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PC Game Reviews

By Gavin Phipps  /  STAFF REPORTER

Sadly it's not all good news for Rainbow Six fans, as Lockdown is not as graphically pleasing as the brilliant Rainbow Six: Black Arrow. The team looks different and instead of PC quality graphics the manufacturers have gone for a more generic arcade look.

While the game is graphically a step backwards, the AI is worthy of applause. Enemy combatants never appear in the same place twice and they now have the ability to plant mines and booby traps, run away from grenade attacks and on occasion attempt to outflank the Rainbow Six team.

The Sims 2: Nightlife

Publisher: EA Games

Platform: PC

Taiwan Release: Already available

Nightlife will please any Sims

gamer who has become weary of building homes and dressing up. The latest addition to the ever-increasing Sims titles adds more items and more animation to the basic game than ever before, and allows gamers to take their Sims out on the town.

The crux of Sims 2: Nightlife is the mini-dating game, but along with trying to meet the Sims woman or man of their dreams, players also get to interact with a wide array of other Sims in a heap of new and varied locales. The all-new downtown area includes dance clubs, shops, restaurants, lounges, bowling alleys and parks.

In order to make the Sims a big hit on the social scene EA has revamped the game's tried and tested interface. It now includes a myriad of new features like the ability to ask other Sims questions about themselves. This makes arranging parties, nights out at the bowling alley and of course dating a whole lot easier, well, in principle anyway.

Dates and outings involve inviting an individual or group of people out for the evening and then keeping them entertained. It might sound easy, especially if the gamer considers him or herself to be a bit of a socialite. Players will discover, however, that controlling the Sims' social scene is not as easy as controlling their own.

Keeping a group entertained is difficult and success depends on the personalities or relationships between the other members of the group.

Players can take their Sims out for a night on the town, get drunk and fight, but they won't score too many points for this. Alternately they can take large groups bowling and if the evening proves a success friendship points go up.

The most important part of the game is the new dating mode. Here gamers get to implement a heap of new actions, but before we go any further, full on sex is not one of them.

While players can interact with their dates, ask personal questions and prove a hit with the other party, the goal of the game is not to bed the date but to score the highest possible rating.

Evil Dead: Regeneration

Publisher: THQ

Platform: PS2, X-Box and PC

Taiwan Release: Late October

Evil Dead: Regeneration is a fun game to play, especially for gamers who happen to be fans of B-movie zombie flicks, but it is marred by a few bugs and at times some annoying

presentation.

The game begins with its hero, Ash, being attacked by hoards of the undead while resting up in a cabin. Predictably enough Ash manages to slay all the zombies and in turn expects to be rewarded for his efforts. The authorities, however, are none too pleased and pack him off to the Sunny Meadows asylum for the criminally insane.

It's here the game really begins, as Ash soon discovers that the asylum is in fact a front for the evil Doctor Vingo who is carrying out all kinds of morbid experiments with dead bodies. From this point on the story line disappears and the sole point of the game is to kill the scores of undead who have been unleashed by Doctor Vingo.

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