With the usual post-Christmas drought of games upon us I've been trying to catch up with a few titles that got lost in the shuffle. First up was Sphinx, a quirky little platform game that tries really, really hard to be Zelda with a few twists. Aside from that I've also had the opportunity to take Medal of Honor: Rising Sun for a spin and found it to be solid FPS without much in the way of innovation. I haven't finished either game yet but let's take a closer look at them and see if they're worth your time.
Sphinx (PS2, Xbox, GC)
Like Zelda, Sphinx is linear in story but every level can be returned to with new abilities so you can use newly acquired skills to explore further. New abilities like double jumping, a blow gun, a hook that allows you zip up and down ropes and other such staples. Also like Zelda, NPC's all speak with text only and the two main characters don't say a word which saves us from potentially poor voice acting but it also hinders the world building a bit. The graphics are colorful, bright and look pretty good, especially in the supported 720P mode although most of the areas are a bit more sparse than I'd like.
If you're looking for a plaformer in the tradition of Zelda 64 with some quirks Sphinx could make a good buy once it drops in price if it hasn't already.
Medal of Honor: Rising Sun (PS2, Xbox, GC)
My only real complaint is that the first few missions strap you into rail shooting mode where all you have to do is point and shoot. It's not very compelling and it feels too much like filler to be enjoyable. Aside from that niggle, MOH: Rising Sun is a solid game and worth picking up if you want a second (third, fourth or maybe fifth) helping of WWII action. Very vanilla.