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|AI||How smart (or dumb) you perceive the game's artificial intelligence to be||5.0|
|Gameplay||How well the game mechanics work (player controls, game action, interface, etc.)||5.0|
|Graphics||The quality of the art, or the quality/speed of the drawing routines||5.0|
|Personal Slant||How much you personally like the game, regardless of other attributes||4.0|
|Sound / Music||The quality of the sound effects and/or music composition||3.0|
|Story / Presentation||The main creative ideas in the game and how well they're executed||3.5|
|Overall MobyScore (2 votes)||4.2|
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Gary Kasparov has the strategic intelligence to slaughter any competitor in the world at the game. Virtual Kasparov has AI nearly equivalent to his masterful tactics. Hardcore Chessers may find the Story mode more compelling and playable than beginners. However, given the large amount of information covered in the Tutorial, people who understand the basic concept of chess but want instruction and/or guidance for improvement should also find this title useful. If it is amazing graphics and deep driving stories you seek, look elsewhere. Virtual Kasparov is Chess. Simply Chess at it's best.
Cela faisait bien longtemps que je n’avais pas trouvé un jeu si prenant. Je n’aurais jamais pensé autant apprécier les échecs. Virtual Kasparov est un excellent moyen de s’initier aux plaisirs de ce jeu et il vous tiendra de longues heures accroché à votre console.
Armchair Empire, The
Titus claims that VK is “the battle game that actually makes you smarter.” It may not make you intellectually brighter, but if nothing else, VK will actually improve your chess-playing IQ. It definitely improved mine. This is a title that belongs in a tight gaming niche and fans of quality puzzle games that provide a daunting challenge may want to check VK out. But it isn’t for everyone, and Titus is taking a noble risk with VK. Releasing puzzle games usually translates into smaller sales than more popular and mainstream genres like sports and first-person shooters. I quite honestly don’t know if there are enough GBA owners who are clamoring for a chess title. We’ll see how it pans out, but let me reiterate that this is a quality chess game that’s worth purchasing if you have a strong interest in chess, whether you are a novice player, expert or somewhere in-between.
So far, Virtual Kasparov's the only game in town for chess-loving, GBA owners. On that score, it's ridiculously easy to recommend. But that doesn't mean that the game doesn't suffer from some considerable shortcomings, most notably in the area of presentation. The AI is still good enough to make the game enjoyable and challenging but the lack of some key features leaves you feeling somewhat unsatisfied. I'm going to keep playing this game just for kicks and I'd definitely recommend it to anyone who has to get their chess fix soon. Otherwise, I'd suggest waiting to see what kind of shape the Chessmaster game is in when it's released this summer.