Set in a fractured futuristic land of oppressive government rules and bleak dystopian perspectives, Dreamfall - the sequel to the classic adventurer Longest Journey - pits you against forces that are seen and unseen.
There are three major characters in Dreamfall that you'll need to assist in their struggle to discover the dimension-spanning conspiracy that threatens us all. Zoe is an apathetic youth who's lost her direction (having broken up with her boyfriend and quit college) when her life
We die-hard baseball fans are a bit more, um ... odd than those who obsess over other sports. Over the course of a season, we chew on enough numbers to make any accountant weep and bandy about statistical terms, as if everyone should know exactly what we're talking about.
It's this kind of crazy that makes us drool over the potential of Ultimate Baseball Online 2006, a long-in-development, ultra high-concept project that only a baseball nut could love. UBO boldly attempts to give us crazies
We've been manipulating furry little critters in video games for years, so how come playing third-person platform actioner Over the Hedge didn't hit us as an exercise in boredom? The short answer: multiplayer. The slightly longer answer: a decent sense of humor.
Over the Hedge takes its characters from an upcoming Dreamworks animated feature (code for "kiddie cartoon") in which a bunch of woodland creatures mount an assault on suburbia. As you can imagine, the idea is that hilarity then
Thursday 20 April 2006
For a game most often name-checked for its menu system, Secret of Mana always had a wealth of other pleasures to offer, from its lush environments to its absorbing combat and its engaging story.
And, at first sight, Children of Mana looks set to top it, with sumptuous locations and rambunctious, punchy action. But there's a caveat: this isn't an adventure.
There's no story, no towns to explore, no elemental powers to unlock. A pure dungeon crawl, Children of Mana limits
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Day 3: MMO Boot camp
If you've never played an online RPG before, be prepared to change the way you think. Sometimes it seems like the game bashes you over the head with rules - written and unwritten. So why do people bother? Because it turns out these rules actually help more than they hurt, most of the time - and the games are so addictive, anyway. In Final Fantasy XI, many of the rules are designed to force players to play with one another, and others simply aim to get them
Armed Assault is a military-fetishist's fantasy. Sticky copyright problems mean creator Bohemia Interactive - developer of soldier simulator Operation Flashpoint - can't call the game Operation Flashpoint 2, but that's exactly what it is. Only better, more ambitious and much, much bigger.
As a grunt in the US Army, you're sent to a remote island as part of a peacekeeping force. You spend your time slugging beers and attempting to keep the island's two factions from blasting the hell out of one
Think of your favorite novel. Now know this: The Da Vinci Code kicked its ass. Dan Brown's thriller about secret societies, hidden messages in famous paintings and some controversial theories about Jesus Christ is officially the best-selling novel ever, nearing almost 40 million copies in print. So what can the game provide that all those dead trees can't? More puzzles.
Without giving too much away, you'll take up the role of Robert Langdon, an art expert who finds himself a key suspect in a
For a game most often name-checked for its menu system, Super Nintendo classic Secret of Mana always had a wealth of other pleasures to offer, from its lush environments to its absorbing combat and engaging story.
And, at first sight, Children of Mana looks set to top it with sumptuous locations and rambunctious, punchy action. But there's a caveat: this isn't an adventure.
There's no story, no towns to explore, no elemental powers to unlock. A pure dungeon crawl, Children of Mana limits its
The city is on fire, and it's your job to put it out - with bullets. The civic-minded shooter Urban Chaos: Riot Response is shaping up nicely for its June release, and we recently went a few rounds with the PS2 version's frantic online multiplayer mode. Where we got shot. In the head. A lot. (Seriously, click here to see for yourself.)
Our abysmal performance aside - and the lesson here is not to play against the guys who made the game - multiplayer in Urban Chaos is promising. While the
Have you burned through Dance Dance Revolution's entire song catalog? Or have you always wanted to try a dancing game, but thought the music wasn't really your thing? Enter Dance Factory. Due out in August, it's the first game that'll actually let you stomp to tunes from your own CDs.
At first blush, Dance Factory looks like your typical DDR clone, as a series of cascading arrows tell you which part of a dance mat to step on in time with music. The key difference is that Factory generates