By Mike Doolittle on August 10, 2004 - 11:00pm.
Crimson Skies: High Road to Revenge arrived with so much hype and fanfare that it's easy to forget that, at one time, it was nearly vaporware. After a dismal E3 showing a couple of years ago and tepid feedback from testers, Microsoft made the decision to halt the title in mid-development and start from scratch with a new team of artists, writers and programmers.
Game Description: Crimson Skies: High Road to Revenge combines thrilling aerial combat with the swashbuckling style of a Hollywood action-adventure movie. Set in an alternate 1930s world of gunship diplomacy and sinister intrigue, Crimson Skies: High Road to Revenge lets gamers pilot powerful aircraft against nefarious air pirates and behemoth war zeppelins. As the daring air pirate Nathan Zachary, leader of the infamous Fortune Hunters, players take off on a high-flying adventure, filled with daring escapes and damsels in distress.
By Mike Bracken on March 3, 2004 - 12:00am.
Videogame golf has recently undergone a similar transformation. For years, golf games invariably relied on the three-button press swing system. Games like Hot Shots Golf refined this interface to the point where it became the golf game standard. However, with the advent of dual analog stick controllers, things have changed. Now, instead of simply pushing buttons to make the onscreen player swing, players will actually control the swing and its tempo by pulling back on the stick for the backswing, then driving it forward to hit the ball. To say this new approach has made videogame golf more realistic is an understatement. This is a transformation of the way the game is played in much the same way that club technology has changed the real game.
Game Description: Amped 2 is the ultimate freestyle snowboarding experience, offering the largest, most varied trick library of any snowboarding game. Explore vast areas of wide-open, spectacularly rendered real mountains packed with terrain parks designed by world-famous snow park architect, Chris Gunnarson. Play head-to-head with friends in the various multiplayer modes. When you're ready to take it to the next level, connect to Xbox Live to check rankings and challenge the world's best virtual riders. Feel what it's like to live the life of a real professional snowboarder. Travel the globe, and pull sick tricks in front of sponsors, photographers, and fans. Build your fame, and get photos and demo reels in the latest snowboard magazine or video. Climb to the top ranks of the sport, and become a media superstar … all to the sounds of more than 300 killer indie tracks.
By Erin Bell on January 21, 2004 - 12:00am.
Although I've never actually snowboarded in my life, thanks to Amped 2 I can now get sick Canadian bacon air with the best of them—and I have the calluses to prove it.
By Mike Bracken on December 10, 2003 - 12:00am.
Voodoo Vince is easily the best platformer currently on the Xbox, but saying that is a lot like saying George W. Bush is currently the best president of the United States living in the White House—there ain't a whole lot of competition. However, even if there were more games of the platforming variety on Microsoft's big black box, Vince would still be worthy of attention. While it may not be the most original game on the block, it certainly does a fine job of taking the core elements of the platforming genre and implementing them into a game that looks more aesthetically interesting than any comparable game on the market.
By Mike Doolittle on October 15, 2003 - 11:33am.
According to ESRB
, this game contains: Mild Violence
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