Finally: an appropriate way to broadcast the music of Buckner & Garcia.
This little fellow is the iBoo, a Pac-Man ghost that also serves as a dock for your iPod. He's got three speakers (his eyes are two of them...awww!) including a sub, and 15 watts of cuddly power. This handsome guy does come with a remote (his mouth is the infra-red sensor...double awww!), but why use it? He's got controls on the top of his head that only respond to human touch, so you can tell everyone else you're shuffling through songs when you really just want to pet him. iBoo accomodates almost all iPods (including touch and iPhones) cranially and comes with a standard input jack for pretty much everything else.
iBoo comes in red, white, and blue. USA! USA! USA! You can buy it from Amazon for under $80...unless you hate America. You don't hate America, do you?
Alcatraz Cell Escape is another point and click type escape the cell game. In this game, you are Alcatraz Cell and you need to find a way to escape the Alcatraz Cell. Try to solve puzzles and use...
The big blemish -- as most rational critics pointed out -- on Assassin’s Creed was its repetitious mission structure. After the second hour or so the integration of new story and side missions stopped, causing many players to die of boredom while mindlessly plowing through the game’s three tasks: eavesdropping, intimidating, and assassinating. Some call this flawed design, others brilliance. Either way it doesn’t matter: Ubisoft has promised more with Assassin’s Creed II.
Speaking with NowGamer, Ubisoft’s Sebastian Puel revealed that the story in Assassin’s Creed II would be told through multiple quest givers -- Italian dudes who may have unique quests to assign players.
“We are now telling a story in a way that is intended to be very unpredictable,” Puel said. “There are no more ‘x assassinations’ to perform but a story that develops through a great amount of mission givers."
“Some will give you an assassination mission, others an intimidation or information-gathering mission," he continued. "There is no limit now to the types of challenges we can give to players. We are very careful to create a lot of variation in the types of gameplay and pace we are proposing."
We could fuss over his listing of the same three missions types that drove us nuts in the original game, but that’s pointless considering the mention of “variation.” Instead, let’s focus on what should be carried over to Assassin’s Creed II: retards, parkour, and haystacks.
by: Cyril Lachel
NEWS - Disappointed by the crummy selection on Virtual Console lately? Then may I suggest the Xbox Live Arcade. This week Microsoft has uploaded six different Sega classics, including everything from Gunstar Heroes to Altered Beast to Phantasy Star 2. We've known that this group of games was coming, Sega issued a press release back in May. But even then, it was a nice surprise to turn on my Xbox 360 and see them all in a row waiting for me. Each of these six games retails for 400 points (or $5). Better yet, some of them now feature full Xbox Live support, plus 12 achievements each. It's a good group of games, but with Sonic's Ultimate Genesis Collection already out (and going for dirt cheap) are these games really worth it? Join me as I tackle that question by adding a short capsule review to all six of these Sega classics.
ALTERED BEAST (Sega Genesis): It's a 2D beat-em-up that pits you against the forces of the undead ... or something like that. In truth, this is a game where you (slowly) walk to the right punching whatever gets close to you. This wasn't a must-own game when it was a pack-in for the Genesis and it's certainly not any better now. In fact, playing through the game again reminds me that the developers just sort of gave up half way through making this piece of garbage. While four of the levels allow you to change into different animals (bears, dragons, etc.), the fifth and final level just repeats an animal. Maybe if they only had four animals to transform into they should have left the levels at four. VERDICT: Do not buy this game!
COMIX ZONE (Sega Genesis): This game is hideously difficult and has one of the lamest lead characters Sega has ever created (and talking about a company that made Billy Hatcher, that's really saying something), but for some odd reason I love Comix Zone. In a lot of ways this comic book-influenced 2D action game feels like an advanced version of Altered Beast. But don't be fooled, in this game you have a lot more moves, better levels and worthwhile power-ups to pick up along the way. What's more, it also has an art style that doesn't look as dated as other fifteen year old action games. You're better off picking up Sonic's Ultimate Genesis Collection, but if you only want this game then you could do a lot worse. VERDICT: Buy this game!
GUNSTAR HEROES (Sega Genesis): In the 1990s, Gunstar Heroes was the very best argument for why you should buy a Genesis over the Super NES. This is a fast-paced Control-like action game where you (and a friend) take on what feels like dozens of bosses. The game's graphics and art style is unmatched and Gunstar Heroes remains one of the very best 2D action games. Even after all this time, Gunstar Heroes offers some of the most imaginative level designs found in a Contra-esque action game (the board game is a high water mark as far as I'm concerned). However, the best reason to get this game is for the two player online support. And you don't even have to feel bad about buying this instead of a compilation disc, because Gunstar Heroes never made it in Sonic's Ultimate Genesis Collection. VERDICT: Buy this game!
PHANTASY STAR II (Sega Genesis): This classic role-playing game is a genuine classic; one of the best 16-bit games ever made. However, no matter how good this game is, there's zero reason for you to buy this $5 game over the Sonic's Ultimate Genesis Collection. Not only does the compilation disc feature Phantasy Star II, but it also features Phantasy Star III and IV. And, in the first time in the United States, Sonic's Ultimate Genesis Collection also features the original 8-bit Phantasy Star. That's all four Phantasy Star games for a few dollars more, there's no reason for you to buy this. VERDICT: Buy Sonic's Collection instead!
SHINOBI (Arcade): While games like Gunstar Heroes and Comix Zone are Sega Genesis ports, this Shinobi port is actually from the arcades. This is not a bad 2D action game, but I wouldn't say that it's worth the same price as, say, Phantasy Star II. This is a short, albeit fun, romp through simplistic levels fighting repeating bad guys. There's nothing wrong with that, but it won't be getting much play after the virgin run. On Sonic's Ultimate Genesis Collection this is a bonus game, so it's weird to see this as a full-priced arcade game. Even though, ironically, it IS the only Sega "arcade game" being released this week on the Xbox Live Arcade. VERDICT: Don't buy this game!
SONIC THE HEDGEHOG 3 (Sega Genesis): Some people like Sonic 2 the best, for whatever reason I am a big fan of Sonic the Hedgehog 3. This port offers a lengthy (for a 2D platformer) action game full of cool power-ups and crazy level designs. This is Sonic at his best; adding enough new stuff to make it feel like a brand new game, but never compromising what made Sonic so much fun in the first place. But with so many Sonic games in Sonic's Ultimate Genesis Collection, this Sonic 3 release is a real head scratcher. This is still a great game, but if you like Sonic the Hedgehog, then you might as well pay a few bucks more and buy the full collection. VERDICT: Buy Sonic's Collection instead!Comment
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