This week marks two important milestones for GamesRadar: the start of Halloweek, a weeklong series of horror-centric features, and the two-year anniversary of our weekly Top 7 lists. To celebrate both at once, we’ve dredged up the original Top 7 article - back from before we had our formula down and our shit together – and updated it with fresh art, better layout, a few revisions and videos that actually work.
You might want to sit down for this, and if you happen to already be sitting, stand up so you can sit back down and experience our one-on-one talkin’ to with Cliffy B, the man behind all things Gears of War. Then we’re out to guess a series of iconic video game sound effects – those that stump the T-Dar crew are your chance to hop in the forum and win a GR t-shirt.
Sites like ours thrive off listing the most important details in all of gaming culture. Like a lot, I mean. Though, as professionals, we can occasionally get just as discouraged as any reader over another site’s glaring omission. Take for example when we took in Edge Online’s 50 Greatest Gaming Innovations piece from last year. Stealth, cutscenes, bloom lighting - fine... but where are the farts, dammit?!
Holy crow, T-Dar just turned 20! To commemorate this trivial milestone we’ve invited our very first guest, Dan Amrich of OXM, back on for another romp through the cussy, gritty world of TalkRadar. Most of the podcast is spent tearing down shockingly awful Uwe Boll scenes and the cheesiest, head-asplodingest videogame songs of all time.
You’ll often hear about games lauded for their exceptional soundtracks. Some succeeded with NES-style bleeps, others had orchestral scores or fully licensed songs that lent credibility to a medium struggling to be more than a toy.
Invincibility is nice. Infinite ammo and armor are pretty useful, too. Level skipping is a lazy gamer's dream come true...
Cheating, though, can be so much more! Why ask for an extra life when the right code will give you an entire army, or the power of a god? Why settle for a shortcut when hidden humor, violence, sex and evil are waiting to be discovered?
Mario is a cultural phenomenon. Final Fantasy is epic. Resident Evil, Fallout, Diablo... all of these classic franchises will eventually be tossed away, but they won't be stamped with expiration dates anytime in the foreseeable future.
Other franchises started growing mold before they even left the grocery store shelves.
The somehow-less-inspired franchises may sell millions, contain lovable
Pardon our geekboners, but holy f**k Mega Man 9! Instead of dragging our boyhood hero through any more tired Star Forces or Battle Networks, those understanding folks at Capcom are giving us the Mega Man game we’ve always wanted.
What took ya so long? And more importantly, why haven’t other games turned to their pixilated roots when MM9 is making it look so damned easy? Tecmo Bowl is about to rise
You’d think that games based around superheroes would be the ultimate expression of incredible powers. Nope. Unfortunately, most superhero tie-ins have had more tedious tasks than chances to protect the planet
So many sequels, so much hype, so little time... Let our foolproof guide help you cut through the crap before it's even released