Review: August 2008 Archives

Ratchet & Clank Future: Quest For Booty Publisher: Sony
Developer: Insomniac Games

Platform: PlayStation 3
Reviewed on PlayStation 3

Ratchet, a lonely lombax stuck in a perpetual state of saving the universe, recently saw his best friend (and best robot) Clank, abducted by transdimensional beings known as the Zoni. To locate and rescue Clank, Ratchet will have to reconstruct a transdimensional telescope constructed by a deceased pirate, without running afoul of his robotic pirate nemeses.

Fable II Pub Games Review

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Fable II Pub Games Publisher: Microsoft
Developer: Xbox Live Productions

Platform: Xbox 360
Reviewed on Xbox 360

There are two ways to look at the Fable II Pub Games: Either it's $10 (800 points) for three fantasy-themed gambling games, or (like the Spore Creature Creator) it's a way of spending $10 to get a head start on a game that hasn't been released. That's it. If you're looking for basic, casino-style games, look elsewhere. If you are chomping at the bit to play the upcoming role-playing game Fable II, and would love to spend a few bucks to get some extra in-game items and lots of gold before Fable II is even released, then the Fable II Pub Games are a must-have item on Xbox Live Arcade.

Hail to the Chimp Review

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Hail to the Chimp Publisher: Wideload Games
Developer: Gamecock Media Group

Platforms: Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3
Reviewed on Xbox 360

The King of the Animals, a lion, has been deposed, thanks to an unspecified but shocking scandal. In response, the animal kingdom has decided to abandon the monarchy and pursue a democratic leader chosen by popular election. Unfortunately, the animals haven't quite gotten the hang of a reasonable election process, and the primaries have turned out to be all about capturing the most numerous registered voters in the animal kingdom: clams. To win, animal candidates will attack, ally with and betray their opponents while collecting clams in a series of party-style brawling primaries.

Braid Review

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Descriptive Text Publisher: Microsoft
Developer: Number None

Platform: Xbox 360 and PC
Reviewed on Xbox 360

Tim seems like an ordinary fellow, wandering the halls of his house, reminiscing and fantasizing about a princess. But unlike most fellows, Tim's flights of fancy take him to a series of worlds where time and causality operate a little differently. It's not enough to just jump through puzzles – only by understanding the rules of each world can you help Tim navigate them.

Descriptive Text Publisher: Activision
Developer: Bizarre Creations

Platform: Xbox 360
Reviewed on Xbox 360

The original Geometry Wars illustrated the potential of Xbox Live Arcade (XBLA) to countless developers. Sometimes credited with giving XBLA legitimacy, the game's simple mechanics and bright, neon-like coloring made it appealing to both the casual and more hardcore gaming crowd. While a few versions of the game have come and gone since the original's release, this first, true sequel stays true to the formula while adding just enough to keep fans sated and observers mesmerized.

Go! Go! Break Steady Review

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Descriptive Text Publisher: Microsoft
Developer: Little Boy Games

Platform: Xbox 360
Reviewed on Xbox 360

The All City Tournament is the place to be for would-be breakdancers, so that's where Hydro and his "All City Crew" are headed to break to the beat of DJ Scruffy and the Beatniks. Only by busting out perfectly to the rhythm and knocking Beatniks out of the nearby ring can the All City Crew reign supreme and win fabulous prizes.

Descriptive Text Publisher: Telltale Games
Developer: Telltale Games and Videlectrix

Platforms: PC and Wii
Reviewed on PC

Windows System Requirements: 1.5 GHz Processor, 256 MB RAM, 32 MB 3D video card, DirectX 9, internet connection, Windows XP or Vista

Sometimes you just want to beat the tar out of someone (not the snot – the tar, or something else suitably less snotty), but when that someone is Homestar Runner, things are always more complicated than they seem. What begins with Strong Bad answering e-mails on Lappy quickly becomes an epic journey through Homestar Runner's town, with Strong Bad trying to reconstruct the life of an uninvited houseguest just so he can get back to punching snakes.

Dragon Ball Z: Burst Limit Publisher: Atari
Developer: Dimps and Namco Bandai

Platforms: Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3
Reviewed on Xbox 360

Goku, his son Gohan, and their many friends like to focus on conflict resolution. Whether it's a polite disagreement between friends or saving the universe from aliens and androids, they resolve conflict by beating the snot out of one another and gloating about who is the most powerful fighter in the universe.

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