From his early days as an EverQuest commentator, to the lofty heights of lead designer on World of Warcraft, Jeff Kaplans rise to power has been meteoric. In the flesh hes polite, kindly spoken and passionate, often sporting - as most of Blizzard seem to - own-brand shirts with brightly coloured orcs on them. We cornered him recently and demanded details of our imminent journey into Northrend - and Jeffs promises were exciting to say the least...
“When people heard the
The hugely popular Dragon Quest series comes to the Wii with all the depth and delights youd expect from one of the worlds most popular RPGs, and with that added bit of magic only Nintendos console can bring. The Wii-flourish, as you might expect, entails controlling the swordplay with the Wiimote, including parrying attacks. Also, Akira Toriyama - the mastermind behind Dragon Ball Z - reprises his role in working on the series' character designs (observe the trademark spiky hair so often seen
The original Saints Row was perhaps the most successful Grand Theft Auto copycat to date, and its sequel is promising to up the ante with a series of tweaks to the winning crime sim formula. Unsurprisingly, gang warfare is still the order of the day as you guide your chosen gangbanger through an expanded version of Stillwater City. But while the games themes remain unchanged there is talk of a darker storyline that picks up some years on from the explosive final act of the first game -
You might think it strange that in a game called Midnight Club, the time of day you race is important. But thats the case for the fourth in Rockstars racing series, set this time in just one city (guess which one). But don't worry, LA is the same size as all three cities in the last game put together.
As ever youll be able to race bikes against the supercars, which are much quicker, but it doesnt take much to send you sprawling. Other cars seen in the trailer include the Lamborghini Miura,
Remember Eternal Darkness on the Cube? This is what the guys behind that are doing next. An epic action-RPG full of sparkly sci-fi, evil robots and guns, spun around Norse mythology. You play as Baldur, son of Odin, a god who has to protect humanity from a crushing onslaught of machines intent on turning us all into greasy dust. Expect celestial big cheeses like Thor to pop up, too. If it sounds like a pile of hokum, dont worry - remember Eternal Darkness. They know how to rattle out a good
Finally a sports game with something to offer gamers that they cant get anywhere else (in North America, at least). Lawn darts were banned on the continent in the late 80s when the Consumer Product Safety Commission discovered that the 12-inch projectiles could cause skull punctures and other injuries. Not so in Summer Sports: Paradise Island; the only injuries you're going to have to worry about with this multiplayer party game for the Wii are sprained wrists and bruised egos.
Lawn darts is
We know the temptation all too well. Youre trotting through a Call of Duty 4 multiplayer map, you see a bit of cover, and think, “I bet I could get behind that and punk the next fool who runs through here.” But before you commit to that hidey-hole, think twice - you can likely be flanked, grenaded, or otherwise humiliated in what should have been your moment of glory. To avoid this fate, check out our whimsical video on Call of Duty 4s best and worst camping spots.
The Wii is the “kid friendly” console, right? We thought so too, until we mashed up some video clips to create Boogie NiGHTS. What emerged was a darkly disturbing series of scenes that are how we imagine a game by notorious film director Victor Salva might turn out. The whole experience left us wondering how many repressed memories might be lurking beneath all our NiGHTS nostalgia. What started as a loopy parody has become a staid cautionary tale: games rated E for Mild Fantasy
Going from dark horse to multi-million seller, Guild Wars has been the Cinderella story of the MMO world, battling against the heavyweights of WoW and EverQuest II for supremacy - and holding its own. Art director Daniel Dociu certainly has got a lot to do with this success. Weve cornered him to find out more about how the look and styles of Guild Wars, and the new expansion pack Eye of the North, came about. All the while wondering where weve seen that face
The most exciting thing about Borderlands is that its very similar to the ‘80s space western cartoon BraveStarr. In fact, apart from the notable absence of Confederate little people in smocks and sentient, anthropomorphic robot horses, Borderlands is just like it - but with more extreme violence. The second most exciting thing about it is that its a little bit like the ill-fated Firefly TV series as well. With that in mind, let us