MEDAL OF HONOUR FRONTLINE (Electronic Arts) £39.99 0...
HaVing started life as a PlayStation title. Medal of Honour committed sacrilege when it transferred to the PC for the impressive Allied Assault. As some form of recompense. this latest instalment of the World War II shooter makes an appearance on Sony's latest machine. ThOugh it doesn't quite gel together as well as on the PC. it is still v-rorth a look.
Because of the limitations of the PS2 compared to a state of
the art desktop. each level seems to have been pared back a little. and though this does nothing to alter the action. it makes it feel like less of an epic. But the bones are there and that is enough to make this a decent purchase for any PS2er Without a PC. The combat is hectic. the missions are involving and taking part in an amalgam of every WWII film you have ever seen has to be a good thing.
(Nintendo) £44.99 0000
You've crash-landed on a strange planet. You have enough oxygen
PC SOLDIER OF FORTUNE II
(Activision) £34.99 0..
for 30 days. The 30 parts of your ship required to leave are spread far and wide. What are you going to do? Well. you're going to enlist the help of the local population of cute. colourful characters known as Pikmin and rebuild your ship. But there are a couple of problems. The rest of the world
Any gamer who didn’t play the original Soldier of Fortune will no doubt have seen this first person shooter in action. Chances are that at least one of their friends did buy it, which means that the sentence ‘Holy moley, you gotta see this game and its blood and maiming and you can blow off their arms and the headshots are cool’ will be very familiar. The story may have been poor, the levels uninspired, but the sheer wow factor of the violence sold a ton of copies. Well, big sales demand sequels and hey presto, here it is.
Not unsurprisingly, the violence remains brutal. There are dozens of injury and death sequences, triggered by bullet entry, and the first few combats are a celebration of delicious experimentation. But, like children with spider legs, the mutilation soon becomes boring. Which leaves us with the game
The story is East v West, terrorist and counter-terrorist, covert operations and plausible deniability. You are a mercenary hired to do the dirty deeds too dirty for Uncle Sam, beginning in Czechoslovakia during the late 805. The story is obvious but fun and, well, there has to be a reason for the carnage. And what a lot of carnage there is. Even though you are given a noise meter to aid in creeping about, and a few of the missions instruct you to ‘sneak’ into a building, everything ends in a bloodbath. The enemy has eyesight any hawk would be proud of. Poke your head round a corner and it will be shot at immediately by enemy you cannot see because of foliage or distance.
Which is a good example of Soldier of Fortune Il’s problem. Some enemy in plain sight cannot be shot because they are required to follow a set path. Others have preternatural combat abilities. Events are triggered to crank up the paranoia yet only draw a ‘that makes no sense!’ This leaves a game full of random and often unfulfilling combat.
Soldier of Fortune II is not for the easily irritated. (lain Davidson)
seems to eat Pikmin. And not all Pikmin can do all things. Depending on colour. they can swim or are immune to fire. so it takes a bit of thought to get the correct creatures to do the correct things.
But the challenge is enjoyable. with many a twis and turn. and there is a strong feeling of elation whenever a starship piece is rescued. Weird. silly and puzzling P/kmin shows Why people love Nintendo.
LEGO FOOTBALL MANIA
(Electronic Arts) £29.99 O
The GaiiieBoy Advance is not the place for fancy football titles. The small screen cannot update fast enough to maintain playability. leaVing the game pedestrian and clumsy. Which is exactly the problem With Lego Football Mania. All your favourite Lego genres are here. from pirates to spaceiiien. all competing on a variety of silly pitches.
But the actual football is so slow. dull and unresponsive that you begin to hate Lego. You hate the bricks. the mechanical sets and Danish people for that Legoland place. And this is a crime for such a ioyous toy. If only they had tried something less ambitious. A truly addictive football game. even one aimed at kids. would be a Winner on the GBA. But Football Mania turns your hands to claws from punching the sofa rather than constant use of the tiny controller. llain Davidson)
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