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Store shelves are littered with sequels to crappy games and franchises that have no right to exist. Hello, Dynasty Warriors! What Faustian covenant keeps you alive?? Meanwhile, videogame history is teeming with amazing, innovative titles that were mercilessly trampled underfoot when the balance sheet didn’t add up. This is our ode to games with unrealized franchise potential.
MTV may now be home only to would-be celebrities and attention-starved whores, but there was once a time when it played nothing but music videos, back when the M stood for “music” instead of “malaise.” In fact, music videos hit their stride in the mid-to-late 1980s, right as NESes were being installed into every living room in the world. With a shared history that’s intertwined the art forms from the beginning, it's no surprise that we'd occasionally see videogame influences creeping into videos
When did professional darts players attain to the status of WWE stars, playing to stadiums full of screaming fans and strutting into the place with an effing intro? Bluster aside, there is no way that holding a Wii remote like a dart is “realistic.”
We’ve all heard the news that controversial Iraqi shooter Six Days in Fallujah has been dropped by its publisher Konami. It seems a shame that all the developer's hard work could now go to waste. But wait! With just a few tweaks to the storyline and a hasty reskin job on the character models, Six Days in Fallujah could easily be salvaged and transformed into a non-media baiting, controversy-free shooter with hardly any effort at all.
Namco Bandai Day 2009. At this prestigious event in San Francisco where the beer flowed like wine, the ‘Radar crew got to see games Namco has cooking for the summer/fall seasons. One of the heavily featured games, Tekken 6, is the first multiplatform Tekken game and the first for this generation of systems (Tekken 5: Dark Resurrection for PSN doesn’t count).
Seven new maps come with this updated for Time Trial mode: running alone against the clock, in this case through abstract obstacle courses of floating blocks. They’re strikingly beautiful in a different way to the game’s real-world city: spacey, chunky, dreamlike.
You get three new weapons, two new vehicles and five new multiplayer maps in Fortune’s Pack. The best news is that Far Cry 2’s famously explodey action sequences are now augmented by an explosive-launching crossbow that packs more of a punch than the in-game rocket launcher.
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Movies based on videogames, to make a blanket generalization, are effing terrible. It’s no secret that Hollywood thinks of gamers as a massive collective of emotionally stunted mouth-breathers who’ll pay to watch anything with guns, and that the films it produces reflect that attitude.
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