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NGamer - Issue 21


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Bully is on the cover this month, and it comes with a DS cart keyring thing, some stickers and a chunky Nintendo A-Z.

Big previews of Indy Jones, Sonic RPG, Pro Evo and de Blob and a big round-up of WiiWare titles.

Scores:

Bully - 90

Sonic Riders - 49

Super Smash Bros. Brawl - 93

Nitro Bike - 40

PDC World Championship Darts - 28

Rune Factory 2 - 78

Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games (DS) - 68

No More Heroes - 94

CSI - 40

Agatha Christie And Then There Were None - 60

Godzilla Unleashed - 45

Chocobo's Dungeon - 48

Exit DS - 81

Round up:

Sekai No Shougi - 70

From the Abyss - 35

Fukomori - 40

Tanoshii Youchien - 65

Winx Club - 50

Paint by DS - 30

Kururin Doughnuts - 65

My Little Flufities - 10

Astriex at the Olympic Games (DS) - 60

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Here's the thing about the Bully score, though: it (or at least the PS2 version) is much better than Manhunt 2, which NGamer gave 92% to. Their review scores continue to be an inconsistent mess.

Um... maybe they just liked Manhunt 2 more? Y'know, like how reviews work. Unless you're the Universal Arbiter of What Games Are Better Than Others, of course... ^_^

Anyway, anyone know if this is in the shops or is it subscribers getting it? I'll probably grab it if I'm in town tomorrow.

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Though I'm looking forward to NMH a lot more than SSBB, I was pretty stunned at the 'No More Heroes > Super Smash Bros. Brawl'-part. Perhaps I'll visit a specialist games store tomorrow to see if they import NGamer UK, I'm pretty curious how those scores translate in words.

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Um... maybe they just liked Manhunt 2 more? Y'know, like how reviews work. Unless you're the Universal Arbiter of What Games Are Better Than Others, of course... ^_^

Anyway, anyone know if this is in the shops or is it subscribers getting it? I'll probably grab it if I'm in town tomorrow.

Some people are totally absurd when it comes to review scores.

I got my subs copy today. I flicked through it. This is the first issue I've read with Nick as editor, and God, his editorial is dire. ;)

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Though I'm looking forward to NMH a lot more than SSBB, I was pretty stunned at the 'No More Heroes > Super Smash Bros. Brawl'-part. Perhaps I'll visit a specialist games store tomorrow to see if they import NGamer UK, I'm pretty curious how those scores translate in words.

It's not, though really, is it? There's a 1% difference. They're pretty much equally good according to those scores.

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Um... maybe they just liked Manhunt 2 more? Y'know, like how reviews work. Unless you're the Universal Arbiter of What Games Are Better Than Others, of course... ^_^

I have access to Metacritic, therefore I am.

It's unlikely anyone would like Manhunt 2 more than a good game.

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I have to say I agree with NGamer on Sonic Riders - it's over-complicated, has some forehead-slappingly stupid ideas (crashing into rocks gives you a speed boost??) the controls don't work half the time, and it's far worse than F-Zero GX which is five years old.

There's a water track in it that I really like, mainly because it's a lot simpler than the rest. Evidently the water effects didn't allow them to line the track with pointless, distracting detritus.

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I have access to Metacritic, therefore I am.

It's unlikely anyone would like Manhunt 2 more than a good game.

NNNNNNNNGGGGGGGGHHHHHHHHH.

I got my subs copy today. I flicked through it. This is the first issue I've read with Nick as editor, and God, his editorial is dire. :)

Yeah, he's not got much sparkle, has he? Last issue was OK though, I don't think he's dented the mag's style much. That said, first the DVDs go, then Greener goes... bad signs for me. I'll probably still get it.

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Sonic Riders is better than that score. It looks amazing and there's plenty to do on the tracks.

I actually think I have to agree here. Right now I'm about 2 hours in, and it's just very cool to experience a game with this kind of speed again. It's kind of a combination between F-Zero GX and Sonic Adventure, though I have to admit I've hardly played the original Sonic Riders.

Isn't there a thread on this yet btw?

I have to say I agree with NGamer on Sonic Riders - it's over-complicated, has some forehead-slappingly stupid ideas (crashing into rocks gives you a speed boost??) the controls don't work half the time, and it's far worse than F-Zero GX which is five years old.

As I sort of mentioned above, I think it's not that bad at all. The only real control-problem (after getting the hang of them) I found is the fact that game is best played with a GameCube-controller. And about 'crashing into rocks': if you're directing at the thing you do during the gravity flying thingy, it kind of reminds me of Dragon Ball Z and other animated series or games in which the characters sort of wall-kick against debris to gain a boost.

Also, F-Zero GX was pure awesomeness, and I'm glad SR Zero Gravity has inherited a little of it.

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