October 22nd, 2004, 08:52
First up is Crush, which seems to be taking a leaf out of Sega's Feel The Magic book by bringing dating to the DS. You can choose to play as a boy or girl as you embark on the "ultimate dating quest" and "enjoy the freedom to say and try anything". From bitter personal experience probably best not to say, "you're sexier than my girlfriend," then try and grope a stranger's bottom. On a train. At rush hour.[br][br]Crush promises witty humour that really "captures the essence of teen entertainment." Does this apparent proliferation of dating games say something about DS's intended target audience? Do they expect loveless losers with no social skills to be their mass market?[br][br]Or is it racing game fans? Asphalt Urban GT is a rather tasty looking racer featuring over 20 licensed cars from Lamborghini, Jaguar, Hummer, VW and Audi and eight tracks through real world locations. Full tuning and bodywork modding options are promised and the second screen is used both for fancy camera angles and to keep an eye on your rear bumper.[br][br]And finally we've got Rayman DS. The floaty freak will bounce around 45 levels all rendered in lovely, gorgeous DS 3D. In this instance the bottom screen will be used for inventories, maps and health bars.[br][br]All three Ubisoft games are due between the DS's US launch and Christmas. One thing's for sure: when the DS launches in the US on November 22, Japan on December 3, and Europe around next March, there'll be no shortage of eclectic games.