If you’re the type of gamer who glazes over when you hear the word “strategy,” Valkyria Chronicles is the Japanese SRPG that might change your mind. An original IP from Sega Japan, Valkyria aims to satisfy the hardcore, niche gamer while also giving PS3 owners the exquisite eye candy they deserve for shelling out $400 for a console with action-charged gameplay and sketch-style cel-shading.
We started our Sega
Microsoft's quest for mainstream acceptance of Xbox 360 continues with the unveiling of Rare's gardening sequel, Viva Pinata: Trouble in Paradise, at a very exclusive trip up to see the studio in the Back End of Nowhere, UK. Both developer and publisher were keen to show it off at a recent Banjo 3 unveiling and we've got first images and impressions straight from Rare HQ.Let's get the important bit out of the way first - Viva
Admit it - you’ve thought about choking quite a few videogame characters to death. Whether it’s an annoying sidekick or a particularly tough boss, there’s no denying that the urge to bust somebody in the mush hasn’t seized you. There are a lot of deserving punks we could put into this article - but the most aggravating offenses come from the cutest characters. Those fluffy types just there to make a game more
Nobody likes to see a Game-Over screen. As if knowing you suck isn’t bad enough, some games rub it in by torturing you with really annoying Game-Over screens. What could be worse than having to watch your demise from multiple angles, or sitting through the same long-ass cutscene of the world ending every time you fail? Tack one of these onto a tough boss fight, and you have a perfect formula for gamer rage. We’ve hand-picked this
Whether it's by timeless game design, rabidly loyal community, or a fat slice of both, some videogames just keep coming back for more. Meet the games that will be around longer than you will.
Velvet Assassin could be the first action-stealth game to be set largely in a bed. The game opens with our heroine healing up inside a hospital, gun resting by her side. Based on a real-life WWII renegade agent, Violette Szabo’s story unfolds through a series of playable flashbacks that lead up to her current incapacitation. But trust us when we say this is one tough broad. The first mission we saw had Violette infiltrating a dreary cell
For 360 and PS3 owners, the month of March is a bit of a wasteland. Where's a gamer to turn for mindless violence and blistering action during this drought?
Viking: Battle for Asgard may be the answer. Wait... Viking what? Yeah, the fantasy-based hack 'n slasher isn't prominent on many players' radar. Here are five reasons why it SHOULD be.
Futuristic racing - perfected by F-Zero nearly twenty years ago, dragged through the mud by Fatal Inertia last year, and now it's back for another stab at greatness. Here's a tip - keep your hopes subterraneously low.Visually, Voltage certainly seems to be, erm, reminiscent enough of F-Zero to give us hope of a perfectly entertaining doppelganger racer, and there's the odd gameplay detail that suggests it could be a fun little romp in its own
Jan 15, 2008
Final Fantasy IV
Lost your bearings? FFIV is the one that introduced the ‘Active Time Battle System - the same time-meter-based attack system thats been used in pretty much all Final Fantasy games since. You might have seen IV before on GBA or maybe even PSOne - but never like this. You get the same 3D refit as the recent FFIII remake. You get voices. You get animated cutscenes. And you get one of historys greatest traditional RPGs, playable on the
Jan 11, 2008
On paper, Viking: Battle for Asgard sounds a lot like Dynasty Warriors, although this game is based on Norse mythology rather than actual events. The days of Ragnarok (the end of the world) have arrived and the demonic goddess Hel has unleashed an undead army on your heroic Viking people.
You take on the mantle of mankinds last hope, Skarin, and do battle for the Vikings homeland of Midgard. Of course, Vikings were best known for going berserk on the battlefield, overcome with