Wednesday 10 May 2006
After all the waiting, we've finally gone face-to-face with Crysis, spiritual successor to Far Cry and easily one of the most exciting games of the year. But wait. Forget the better-than-life visuals, the stunning environmental effects and triple figure AI IQ - it is the overwhelming, epic and terrifying atmosphere that has left us dazed and blinking.
Crysis jettisons Far Cry's story and characters, and casts you as a Delta Force operative sent to investigate an asteroid
Wednesday 10 May 2006
Online gamers will be able to rain down fire, crash to earth, parachute into action and radio requests for transport in Enemy Territory: Quake Wars, once it touches down on PC at the end of the year.
To keep you in the thick of it, the Enemy Territory in-game menu allows players to call in quad bikes, tanks, artillery... and Strogg players will spawn from orbit, crashing down to earth in rocket pods!
We've just witnessed developer Splash Damage putting the game through
As we played through Hitman: Blood Money, we couldn't help but be captivated by both the moody environment and the twisted sense of humor. In fact, we were so tickled by Agent 47's various methods of madness that we shot a couple of our favorites on our uber high-tech video capture stations and stitched 'em together for you in a feature we've titled "Hitman: Blood Money's Top
With World Cup fever catching around the globe, a new online kickabout game like Soccer Fury might be just what we need to bring the world closer together. However, the heavy-duty urban environments we were dropped in to play 3-on-3 footie didnt quite seem right. Our instincts were correct: Soccer Fury isnt just soccer - its combat soccer. Your opponent is just as likely to kick your head as the ball.
Soccer Furys opening cinematic hinted that the game designers knew a thing or two about
Continuing this year's glorious resurgence of giant robot combat games, eXteel offers startlingly sharp battles set inside futuristic arenas and city centers. Up to 16 players can immolate, crush and disintegrate each other online during gladiatorial grudge matches.
These giant robots will be immediately familiar to fans of Gundam and Robotech, but the looks of the chaotic group combat might also strike a chord with City of Heroes
Last month at E3, we took an early look at The Witcher, a title that stabs the role-playing genre right in its evil, exposed jugular - crappy writing. Based on the epic and beloved writings of Polish author Andrzej Sapkowski, The Witcher possesses a deep, sweeping fantasy backstory of ancient prophecy, monstrous invasion and a mysterious order.
The central focus of Sapowski's books is the anti-hero Geralt, a white-haired mutant called a witcher, trained from birth to fight all manner of
Wednesday 10 May 2006
To twist a few tired metaphors, in Battlefield 2142 war is hell on Earth frozen over. The latest title in the squad-centric online shooter series, 2142 finds Earth caught in the floes of a new ice age, as the creeping freeze squeezes two coalitions - the European Union and the Pan Asian army - into a fight for the last remaining pockets of habitable land.
Battlefield 2142 might be futuristic, but it's not science fiction. There're no ray guns, lasers or teleporters in
Undead creatures have taken over a neighborhood. All the adults have disappeared without a trace, leaving just four teenage misfits to puzzle out what happened. And in the case of Monster Madness, an upcoming top-down shooter from Southpeak, "puzzling out what happened" means "blasting monsters into bloody chunks."
At first glance, Monster Madness is a fast-paced, top-down shooter in the mold of old-school classics like Smash TV and Zombies Ate My Neighbors, with players able to aim in a
It's not often you sit down with a game designer who enthusiastically promises to deliver the "humdrum of daily life" in his work. But there's a method to the apparent madness of Simon Bradbury, lead designer at Firefly, the UK bricks-and-mortar specialist entrusted with this city-building extension of Firaxis' empire-building strategy series, Civilization.
CivCity is the microcosm to Civilzation's world- and era-spanning macrocosm: a game that gets more detailed the closer you look at it,
Rome: Total War goes further back in time with its new real-time strategy expansion, Alexander. As the title suggests, you get the chance to repeat the conquests of the legendary Macedonian conqueror, marching out of Greece and across the Middle East all the way to India. Unlike last year's Barbarian Invasion, this more modest, download-only expansion adds just four factions and a smaller campaign map. But the emphasis on the lifetime of one of history's greatest warriors ties the whole package