Zombie VS. Ambulance
It’s hard to think of a more exciting premise than speeding around a town which has been totally overrun with a zombie infestation. Perhaps the only thing cooler would be if you were driving an ambulance equipped with a giant spiked plow on the front and had to rescue the few remaining citizens which have not yet come into contact with the virus.
Ask and you shall receive; Japan’s Simple 2000 series has created just such an experience and it simply must be seen to be believed. As you pick up non-infected victims in your whining ambulance you gain points which can then be spent between levels on things like plows, spiked wheels, and even razorwire fencing.
Rhythm games are all the rage these days but before Guitar Hero and Rock Band were tearing up the sales charts there were more unique titles on offer for those who wanted to bring a little beat into their lives. Mojib Ribbon gives gamers the control of a cast of scribble-drawn characters as they color their world to the beat of a number of Japanese pop songs. Don’t fear, the music is so super-catchy that you honestly won’t mind that it’s in a totally different language from your own. In fact, you may even find yourself humming the Mojib Ribbon tunes for hours after you finish playing the game, they’re that good.
The game’s visuals are also a breathtaking sight as superbly-annimated oulines prance along the screen in sync with the tunes. Ribbon is truly a one-of-a-kind title that no import collection should be without.
Scrolling shooters are a bit of a lost art in this day of gaming which is why we are constantly pointed towards past generations to get our blast-em-up fix. In the case of Samurai Aces we are not only pointed to a past generation but also to a game that never made it to the shores of the Americas.
In Samurai Aces you take control of one of a number of ships and must, as most shooters go, destroy everything in your path. The graphics are crisp and colorful and the weapons are very much an out-of-this-world. Lasers, machine guns, and lightning blasters are just a few of the many gadgets that you’ll use to dispatch your enemies throughout the course of the game. It’s a fantastic example of a classic shooter, not to mention the fact that one of the ships looks JUST like an X-Wing. I mean how cool is that?!
One of the PlayStation 2’s most forward-thinking accessories was the EyeToy; a small camera that sits atop your TV and allows you to utilize additional functionality in some titles as well as play games that were specifically designed to be played with the device. Perhaps the best import PS2 title to use the EyeToy as an input method was Rhythm Star.
In Rhythm Star, the player appears on the TV screen itself and must use their arms and legs to hit the falling stars in time with the music beats. The game can become rather challenging but despite this it is still a blast to play with a room full of your friends and it can lead to some seriously crazy gestures. The game requires an EyeToy to function so make sure you hunt one of those down as well!