Hands-on time with LEGO Star Wars II: The Original Trilogy only confirms what you already knew: If this adorable game does not make you smile, you have no soul. Of course, cute ain't everything, and that's the real reason why our time traipsing through Episodes IV (A New Hope) and V (The Empire Strikes Back ) in a preview version of this Xbox 360 action/adventure was so satisfying. Not only is the game almost huggable (all these warm-fuzzy screens are taken from the Xbox 360 version), it's a
While EA kept a next-gen hockey game on the bench last year, NHL 2K6 owned the ice by default. This year, the 2K team has added a whole lot on top of last year's installment. We got our gloves on a copy to see how it's shaping up.
Following up last year's Crease Control system, the key 2007 innovation is Cinemotion, a blanket term used to describe 2K's new presentation style. No longer merely aping TV broadcasts, a new "parametric" camera dynamically follows the action down the ice, giving
Warm up your thumbs, hockey fans - EA Sports' NHL 07 is just under a month away from release. EA skipped a 360 version of their frozen franchise last year while the world of hockey was in turmoil, but the company is ready to make it up to you.
EA's new presentation is super sleek. Anything extraneous was trimmed, giving it even more of that ESPN... um, OLN broadcast feel. The only downside is that your selected player is marked with a little triangle, and that's it, which means that you better
Thursday 11 May 2006
Set in the Middle East a year in the future, Army of Two sees Americas heavy military losses force a situation where corporate armies send mercenaries to the frontlines. You could call it terrifyingly prophetic, but after our behind closed doors sneak peek wed prefer to call it a stonkingly exciting, visually superb action blast.
Army of Two is a two-man, third person shooter with an emphasis on teamwork and we got a chance to see how the single-player element will handle
Tuesday 15 August 2006
If you're going to be evil, do it with style. Overlord sees you enter stage left as an evil sorcerer who's just got himself a big castle in a Tolkienesque fantasy land. What's even better news is that your new acquisition has an added perk: an indigenous species of goblin who decide that you're their Overlord.
You're not, of course; you're an evil idiot. The actual Overlord is long-dead, probably by your own hand. You're a false messiah, like a TV evangelist, or Kevin
The breathtakingly apocalyptic Bullet Witch won't be gunning for US shores until early next year, but that hasn't stopped us from playing the just-released-in-Japan shooter for ourselves. And while it felt - at first - like a fairly standard third-person shooter, the arresting visuals and cool gameplay touches made us hungry for more.
If you've read our coverage, you already know that Bullet Witch takes place in the year 2013, after a series of catastrophes (not the least of which is the
Wednesday 9 August 2006
Now 15 years old, The Sonic series appears to be having a typical teenage personality crisis. His 360 debut starts out cheerfully enough, with the opening level (the Kingdom Valley, similar in appearance to the Aquatic Ruin Zone from Sonic 2) being standard Sonic fair.
Then, er, Sonic encounters the difficult goth phase. Did someone say... time travel? Seems they did. Sonic The Hedgehog takes place over several different time periods, with three central characters in on
NCAA Football has been one of the most critically lauded sports franchises for years -often surpassing its pro counterpart because of its wide-open gameplay, the neverending joy of the option, and because its just plain fun when you make a user-controlled interception with a future accountant - especially when the pass was thrown by a future NFL QB.
When the game jumped from this-gen to next-gen, the expectations rivaled those of USC's - they were sky high. Question is, did it topple the
It was a cold day in France. The rain was beating down something harsh, the enemies had an advantageous position, and we had one mission: get to the top of the hill. The problem was, for the most part, we were in a wide open valley with very little cover, and the enemies already occupied the few higher altitude positions there
For over a decade the annual Electronic Entertainment Expo (aka E3) has been the highlight of the gaming calendar. But - with many of the big players deserting the show - the doors have closed on this incredible circus of sensory stimulation. E3 as we know it might be "evolving" but it's not going to be the same mind-blowing spectacle.
To celebrate the relatively short - but always raucously enjoyable - lifespan of the show, we look back and remember why, for one week every year, gaming was