Back in 1996, two Microsoft executives quit their spectacularly high-paid jobs, formed a games company and made the best game ever. Twice.
They didnt like the way retailers were throttling the industrys creativity, so they cut them out. They did what a lot of mod teams were doing, they hired them. They published any game they liked through their digital distribution network, however commercially risky, and saved several independent developers in the process. Their revolution was so successful
Portal is a comedy puzzle game. A pretty black comedy, granted, but firmly a comedy. Most of the jokes revolve around you being lied to, killed, or thirsty to the point of delirium, but that wont stop you chuckling at least once per puzzle. In fact, thats usually the reason for it.
The puzzle part youre hopefully familiar with from the trailer better yet, the 2005 prototype Narbacular Drop. Youve got a gun that opens rifts in any wall you shoot it at, and once youve opened two, you can walk
Weve all been horribly misled about Episode Two. We ended Episode One steaming out of City 17 on a train as the Citadel exploded, but it crashed and we heard Alyx cry out. The next thing we saw was her dangling from a smashed bridge in the Episode Two trailer, then her limp body being carried by a Vortigaunt. And OK, the savvy among us probably realized she wasnt dead, but it was pretty clear shed been badly hurt in the crash and would be out of action for most of the episode.
The first surprise, playing Team Fortress 2, is how incredibly bloody it is. Its fantastically good fun, too, but you can pretty much see that just from looking at it. The explosive gore, bony hunks of shredded men and severed heads are more of a shock among these beaming cartoon smiles, but you soon realize theyre entirely necessary.
In TF2, things do what they look like they should do. A direct hit from a smoke-belching rocket looks like it ought to rip someone apart, so it does. But
We're well aware that most of your are reading our site when you should be working, or studying for your finals. And we encourage that. Because in the same diversionary spirit, we've put aside our tireless Halo 3 and Sony Gamer's Day coverage to scrounge the depths of the internet to find what's truly important: Wacky Vidz. Take a look below and embrace the weirdness.
Niagara PS3 death
We know Genji was bad, but this is just ridiculous. Watch in horror as this “comedy” duo
Imagine Lara Croft as a perpetually frightened-looking man running scared through the same islands on which Far Cry is set, and you'll have a rough idea of what Uncharted: Drake's Fortune is all about. A slick-looking adventure from the minds behind Jak & Daxter, Uncharted promises to hurl players into blistering firefights through lush jungles, tempered with plenty of climbing and jumping through vine-covered ruins in between. And it looks absolutely amazing.
Heavily influenced by 1930s pulp
Introducing the boys from way out East
Niko is a tough-looking, imposing man from Eastern Europe somewhere, who seems to have had a troubled past. He mentions that he has killed, sold and smuggled many men, which suggests he was involved in slavery and people-trafficking. It seems he want to move away from the criminal life and have a go at something rather more legitimate, just like his cousin Roman.
Roman has been sending him many emails describing how good things are in
Welcome to Liberty City
The map of Liberty City has yet to be revealed, but with New York being the inspiration, we can piece together an idea of how it will look. Liberty City comprises four boroughs, based on four boroughs of New York, and part of the bordering state - which is based on New Jersey. The total size of the game area is smaller than San Andreas but there is far less dead space, such as countryside and forest, making it a much more entertaining place to explore. Heres a guide to
Thursday, March 29. 3pm. Were huddled over our computer, along with tens of thousands of gamers worldwide, furiously debating the GTA IV trailer on internet message boards. As conspiracy theories are raised - and razed - in rapid keystrokes, while the trailers micro-details are held up for inspection, no one seems able to summarize the prevailing mood. Until one gamer glibly taps… “Underwhelmed and overwhelmed.” And the internet churns in chaotic agreement.
Amongst your Halo 3, your Metal Gear Solid 4 and your Super Mario Galaxy, Grand Theft Auto IV is nestled in the release schedule this Fall and promises to deliver on the hefty expectations weve had ever since its announcement. Sadly, while there are no Airships or a futuristic representation of San Fierro, we will get a pretty damn realistic version of Liberty City, which has blown us away already. Check out our dissection of the trailer and impressions from the recent demo in the links below.