It's finally here! If you haven't picked up a PlayStation Vita yet, but you're planning to in the next few days, look no further. We’ve tested out Wi-Fi vs. 3G models, handpicked our five
launch essential games, and combed different retailers to give you a
solid breakdown for this week...
No other special effect in videogames has been as over-used as lens flare. Which is why, even though we hate it, we can't help but love it. And boy, do we have some outrageous examples of it in here...
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!
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
Chair Entertainment first arrived on the video game scene in 2007 with the downloadable XBLA shooter Undertow, but it was the studio’s next two games that really exploded. Fan favorite XBLA game Shadow Complex was a fantastic tribute to the Metroid/Castlevania genre, and the drop dead gorgeous swordfighter Infinity Blade, whose latest update just added multiplayer capabilities, finally gave hardcore gamers a reason to care about iPhone and iPad games. We sat down with founder and Creative Director Donald Mustard and studio publicist Laura Mustard in Chair’s cozy studios in quiet Salt Lake City, Utah to talk about Infinity Blade, the past and future, and just what makes the company tick...
We've got a pretty solid slate of iPad offerings for you this week, headed up by Snuggle Truck HD, the game about carting around cute animals that was previously a game about smuggling around illegal immigrants – until Apple had its say. Also, we're looking at Unpleasant Horse, the first (free) offering from PopCap's new 4th and Battery label, as well as the latest unexpectedly strong Pac-Man offshoot, a robust free-to-play motocross game, and… well, the half-baked adaptation of Fast Five, the latest Fast and the Furious movie. Can't win 'em all...
We're back with another handful of iPad games, including the arrival of a couple huge franchises in the form of Ridge Racer Accelerated HD and Ultimate Mortal Kombat 3. Elsewhere, we're checking out adorable side-scrolling shooter Flying Hamster HD, as well as Monster Dash and SpikeDislike, both of which are universal apps also playable on iPhone and iPod Touch. Looking for some fresh iPad options? Read on to discover our thoughts on this week's offerings...
Mixed martial arts is complicated. There are so many different moves and styles that translating the sport into a videogame seems like an impossible task. Publisher THQ managed to do it rather successfully on consoles with the Undisputed series, and now it’s trying to crack the mobile market as well. UFC Undisputed 2010 on iPhone isn’t at the same level as its big console brothers, but it sure packs quite the kick to the face...
Ever noticed a soundalike title shamelessly trying to steal sales from a well-known brand? The Professor's Brain Trainer comes to mind. Professor, doctor... it's all the same thing, right? Wrong. But there's one market that seems to be thriving on exactly this sort of thinking: The App Store. And in particular, Gameloft, which has a lookalike version of pretty much every major console franchise. Especially when you see the teaser for it's latest game. They even sent us a press release with the line 'Gameloft presents a new legend'. Get a load of this, then look at the company it's keeping:
Sasquatch. Bigfoot. The Abominable Snowman. There are many names associated with the elusive, (definitely not fake) ape-men... eh, thingies. Contrary to what Harry and the Hendersons would have you believe, though, most would rather chow down on your colon than forge an interspecies friendship. In video games especially, your average mythical ape would like nothing more than introduce you to that big game over screen in the sky. So pack some animal tranquilisers and a hacksaw, as we take you on a tour of some of gaming’s greatest yetis and sasquatch. Oh, and watch out for that bastard who makes the soup.