We're used to gradual evolutions in gaming, be they in technical, graphical, even artistic fields. And you might have expected the same as gaming explores other new horizons, such as politics, current affairs, satire.
But with Bad Day LA, American McGee has taken a tradition that had long since become dormant (in mainstream games at least), and has pushed it from a standing start to a racing finish.
Taking on fistfuls of current taboos - terrorist attacks, immigration, obesity, tsunamis - it
Scooping up a fleeing human with giant, gnarly hands and shaking him as a cat plays with a dazed mouse, before grabbing each leg and tugging him in half. His body rips into two lumps of meat and his legs snap like a chicken wishbone. Aren't games just ace?
Possession enables the player to control a whole army of up to 300 undead zombies, as they tear into and annihilate the forces of good - the cops, security guards, armed forces and citizens plucky enough to dare to fight back. All are
Due for release in the next few months, Atari's Tycoon City New York casts you as an ambitious business type looking to fill your pockets with cash and the streets of Manhattan with assets. But to anyone who's not familiar, it can look a wee bit complex.
To clear the fog of confusion, we sat down for a detailed interrogation with Jon Law, lead designer and top info-giver, and got him to explain just how Tycoon City New York works.
For anyone who's never played a Tycoon game, what's the
In a marked contrast to previous Ghost Recon titles, Advanced Warfighter fast-fowards the hyper-real military combat series to 2013. Scratch built for 360 to fully flex the hardware's tech muscle, it looks stunning. But it's the new gameplay features that make this one of the first 'true' next-gen titles and a revolution in squad based gaming. We went hands on with the multiplayer modes to see how it's coming together.
Advanced Warfighter delivers an amazing level of choice for multiplayer
It probably won't do for graffiti what the Tony Hawk games did for skateboarding, but Marc Ecko's Getting Up: Contents Under Pressure has gotten a pretty bad rap lately. A game about a graffiti artist living in a police state where tagging is a capital crime, it's been called everything from a celebration of vandalism to a gang-recruitment tool. But regardless of what its critics say, Getting Up takes an interesting spin on the urban-crime genre and, if done right, could be a lot of
On a crowded shelf of shooters, TimeShift boasts one unique weapon: the ability to manipulate time. You play Michael Swift, a test pilot who willingly dons a Quantum Suit for the government to become the world's first time-traveler. While the experiment works, letting you journey from 2007 to 1911 and back, you return to an alternate present-day ruled by a fascist dictator, Krone. Worse still, your knowledge of timeshifting immediately makes you a wanted man. You'll need to take full advantage
Metroid Prime Hunters is broken up into a series of specific missions, which you receive from the Galactic Federation before each level.
The game's story basically revolves around an artefact hunt - technology of vast power that's scattered around the galaxy. Using her ship, Samus will need to travel around the system to search for them.
However, these artefacts are not only sought after by Samus, but also by a number of other bounty hunters.
Each bounty hunter is nastier than the last,
This is a rock-star moment for Shane Dabiri. He's the producer of the world-conquering World of Warcraft, standing in front of 6000 Blizzcon attendees, about to announce the first details of the World of Warcraft expansion.But his players are uppity. Much of the detail of his presentation, and the introduction of a new race, the Blood Elves, has found its way on to the web already. It's going to have to be quite a show to satisfy this audience.All it takes is a little flash of charisma to turn
Bookworm or not, it seems almost everybody is a fan of half-blood wizard Harry Potter.With the bespectacled one's fourth term at Hogwarts just around the corner, will this movie tie-in pass with flying colours, or will scarface and chums flunk out?The exciting prologue, set in the Quidditch World Cup campsite, confirms that Goblet of Fire has shifted away from the childish, cartoony look of Prisoner of Azkaban and plumped for a darker, more cinematic style.There's also a marked change of pace
There's no movie sequel to the The Incredibles on its way, but that hasn't stopped THQ from making up their own. With a plotline that follows on from the original film, Rise of the Underminer begins right where the film ends, where the Underminer is threatening to wreak havoc on the residents of Metroville. You have to battle against him, travelling through the city and the underground maze beneath it. You play as Mr Incredible or Frozone, who each have their unique skills. Mr Incredible uses