While you're trying to figure out why the females of these games seem to prefer deadly sword fighting in Victoria's Secret two-pieces, you just might fall in love with SpellForce 2. Oh, you'll hear plenty of Diablo comparisons, and we loved the big D six years ago, but hopefully you've moved on since, because this "role-playing-made-love-to-a-strategy-game" hybrid certainly has.
Didn't play the original SpellForce? No problem - the "play it your way", first or third person SpellForce 2 sports
When was the last time you found yourself stranded and confused in Africa? Paradise, the latest point-and-click adventure from the creator of the cult hit Syberia, gives you that chance. Having been shot down over the country of Maurania, a young woman awakens with amnesia in the harem of a local prince. Not knowing her own real name, she calls herself "Ann Smith" after the author of a book on Mauranian wildlife that was found with her at the crash.
And this, really, is where the problems
Carving out a place among the glut of third-person shooting games can be a tough task, as the well-intentioned but entirely average Rogue Trooper proves. A combination of straight-forward shooting, stale sci-fi nonsense, and some clever use of gadgets and gear, Rogue Trooper manages to provide a few hours of gaming goodness despite some mediocre
If there's no money on the line, can you still play poker for real? A lot of people can't, but Stacked forces you to bring your best strategy or suffer humiliation. And if you're not careful, you might actually become a better poker player in real-life after a few severe beatings.
Professional player Daniel "Kid Poker" Negreanu graces the box, but the real star here is the Poki AI, an artificial intelligence research project that has only recently been applied to video games (though you will
How's this for a deep, dark conspiracy: we think a secret society seeks to make crappy games out of intriguing book and movie licenses. When we uncover the identities of any of the members, we're going to strap them down and force them to play through The Da Vinci Code for themselves.
As in the bestselling book and box-office powerhouse, American professor Robert Langdon and French cryptologist Sophie Neveu stumble into a murder investigation at the Louvre; a cryptic string of clues leads
Standing on top of a creaking stack of Might and Magic games, Heroes of Might and Magic V hoists the entire strategy franchise straight overhead. Previously a simple 2D isometric game, this lavishly produced sequel drenches the series in three-dimensional splendor, while remaining faithful to the turn-based gameplay that spawned it.
The lion's share of the game consists of six intertwined single-player campaigns that highlight the six factions - each lasting scores of hours. As the title would
Despite by-the-book design, SiN Episodes: Emergence delivers hard, pulse-pounding first-person shooter action in a convenient snack-sized package. You are John Blade, commander of HardCorps, uber-rental cops serving in a garden-variety near-future dystopia. Your enemy is one Elexis Sinclair - a saucy temptress who could easily be mistaken for Lara Croft's evil twin sister. Sinclair leads SinTek, a typical multinational corporation with a simple goal: complete and utter world domination. That's
If you cottoned to the history-lite real-time strategy game Rise of Nations, chances are you'll dig the steampunky history-schmistory Rise of Legends too. Not exactly a sequel (it's science fantasy and uses a new 3D engine), it "borrows" elements from several hits to create an extension, but not a reinvention. Take Civilization's borders and attrition rates, mix in the Conquer the World campaign (think Total War only not as deep), then add city districts, a trim two-resource economy and
Let's not mince words - WarCraft III: Reign of Chaos is one the most enjoyable games ever created, regardless of genre. Chronicling the saga of a prince named Arthas, WarCraft III's campaign is a breathtaking affair of betrayal, epic combat and a world's desperate bid to fend off an unstoppable evil. It's the kind of grand storytelling that's extremely rare in gaming.
The single-player campaign is split between the game's four races - Humans, Orcs, Night Elves and the Undead - and the story is
Fable: The Lost Chapters improves the original Xbox RPG with an advertised 30 percent more content to the game. Much of the new stuff comes in the form of extra side quests, plus a tacked-on story quest at the end of the game that takes you to a new land (which we won't spoil).
You start out as a young boy, living happily, until a vicious bandit raid wipes out your idyllic village. Orphaned, you are taken in by the Guild of Heroes, who train you to be a great warrior into your adulthood and