This is a big year for WWE SmackDown! The long-running wrestling series - it debuted on PSone in 1999 - will be released later this year on PS2, PSP, PS3 and Xbox 360. This marks not only its next-gen debut but also the first time a SmackDown! game has appeared on a non-Sony platform.
You'll be able to read our exclusive hands-on of SmackDown! vs RAW 2007 direct from E3 next week. But in the run-up to getting intimate with the game, we caught up with THQ creative manager Cory Ledesma to find
It's an adventure that never ends. Final Fantasy has always been a finite experience, bounded by a story that reaches a definite conclusion. Not Final Fantasy XI, though. It's been going strong for more than two years in the US, and with the release of the Xbox 360 version this week, it's available to more gamers than ever before. Whether you've just grabbed the new 360 version or got interested because of the Treasures of Aht Urghan expansion pack that hit the PS2 and PC this week, we've got
Can a smarter program make a better poker video game? That's what Stacked hopes to answer - and our hands-on impressions from the PC and PS2 versions make us believers so far.
Stacked's artificial intelligence has been in development for 10 years independently as a pure research project; the game creators simply wrapped it up in an attractive Texas Hold 'Em shell. Of course, this also means that this game has been practicing for 10 years, just to kick your ass. You won't see a lot of reckless
Friday 5 May 2006
This is a big year for WWE SmackDown! The long-running wrestling series - it debuted on PSone in 1999 - will be released later this year on PS2, PSP, PS3 /and/ Xbox 360. This marks not only its next-gen debut but also the first time a SmackDown! game has appeared on a non-Sony platform.
You'll be able to read our exclusive playtest of SmackDown! vs Raw 2007 direct from E3 next week. But in the run-up to getting hands-on with the game, we caught up with THQ creative manager
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Guitar Hero II
Nobody quite expected Guitar Hero to be such a blistering success last year, but its popularity and sheer awesomeness have put the sequel at the top of our "must-see" list. While it's deceptively simple - you "play" a guitar-shaped controller in time to a cascading series of onscreen dots - Guitar Hero is one of the most enjoyably addictive games on the PS2, and we've got high hopes for the next
You may wield a mean keyblade and drive a tricked-out Gummi Ship, but are you sure you've seen everything that Square Enix and Disney's latest mouse-and-moogle masterpiece has to offer? Find out as we list 10 of our favorite things from the best-selling action RPG.
1. Mickey Mouse is a stud
One of the original game's most enigmatic figures, King Mickey is hidden in shadow no more. In fact, he's pretty much a Jedi, able to carve enemies to pieces in a fight with Yoda-like agility.
Set in a desolate, but still incredibly colorful, future world, the third-person shooter Rogue Trooper pulls no punches with its unflinching brutality. At every turn, you're presented with violence so obscene that it becomes hilarious because it is so blatantly ruthless. Take the cutscenes, for example, in which one of your brothers in arms falls to the enemy and you knife him in the base of the skull to pull out his biochip (which you later implant in your gun, backpack or helmet for increased
As anyone who went to see Silent Hill last weekend knows, taking a popular game and turning it into a movie isn't usually a successful process. With everything from the look of the characters to the style of the dialogue to try and port over, it's so confusing and complex that nobody ever seems to get it right. We can't forget that it's been over nine years since Final Fantasy VII debuted on the PlayStation, either. Times have changed - a lot.
But maybe thanks to the fact that Tetsuya Nomura,
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Day 4: Going it alone
Today we'll walk you through the first 10 levels of your adventuring career and give you tips to maximize profit while doing it.
Once you create a character and find your way out into the wilderness, the first thing on your mind is going to be slicing up monsters. But before you begin your bloody career, you should become acquainted with the "Conquest" system. Why? Because Conquest will be where most of your money comes from for the
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The Final Push
While gil, items and experience points can take you pretty far in Final Fantasy XI, they're not always the answer. Today we'll help you through some of your first major milestones before pushing you out of the proverbial