We are drowning in a sea of MMOs. This isn’t a bad thing, but it can make it tough to decide which ones are worth getting excited about and which ones will quickly be forgotten. Well, NCsoft’s Aion is definitely one of the ones worth following. From what we've seen so far, it looks great (for an MMO, of course) with the sort of crisp visuals NCsoft's been spoiling us with since Guild Wars, only better.
For too long, political correctness has choked expression much like smoking might choke someone’s lungs. Back in the good old days, it was common for prominent pillars of society to be seen smoking: baseball players, gangsters, Popeye. Now it’s incredibly frowned upon, because “smoking may slowly kill you,” if you believe “proven medical facts.”
It’s been 25 years since Harold Ramis, Dan Aykroyd, Bill Murray and Ernie Hudson saved New York City from the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man in Ghostbusters. After a theatrical sequel that didn’t live up to the original in many fans’ eyes, the quartet have reunited for an original videogame outing that unfolds like a third installment of the film franchise and ships today on PC, Xbox 360, PS3, Wii, PS2 and DS.
Where next for Gordon Freeman? We hazard a few educated guesses.
The videogame industry has gotten a lot done in its short life. In the years since Pong and Spacewar!, game culture has evolved at an unprecedented clip to become an inescapable part of 21st century life. But it hasn’t had time to build up a huge back story.
What happens when you have a legion of fans desperate to revisit the history of an industry that’s barely been alive longer than them?
Splinter Cell Conviction
Sam Fisher’s gone through some midlife crisis-sized changes over the past couple of years. One minute he’s a tortured emo agent on the run, with as little respect for the law as he does for kept facial hair. The next he’s a malicious murderer, who makes Jack Bauer look like Jack Osborne.
Above: From badly groomed to just plain bad
The Conviction of 2007 has heavy influences from
Gaming’s biggest week has come, gone and left us all with many, many more games to dream about. But which publisher provided the most excitement? Which generated the most buzz and anticipation? Which deserves the most credit for transforming E3 into something worthwhile again… and which will probably be winning the biggest share of our money over the next few years? Here’s who we’ve picked as the top 20.
Considering all the attention being directed toward huge, marquee juggernauts like Uncharted 2, Modern Warfare 2, and Beatles: Rock Band, you’d think they were the only games at E3. Not true. Sure, those look fantastic, but we also saw piles and piles of great games that nobody is talking about. Nobody but us, that is.
At E3 this year, we experimented with a new type of video, what we’ve dubbed the “one-shot.” The idea is simple: to capture as much of the thrill and bustle of the show floor as possible in a single 60 second take, closing with a velvet-rope cameo by a famed developer. Let us know what you think – if you like ‘em, we’ll do moar next year!
This week's topics:
Top 7… E3 announcements you missed – the stories and games that slipped right past us.
Nintendo’s E3 press conference – was a lot like last year’s, and we’ve got the audio evidence.
Prototype Super Review – Mikel finally admits he accepts bribes from Microsoft. And Activision. Oh and Sony. Probably Nintendo too.