Top games on the horizon
Whether you are a hardcore gamer,
or you are just shopping around for games for the upcoming X-Mas
period, this article will give you a run down of whats big
currently, and whats going to be big on the gaming scene.
regards to fighting, you cant go past the just released games
Soul Caliber II and Virtua Fighter IV: Evolution. They have some
of the smoothest movements and most crisp and beautiful graphics
of any games out there, regardless of category. Namco and Sega (respectively)
have really hit the jackpot with their games here, in terms of presentation
and appearance, but both games offer much more than merely superficial
Of the two, Soul Caliber II is more realistic
in terms of movement and control, but both games offer full 3D movement,
and an extensive list of characters (over 15 characters) for you
to play and master. Each character also has a unique move list,
which pushes the 100 barrier, so you will not get bored, nor will
you master any of the characters very quickly. In short, you will
get very good bang for your buck.
The games also have a vast array of modes (such
as conquest, kumite/quest and survival modes) to keep you busy.
These games really do demonstrate what the next generation consoles
are capable of. Also, if you truly crave the arcade experience while
playing this game at home, you can also pick up an arcade controller
up, we have the RPG Genre. This genre for many years now has been
owned by one title for the mainstream, and that is Squares
Final Fantasy (on both PC and PS2 format). The present is no different.
The current version, titled Final Fantasy X-2,
is somewhat of an experiment for Square, with them for the first
time having a proper sequel to a Final Fantasy game. FF X-2 is essentially
Charlies Angels in RPG format.
You take the role of Yuina (Tidus love interest
in FFX) and you lead a bunch of teenage girls around while youre
on your quest. Its cute and works to some extent, but its
going to be a major turn-off for some. The graphics and control
in the game are flawless, This is something which Square has never
been lax about.
Square also implemented a new battle system for
this game, which resembles something out of Final Fantasy V, so
if you are looking for more creativity and something new from square
its all here.
you are more serious about your RPG gaming, and seek something with
an element of depth, perhaps the upcoming Xenosaga: Episode 2 released
by Monolith soft for the PS2 is for you.
This game has a philosophical base, and asks questions
about the existence of god and mans creation. It does this
while also giving the gamer a solid gaming experience in terms fun
and adventure. It also as an in depth battle system, with a vast
array of spells and attack moves for you to choose from. The game
also has beautiful, bright animated style graphics. Also, for you
Mecha fans out there, it also has a nice Gundam style backdrop (as
each character pilots and large robot called a gear).
Interestingly, Monolith Soft plan to release an
English version of the original Xenosaga in Japan in late October,
so that might be of interest to potential fans and people interested
in getting into the series.
If you are a racing fan, dont worry you
havent been forgotten. Gran Turismo 4 on the PS2 and Need
for Speed: Under-ground for the X-Box, PS2, and Gamecube will happily
cater to your needs.
Need for Speed: Under-ground takes a look at the
world of illegal street racing. It provides the player with a huge
selection of modifications to make on their car, along with full
voice and onscreen explanations about what your chosen modification
In terms of car options, you can choose from at
least 52 after market manufacturers, such as HKS USA, Konig, and
Sparco. What does this mean? This means that while you can drive
a car from the maker of your choice (such as Nissan, or Toyota),
you have 52 different modification companies to choose from when
it comes to making it lethal on the streets.
All in all, the cars move quite smoothly, with
very little, if any notice-able on screen glitches, but the physics
engine for handling is not 100% realistic, and that could be the
games downfall. Its a hybrid
of realistic driving/simulation and arcade style driving. Electronic
Arts apparently did this in an attempt to make the game more fun
from the get go. My advice: go try it and see if it works for you.
If you seek realistic driving, then maybe the
Gran Turismo series is for you. Gran Turismo is the game that brought
simulation driving into video games. The first version released
about 5 years ago, was ground breaking, and has created a legion
of loyal fans.
The new game gives players a choice of over 500
cars, which they can modify, and race around many different licensed
and unlicens-ed circuits. Players can also race under various road
and weather conditions, such as tarmac, dirt, gravel, and mud. This
game has everything a racing fan desires, and needs to be a part
of your collection if you like racing.
for the wrestling freaks out there, Raw2 for the X-Box has everything
you could want. It has matches like: Hardcore, Street Fight, Ladder,
Table, Battle Royal, Cage and Hell in a Cell. You can also choose
Triple Threat, Fatal 4 Way, Battle Royal,
3-on-3 and Tornado matches for your battle type. Best of all the
movement system has been updated to make it more user-friendly.
This means its now easier to execute the moves that you want.
This game is going to be big, watch out for it.
you sports fans out there, the big game approaching is SSX3 for
the X-Box, which is a snowboarding simulation game. Its looking
to be very big, and also will have many different boards and slopes
to board down.