On tonight's episode of X-Play, we preview Devil May Cry 3. Dante’s inferno? Think Dante’s redemption instead. Devil May Cry 3 should be a vindication for the half-human hero, whose last adventure left audiences less than amused. Stylish and gory as ever, the series returns to its apocalyptic roots with a faster, more fluid outing that thus far appears bloody brilliant. We spend time with the title in hopes of learning its secrets.
When it comes to Europe’s version of football, it’s a two-horse race between EA’s glitzy, glamorous, license-filled, fast-paced footie and Konami’s critically acclaimed, internationally lauded, superbly realistic, pick-up-and-play masterpiece Winning Eleven. Play FIFA 2005 for a very short time, and you’ll think it not only out-glitzes its competition, but dribbles right on past it. But if you play FIFA 2005 for a long time, the visual shock wears off and you’ll realize it’s still not in the same league as its peerless opponent.
In an ongoing attempt to grab every last shred of our money, publishers have been mining the depths of our childhood in search of licensed properties to exploit. Somewhere, within our rose-tinted memories is The Dukes of Hazzard, a harmless television show about some good ol' boys and their frighteningly orange Dodge Charger. As far as fodder for video games goes, Ubisoft could do worse. And put in the hands of racing specialists, Ratbag Games, you’d think they’d at least get the game part right. But alas, The Dukes of Hazzard: Return of the General Lee is all mixed up. It’s a remarkably faithful reproduction of the TV show wrapped around a poorly made game.
You’d think we’d finally tire of McTwists, 180 Sacktaps, and Gymnast Plant-to-Revert-to-Pogo combos, but we haven’t. With the latest repackaging of the Tony Hawk franchise, we’re more enthralled than ever. But with Tony Hawk's Underground 2 (THUG2), the sixth (wow, sixth!) in the series, the storyline gives those strange-named trick sequences purpose, locking you into the Hawk experience. And a review of Ratchet & Clank: Up Your Arsenal.
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