As series with 13 entries and an ungodly amount of spin-off titles, Final Fantasy stirs up a great amount of excitement when a new game arrives. XIII hits the US next week, making it not just the first entry on the PS3/360, but also the first numbered sequel since 2006’s Final Fantasy XII.
We recently got another chance to test out how well Tarzan (er, Rico) the secret agent swings in the run up to his launch into the public sphere in late March. And it turns out that he’s swinging rather well, as it happens.
Let’s do a quick recap for those who haven’t been here very long. Rico is a sort of Hispanic James Bond, but with an even more uncanny ability to dodge death and defeat evil.
Post date: February 26, 2010
T-Dar 90 length: 2:24:04
Intro song by: Anamanaguchi
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Back in 2007, Bungie invited us to finish the fight. But in 2010 it looks like we’re going to be starting it all over again, as we look back to the events that lead to the elimination of the Spartan super soldiers, the destruction of a colonised planet and the galaxy-spanning war that took Master Chief three whole games to finally put an end to.
Let’s not beat around the bush. There’s always been one thing that we’ve been great at in StarCraft: losing. When it comes to fumbling build orders, leaving ourselves open to an early rush, and mismanaging our economy, we’re pretty much the best. But that hasn’t stopped us from playing StarCraft II’s multiplayer beta non-stop since we gained access. It’s just that good.
Just as obsessive dog owners morph into strange likenesses of their canine friends, hardcore gamers become manifestations of their game collections. The genres we play reveal truths about our lifestyles - the way we dress, the friends we keep, and the music we listen to. Or... maybe it’s completely ridiculous to make sweeping generalisations based on dogs and videogame genres. Maybe.
A lot of stuff happens in the world of games every week - some of which you might have missed. Here's a quick round-up of what we considered to be the most talked about news stories of the past five days....
'Milo shits out the back of the telly'
Charlie Brooker, sardonic UK comedic writer and star of much-praised Newswipe and Gameswipe TV shows has apparently offended Peter Molyneux with some typically cutting remarks about
Assassin's Creed II could learn a thing or two from these.
In even the best games, you're going to come across some filler. You know what we mean: some content that didn't need to be there, and didn't enhance the experience. These are levels, tasks, and areas added to the game specifically to make it last longer, and that add nothing to the experience save frustration. These segments can run the gamut from merely inconvenient or irritating, to absolutely infuriating.
Monster Hunter is one of those game series that, despite the best efforts of everyone involved, has yet to attain the explosive popularity in North America that it has overseas. Part of this has to do with cultural factors – the heavily advertised PSP Monster Hunter Freedom Unite’s biggest selling point was its multiplayer… which was only do-able via ad hoc until very recently