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...
Previously announced for the DS but
now heading to 3DS, Fractured Soul: Deep Void aims to put its own spin on 2D platform
shooters. Protagonist Jake DeSaul is a troubled man with a mysterious past that’s
forced to confront his demons in order to escape a strange space station.
As you progress through Fractured Soul's mix of 2D platforming and top-down
shooter levels, you’ll have to face Jake’s hopes, dreams, and regrets he’s had
throughout his life, and the line between what’s real and what's not will
gradually become blurrier...
For basketball, there's NBA Jam. For football, there's NFL Blitz. And
for soccer, there was Fifa Street, EA's over-the-top arcade-inspired
soccer game. But after a few successful iterations, EA Sports has gone
back to the drawing board with the Fifa Street series, and revealed a
newer, more realistic Fifa Street that more accurately represents actual
street soccer - a brand of soccer that has been rising in popularity
over the last few years. We took the game for a spin, and came out
missing the insane action of the past Street games, but appreciative of
the new additions...
DIZZY IS BACK! *tumbleweed* THE FIRST GAMEPLAY TRAILER IS IN *bell tolls
in the distance* Right, everyone put down what you're doing - we need
to have a little chat. I know that few people outside the UK ever really
got to play Dizzy games and I know that his reign as platform king was
cut brutally short by Mario and Sonic. And that his entire series could
have been and gone before some of our readers were even born. I also
know you think you don't care, but you should. Watch the
retro-tinged reveal trailer here then I'll try to convince you why this
is a great day for gaming. Wish me luck.
In its decidedly
non-linear, time-bending approach, Final Fantasy XIII-2 has positioned itself
as a response to fan criticism of FFXIII, directly addressing complaints about
its predecessor's linearity and lack of exploration. But how much has really changed in the
sequel, and how much of it is just window dressing? It's difficult to tell by just looking at screens and trailers. To clear things up, we recently had a chance to sit down and play
FFXIII-2 at length, from the very beginning through as far as we could get in a
day of playtime. We can now safely say that the structure of the game is,
indeed, completely different...
Game music has been a passion of ours roughly since, oh,
1985, but in the past 10 years, it’s come to mean something more. Don’t get us
wrong, we still love the beepatronic music of the 8- and 16-bit periods (and
the wave of chiptune artists it inspired), but the past decade has also seen
licensed music become a surprisingly important part of gaming. Sometimes, this
just means a selection of familiar hits to accompany our music games, but every
so often, a game will use licensed tracks to careful, brilliant effect – and in
the process, will expose legions of gamers to music they might never have heard
What follows are the games and franchises that have been the most
influential in bringing strange and terrifying new musical styles to gamers’
ears – and in the interest of making this our most self-indulgent Top 7 since that other one, we’ve
asked a handful of our editors to explain what made each one important to them
NO! We’re not talking about frigging hockey masks! Nobody has
ever strapped on this mouthless,
empty-eyed, bone-colored facial façade with the intent of instilling a victim
with the fear and intimidation that comes with facing down a goaltender. No, virtually
every game character not playing for the NHL who’s ever put on a hockey mask is
doing it for one reason, and one reason only: to crib from Jason Voorhees. And
that’s our incredibly loose criteria here.
With that in mind, we tried to find as many instances of
characters dressing up as Friday the 13th’s hero (yes, he is the hero) in honor of Halloween. So turn out your lights and put
the lawyers to bed... it’s time for Jason Masks. Let’s start with the obvious...
Wondering what to buy right
now? We've compiled the top 10 best Xbox 360 games from the past year in
one helpful list. You can't go wrong with any of these winners. Keep an eye on
this page for updates as new games come out!
Never let it be said that our very own Justin Towell is a man who screws around once he commits to doing a thing. Yesterday he decided that he was going to set a world record (it's the kind of thing he does), and today he has only bloody well gone and set a world record.
Yes, word has just reached me from today's Golden Joystick awards that our man has nailed a new record in the rather wonderful F1 2011. Need proof? Check out this video, and watch in admiration as a man from the Guiness Book of Records pays tribute to Towell's Terminator-like composure and ninja-style gaming skills.
Do you live in the UK? Do you have a driving licence? Would you like to spend a few hours motoring around a track in a Lamborghini Gallardo, Ferrari 360 and other stupidly fast automobiles? And if you were the one lucky winner of this Forza 4 competition, would you be able to transport yourself to a location in either Oxfordshire or Yorkshire?
If you answered with an enthusiastic "YES!" to all these questions, continue. If not, well, you might as well go and do something else.