Tag: Xbox

Bargain Basement 18 – Hulk

Although there have been a number of games that have attempted to capture the Hulk in an electronic format, none of them have really nailed the pure destructive essence and dual nature of the Hulk's condition until this one. It's funny, even though this particular version was created as a tag-along to the much-maligned Ang Lee film, I think the end result was even better than the more recent, free-roaming Hulk: Ultimate Destruction.

Bargain Basement 18 – Tron 2.0: Killer App

A must-play effort that manages to be intensely surreal while being instantly, strangely familiar at the same time, Tron 2.0 is set inside a series of computers, networks, and the Internet itself after main character Jet Bradley is transformed into a series of 1's and 0's by a sapient math analysis program in need.

Scarface: The World is Yours – Review

Read review of Scarface: The World is YoursRight off the bat, Scarface does something smart by establishing that it isn't going to be a simple adaptation or an attempt to retell the film in game form. No, Scarface: The World is Yours is more of a concept piece, one that dares to ask the question "What if Tony Montana, rather than being a mercurial borderline sociopath on a seriocomic journey to self-destruction, were a videogame character?"

Bargain Basement 17 – Aeon Flux

Stylish and stylized, Aeon Flux is one of the more unusual additions to the Basement since it's an extremely rare animal—a licensed game that succeeds thanks to developers who took the time to understand their subject before crafting a gameplay experience that's the perfect interactive extension of the characters and world it's based on.

Superman Returns – Review

Read review of Superman ReturnsI can't imagine it's an especially easy task, making a Superman-themed game. There's never been a great Superman game, though, so without any ideas to appropriate, each and every time a new Superman game is crafted the developers are starting from scratch, with a daunting task ahead of them.

Just Cause Review

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The successful balance between exciting innovation and comfortable familiarity is a delicate one. It's true that large doses of creativity can sometimes lead an otherwise solid project wildly awry, but on the other hand, there's little value in rehashing ideas and not going far enough. In the case of Just Cause, the developers have innovated with one shining addition, but otherwise let the scales weigh heavily with well-trodden material.