This series has gone by many names around the world and on various consoles, but its signature quality gameplay has tied them all together over the past 13 years.
Six new civilizations have been added to the already extensive lineup, including the Carthaginians, Koreans, Vikings, Celts, Ottomans and finally the venerable Zulu. Each new civilization also received their own unique units and leaders, just as they're counterparts have.
While the game is not so childish that an adult couldn't play it, it is still a children's game and only a child could see past this game's flaws enough to be able to actually enjoy it.
The new "Stunts and Effects" expansion pack seeks to expand the palate of available options and tools beyond the already extensive collection that the original game offered. The package certainly accomplishes that feat, but fails to fix the more pressing problems for which fans have been waiting.
Rise and Fall is a perfect example of a game that dreamed big but failed to execute properly. A lot of this was probably due to time and budget constraints, as is all too often the case with a lot of these "me too!" PC copycats.
Our impressions of Nintendo's flagship plumber on the revolutionary console
The very first time I laid my hands on the Wii controller, it was to play Super Mario Galaxy. Immediately upon picking up the "wand" and "nunchuck," however, any minor degree of skepticism I might have had was immediately dispelled. I have absolutely no doubts that Super Mario Galaxy will be ranked amongst the great Mario games of all time.
How does Sony's motion controller function perform?
Unless things change between now and the launch of the PS3, this game is definitely not a good reason to cough up $600+ for a PS3.
The FPS hopes to make waves on Sony's new console
The games control's were noticeably sluggish, the weapons rather generic, piss poor A.I. and while the graphics looked pretty good on the 50 ft. screen, it was much less impressive up close.
Now a full Wii launch title, how does it translate to the wand?
Swordfights are as entertaining as ever and are helped by Link's spin attack being performed by spinning the controller in a circle. This is the game that we've been waiting for since 1998. This is the true spiritual successor to Ocarina of Time.
Does it live up to the hype?
I'll admit to having some skepticism about this title going into E3. I remember hearing hype about it ever since the terrible MTV unveiling of the 360. But now Gears of War has quickly jumped to the top of my "must have" games list for the Xbox 360.