Okay, commander - put down the rifle and get out of the troop transport. Instead, grab your magic wand, or perhaps a steam-powered helicopter. You need a real-time strategy game that doesn't trot out the same old conventional weaponry, and weve got one. The hit real-time strategy series Rise of Nations is going steampunk, mixing wizadry and technology to wage war in an intriguing sequel, Rise of Legends.
Nations, legends ... this stuff sounds like it takes a lot of time, but it doesn't have
Back and forth, the little white ball streaks up and down the screen. Two mighty champions face each other with teeth gnashed in concentration, their eyes never leaving the tiny, furiously bouncing orb. Sweat pours from your brow, causing you to curse your lack of a headband as your eyes are seared by the salty sting. So engulfing is the reality of Table Tennis that you simply don't notice the clacking of analog sticks over the staccato pok-pa-pok of the raging Ping-Pong rally. Days after we
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As surprises go, Rockstar Games presents Table Tennis is mammoth. Has the creator of the world's most infamous games - Manhunt, GTA, Bully - gone soft? Don't be stupid. This is Rockstar's attempt at giving a sports sim the sweaty intensity of a finger-bending fighting game. And, as we'd expect from the quality-obsessive developer, we reckon it's going to be a roaring success.
Rockstar Games presents Table Tennis is two-player max, but for good reason. It's a shame,
Here's everything you need to know about Rumble Roses XX, in rough order of importance: tits, ass, the ability to customize both, and tag-team wrestling action by the makers of the WWE Smackdown games. It's a short list, sure, but as the screens demonstrate, it delivers these assets in volume.
The original Rainbow Islands is, without question, one of the greatest platform games ever made. The vertical rainbow-fuelled play is unique, and it's totally unafraid of syrupy cuteness and juicy fruit bonuses.
And it's the sequel to Bubble Bobble, which is undeniably one of the greatest platform games ever made. What is uncertain is whether anyone is going to mess this up like they messed up Bubble Bobble Revolution. Fingers crossed, no.
Rainbow Islands Revolution clearly isn't your
Rise and Fall: Civilizations at War is a "historical" strategy game that takes more creative license with history than the time you brought your parent's car home with an empty tank and a sticky back seat. But like historical movies, breathing new life into legendary icons is where the fun is, and liberties can be taken.
Thanks in part to the Total War series, the cinematic scope of epic battles in strategy games has grown bigger than ever. Rise and Fall looks like it will set that bar even
There goes our dignity. Thanks to our brand new, God-sized TV, people as far as half a mile away were looking over and tutting indignantly as we helped two barely-clothed, huge-norked girls tie themselves in sweaty, fleshy femiknots.
But - honestly - Rumble Roses XX is more than just a polygon Playboy. Coded up with the help of Yuke's, the team behind almost all the WWE games, it's a righteous rassler in its own right.
Uncomplicated stuff, sure - just a couple of buttons unlock the 20 girls'
You don't have to love classic monster moves to enjoy Rampage: Total Destruction, but it helps. Midway unleashed a fresh batch of screens for its old-school building basher in late February, and we got a little bit of hands-on time to go with 'em.
Total Destruction sticks close to Rampage's arcade roots; players control giant monsters (more than 25 of them, including giant sharks and octopi) as they go on a nearly brainless tear through modern metropolii, smashing buildings, eating people, and
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 grizzled, realistic military shooter Rainbow Six first dropped into counter-terrorist action in 1998 against a backdrop of arcadey, sci-fi shooters like Unreal Tournament and Quake. Rainbow and its two sequels were swiftly dubbed "thinking man's shooters" due to mature presentation and hyper-tactical gameplay. Rainbow Six: Lockdown's previous installment, Rainbow Six: 3, wasn't just hard; at some points it was simply an exercise in masochism. But, finally threading the needle and beating