Your wallet and your social life may be hurting from the year-end buffet of AAA games, but that doesn’t mean you should ignore some of the more noteworthy games from earlier in the year. To that end, we recommend making the time and scraping together the coin to experience these games, even if just for a weekend...
Our sixth annual celebration of all things amazing in gaming in 2011 continues - in fact, it's only just starting! Now that the feel-good Special Awards are
out of the way, we can start in on the real Platinum Chalices. Looking for the most
satisfying gore, the best sidekick or the game that surprised us the
most by not sucking in 2011? You've definitely come
to the right place...
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...
stuffing your face full of delicious turkey and spending quality time with your
family, chances are there’s a videogame console in your home and at some point
during the long weekend you’re going to boot it up. Thanksgiving is a time when
people gather together because there’s food involved; but it’s not just about seeing
how fast you can shovel food in your mouth. To avoid being an anti-social jerk that
hogs the couch and plays Modern Warfare 3 or Battlefield 3 the entire day, here
are a list of family-friendly cooperative games that you should try where kids
of all ages can participate - and potentially burn a few calories in the
funny—being a dutiful button-tapper in Telltale’s quick time event-heavy
Jurassic Park: The Game actually excludes you from some of its best content:
over-the-top dino maulings and morbid accidents. We’re happy to do the hard
work of not pressing buttons; for your benefit we’ve collected our favorite
death scenes from Telltale’s tour of Isla Sorna.
Be honest: you didn't know what to think when Telltale announced that they were making a Jurassic Park game. What would it be, a funny point-and-click adventure? A first-person shooter? How could the Jurassic Park experience be translated into a videogame by the people who made Sam & Max games? If you're still confused you should check out the Full Access Preview we did with some of the games' developers, which gives a good look into what you can expect from the game when it releases later this month...
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)!
As the 2011
Rugby World Cup rages in New Zealand over the next two months – the
championship match takes place on October 23 – a similar battle is taking place
on consoles. Two games are vying for your time and money, attempting to
capitalize on the ever-growing popularity of rugby union competition. While
it’s not the “Officially Licensed Game” of the tournament, Johah Lomu Rugby
Challenge is arguably the more compelling of the two. Sporting more licensed
teams, leagues, and tournaments – and, oh yeah, one of the greatest players
ever – it’s got fans buzzing. Naturally, we jumped at the chance for a hands-on
From a dancer’s perspective, the
Just Dance series has always been the Jersey Shore of dancing games: wildly
popular, flashy and easy to understand, but very little in the way of
substance. Restricted by the Wii’s single-input method of motion control, you
could generally flail around the room and still pass songs. However, the series
is attempting to beef up its previously simple iterations and hit the Kinect
with a few new features exclusive to the 360...
Haven’t yet seen the
latest from Thatgamecompany in action? Then you’re in for a treat. Journey is
exactly what its name describes: a trip, a sojourn, a movement from one place
to another. It’s an art game, perhaps. It’s an indie game, for sure. But it’s
also as fun as it is gorgeous.