For months, our peeks at Tomb Raider: Anniversary have been limited to sitting by and watching as others guided archaeologist Lara Croft past slippery cliffs and crumbling traps. We've seen the re-imagined version of the original Peru level countless times, and even caught a glimpse of the ruins she'll tackle in Egypt. But now we've had our first chance to try out the PS2 version of the globe-trotting adventure for ourselves, and we're impressed.
As you'd probably expect, Anniversary - a
You thought Final Fantasy was all about cute cat-things named “moogles” and some brooding teens that save the world, right? Oh, you couldnt be more wrong. Little did you know that the pinnacle RPG franchise will tear your life to shit and make you a depraved maniac. Think were bluffing? Go ahead tough guy, read on about the dark side of Final Fantasy.
Medical research shows that thousands of gamers worldwide cant operate without their daily fix of Final Fantasy. What do
Las Vegas - a city synonymous with Hollywood glamor, Elvis, casinos, the Rat Pack and endless sketchy escort/contact magazines promoted by unfortunate illegal immigrants. Americas gambling paradise, however, is an unlikely setting for a notoriously hardcore tactical shooter with a squad that has to take on a band of particularly brutal South American terrorists. Ubisoft Montreals game designer Steven Masters huddles in Canadas -14-degree big-freeze to give us a warm insight into the making of
Though they probably won't feature Donald Trump shaving the head of WWE chairman Mr. McMahon like this year's WrestleMania, both the wrestling and gaming worlds are eagerly anticipating what the next round of WWE-licensed titles will hold. In much the way Vince McMahon will be more aerodynamic without his gray coiffure, the SmackDown vs. Raw series is streamlining to be even more intuitive to control while also offering more gameplay depth.
As the former rogue promotion of Extreme
We recently got a hands-on look at Cube, a 3D puzzler with an intriguing splash of platformer action. If you picked up a copy of the recent Puzzle Quest: Challenge of the Warlords, which includes a demo of Cube, you may already be familiar with its hard to describe, yet easy to pick up
It would be so easy for a developer to chuck in a simple bit of code as a let's-cram-a-few-extras-in afterthought with full price games and, let's face it, many have.
But we know there are those out there who really do care about us gamers and want to reward us handsomely for completing the main game. And those caring developers certainly don't want us slamming down our pads in frustrated boredom over that one tedious minigame that's preventing us from moving on to the next level.
If you get
GamesRadar: Let's discuss a more specific kind of customer: the fanboy. Who are the most obnoxious?
#5: I hate to stereotype, but Xbox fanboys are the worst. They've got this weird obsession with getting Linux on their consoles, but then never use Linux as their actual desktop at home; it's always Windows. I work in computers for a living now, so this kind of thing continually annoys me.
#1: Along with the "my games look and sound better than yours" mentality, the Xbox / Xbox 360 fanboys also
GamesRadar: Now let's talk about some of the personalities you interact with... starting with coworkers. What kind of conversations do you guys have?
#1: Too many to count.... a few standouts are Star Trek vs. Star Wars, best-looking chicks in a videogame and who would win in a fight... "fictional character #1" or "fictional character #2"?
#6: Yeah, Star Wars... whether or not Darth Maul was badass. Just to play devil's advocate, I had to throw Jar Jar into the mix. "Dude, Darth Maul's so
GamesRadar: Starting from the beginning... what made you want to work at a videogame store in the first place?
Employee #1: Who wouldn't want to spend their days hanging out with friends, talking about videogames and getting paid to do it?
Employee #2: I thought it would be fun. I thought I knew enough about games that I could be informative when customers had questions about them...
Employee #3: I wasn't really looking for a job in gaming, but since I bought a lot of games, I figured it
7. The Typing of the Dead
2001 - Dreamcast, PC
1999's The House of the Dead 2 was one of the finest lightgun shooters ever conceived - fast, gory and filled with awesome-looking zombies and monsters to blow apart. We don't know who originally thought it would be a good idea to turn that into a semi-educational game where you type words and phrases to kill zombies, but whoever they are, they deserve a damn medal.
The Typing of the Dead is number seven on this list for a reason. While the rest