Monday 12 June 2006
Take a look at these 10 new screens from online RPG Phantasy Star Universe, the much-awaited follow-up to the excellent Phantasy Star Online, which is set for Japanese release on 31 August and will hit UK shores by the end of the year.
The new screens focus on the blades 'n' bullets combat of the game, but also offer a glimpse of the player-controlled vehicles that are new to the series. And by 'vehicles' we also mean 'animals' - check out the shot of the Chocobo-style
Monday 12 June 2006
Xbox Live Arcade content due throughout summer has been dated and priced, thanks to a leaked magazine article.
On top of the recently released content for Perfect Dark Zero and Project Gotham Racing 3, there are new bits on the way in the form of a bundle of 'Large' deathmatch maps for PDZ and 'Package B' (Cat and Mouse and Proximity Based Racing modes, plus five new cars) for Gotham.
Both will sell for 500 Microsoft Points (£4.25), as will Kameo's Hardcore Package,
We've rooted out some new images of Rare's Viva Pinata which will be released for Xbox 360 at the end of the year. Check them out by clicking the images tab above.
The game gives you the opportunity to cultivate a pinata haven which will attract the colorful creatures to come and inhabit the area. It's all about customization as you try to make your little patch of green a desirable and safe place to live.
Once pinatas have decided to make your garden their home you can then go about
We like explosions. We're not unusual in that regard. Show us something erupting in a fireball and we're happy. Doesn't matter what - vehicles, structures, household pets. Fire makes it good.
Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Advanced Warfighter features makes things go boom. A lot. We made a deal with the talented A/V geeks over at Future Studios and got the custom-made GRAW explosion montage they made for the June issue of Official Xbox Magazine. What can we say - we loved it and wanted to share.
If you've already beaten Perfect Dark Zero and received your paltry 10 Achievement points for your efforts, here's good news: the multiplayer game is still interesting, and it just got a bit more so. Four new maps - Plaza, Rooftops, Trench and GasPlant - are now available on Xbox Live Marketplace for 500 Microsoft Points (or $6.75 in human money). Log into Xbox Live now and you'll find them in the recently revamped Xbox Live Marketplace. It's the one called Perfect Dark Zero Map Pack One. Does
Thursday 8 June 2006
Sega has announced that Football Manager 2007 will be released for PC and Xbox 360 this Christmas and has revealed some of the new features that the update will incorporate.
Developer Sports Interactive has been listening to feedback from its sizeable fan-base to make sure the 2007 edition is its best game yet. In particular the developer has been tweaking the Xbox 360 control system to make it as pad-friendly as possible.
Other new features and improvements
Expectations are still building for Crackdown, Microsoft's Grand Theft Auto-style supercop game designed, not coincidentally, by one of the guys who made GTA. The latest buzz comes courtesy of a trailer full of slick camera angles, badass machine guns and more than a few nifty explosions. Hit the movies tab above and see. It's just a minute, but it's a really cool minute.
Ubisoft has revealed the first details on their new content pack for Ghost Recon Advanced Warfighter, the current king of squad-based tactical combat games. The downloadable material, scheduled to be made available on Xbox Live at the end of June, will include new weapons, battle modes, maps and - best of all - four brand-new co-op missions.
The cooperative campaign will take the Ghosts from Mexico City and drop them in the equally seedy and dangerous setting of Nicaragua. The first assignment
You think you've gone frame-by-frame through the Halo 3 announcement trailer? That's nothing compared to how Bungie looked at it. Today, the game's development team released a behind-the-scenes look at the making of that trailer in the form of a video documentary. Now you can see seven minutes worth of why they showed what they showed the way they showed it, including some nice background on Marty O'Donnell's soundtrack.
If nothing else, the video reinforces the fact that the trailer was
Wednesday 7 June 2006
Microsoft is today delivering its free Xbox 360 upgrade to all Silver and Gold Xbox Live members, which includes 125 new features designed to enhance the 360 experience.
The update takes up no extra hard drive space, will take less than a minute to download and will include such features as:
• A new background download manager for Marketplace, which gives gamers the ability to queue up and download six high definition items while still playing games or browsing the