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
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
Ever since Nightcrawler teleported his way through the White House, drop-kicking and hip-tossing countless armed guards along the way in X2, he's been the one X-Man everyone's wanted to control. And while the past X-Men movie games have been a bland sort, Nightcrawler's inclusion may make the third film's tie-in action game a must-play.
For those not in the comic book loop, Nightcrawler's a blue-furred, teleporting, acrobatic mutant who can literally be in two places at once. Guiding him
Rise and Fall: Civilizations at War is a "historical" strategy game that takes more creative license with history than the time you brought your parent's car home with an empty tank and a sticky back seat. But like historical movies, breathing new life into legendary icons is where the fun is, and liberties can be taken.
Thanks in part to the Total War series, the cinematic scope of epic battles in strategy games has grown bigger than ever. Rise and Fall looks like it will set that bar even
“I've been trying to develop a sequel to Hard Boiled, but didn't know how,” said action movie helmer John Woo in a video interview shown at Midway's Pulse media event in late February. Looks like he found one: John Woo Presents Stranglehold, is an upcoming action/adventure game that reunites Woo with his frequent star Chow Yun-Fat in a return to the world of Inspector Tequila.
Better to call it a “spiritual sequel,” though; the game won't pick up where the film left
You don't need us to tell you that E3 is packed full of more games than you can shake an outsize third-party joypad at - an awful lot of which are follow-ups to earlier titles or clones of already-proven franchises.
But 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's Spore is such a gem. Locked away in a dark, compact demo room behind the main hustle and bustle
Judging by the latest build, it would seem that the face of war is a huge, beaming grin, with a tiny wry smirk at one end that grows each time you take advantage of this RTS's array of realistic details.
Example: a firefight dominates a town square. Taking control of an anti-tank trooper, you sneak behind the enemy and send a rocket pounding into the back of their tank. The force of the explosion rolls it forward (smirk), crushing a few of its foot soldier allies (smirk).
Without the tank,
You know how some games have that one pivotal thing? Shooting through walls with the Rail Gun in Red Faction, dealing tough love to Headcrabs wielding Half-Life's crowbar, the sheer vastness of the armies you command in the Total War games ... they're all cool elements with real sucker punch potential. Now, imagine four or five of these "one things" crammed into a single game. That's Prey.
Both the shooter genre and the concept of "alien" have been re-imagined. You are Tommy, an embittered
Lord of the Rings may have exited stage left from theaters, but itll be playing on PC screens for as long as Electronic Arts can wield the license. The second installment of the Battle for Middle Earth strategy series promises more violent slaughter and more flexibility ... and a lot more to sink your axe into.