Platforms: PSN | XBLA (£6.75, reviewed)
Developer: Kung Fu Factory
Girl Fight was never going to be a good game. The clue's in the name. It's called Girl Fight.
Yes, this tragic throwback subscribes to the 'if you can't make it good, make it sexy' philosophy of game design, existing solely as an excuse for an array of scantily-clad "sexy fighters" to touch each other for our titillation like a tawdry downloadable peep show. Just pop in the £6.75, roll back the curtain and watch some "fierce femme fatales" duke it out before unlocking some mucky pictures for your trouble. The formula worked so well for BMX XXX and Dead Or Alive: Paradise, after all.
No, wait, the other thing. Most gamers are savvy enough to spot opportunistic exploitation when they see it, and Girl Fight immediately fell off the radar when it launched last month. Having been asked to critique Girl Fight by Microprose, I can report that this lack of excitement and interest is thoroughly deserved.
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Developer: Zombie Studios
Special Forces: Team X has a terrific name.
This third-person multiplayer shooter sounds like a Saturday morning cartoon, and for the record, it looks a bit like one too. Cel-shading can make a great game timeless or a mediocre one look superficially impressive, and the eyecatching art style really helps Zombie Studios' latest effort to stand out from the pack. It's a military multiplayer-only shooter, after all. Every little helps in the differentiation department. When presented with dozens of games that revolve around big burly men shooting each other with assault rifles in run-down industrial locales, hell, I'll pick the rotoscoped one any day. Especially since the developers behind Blacklight Retribution promised to place rampant squads of attack dogs at our disposal.
Looks will only get you so far, however, and Special Forces: Team X might need to work on its inner beauty in order to become a long-term success.
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Here's all the X-COM: from the sensational original to the brilliant sequel... to the fairly mediocre spin-offs. Still, for £3.38, you might as well, since Julian Gollop's masterworks still hold up as sensational games.
Firaxis' reboot is looking pretty tasty too. Here's a shameless plug for our XCOM: Enemy Unknown preview...
Girl Fight promises to bring "an array of sexy fighters" to XBLA and PSN when it releases later this Spring, and Kung Fu Factory has revealed the first character bio and arena artwork for their sexploitative brawler. Wrench will apparently wield brains as well as brawn in her home arena, a mech garage stuffed with powerful technology.Click here to read more...
Microprose and Kung Fu Factory have announced Girl Fight for a Spring release on PSN & XBLA... and the clue is in the name. This all-female brawler promises "hair flying, long legs kicking and the ear-piercing shrill of deadly vixens," and is already rated Mature. Explotative? Surely not. More details about this super-classy title below.Click here to read more...
Firaxis have announced that they'll be developing a proper strategic reboot to the X-COM series that plans to treat Julian Gollop's originals with the respect they deserve. To celebrate, Steam have slashed the prices of the X-COM complete bundle down to a measly £3.05 - so it's high time you got involved. Note that this bundle includes the excellent (and very tricky) original games as well as the mediocre spinoffs.
This deal will expire at 18:00 today.
Impulse Driven are currently charging £5.11 for both Master Of Orion, Master Of Orion II and Master Of Orion III, which is a decent saving for two and a half great games (despite not being quite as cheap as their £3.26 deal several months ago). The first two games are absolutely exceptional 4X space sims with an incredible level of depth and diplomacy, but it's worth noting that the third outing is significantly less impressive. Still, you're getting a lot of game for your money - and be aware that Impulse are known for snatching their deals away at fairly arbitrary times.
Impulse Driven are currently charging £3.26 for both Master Of Orion, Master Of Orion II and Master Of Orion III, which is a decent saving for two and a half great games. The first two games are absolutely exceptional 4X space sims with an incredible level of depth and diplomacy, but it's worth noting that the third outing is significantly less impressive. Still, you're getting a lot of game for your money - and be aware that Impulse are known for snatching their deals away at fairly arbitrary times.