We recently had the chance to sit down with Reflections, the creators of Driver, and satisfy our curiosity about their next game in the car-action series, Driver Parallel Lines.
If you don't already know, undercover cop Tanner - the star of all three previous games - has been dropped, and in his place is TK, a man very much on the opposite side of the law.
After the disappointment of Driver 3 we wanted to know what Reflections thought was going to make Driver Parallel Lines a return to form
In the parable of the blind men and the elephant, several blind men are placed in a room with said proverbial pachyderm. Each touches a different part of the elephant and delivers a different report. The one who touches the trunk claims that the elephant is like a snake; the one who touches the tusk, like a spear; the tail, like a broom, and so on. Each was correct, at least in part. But if you bundle a snake, a spear, and a rope together, you sure as hell don't get an elephant.
Plenty of movies have answered the question "what would we do if the dead rose from their graves?" Many games have, too. The problem is that the answers are all too often the same, thanks to how forcefully Resident Evil answered it the first time around. Though it comes from the same company that as that tense adventure game series, Dead Rising is more Shaun of the Dead than drama-soaked disaster - and all the better for it.
The unimaginative have figured the easiest way to make an Xbox 360
If movies and games have taught us nothing else in the last decade, we know one thing for sure: zombies are awesome. Capcom delivers the zombies like no other, so it comes as no surprise that one of Capcom's first titles out of the gate for the 360 is (gasp!) a survival horror zombie game. And why not? After the success of the Resident Evil, we're just begging for
With Xbox 360 out (if you can find one) and PlayStation 3 just around the corner, you might think the only place left for your old PS2 is in a box in the attic. But hold that thought, and cast your eye over our deluxe selection of upcoming titles: this generation isn't shuffling off quietly.
Valkryie Profile: Silmeria
The original Valkryie Profile, for PSone, slipped under the radar of all but a few dedicated RPG fans. Shame, because it was one of the most exciting games to hit the genre, with
2004's DRIV3R is one of the most critically reviled games of all time, but that hasn't stopped developer Reflections from making another sequel. It has, however, stopped them from making another horrible sequel, as Driver: Parallel Lines looks less like a lame knockoff and more like a serious contender for Grand Theft Auto's lunch.
The first Driver to not star an undercover cop, Parallel Lines is the story of The Kid, a gifted getaway driver working his way through New York's underworld in
Would EverQuest and World of Warcraft exist as we know them today without the groundwork laid by Dungeons & Dragons? Not likely. Instead of slaying giant, flying reptiles with chronic halitosis, we'd probably still be stuck playing some retread version of cowboys and Indians, and dying of dysentery. Since 1974, D&D has introduced the world to fantasy role-playing games. But it's only now that the genre grandfather has its own persistent online game in the works; Dungeons & Dragons Online:
It's been a long development trail for High Moon's horror-western FPS, and that much is evident in a score of careful details, from the folksy jangle of gunslinger Jericho Cross' spurs to the sepia-and-brimstone haze that has settled on its warped west. But on lengthier play it's also evident in less complimentary aspects, such as the multiplayer levels - the first to be created - apparently possessing more character than the single-player game's barren, tunnelled haunts, and the storyline
Dante is one cool guy. You might not have thought it while playing the slightly disappointing Devil May Cry 2, but this game will reaffirm everything you thought you knew about him.Like something out of The Matrix, Dante can shoot six monsters dead while spinning cartwheels. He can spin around a pole faster and faster, kicking anyone who gets in his way in the mush . He can even - get this - knock out an enemy then use them as a surfboard to plough down all the others. And it all looks as great
DMC3 is the kind of action game that would pause to preen itself in front of a mirror during a gunfight: in fact, it wouldn't be surprising to catch the game's young and hungry Dante doing just that as he whoops and pouts his way through his debut devil-hunting performance. There's a winning lack of self-consciousness to its style - or 'stylish crazy action', to use the proper invented term - careening as it does between camp, cheese and music-video cool with machinegun rapidity.An apparent