May 2006 Archives
Developer: Game Freak
Platform: Game Boy Advance
Reviewed on Game Boy Advance
The Red Dozers are an honorable gang of thieves who use the incredible power of massive drilling machines to execute otherwise impossible heists. The Skullker gang, led by the nefarious Groog, is comprised of far less ethical lawbreakers. Happy to destroy anyone who gets in their way, the Skullkers have bribed the city's police into harassing the Red Dozers. The Skullkers even went so far as to beat Big Boss Doug, the Red Dozer leader, nearly to death. Now Doug's daughter is taking a break from school, taking command of a Drill Dozer and taking down the Skullkers.
Platform: PC and Xbox
Reviewed on PC
Windows System Requirements: Pentium 4 1.6 GHz or AMD Sempron 2800+, 512 MB RAM, DirectX 9.0c compatible video card with 128 MB Memory, 7 GB HD space, 8x CD ROM, Windows XP or more recent operating system
Ten years ago (in the early 2200s), the world underwent what is now known as "The Collapse." The Wire – the underlying data framework that connects every device, person and vehicle around the globe – failed. Chaos ensued, lives were ruined and society was transformed. More importantly, the Balance was restored.
An art student named April Ryan, endowed with the unique ability to shift between Stark (our technological world) and Arcadia (a parallel universe of magic), managed to restore the balance between technology and magic. Had she not done so, the consequences would have been far worse than the collapse.
In the decade since the collapse, April has not returned and the world has changed. An entity called The Syndicate was formed to prevent corporations from overstepping their bounds. Furthermore, The Syndicate has created The EYE, an international police force tasked with keeping the peace. It is this world that Zoe Castillo finds herself investigating after dropping out of college. A world in which the Syndicate and EYE aren't keeping to their charter, and the Wire is falling victim to outages known as "Static."
Developer: 2K Sports
Platforms: Xbox 360, PC, DS, GBA
Reviewed on Xbox 360
Top Spin 2 is, simply, tennis. Tennis against the world's top pros in stadia around the world, complete with customizable characters and top-notch play on every surface.