Forgive me for taking last week off, but I'm pretty sure you were able to decide for yourself if you wanted to drop $10 on Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe. A movie cash-in based on a film cashing in on the fantasy hype created by the Lord of the Rings film trilogy. Sounds like a lot of executive decisions went into making that one. Luckily, Sony is back to hardcore mode this week with a gem that just oozes with heart.
WinBack: Covert Operations actually started life as a Nintendo 64 game, blocky graphics and all. In 1999, Koei was still a huge player on the Japanese gaming scene, and they desperately needed an answer for Konami's Metal Gear Solid. This was the result.
Players take control of Jean-Luc Cougar, the coolest name a Japanese developer has ever given to white dude, during his mission to take down a terrorist group called the Crying Lions before they destroy the world with laser satellites. Jean-Luc Cougar must find the other members of the Special Covert Action Team (SCAT) and wrestle the satellite controls from heavily armed mercenaries before finally taking down the rogue villain Colonel Kenneth Coleman.
WinBack: Covert Operations got its PlayStation 2 port in 2001 and quickly found a whole new cult following amongst all the "meh" responses. This is what shooters were for consoles during an awkward time between GoldenEye laying the groundwork and Halo finally perfecting it. At the same time, there is the third person element which tries to replicate Metal Gear Solid's stealth mechanics and even an early attempt at a third person shooter covering system.
Of course, the game was bogged by weird controls, straightforward arcade style levels, and a localization that rang closer to the worst SEGA provided for House of the Dead and a lot of their Dreamcast games, hardly the universally praised effort put into Metal Gear Solid.
But that's exactly why you should try it out. It's an unashamed and unapologetic Japanese shooter from a time when they were trying to get anything to stick. The bad voice acting, cheap graphics, and insane character names are all part of the retro charm from a much simpler time.
Youngsters interested in how the shooter evolved can get a good lesson from this, and old timers who are a little tired of what shooters have evolved into can get a serious nostalgia fix out of this forgotten classic. It's still very playable, although gamers used to shooting with the shoulder buttons might have a hard time adjusting to the dated control scheme.
The Galaxy S20 Ultra's Space Zoom camera is amazing and a bit creepy
The Galaxy S20 Ultra supports up to 100X zoom, which Samsung calls Space Zoom, but is it any good? Can a phone really product usable photos at 100x zoom? We've got our Galaxy S20 Ultra already so join us to find out!
Win an iPhone, iPad and Apple Watch with the Reader's Choice giveaway!
What's the best phone of 2019? Is it the iPhone 11 Pro, Pixel 4 or OnePlus 7T? What about the best laptop, games console, tablet and more? Vote NOW in the Reader's Choice awards and win BIG in time for the holidays!
Here are the best products from IFA 2019!
Here are the products announced at IFA 2019 that were worthy of our Best of IFA 2019 awards. Also featuring MrMobile's single best product at the show!
These are the Star Wars Games you're looking for
Become one with the Force as we give you a list of our favorite Star Wars-themed games.