Genji: Days of the Blade
The game: Sequel to the little-known PS2 title going by the same moniker, Days of the Blade continues to take players through history in feudal Japan. Upholding your honor and defeating your enemies in battle requires clever use of four different characters and matching their attributes well to any given situation.
We think…: That the game’s camera was too close too often to effectively defeat enemies surrounding you. Aside from the quick character changing and the slo-mo “Kamuli Mode,” this game looks all-too-much like another Dynasty Warriors-style beat-em-up. And haven’t we had enough of those already?
Madden NFL 07
The game: EA Sports’ yearly football game will make its PS3 debut with improved graphics and new motion-sensing controls. By jerking the controller players can perform many of the Hit-Stick moves instead of using the analog sticks.
We think that…: What we’re about to say may sound crazy. Has anyone else had enough of Madden football? Three short months after dropping 50 or 60 bucks on 07 in August, thousands will flock back to the stores for the newest Madden regardless of what we say. At least players won’t be losing anything from the earlier versions like last year…
Marvel Ultimate Alliance
The game: As Doctor Doom and the forces of evil attempt destroy everything you’ve ever known or loved, Marvel superheroes will unite for justice and foil their nefarious plans. Ultimate Alliance will feature over 20 playable superheroes and feature dozens of villains to battle across various exotic battlefields. PS3 players will experience the superhero action in full-on 1080p.
We think that…: Marvel Ultimate Alliance will deliver on exactly what it promises. Superhero fans will get a huge kick from taking their favorite heroes into combat against Doom. The X-men Legends-inspired gameplay has held up very well every time we’ve played it, so there is little worry in how this one will turn up by launch.
Mobile Suit Gundam: Crossfire
The game: Taking place late in the “One Year War,” Crossfire allows players to battle for either the Federation or Zeon from the popular Japanese animated series. Gigantic robots fight for dominance across the planet using weapons such as machine guns, rockets, swords, and shields.
We think that…: This game, like many others based on Japanese animated television shows, will end up a dud. The game has improved over time from its initial debut at E3 2006, but it rides the line between simulation mech combat and arcade with little success. If the controls tighten by launch, there may be hope for this title yet.