Games: International Superstar Soccer 2

Pirates: The Legend of Black Kat

Konami Arcade Game Collection

Zone of the Enders

International Superstar Soccer 2
GameCube, PS2, XBox (Konami)
£24.99–£44.99
***
For some people, there's no such thing as too much football. So, while they're waiting for the Ecuador vs Croatia kick-off they could do no worse than whack on their GameCube and have a dribble with this, another in the legion of football games currently available. ISS2 falls somewhat between the razzamataz of Fifa's impressive-looking official game and the extremely realistic gameplay of Konami's Pro Evolution Soccer. True, ISS2's animation isn't staggeringly impressive but it does sacrifice football realism in favour of a more intuitive control system and, therefore, an fast-paced arcade style game that you can just pick up and play. So if it's instant gratification that you're after, sit back, take the weight off your metatarsal and enjoy the quick fix. SC

Pirates: The Legend of Black Kat
XBox(Electronic Arts)
£35
**
Just when you thought it was safe to go back in the water along comes a howlingly awful 3D swashbuckler that will have you running for cover. In this adventure you take the role of Kat. She's buxom (yawn), feisty (well, she stomps around with her hands on her hips) and is set on avenging her father's death at the hands of bloodthirsty pirates. It's Lara Croft all at sea – a platform game in which you explore different islands, solve puzzles and pick up treasure.

It's derivative, repetitive and thuddingly average. Steer well clear of any more pirates until the eagerly awaited Galleon from Toby Gard, the creator of Tomb Raider, appears over the horizon. SC

Konami Arcade Game Collection
GBA (Konami)
£24.99
****
Retro packages can work if there is plenty of range to choose from, and Konami's cavalcade of arcade classics is a good way of keeping the kids occupied on long summer car journeys. Frogger and Gyrus are a bit too repetitive to be much fun, but the pack has three barn-stormers that do work extremely well on the GBA. Green Beret – a classic sideways-scrolling splatterfest – retains its old charm. Scramble explains why shoot-em-ups dominated the arcades for a decade, and Yie-Ar Kung Fu reminds you that there were quirky fighting games before Street Fighter came along. A nice selection at a price that makes it excellent value for money. LL

Zone of the Enders
GBA (Konami)
£34.99
****
Whatever your take on strategy games, Advance Wars convincingly proved that they work well on the Game Boy Advance. Zone of the Enders, where you control battling armies of mechanised fighters, is another success but for different reasons. The graphics and sound are lovely, and the game play is absorbing. The fight scenes have a novel control method that involves aiming a set of crosshairs and keeps the excitement high. For a bunch of droids, the mechs have lots of personality, which also adds to the fun. What stands out about the game is the story line, which gives the game an addictive quality that few strategy games achieve. Zone of the Enders is excellent value. LL

Start your day with The Independent, sign up for daily news emails
ebooks
ebooksAn introduction to the ground rules of British democracy
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
SPONSORED FEATURES
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

iJobs Job Widget
iJobs Money & Business

Recruitment Genius: Collections Agent

£14000 - £16000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: This company was established in...

SThree: Trainee Recruitment Consultant

£20000 - £25000 per annum + OTE 40k: SThree: SThree are a global FTSE 250 busi...

SThree: Trainee Recruitment Consultant

£20000 - £25000 per annum + competitive: SThree: SThree are a global FTSE 250 ...

Reach Volunteering: Trustees with Finance, Fundraising and IT skills

Voluntary and unpaid, reasonable expenses reimbursable: Reach Volunteering: St...

Day In a Page

Isis profits from destruction of antiquities by selling relics to dealers - and then blowing up the buildings they come from to conceal the evidence of looting

How Isis profits from destruction of antiquities

Robert Fisk on the terrorist group's manipulation of the market to increase the price of artefacts
Labour leadership: Andy Burnham urges Jeremy Corbyn voters to think again in last-minute plea

'If we lose touch we’ll end up with two decades of the Tories'

In an exclusive interview, Andy Burnham urges Jeremy Corbyn voters to think again in last-minute plea
Tunisia fears its Arab Spring could be reversed as the new regime becomes as intolerant of dissent as its predecessor

The Arab Spring reversed

Tunisian protesters fear that a new law will whitewash corrupt businessmen and officials, but they are finding that the new regime is becoming as intolerant of dissent as its predecessor
King Arthur: Legendary figure was real and lived most of his life in Strathclyde, academic claims

Academic claims King Arthur was real - and reveals where he lived

Dr Andrew Breeze says the legendary figure did exist – but was a general, not a king
Who is Oliver Bonas and how has he captured middle-class hearts?

Who is Oliver Bonas?

It's the first high-street store to pay its staff the living wage, and it saw out the recession in style
Earth has 'lost more than half its trees' since humans first started cutting them down

Axe-wielding Man fells half the world’s trees – leaving us just 422 each

However, the number of trees may be eight times higher than previously thought
60 years of Scalextric: Model cars are now stuffed with as much tech as real ones

60 years of Scalextric

Model cars are now stuffed with as much tech as real ones
Theme parks continue to draw in thrill-seekers despite the risks - so why are we so addicted?

Why are we addicted to theme parks?

Now that Banksy has unveiled his own dystopian version, Christopher Beanland considers the ups and downs of our endless quest for amusement
Tourism in Iran: The country will soon be opening up again after years of isolation

Iran is opening up again to tourists

After years of isolation, Iran is reopening its embassies abroad. Soon, there'll be the chance for the adventurous to holiday there
10 best PS4 games

10 best PS4 games

Can’t wait for the new round of blockbusters due out this autumn? We played through last year’s offering
Transfer window: Ten things we learnt

Ten things we learnt from the transfer window

Record-breaking spending shows FFP restraint no longer applies
Migrant crisis: UN official Philippe Douste-Blazy reveals the harrowing sights he encountered among refugees arriving on Lampedusa

‘Can we really just turn away?’

Dead bodies, men drowning, women miscarrying – a senior UN figure on the horrors he has witnessed among migrants arriving on Lampedusa, and urges politicians not to underestimate our caring nature
Nine of Syria and Iraq's 10 world heritage sites are in danger as Isis ravages centuries of history

Nine of Syria and Iraq's 10 world heritage sites are in danger...

... and not just because of Isis vandalism
Girl on a Plane: An exclusive extract of the novelisation inspired by the 1970 Palestinian fighters hijack

Girl on a Plane

An exclusive extract of the novelisation inspired by the 1970 Palestinian fighters hijack
Why Frederick Forsyth's spying days could spell disaster for today's journalists

Why Frederick Forsyth's spying days could spell disaster for today's journalists

The author of 'The Day of the Jackal' has revealed he spied for MI6 while a foreign correspondent