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Multiplayer games - local network DS

Playing multiplayer games over local area network (LAN) is a somewhat forgotten form of multiplayer, which had its heyday in the 1990s when Internet cafes were extremely popular. In LAN, players don't need to connect via the Internet, because their computers or consoles are directly connected to each other (wirelessly or with the use of network cables). This form of multiplayer is usually chosen by people who get together in one place (called LAN parties).

Anno: Create a New World
Anno: Create a New World

Strategy 20 May 2009

The fourth major installment in the popular series of economy simulators that began in 1998. It was developed by Related Designs, a subsidiary of Ubisoft. As the title says, the action takes place in the Middle Ages during the Age of Discovery, and the players assume the role of colonists who managed to reach the eastern coast of Asia. The gameplay mechanics do not deviate from the well-known standards of the series. Starting out with a modest colony established on a remote island, we have to develop it and transform subsequent cities into metropolises brimming with life. Anno 1404 offers a sophisticated economy model that involves creating complex production chains as well as effective trade and diplomacy. Among this myriad of lesser novelties, especially noteworthy one is the sandbox mode that allows us to play freely without any plot limitations.

NDS

Need for Speed: Most Wanted (2005)
Need for Speed: Most Wanted (2005)

Racing 15 November 2005

The ninth installment in a legendary racing game franchise created by Electronic Arts company. After two Underground games, featuring illegal night street races, the franchise went back to its roots, combining ideas from the two most recent titles with classic elements. The player’s goal is to climb to the top of a black list of the most wanted drivers. Again you get to explore a huge virtual city, taking on different racing challenges. These include circuit, sprint, drag, elimination, time trial, speed challenge, and police pursuit. After completing enough of these you can challenge subsequent drivers from the black list. Apart from elements typical for the series, such as licensed cars and diverse soundtrack, the game features complex car customization, both in terms of appearance and performance.

NDS

Disciples II: Dark Prophecy
Disciples II: Dark Prophecy

Strategy canceled

A turn-based strategy embedded in the reality of fantasy, which is a direct continuation of Disciples: Sacred Lands. We enter a magical world reminiscent of the Middle Ages, where four races fight for vast territories. Compared to the previous part, graphics, user interface and artificial intelligence of opponents have been improved. The game has a multiplayer mode for up to four players.

NDS

LEGO Star Wars: The Complete Saga
LEGO Star Wars: The Complete Saga

Action 06 November 2007

Complete edition of two bestselling games from the LEGO series, based on the first six movie episodes of Star Wars (divided into classic and new trilogy). LEGO Star Wars: The Complete Saga consists of 2005’s LEGO Star Wars and its year younger sequel, LEGO Star Wars: The Original Trilogy. They are no different from the earlier productions from TT Games studio (previously known as Traveller’s Tale), both games being colorful action adventure games with platformer features. During the game (alone or in cooperation for two players) we play as numerous characters from the legendary galactic saga and visit locations shown in the movies. Plotwise, both titles have been combined into a single, epic tale, with additional stage in episode V and completely new Challenge mode in the form of time trials, in which the players have to collect a required number of items as quickly as possible.

NDS

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3

Action 08 November 2011

The third part in the first-person shooter series being one of the spin-offs of the Call of Duty franchise. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 was developed by Infinity Ward with the assistance from other development studios owned by Activision – e.g. Raven Software and Sledgehammer Games. The plot continues the action of the first two installments of the game. Players are presented with the further fates of the members of Task Force 141 as they try to eliminate the leader of the Russian Ultranationalists responsible for the outbreak of the international conflict. Developers draw on the well-proven formula employed by the previous installments, such as the spectacular, yet heavily-scripted single player campaign, dynamic shootouts and numerous multiplayer modes. The fourth generation of the IW Engine provides high-level audio-visuals.

NDS

Super Mario 64 DS
Super Mario 64 DS

Arcade 20 November 2004

Super Mario 64 DS is the conversion of the first three-dimensional platformer released in 1996 to the Nintendo 64 console. The introduction of graphical improvements, new missions and a touch screen has successfully refreshed this somewhat dusty position. Super Mario 64 DS produced and released the well-known company Nintendo.

NDS

Call of Duty: Black Ops
Call of Duty: Black Ops

Action 09 November 2010

A first-person shooter, the seventh installment in the Call of Duty series, and a start of a new sub-series. The game was developed by studio Treyarch, the team responsible for Call of Duty: World at War. The story campaign of Call of Duty: Black Ops is presented in the form of flashbacks suffered by the main protagonist, Alex Mason. Having previously worked for the CIA as a field operative, in his memories Mason returns to the age of Cold War. The game offers several single and multiplayer modes, including cooperation and zombie mode. Call of Duty: Black Ops is is powered by modified versions of IW Engine 3.0 and Demonware.

