DEVELOPER: Attractive Games LTD
SYSTEM: Nintendo Wii
ESRB RATING: Everyone
REVIEW RATING: 3.5 stars (out of 5)
Delivering pizza brings back fond memories of the wild antics that I got into while working at a local pizza joint. I did everything from making pizzas to delivering them, all while playing practical jokes, so I was pleasantly surprised to discover Majesco’s cheesy family offering, “Pizza Delivery Boy.” If I could just find a way to earn real tips while playing, it would be the ultimate game!
Three Brothers Pizzeria used to be the epitome of pizza parlors, but fame made the owners smug and the quality of their product dropped. Now the townsfolk have risen against them, and only one of their restaurants remains. As the newest employee, it’s up to you, fledgling delivery boy, to help bring Three Brothers Pizzeria back to its former glory and make a name for yourself!
Players begin by learning how to make pizza, which requires the gathering of ingredients and actual assembly after a pizza is ordered. This is where the Wiimote is put to great use, as the player must pick up each topping and place it on the pizza using the pointer. It’s also necessary to shake the Wiimote around to sprinkle cheese on top. Players are then graded on each pizza after it is baked.
Now the real fun begins, as players must deliver the pizza to its location on time. Budding delivery boys will need the reflexes of Spider-Man to avoid the many obstacles that get in the way, including: oil slicks, bad drivers, hungry hobos and the environment. Good thing players can perform bunny hops and 360-degree spins to get out of sticky situations. Faster transportation in the form of mopeds, scooters and cars can be earned by performing well.
Various side missions earn more “dough” for the player and help keep “Pizza Delivery Boy” from becoming stale.
Don’t Even Bother with ‘Samurai Showdown Sen’
DEVELOPER: SNK PlayMore
SYSTEM: Microsoft Xbox 360
ESRB RATING: Mature
REVIEW RATING: 2 stars (out of 5)
Long, long ago, even before cell phones were invented, 3-D fighters were unheard of and the “Samurai Showdown” series ruled the arcades. This lightning quick 2-D fighter garnered quite a following, since it was one of the first to let players slice each other up with virtual weapons. Fast-forward to modern times. The latest version, dubbed “Samurai Showdown Sen,” has been remade in 3-D. It’s an ugly, boring, jerky, frustrating mess, but it’s in 3-D!
Thirteen well-known characters — like Haohmaru, Galford and Charlotte — return from the original game, while several new pugilists — such as Jinbei and Princess Suzu — make their debut. While they all share a similar basic move set, it’s their special moves that set them apart. Unfortunately, there are an extremely small number of special moves by today’s standards, which makes the whole experience very repetitive.
Combat is extremely jerky and not fluid whatsoever. It seems like the programmers didn’t bother to make each move seamlessly flow into other moves. This means that the animation from every move has to end before another move can be started, resulting in constantly mistimed command inputs. I can’t even begin to stress how frustrating it is to know that you are pushing the right buttons, but the game doesn’t recognize it.
There are a few new additions to the series, like the “Fatal Flash,” which can only be activated when the player has very low health. This surprising instant kill can end the battle in a blinding flash of steel; it provided the only fun moment I had while playing the game. Just when I thought I had lost the match, I lopped off my opponent’s arm and won before I even knew what happened.
It’s not even worth mentioning the online component because no one plays it online. In fact, it’s probably best to forget that “Samurai Showdown Sen” ever existed.
REVIEW SCORING SYSTEM
5 stars = Must Have
4 stars = Very Good
3 stars = Above Average
2 stars = Bargain Bin
1 star = Don’t Bother
Entertainment Software Rating Board (ESRB)
E10-plus: (Everyone 10 and older)
T: Teen (13 and older)
M: Mature (17 and older)
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