Now is the perfect time to be playing Xbox 360. First to enter the next generation race last holiday season, Microsoft's console has had an entire year to work out the kinks... and it shows. The future of gaming is in community and the 360's online neighborhood is currently the gold standard - hopping on and finding others to engage in friendly cooperation or fierce competition is a breeze.
If you prefer playing with high tech gadgets, cool stuff like the Live Vision camera (put yourself in
Every year is a good year for the PC. Computer gamers needn't worry about console launches, system shortages or a dearth of quality titles. They customize their own systems, they upgrade whenever they want or need to, and they get to play practically every game in some form. Usually with the best possible graphics. Last-gen, current-gen, next-gen... the PC is always in the cutting-edge generation.
Although this technological freedom translates into a variety and depth of games limited only by
The Zone may be something of a solitary place when you're adventuring through the story mode, but S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 's multiplayer component is anything but lonely. Spread across three distinct gameplay types, the competitive action is fast and deadly. Some of the multiplayer features are obviously inspired by previous hits - such as buying weapons before each round - while others are new innovations that help keep the run-and-gun action feeling
PokemonRadar is back from its Thanksgiving hiatus. Wow, has it already been six weeks since PokemonRadar began? And how has there not been a Turkey-inspired Pokemon yet, anyway?
GamesRadar's look at the new Pokemon of Pokemon Diamond and Pearl has revealed 22 new Pokemon so far, and today we'll look at four more. This week were looking at four Pokemon that are exclusive to the Diamond and Pearl game cards. Two are exclusive to each version, but all four are popular with the Sinnoh region's
When you first start playing S.T.A.L.K.E.R.'s single player adventure, one of the biggest challenges is figuring out who (and what) else is out there. Because all of the different factions have their own motivations, it falls to the player to determine who is friend and who is foe.
Exploring the early levels, we ran across three competing factions of stalkers: Duty, Freedom and Loners. The Duty faction is composed of ex-military personnel who are driven by a desire to protect the world from
You murder friends and strangers everyday. Your bullets might shred their insides. Your missiles might leave them in chunks on the floor. But afterwards, you always fantasize about draining their life savings, leaving their family starving and homeless as the unsympathetic wind carries their tortured howls into nothingness.
On December 1st, your vile fantasies materialize with Skillground, the first internet service to combine senseless gambling expenditures with heartless murder simulations.
Adventuring through the Zone is a dangerous task. Natural dangers are everywhere and competing factions are none too happy about your presence. While a quick trigger finger is a necessity, it's not the only means of survival. In some cases it can actually be a hindrance, as conservation of ammo is a skill that you'll have to master early on.
Like many other FPS titles, STALKER features an impressive array of weapons from simple pistols, to shotguns to full on RPG launchers. On a first run
Presenting the illusion of a living world is always a challenge for a game developer. Real people often have quirks that even advanced artificial intelligence has trouble mimicking. Some developers compensate for this by giving the AI more control, but this too has flaws as the AI can become unpredictable. For S.T.A.L.K.E.R., the developers at GSC decided to combine the two approaches and get the best of both
Tuesday 28 November 2006
Philips' amBX - that's oxygen-saving marketing speak for 'ambient experiences', by the way - wants to play smoke 'n' mirrors with your gaming. With a bank of high-power LEDs, a few purring fans, some speakers and a rumbling keyboard rest, amBX aims to extend your experiences beyond the screen and into the air around you. But is it worth buying? We delved into the amBX treatment to find out.
The kit we were presented with was a no-expense-spared setup: four light sticks
Twenty years ago, Chernobyl was the site of the worst man-made disaster to ever hit the face of the planet. Equally representative of man's brilliance and arrogance, the early morning explosion that ripped apart Reactor #4 changed the face of nuclear power across the world. The incident not only irradiated a large swath of Eastern Europe, it turned a thriving city of more than 50,000 into a ghost town overnight.
Due to both its history and the rumors surrounding the disaster, Chernobyl seemed