If we had the money to make just one game, we'd go for the "living pinatas" theme too. Uh... wait, no. Be that as it may, that's Rare's next big thing, and you can find out for yourself just how bizarre and adorable it can be by clicking on the "movies" tab above. Don't blame us if it leaves you with a craving for
Square Enix may have wowed us with Final Fantasy XIII on the PS3, but they are far from giving up on the PS2. Due out this September, Valkyrie Profile 2: Silmeria is a gorgeous RPG with a fast-action core.
The game picks up before the original Valkyrie Profile, which was released for the PlayStation and has a remake due soon on the PSP. The story concerns a young princess who becomes possessed by the spirit of a valkyrie, a battle maiden from Norse mythology sent to Midgard (aka Earth) by the
After announcing that Virtua Fighter 5 will be a PS3 exclusive when it ships next year, Sega let the crowds at E3 get a preview with the arcade version of its martial-arts powerhouse.
Even though it's not running on the PS3 hardware (yet), Virtua Fighter 5 looks amazing, with big, detailed stages and realistic lighting. The characters look incredibly smooth and well-animated, with one move leading seamlessly into the next. But while they're better-looking than ever, they're mostly the same
Today at E3, we met Jeff Butler, president of Sigil Games, at his new publisher Sony Online Entertainment. Jeff also happens to be the executive producer of Vanguard: Saga of Heroes, the highly anticipated, massively multiplayer online role playing game.
Weve seen Vanguard before, but the smug look on Jeffs face betrays a man who has made his dreams a reality. One look at the new version of the game tells us Sigil has made incredible strides in artistic appeal. The team has forged amazingly
The next big game from Rare will be a brand-new franchise called Viva Pinata. An original idea by game developer Rare, the game will debut this holiday, just a few months after the tie-in CGI animated cartoon debuts on American television. The game is not based directly on the show, but instead takes place in the same world of Viva Pinata Island.
In Viva Pinata, pinatas are living creatures. You tend a garden to attract them - if your dirt looks particularly inviting, worms will make your
In the Sony booth, Sega debuted a playable version of Virtua Tennis 3 for the PS3 (it's also due for the Xbox 360.) The game, which has arcade-style, simple-to-understand play, has been a favorite of gamers who like a realistic but fun game of tennis. It really shines in multiplayer.
Unfortunately, the demo was for one player only, and was limited to a simple single match. While we can't see the full list of tennis pros Sega plans to include, we were able to scope how detailed and realistic
Tuesday 9 May 2006
We've managed to snaffle the first screens from Gran Turismo HD fresh from the pre-E3 Sony conference itself.
Presented and played in front of our eyes by the series' producer Kazunori Yamauchi, Gran Turismo HD is more of a demo of what we can expect from the next GT title, rather than a game in development.
And so while only four levels are playable at the moment, the game still looks absolutely stunning because it runs in true high definition (1920 x 1080 progressive
Tuesday 9 May 2006
One of the games that Sony used to showcase the power of PlayStation 3 at its pre-E3 conference was Gran Turismo HD - a playable demo created especially for the show - and you can see the footage for yourself by right-clicking each of the following links and downloading the movies:
• Gran Turismo HD movie #1 (WMV, 13.9MB)
• Gran Turismo HD movie #2 (WMV, 9.3MB)
• Gran Turismo HD movie #3 (WMV, 7.2MB)
Unsurprisingly, Gran Turismo looks absolutely amazing on
Monday 8 May 2006
Sega has revealed that the much-loved Virtua Fighter series will return for a fifth time in 2007, but now as an exclusive PS3 title.
Named Virtua Fighter 5, the game will feature 17 playable polygon-built warriors including two new characters. El Blaze is a Mexican fighting champion who relies on the speed of his lucha libre fighting style to take down his foes, while martial arts expert Eileen prefers her monkey kung fu technique taught by her dear old granddad.
Vanguard: Saga of Heroes, the long-awaited massively multiplayer online role-playing game from EverQuest creator Brad McQuaid, is due out this winter - but who will publish it? Probably not Microsoft, as Sony Online Entertainment is currently snagging the publishing rights.
In a press release, Sigil Games CEO Brad McQuaid said, “As the development process is ongoing and constantly shifting, it became clear that Microsoft Game Studios and Sigil had varying visions and direction for the