Sunday 25 February 2018

DVD reviews

Ronan Price

Ronan Price

deus ex: the fall

iPad

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The iOS catalogue is littered with failed attempts to convert successful console franchises to touchscreen gaming.

You certainly can't fault the ambition of The Fall, an offshoot of the complex Deus Ex universe of stealthy infiltration by digitally enhanced humans.

First impressions are set to stun: a gorgeously realised vision of an amber-hued near-future.

Controls, so often the bane of such conversions, fit comfortably under the thumbs as you furtively flit through the labyrinthine sci-fi plot.

Up to the point where you fire your first shot, The Fall holds it together with assured grace. But when the lead starts flying, the wheels come off with vigour.

Sludgy aiming, gormless enemy AI and inexplicably invulnerable goons turn The Fall into a fall guy. You also begin to notice some of the cringeworthy voice-acting and things don't look so peachy at all.

Yet if you can steer clear of confrontations, which is possible, The Fall offers several hours of classy entertainment for a fiver.

mighty switch force 2

Nintendo 3DS download

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You may have missed the original MSF but never fear, MSF2 plays like a greatest-hits version of this clever but limited side-scrolling platform puzzler.

Visually charming and aurally wacky, MSF2 pitches you on a rescue mission with the twist being your ability to switch platforms on and off. Layered atop this test of reactions is the requirement to defeat enemies and clear hazards with a giant water pistol.

It's short and sweet but a cheap €5 download too.

aqua moto racing 3d

Nintendo 3DS download

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The low-ish cost of this game shouldn't be an excuse for the jet-ski racer, but it would be a better punt at €5 rather than its price tag of €10.

Then it would be easier to forgive its technical shortcomings – which include chugging slowly with many riders on-screen or obscuring the slalom courses with excessive water spray.

Aqua Moto's mix of stunt riding and high-speed racing has its merits, but wait until it goes down in price at least.

Irish Independent

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