December may offer the true
climax of the holiday season, but in terms of new game releases, it's very much
the calm after the storm. Most of the giant blockbusters of the season made
their way out between September and November, but the final month of 2011 isn't
barren by any means: big releases like Mario Kart 7 and Star Wars: The Old
Republic lead the pack, while system-specific versions of some notable recent
titles also find their way to store shelves. But if you read this over and
don't see anything on the horizon that works you into a tizzy, surely November's overstuffed
lineup holds a few leftover options to consider...
We're in the midst of the annual downpour of sales and doorbuster deals. If you're a GR regular who wants to gently steer a non-gamer toward a few titles on your wish list, or if you're someone who's not really into videogames but needs to pick up a surefire winner for the discerning gamer in your life, our video guide of 10 perfect holiday picks will help you make an informed decision!
Our quarterback hikes the ball and drops back, but before he
has a chance to think he sees a handful of linemen, all lit ablaze, running
towards him flailing their arms. He sprints to the left and jumps, throwing the
football at the apex of his ascent (which is several feet higher than humans
usually jump). It's on target, but the defender is too quick – he tackles the
player well before the ball touches the tips of his fingers. In Madden, this
would be pass interference. In Blitz, it's third down and 24.
That's what Blitz was, and that's what Blitz still is in EA's reboot
of the franchise. But some things have changed for the better since we
last put down the controller in an NFL Blitz game, and some things have
changed for the worse...
Super Mario 3D Land has been well and truly inserted into my 3DS over the last week. It's been brilliant. Loved it. Tanooki Mario makes me so very happy. But while I've been playing, it has occurred to me that unless Bowser changes his game plan, he's never going to get the better of Mario. He's never going to get to keep Princess Peach so she can make him cake or marry him or whatever it is that Bowser wants her for. He's always going to be the loser. And this is why. Here are the 8 reasons that Bowser always fails.
may not be Halloween just yet, but you can at least start prepping yourself
early. To help get you in the mood, we’ve brought together some of our favorite
Halloween-themed content from across the gaming spectrum in one video. Only a
few games over the years have actually taken place on the last day of October (although) some MMOs like to live it up with awesome Halloween celebrations, but plenty of gamers have picked up the slack by creating their
own custom content with mods for some of their favorite games. We’ve pulled
together some of the best of both, sotake a look and re-live some old favorites (or discover some new ones)!
hasn’t had a proper home since 2002’s NFL Blitz 20-03. That’s all about to
change in the new year when EA Sports’ NFL Blitz takes to the gridiron in
January of 2012. This fumble-happy, interception-laden comeback brings the
arcade franchise back to its roots with no rules, no penalties and lightning-fast
gameplay. It’s a bit of a silver-lining to Midway’s bankruptcy and subsequent
fire sale of properties; without it, Blitz would’ve never landed at EA, the
sole NFL video game license holder. At EA Sports, we talked to NFL Blitz
project lead Dave Ross and designer Yuri Bialoskursky for more details on the
adrenaline-filled football experience that awaits...
The best businesses are built around great products and services.
Companies earn adoration or scorn based upon how they deliver, support, and
communicate about their wares. In the case of 2K Sports, the core product of NBA
2K12 is sublime. Unfortunately, the service of online support has been nothing
short of a catastrophe. At best, the various online options have been confusing
and unreliable; at worst, they have been utterly useless. It’s an incredible
shame that, two weeks after release, the vast majority of gamers who focus on
internet-based modes are furious. What’s worse is 2K’s lack of communication.
There are some
undeniable badasses in the world, kicking butt in the baddest and assest of
ways. Take Final Fantasy X's Auron, for example: a smooth-talking,
shades-wearing, longcoat-rocking snarker who can wield a huge sword with his
one good arm. He is a badass, and nobody can deny it. With that perfect
storm of cool, he has nothing to worry about. Other characters aren't
quite so fortunate. They might not have the stylish clothes, the husky voice or
tough, asskicking grit of a badass, lacking even the basic swagger found in an
Auron, a Master Chief or even a Kratos. With poor dress sense, bad attitudes
and physical imperfections, these characters are doomed to a life without
badassery ... or are they?
Perhaps not. There are
some characters who struggle through their myriad flaws to become something
more, something better. Something truly badass. They don't look like they should
be, but they most certainly are...
"super" versions of last year's hit games is starting to become
something of a tradition in the industry. But EA Canada may have just perfected
the formula. NBA Jam: On Fire Edition takes the much-loved Jam of 2010, adds
new players and teams, new moves, better AI, and a deeper unlocking system and
puts it all in a tidy downloadable package for $15 on PSN and XBLA...
I'm known for being 'the Sonic fan' on GamesRadar. So why is it that when I met Yuji Naka and there was time for him to sign just one of the whole bag of games I'd brought with me to the interview (y'know, just in case), I handed him my copy of Christmas NiGHTS into Dreams? Because Sonic is awesome - but NiGHTS is better. I mean it - NiGHTS into Dreams is a better videogame than Sonic The Hedgehog. When you've picked yourself up off the floor, I'll explain why.