There's a theory known as Beardsley's Law, which states that good looks are inversely proportionate to footballing brilliance. I've just made that up, but it's plausible, considering that for every David James, the game throws up a few Wayne Rooneys and Neville brothers to dazzle us on the field but disgust us off it.
Enter CM 2006, almost as ugly as ever despite a tarted-up match engine, and raring to test Beardsley's Law, with claims that it's the management balm we'll want to apply when
Imagine if, after taking a nosedive into a mountain of coke and getting perforated with bullets, Tony Montana hadnt died at the end of Scarface. Hard to believe? Sure. Strips the film of its central message? Hell yes. But for better or worse, thats the premise of Scarface: The World is Yours.
As the game opens, players replay the final scene from the movie, with one important twist: after trading fire with assassins sent by rival drug lord Alejandro Sosa, Tony escapes his burning mansion.
The Hitman series has always been about finding creative solutions to problems, specifically the "problems" its protagonist is hired to kill. As the bald assassin named 47, players have been able to run around with guns blazing, sneak through the shadows and garotte guards from behind or slip on a disguise to poison or smother their targets, all to more or less equal effect.
Due in May, Hitman: Blood Money ups the ante not only by giving players inventive ways to kill, but also by giving them
Doctor Breen told you not to do it, but you didn't listen. You had to trigger a cataclysm, had to take down the Citadel and the Combine.
You didn't think about the consequences - the world faded to grey, the G-Man left the stage, the credits rolled. The lights went up and you stared at the screen.
But Valve will keep working on Half-Life 2. In the next six months they're going to extend it and drive their technology to new heights. This fun will not be available in the shops. Instead, Valve
There are at least a dozen major genres of offline games; so why do most massively multiplayer online games stick to the massively over-trodden fantasy RPG genre? Enter Richard Garriott, also known by the modest moniker Lord British. He's the father of the classic RPG series Ultima, which old-school PC gamers revere the same way today's console players worship Final Fantasy. Now, he's crafting his most ambitious project yet, due out late this year: Tabula Rasa.
Saying Tabula Rasa's name is
Stop reading this right now. You need to go and look at the screenshots at the bottom of this page. Without question, The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion takes the status quo and kicks it to the curb. Oblivion flat-out defines the next-generation. From what has been shown so far, its fantastic, almost photo-realistic graphics make every other role-playing game to date look dated and boring in comparison.
So, what do you do, exactly? That's the thing; you pretty much make that decision yourself.
The flimsy sets held together with gaffer-tape we can accept. The queue of desperate hopefuls pleading for a moment of fame outside our agent's office raises a smirk. Even funnier: our blockbuster production haemorrhaging resources because the lead actor is a drunk.
But enforcing the application of The Hero's Journey to churn out user-created epics... that's more than parody. It's cynicism.
The Hero's Journey is an infamous device used in Hollywood scriptwriting classes, a five-step plan at
We've sent teams of crack operatives into tense close-combat action in Rainbow Six, steered one-man stealth specialist Sam Fisher into the murky conspiracies of Splinter Cell, and taken squad-based combat out into the great beyond in Ghost Recon. What's left for the Tom Clancy line to sink its political teeth into?
Put simply: war. This is the kind of filthy war that stretches out as far as the eye can see, with explosions and shrapnel spraying with every click of the mouse.
Contrary to that ker-azy title, ParaWorld isn't actually based on the SAS, the Special Olympics or the X-Files. It's actually an RTS with an emphasis on sharp teeth and rank breath...
ParaWorld's real strength stems from the dino factor, which an incredible amount of imagination and silky art skills have obviously gone into. From vicious little raptors, robo scorpions and Pteradons packing rocket launchers to Titans complete with full body armour, they're stunningly animated and beautifully
Sometimes a name is enough. When the teaser trailer for Neversoft's Gun hit at E3, the simple conjunction of those two words was enough to grab everyone's attention.
It had long been known that Neversoft was going to diversify from its Tony Hawk empire to work on a very different property, but there was little more than pure speculation on what it might be. And then, bang! There was Gun.
The trailer was enough at odds with Tony Hawk's easygoing tone to pique interest - bloody, pounding, and