Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Games

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Games

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Byline: SALLY CHATTERTON;NIGEL PIZEY

James Bond 007: Everything Or Nothing

GAME OF THE WEEK

GameCube, PlayStation 2, X-Box

Bond is back and he has never looked better. This extraordinary third-person adventure game plays brillantly, looks fabulous and will give you many sleepless nights.

Not simply another run-of-the-mill spin-off, Everything Or Nothing is a happy combination of well-executed gaming genres - stealth, shooter, beat-'em-up - with some spectacular driving scenes thrown in for good measure.

The environments are well built, the controls are effortless. All very impressive stuff. Better yet is the stellar line up of movie stars taking part. There's Brosnan, of course, looking and sounding impeccable, but Judi Dench is also in there, Willem Dafoe and John Cleese, among others. The game doesn't stick to a familiar film storyline, but is a conflation of many, which means that old favourites, like Jaws, pop up to give Bond a run for his money. Gameplay is varied: at times, your next move is signposted a little too helpfully, but at others, the action is challenging and close to frustrating. That quirk aside, however, and you have thoroughly rewarding play. For once, a game that is unputdownable. SALLY CHATTERTON

BEYOND GOOD AND EVIL

GameCube, PlayStation 2, X-Box

A game that is a real pleasure to play, and has an interesting spin on the usual fighting platformers. You play female photographer Jade who, to make money, must capture on film all the bizarre fauna that inhabits your world as well as snapping the alien enemies for evidence against their nastiness.

There is also a good deal of butt kicking, too. This is a game that hits all the right buttons - it looks great, it's simple to play and is instantly immersive. Thoroughly entertaining, this is hard to fault. NP

PUYO POP FEVER

GameCube, PlayStation 2, X-Box

Sega have spruced up their unblushing rip-off of the iconic stacking puzzler, Tetris, for the three big consoles. With PPF, instead of blocks of four bricks, you match up sets of two colour-coded beans; once you have a set of four similar coloured blobs, they explode. …

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