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Author: 3D
Wednesday, 12 March 2008
DEVIL MAY CRY 4
PS3
Capcom / Activision


7/10

Some may say that The Devil May Cry series has been one that has redefined and out-classed all other most recent stylised action series. But if you're new to the whole series it's still not too late to jump on board.

Quoting the press release Devil May Cry 4 “immerses gamers in a gothic supernatural world, where a new protagonist clashes with a familiar hero”. Following- Storylines don't do much for you- Well, as elaborate as the storyline is, it is not essential for the not-so-hardcore gamer. But while we're on storylines here's a brief summary.  You take the role of Nero, on a quest to bring one 'Dante' (Some may remember for Devil May Cry 3) to justice for the killing of the leader of the secret society he belongs to. Along the way many interesting characters are encountered with many twists and turns, not to mention some cheesy B-Grade action film dialogue to boot.

Devil May Cry 4 appeals to everyone. It is a superb action game with advanced graphical capabilities which makes slashing attacks and combo moves bring out the kid in all of us. Combo's are what this game is all about. The game's action revolves purely around offensive. Something you will need to be good at when facing many of the awesome bosses along the way.

One of the more interesting attack weapons is Nero's possessed 'Devil Bringer' arm which allows the player to snatch enemies out of the air and slam them to the ground in powerful non-stop attacks, a great new game play mechanic.

On the flip side however the game play can prove a bit dated to those more accustomed to modern platform games. While the action is quite full-on and fun the sometimes awkward camera views and dated controls prove the main drawbacks.

Capcom has yet again developed another fine title for its stable. The action alone makes this game great fun, with hours of enemy bashing and slashing enough to keep any gamer happy. The cut scenes play out like a Hollywood movie, bar the cheesy script, and the graphics look fantastic.


Memphis Raines


PURSUIT FORCE: EXTREME JUSTICE
PSP
Sony Computer Entertainment

7/10


For all those gamers who love sophisticated storylines, deep and insightful character development and intense problem solving in their games, then we can't help you out here. On the other hand, if you're looking to drive like a maniac, blow things up and kill a whole lot of people, then Pursuit Force: Extreme Justice is just what you need.

The storyline revolves around a special police unit responsible for combating organised crime syndicates that are disguised in the city as various racial and cultural stereotypes. As the commander of this task force, your job will be to apprehend, or more appropriately, terminate the members of these gangs in the most extreme manner possible (thus the title Extreme Justice). However, just because the storyline isn't as deep as most, it doesn't mean that the game itself isn't highly enjoyable. This is largely due to the premise of the game play introduced in the original Pursuit Force.

Although Extreme Justice has various game features, which include controlling mounted helicopter turrets, sniping and levels that take place on foot, the most enjoyable stages are those that involve car chases. These stages comprise of chasing down various criminals at extremely high speeds, jumping from vehicle to vehicle, or ramming bullet-proof trucks off the roads, all the while avoiding on coming traffic. Imagine the movie Crank mixed with elements of The Matrix and Spiderman. It's a good thing that this aspect of the game play dominates Extreme Justice, as the other modes mentioned above are very ordinary.

The story mode in itself is fairly long with 50 cases and three difficulty levels to get through, and it does at times struggle to hold your interest. The time limits pose an annoying hurdle in even the simplest stages, but are no way near as demanding as the time limits imposed in the original Pursuit Force. If by the end of story mode, you feel you still have a little bit of extreme justice left to dish out, there is still the bounty mode and the multiplayer.

All in all, Pursuit Force: Extreme Justice succeeds in delivering an adrenaline- filled, stunt-tastic arcade shoot 'em up. The game play is open, and simple enough to get a hang of straight away. However, there is a reason that even the most intense action movies don't have two hour car chase scenes. And that's because too much of a good thing, even something as great as car chases, explosions and killing, will get boring after 50 stages.

Nickolai de Policia


NBA 08
SCEE
PS2


4 / 10


Ok, let's just get this clear that this is not to be confused with EA's NBA Live 08 or ESPN's NBA 2K8, which are better games in comparison. See, I'm a basketball enthusiast and with so many basketball games out there, it's kind of hard to make a mark to an already saturated market. This is the case with the NBA series which saw its release way back in 2005, strictly made for the PSP, and whose other annual releases, NBA 06 and NBA 07, never made it here to the Australian shores.
Sadly, the old adage, “if you've played one then you've played them all”, comes to light. The usual “jump in and play” elements are offered in the form of the exhibition mode, where you can choose any of the teams in the NBA, including the East and West All Stars team for the 2006-07 season. There's also the online mode and mini-games, like one-on-one, three-on-three and my favourite “own the court”; where you challenge your opponent in a shoot-out contest around the court.
What's missing from NBA 08 is the chance to play the game as a General Manager of an NBA team, controlling the draft and trades of players within your chosen team. Instead, gamers are treated to The Life - a sort of behind-the-scene gameplay from the view-point of a rookie player. The gamer takes 'the life' of the new rookie, running drills at training camp and onto the regular season of the NBA.
The graphics are a bit jagged and seem dated, but then again comparing this game to its next-gen console counterpart just wouldn't be fair. On it's own merit, though, the graphics are a bit slower than that of EA's NBA Live franchise. The loading time is a bit of a nuisance too, especially in The Life mode, where the intros of cut-scenes are interspersed with loading times.
The obligatory hip hop tracks thrown into a basketball game are present here, with such artists like Gangstarr, MIA and Pete Rock. The actual gameplay sounds are what you'd expect from a basketball game with the bouncing of the ball and the squeaky sneakers. The commentators are quite funny with Kevin Calabro and Mark Jackson calling in the play-by-play action.
Seriously, there are other better NBA franchise games out there; NBA 08 is simply not one of them.

Andre Assa



CORRECTION:

The previous NL on the live action film Death Note featured images from the animated Death Note series, rather than the new DVD-released films. Please find accompanied fresh and accurate images of the new Death Note.

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