Guitar Hero – World Tour – Review

February 1, 2009

With World Tour, the series apes the Rock Band formula by adding drums, bass, and vocals. You can create and upload songs and download songs from others.

Naruto – Ultimate Ninja 3 – Review

May 1, 2008

Battles take place across huge, beautiful battlefields three stories high, with projectiles flying, and special attacks requiring just a few button presses.

Hot Shots Tennis – Review

December 14, 2007

The character and environment concepts are all over the map and don’t adhere to any theme that could help this title stand out in the crowded tennis field.

Tony Hawk’s Downhill Jam – Review

August 3, 2007

Eliminating the open environments and trick/mission-based challenges and focusing on downhill races, Downhill Jam creates a fast, funny, attractive racer.

Rogue Galaxy – Review

May 4, 2007

A fantasy RPG set in an age of space pirates. A universe equal parts Pirates of the Caribbean grime and the sleek, futuristic vision of Ratchet and Clank.

Ghost Rider – Review

April 20, 2007

By unabashedly “borrowing” elements that made God of War so great, the developers save this game from a one-way trip to throwaway movie tie-in hell.

Bully – Review

April 6, 2007

The school is overrun with violent cliques, so it’s your job to beef up your respect, stand up for the nerds and fatties, and spread your own brand of havoc.

Okami – Review

March 30, 2007

Okami is fun to play and has a great personality. It deserves praise for more than just its visuals. There’s nothing else that looks quite like it.

Flushed Away – Review

March 2, 2007

You control Roddy, a sharp-dressed mouse with a cockney accent who needs to find his way back up to his owners’ posh condo after being shot down the crapper.

Family Guy – Review

February 9, 2007

Family Guy bucks the trend, offering up a nearly perfect encapsulation of the show in game form.

Rule of Rose – Review

January 12, 2007

Despite high-ranking Italians getting hot and bothered over it, Rule of Rose is a fairly average game that doesn’t stand alongside the Resident Evils or Bullys.

X-Men – The Official Game – Review

December 8, 2006

X-Men: The Official Game, released alongside X-Men: The Last Stand in summer 2006, lives up to all of the stereotypes associated with movie/game disasters.

Dead Rising – Review

December 1, 2006

A faithful recreation of the 1978 zombie classic Dawn of the Dead, both in the sheer, maddening volume of your brain dead adversaries and the sense of humor.

Kingdom Hearts – 2 – Review

October 27, 2006

Even by Square standards, where cute characters frolic side by side with tortured Clay Aiken look-alikes, playing an RPG with Disney characters is pretty silly.

Tomb Raider – Legend – Review

October 20, 2006

Exciting, whether it’s jumping while mowing down enemies or Lara’s new close-combat moves, like a springboard technique that slows down time Matrix-style.

Resident Evil 4 – Review

May 5, 2006

RE4 was too good for the Gamecube graveyard. Now it’s available on the PS2. Capcom threw in a bonus mission with Ada Wong, the mysterious female gunslinger.

Area 51 – Review

April 28, 2006

Midway has fashioned Area 51 for the PS2, not as a continuation of the light gun game, but as a first-person shooter in the Halo and Metroid Prime vein.

187: Ride or Die – Review

April 28, 2006

The meat of the game revolves around tracks similar in size to those in a Mario Kart title. And the similarities to cart racers don’t end there.

Destroy All Humans! – Review

April 28, 2006

Destroy All Humans! is a throwback to ’50s sci-fi film and television, like the campy glee of Tim Burton’s similarly punctuated 1996 flick, Mars Attacks!

Ratchet – Deadlocked – Review

March 17, 2006

The writing is as funny as ever, the wisecracking announcer makes a welcome return, and the Deadzone hosts and main baddie, Gleeman Vox, get in plenty of gags.

Tenchu – Fatal Shadows – Review

June 13, 2005

When you’ve got Splinter Cell and Ninja Gaiden, something so mediocre is inexcusable. Gameplay is rote and uninspired, and the graphics feel dated and clunky.

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