Take the shot – the illusion of skill and control in FIFA 04 and My Friend Pedro 

The gameplay similarities between a 16 year-old PS2 football simulation and a recently released 2D bullet-time stunt shooter on the Switch may not be immediately obvious. Yet both try to create a feeling of transcending all too human physical and mental limitations, with very different levels of success, argues Neil Merrett

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Eight button superheroes: the power fantasy of Marvel Ultimate Alliance

The colourful and diverse world of Marvel Comics is simplistically recreated in the New Ultimate Alliance game. At your disposal is a whole host of visually arresting superpowers, from electro webbing, to kicks from shapeshifting feet and insectoid energy attacks that are available to the player at the touch of a button – or eight of them rather.

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