Monday, March 06, 2006

Assorted Gaming Notes

I've been playing two excellent games but haven't written about them yet because I'm trying to get a few more hours of play in. In particular, Galactic Civilizations II has been fantastic so far. Just fantastic. I'm also playing MLB '06 for the PSP.

I know, I didn't have a PSP. We need to talk.

Anyway, the commentary is MLB '06 is, hands down, the finest commentary I've ever heard in a sports game. It's absolutely sensational. And so far, the gameplay has been rock solid as well.

I'll have write-ups of both of those games in the next week or so. And this week there are two big 360 releases: tomorrow we'll see College Hoops 2K6, which is the 360 version of an excellent franchise, and on Wednesday we get Ghost Recon: Advance Warfighter, which will hopefully make me lose large amounts of sleep over the next few nights.

In the meantime, here are two interesting smaller games that you might enjoy. They're both very easy to pick up and play for ten minutes at a time.
--Frank Regan sent me a link to Tower Defence:
(, demo available). He saw a review of the game over at the always excellent Gamers With Jobs ( Here's an excerpt from the game's website:
Hordes of evil monsters are intruding upon your ancient kingdom. You, as the protector of the land, must build a strong defence to protect the people taking refuge in your castle.

Basically, you build towers, then upgrade those towers using money and experience points as wave after wave of monsters attacks your town (and tries to reach your castle). The graphics are excellent and it definitely has an addictive quality.

--Chad Dotson sent me a link to Rumblebox:
Here's an excerpt from the website:
Rumble Box is a fast paced 3D action beat-em-up with a unique premise:all of the characters are made of simple objects which stay aroundin the level even after the character is defeated. The objects pile up,changing the gameplay landscape and altering your combat tactics.The game takes place inside a giant box, and the ultimate goalof the game is to pile up enough defeated enemies to get out of the box.

Yes, it looks as cool visually as it sounds. I wish there were a few more combat techniques, but it's a very clever idea and it's free.

Finally, Take Two announces quarterly earnings tomorrow. Expect a disaster with some sort of "exciting" corollary announcement that the company is hoping will distract people.

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