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When it comes to comic book games, fan service is essential, Ultimate Alliance 2 takes its plot from Marvel’s Civil War and Secret War storylines (good), but liberties have been taken with the plot that are bound to annoy the hardcore (bad). As with its predecessors, you guide a team of four heroes through labyrinth corridors, defeating waves of enemies. There’s a wealth of characters to pick from a team-mates can be swapped on the fly.

Your Al pals, while competent can make dodgy decisions. Thankfully there’s four player, drop-in, offline and online co-op. The upgrade system has been simplified this time around, resulting either a weaker RPG experience or pure brawler, depending on your viewpoint. Defecting foes now builds up your Fusion bat; when full, hit (L2) and a corresponding button to perform a double team Fusion attack. There’s a huge variety of Fusion to be performed, but these room-clearing moves are too easy to learn.

The camera is still that bit too far away, making it easy to lose focus on who’s who in larger brawls. This highlights the game’s main flaw – there are little tactics required in combat. Blindly mashing (X) or (0) will get you out of any trouble. Overall, it’s fun, if familiar, experience. It’s the ability to swap your team-mates around freely and the diversity of Fusion attacks that carry the most appeal.

Playstation Network contains as electric selection of titles considering it’s only been just over six months since console was launched. Certainly the downloads on offer during this time have been more varied than the early days of Xbox Live and obviously more original than the retro catalogue of the Virtual console. But with three new Playstation Eye games available for download, its time for us to sit up pay attention.

A trial of Topoq is a simple puzzle game with gameplay comparable to Archer MacLean’s Mercury, Marble Madness and Super Monkey Ball. You roll a ball around various platforms in an effort to reach the goal. There are 30 levels, with a different challenge associated with each, such as avoiding Red Devils, collecting boxes or simply racing to the goal within a time limit. What makes Trials Of Topoq unique is its use of the Playstation Eye. Instead of rolling the ball with the analogue sticks or hitting the screen with the Sixaxis, making any movement on screen will cause the mosaic surfaces of the platforms that the ball moves no to rise and fall according to the speed of your actions.

You will usually be using your hands but you can also use other parts of your body. Needless to say, this can create quite a scene, and your apparent mime impressions and invisible football headers will look more than a little odd to onlookers. The difficulty ramps up by quite a margin after the first few levels as the enemies become mobile and the minimum score threshold is pushed higher, but Trials of Topoq is till very accessible game for all  to play, and a pretty decent way to spend a few pounds and couple of hours of your time.

Released on September 9, 1999 on the Playstation, Final Fantasy 8 took role playing games to a whole new level. The game propelled the image of its developed, Square, now named as Square Enix, and established itself as one of the best games ever. The graphics of this game are amazing, with all low polygon characters now replaced with the new high polygon ones. Real time 3D graphics are employed, over pre rendered backgrounds, and every new scene become more attractive than its predecessor. Just like its prequel, Final Fantasy VII, Final Fantasy VIII brings about a great combination of fantasy elements mixed with a high tech, sci fi look. However, beside its graphics, the Final Fantasy VIII would also be remembered for its great music and soundtracks. The musical score of the game is out of this world, with not a mistake.

However, game play is where the game begins to tilt a little. A completely new magical system is employed, and unlike Final Fantasy VII, players can now just draw spells from their enemies, which, in effect, allow almost every player to cast any type of spell. The magic points system has also been changed, and spells can also be shared among the characters. If you run out of a certain spell, all you have to do is find the right creature and replenish your spell power. Overall, the game play is not as bad as it seems, and the storyline however more than makes up for it.

The story revolves around Squall, who is the game’s main character. Final Fantasy VIII takes a different approach than its predecessors, and hence, rather than the story revolving around earth shattering events, it becomes more of a character driven work. Overall, this is a great game and sets a new trend in term of role playing games.