Just as the summer was panning-out as another head-achingly dull cavalcade of tennis sims and bog-standard shoot-em-ups, the French have come to the rescue with a genuine flash of inventive brilliance.
Just as the summer was panning-out as another head-achingly dull cavalcade of tennis sims and bog-standard shoot-em-ups, the French have come to the rescue with a genuine flash of inventive brilliance. Stuntman has had a lot of build-up in the internet chat rooms, and the finished product more than lives up to the hype. The game has you working your way through a death-defying career driving cars on a variety of film sets, then crashing them in spectacular fashion at the command of the director. The graphics are as sharp as a tack, and the controls give you an incredible feel for the various different wheels you get behind. All this is topped off with a mode that allows you to design your own stunts, which gives the package longevity, to boot.
Capcom (Game Cube)
Remember a time before computer games were scary? Resident Evil was the game that created the entire "survival horror" genre, and it deserves a place in games history for that reason alone. Nintendo is now giving Cube owners a chance to relive the nightmare of creeping through the zombie-charged house looking for clues. Capcom has given the graphics a serious lick of paint, but kept the old magic intact. Lovely.
Quirky music games are either your thing or they aren't, but Gitaroo Man has so much charm that it might even make a convert of those who usually avoid these things. The game has got Japan written all over it, but once you get used to the idea of controlling a boy with a flying hat and a mechanised dog, the gameplay is rather compelling, and a pleasant change from the usual standard of keeping up with the music.