Codemasters' elusive war sequel, Operation Flashpoint 2, has reared its head and is looking rather stunning in the pages of the latest PC Gamer UK, on shelves now. PC Gamer calls Codies' war zone "the most mind-bogglingly vast and mercilessly realistic battlefield gaming has ever known," which couldn't be higher praise if they tried, really.
"Operation Flashpoint 2: Dragon Rising is the sequel to the best soldier sim ever
David and Richard Darling, co-founders of Codemasters, were both made Commanders of the Order of the British Empire (CBE), which sounds like a real-time strategy Harry Potter game.
We've been big fans of Codemasters since the days of Dizzy and Brain Ache, but the UK firm is better known for ultra-realistic racing games these days and Lord of the Rings Online. The Darlings literally went from bedroom coders to business superstars, and
With a game as stupidly popular and successful as Counter-Strike, the question is not 'Will there be a sequel?' but rather: 'When?' Valve Software, the developer housed in a red building entirely comprised of $50 bills (it could happen), knows this too: "We will never abandon Counter-Strike," marketing man Doug Lombardi told Shack News, explaining why the online shooter hasn't received a major update since the release of Counter-Strike
18th Jan, 2008
[Warning: Like our Portal article from December, this piece features some pretty heady discourse, and also benefits from a visit from Mr. Narrative Theory. If that stuff makes you run screaming, then feel free to run screaming. Also, if you haven't completed Half-Life 2, leave now. This contains some inhuman spoilers.]
Half-Life 2 is widely and rightly regarded as a modern classic. In terms of both gameplay and artistry there have been few, if any, games in the FPS genre which
Dec 20, 2007
If you park on the streets of a major city like San Francisco, you know there's the risk that a starry-eyed young hooligan with the bold dream of stealing your stereo will smash in your window. GamesRadar US editor Tyler Wilde is well aware of this risk - his car has been broken into three times in the past year. What he didn't know is that not just his stereo is at risk.
As an avid gamer and an angry citizen, he felt it was time to send a message to the window/ocarina smashing
20th Dec, 2007
Gaming is an up and down experience. Some years cram top quality titles into our every orifice until were bursting with videogame joy and have excess polygons dripping messily out of our ears, while some other years… Well, some other years are 1983.
In 2007 though, weve had a very good year indeed. A scarily good year in fact. One which has provided us so much brilliance on every format that its a genuine worry that the laws of karmic balance will soon bring us a plague
18th Dec, 2007
There are some things that developers and publishers just don't want you to know. And given the unnaturally high number of game announcements, hardware revelations, industry shake-ups, and all round cool things going on this year, they've wanted you to not know a lot during 2007. Thankfully though, the internet exists, and thus nothing is sacred.
That's the eternal irony of the games industry. It's a business which tries to shroud itself in secrecy, but whose patrons congregate
Nov 12, 2007
Weighted Companion Cubes from Orange Box puzzler Portal will be coming to the Valve store soon.
In addition, the plush Cube (which doesn't talk and won't try to stab you) will go on sale alongside a smaller pair of cubes made for hanging in your car's rear-view mirror. We need these to complete the Valve toy collection on our
Nov 5, 2007
A Bethesda employee currently designing levels for the developer's forthcoming RPG Fallout 3 has been playing around with Portal map creation.
Daryl Brigner has created a level for Valve's first-person puzzle-'em-up called Ren_Test2.
We've not zapped holes in the map ourselves as yet, but judging by comments that have been spouted it's a clever design but will test your Portal powers to the limit.
Ren_Test2 can be downloaded here.
Valve's Portal forms part of the developer's
Oct 29, 2007
Valve has released its promised Orange Box Xbox 360 patch, which apparently fixes the crippling lag owners have been complaining about since release.
The vast majority of complaints stemmed from gamers trying to participate in 6v6 or 8v8 matches, where "connection to host lost" messages become common place.
The new patch - which should stream down your internet wire the next time you boot up the game - reduces network bandwidth usage, improves overall game performance and