Capture the Flag. Domination. Team… those things. These words have made up a
familiar vocabulary for multiplayer games over the past 15 years or so, and they’ve
been standard in nearly every game that’s allowed one player to shoot at
another. These days, however, “standard” is seldom enough, and this year it
seems like every other big fall release wants to reinvent, deepen or otherwise
put its own unique spin on competitive and co-op play.
Some of those
spins are more interesting than others, and they’re resulting in a fall lineup
that – in spite of being composed largely of sequels – is doing enough big, unusual
things with multiplayer to make even the most steadfast solo gamers take
interest. And now that another annual 24-hour marathon is safely behind us, it
seems like as good a time as any to take a look at the unique stuff that lies
Like Batman, Captain America has no superhuman powers. He can’t fly, he can’t stick to walls, he can’t run at the speed of sound. But it’s these limitations that make him so fun to root for; he’s constantly up against world-ending villains yet (like the Dark Knight) he can use superior fighting ability and brilliant tactics to stop evil dead in its tracks. However, with no nifty powers – other than unlimited stamina and an indestructible shield – he doesn’t make a particularly interesting videogame character, and therefore hasn’t starred in as many games as Spidey or Bats.
That said, Cap’s game history still spans decades, even if the actual number of games pales to other heroes. In light of the new film (and accompanying videogame) finally releasing and directly leading into next year’s The Avengers movie, let’s see how far this Super Soldier has come...
Every day this week, the GamesRadar UK team will be bringing you a video full of 1-minute opinions on all the biggest talking points at E3. The format is simple: Five hot topics, each given a massive 60 seconds for discussion, ended abruptly and without exception by our awesome new E3 bell. Todays topics are:
- The Microsoft Press Conference
- The Sony Press Conference
- Halo 4
- PlayStation Vita
- Best game of the show so far
For Kombat Week here at GamesRadar, we decided to collect a few of the cheesiest Mortal Kombat trailers to have ever surfaced the web. Join me, Chris Antista, and Tyler Wilde as we pick apart trailers from Mortal Kombat vs DC Universe, Ultimate Mortal Kombat, and more in this special episode of Trailer Trash Theatre. Warning: watching this video may be more painful than an actual Fatality. Video after the jump!
As you're likely already aware, last week we posted our 100 best games of all time list. Judging by the response from you and other readers around the internets, we ruffled a few feathers and "left out" some key games. We assumed this would happen (of course it would, there's no way we'll include every game everyone ever loved) and spent a big chunk of our latest podcast defending and expanding on said list.
This discussion was part of TalkRadar 145, but if you'd prefer to hear it in isolation (and not part of a two-hour podcast), we're presenting it to you now for easy access.
Sure, living things are cute. Puppies, kittens, select grandmothers etc. But it takes something really special to remain adorable even after being violently murdered and reanimated as a shambling undead monstrosity. These select undead have shed the stigmas of unsightly exposed organs and rotting flesh to become truly squeal-worthy creatures of the night, capable of pulling a “OMGIWantToSqueezeItUntilItsBrainsComeOut!!!” reaction from any teenage girl. And for that they’ve earned our undying respect...
In the immortal Arnie-endorsed words of Major Alan ‘Dutch’ Schaefer: “Get to the choppa’!” Or, in this case, get to some games with kickass helicopter battles by letting your eyes travel inside. Be it taking out a Russian attack helicopter with a stealthy hero or destroying a whirlybird by damaging its rotor blades with bottles of hooch during a zombie apocalypse; the following fights with airborne a-holes are the definition of badass… eh, if someone’s recently rewritten the dictionary.
It’s not hard to find articles poking fun at or cataloging the discrepancies of videogame box art. Hell, we’ve written our fair share and even have an annual “worst box art” feature that posts every December. But has anyone ever stopped to discuss the actual packaging said box art is printed on? How many of us really notice the subtle changes our boxes go through during each console generation? Have you noticed at all? Do you even care?
Of course you do. You love games enough to visit a site that’s known for writing about this exact kind of esoteric nonsense. In fact, you probably noticed how much the 360 and PS3 cases have changed in just the past year. So without further yammering let’s get into a big ol’ list of game boxes through the ages...
Games are no stranger to wild crossover events. From Smash Bros to Marvel vs Capcom, we’ve seen some of the industry’s biggest names go head-to-head for years now. But as games become increasingly expensive to produce and market, publishers are always on the lookout for the “sure thing,” something that’ll appeal to a wide audience right out of the gate. What better bet than more crossovers between existing, surefire hits?
Street Fighter x Tekken is just the latest. There will be more mashups coming, and there’s no doubt some of them will mix up series we’ve been dying to see together for years. So, in the wake of SF x T, what once-improbable crossovers could developers be conjuring up next?
Kevin Butler: We love you, man. The totally real, definitely not make believe VP of Sony's surprisingly brilliant ad campaign over the last couple of years has captured the hearts and minds of gamers everywhere. So in tribute to the man, the myth, the legend that is KB, here are all of his awesome videos in one handy place.
Oh, and just to counter all this one-sided Sony love and free advertising we're giving the company; Bill Gates is an attractive, virile man.