Late last year we brought you the Platinum Chalice awards. It was a celebration about everything that made gaming too damn cool in 2006. But the sad consequence of having two system launches and more than five actively supported consoles and handhelds on top of that was... a glut. A glut of awesome games, to be sure, but also a glut of utter shit.
So we sat down and thought about the year behind us, specifically everything that pissed us off. Things that we wish companies would give up on. The
Friday 12 January 2007
We're pretty sure that we don't really need to advise you to hunt out games like GTA IV, Halo 3 and Super Mario Galaxy in 2007 - we've got a sneaky feeling that you'll be smart enough to do that without our wise words of professional guidance. Right...?
Instead of pointing you to the blindingly obvious for our forecast of the potentially great games that'll be keeping your digits in shape over the next 12 months, we thought it would be infinitely more useful if we
We love Virtua Tennis. Its colorful blend of arcade smashery and addictive gameplay caught our attention immediately and each successive update has only enhanced the appeal. Now Virtua Tennis 3 is heading out on to the next-gen court later this year, and so we've picked up our racquets for the PS3 build to see what Sega can do.
Unsurprisingly, Virtua Tennis on PS3 looks so sharp it's a wonder your eyeballs aren't left in two cleanly hewn pieces. What we like most of all are the crisp, glowing
You've created one of the best games of 2006. You've appealed to critics and consumers alike. And through a combination of high quality and good timing, your product was dubbed the first truly next-gen experience by most press outlets. So what do you do for a sequel, especially if you plan on releasing it a mere year after the outstanding original?
In the case of Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Advanced Warfighter 2 (mercifully referred to as GRAW 2 for the rest of this preview), the developer has
It's cool to believe in something, to have an undying passion for your hobby. When it comes to gaming, we'll defend our views to the bitter end. But sometimes we all go a little too far, skating a fine line between fan and fanboy. How close are you? Read on...
Step 1 - Swear that system X has no good games. At all.
The self-proclaimed "hardcore" may read up on every game, discuss every game and spout what we try to pass off as authoritative opinions on every game... but none of us actually
We've seen hundreds of off-road racers before, but we've never seen one with the realism and high-speed intensity of MotorStorm, which keeps looking better and better as it moves closer to release. We've been ripping through an unfinished version of the full game for a little while now, and we're more impressed with it - and the PS3 - than ever.
When it hits in spring, MotorStorm will enable players to tear their way through a muddy, incredibly dangerous racing festival in the mesa-studded
Friday 5 January 2007
Were your lingering memories of 2006's gaming highlights all but wiped clean by some especially riotous New Year's celebrations? Or do you long to pour over a handily collated run-down of the year's big stories, surprise announcements and shock news? Either way, your luck's in, reader, as GamesRadar presents a bite-sized dose of all you need to know from the last 12 months.
With Sony's long-running PS3 delay shenanigans (hey, it's not over yet), the death of E3 as we knew
Did you behave well enough last year for Santa to bring you some new games for Christmas? Stuck on them already? Well, don't worry, we've put together a little something for you to unwrap now - that's right, the best cheats, hints and easter eggs for the top-selling Christmas games. Just hit the tabs on the left for the games you want to know about.
Many of these cheats were sent in by our readers through CheatPlanet.com (thank you kindly) - so why not share your own best cheats and tricks
The Silent Hill series
It's a safe bet that we all play games the same way: lights on, volume at a reasonable level, perhaps other stuff going on in the background as well. For most games, that's totally cool. But there are some that you have not even begun to experience. Yes, some games demand that you completely alter your surroundings and let the mood seep through your skull, soaking every cell in your body with excessive atmosphere.
So, we mined our collective memories and came up with
Recently released on Sony's PlayStation Network, Gran Turismo HD Concept is finally here - although almost nothing has changed since Gran Turismo 4 hit the PS2. But it does feature a brand new circuit, the stunning Eiger Nordwand, a course nestled in crisp, Alpine terrain and shadowed by snow-capped mountains.
Initially, you've only one vehicle to cruise in - a Suzuki Cappuccino. By nailing a record lap in the game's time trial mode, you can unlock nine more cars, from Mitsubishi Lancers to a