Tuesday 5 September 2006
In light of Bully's new, but less punchy title (all puns intended), we wondered if Canis Canem Edit really is up there with the dodgier names to grace game shelves over the years.
We rummaged deep into our collective brain sacks for some of the most baffling, long-winded, utter nonsense game names that we've ever encountered. So, for your mild amusement, here's our top 10 madcap monikers...
10. Deus Ex
Another Latin lesson - taken from 'deus ex machina', or 'god from
If you listened to all the insane parents and random, ignorant groups out there, Bully is the reason you cry yourself to sleep at night. They all took one look at this schoolyard tale woven by the same company that sells Grand Theft Auto and assumed the game was all about beating the crap out of kids, stealing their lunch money and glorifying everything we all hated about growing up.
In reality, Bully is almost the exact opposite. Jimmy Hopkins isn't out to cause trouble, or pick on students
Friday 1 September 2006
There's not even a splash of the red stuff in the whole of Canis Canem Edit's boarding school adventure. But that hasn't stopped the 'ban that' pack slurring Rockstar as "irresponsible", or prematurely labelling Canis Canem Edit as a "Columbine simulator". So it's a good job that Canis - albeit with its new, not-so-contentious title - is set to tackle all the ridiculous fuss with a quirky, characterful and quality experience.
Canis is set in and around Bullworth
Wednesday 30 Aug 2006
A gothic girl, the undead, leather and guns. Yes we know, but for the moment put any thought of Bloodrayne out of your noggin. Temporarily wrestle those mental images of sapphic suckers and vamps from the bongo storage area of your cerebellum.
Instead imagine the dynamism of Ninja Gaiden but high on oestrogen, the athleticism of Devil May Cry but with slightly more mascara or Dead Rising in thigh-length boots. All of these are better comparisons for Bullet Witch and not
Wednesday 23 August 2006
After a lengthy wait in the lengthy Wii queue - the Leipzig Game Convention really is the new E3! - we were able to play a multiplayer match of the recently announced Battalion Wars 2. Featuring the Xylvanians and other familiar sides from the original (the final game will feature six playable sides), we were tasked with protecting positions on the map from rampaging show-goers.
Looking at Battalion Wars 2 in action, you might be forgiven for thinking it's still the
After a lengthy wait in the lengthy Wii line in Leipzig, we were able to play a multiplayer match of the recently announced Battalion Wars 2. Featuring the Xylvanians and other familiar faces from the original (the final game will feature six playable armies), we were tasked with protecting positions on the map from rampaging show-goers.
Looking at Battalion Wars 2 in action, you might be forgiven for thinking it's still the original game - the major difference being, of course, the control
(You know, this makes more sense if you've read Part 1 first.)
GR: What's your favorite aspect of Bad Day LA?
AM: I like the fact that this is a game about helping and caring. In a world where other video games are teaching our children how to rape prostitutes, make lampshades from human remains and shoot innocent water buffalos with RPGs, Bad Day LA serves up a "Love thy neighbor... and set on him fire with a Molotov cocktail if he's turned into a brain-eating zombie" type message that
Even if you've never heard of American McGee, you'll remember him now from the unusual name (His famous explanation: "My mom smoked pot. She was a hippie. I'm not sure how else to put that"). But it's more likely that you've played one of the games he's helped create: Doom II, Quake, American McGee's Alice, or Scrapland. His latest, Bad Day LA, puts players in the middle of Los Angeles on the worst day ever, with simultaneous disasters breaking out around the city. But instead of being a
The breathtakingly apocalyptic Bullet Witch won't be gunning for US shores until early next year, but that hasn't stopped us from playing the just-released-in-Japan shooter for ourselves. And while it felt - at first - like a fairly standard third-person shooter, the arresting visuals and cool gameplay touches made us hungry for more.
If you've read our coverage, you already know that Bullet Witch takes place in the year 2013, after a series of catastrophes (not the least of which is the
The cheeky bastards at Rockstar have built an empire on letting gamers do things they'd probably never do in real life: stealing cars, running with gangs and stabbing skinheads in the face, for example. Now, despite frantic protest from watchdog groups, they're just months away from offering up a chance to slip on the shoes of everyone's childhood nemesis.
In Bully, you'll play as Jimmy Hopkins, a burly little miscreant with a permanent sneer and a mastodon-sized chip on his shoulder. After