One of the secrets to making a great game is to keep things simple. After all, the action RPG Diablo, which arguably grandfathered the whole modern action RPG genre, was almost comically uncomplicated. The player pointed their computer's mouse in the direction he or she wanted the in-game character to go, then clicked on any creepy-crawlies that popped up and collected whatever goodies splurted from their lacerated corpses when they died. It was easy to pick up and impossible to put
• Tabula Rasa (WMV, 11.3MB) - right-click to download
Thursday 11 May 2006
Despite sounding like something spicy fashioned from chickpeas and wholesome hummus, Tabula Rasa is in fact one of the brightest, noisiest and most impressive looking things in the Concourse Hall. Just right-click on the link above to download the movie and see for yourself - it's got more bangs than watching the whole of WWII on fast forward.
Created by Richard Garriott and the chaps behind groundbreaking Ultima,
In the fifth game in this strategic first-person shooter, the old commander of Team Rainbow (our man Ding) has received a promotion, leaving you to lead the squad as Logan Keller. We got an early peek at this neon-laced cousin to Ghost Recon Advanced Warfighter, and, believe us, it wasn't enough.
Taking many of its cues from GRAW, Rainbow Six Vegas is not limited to the first-person view any longer. Now when Logan takes cover, the view will shift to an over-the-shoulder perspective to enable
This fall, early adopters of PS3 will be able to get involved with Tony Hawk's Project 8, the first next-gen outing for the skateboarding series. To be released for PS2, PS3, Xbox, Xbox 360 and PSP, Project 8 concerns Tony's quest to find the eight best amateur skaters in the world - and you've got to prove that you're one of them. Click away at the image tab above to see a batch of in-action screens.
While the gameplay might be old, with a streaming, free-roaming world like Tony Hawk's
Wednesday 10 May 2006
Extreme sports racing is coming to Wii this autumn, with Tony Hawk's Downhill Jam, an SSX-style skateboard race game designed especially for Nintendo's next-gen hardware, and we've seen it in action – just click the image tab above and take a look at some fresh new screens to get an idea for yourself.
Downhill Jam will make use of the Wii controller's motion sensitive features. You'll have to tilt the controller left or right to turn, and use a shaking action to
Wednesday 10 May 2006
This autumn, early adopters of PS3 will be able to get involved with Tony Hawk's Project 8, the first next-gen outing for the skateboarding series. To be released for PS2, PS3, Xbox, Xbox 360 and PSP, Project 8 concerns Tony's quest to find the eight best amateur skaters in the world - and you've got to prove that you're one of them. Click away at the image tab above to see a batch of in-action screens.
While the gameplay might be old, with a streaming, free-roaming world
When the first images of Splinter Cell: Double Agent surfaced, showing series hero and superspy Sam Fisher shaved bald and rocking a fashionable prison-orange jumpsuit, fans' brains reeled. Could Sam, the ultimate patriot, have snapped and become a bad guy?
Well, sort of, yeah. But only for a really good cause. Sam has gone deeply undercover, infiltrating an organization so secretive that in order to gain their trust, he has to do the same evil deeds as the enemy. This is the kind of
We all knew there was going to be a new Tony Hawk game announced at E3, but how about a Wii- and DS-exclusive title that bucks everything the series has done before? Tony Hawk's Downhill Jam puts you on a one-way, downhill track and focuses solely on fast-paced, teeth-grinding speed.
You play as Hawk or one of nine other grungy-esque characters, cutting through such geography-rich regions like San Francisco, Hong Kong and Rio de Janeiro, usually vying for a first-placed run. The Wii remote is
Wednesday 10 May 2006
When Wii hits the shops at the end of the year, it'll play host to next-gen versions of both Tony Hawk's and Call of Duty, according to publisher Activision.
Tony Hawk's Downhill Jam and Call of Duty 3 are set for release in autumn, and will feature in the launch line-up for Nintendo's newly rechristened console. However, despite hitting several current and next-gen systems, Call of Duty 3 won't be striking a beachhead on PC.
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The E3 demo of Atari's racing sim Test Drive Unlimited will be available to play on Xbox Live this week.
Microsoft is so hot for Xbox Live members to experience the magic of E3 via downloadable content on the online service that owners will be granted free Gold memberships for E3 week (Monday, May 8 until Sunday, May 14).
Test Drive Unlimited is a massively open online racing game that allows gamers to visit top sports car garages, get behind the wheels of the world's sexiest cars and take