Tuesday 25 April 2006
The fact that real-time strategising and first-person shooting sit at opposite ends of the gaming spectrum - one requiring studious brain straining, while the other demands razor-sharp synapses - hasn't stopped developer Digital Reality from bringing the two genres together for its latest PC project, Field Ops.
Billed as the first real-time strategy shooter and set in the front-page world of counterterrorism, a recent recon of Field Ops went some way to convincing us that
Given the long wait since the city-building simulation SimCity 4 (and especially given that series creator Will Wright is sealed up in a bunker somewhere obsessively laboring on his next game, Spore), it was inevitable that somebody somewhere would jump in and try fill that niche. After all, there's no denying the fun of ruling the lives of an entire municipality's worth of little, virtual people. Whether or not City Life can fill the legendary SimCity's shoes remains an open question, of
Wednesday 19 April 2006
The world of digital distribution is making 'going down the shops' as old-hat as, well, an old hat. And that's a leather one with a feather in it. The most convincing example of online shoppery is Steam, a powerful system from the creators of the mighty Half-Life games.
Steam is to games what iTunes is to music. Valve's creation may work on a smaller scale than Apple's huge store, but it solves more problems.
While music and video stores simply upload files and take
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The Final Push
While gil, items and experience points can take you pretty far in Final Fantasy XI, they're not always the answer. Today we'll help you through some of your first major milestones before pushing you out of the proverbial
Set in a fractured futuristic land of oppressive government rules and bleak dystopian perspectives, Dreamfall - the sequel to the classic adventurer Longest Journey - pits you against forces that are seen and unseen.
There are three major characters in Dreamfall that you'll need to assist in their struggle to discover the dimension-spanning conspiracy that threatens us all. Zoe is an apathetic youth who's lost her direction (having broken up with her boyfriend and quit college) when her life
We die-hard baseball fans are a bit more, um ... odd than those who obsess over other sports. Over the course of a season, we chew on enough numbers to make any accountant weep and bandy about statistical terms, as if everyone should know exactly what we're talking about.
It's this kind of crazy that makes us drool over the potential of Ultimate Baseball Online 2006, a long-in-development, ultra high-concept project that only a baseball nut could love. UBO boldly attempts to give us crazies
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Day 3: MMO Boot camp
If you've never played an online RPG before, be prepared to change the way you think. Sometimes it seems like the game bashes you over the head with rules - written and unwritten. So why do people bother? Because it turns out these rules actually help more than they hurt, most of the time - and the games are so addictive, anyway. In Final Fantasy XI, many of the rules are designed to force players to play with one another, and others simply aim to get them
Armed Assault is a military-fetishist's fantasy. Sticky copyright problems mean creator Bohemia Interactive - developer of soldier simulator Operation Flashpoint - can't call the game Operation Flashpoint 2, but that's exactly what it is. Only better, more ambitious and much, much bigger.
As a grunt in the US Army, you're sent to a remote island as part of a peacekeeping force. You spend your time slugging beers and attempting to keep the island's two factions from blasting the hell out of one
Thursday 20 April 2006
Armed Assault is a military fetishist's fantasy. Sticky copyright problems mean creator Bohemia Interactive - developer of soldier sim Operation Flashpoint - can't call the game 'Operation Flashpoint 2', but that's exactly what it is. Only better, more ambitious and much, much bigger.
As a grunt in the US Army you're sent to a remote island as part of a peacekeeping force. You spend your time slugging beers and attempting to keep the island's two factions from blasting
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Day 2: Get a job
If you've played other Final Fantasy games, chances are you've run into the "job system." It's a classic - it lets you totally change your character's class and abilities. Even better, once you hit level 18 you can equip a "Support Job" to make your character kick even more ass, with a sackful of new abilites. In total, Final Fantasy XI sports 18 jobs, each more classic than the last.
Support Jobs operate at half the level of the main job, but can alter your