I was looking forward to this particular title for two reasons: it would be exciting to see my favorite SNK characters rendered with more powerful hardware and, seeing as SNK has filed for bankruptcy, Capcom Versus SNK could be the last game featuring SNK characters. As an SNK nut, I needed to get this game.
Capcom vs. SNK looks stunning. If anyone out there thinks 2D gaming is dead, they'd be well advised to look at this title, which will almost assuredly make them re-evaluate their stance on the power of sprite-based graphics.
According to ESRB, this game contains: Animated Violence, Suggestive Themes
Becoming frightened by videogames always seemed like a strange prospect to me when I first started playing them, mainly because gaming technology just didn't allow developers to create realistic enough images to invoke fear. Now that I've experienced genuinely spooky games like Silent Hill 2, which mixed cutting-edge graphics with disturbing imagery and storytelling, I've started to actually seek out these kinds of games. After all, getting spooked every now and again is great fun and videogames are getting better and better at provoking those emotions.
According to ESRB, this game contains: Blood and Gore, Mature Sexual Themes, Violence
I think Brad's assessment of the game is generally accurate, but I cannot match his enthusiasm for Headhunter. When he claims it is the videogame equivalent of a Van Damme or Steven Segal movie, hes right. I, however, don't consider that a compliment.
According to ESRB, this game contains: Violence
In the last couple of years, Sega has released a lot of games that had too many flaws to become classics, but had enough fresh ideas to make them worth playing. Sure, Shenmue was boring, but at least it wasn't rehashed. Although Phantasy Star Online might have been repetitive and shallow, nothing of its kind had ever been released on a console before. With the release of Confidential Mission, sadly, Sega has broken this trend. This title is simply mediocre, about as fresh as mold and as replayable as a hand grenade.
Unreal Tournaments arrival on the Dreamcast is kind of a double-edged sword. Its great for the 3D-card-deprived to be able to experience the immensely popular PC shooter firsthand. Yet despite being a well designed game, gamers must ultimately tread through a watered down version of the PC incarnation.
The Dreamcast, however, had not been blessed with this genre of games until the release of Quake III Arena (Q3A) many months ago. That conversion was an excellent title, no doubt, but it fell short in many ways. Compared to the numerous play modes and 32-player deathmatches on the PC version, the limit of four players per match left something to be desired. Now that its PC rival, Unreal Tournament, has finally arrived for the Dreamcast, will it eclipse the id shooter?