From its November 2005 release, Need For Speed: Most Wanted spent a total of 10 weeks at the top of the charts. Displaced twice during its long reign - once by King Kong and then by the long-anticipated Dead or Alive 4 - the street racer then shot straight back to the top after each interuption. A year before, the previous Need For Speed also spent 10 weeks at number one.
Yet NFS is arguably not the best racer by a long way - especially on consoles, where it's up against the superb Burnout
The trailer for Silent Hill is genuinely exciting. As the movie is based on a videogame, this in itself is news. The characters, the chilling atmosphere, the twisted monsters overrunning the small town… it's all been kept astonishingly true to the Silent Hill series. We hold out genuine hope for it, as no doubt do stars Sean Bean, Radha Mitchell and Deborah Unger.
Meanwhile, Alex Garland, famous writer of The Beach, has written the script for a movie based on Halo - reportedly for a
The Nintendo DS is one of the most honored and successful pieces of hardware out there. The touch-screened handheld has sold over 13 million units worldwide and has been completely out of stock in Japan for months. So why are we about to tell you to ignore it and look forward to the next big thing? Because the trim and slim Nintendo DS Lite wouldn't be caught dead hanging out with its overweight, yesterday's-news big brother.
No one was really complaining about the regular DS' size, but one
With Xbox 360 out (if you can find one) and PlayStation 3 just around the corner, you might think the only place left for your old PS2 is in a box in the attic. But hold that thought, and cast your eye over our deluxe selection of upcoming titles: this generation isn't shuffling off quietly.
Valkryie Profile: Silmeria
The original Valkryie Profile, for PSone, slipped under the radar of all but a few dedicated RPG fans. Shame, because it was one of the most exciting games to hit the genre, with
The next-gen war has definitely started with Xbox 360's UK launch last December but, with next-gen machines from both Sony and Nintendo due this year, which new console should you buy? We make a case for 360, PlayStation 3 or Revolution...
Xbox 360 is the first console to take advantage of the new high definition standard. All games made for the console run in this new widescreen format which, if you have the correct screen, is the biggest leap forward for games graphics since the
For a TV to be considered HD Ready, it has to support the resolutions 480i/p, 576i/p, 720p and 1080i, in addition to supporting a picture ratio of 16:9 - that of a conventional widescreen set.
To add further complication, the first two of those resolutions aren't actually considered HDTV, but are rather EDTV (Enhanced Definition Television).
An unwritten part of the HD standard further suggests HDMI support to be an essential feature of a compliant set, because without it you'll be lost upon
This one's got a lot to live up to. Twilight Princess has to answer to jabbering nutcases who moaned about Link looking like a Disney cartoon; prove that The Wind Waker's drawn-out Triforce-hunting tedium wasn't the first sign that Nintendo is shedding its coat of magical brilliance; and, of course, make Zelda fans very, very happy.
And it's one of the first games to let us feel why Revolution is the future. As we revealed back in December, stick Twilight Princess into Ninty's next console and
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
Revolution will be better than the PlayStation 3 and the Xbox 360. Put together. It'll be more compelling, more interesting, more exciting and have better games. Crazy talk? The inane twitterings of a shattered mind? Unfocused fanboy enthuseo-blab? Not a bit of it. Revolution will be bestest. And you'd be a donkey to think otherwise. Here's why.
1) It'll cost you less
Let's start with what matters most: money. Who cares if Solid Snake hacks up a photorealistic lung if it takes a second
Nintendo's been scrambling for second place for nearly five years now. With the release of the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3, times look even tougher. Scrap conventional wisdom. What if prettier graphics and tech-heavy features aren't the way to proceed? Well, Nintendo's banking on it and hoping its unique audience of casual and hardcore gamers will help them win the war. The secret weapon is a simple remote