For some people, vacations are a time to relax. Not us. When we check out of reality and go on an extended holiday in the fantasy land of Cyrodiil, we want action and lots of it. We want to find new and interesting ways to practically kill ourselves that no sane mortal would dare attempt.
The beauty of Oblivion is that if you can see it, you can generally go there, somehow, even if it involves incredible risk and searing pain. It's that spirit that drives our daredevil guide to The Elder
Saturday 13 May 2006
When we saw Eye of Judgement for the first time at Sony's pre-E3 conference, we didn't really get it, not least because there wasn't anything that made it peculiarly next-gen. And having seen a further presentation of the game today by developer SCE Japan Studio, we're still none the wiser.
The game largely plays like any traditional battle-card endeavour. The difference is that the card game is played under the watchful eye of a next-gen EyeToy camera linked up to a
Wednesday 10 May 2006
Online gamers will be able to rain down fire, crash to earth, parachute into action and radio requests for transport in Enemy Territory: Quake Wars, once it touches down on PC at the end of the year.
To keep you in the thick of it, the Enemy Territory in-game menu allows players to call in quad bikes, tanks, artillery... and Strogg players will spawn from orbit, crashing down to earth in rocket pods!
We've just witnessed developer Splash Damage putting the game through
Continuing this year's glorious resurgence of giant robot combat games, eXteel offers startlingly sharp battles set inside futuristic arenas and city centers. Up to 16 players can immolate, crush and disintegrate each other online during gladiatorial grudge matches.
These giant robots will be immediately familiar to fans of Gundam and Robotech, but the looks of the chaotic group combat might also strike a chord with City of Heroes
Tuesday 23 May 2006
If there's one type of gaming that truly benefits from Wii's sensory-overload controller, it's the racing genre. Instead of holding the wand like a pointer, you use both hands to position it horizontally - and turn it like a steering wheel. This makes Excite Truck all the easier to play and its accessibility is only enhanced by its amazing simplicity.
The early version we played featured two courses - one tropical and another an arid desert. Regardless of which track we
The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion breathes the rarified air of the “upgrade game,” a title so huge (and so demanding of your PC's horsepower) that you might have to buy new hardware just to enjoy it. Like two other "upgrade games," Half-Life 2 and Battlefield 2, this fourth Elder Scrolls RPG is a first-person game at heart. Hitting your target means precision aiming and good timing, just like in a shooting game. This also means your PC must deliver smooth animation (tech-y guys will
"We wanted to try to take the Doom technology and move it outdoors, with vehicles, multiplayer ... the whole nine yards." That's id Software designer Kevin Cloud's summary of Enemy Territory: Quake Wars, Activision's promising take on high-tech, massively-multiplayer warfare. In other words, there's a lot of people playing the online action wargame Battlefield 2; how can you get them to play something Quake-flavored instead?
First, give the people familiar environs ... to a point. Enemy
The arrival of the "next-gen" in console land is obvious - it happens instantaneously with the release of a new box. The line is blurred in the constantly evolving world of PC, but only a fool would say it's not there.
PC is currently edging into new territory, boosted there by swelling processor power, sparkling new graphical technologies, and outrageous ambition. Corridors, bases and monsters can only get so beautiful; we're moving on to whole worlds now, living environments ripe with
When your previous online game netted you a worldwide audience of no less than eight million, going one better than that isn't easy. Yet Splash Damage is making it seem that way.
By swapping WWII rifles for the energised piledrivers of intergalactic conflict, and setting out to make every gameplay element of Enemy Territory: Quake Wars better than it is anywhere else, the Wolfenstein: Enemy Territory developer has fashioned some awe-inspiring firepower.
Key to Quake Wars is its desire to make
Stop reading this right now. You need to go and look at the screenshots at the bottom of this page. Without question, The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion takes the status quo and kicks it to the curb. Oblivion flat-out defines the next-generation. From what has been shown so far, its fantastic, almost photo-realistic graphics make every other role-playing game to date look dated and boring in comparison.
So, what do you do, exactly? That's the thing; you pretty much make that decision yourself.