Another week of comings and goings in the world of video games. But why trawl through news sites when you can catch up with all the important stuff right here in one article? These are the stories that got us talking this week
Real pets are rubbish. If they're not pissing and shitting everywhere, they're trying to hump your leg or chewing on that miniature Master Chief helmet you paid 140 notes for. By contrast, video game creatures are clearly awesome. Most seem to lack the necessary anatomical parts to forge faeces, they never need walking and some can even fetch you a fern tree. That's why we've chosen the following collection of multi-talented critters - who between them can entertain kids, open cans of tuna and even win you huge bets - as our dream pets. Yup, looks like Fido will be taking that fateful trip to the vet after all.
We could tell you about Capcom’s dazzling new possess-’em-up, or we could leave it to people who are a bit more in the know. Say, writer/director (and Phoenix Wright creator) Shu Takumi and producer Hironobu Takeshita? Go on then, we’ll let them do the talking
We spent most of our youth hacking up make believe monsters. Tree stumps, bushes, neighbours’ pets – all it takes is a bit of imagination and no friends. It’s the key difference between gamers and non-gamers. The non-gamers embraced the magic of childhood looking for Where the Wild Things Are. We, on the other hand, asked Where the Wild Things Are Because We Want to Hit Them With Rakes. Gamers are destructive.
Today is the ten-year anniversary of The Sims franchise. That’s a decade of miniature births, miniature lives and, eventually, miniature deaths playing out upon our game screens. A decade of little computer men and women landing their first virtual jobs, buying their first virtual homes, meeting their first virtual friends and holding their first virtual marriages. A decade of glowing green plumbobs and red-alert bladder meters.
Updated impressions: We've played some more of THQ's quirky survival shooter. Here's what you need to know.
So it's finally happened. Sonic the Hedgehog 4 has been announced. It's real, it's coming soon and there's a trailer to prove it, complete with a full two seconds of gameplay footage. Two. Full. Seconds.
How much can you glean from two seconds of video? If you're a long-time Sonic fan like me, a heck of a lot – and I'd like to tell you the good and the bad. I'm sure regular readers of the site will know that I love the old Sonic
The beta of PS3 create-'em-up ModNation Racers supposedly leave the majority of its character creation options locked. But you'd never know it. The community has already created an astonishing array of awesome characters - most of which look strangely familiar...
The beta is still open in Europe, but all the places have been taken, so sadly if you haven't got on it already, you'll have to wait until the full game launches later
I’m carrying a bag filled with gold. My team is plundering a mine, and I’m the point man - lugging burlap-wrapped bullion back to a capture point in our base. My teammate is a desperado, and he’s yelling at me from beneath his face bandana to hurry the hell up.
“Throw the gold!” he hollers. I’m trying.
Apocalyptic visions of the future are ten a penny these days. If it’s not some deadly virus that turns everyone into zombies (28 Days Later, Resident Evil et al) then it’s a nuclear war (Fallout 3) or environmental catastrophe (The Day After Tomorrow, 2012).