NDS

Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare
Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare

Action 05 November 2007

The fourth installment in an overwhelmingly popular first-person shooter series from Infinity Ward. This time the developers from Encino, California, have decided to break away from the tradition of making World War 2 games and set the action of their new game in modern times. Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare’s story features a conflict with Russian ultranationalist faction, led by an unpredictable individual named Imran Zakhaev. Players get to witness the events through the eyes of several soldiers, including members of the British SAS and US Marines. The main story campaign consists of a series of missions set in different parts of the world. Gameplay relies heavily on cinematic, scripted shooting sequences. In addition to the single player mode the game includes expanded online multiplayer. When it comes to technology, Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare is powered by IW Engine.

NDS

Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: Echoes of Time
Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: Echoes of Time

RPG 29 January 2009

The next part of the FF Crystal Chronicles mini-series. The RPG game offers the possibility of having fun online to users of both Nintendo consoles, for which it was released.

NDS

Pokemon Platinum
Pokemon Platinum

RPG 22 May 2009

Pokémon Platinum is another game in which we can become a trainer of popular Pokemons. It complements the other titles of the series - Diamond and Pearl - while being their improved version.

NDS

Anno 1701: Dawn of Discovery
Anno 1701: Dawn of Discovery

Strategy 24 August 2007

Anno 1701 is a position that will be of particular interest to lovers of the laborious development and expansion of overseas properties and growing into power through skillful, economical manoeuvres.

NDS

Magical Starsign
Magical Starsign

RPG 23 October 2006

Magical Vacation is a far eastern game of the genre cRPG, whose action takes place mainly in space. The production of this title is the responsibility of 10TACLE STUDIOS, and the issue is handled by the Nintendo corporation.

NDS

Need for Speed: Underground 2
Need for Speed: Underground 2

Racing 27 May 2005

A sequel to Need for Speed: Underground, a best-selling 2003 game from Electronic Arts, which changed the shape of one of the most popular car racing franchises. The game takes you to a virtual metropolis that thrives after dark. For the first time in the history of the franchise, the city is completely open for exploration. As you ride around its streets you can challenge the drivers you meet on the way or learn more about the favorite locations of the street racing community. The gameplay mechanics did not change much; rather, the developers focused on an even more detailed recreations of licensed cars and car parts used for tuning. The game’s graphics were noticeably improved, featuring all sorts of new visual effects. The soundtrack keeps equally high level, as usually featuring songs by famous artists across a wide spectrum of genres.

NDS

The Sims 2
The Sims 2

Simulation 24 October 2005

A sequel to the bestselling human life simulation game – The Sims (2000). The Sims 2 was developed by Maxis Studio (SimCity, EA Land, and others) in cooperation with the Electronic Arts company. Players again take care of virtual characters leading them through their entire lives – from early childhood till elderly age. The main goal is to achieve as high Life Score as possible, which stands for how well a sim leads his/her life. When compared with its predecessor, The Sims 2 offers much more complex character creator and a wider array of available objects. A new, more efficient game engine allowed for presenting the life of the sims in fully 3D graphics.

NDS

New Super Mario Bros.
New Super Mario Bros.

Arcade 15 May 2006

New Super Mario Bros. for the pocket console Nintendo DS, is a refreshed version of the classic item from 1985. Producers are returning to their roots, offering us a two-dimensional platformer containing 3D graphics based on polygons.

NDS

Call of Duty: World at War
Call of Duty: World at War

Action 11 November 2008

A spectacular first-person shooter (FPS) set during the Second World War. The game was developed by Treyarch, Activision’s subsidiary. It’s three-chapter campaign spans across the years 1942-1945, being set on Southern Pacific and the Eastern front. We observe the events from the perspectives of three soldier (two Americans and one Russian), and we get to take part in such military operations as the defense of Stalingrad or the Battle of Okinawa. As usual in the Call of Duty series, the missions are heavily scripted to make the action seem more cinematic. Gameplay boils down to shooting sequences, in which we use a variety of historical weapons. In addition to a single player campaign the game also includes online multiplayer with new game modes: co-op and Nazi Zombie.

