The latest installment in this long running football series from EA brings a ton of new features to the table, including franchise mode, playmaker control, and several options for custom teams. Yet the biggest question to ask about Madden 2004 is the same one we ask about it every year. Are the new additions enough to justify gamers purchasing a new version?
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by The Cookie Snatcher on Sept. 13, 2003 @ 3:04 a.m. PDT | Filed under Reviews
Prepare yourself for the evolution of drive-anywhere, fuel injected nonlinear racing. Risk it all, take the challenge, rise through the ranks of global underground urban street culture. Race against up to 7 other people online or via LAN for fierce multiplayer action. Create races with the Race Editor. Reinvent the road.
Say “bye-bye” to jaggies because the graphics have been fully optimized to make better use of the PS2 hardware. But as any Darwinist will tell you, Evolution is not about looks – it’s about the survival of the fittest. Stakes are raised as players throw-down against aggressive highly-tuned A.I. opponents modeled after the top players from the arcades of Japan, new exceptionally detailed arenas, and two new characters hungry for their place at the top. In addition to the new modes, moves, and fighters, players can still customize their own character with more than 1,500 new costume items – more than double the amount from last year’s release.
Blending frenetic fast-paced 3D action with deep RPG elements that allow gamers to upgrade weapons, magic and character attributes, in addition to managing an inventory of special items, “Otogi – Myth of Demons” delivers more than 25 massive, highly-destructible environments to explore and decimate. Trees, walls, furniture and even entire buildings can be destroyed as gamers master dozens of special moves and techniques that make for the most intense, stylish combat available on Xbox.
A real-time strategy game, you can create and control your forces as one of 3 species across 21 single player missions with 10 upgradeable combat units per species. Decide your attack strategy; order up your own custom army from a list of units, choose your upgrades from enemy detecting vision modes to devastating weapon enhancements.
Splashdown 2 takes the sport of watercraft racing to an all-new level! Theme park spectacle and wild arcade fun is the heart of this game. Incredible, dynamic environments with plenty to see and do, blazing speed and even more acrobatic tricks, and a whimsical, imaginative sense of fun!
by The Six Billion Dollar Man on Sept. 4, 2003 @ 1:02 a.m. PDT | Filed under Reviews
Pick up characters standing on the road side and carry them to their destination. Drive to a destination within a time limit. If you reach the destination faster than the customer request, you will get a tip. The faster you are, the bigger the tips are! Train your driving techniques, find shortcuts and every possibility to drive faster and get more tips! Our resident Simpsons fan was all over this game, read more to find out what he thought ...
by Jordan Van Nest on Sept. 3, 2003 @ 12:58 a.m. PDT | Filed under Reviews
Freaky Flyers drops players into the cockpit with the most unique and engaging cast of characters to ever explore, adventure, stunt fly and dogfight in the videogame skies. Intertwining stories and engaging aerial combat add to the excitement throughout completely open and interactive 3-D world environments. Adding to the intensity is multiplayer action that allows gamers to do battle head-to-head in aerial racing combat.
by Tony "OUberLord" Mitera on Sept. 2, 2003 @ 1:03 a.m. PDT | Filed under Reviews
F-Zero GX is the race to end all races, as fearless pilots risk everything to claim the title of the top speedster in the universe. Captain Falcon and 29 other pilots head to exotic star cities, like the neon-lit Mute City, lush Green Plant, wealthy Port Town and the storm-wracked streets of Lightning to race at supersonic speeds. In addition, players can save their racer to a Memory Card and race with it at arcades on F-Zero AX.
by The Cookie Snatcher on Sept. 2, 2003 @ 12:50 a.m. PDT | Filed under Reviews
The year is 2015, it’s a wired world and what that world wants is entertainment in ever more thrilling forms. And that’s exactly what the Drome offers, whether you tune in via TV or the Net, or travel to the Drome to experience the spectacle of the greatest racing teams in the world, competing across the most hazardous, most extreme range of race tracks ever assembled. There are flying cameras, giant screens and terraformed landscapes. For spectator and competitor alike, it’s a once-in-a-lifetime experience.
