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Wanna go Greek? Sony's omniscient GOD OF WAR redoes the most popular and lurid stories of the Greeks. But this isn't just a banal version of Bullfinch's Mythology with video game graphics. God of War is so neatly packed with nonstop action, it beats the legendary Ray Harryhausen's old-school animation in the Clash of the Titans movie. And it's so full of Adderall-paced story, it makes you feel that you're part of the plot. Yeah, you wish they'd gotten deeper into the myths by adding some really obscure stories like they did in the old school CD-ROM game Wrath of the Gods. But maybe they will in the sequel. Still, it's one of the best games of the year.
PROJECT: SNOWBLIND may make you thing of the Xbox-busting game, Halo 2. You're a futuristic soldier, here, too, and you've got to save the world. But, hell, every damn game has you save the world in some sort of way. Project: Snowblind isn't cliché or dull at all. The weaponry is uniquely wild (gotta love those fleet, robotic spiders); the AI kicks butt and the artwork is wonderfully bright, a break from the games that are just rife with too many shadows. The graphics in this one's like Blade Runner meets Moulin Rouge!a very good thing.Check out reviews of all the latest and greatest games (updated every week), along with past faves in NYC Guide.
Twisted Metal: Head-On
You thought it was dead and you were happy about it. But Twisted Metal: Head-On surprisingly revives a franchise that towards the end really sucked mooseballs. The PSP version, however, is as addicting as Red Bull after midnight. The idea? Souped-up futuristic cars and motorcycles equipped with wild weapons battle it out on intricate and graphically beautiful tracks. The chaotic Los Angeles Freeway arena, for instance, is a joy to behold, with lots of lurid, funhouse-like nooks and crannies to explore. Head-On is the demolition derby/horror fantasy you've yearned for when you've broken into the codeine and finished American Purgatorio, and there's nothing to do but play games. Sure, you blast these complexly rendered vehicles to oblivion (so viscerally satisfying) with the guns on your car. But there's more fun. Each time your car runs into a power-up that hangs enticingly in the air, you have a different way to blow things up. Tip: Load up on homing missiles. Yeh, mascot Sweet Tooth is back, but the game's so good, you don't even mind his leering skull clown face.
Combine the bloodiest aspects of Kill Bill with the grace of Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragonand the hardcore idiocy of Bully and you have the personality of Devil May Cry's half-devil, half-human hero, Dante. With swords and guns, he'll bloody every hell-demon in sight with ballet-like moves and a thug-ish attitude. DMC, the original, took gaming a step forward with an advanced fighting system and a wild story. DMC 2 sucked; it simply wasn't ready for prime time gaming. DMC 3 may well be the best because it's got sibling rivalry at its disgusting heart and it's way more challenging than its precursors. You say you want blood? You haven't witnessed blood until you've played this particular Mature-rated game.
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