NDS

Race Driver: GRID
Race Driver: GRID

Racing 05 August 2008

A racing game which is a direct continuation to the TOCA Touring Cars and TOCA Race Driver series developed by Codemasters. Contrary to the studio's other flagship franchise, DiRT, this game is focused on street and speedway races in which we sit behind the wheel of the most popular cars of the world, all of them licensed. The fun takes place in three different locations that offer us slightly different kinds of competition. With progress, we unlock new tournaments and vehicles. In the United States, we mostly race on the asphalt streets of American metropolises. In Europe, we compete primarily on speedways in such places as Donington, Silverstone, or Nurburgring. In Japan, drift is the most popular kind of races, taking place in cities and winding mountain roads. One of the title’s highlight is the realistic driving model. The game also features the DiRT series' replay system which allows us to rewind and retry a failed fragment of a race.

NDS

LEGO Batman: The Videogame
LEGO Batman: The Videogame

Arcade 23 September 2008

Another production by Traveller's Tales, blending the world of the Danish bricks with the universe of Batman, known from comics and movies. As you play as the eponymous hero, accompanied by his sidekicks, your task is to fight the chaos unleashed upon the streets of Gotham by such villains as the Joker, Penguin, and Two-Face. The gameplay focuses on exploring the LEGO brick world, fighting enemies, and solving simple puzzles. You can play LEGO Batman: The Video game in a co-op mode with a friend; apart from Bruce Wayne's friends (such as Robin or Alfred), you can also choose from a range of villains, which also allows the players to fight each other. Regardless of platform (the game was released for PC Windows as well as stationary and portable consoles), the game features pleasant visuals.

NDS

Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars
Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars

Action 17 March 2009

A spin-off to the bestselling Grand Theft Auto series, at first developed for Nintendo DS and PlayStation Portable handhelds and later converted to mobile devices as well. The story takes place in Liberty City, a place well known to the fans of the series. As Huang Lee, member of a Chinese criminal group, the player is trying to prove his worth, avenge the death of his father, and reclaim a valuable sword that for centuries was the symbol of his family’s power. The gameplay mechanics are similar to previous installments in the series, except for the missions being slightly shorter and the fact that the player can repeat failed actions. Other important changes include an auto-aim system, simplified driving mechanics, and the necessity of destroying police cars. A new interface and various mini-games were added to the game as well. The graphics of the game utilize cel-shading technology, combining the classic top-down view and isometric perspective.

NDS

My Horse and Me 2
My Horse and Me 2

Sports 31 October 2008

A sequel to the sports-simulation game that focuses on horses and horsemanship. This time around, we assume the role of a teenager who dreams of a professional jockey career. In order to accomplish her goal, she arrives at the farm of her uncle’s, a racehorse breeder, but it quickly turns out that the facility goes through some financial difficulties and its personnel is not exactly qualified. The only way to save the stable from bankruptcy is to win a prestigious competition in Kentucky. My Horse and Me 2, much like its predecessor, focuses primarily on realism, offering an exclusive license of the FEI, a global equestrian sports organization. In the title, we take part in a number of varied mini-games that improve our horse’s skills. We also have to take care of the animal and even beautify it in order to please the demanding jury. One of the title’s advantages is the emphasis on creating a specific bond between the rider and his mount.

NDS

Pokemon Diamond
Pokemon Diamond

RPG 22 April 2007

Pokemon Diamond is the next installment of a very popular worldwide RPG game designed for portable Nintendo consoles. After very successful versions of Emerald, Fire Red/Leaf Green and Sapphire written especially for GBA, the time has come for NDS owners to get the opportunity to play as a Pokemon trainer.

NDS

Pokemon Pearl
Pokemon Pearl

RPG 22 April 2007

Pokemon Pearl is the next installment of a very popular worldwide RPG game designed for portable Nintendo consoles. After very successful versions of Emerald, Fire Red/Leaf Green and Sapphire written especially for GBA, the time has come for NDS owners to get the opportunity to play as a Pokemon trainer.

NDS

Scooby-Doo! First Frights
Scooby-Doo! First Frights

Adventure 22 September 2009

An adventure and arcade game in which we follow the fate of Scooby and his friends. During the game we visit four haunted locations, including the old castle and the ship's ghost.

NDS

GoldenEye 007
GoldenEye 007

Action 02 November 2010

A remake of the classic first-person shooter, originally released in 1997 for Nintendo 64. The story is loosely based on the 1995's film of the same title, which tells the story of a prototype Russian satellite weapon capable of destroying the balance of power in the world. In search of it, James Bond visits various locations around the world, including some that were absent from the movie (Kyrgyzstan for example). In the story campaign, 007 not only has to deal with regular enemy soldiers, but also with eight classic villains, serving as the game's boss characters. In comparison to the original game, the protagonist has many more offensive skills (hand-to-hand combat was improved, Bond can perform sneak attacks for example) as well as an expanded set of moves (for instance, jumping over obstacles). The experience is complemented by a multiplayer mode and completely new visuals.

NDS