Valve has announced that Half-Life 2: Aftermath will be the first in a line of episodic add-ons for the Half-Life sequel, expanding on the story behind the Combine invasion and Gordon's mysterious relationship with the G-Man.
Re-christened as Half-Life 2: Episode One, the expansion pack previously known as Aftermath will kick off a regular flow of new content. Due for release on April 24th, Episode One will be delivered across Valve's Steam client, although there is no current confirmation of
Thursday 6 April 2006
If you're expecting Half-Life 2: Episode One for PC to be little more than an Antlion hunt on the streets of City 17 when it's released on 2 June, you better take a glance at these new screens. The Combine might be rattled, but the war isn't won yet.
Fortunately, you'll have Barney, Alyx and her ever-enthusiastic robo-pet Dog to help you smash through Striders, soldiers and sand-dwelling critters as you attempt to escape the city before it becomes a giant smoking hole in
Tuesday 4 April 2006
Slip on the leather gloves, dust off the fibre wire and prepare for some high definition blood spilling because publisher Eidos has announced that Agent 47's latest lesson in cold, calculated killing - Hitman: Blood Money - will be released on Xbox 360 this spring.
Agent 47's soiree on Microsoft's next-gen beauty should certainly mean that the super sharp-shooting Hitman action will look even sweeter in super sharp HD-o-vision. The game's executive producer, Neil Donnell
Carefully waiting out the April fool's avalanche of fake game news, we were hit with a doozy of an announcement today: a video reminder of the existence of Huxley. It's a massively multiplayer, online, first-person shooter set in a universe named for Aldous Huxley's fictional literary masterpiece Brave New World. However, this homage to our favorite book from 10th grade English stops well short of mimicking anything imagined in the novel.
Not much is known yet about life in the steampunk'd,
Friday 31 March 2006
Halo 3 is due for release in March 2007, according to a pair of sources close to Microsoft. Given Bungie's painstaking approach to development, and the tremendous lifespan of pre-release promotion that MS can wring out of the game, a 2006 launch date is looking nigh-on implausible, so this mooted ETA is no surprise.
Does it really matter precisely when it may come out in 2007, though? As long as Microsoft has something to reveal at E3 - even if it's simply words, not
Tuesday 28 March 2006
Valve has introduced a commendable new feature to its popular content delivery system, Steam. Shoppers browsing the online Steam store will now find a review score (where available) handily placed for quick reference alongside game and price details.
Taken from metacritic.com, the scores represent the average grade given to a game by numerous web sites and magazines, reflecting a general consensus of critics rather than the opinion of a single review.
In addition to
Bungie's next game is almost certain to be revealed in 2006, according to Microsoft's Peter Moore. As is typical of both a tight-lipped Microsoft and the secretive Bungie, there's not even confirmation of whether or not it'll be Halo 3.
"We haven't made any announcements regarding the Halo franchise," Moore said in an online interview. "So Bungie is busy, they're an industrious bunch, and I think certainly this year, 2006, we might give you a peek at what Bungie is working on."
In a shocking development, Agent 47 (of Hitman: Blood Money fame) has allegedly been contracted by Colonel Sanders for what the Colonel would only comment on as an "upcoming project." Conceivably, the Colonel was most attracted by Agent 47's numerical name as it corresponds neatly to the number of special herbs and spices included in the Colonel's very own Kentucky Fried meat product.
Of course, none of that is even remotely true. What we actually have here is a set of new Hitman screens that
Silent and deadly may be Agent 47's preferred assassination method, but, as you can see from these new screens, when things get messy he's more than able to take care of the situation.
Previous games in the Hitman series have already enabled you to take hostages, as in our new screenshots - click the image tab above to see them. But in Hitman: Blood Money, Agent 47 has some brand new close-combat moves, including a head-butt and the ability to disarm his enemies. And if you look closely you'll
Here's a hefty visual dose of Hitman: Blood Money, Agent 47's latest murderous outing, which sees the ruthless assassin operating in America for the first time and enables you to pimp your weapons with the dirty cash you bag for each hit.
These images give you an idea of the locations you'll be stalking through, with one of 47's operations taking place in a church, complete with beefy masked men and shamefully immodest women dressed as angels.
Other levels look to demand that you commit your