You never forget your first: your first kiss, your first car, the first time you ripped out a ninja's spine with your bare hands. Each new Mortal Kombat game dug a little deeper into its own gory mythology, but the next chapter in the famed fighting franchise will be the last. Mortal Kombat: Armageddon will end Kombat as we know it.
Why kill a good thing? To make room for a better one. MK's long and winding plotline will wrap up with the PlayStation 2 and Xbox; as those machines make way for
The word "visceral" describes things that impact the soft internals of a body (particularly those of the stomach or ‘abdomen' to get all sciencey on you) and there's a good reason why it frequently describes boxing. Graphics or physics alone won't get the job done; a good boxing game has to make you feel like you're about to get slugged. EA has a reputation for delivering the experience of professional sports in a way that goes beyond the rules of the game, and Fight Night Round 3 hungers
With Xbox 360 out (if you can find one) and PlayStation 3 just around the corner, you might think the only place left for your old PS2 is in a box in the attic. But hold that thought, and cast your eye over our deluxe selection of upcoming titles: this generation isn't shuffling off quietly.
Valkryie Profile: Silmeria
The original Valkryie Profile, for PSone, slipped under the radar of all but a few dedicated RPG fans. Shame, because it was one of the most exciting games to hit the genre, with
Tomb Raider was once famous for more than just Lara Croft. The original was a masterwork, packed with an epic atmosphere of adventure. A decade later, Tomb Raider: Legend is looking to recapture that quality. But, post Angel of Darkness, can Lara rekindle our interest?
Legend is a different kind of Tomb Raider. Lara moves freely over the terrain, released from the grid-based levels that restricted her movement in previous games. Now, you can ease gently on the left stick and Lara creeps
2004's DRIV3R is one of the most critically reviled games of all time, but that hasn't stopped developer Reflections from making another sequel. It has, however, stopped them from making another horrible sequel, as Driver: Parallel Lines looks less like a lame knockoff and more like a serious contender for Grand Theft Auto's lunch.
The first Driver to not star an undercover cop, Parallel Lines is the story of The Kid, a gifted getaway driver working his way through New York's underworld in
Solid Snake, Master Chief, Mario and Luigi – every console has its poster-boys (sorry girls, the designers and marketers are still striking out on that front). But they cast a long shadow over other titles just as worthy of a look-in: especially the ones that are so different that no-one figures out how to get them into the spotlight in the first place. So spare a thought for the little guys – here are 10 that still need your attention.
Boktai: The Sun Is In Your Hand
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We're an impatient lot, gamers, and it doesn't help that game development is prone to some whopping delays. Whether it's changing platforms, ambition crashing down to reality, bugs that won't be squelched or just plain bad luck, there's something about hotly-anticipated titles that makes them never turn up on time. Here's a look back over 10 recent waiting games – some past, some ongoing.
Tomb Raider: Angel of Darkness
Lara's ill-fated final expedition with Core Design began PS2
There's a lot to worry about with Commandos Strike Force. You could worry about the basic idea for a start, which in the words of developer Pyro's CEO, Ignacio Perez, combines "the tactical approach of the previous Commandos games with the intense action of an FPS."
The whole point of the series was its lack of intensity - just slow-burning, top-down puzzles in a WWII setting. You could question the stripping down of the characters you switch between; of the original six, only three remain:
Good things come to those who wait, and by now, anyone who knows Metal Gear Solid should know that if you hold off on buying the latest title in the stealth-action franchise, a better version comes out a year or so later. It happened with Metal Gear Solid: Integral (in Japan, at least), again with Metal Gear Solid 2: Substance and now it's happening with Metal Gear Solid 3: Subsistence.
Unlike the last couple of retreads, however, Subsistence actually has something more than a few goofy extras
Capcom once swore up and down that the Onimusha series would end with the third installment, but that didn't stop it from blatantly setting up a sequel at the end of Onimusha 3. And sure enough, it's not even two years later and we're only weeks away from the release of Onimusha: Dawn of Dreams. In a sense, though, Onimusha as we knew it has ended. None of the old characters are coming back for the sequel (at least not in playable form), and the old "samurai Resident Evil" approach has finally