As much as people air concern over whether EA will one day acquire - and maybe assimilate - Ubisoft, another pressing question is whether anyone would notice. Together with the upcoming Prince of Persia 3, the Rainbow Six series is at the heart of claims that the publisher is slipping into a familiar business model that champions regular updates to a cluster of bankable franchises.The heavy delays experienced by Lockdown, the series' fourth instalment, make this a difficult accusation to prove
Tom Clancy's best-selling techno thrillers have probably done as much to fuel paranoia about international terrorism as the ranting of bin Laden, Bush and Blair, but they don't half inspire decent videogames. Clancy's original Rainbow Six novel, a chunky doorstop of a book, has spawned around ten squad-based shooters over the years (we lost count trying to add up all the PC expansion packs) and the latest, Rainbow Six 4, looks set to continue the series' strong pedigree.Developed once again by
You don't have to love classic monster moves to enjoy Rampage: Total Destruction, but it helps. Midway unleashed a fresh batch of screens for its old-school building basher in late February, and we got a little bit of hands-on time to go with 'em.
Total Destruction sticks close to Rampage's arcade roots; players control giant monsters (more than 25 of them, including giant sharks and octopi) as they go on a nearly brainless tear through modern metropolii, smashing buildings, eating people, and
If Ratatouille weren't based on a film, its story - about a rat named Remy who wants to become a world-class French chef - would probably elevate it to weird-work-of-genius status. As it is, this platform-hopping adventure is relegated to the realm of baby games, although that doesn't mean it should be
As much as we love the survival horror genre, it can grow out of proportion at times. We get chills with every new Silent Hill or Resident Evil, but escaping is always simple: stop playing and get back into reality. Reality, however, can be just as frightening, as the upcoming disaster-themed action adventure Raw Danger proves.
Think about it - a day that's so bad, it's got to be a nightmare. If you remember the movie The Day After Tomorrow, then you already have an idea of what sort of terror
Given what you may already know about Red Ninja - the flashing of thighs, the slashing of throats - it may seem perverse that it has a heart as affectingly warm as its savagery is cold. It's still remarkably savage: surprise is usually mortal, thunderous arterial spray in place of exclamation marks, and that sinuous Tetsugen wire so shockingly swift that a sentry's decapitated body takes an eternity to follow his head in a grisly twirl to the turf. But where much of the stealth genre is cloaked
"We want to keep you in the Reservoir Dogs experience," says Volatile, the developer of Reservoir Dogs. And it's doing just that by exploring deeper into the events of the Quentin Tarantino hit film. We've been close up to the action, and can report for sure that the game is doing well to echo the flavor and atmosphere. That is, it's swearier than 10 drunken sailors and plenty violent.
The demo we were shown gave us an insight into two different levels, and the two separate styles of the game.
Colin McRae and WRC sucks! That's the message that SCi are shouting from the bleakest, windswept Welsh hillsides via their first foray down the well-travelled road to rally-dom. It's big, it's hard, but does it have the goods to go? Y'know? Yo, ho, go wit da flow?So... they took a long hard look at Colin and deduced that the former king of the dirt has been getting soft in his old age: physics tweaked to feel less like driving and more like a driving game. Graphics that look bright and shiny
You might have thought Final Fantasy XII was the last hurrah for PS2 role-playing games, but if the upcoming Rogue Galaxy is any indication, the aging black box still has plenty of fight left in it. The space-pirate saga hits the console at the end of January, and if FFXII's hands-off combat left you cold, then Rogue Galaxy might be more your speed.
Created by the minds behind Dragon Quest VIII, Rogue Galaxy is the story of Jaster Rogue, a young orphan trapped in an oppressively dull existence
When first sighted through a telescope, Rogue Galaxy looks very much like last fall's gorgeous RPG, Dragon Quest VIII: Journey of the Cursed King at space camp. The colorful graphics showcase the same smoothly animated, cartoon-come-to-life splendor and the art style is similar. The characters may look a bit different, but they still tramp around exotic locations in ungainly garb, waving swords and immediately slaughtering without remorse any wildlife they happen to encounter.