The fact is, you'll probably never play this game as long as you live. Even though LEGO Star Wars was great, LEGO Batman was even better, and we are now hooked on LEGO Harry friggin’ Potter. It’s still LEGO, so most hardcore gamers will still write it off. But allow us to ask you to give LEGO Universe a moment of your attention, because we think you'll actually be fairly impressed. It could be because we had very low expectations – it is, after all, an MMO aimed at a very young audience – but it could also be the very advanced new building technology built into the very core of the game...
He’s the willy-waving antithesis of Super Mario, the platforming pervert with a spike bigger than Sonic’s. Yes, Leisure Suit Larry is back for another boobalicious bout of debauchery, fondling and all-round naughtiness.The game takes place in the sinful city of LA on the Tinseltown movie studio back lots and sees Larry Laffer’s studio in deep trouble when the rivals across the street send in a mole to infiltrate and leak all
Chances are that if you’ve ever had access to a computer in the last year or have an internet-savvy friend, then you’ve glimpsed a peek at Line Rider - the flash-based net phenomenon that enables you to design ridiculous tracks for a miniscule sledder to toboggan down. We got a peek at the new incarnation of Rider for the PC, Wii and DS and were impressed to find that you won’t be shelling out for a simple rehash, but rather a
With exactly 100 days to go before the London 2012 Olympic Games Opening Ceremony, we limber up with Sega's official game...
While the screenshots speak for themselves, if you talk to the developers of this Tolkien-based RTS, the buzzword that gushes from their lips is "emotionality". Try to control your nausea. The idea is to take the experience of combat, then try to convey to the player the internal journey the protagonists are experiencing. That is: "Hurrah! We've kicked some orcish posterior! Down to the Nazgul's Arms, I'm buying." Or, of course: "Erk. I appear to be the entree on a Mordor menu." "Way back in
We all know how The Lord of the Rings ends. Evil is defeated, the tide of darkness is turned back and peace returns to the happy lands of Middle-earth. The squeaky hobbits and their singing elf pals win, while the side with giant wolves, man-eating dragons and bloodthirsty trolls... loses. Doesn't seem fair, does it?
The creators of the successful real-time strategy game Battle for Middle-earth II certainly don't think so. That's why they're taking us back to the beginning - the root of all
Villains don't get the respect they deserve. We spend so much of our time rooting against them in movies or bringing about their downfall in videogames that we never stop to appreciate all the blood, toil, sweat and tears it takes to be a villain. Okay, so maybe the blood is usually somebody else's, but still... destroying the world ain't easy.
We learned this lesson the hard way recently while battling through the single-player campaign in Rise of the Witch-king, the new evil-themed expansion
There’s pressure on MMO developers to get their dungeons right, but imagine the crunch on Turbine to nail literature’s darkest, deepest, and most revered subterranean world (sorry, Batcave). As the first full retail expansion pack for LOTRO, Mines of Moria opens up the long-dormant Dwarven capital of Khazad-dum and its surrounding areas, drawing the player into the struggle to re-establish Dwarven supremacy.
While there’s pressure on MMO developers to get their dungeons right, the crunch on Turbine to really nail Moria is intense. As the first annual paid-for expansion pack for LOTRO, and the second volume in its epic storyline, Mines of Moria is opening up the long-dormant Dwarven capital of Khazad-dûm and its surrounding areas, and draws the player into the struggle to re-establish Dwarven supremacy underneath the world.
We haven’t covered LotRO much recently. There’s no dark reason for this, no sinister conspiracy – it’s just that this is an MMO that’s remarkably adept at keeping its head down and getting on with things. On the quiet, it’s accrued a massive and very happy audience. On the eve of its new expansion, it seems a good time to peer at what the game as a whole is like these days.