At EA's recent Studio Showcase 06, we got a glimpse of the future of one of the most popular racing franchises in gaming history (next to Gran Turismo, of course). The tricked-out racing rides of Need For Speed are back and even more customizable than ever - with hyper-tense, high stakes tracks to match.
To start, EA has added a new feature called Auto Sculpt that blows the doors off of the term "vehicle customization." Instead of simply strapping on pre-formed after-market parts to your sleek
NASCAR is unbelievably popular, but the prospect of driving in an oval, lap after repetitive lap, has started to get a little tired... no matter how fast you go. Enter NASCAR 07, EA's attempt to spice things up by digging deeper into the sport than simply picking your line and blindly adhering to
In the original .hack saga, The World is a massive online game played around the globe. The trouble is that it contained a terrible secret - players would fall into comas after playing the game. Fortunately, two players known as Kite and BlackRose, among others, battled the malicious entities living in the game world and brought safe play to everyone. In the aftermath, the game itself was completely destroyed.
But companies can't resist dicing with fate when money hangs in the balance,
A rebel ship disappears from orbit, sucked into the belly of an Imperial Star Destroyer. Rebels hold their breath and take up defensive positions as a door is breached. Stormtroopers flood in. Shots are fired. Cute plastic heads clatter to the floor and slowly blink out of existence.
Beginning with the first scene of A New Hope, Lego Star Wars II: The Original Trilogy finally gives fans what they really want: the chance to play through Lego versions of the first three films. We've finally had
Thursday 13 July 2006
We've had a surprisingly high number of bike games hitting the shelves over the last few months. Some have been exceptional, like MotoGP 2006 on Xbox 360; others a little uninspiring like Polyphony's Tourist Trophy. But where TT failed to truly ignite PS2 bikers' 700cc hearts, Super-Bikes Racing Challenge just might.
For starters, this is another deep simulation of motorcycling, but not the kind that sees you tinkering with brake balance and changing minuscule variants on
We got our first real crack at the newly redesigned Scarface: The World is Yours back in March, and while it was still in early form - having been recently torn apart and redesigned from scratch - it was already shaping up to be much more than just another Grand Theft Auto clone. Tony Montana looked and sounded slick, the city of Miami was intricately detailed and the cars handled much more smoothly than GTA's bar-of-soap-on-wet-tile rides.
The game looks even more polished since then, and we
The sequel to the crash-happy racer FlatOut will careen into stores next month, and unlike the original - which was notable mainly for sending your driver flying through the windshield at the drop of a hat - FlatOut 2 looks to have plenty to help it stand out.
For starters, the game looks beautiful. Sure, it starts you off racing junkers on dirt tracks, but there's a lot of detail packed into everything you see. Your car, for instance, sports nice-looking light reflections when it's pristine,
Avatar: The Last Airbender is one of the coolest cartoons on Nickelodeon these days. A far cry from the misshapen adventures of the Rugrats, it blends action and magic into a tasty blend of kick-ass Asian action. Just as a show like this can bridge the gap between kids and adults, the game THQ is cooking up brings the series' slick cartoon visuals together with the kind of action RPG gameplay mature gamers have come to love. Think X-Men Legends, and you're getting there.
Avatar's world is
With World Tour Golf, developer Gusto Games wants to create a game that real golfers would want to play - something they intend to do by taking a uniquely realistic approach to the game.
Eschewing the simple, arcade-style swinging of Tiger Woods PGA Tour and other similar series, World Tour enables players to control the power and trajectory of their shots directly. This system, called "Pro Stroke," allows players to set up their swing by making minute adjustments to their golfer's stance, the
Sooner or later, developer Omega Force is going to have to make a new game. In the past six years, they've pumped out no fewer than 13 Dynasty Warriors sequels and spinoffs, all of which have been essentially identical. New battlefields and other improvements keep emerging, but each one still revolves around wading into a battlefield and slashing through hordes of witless enemy soldiers.
Samurai Warriors 2 is no different. Like the first Samurai Warriors, it's set in feudal Japan, with players