Poker: America's new national pastime? You'd think it from the sudden explosion of TV shows, books and paraphernalia littering the pop culture landscape. Video games have jumped on the bandwagon, too, but every poker title seems to be missing ... something. Usually it's either smarts or speed. Stacked featuring Daniel Negreanu promises both.
Stacked is powered by the Poki AI, which doesn't sound like much, but has the potential to make all other poker games look utterly ridiculous. Developed
For some players, The Sims' Build Mode is an entire game. In fact, for a special few - who we like to call builders - it's the only game. It's a real eye-opening experience for us who make this game to see how far the systems we create can be pushed. It's also a testament to the ingenuity, not to mention the persistence, of the builders out there who have a vision and use Build Mode to realize that vision.
It would be simply impossible to talk about all the mind-blowingly cool buildings that
By now we're all somewhat familiar with the unlucky simian quartet of Super Monkey Ball. They're obscenely adorable, baby-voiced tykes that can't seem to escape the glass ball / perpetual hamster wheel that encases them. Usually, you'd be tasked with wheeling them through a floating, twisting maze (like the wooden Labyrinth board game), but this time the primates are rolling into some Mario-style platforming.
Super Monkey Ball Adventure keeps the little guys inside their round prisons, but
Samurai Champloo: Sidetracked is unequivocally the weirdest slash-'em-up we've ever seen. Created by the mad geniuses behind Killer 7, it follows the adventures of Mugen and Jin, two wandering samurai charged with protecting a young woman named Fuu, whose hobbies include eating and being kidnapped. Throwing historical accuracy to the wind, the game (like the anime series it's based on) is a hyperstylized, hip-hop-saturated romp through 19th-century Japan. And man is it ever bizarre.
An adventure so big you must recruit 108 characters to fully conquer it. The ability build your own castle and fill it with your rag-tag army, with a surprise around every corner. A lengthy, story-driven quest that always manages to be intimately personal yet grandly epic. One on one duels, the small skirmishes typical of all role playing games, and massive battles between armies. Somehow, even with all of this stuff, Suikoden hasn't managed to awaken much of a spirit of adventure these last
Rock 'em, sock 'em action. Robots flying apart into bits of shrapnel. Space battles of disturbing hugeness. You'll find all of that in Super Robot Taisen: Original Generation, one of the last big Japanese strategy role-playing series to make its debut in the U.S.
Yes, although the premise might suggest frenetic action, the Super Robot Taisen series has topped the charts in Japan for the past 15 years by providing thoughtful tactics instead of twitch gameplay. Previous versions of the game have
Amid the sometimes tired deluge of sequels and copycat adventure games featuring gangsters who steal cars and shoot innocent pedestrians, there can be hidden gems. Will Wright, the creator of the Sims franchise, is fashioning just such a gem: Spore. Developed for PC, Spore is a strategy game revolving around the development of your species, then the advancement of your civilization. You continue exploration through a universe so staggering in size you could literally play it forever and still
You are an outlaw among outlaws, a high-tech poacher known as a STALKER. In 2012, twenty years after the world's worst atomic disaster, a second mysterious explosion rocked the Ukraine. The Chernobyl site became uninhabitable for humans with even the most advanced protective gear. Six years later you reenter the area, known as the “Exclusion Zone,” to bring back valuable artifacts formed by the strange anomalies there. You are not alone. Mutated creatures and other trigger-happy
“I've been trying to develop a sequel to Hard Boiled, but didn't know how,” said action movie helmer John Woo in a video interview shown at Midway's Pulse media event in late February. Looks like he found one: John Woo Presents Stranglehold, is an upcoming action/adventure game that reunites Woo with his frequent star Chow Yun-Fat in a return to the world of Inspector Tequila.
Better to call it a “spiritual sequel,” though; the game won't pick up where the film left
Every day, some gat-toting punk game blasts its way across your console, frontin' like it's the next Grand Theft Auto... unless you're an Xbox 360 owner, in which case you're still thugless. Veteran developer Volition aims to change this with Saint's Row. On one hand, as yet another would be heir to the Grand Theft Auto empire, this ambitious prince may discover too late that it'll take more than mimicry to dethrone the reigning king. On the other hand, this is indeed one ambitious prince ...