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When it comes to heart-exploding jet action, Namco's Ace Combat series has had the genre cornered for years. But for some, even Ace leans too far to the flight-sim side of things, forcing you to bank, yaw and obey the restrictions of your plane. That's where Heatseeker comes in. Its no-nonsense approach to blasting jets out of the sky should have no trouble courting adrenaline-soaked gamers even if they've never piloted a virtual jet in their life.
Real-world sorties involve quick strikes
Monday 13 November 2006
Top Gun has a lot to answer for. Dodgy '80s haircuts. Unprecedented levels of homoeroticism thinly-veiled as masculine bravado. Tom Cruise's career. But consider its impact on gaming, too.
Gamers thrilled by the high altitude stunts of the movie demanded the experience for themselves. The result? 1987's Afterburner. With its moving cabinet and mock cockpit control stick, gamers were given a streamlined arcade taste of gunning down bogeys at four o'clock, though they
It's been a dry first year for PlayStation 3 owners, but the trickle of long-awaited exclusives begins soon - and it's bringing this year's most anticipated hack-and-slasher along with it. Heavenly Sword is slated to hit stores in September, and now that we've seen and played more than just the tiny arena battles Sony's showed us in the past, it's clear that there's some real meat here - at least enough to keep fans of graceful, crowd-slashing brutality happy.
Heavenly Sword follows the story
We’ve been shot. Not to worry, the bullet grazed us and put a hole in our coat, not our heart. We stand up and brush ourselves down, trying to retain a bit of dignity. Maybe if we’d been quicker or smarter this wouldn’t have happened, but at least no one was seriously hurt. We look to our right and left and realise it could have all been so different.
If you were a pensioner, and we said "1960s San Francisco" to you, you'd probably roll your eyes, or else go all misty-eyed and complain that you just can't get decent LSD anymore. It depends what kind of pensioner you are, really. As it happens, this is the exact setting for Hei$t, the Hollywood-inspired robbery sim from developer inXile - though the closest you'll get to any peace-and-love daisy-age nonsense here is driving your getaway car through a crowd full of hippies.
It's been a while
As a concept Heist is solid gold - lead a crew of badasses as you plan and pull off a series of bank robberies in 1969 San Francisco. Just the idea evokes countless Hollywood images of cool guns, cool sunglasses, cool muscle cars, cool afros and fat bundles of cool, crisp dollar bills. And that's definitely a good thing, because it's exactly the vibe that Heist is shooting for.
Certainly all those elements were represented in the sections of the game we were shown by developer inXile
As we watched the 30% complete version of Heist, Maxx Kaufman, of developers InExile, wanted us to "imagine it looking awesome all the time."
You can see why. At the moment, this safe-cracking, '60s-set, free-roamer looks a bit basic. The banks are blank, the robbers struggle with scenery and the chatter is stilted. But if the team can polish the graphics as well as they generate ideas, this will be one to
Remember the Arkedo series on Xbox Live Indie games? Possibly not. Well, Sega bought the promising studio and this is their first game together. It's about an undead bunny who goes around disemboweling cartoon monsters. Not your typical platformer, then, but that's exactly why it's likely to stand out from the crowd.
By now, Hellboy fans have had time to wash the filthy taste of 2004's PSone disaster Hellboy: Asylum Seeker out of their mouths. Don't know what we're talking about? Let's keep it that way - the big red paranormal investigator is lumbering back onto the videogame scene in the fall, and this time it looks like he's coming correct.
We've stomped through two levels of Hellboy's upcoming brawler (just titled Hellboy for now), and although the game is still in really early form, it's already