Thursday 5 October 2006
With Phantasy Star Universe heading for a November launch, we've had the chance to take a tour of the online action. As any fan is aware - and if you aren't a fan, now you know - multiplayer is where Phantasy Star Online really shined and the same seems to be true of PSU.
Your adventure begins with character creation and there are more options than ever. Outside of your sex and build, most of these can be changed later at various shops. Unlike PSO character data is
Phantasy Star Universe is mere weeks away from launch, and today we took a tour of the online action. As any fan is aware - and if you aren't a fan, now you know - multiplayer is where Phantasy Star Online really shined, and the same seems to be true of PSU. If you'd like extensive details on single-player, check out our recent previews. Otherwise, come take a tour of Sega's online universe.
Your adventure begins with character creation, and there are more options than ever. Outside of your
We always feel a little left out when we think about all the fun we missed back in the days when Columbus and Magellan explored the New World (well, minus the dysentery and scurvy). But thanks to unhealthy doses of the History Channel and the beautiful new colony-building 1701 A.D., we're content to remain seated on our asses for good.
1701 A.D. is the third in the so-called "Anno" series of city-building and exploration-based strategy games. This series is hugely popular in Europe, and one
Monday 02 October 2006
Even the most unsellably weird games tend to spin off a sequel - or five - so putting our heads together to come up with a list of one-offs that deserve a reappearance was harder than we'd thought. Still, here are our 12 picks that either changed the gaming world too quietly for anyone to notice, had a heart of gold buried under a ton of faults, or are just plain teasing us by not going for that magic '2'.
PS2, Xbox, PC (2003/2004)
It might be certifiable under
Like Quake II, it all begins in a crash-landed escape pod. Once you've created your Draenei character - the tall blue demons who join the Alliance side in this expansion - you wander out of the wreck and into your new world.
Your early quests are to help other Draenei injured in the crash, find those who are lost, and check out your new surroundings. After these scene-setting levels in a spooky forest lit by scattered Draenei power crystals, you're sent on a mission to Exodar, the crashed
Orcs and Goblins, who can be thought of as cousins, are a tribal society usually with the strongest and largest warrior as the acting ruler - called the Orc Warboss. The Orcs and Goblins are generally located in an isolated area known as the Badlands, which lie to the south of the area occupied by the Empire, surrounded by mountain ranges. It is here the various tribes of the "greenskins" live.
Often an Orc army is composed of units of various tribes, who wear distinctive armor and warpaint.
If five is the magic number for your party while playing the action-soaked left-clickathon Mage Knight: Apocalypse in single player, what happens when five actual humans join in the fray? To put it mildly, it's a running, gunning, yelling, healing and curse-filled fun-fest. But that's not the best
Well, of course you wanted to go to Tokyo Game Show - who wouldn't? But you didn't. Maybe sushi makes you retch, maybe an expensive plane ride and week-long jetlag didn't sound cool, maybe you were afraid you wouldn't be allowed back into the US all because of that mishap with the senator's daughter and that video. Whatever.
The point is, GamesRadar is here for you. Or, rather, we're over there for you. So park yourself right where you are and live secure in the knowledge that we'll tell you
Ever watch the A New Hope and wonder what all those seedy characters were up to in the cantina? Forces of Corruption, the upcoming expansion to the hit Star Wars: Empire at War strategy game, finally sheds some light on these shadowy figures.
You'll play as underworld kingpin Tyber Zann, trying to expand your nefarious empire throughout the galaxy. Zann is no Jedi, merely a ne'er-do-well criminal mastermind - but after playing heroes for so long, now we get to play the bad guy. But every
The Middle Ages might seem like an odd period to simulate without inserting dragons, but The Guild 2 is shaping up to be an odd game. Politics, economics, and combat collide in a witch's brew of real-time strategy, role-playing, and town-building. Suffice it to say you probably haven't played a game like this before - at least not all at once.
You start off in one of several regions of European countryside - historic Sherwood Forest, Nottinghamshire, southern Germany - and customize the