We collect a lot of gaming merchandise at GamesRadar. While we buy some of it ourselves, one of the perks of working in the industry is that a week rarely goes by without some new item of promotional gaming paraphernalia finding its way to our desks. And generally it's a pretty even mix of awesome and crap
Videogames have always been violent. Violence is inherent in the medium, inseparable from the essential experience of playing games. Without competition and conflict resolved by violence, games wouldn’t be games: they’d be screensavers. Gore is a slightly different matter, though. Better graphics and physics have ushered in a new era of explicit gruesomeness.
If you examine the history of console gaming, from its nascent years on low-end computers to the present, you’ll find one strange constant: Santa Claus. Much more than just another holiday mascot who gets rolled out once a year to irritate us with awful ads and horrible dancing toys, Santa is a beloved-enough icon to have appeared in seemingly dozens of videogames (not to mention books and movies) that persist long after Christmas is over
Ninjas, blood and really, really sharp weapons. No matter how many games and consoles pass us by over the years, these three things will never grow old. So despite the fact that Microsoft has already given us Ninja Gaiden II and Tenchu Z, we’re ready and willing for more. Can the upcoming Ninja Blade deliver?
Bad decisions, bad timing and PR-mageddon. They've got no-one to blame but themselves.
Take two parts Ninja Gaiden, lame leather fetish and all, garnish with lashings of Devil May Cry, leave to fester until early 2009, and you have the latest action title from Japanese developers From Software, the familiarly-titled Ninja Blade.
You read that right – THIRTY free games are up for grabs this week for those who listen and follow the rules. It’s not hard. Hell all you really need to do is show up and you’re almost guaranteed a game. They’re all the same game, but hey, free is free. Free!
Plus stuff about Sonic Unleashed, the stupidest moments from Mortal Kombat vs DC Universe and some of the worst game commercials EVAR.
Evil doesn't HAVE to be serious business...
Videogames, like movies and music, live and die by their release dates. A smartly planned launch can make a niche product soar to unpredicted heights or cause a long-respected franchise to slip beneath consumers’ radar.
A few months ago we had this idea to make a “Skeletons of Street Fighter” feature. Street Fighter IV hype was asploding across the webs (GamesRadar included) and we felt there was no better time to excuse a barrage of boney bastards across the site.
Then we thought, “why stop with Street Fighter?” There’ve got to be a billion goddam skeletons creeping through virtual graveyards just begging to have their toothy visage slapped on the immortal internet. Who are we to deny them such a privilege? So, without further yammering, we present, just in time for Halloween (y Dia de los Muertos), the biggest batch of skelleys you’ve ever seen...