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This week's Supertrailer is a bit nostalgic with some chiptune beats to mash together this past week's primo trailers…
Video games as a commercial medium have been around for 41 years now, and yet a lot of gamers still seem to be waiting for them to "grow up." It's time we abandoned that kind of thinking, and recognize that they already have...
Mass Effect 3. Need we say more? Well, with a strong month ahead - including new entries in franchises like Street Fighter, Resident Evil and Ninja Gaiden - you may find yourself tempted by more than just Commander Shepard’s final fight to save the galaxy. A look at all 40 of March’s biggest game releases…
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...
DIZZY IS BACK! *tumbleweed* THE FIRST GAMEPLAY TRAILER IS IN *bell tolls in the distance* Right, everyone put down what you're doing - we need to have a little chat. I know that few people outside the UK ever really got to play Dizzy games and I know that his reign as platform king was cut brutally short by Mario and Sonic. And that his entire series could have been and gone before some of our readers were even born. I also know you think you don't care, but you should. Watch the retro-tinged reveal trailer here then I'll try to convince you why this is a great day for gaming. Wish me luck.
Game music has been a passion of ours roughly since, oh, 1985, but in the past 10 years, it’s come to mean something more. Don’t get us wrong, we still love the beepatronic music of the 8- and 16-bit periods (and the wave of chiptune artists it inspired), but the past decade has also seen licensed music become a surprisingly important part of gaming. Sometimes, this just means a selection of familiar hits to accompany our music games, but every so often, a game will use licensed tracks to careful, brilliant effect – and in the process, will expose legions of gamers to music they might never have heard otherwise.
What follows are the games and franchises that have been the most influential in bringing strange and terrifying new musical styles to gamers’ ears – and in the interest of making this our most self-indulgent Top 7 since that other one, we’ve asked a handful of our editors to explain what made each one important to them personally...
NO! We’re not talking about frigging hockey masks! Nobody has ever strapped on this mouthless, empty-eyed, bone-colored facial façade with the intent of instilling a victim with the fear and intimidation that comes with facing down a goaltender. No, virtually every game character not playing for the NHL who’s ever put on a hockey mask is doing it for one reason, and one reason only: to crib from Jason Voorhees. And that’s our incredibly loose criteria here.
With that in mind, we tried to find as many instances of characters dressing up as Friday the 13th’s hero (yes, he is the hero) in honor of Halloween. So turn out your lights and put the lawyers to bed... it’s time for Jason Masks. Let’s start with the obvious...
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