We have some good news and some bad news for Dungeon Siege fans. First, the good news: the action role-player will be even hackier and slashier, thanks to the Broken World expansion pack due out this summer. But fans may want to get their fill before much-maligned director Uwe Boll gets hold of the franchise and releases two movies based on DS this year. That part was most definitely the bad news.
This expansion will offer players about 10 more hours of dungeon-crawling in a search to set
Real-time strategy hit a high point with Total Annihilation, but the creator, Chris Taylor left the genre behind to craft both Dungeon Siege games. Now that Taylor's creative legs have been stretched, strategy's superstar inventor is cooking up TA 's spiritual successor: Supreme Commander.
Since leaving the RTS scene, Taylor found that the industry firmly slipped into creating real-time tactical games. Or worse still: resource wars. "To bring strategy back, you need scope and scale," said
We've talked plenty about Tomb Raider Legend in previous articles, but what we haven't done is given you a level-by-level description of it - until now. We'll keep the spoilers and the small talk to a minimum, though we will warn you that Eidos has made us promise not to show you every level yet, so the screens don't always match the levels. Also, we do reveal a few story details here, so consider yourself spoiler alerted. Clear? Okay. Grab your gear.
The first level is appropriately swaddled
Well, if it took until 2006 for Sonic the Hedgehog to get a tricked-out snowboarding game, Pac-Man might as well get a go-kart racer too. Pac-Man World Rally is still a few months away, but it has all the hallmarks of a potentially capable Mario Kart clone.
By now, you know what's up. Pick a mascot character (this time from the land of Namco) and power-slide him/her/it through winding, outlandish courses that could never really exist. In addition to obvious stars Pac- and Mrs. Pac-Man, you'll
When it was shown at last year's E3 expo, Scarface: The World is Yours got a lukewarm reaction. Its graphics were chunky, the gameplay seemed sketchy and overall it looked like a bad Vice City clone.
"It didn't pop," said Pete Wanat, the game's executive producer, as he explained why the game was essentially torn apart and rebuilt after the showing. "We view this as a long-term franchise. ... We can't mail in the first one."
And so, the entire virtual city of Miami was rebuilt, the driving
You wouldnt be remiss to consider EA Sports latest soccer game a quick sequel to the annual chart-topper, FIFA Soccer. No doubt the publisher wants to cash in on its massive investment in the worlds biggest sporting event. Curiously though, this games producer goes to great lengths to pitch 2006 FIFA World Cup as a sequel to the 2002 World Cup iteration, and not the recent FIFA Soccer 06. This matters why? Mainly because FIFA Soccer 06 was generally considered to be pretty stinky, particularly
Thursday 30 March 2006
A big 'welcome back' to the lunatic developer SimBin. Not because it's been away for long - the moon has barely waned since its last racing title appeared, classic touring car racer GT Legends - but because it's a lunatic.
Where most are happy to fake those sexy, glowing brake discs with a bit of judicious orange, SimBin has linked disc colour directly to accurately modelled temperature maps based on friction, mass and grip.
The result is a strokabley real-looking
Memories of bushwhacking through tropical blast-a-thon Far Cry's tangled jungles and (sometimes) outdoing the whip-smart AI make us go all gushy inside. However, those fondly recalled moments of 2004's best pure shooter took a beating when we watched the first video of developer Crytek's latest effort: Crysis. Graphically speaking, the jungle shooter Far Cry seemed too big for its britches when it was released, but seeing Crysis in action makes Far Cry seem like a crudely drawn cartoon by
• Crysis tech movie (WMV, 51.2MB) - right-click to download
Wednesday 29 March 2006
When Crysis - the next project from acclaimed Far Cry developer Crytek - was announced recently it immediately roused our interest. But now that publisher EA has showered us with a bounty of glorious images and an astonishing movie - which you can see by clicking the link at the top of the page - that shows off the game's technical wizardry, we're practically overflowing with excitement.
Touted as a
Oblivion may be the big RPG story this spring, but sooner or later, even that massive game will end - and when it does, you know you'll want The Next Thing. That could be Gothic 3, Apsyr's ambitious swords-and-slashery epic, which already looks fairly promising, even if it's months away.
In the third installment of the big-in-Europe Gothic series, you'll find yourself at the losing end of a battle between orcs and humans. The soft pink people have been enslaved by leathery green overlords,