Question: what gaming platform has a userbase that rivals the entire current generation of consoles? If you answered Facebook, well, you're partly right. It may not have been originally designed for games, but the social networking platform has steadily built up a library of titles that are sure to distract you when you should really be getting some work done. The problem is, the games section is filled with so much crap that it can be tough to find a good game
A LEGO game lacking the franchise affiliations of Star Wars, Indiana Jones and Batman could have ended up feeling generic. Instead, Jumpgate developer NetDevil has delivered a massively multiplayer world where you get to bash ninjas, astronauts, pirates and medieval knights, all while platforming through castles and spaceships.
Square’s last MMORPG was Final Fantasy XI. Its major problem was a lack of accessibility. Because if you didn’t have a large group of friends, all with PCs that could play it or PS2s with special PS2 hard drives, the fun was severely limited. But that’s all changed in XIV, a timed PS3 exclusive. We interviewed producers Sage Sundi and Hiromichi Tanaka at GamesCom, and they explained the changes they’ve made.
How much space is left in your living room? That’s the question you need to ask yourself when you think about Tony Hawk Ride. Unlike games like Guitar Hero and DJ Hero, where the giant, ugly set of peripherals are integral to the experience, you get the feeling that the Ride board isn’t necessary. It’s a novelty. A bell. A whistle.
ODST is more than an expansion. ODST is an experimentation. Sure, this year’s Halo game could be seen as something of a placeholder, a small side adventure to keep fans occupied until next year’s Reach. The graphics are nearly the same as those in Halo 3. So are the enemies, weapons and vehicles. The gameplay feels as familiar as ever. Not in every way, though...
We put it to you, dear readers, that a lot of people remember the first Tropico game fondly. We also put it to you that of those people, only a minority actually gave it any significant degree of time. Let’s forget about the second game – where the setting was changed from a fictional Caribbean socialist paradise to a community of bloodthirsty, grog-swilling pirates – and concentrate on the first one.
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The business days of Tokyo Game Show have wrapped up. Developers and publishers have made their big announcements and press have had their interviews, so even though the open-to-the-public days are this weekend, the big news has all been announced. Here is a short list of the stories and games that were heating up industry talk during the first two days of the show.
Defense of the Ancients (also known as DotA) just might be the most important mod ever made for a PC game. DotA is one of the main reasons why millions of players still play Warcraft III today, and it has influenced quite a few recently released and upcoming spiritual successors to the team-based/action RTS
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Post date: September 25, 2009
T-Dar 70 length: 2:25:29
Quote of the week: “Anything you says, aaaaaaaah does!”
Intro song by: Anamanaguchi
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