Treasure’s got a reputation for making great shooters. And rightfully so. The company's 1998 Saturn release, Radiant Silvergun, is considered by many to be one of – if not the – greatest shooters ever made. Of course, a sizeable amount of western gamers have never actually played that one because it only came out in Japan. However, the spiritual follow-up, Ikaruga, is arguably just as good, if not better than its
“Slipping the surly bonds of earth” has never been more challenging or more rewarding than in IL-2 Sturmovik 1946, the new kitchen-sink compilation of all things airborne during WW2. And when we say all things, we mean all things: there are literally 229 flyable aircraft in this game, from bombers to fighter jets, and another 70 or so that you can just turn into flaming wreckage. There are alternate history campaigns, more than 100 types of ground target, and several games' worth
You’ve been chasing the enemy ace for ten minutes with your engine running hot from being pushed too hard and too long. Fuel is running low and ammunition even lower but you’ve finally got the drop on your foe. His German-made fighter can out-turn and out-gun your British crate but you have altitude and surprise in your favor.
This is a heady time for videogames, friends. Whereas most disc-based games are still very much the AAA, big-budget, bald space marine, first-person shooter fare we've come to expect, the emergence of downloadable titles on everything from consoles to cell phones has given developers the chance to make something smaller and more bite-sized, but no less enthralling...
On February 12, 1989, a photographer attached to a Cambridge University archaeological expedition was setting up his tripod on a cliff overlooking the Valley of the Kings when he happened to notice something gold-coloured glittering in the rocks at his feet. Dropping to his knees and digging with eager hands he proceeded to uncover not one but two screwed-up Caramac wrappers, some orange peel, a bag of vomit, and an empty Um Bongo carton (25cl). I'd like to apologise to that photographer and
When you’re driving the bus of British pop culture, you have to be careful. There’s a massive blind spot on the left-hand side, and it’s almost completely filled with Perry Rhodan. Mr. Rhodan is the hero of a slightly camp, heroic sci-fi opera that has been around for nearly half a century. In Germany. The videogame part of this long-running franchise is a traditional point-and-click affair, with an inventory that fills
Should you want a pithy summary of Imperial Glory's strengths and weaknesses, go get that copy of Halliwell's Film Guide that's gathering dust beside the TV and look up the entry for 1970 Napoleonic war epic Waterloo. See where it says "historical charade" and "looks both exciting and splendid, though confusion is not avoided"? - that's IG in a nutshell.Pyro Studios has succeeded in creating their own handsome Total War homage (historical setting, realtime battles, turn-based economics and army
You've probably never heard of Glory of the Roman Empire, even though it sold a million copies worldwide. Maybe you've never heard of this sequel either. But that's all about to change, because Imperium Romanum is a quality management sim that even Julius Caesar would have given the thumbs up to. If he'd owned a PC. And the game was lying at the feet of a slavering gladiator with the crowd baying, "Kill! Kill! Kill!" We think you get the
It's moved to a new platform and the name it on its license may have changed, but the Tokyo Xtreme Racer franchise is running on bald tires at this point. Import Tuner Challenge sets street racers loose on virtual recreations of Tokyo's major highways and while there's plenty of tire smoke, there's precious little fire.
You start out with some cash, a selection of similar sedans to choose and the first tier of specialty upgrades. The story, such as it is, is merely to climb the ranks of the
The people that made the 2008 rendition of The Incredible Hulk must have really liked 2005's The Incredible Hulk: Ultimate Destruction. They've employed the same free-roaming design and have given the Hulk many of the same abilities that he had in that earlier game. But that's totally A-OK, since they've also jazzed up the graphics and given players many more ways to destroy the people and buildings populating the expansive 3D replica of