We can't wait
Gears of War
By now, we've all seen the jaw-dropping trailer, but we can't wait to get our hands on this festival of frags. Just the thought of burying the end of our chainsaw-gun into the face of a formerly subterranean dwelling Locust monster has our fingers twitching with anticipation. Being able to share the bloodletting with online friends in a little co-op play only makes the prospect of eviscerating Locusts more
Given the long wait since the city-building simulation SimCity 4 (and especially given that series creator Will Wright is sealed up in a bunker somewhere obsessively laboring on his next game, Spore), it was inevitable that somebody somewhere would jump in and try fill that niche. After all, there's no denying the fun of ruling the lives of an entire municipality's worth of little, virtual people. Whether or not City Life can fill the legendary SimCity's shoes remains an open question, of
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
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
There's nothing quite like skulking around the dark, armed with a 2x4 embedded with rusty nails, swiping at shadows of homicidal junkies. In other words, there's nothing quite like the visceral horror of Condemned: Criminal Origins, headed to PC in mid-April.
Already a success on Xbox 360, Condemned puts you in the flat feet of an FBI detective, investigating a serial murderer. But this is no glossy X-Files assignment; you'll stalk the stalker yourself, digging through abandoned apartments,
It's rare when the most straightforward thing you can say about a game is that it's a collaboration between the people who made farming-sim Harvest Moon and the messed up minds behind the blood-soaked thriller Killer 7. If you've never played either of those - and we wouldn't be shocked - just imagine David Lynch directing the cast of The Wizard of Oz in SAW III. It's that jarring a collaboration. But no matter how strange the game you're currently imagining (a seed propagator stuffed with
Friday 7 April 2006
It's rare when the most straightforward thing you can say about a game is that it's a collaboration between the people who made Harvest Moon and the people who made Killer 7. But no matter how strange the game you're currently imagining - a seed propagator stuffed with severed heads, maybe? - it won't be quite as original as Contact's set-up.
A mysterious professor, fleeing some more mysterious pursuers, is contacted by a yet more mysterious intelligence through the means
Memories of bushwhacking through tropical blast-a-thon Far Cry's tangled jungles and (sometimes) outdoing the whip-smart AI make us go all gushy inside. However, those fondly recalled moments of 2004's best pure shooter took a beating when we watched the first video of developer Crytek's latest effort: Crysis. Graphically speaking, the jungle shooter Far Cry seemed too big for its britches when it was released, but seeing Crysis in action makes Far Cry seem like a crudely drawn cartoon by
• Crysis tech movie (WMV, 51.2MB) - right-click to download
Wednesday 29 March 2006
When Crysis - the next project from acclaimed Far Cry developer Crytek - was announced recently it immediately roused our interest. But now that publisher EA has showered us with a bounty of glorious images and an astonishing movie - which you can see by clicking the link at the top of the page - that shows off the game's technical wizardry, we're practically overflowing with excitement.
Touted as a
Right now, we'll tell you this one sounds like it's for the niche RPG crowd. While traveling through space, "The Professor's" ship crashes on an unknown planet. Pieces of the ship's power source, called Cells, have been scattered across the alien world. It's up to you to scour the planet, fight off monsters and get those pieces back before some mysterious rival organization yanks them first.
Anyone familiar with the always-quirky nature of lighthearted RPGs will read that plotline and take it