 50% and Sonic Free Riders 57%. One website gave Sonic Free Riders a 2/10, calling it broken and unplayable. IGN though gave it 7.5 and said that “The motion controls make it hard to just jump into the game, but they’re fun once you’ve got the hang of everything”. I expect that’s the case for most Kinect games, really.

If you’re a fan of the blue hog then Sonic Colours should be on your shopping list – it’s apparently very good, scoring a solid 8/10 on Eurogamer. Also out, and will probably do quite well I’d imagine, are Doctor Who: Evacuation Earth on DS and Doctor Who: Return to Earth on Wii. The Official Nintendo Magazine gave the DS iteration 69%, suggesting it’s worth a look if you’re a fan of the Doctor. There’s one to avoid on Wii this week too – Tom Clancy’s HAWX 2, which IGN gave 4/10. “Even the loading logo looks terrible,” they said.

Unless you’ve been in a coma for the last few days, you’ve probably noticed that Call of Duty: Black Ops (or Blops, as the cool kids are calling it) is out now. 5.6 million copies have been sold already in the US and UK alone. Believe it or not, it’s the only PlayStation 3 game out this week. Not that any others had much of a chance…

Next week: Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood, Need For Speed: Hot Pursuit, Prince of Persia HD Trilogy, FlingSmash, EA Sports Active 2.0, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part One, Wheel of Fortune, Combat of Giants: Dinosaurs Strike, Marvel Super Hero Squad: The Infinity Gauntlet, Pictionary, Apache Air Assault, Blood Drive, iCarly: iJoin the Click and three different Harvest Moon games from two different publishers – Frantic Farming, Sunshine Islands and Animal Paradise. Most odd.

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