P377 Teletext 377 Dec11 23:18:13       ——————————————————————————————  BLINX 2 (XBOX)  IN SHORT: Time-travelling platform game with the world's worst games mascot. PROS: The time control gameplay has some merit as an idea (in Prince Of Persia). CONS: The graphics and level design are almost completely awful. SCORE: 4/10 Out: Now (UK) ——————————————————————————————————1/11— GET THE HOTTEST TONES FIRST ITV p355 Charts Inbox TV Guide Kids
P377 Teletext 377 Dec11 23:18:22       ——————————————————————————————  MOH: PACIFIC ASSAULT (PC)  IN SHORT: Medal Of Honor: Rising Sun for the PC, except not quite as bad. PROS: High production values, some exciting set pieces and plenty of flag waving. CONS: Unimpressive graphics, weak AI and often random gameplay. SCORE: 6/10 Out: Now (UK) ——————————————————————————————————2/11— Readers' Top 20 of 2004 378 Make your mobile cool Visit the PhoneZone ITV1 p590 Charts Inbox TV Guide Kids
P377 Teletext 377 Dec11 23:18:46       ——————————————————————————————  CALL OF DUTY: FINEST HOUR (XB)  IN SHORT: Superior, but still flawed WWII shooter that falls short of the PC original. PROS: Harrowing cinematic atmosphere that often feels all too realistic. CONS: Frequently pedestrian level design and weak sound effects. SCORE: 7/10 Out: Now (UK) ——————————————————————————————————3/11— GameCentral index 375 GET THE HOTTEST TONES FIRST ITV p355 Charts Inbox TV Guide Kids
P377 Teletext 377 Dec11 23:11:05       ——————————————————————————————  ZOO TYCOON 2 (PC)  IN SHORT: Theme Zoo in all but name, except minus the humour and with very little to do. PROS: Excellent interactive encyclopaedia and easy to use controls and interface. CONS: As a game it's far too easy and limited and the cartoon animals are very odd. SCORE: 4/10 Out: Now (UK) ——————————————————————————————————4/11— Multiformat Charts 378 GET THE HOTTEST TONES FIRST ITV p355 Charts Inbox TV Guide Kids
P377 Teletext 377 Dec11 23:16:19       ——————————————————————————————  PRINCE OF PERSIA: WW (PS2)  IN SHORT: Dumbed down sequel with some still exquisite gameplay but no class. PROS: Excellent graphics and controls, plus the superb time controls. CONS: Grotesque new stylings and less complex platforming almost ruin proceedings. SCORE: 7/10 Out: Now (UK) ——————————————————————————————————5/11— Your favourite Channel 4 shows 400 GET A BRAND NEW SEAT IBIZA FOR PENNIES? SEE p684 Charts Inbox TV Guide Kids
P377 Teletext 377 Dec11 23:16:24       ——————————————————————————————  THE INCREDIBLES (PS2)  IN SHORT: Utterly workmanlike movie tie-in that copies several other superior games. PROS: You do occasionally wish Elastigirl was in a better game of her own. CONS: Dull, often unfair, gameplay married to every gaming cliche in the book. SCORE: 5/10 Out: Now (UK) ——————————————————————————————————6/11— Game entral Top 20 of 2004 378 Make your mobile cool Visit the PhoneZone ITV1 p590 Charts Inbox TV Guide Kids
P377 Teletext 377 Dec11 23:16:45       ——————————————————————————————  MIAMI VICE (PS2)  IN SHORT: Utterly appalling third person shooter, which not even a budget price can save. PROS: Er... some of the music is quite nice. If you happen to like Jan Hammer. CONS: Everything. In particular the control system, the camera and the graphics. SCORE: 2/10 OUT: Now (UK) ——————————————————————————————————7/11— Ace teen mag 380 For all the seasonal fun in your area go to our Christmas event guide p370 Charts Inbox TV Guide Kids
P377 Teletext 377 Dec11 23:16:09       ——————————————————————————————  A SERIES OF UNFORTUNATE EVENTS  IN SHORT: Book/movie tie-in that's light on gameplay but heavy on authenticity. PROS: Decent graphics, good atmosphere and largely non-irritating gameplay. CONS: Nothing in the game requires any real skill or intelligence. SCORE: 4/10 OUT: Now (UK) ——————————————————————————————————8/11— Travel the world with Teletext 170 ITV1 TURNER THE WORM p394 Charts Inbox TV Guide Kids
P377 Teletext 377 Dec11 23:17:13       ——————————————————————————————  READER REVIEW: DARK CHRONICLES  I picked up Dark Chronicle expecting it to be a decent RPG that mostly relied on its beautiful graphics. How wrong I was. This game is simply stunning, from the excellent storyline to the brilliant characters, not to mention the stunning graphics and the many original side quests to be done. Over 60 hours of in-depth RPG gaming is to be had in this sequel to Dark Cloud. ——————————————————————————————————9/11— e-mail us: gamecentral@teletext.co.uk TURNER THE WORM p394 Charts Inbox TV Guide Kids
P377 Teletext 377 Dec11 23:17:32       ——————————————————————————————  READER REVIEW: DARK CHRONICLES  Those expecting the usual boring game that would alienate the less-hardcore gamers will be shocked to find that this game will appeal to anyone who gives its genteel charms a chance. Side quests include fishing, an addictive game of golf (called Spheda), photo taking and inventing new things to use. Each one adds up to 10 hours of gameplay to an already expansive game. ——————————————————————————————————10/11 e-mail us: gamecentral@teletext.co.uk TURNER THE WORM p394 Charts Inbox TV Guide Kids
P377 Teletext 377 Dec11 23:13:57       ——————————————————————————————  READER REVIEW: DARK CHRONICLES  Are there any downsides? Well, going through what seems like hundreds of dungeons does take its toll. The monster transformation and the side quests keep things interesting though. Add the excellent music, the unique way of levelling up your characters and the many different weapons to be had and you have yourself a great game. SCORE: 9/10 ——————————————————————————————————11/11 by Ben Beresford TURNER THE WORM p394 Charts Inbox TV Guide Kids