Although they have two fewer wheels than cars, motorbikes are twice as hard to portray convincingly in virtual form.
Much of the complexity comes from the rider's direct physical input and the intricate effect this places on a bike's handling dynamic. Recreating this successfully is a considerable challenge, and one that only a handful of biking titles have managed.
The historically low success rate wouldn't appear to bother Polyphony. The developer recently used the Tokyo Motor Show to
At E3 in 2004, FFXII's idiosyncratic project leader Yasumi Matsuno confided to us that if his game was released on time and with 80 per cent of his vision intact, he would be happy. When the game finally reaches Japanese stores on March 16, it will be almost two years late; Matsuno, rumoured to have been hospitalised for exhaustion during the extended development, has not even been directly involved for one of them.
But handing the reins of Square's most popular blockbuster to its most indie
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
After reading 50 Cent's biography, it comes as no surprise that the bullet-riddled rapper is starring in his own virtual adventure. Indeed, 50's eventful history of making dollars, building rep and getting shot enough times to kill a baby elephant, sounds more like a game synopsis than real life.
But while Mr Cent might have all the necessary credentials to be an ass-capping avatar, if the game's a big pile of steaming toilet food then people will be especially quick to berate it as a smash
From Russia with Love is reminiscent of EA's previous third-person Bond adventure Everything or Nothing, at least insofar as the controls feel similar.
You can shimmy up against walls and peek around corners, the unique method of aiming (by locking on to targets and fine-tuning your aim with the C-stick) returns, and the on-foot action is broken up periodically by driving sections.
However, while its predecessor was rife with annoying niggles, From Russia with Love seems much more
Sequelitis is endemic in Japanese RPGs, but the Tales of... series stands alone in its naming conventions - no numerals for this baby. Keeping a handle on Phantasia, Destiny, Eternia, Symphonia, Rebirth and Legendia only gets harder as Namco releases the latest PS2 game, Tales of the Abyss.
Abyss' story quickly reveals its epic scope: a noble son, Luke, finds he is the holder of a rare power - the seventh Fonim (a sort of element) - just as war breaks out with a kingdom which had kidnapped him
So you're aiming for a promotion. Normally that would mean working hard and meeting the objectives as agreed in your annual performance review.
Unsurprisingly, in The Godfather your objectives are more about smashing people's heads against gravestones and taking a baseball bat to a butcher than developing your interpersonal skills.
We've been climbing the Cosa Nostra career ladder in a playable version of The Godfather, and reassuring ourselves that 'it's only business'. Because this
Spoilers, bumpers, exhausts, bonnets, tyres. The extent to which you're thrilled by this catalogue of car parts will give a good indication of whether the third iteration of Midnight Club street racing is for you. For, while the driving aspect of the game has been tweaked to deliver a corporeal improvement over the racing experience offered by its predecessor, it's the customisation that Rockstar San Diego has really gone to town on.
To this end, the staff of US car modding bible Dub have been
It probably won't do for graffiti what the Tony Hawk games did for skateboarding, but Marc Ecko's Getting Up: Contents Under Pressure has gotten a pretty bad rap lately. A game about a graffiti artist living in a police state where tagging is a capital crime, it's been called everything from a celebration of vandalism to a gang-recruitment tool. But regardless of what its critics say, Getting Up takes an interesting spin on the urban-crime genre and, if done right, could be a lot of
Bookworm or not, it seems almost everybody is a fan of half-blood wizard Harry Potter.With the bespectacled one's fourth term at Hogwarts just around the corner, will this movie tie-in pass with flying colours, or will scarface and chums flunk out?The exciting prologue, set in the Quidditch World Cup campsite, confirms that Goblet of Fire has shifted away from the childish, cartoony look of Prisoner of Azkaban and plumped for a darker, more cinematic style.There's also a marked change of pace