Platforming nuts and bolts.
Ratchet & Clank: A Crack In Time makes no apology for wearing its influences on its sleeve. Whilst essentially an evolution of classic collect-’em-up platformers in the Banjo & Kazooie mould, it also casually apes the planetoid structure from Super
Return to the Mushroom Kingdom.
Balancing the expectations of a veteran enthusiast who grew up with Mario games, and a casual gamer only just getting to grips with the platforming exploits of the portly plumber was always going to be a tough task. Judging by
Metroidvania at its finest.
It’s games like Shadow Complex that finally persuaded me to take the hit and buy Microsoft’s console again. Although I’m not a fan of huge Xbox exclusives such as Gears Of War and the Halo franchise, I recognise that the
'A masterpiece of game design.'
Put simply, Uncharted 2: Among Thieves astonishes. Hour after hour of stand-out moments, sumptuous visuals, warm and witty writing and exhilirating gameplay. Roll that up into one epic package and you easily have the best game of the year, and
‘They don’t make them like they used to’ is a common enough adage. If you are the quick-to-anger type (like myself, I should add) you’ll be quite glad of that. After dying in the region of 30-40 times in my
Not the usual paint-by-numbers approach.
My Wii has probably been feeling neglected recently. It’s slight white frame sits right next to the shiny black beast that is the Ps3, positively cowering in it’s shadow. It probably couldn’t believe it’s luck when I booted it up