The best thing about the Nintendo DS is the fact that it lets developers stretch their imaginations. Case in point: Lost Magic, an action-RPG/strategy hybrid that would never have happened on any other system. It's not that Lost Magic is stunningly original; in fact, it's a blend of ideas cribbed from elsewhere. The fact that it has all come together, works and is about to come out is the cool and truly unexpected thing.
Remember Castlevania: Dawn of Sorrow's Magic Seals, which forced you to
Would seeing the Empire Strikes Back without seeing the first Star Wars have been as dramatic and satisfying? Cracking into a big story right in the middle is challenging, but sometimes it's worth it. Enter SpellForce 2, a genre-blending role-playing game that plays like a real-time strategy title. We didn't see the original, but heard it was huge in Europe (really).
SpellForce 2 looks like a complex and satisfying RPG with tons of fiddly-bits that would satiate even the most precise
With its speedy action and cartoon visuals, Sensible Soccer - Sensi to friends - is the anti-Pro Evo, and the nemesis of realism. It's not about simulating weight-perfect Premiership counter-attacking cross balls, it's about 35 yard goal-thwackers that bend like squashed bananas.
Fifteen years after the original, the veteran footie game is returning for PS2, Xbox and PC this June as an antidote to "dull, drab sims", according to the creator of the series. But Pro Evolution Soccer is no
Sony Computer Entertainment President Phil Harrison took the stage on Wednesday to talk PS3 and PSP with a huge, unruly crowd on Wednesday. His presentation, part of the Game Developers Conference, raised almost as many questions about the next-gen console as it answered. Two things are clear, though: Sony is laser-focused on online functionality, and the PS3 is an impressive chunk of hardware.
The thrust of Harrison's speech centered on Sony's "Beyond the Box" strategy (detailed at Sony's
Our first hands-on preview of Final Fantasy XII cut straight to the basic details of this mammoth RPG, the most monumental PlayStation 2 release of 2006. More time spent under its spell proves the game to be a slow burn - one of the most deliberately-paced in the series. Somehow, though, it's still addictive.
So far in the first several hours of the game, all action has revolved around blonde leading man Vaan - though Ashe, the princess who played a leading role on the demo disc, has made a
"You know what the funniest thing about Europe is? It's the little differences," quipped Vincent Vega in Pulp Fiction. When we saw Soul of the Ultimate Nation, an upcoming massively multiplayer game set in yet another epic fantasy universe, we couldn't help but think the same thing. While the content and setting aren't exactly groundbreaking, there are little things that set SUN apart in a big way.
If you are tired of questing for the same things, in the same "instanced" dungeons - small areas
Amateur directors who enjoyed creating their own blockbuster hits in the original Tinseltown sim The Movies will soon be able to add even more creative flourishes to their lovingly crafted, cinematic works thanks to the arrival of the first expansion pack for the game, The Movies: Stunts & Effects.
Due for release in spring, the new content will herald the arrival of stuntmen to the lot. This mad dog bunch will bring with them a varied repertoire of dangerous tricks and turns to add a little
So Nival made the right decision after all. While most studios practise a closed-off development process, Nival tried to keep fans of the fantasy-strategy Heroes of Might & Magic series informed. In theory, this would ease the fears of those who loved the games, as well as allowing them a degree of input. In practice, it led to Nival receiving death threats from mortified Russian gamers when they announced the changes they intended to make.
The problem is that Nival knows that the series is
Anyone who bought a PS2 early on probably has fond memories of Devil May Cry or Onimusha, two Capcom classics that brought style and substance to the system when it lacked both. Following in the footsteps of those two giants, Lost Planet is an attempt to bring a whole new style to the 360 when it's in similar straits; the game blends amazing atmosphere with alien carnage, slick cinematic drama and massively weapon-laden mechs in a snowy wasteland of third-person shooting.
Wayne is an amnesiac
Poker: America's new national pastime? You'd think it from the sudden explosion of TV shows, books and paraphernalia littering the pop culture landscape. Video games have jumped on the bandwagon, too, but every poker title seems to be missing ... something. Usually it's either smarts or speed. Stacked featuring Daniel Negreanu promises both.
Stacked is powered by the Poki AI, which doesn't sound like much, but has the potential to make all other poker games look utterly ridiculous. Developed