300 BC: the fledgling Roman Republic is powerful, but beset on all sides by enemies. Carthaginians, Gauls and Samnites threaten the young nation. Even worse, unspeakably horrible terrors - Gorgons, Minotaurs and Cyclopes - patrol the lands just beyond the Roman gates. Gods and Heroes: Rome Rising, makes you a scion of the gods, in a massively-multiplayer role playing adventure. Born of immortal heritage, you will serve to protect and expand the Roman Republic.
As a servant of one of the 12
What makes the Roman Empire the most fascinating and storied regime in all of history? The Romans were so far ahead of their time that it is nearly impossible to find a social or political issue today where a Roman wouldn't sniff, "been there, done that." At its apogee, the Roman Empire stretched from Great Britain to Constantinople, an impossibly complex social and military achievement 2,000 years ago.
Glory of the Roman Empire simulates the Roman society at a granular level, and enables us
Straddling the line somewhere between sequel and expansion, Rise of Legends stands on its own story-wise, but borrows heavily from the Rise of Nations game mechanics and structure that spawned it. Legends explores the fantasy setting in three directions at once: the steampunk Vinci faction, with clockwork and gadgets to thank for their power; the Alin people, who infuse every structure and combat unit with elemental magic; and the Cuotl, a mysterious alien race who borrow their strength from
If you're not familiar with the name Mage Knight, here's all you need to know: the tabletop strategy game features collectible figurines, endless hours of flexible tactics, an expansive fantasy mythology and a rabid fanbase. Except for the tiny action figures, that sounds like the makings for a good PC game, too. Enter Mage Knight: Apocalypse, Namco's attempt to join the Action RPG ranks alongside games like Diablo and Dungeon Siege.
All of the core races from the tabletop game are
Remember when your best friend got his first fancy sports car? After your initial white-knuckled ride, you immediately coveted his new wheels. Just like high-end surround sound systems, blazing fast computers and imported chocolate - we never realize we can't live without these things until we actually experience them. Unfortunately, games work exactly the same way: we were jauntily subjugating the European continent in last year's real-time strategy stroke-of-genius, Rome: Total War, until we
Wednesday 12 April 2006
When Stainless Steel Studios was pulled as developer for action-slash-strategy game Rise & Fall: Civilizations at War, the game was almost cast into the black hole of development limbo. But, with Midway's in-house development team now at the helm and a confident summer release on the horizon, things are looking good for this promising genre-bending RTS.
With an exclusive playable demo of Rise & Fall appearing on this month's PC Gamer cover disc - on sale tomorrow - we
Many modern gamers are uninterested in classically-styled point-and-click adventure games. And admittedly, simply wandering around gorgeous, pre-rendered backgrounds and mouse-clicking on various bits of the set to see what happens isn't exactly an adrenaline rush.
However, these games can still tell a great story and offer up some clever puzzles, so we're glad a few people are still crafting them. Paradise is the latest from a fellow named Benoit Sokol, known by some as the marquee mind
We're playing Rise & Fall's multiplayer, against one of the programming team. One of the producers is acting as our tactical advisor, explaining the intricacies of this historically inspired real-time strategy game. Rise & Fall 's trick is to let you directly control a "hero" unit, as if it's an action game.
You can first order your foot troops and cannon fodder into battle, then press "Q", and zoom down to ground level. Now you can personally run around the skirmish lines with a great big
By using traditional RTS mechanics and spicing them up with third-person action, Stainless Steel Studios' Rise & Fall: Civilizations at War was definitely one strategy game that stood out from the crowd at the 2005 E3 games show in LA.
Our first look at the game piqued our interest and left us eager to explore the hands-on aspect of battle in greater detail, so when the developer dropped by to give us a demonstration we were quick to grab the mouse and get stuck in.
While the RTS gameplay is
We aren't quite sure what makes Heroes of Might and Magic V - a turn-based strategy game set in a splendorous world - peg the needle so high on our hype detector. Perhaps it's the incredibly deep lore stemming from its roots as a tabletop role-playing game. Maybe its the fanatical fan base that is rabidly following the resurrection of a franchise long thought dead to the video game universe. Or, it could be the massive, gorgeous 3D world that replaces the 2D look of past games in the series. We