The Sims 2: Pets
A year ago the revolutionary Sims 2 was released, which suggested a yet more weird idea than its predecessor. This time, the people simulator went beyond the everyday activities of a person, and it dealt with the intrinsic mental world of human beings. In this version, as if the original game was not complicated enough, we are given several pets to take care of. These pets have their habits and we have to take into account every aspect of their lives, as we do with the Sims.
The only difference is that we have to control only one character, which will not interact with others except his pet. We will be veterinarians, and we will have clients that come with their pets.
EA games ?a company that has created authentic master pieces? has not come up to the expectations as regards the multimillionaire sales that the Sims series had on the 90’s. The Sims 2: Pets is a monotonous game and even plain, since it does not have all the possibilities of the previous one. Even the previous version, University, is much more interesting and original. Perhaps the biggest mistake is leaving the character we have to control completely alone, making the game’s dynamic plain. Even big companies can make mistakes, and it seems they will have enough time to make amends; furthermore, if we bear in mind that four new versions for The Sims 2 will be released.
Star Wars Empire atn war: Forces of Corruption
For the first time in the Star Wars’ games, we will be on the dark side of the Force; the place where the decisions to destroy the empire are made, and the most infamous galaxy’s negotiations are conducted. This time we will not fight together with Luke Skywalker or Han Solo, not even will we conquer planets together with the enigmatic Darth Vader. In this game, we will be the mercenaries that act according to their own needs, without scruples or regrets. It would be like a smuggling market or black market within the Star Wars’ saga ?a side of the empire we have never seen.
The mission in this strategy game is to betray both parties, both sides of The Force. We will decide on plans that would embarrass Yoda Master himself, but that are necessary to keep our commercial industry.
Scarface: Money Power Respect
This game recreates the sequel of the famous movie starred by Al Pacino, where he plays the role of cocaine addict gangster, Tony Montana, leader of the Miami’s criminal underworld ?a very dangerous place?, who tries to recover fame and establish a new criminal empire.
This game was originally made for PC and this conversion for PSP has been totally different, from the game’s dynamic to the final goal. The conversion was in charge of the company Radical, which from the very beginning made itself different from its competitor Farsight, the developer that came up with the idea for PC.
This new version is a turn-based strategy game, i.e., first one player plays and then the other. Due to the fact that it is different from the other, Money Power Respect, it does not take advantage of all the possibilities that the Playstation’ s movable machine offers, and does not take advantage of the graphic features. We will not control the character nor will we use weapons to destroy everything surrounding us. The goal is to raise little armies to plan and distribute drug in town, besides protecting sales spots and trying to get new buyers.
Even though the plot is quite funny and even original, after playing a few hours this game turns into something rather mechanical, since strategies are always the same ones and it does not innovate at all. Furthermore it lacks film sequences, which would make this game better. It would be better if we could choose more units, better scenarios, or any other factor that give us the idea of playing a different game.
However, we can point out the incredible multi-player option, something that gives it more energy and corrects the mistakes we already mentioned. However, for the amateurs in strategy games, this may be a great game.
Heroes of Might & Magic V: Hammers of fate
Perhaps, this is the game that has the fewer possibilities of becoming a best seller of all times. Specialists in the subject stated that its plot was hackneyed, even of those games produced at the same time. However, it has shown in the five issues that the saga can offer more. Even though the best sequel was the third one, this new issue of HOMM goes around Ashan’s world in the same way that the previous versions ?i.e. an absolutely 3D playability? with pleasant characters and big dialogues that make up a fantastic plot.
One of the biggest obstacles this series had was the great number of mistakes it had in the original version, but that were gradually corrected in new versions, in order to solve the so-called bugs. Nowadays, this is the best turn-based strategy game in the market, and that is a something, since companies saturate windows shops with this kind of game, but most of them lack sense. This is the only game that builds a bridge between the common user’s desire and the best critics’ exquisite taste.
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