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Living: GAME REVIEWS - STUNNING LOOKER IS NOT MUCH FUN.



Byline: MARTYN LEEK

WRECKLESS: THE YAKUZA yakuza

Japanese gangsters. Yakuza, who trace their roots back to ronin (masterless samurai), often adopt samurai-like rituals and identify themselves with elaborate body tattoos.
 MISSIONS ACTIVISION, XBOX

MUCH like the gangsters this takes its name from, Wreckless: The Yakuza Mission is a larger-than-life, violent driving game.

You play a Hong Kong cop who has to chase a variety of bad guys across town in his car. Bash them, shunt them, do whatever you can to take them off the road.

Simple really - and that is where the problem lies because this game lacks any real depth to be fun.

For example, hit an escaping car with your own motor and you damage it. But if you then slam that same car into an oncoming bus it escapes without a scratch.

It is such a shame because this

game could be so much better. Visually it is stunning. The cars themselves look great but it is the cityscapes that are the real selling point.

Graphics 10/10 Gameplay 6/10Sound 7/10 Overall 6/10

MAXIMO CAPCOM CAPCOM Capsule Communicator
CAPCOM Capture Compare (microcontroller, semiconductor)
CAPCOM Capsule Computers (video game publisher)
CAPCOM Capital Regional Command (Philippine military) 
, PS2

AS a youth I used to escape school at lunchtime to go and play Ghost and Goblins at the arcade. Fortunes were shovelled into that machine over a term and neither I nor my mates were ever able to complete it. Now there is a magic new 3D version where you can play Maximo, the friendly Knight who loses his armour when struck by his foes. Unfortunately for me, I'm suffering with the game as I did in the 1980s.

But don't let that put you off - this a gorgeous game, with fantastic playability.

9/10

SPACE CHANNEL 5 SEGA (company, games) SEGA - manufacturer of video game hardware and software.

Usenet newsgroup: news:rec.games.video.sega.
, PS2

VERY strange game this one. You play a futuristic news anchor girl called Ulala who presents for Space Channel 5. She has to cover a breaking news story where a group of marauding ma·raud  
v. ma·raud·ed, ma·raud·ing, ma·rauds

v.intr.
To rove and raid in search of plunder.

v.tr.
To raid or pillage for spoils.
 aliens have broken into a spaceport space·port  
n.
An installation for sheltering, testing, maintaining, and launching spacecraft.
.

And how does she stop the aliens and report on their invasion? By dancing!

This game has a definite retro-chic feel to it. It's all groovy in an Austin Powers kinda way.

But, despite looking and sounding fantastic, ultimately it's a very shallow affair.

All you really have to do is watch the aliens dance and then copy their moves. This is done by pressing buttons on a joypad in a set order. Hardly challenging or fun.

One for fans of '60s Japanese style only... not many then.

5/10
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Title Annotation:Features
Publication:Sunday Mercury (Birmingham, England)
Date:Apr 28, 2002
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