The Roots: Gates of Chaos
The Roots: Gates of Chaos is standing on the shoulders of giants here, and RPG-starved N-Gage gamers will reap the sweet fruit of this copycat move.
Even as a mindless button-masher, WWE Aftershock isn't particularly successful.
Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell 3D
As Sam Fisher, Third Echelon's most skilled Splinter Cell operative, you are assigned to execute a hazardous series of operations to investigate and eliminate a new source of information attacks originating in North Korea. At your disposal is a lethal array of tactics ranging from Combat Knife techniques to experimental prototype weapons skills and more-radical hand-to-hand techniques such as the Inverted Chokehold.
This simple maze-running game from Nokia and Iomo epitomizes everything that's great and unique about the N-Gage.
SSX Out of Bounds
There's enough of the SSX spirit in Out of Bounds to have some fun.
The King of Fighters Extreme
The King of Fighters Extreme has all the makings of a great portable fighting game. Unfortunately, a consistently sluggish frame rate seriously hurts the experience.
This game is a PSN version of the popular German board game, a medieval-themed exercise in resource management for two to four players.
Pathway to Glory
While the promise of true online play remains somewhat unfulfilled, Pathway to Glory is still a compelling turn-based strategy game.
Pocket Kingdom: Own the World
There is a core idea here that is quite sound, and it's unfortunately undermined by a series of poor design choices.
The Elder Scrolls Travels: Shadowkey
Technological hurdles cripple the gameplay, making Shadowkey little more than a failed attempt to simulate the Elder Scrolls PC experience.
Requiem of Hell
Requiem of Hell is an upcoming N-Gage dungeon crawler from Beijing-based Digital-Red, the makers of several titles for Nokia's Series 60 platform.
Asphalt: Urban GT
It doesn't really take great advantage of many of the features that make the DS unique, but Asphalt is still fundamentally an enjoyable arcade-style racer, regardless of the platform.
Shade: Wrath of Angels
This action-adventure game will feature a dynamic camera, realistic lighting and shadows, and detailed 3D environments.
Operation Shadow is a deeply flawed action game that's impossible to recommend.
FIFA Soccer 2005
This is EA Sports' best soccer game to date on the pitch, but it's really unfortunate that the career mode isn't more user-friendly.
Colin McRae Rally 2005
The PSP version of Colin McRae Rally 2005 features a variety of gameplay modes, wireless network play, and more.
X-Men Legends is a great action RPG that packs in some strong action with a well-told story.
Spider-Man 2 is a good game, but its repetitive gameplay, combined with an open-ended design, also makes it feel like a missed opportunity.
Unfortunately, a bevy of technical problems make portions of the game feel sloppy and unfinished, such that even diehard fans of the series will have a hard time liking Driver 3.
While much of the visual style and sound design in Ashen pay homage to id Software's brand of devil enthusiasm, the game itself is neither as inspired or technically accomplished.
Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon: Jungle Storm
Jungle Storm is a decent enough vehicle for more Ghost Recon, if that's what you're after, but the franchise is really starting to show its age at this late date.
The Sims Bustin' Out
The Sims Bustin' Out makes good, solid improvements over its predecessor and stands on its own as a great version of The Sims for consoles.
Crash Nitro Kart
Crash Nitro Kart is the best option to come along in a long while, and it's a totally respectable kart-racing game on its own, regardless of how derivative it may be.