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Football legends offer high-impact action

Getting the chance to play football legends in All-Pro Football 2K8 is a pretty enjoyable experience.

All-Pro Football 2K8

Publisher: 2K Sports

Platforms: PlayStation 3, Xbox 360

Rating: E — Everybody 10+

Game type: Sports

*** 1/2 (out of 5)

What’s the premise?

Take some of the greatest players in football history, mix and match them into a team and take them on the field for some high-impact action in the first new football game from 2K Sports since NFL 2K5 (after which the Madden franchise scooped the exclusive rights to the NFL and its players).

This game is most similar to…?

It may as well be called NFL 2K8 since it plays just like the former franchise.

Is it appropriate for young gamers?

Only if they’re into football simulation games and knows who Roger Staubach is and why he’s so great.

One player or more?

You take John Elway and Walter Payton and I’ll pick Joe Montana and Barry Sanders and we’ll all have a fun night of gaming together.

What’s missing?

A franchise mode would have been nice, but the chance to play mix and match the over 240 players at the beginning of every new season is cool, too.

The (not-so) secret to success is…?

Choose wisely. If you stack your lineup with only offensive legends, your defence will stink and vice-versa.

And in the end?

All-Pro Football 2K8 won’t satisfy your need to see the Detroit Lions finally make the playoffs (let alone win a Super Bowl), but getting the chance to play some legends of the game again does make it a pretty enjoyable experience.

Mario Strikers Charged

Publisher: Nintendo

Platforms: Wii

Rating: E — Everybody 10+

Game type: Sports

****

What’s the premise?

It’s soccer: Mario style! Choose from Nintendo’s famous pint-sized plumber or nine other familiar characters and build a team for some fast-paced, four-on-four footy action featuring lightning-fast shots and tricks galore.

This game is most similar to…?

Mario Strikers for GameCube.

Is it appropriate for young gamers?

There’s some mild violence — including high explosives and a giant stomping people into the pitch — when you unleash some of those trick shots, so the Everyone 10+ recommendation sounds about right.

One player or more?

Charged is an awesome multiplayer experience in your living room and there’s online play, too.

What’s missing?

The case of Jolt cola you’ll need for you and your friends to stay up all night playing this.

The (not-so) secret to success is…?

The easiest way to win is to use a megastrike, in which you hold down a button to charge up a kick and then launch multiple balls at your opponent’s beleaguered goaltender. Finding the open field to take these shots on offence (before you get tackled) and learning how to defend them using your Wii-mote when they happen to you will decide your fate.

And in the end?

Mario Strikers Charged takes all the elements that made its GameCube predecessor good, fixes most of its shortcomings and the result is one of the most unconventional and addictive sports games of the year.

jonathan.kuehlein@metronews.ca

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