Where once gamers were just geeks, we know that's not quite true anymore. Outsiders might still see the pale, socially inept bedroom dweller in all gamers but from the inside there's a wealth of difference.
Every gaming type is catered for in today's multi-billion dollar industry and, like it or not, we probably all fit quite neatly into a certain crowd. The games you choose, systems you pre-order and characters you revere define your inner gamer.
So we're here to help you find your place in
Metroid Prime 3: Corruption
It's back into the deepest pits of development for Metroid Prime 3. With the release date postponed indefinitely, Retro Studios have time on their side in the quest to perfect the first-person Metroid experience on Wii.
The last time we remember this happening was when the original Metroid Prime was met with disapproval from Nintendo's Japanese overlords. The result was a long delay, plenty of reworking and, ultimately, a game that many rate as the best thing on
While MySims looks adorable, there are many of us here who refuse to get excited about a cutesy town simulator thats not Animal Crossing. We know its coming and we cant wait until we get to send each other more messages and outfit our homes with songs that can only be acquired on Saturday nights. Without further adieu:
1) Outdoor pursuits
How about a fitness trail through the woods, or a soccer lawn? So theres actually something to do when your pal suggests going for a walk.
2) Games room
Romance Of The Three Kingdoms XI - originally a PC/PS2 strategy-em-up - is a bewilderingly complex game in anyones native language. Playing it in Japanese, we spent the first half hour trying to find out how to move the camera. But If youve got a Japanese Wii, a translation guide and a real taste for proper synapse-fizzing strategy, this will satisfy you like a seven-course meal. A meal made out of horses and men.
Imagine Advance Wars or Final Fantasy Tactics given a mug full of IQ juice and
Good grief; Its an actual Link-wolf, photographed with some pixie people (or its a talented Welsh cosplayer named Karen).
2) Portable feast
At first we thought this was some kind of funky rubber case for the DS, but its actually a birthday cake. Our jaws are dropped in hungry admiration.
3) Donkey mosaic
A high-powered sniper rifle is one way to stop vandals scrawling all over your walls. Another is to install one of these awesome
Like most cheat sites, CheatPlanet is driven by user submissions. While most of the submissions contain immensely valuable cheats and hints (and we love you for submitting them), some of them are total crap. Total, complete, utter, ridiculous crap. And yeah, its someones job to wade through this pool of randomly typed characters, 1337 speak, and profanity to rescue the useful game knowledge floating around beneath the surface.
To get to the point: occasionally this pool reveals a true gem - a
Like a man leaping unexpectedly from a cardboard box in a corner, Koei this month unveiled Opoona - a lovely-looking Wii "lifestyle RPG" from the people behind Japanese mega-RPG Dragon Quest. It's an intriguing mash-up of Final Fantasy and Animal Crossing, with the bobble-headed star (Opoona himself) both engaging in nunchuk-controlled combat - throwing "Energy Bonbons" at enemies - and taking on jobs that provide cash for household item shopping. No US date has been announced yet, but in the
The pioneer - Metal Gear Solid | 1998 | PS1
Hiding under a cardboard box. That was Hideo Kojima's answer to the prevailing tide of titles that focused on blasting seven shades of excrement out of anything that had the misfortune of moving. But this pedestrian activity was little short of revolutionary. MGS brought us strategy elements both previously untested in the US and in 3D, favoring concealment rather than confrontation at all times, however you could manage it. Using cigs to reveal laser
Beethoven beat haven
Experimental online music/art installation, partnering tunes of the classical variety with undulating bars of light at
We'll just go ahead and cut to the chase for those of you who've been following the development of Manhunt 2: we've seen the infamous bit where a guy gets his testicles and one of his vertebrae removed by a pair of wire cutters, and yes, it's nasty. Not as nasty as the scene playing out in your head right now - the actual gore is limited to spraying blood and horrible fleshy wrenching noises - but nasty nonetheless.
We've also seen a pen broken off in a man's throat, a sex-hotel receptionist