Friday 2 June 2006
Rockstar doesn't tend to follow trends. After the success of Grand Theft Auto, everyone expected the company to continually mine the lucrative seam of 'crime' games. Instead, it made a cowboy game. Then, when every publisher decided to make their first 360 game a shooter set in the near future, Rockstar goes and makes a table tennis game.
And now, just when everyone is converting their PS2 games into PSP games (Tomb Raider, Tekken, Pro Evolution Soccer et al) Rockstar
We first snuck a peek at the ambitious role-player Gothic 3 at E3, but have recently received a closer look now that were away from those bustling halls. Graphically, this early version is clearly a couple of notches below the uber-visuals we've seen from RPGs like The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion and Dark Messiah of Might and Magic. But the makers of Gothic 3 have balanced going for advanced graphics against playing the game on a real-world PC.
Like Oblivion and the previous two Gothic titles,
We can't wait
Guitar Hero II
Nobody quite expected Guitar Hero to be such a blistering success last year, but its popularity and sheer awesomeness have put the sequel at the top of our "must-see" list. While it's deceptively simple - you "play" a guitar-shaped controller in time to a cascading series of onscreen dots - Guitar Hero is one of the most enjoyably addictive games on the PS2, and we've got high hopes for the next
We can't wait
Gears of War
By now, we've all seen the jaw-dropping trailer, but we can't wait to get our hands on this festival of frags. Just the thought of burying the end of our chainsaw-gun into the face of a formerly subterranean dwelling Locust monster has our fingers twitching with anticipation. Being able to share the bloodletting with online friends in a little co-op play only makes the prospect of eviscerating Locusts more
300 BC: the fledgling Roman Republic is powerful, but beset on all sides by enemies. Carthaginians, Gauls and Samnites threaten the young nation. Even worse, unspeakably horrible terrors - Gorgons, Minotaurs and Cyclopes - patrol the lands just beyond the Roman gates. Gods and Heroes: Rome Rising, makes you a scion of the gods, in a massively-multiplayer role playing adventure. Born of immortal heritage, you will serve to protect and expand the Roman Republic.
As a servant of one of the 12
What makes the Roman Empire the most fascinating and storied regime in all of history? The Romans were so far ahead of their time that it is nearly impossible to find a social or political issue today where a Roman wouldn't sniff, "been there, done that." At its apogee, the Roman Empire stretched from Great Britain to Constantinople, an impossibly complex social and military achievement 2,000 years ago.
Glory of the Roman Empire simulates the Roman society at a granular level, and enables us
Thursday 30 March 2006
A big 'welcome back' to the lunatic developer SimBin. Not because it's been away for long - the moon has barely waned since its last racing title appeared, classic touring car racer GT Legends - but because it's a lunatic.
Where most are happy to fake those sexy, glowing brake discs with a bit of judicious orange, SimBin has linked disc colour directly to accurately modelled temperature maps based on friction, mass and grip.
The result is a strokabley real-looking
Oblivion may be the big RPG story this spring, but sooner or later, even that massive game will end - and when it does, you know you'll want The Next Thing. That could be Gothic 3, Apsyr's ambitious swords-and-slashery epic, which already looks fairly promising, even if it's months away.
In the third installment of the big-in-Europe Gothic series, you'll find yourself at the losing end of a battle between orcs and humans. The soft pink people have been enslaved by leathery green overlords,
At this point, if feels like everything's already been done when it comes to hand-drawn, 2D fighting games. We've seen screen-filling, strobe-light megablasts, sea monsters clawing at mummies and even the X-Men caught in a battle with Jill Valentine from Resident Evil. But no matter how weird things get, you can always expect the bizarre sci-fi action of Guilty Gear to smack the reasoning right out of your
Few movie-to-game adaptations have garnered as much attention and speculation as EA's take on The Godfather, which finally hits stores later this month. Casting players as a random wiseguy in the Corleone crime family, it combines free-form, Grand Theft Auto-style gameplay with a plot that follows the epic Mafia film from behind the scenes.
We've spent some hard time with this gangland simulation, and we can say that the driving feels great, the violence is intense, the story is riveting and