With the recession, it's not even a given that games characters will keep spending. So we've designed some adverts for them showing off their power-ups in an irresistible light...
every hero needs a good rival. So what could possibly make better rivals than
the heroes themselves? With that in mind, here’s a look at some of gaming’s
most memorable doppelgangers and opposite numbers…
In honor of the New Year, here's a look at the franchises that rose from their own ashes to become something completely different. If they could reinvent themselves, why can't you?
Once again, we begin our yearly celebration of all things great in gaming, the Platinum Chalices. For
our sixth annual awards event, though, we’re doing things a little differently, posting the Chalices in three parts. So while you can still
expect to see our “normal” Chalices later in the day, as well as our Game of
the Year, we’re starting today off with our special and console-exclusive
awards. If a game deserved a nod for doing something unique this year, or stood out as
the best title to only be available on one platform, you’ll find it here.
Be sure to check back later this afternoon, as our Platinum Chalices continue!
December may offer the true
climax of the holiday season, but in terms of new game releases, it's very much
the calm after the storm. Most of the giant blockbusters of the season made
their way out between September and November, but the final month of 2011 isn't
barren by any means: big releases like Mario Kart 7 and Star Wars: The Old
Republic lead the pack, while system-specific versions of some notable recent
titles also find their way to store shelves. But if you read this over and
don't see anything on the horizon that works you into a tizzy, surely November's overstuffed
lineup holds a few leftover options to consider...
may not be Halloween just yet, but you can at least start prepping yourself
early. To help get you in the mood, we’ve brought together some of our favorite
Halloween-themed content from across the gaming spectrum in one video. Only a
few games over the years have actually taken place on the last day of October (although) some MMOs like to live it up with awesome Halloween celebrations, but plenty of gamers have picked up the slack by creating their
own custom content with mods for some of their favorite games. We’ve pulled
together some of the best of both, sotake a look and re-live some old favorites (or discover some new ones)!
One in five Americans are born with some sort of personality disorder –
something that makes them zag when everyone else zigs. It might be as
subtle as a nervous tic, as confusing as Asperger's or as overt as
psychopathy. But mentally unstable individuals are part of
the real world – and part of the world of videogames as well. Sometimes their
damage leads them to be horrible, monstrous villains, and other times it
can make them loyal friends, or complex protagonists. No matter what it
does to them, though, it's usually hard not to be sympathetic to their
problems, and to, in a way, fall in love with them... even if they're
a videogame hero has more than one or two adventures under his or her belt, it
simply isn’t enough to just have an archenemy anymore. To keep things
interesting, they need a foil, a rival, or some other angry opposite number
obsessed with matching wits with them. Sometimes, those characters stick around
long enough to make themselves an indelible part of the series, even going so
far as to make friends with the
protagonist – although more often than not, their friendships tend to be shaky
at best, and even those involved might never fully admit to them. Relationships
like that tend to make for gaming’s most enduring and interesting rivalries,
and what follows are some of the most notable...
to the ever-expanding selection of viable digital distribution platforms -
including Steam, Xbox Live Arcade, PlayStation Network, and the iOS App Store -
it's easier than ever for independent game developers to dream up fantastic new
ideas and get them into the hands of willing players. And they're responding in
kind by spawning some truly amazing and slick-looking game ideas for all sorts
of platforms, many of which recently enthralled us while wandering the floor at
PAX. We've collected 10 of our most anticipated indies across various platforms
and genres, so if you're seeking something fresh and unique in the months ahead,
here's a look at some of the more enticing possibilities on the horizon...
E3 is a bit like a tornado. It destroys lives, wrecks homes, and there’s a cacophony of information passing by at all times that you can’t possibly soak it all in. You just stick your head in the center of it, look for as long as you can and take in whatever info flew by your eyes in the last five seconds. Thanks to that chaos, many things happen that can’t be covered in time. Sure you heard about the Wii U, BioShock Infinite, and PS Vita, but missed some of the little things. Think of this feature as a chance to catch up, to stop and smell the videogame news roses. Take a whiff…