The ultimate party game

<p>The greatest game show in the galaxy is back as you battle it out in over 40 crazy and creative mini-games to claim top prize.</p><p> </p>


 



 

 

If gaming is a social thing in your world, then Fusion Frenzy 2 is for you. Up to four players can participate in the over 40 crazy and creative mini-games available.

 




Fusion Frenzy 2

Publisher: Microsoft

Platforms: Xbox 360

Rating: E — Everyone 10+

Game type: Party

Rating: **** (out of five)





• What’s the premise?


The greatest game show in the galaxy is back as you battle it out in over 40 crazy and creative mini-games to claim top prize.





• This game is most similar to…?


The 1987 Arnold Schwarzenegger film, The Running Man, but with less blood and cheesy dialogue.





• Can I let my kid/kid brother play it?


Some of the mini-games require you to enthusiastically beat the heck out of your rivals and push them into lava, electric fences, etc. If you’re cool with that, then go nuts.





• One player or more?


Fusion Frenzy 2 is the ultimate party game — the best reason to own four 360 controllers. And when your pals can’t play with you, take it online and school some anonymous punks.





• The (not-so) secret to success is…?


Play your cards right. The host of the show doles out cards as rewards for winning mini-games that can be used to multiply your point totals and even to diminish those of your opponents. Learning when to use those cards can mean the difference between being a champ and being a chump.





• And in the end?


If gaming is social thing in your world, Fusion Frenzy 2 is an absolute must.









Rogue Galaxy

Publisher: Sony Computer Entertainment

Platforms: PlayStation 2

Rating: T — Teen

Game type: Role playing

Rating: ****





• What’s the premise?


It’s time for some spacebound swashbuckling as you guide would-be-space-pirate Jaster Rogue and he companions throughout the galaxy in search of treasures and adventure.





• This game is most similar to…?


Hmmm… kid from a desert planet, yearns for adventure in space, meets up with space pirate — what was that movie called…? You know, the one by that Lucas fella?





• Can I let my kid/kid brother play it?


Even though Rogue Galaxy has a very kid-friendly, anime look, there’re lots of swords, guns and big, bad boogedies so you might want to save this one for the tweens and up.





• One player or more?


You’re all alone in this galaxy.





• The (not-so) secret to success is…?


Jaster and his pals scoop up a lot of different items in their travels and when you combine them they can add up to more powers and skills to make your treasure hunting go a little easier.





• And in the end?


Rogue Galaxy boasts over 100 hours of gameplay, so it isn’t for the passive gamer. But for those who love RPGs it has a very epic feel, slick graphics — especially for the PS2 — and will be sure to please.









Elebits

Publisher: Konami

Platforms: Nintendo Wii

Rating: E — Everyone

Game type: Action

Rating: *** ½





• What’s the premise?


The power is out all over town and the 10-year-old Kai thinks the Elebits, cute little creatures that contain a mysterious type of energy, are to blame. So he grabs his “capture gun” (and you grab your Wii-mote) and sets out to find as many Elebits as it takes to restore things to normal.





• This game is most similar to…?


Ghostbusters meets Pokemon.





• Can I let my kid/kid brother play it?


My three-and-a-half-year-old son gave it a crack and announced after about 10 minutes it was too hard. I bet if he were a few years older he’d never let me near it.





• One player or more?


It’s all you (that way you don’t have to worry about crossing the streams).





• The (not-so) secret to success is…?


Leave no stone unturned. Those little creatures can be in, under and behind almost anything, so don’t hesitate to check everything out.





• And in the end?


Elebits’ developers did a great job of taking advantage of the motion-sensitive Wii-mote in gameplay. Opening drawers, turning doorknobs and picking things up are really intuitive and, although the premise is a little kiddish, it really is quite addictive.




jonathan.kuehlein@metronews.ca

 
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