The three fiercest species in the universe have been locked in a bloody, galaxy-spanning battle for years. With each new encounter, it seems the on-going conflict will never end. After a small unit of Colonial Marines, dispatched to planet LV-742, reveals the presence of both Predators and Aliens, it is decided that the conflict must end once and for all. After years of smaller battles, there is only one clear path to total universal supremacy, WAR! You must now defeat your enemies to ensure the survival of your species… or face Extinction.
by Jordan Van Nest on Aug. 29, 2003 @ 12:46 a.m. PDT | Filed under Reviews
Take on the world's best players as you participate in the ATP's most prestigious tournaments: the Tennis Masters Series. Tour the globe and play on the 9 faithfully reproduced Masters Series tournaments. Travel to the hard courts of Indian Wells, Miami, Toronto and Cincinnati. Visit the luxurious clay courts of Monte Carlo, Rome and Hamburg. Compete on the indoor courts of Madrid and Paris. Try to qualify for the Tennis Masters Cup in Shanghai and become the world's best player!
This soon to be released offering from JoWood allows players to play hilarious tricks on their rotten neighbors, earning points for the amount of rage they induce. But does Neighbors from Hell offer enough gameplay for everyone, or is it more of a niche product? This review breaks it all down.
by Thomas Wilde on Aug. 27, 2003 @ 12:39 a.m. PDT | Filed under Reviews
The story takes place two years after the death of King Krichevskoy, the ruler of the Netherworld. His son Laharl awakens from a long sleep, unaware of his father's death. Meanwhile, scheming demons vie for supremacy over the Netherworld. With the help of his subordinate Etna and her underlings, the egocentric, self-absorbed Prince Laharl must fight to regain the throne and claim his birthright. Read more for the full review ...
Released a few months ago by European developer Ascaron Entertainment, Port Royale features wide open gameplay established through real time trade on the high seas, production chains, and a host of missions, side quests, and hidden adventure. So is Port Royale worth the price of admission? Read the review and find out.
by The Cookie Snatcher on Aug. 26, 2003 @ 12:39 a.m. PDT | Filed under Reviews
Join Buffy and all her friends in this new fighting game. Buffy is on patrol in the cemeteries and in the woods to check on the demons and vampires... simple routine for the vampire slayer! Fight your way against the demons and vampires and help Buffy get hold of the Gentlemen. But first fight your way through this review ...
In its 14th year and with over 28 million copies sold, Madden NFL Football once again proves its status as the undisputed leader in authentic NFL football simulation. With a primary focus on in-game graphics, incredible depth, visual presentation, and tournament tested gameplay, this season Madden NFL 2004 continues to demonstrate why it's the definitive interactive sports gaming experience.
This first-ever campaign disk for the Xbox will not require players to have a retail copy of the original game to enjoy a new Ghost campaign. Both new recruits and seasoned vets who earned their stripes playing the original Xbox game will enjoy the camaraderie of the shared battlefield. Xbox Live soldiers can experience the intensity of the front lines side-by-side with their battlefield brothers while covering each others' backs and calling out commands using the Xbox Live Communicator headset.
Released as part of a pair of stand-alone expansion packs for Disciples II, Servants of the Dark incorporates half of the content from the original game, as well as some new features and scenarios. The big question is whether or not this title offers enough new material to justify the purchase. Read this review for the answer.
Aquanox 2: Revelation is a new story of the underwater world Aqua. In 2666 a young freighter pilot called William Drake sets out to search for the heritage of a mythical ancestor. He is looking for adventure - and finds greed, ruthlessness, merciless hatred … and also unexpected help. But very soon he has to realize that he is not the only one hunting for his ancestor's legendary treasure.
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