11/29/05 | PS2
| Amanda Bateman
Fight the metal demons, commune with Guardians, discover secret treasure, and restore Filgaia to it's original splendor! What, you've already done that, you say? Well, how about another round? Wild ARMs has been cleaned up, reworked, and enhanced from scratch to create Agetec's latest RPG, Wild ARMs Alter Code: F. It's a big improvement, but is it enough to grab your interest? Amanda has the verdict right here.
11/29/05 | DVD
| Chris Martin
Sonic is popping up everywhere these days, from GameTap's online service to next-gen consoles and handhelds in-between. To coincide with the release of the new Sonic X game, Funimation has released a DVD companion called Sonic X: Project Shadow. Our resident Sonic groupie, Chris Martin, takes this DVD for a spin, and comes up with the definitive review. Check it out.
11/28/05 | PC
| Rick Fehrenbacher
While Shattered Union offers a great setting (near-future American Civil War) along with your basic old school turn-based wargaming, it doesn't do nearly enough with the setting, and the turn-based tactical game is unfortunately overshadowed by a god-awful campaign mode. Rick delivers the bottom line in his review.
11/27/05 | XB360
| Aaron Stanton
As well received as Perfect Dark and Call of Duty 2 have been, it's possible that King Kong might be the best first person shooter available on the Xbox 360, if you're into the fantastic. With a launch line-up that includes at least 7 titles that you'll wanna play, the 360 isn't lacking for quality games, but King Kong manages to combine artistic direction and solid gameplay into a single-player experience that you simply won't find elsewhere.
Neversoft's latest offering diverges greatly from their history with the Tony Hawk franchise. Gun is a wild western that puts you in the role of Colton White as he hunts for the man who murdered his father. This is a gritty action game with plenty of awesome shootouts and gorey mutilations, and it's definitely something that anyone who loves Unforgiven or Deadwood ought to check out. But can Gun win over gamers to become the baddest disc your box has ever slotted? Shawn takes it for a ride and lets you know in his commplete review.
11/25/05 | XB360
| Matt James
There are a few major racing games out for the Xbox 360, but Matt James is stoked to be playing Need For Speed: Most Wanted. It's not the simulation experience that Project Gotham offers, which, for some gamers, is a very good thing. Take your driving skillz to the pavement against outlaw racers, avoiding cops and whipping through dynamic environments that include weather and time effects. It's a lot of fun, and we've got the write-up right here.
11/24/05 | NDS
| George Holomshek
Mario Kart is the OG Kart racer: It is the standard by which all other kart racing games have been judged, and that looks unlikely to change. Mario Kart DS brings the game to Nintendo's newest handheld platform, and adds online multiplayer for the first time ever. NDS owners have been hyped about this one, and the hype was justified, according to our resident Nintendophile, George, who took Mario Kart DS on a spin around the block for us.
11/23/05 | XB360
| Jeremy Kauffman
Joanna Dark finally makes her return on the Xbox 360 in the long awaited prequel, Perfect Dark Zero. Joanna is younger, hipper and has a few new tricks up her sleeve, but she also has a serious sophomore hill to climb: Perfect Dark was one of the genre-defining console FPS games on the N64 and gained a dedicated following. And in the new generation, comparisons to Halo are inevitable. Can PDZ manage to satisfy both the old school N64 fans and those expecting a next-generation marvel? Read and see.
11/22/05 | XB360
| Shawn Rider
Amped 3 is known for bringing the more realistic approach to snowboarding, but previous installments have suffered from a severe lack of personality. This time out, developer Indie Built has gone out of their way (and possibly minds!) to bring a much more appealing Amped to the table. Amped is still the best realistic snowboarding sim you'll find, and the robust story mode and enhanced control system help it stay on top this time out. But can it break out of the snowboarding game ghetto to capture the mainstream audience? Check the review to find out.
11/22/05 | NDS
| George Holomshek
Microsoft's Zoo Tycoon series is an approachable, enjoyable franchise that allows you to build and manage your own menagerie of incredible creatures. It's the kind of game that is played almost exclusively with a mouse, and almost never works out on home or portable consoles. But that's just the niche filled by the Nintendo DS, right? That stylus should open up a world of simulated joy for us all, right? Well, don't count your ostriches before they hatch. Our man George has the review.
A decade of snarky gaming journalism.