538 System requirements: Windows XP (SP3), Windows Vista (SP1 or Windows 7; 2 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo or 2 GHz AMD Athlon 64 X2 or better; 2 GB or more RAM (2 GB for Windows Vista (SP1)); 8x DVD drive or faster; at least 9 GB of free hard disc space; DirectX 9.0c compatible video card (512 MB, details of supported video cards on container); DirectX 9.0c compatible sound card; may be controlled by keyboard, mouse, or Microsoft XBox 360 Controller for Windows.
520 "In the role of a soldier, alone in a devastated urban jungle, players use the super-human abilities provided by a technologically advanced suit to save the world from alien invaders, as they battle through the first-person shooter sequel, Crysis 2. As in the first game, the hero's most important weapon is a high-tech suit that integrates with his body to provide increased defense, enhanced stealth, and various offensive capabilities. The sequel's enemy aliens employ improved situational intelligence and group tactics, calling on players to approach each situation strategically and make the most of the array of powers provided by the suit. Written by science fiction author Richard Morgan, the story takes place in an embattled New York City. The metropolis crumbles under a full-on invasion, as aliens return in force to annihilate humankind. Conventional weapons and warfare fail against the onslaught, leaving Earth's salvation to the wearer of the revolutionary Nanosuit 2. Using the integrated stealth, strength, and special abilities provided by the futuristic armor -- along with a selection of highly destructive weapons -- players embark on dangerous missions to strike at crucial vulnerabilities and sabotage the alien assault. The game's multiplayer options include "Crash Site," a team-based mode in which players compete for control of resources that appear regularly on the battlefield, and "Team Instant Action," for pick-up-and-play, squad-based deathmatches."--All game guide.
538 For use only with Xbox 360 entertainment systems with "NTSC" designation; Xbox Live features optional.
500 Banjo-Kazooie is a three dimensional platform style action game; Viva piñata is a life development simulation game.
508 Developed by Rare.
520 Banjo-Kazooie: "Nuts & Bolts challenges players to design and drive vehicles that allow the bear and backpacked bird heroes to complete tasks and accomplish goals. Winning a race, reaching a remote location, jumping a certain distance of off a ramp -- each 3D platform-puzzle challenge is specific, but players can set out to meet it in any way they choose. The only limitations are imagination and parts. Players can supply their own imagination, but new parts are found hidden throughout the game world, especially the game's Showdown Town hub area, which is explored in more traditional, on-foot 3D platform gameplay. The third Banjo-Kazooie game, first on an Xbox console, Nuts & Bolts' build-it-yourself focus is a departure from the play style of the N64 hits, but many fan-familiar characters and conventions make appearances. As the story goes, A powerful entity known as Lord of Games has grown sick of the bickering between Banjo and Gruntilda, and has devised a contest to decide the rightful owner of Spiral Mountain. Each of this contest's challenges takes place in a different level, and new levels are unlocked with collectible "jiggie" puzzle pieces--won or uncovered throughout the adventure."--All game guide.
520 Viva piñata. "The world encompassing the piñata community is slowly dying, and to keep these creatures from going extinct, players must create a world where the piñata can thrive. Viva Piñata offers a place for gamers to create a lush green environment where all kinds of piñatas can live and prosper. Players have complete creative control over the neighborhoods they create, and can add grass, flowers, trees, fences, ponds, and other objects that will lure in the piñatas. Each type of piñata has different needs, such as a worm piñata's need for good earth to burrow in, and a rabbit piñata's need for long grass and carrots. Piñatas can come in the form of customizable horses, sheep, raccoons, worms, crocodiles, or wolves, and just like in nature, some of them will not get along. Players can build fences to keep rival piñatas away from one another, and also to keep predator piñatas away from prey. Wild piñatas are red with black stripes and can cause general disorder in a garden. They arefilled with bad candy that is poisonous to other piñatas, but they can be handled by asking helpers to beat them with a stick, taming them, or sending them off to pollute another player's garden."--All game guide.
521 E, everyone; mild cartoon violence, comic mischief.