If it was NetDevil's intention with its post-apocalyptic vehicular MMORPG to create an experience that didn't feel remotely like an RPG, then it already looks like it's succeeded. As online worlds go, Auto Assault is an astonishingly dynamic, fast-paced, physical experience.
The deep scoops, ramps and rubble mountains of its desolate landscape make the best of a superb, gently exaggerated physics engine that allows buildings to be (temporarily) brought down, and players to bump into and
It's been 18 months since Full Spectrum Warrior debuted, out-innovating an entire glut of military shooters by ... not giving you a gun? Yes, the cerebral strategy game carved out its own new subgenre, challenging players to learn to move and cover with a pair of four-man Alpha and Bravo squads. Instead of relying upon your reflexes and big piles of ammo, you had to outthink and outflank opponents using real Army tactics - without actually pulling the trigger yourself - in order to secure a
Sick of the relentless realism, turbine-upgrading and constant bodywork-pimping of current racers? Are you eager for a nostalgia trip, free from lame decals and tacky spoilers? Then keep your eyes peeled for OutRun 2006: Coast 2 Coast.
Blue skies, palm trees and the most arcade-style handling you've ever experienced await in OutRun 2006. Going back to glorious basics, accelerator and brake buttons are all you need. Forget handbrake turns, crash-breakers and ramps that have you flying through
Why don't Top Guns get any love? Crimson Skies and Secret Weapons Over Normandy were a blast, and we demand more. Ubisoft's WWII era flight opera Blazing Angels is primed to deliver the kind of experience that has been sadly lacking on the consoles for the last
Amid the sometimes tired deluge of sequels and copycat adventure games featuring gangsters who steal cars and shoot innocent pedestrians, there can be hidden gems. Will Wright, the creator of the Sims franchise, is fashioning just such a gem: Spore. Developed for PC, Spore is a strategy game revolving around the development of your species, then the advancement of your civilization. You continue exploration through a universe so staggering in size you could literally play it forever and still
You are an outlaw among outlaws, a high-tech poacher known as a STALKER. In 2012, twenty years after the world's worst atomic disaster, a second mysterious explosion rocked the Ukraine. The Chernobyl site became uninhabitable for humans with even the most advanced protective gear. Six years later you reenter the area, known as the “Exclusion Zone,” to bring back valuable artifacts formed by the strange anomalies there. You are not alone. Mutated creatures and other trigger-happy
Oh Lara Croft ... so hot, so brilliant, so starring in awful games for so long. The original Tomb Raider was an opus of Indiana Jones-style adventuring, puzzle-solving, dual-pistol wielding, and tank-top-staring that put Ms. Croft and the PlayStation on the map. But after Tomb Raider III, things got rough for our favorite feminine plaything. Cliches began to snake in, the baddies began to smack of caricature, while attempts at innovation had the distinct reek of gimmick. The nadir came with
From its November 2005 release, Need For Speed: Most Wanted spent a total of 10 weeks at the top of the charts. Displaced twice during its long reign - once by King Kong and then by the long-anticipated Dead or Alive 4 - the street racer then shot straight back to the top after each interuption. A year before, the previous Need For Speed also spent 10 weeks at number one.
Yet NFS is arguably not the best racer by a long way - especially on consoles, where it's up against the superb Burnout
The trailer for Silent Hill is genuinely exciting. As the movie is based on a videogame, this in itself is news. The characters, the chilling atmosphere, the twisted monsters overrunning the small town… it's all been kept astonishingly true to the Silent Hill series. We hold out genuine hope for it, as no doubt do stars Sean Bean, Radha Mitchell and Deborah Unger.
Meanwhile, Alex Garland, famous writer of The Beach, has written the script for a movie based on Halo - reportedly for a
Call them necromancers or priests: the folks at Ubisoft have revived yet another classic-but-frozen franchise in the same vein as Prince of Persia. To preside over the reanimation of the beloved turn-based strategy franchise Heroes of Might and Magic, Ubisoft hired turn-based experts Nival Interactive (makers of the excellent Silent Storm). Nival's giving this spell-hurling, swashbuckling, dragon-fire drenched arena battle a splendiferous fantasy treatment in 3D, and it's the biggest leap for