The hugely anticipated trailer crashed the internet as fans the world over clamoured to see the next-gen GTA. It may have been a teaser but it was laced with clues that show what an incredible cocktail of gangstas, violence and saucy innuendo Rockstar has in store for us... Read part 1 of this feature here.
26. BROKER (PART 2)
A rundown corner of this district of the city will be your first home, sharing with your brother Roman, while you work your way up the career ladder. Perhaps you could
With all the success of the Lord of the Rings and Harry Potter films spilling over onto our consoles its hardly a surprise that were about to be up to our comically large sleeves in anything remotely wizardly. But you wont hear fantasy fans complaining, as the much beloved, million-selling His Dark Materials series kicks off this winter with the release of The Golden Compass in theaters and every console known to man or beast. An important distinction to make; since animals play a part thats
With Grand Theft Auto IV taking a new, more realistic direction in a radically different vision of Liberty City, it seems more and more as though the series - like its new protagonist, Niko Bellic - is angling for a fresh start. The cartoonish mayhem of previous GTAs seems out of place in this bleak new vision of Liberty, and according to our UK counterparts, virtually no familiar faces will appear in GTA IV. But that doesn't necessarily mean we've seen the last of them. Rockstar's left a lot
Publisher NIS America revealed GrimGrimoire to the world about a month ago, and since then we've spent quite a bit of time getting to know its rules and realms. What we said earlier still stands - it's an RTS at heart, complete with resource-grabbin' underlings and progressively powerful units, but it all takes place from the side, not overhead. So, instead of zooming out to see the whole battlefield or scanning a large area, you scroll around a 2D landscape in search of your objectives.
Right now, players around the world are dancing... naked. Whether it's WoW, EverQuest, or Guild Wars, most MMOs show your character in their underwear after you remove all of their equipment. Combine a near nude avatar with an animated dance emote - commonly activated by typing "/dance" - and you have yourself a naked dancer.
There's something about taking off all your clothes that's irresistible to many MMO players. Go into a major town in almost any game and you're bound to see a fair share
Its 100 years later in the world of Tyria, in the kingdoms of Ascalon and Kryta - the original Guild Wars: Prophecies setting. The same key tenets of gameplay remain in place, but much has changed alongside the ever more sparkly graphics; not least that everything seems… well… persistent. Up until the advent of the sequel, when you ventured outside a settlement there wasnt much chance of bumping into a friend.
No chance actually - you and your party would meet up, then fight
Guild Wars' heavily instanced-based nature and subscription-free model raised more than a few questioning eyebrows when the MMORPG was initially unveiled, but the game went on to prove itself and ArenaNet's design philosophy reap reward. Now the developer is expanding the Guild Wars horizon and is working on a sequel, and its foremost goal with Guild Wars 2, it says, is "to make it the ultimate Guild Wars for Guild Wars fans."
We spoke to ArenaNet founder Jeff Strain and Guild Wars lead
Working as a games journalist has its good points. There's the fame, the money, the endless barrage of adoring, screaming women who follow you whenever you walk down the street... oh, wait a minute, that's being a rock star. Um... ok, well at least there's still the free stuff we get sent 'most every day.
The quality varies considerably, but there are some real gems of PR merchandising that would probably be worth loads of money on eBay. Of course, by contract we're not allowed to sell them,
A few months ago, our sister mag in the UK - Xbox 360 World - asked readers to design a weapon for Gears of War 2. The response was phenomenal. Seriously, who wouldnt want the chance to see their pride and joy slice open/rip apart/decapitate/disembowel Locust scum? Some kind of robo-hearted android, thats who. Plus, the winner nabbed an HDTV, a 360 and some Gears goodies.
Only the thought of a Locust having its spleen ripped out by your weapons of mass redemption kept those Brits warm as they
Eye of the North is an explosive end-of-season-style expansion pack - success in which, and indeed the rest of the Guild Wars canon, will filter into Guild Wars 2. Noobs should look away