We've been manipulating furry little critters in video games for years, so how come playing third-person platform actioner Over the Hedge didn't hit us as an exercise in boredom? The short answer: multiplayer. The slightly longer answer: a decent sense of humor.
Over the Hedge takes its characters from an upcoming Dreamworks animated feature (code for "kiddie cartoon") in which a bunch of woodland creatures mount an assault on suburbia. As you can imagine, the idea is that hilarity then
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Day 3: MMO Boot camp
If you've never played an online RPG before, be prepared to change the way you think. Sometimes it seems like the game bashes you over the head with rules - written and unwritten. So why do people bother? Because it turns out these rules actually help more than they hurt, most of the time - and the games are so addictive, anyway. In Final Fantasy XI, many of the rules are designed to force players to play with one another, and others simply aim to get them
Think of your favorite novel. Now know this: The Da Vinci Code kicked its ass. Dan Brown's thriller about secret societies, hidden messages in famous paintings and some controversial theories about Jesus Christ is officially the best-selling novel ever, nearing almost 40 million copies in print. So what can the game provide that all those dead trees can't? More puzzles.
Without giving too much away, you'll take up the role of Robert Langdon, an art expert who finds himself a key suspect in a
The city is on fire, and it's your job to put it out - with bullets. The civic-minded shooter Urban Chaos: Riot Response is shaping up nicely for its June release, and we recently went a few rounds with the PS2 version's frantic online multiplayer mode. Where we got shot. In the head. A lot. (Seriously, click here to see for yourself.)
Our abysmal performance aside - and the lesson here is not to play against the guys who made the game - multiplayer in Urban Chaos is promising. While the
Have you burned through Dance Dance Revolution's entire song catalog? Or have you always wanted to try a dancing game, but thought the music wasn't really your thing? Enter Dance Factory. Due out in August, it's the first game that'll actually let you stomp to tunes from your own CDs.
At first blush, Dance Factory looks like your typical DDR clone, as a series of cascading arrows tell you which part of a dance mat to step on in time with music. The key difference is that Factory generates
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Day 2: Get a job
If you've played other Final Fantasy games, chances are you've run into the "job system." It's a classic - it lets you totally change your character's class and abilities. Even better, once you hit level 18 you can equip a "Support Job" to make your character kick even more ass, with a sackful of new abilites. In total, Final Fantasy XI sports 18 jobs, each more classic than the last.
Support Jobs operate at half the level of the main job, but can alter your
When you think of motorcycle racing, the first image that pops in your head is probably shrieking, blisteringly fast bikes rocketing down the track. Well, you're half right. We just hopped off our first crack at MotoGP4 and the first thing we learned in the 8-player, online races was how much slowing the hell down can affect the race.
Jockeys already know that MotoGP is all about cutting the most precise, time-shaving line through each turn, not necessarily going fast. To make this feel as
Not only is WWE wrestler Shelton Benjamin the reigning intercontinental champion, he's also been the winner of the WWE Superstar Challenge - the knockout videogame tournament in which wrestlers go head-to-head in bouts of SmackDown! on PS2 - for four years in a row. After he once again trounced the competition in this year's contest, we caught up with Benjamin for the full SmackDown! lowdown...
You've won the WWE Superstar Challenge four years in a row now. Is there anyone even close to your
You won't find any metal-munching car wrecks or realistic control in OutRun 2006 Coast to Coast. Hell, there isn't even a reason why one track bleeds into the next - it just does. You'll go from the pyramids to San Francisco to Easter Island in just under six minutes. Thing is, there's so much burning rubber in between each of those stops that you won't even notice how little sense they
Thursday 13 April 2006
We're hungry like the wolf for exciting, original ideas and Okami is one of the most exciting and original PS2 games since Killer 7. Originally announced almost a year ago, Okami's unique visual flair and brilliantly bizarre world is now well on its way to hitting PS2 in the autumn, so we got our hands dirty with an early version of this brilliant-looking title.
In Okami you play a wolfish embodiment of Amaterasu, an immensely powerful sun god. A legendary and ruthless