... they lied. There comes a point in Alone in the Dark, about 80% in, where Eden Studios pulls a very cheap trick. It artificially boosts the longevity of a game perilously close to the wrong side of the six hour mark by featuring a root-killing collect-a-thon, similar to Zelda: Wind Waker's Triforce shard hunt. For one brief moment we caught sight of the game we were promised. Then, after a quick spell, it was all over.
The best moments in Alpha Protocol come from choices you’re forced to make in a split-second. Should you execute a terrorist mastermind, or hear what he has to say first? Strike a deal with a crime lord, or take him down for trying to set you up? Be a strait-laced professional, or a smarmy jerk who irritates the shit out of everybody? All of these are decisions you’ll have to make throughout the course of the game, and all of them have the potential to profoundly affect the course of the story.
Well, not that profoundly. No matter what you decide, you’ll still be Michael Thorton, rogue super-secret agent working for a government agency that doesn’t officially exist. You’ll still visit the same places, meet (mostly) the same people and follow roughly the same progression of events as you try to foil terrorists and stop a sinister military contractor from sparking off World War III. But how those events are resolved, and who your friends and enemies are when they’re over, is largely up to you...
Based on the film reboot of the same name, Amazing Spider-Man the game was a great opportunity to renew the franchise. Instead, Activision is careful to make an exceedingly standard Spidey game, right down to the run of the mill version of New York City...
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Nov 28, 2007
Youd think it would be near impossible to mess up a game about the most formidable and powerful modern military force in history, but somehow the shooter Americas Army: True Soldiers reduces everything cutting edge, dangerous and compelling about being a soldier to a rated-PG play-fomercial.
With developer Red Storms pedigree of classic Ghost Recon and Rainbow Six games, this title couldve been really deep. Imagine the possibilities: crazy physical challenges and hazing missions
Amped 3 proves that a little personality can make for an awesome gaming experience. Under the wing of new publisher 2K Games, developer Indie Built has shaped Amped 3 into a ridiculously fun and funny example of snowboarding excellence that really doesn't feel anything like the earlier games in the series. Taking cues from other successful winterstick titles (coughSSXcough), Amped 3 also adds massive variety with lots of different snow-based
When someone says Ico meets Resident Evil, we say yes please… but only if they neglect to mention that the result is a malformed abomination against man. Witness: Amy!
Wondering what MadWorld might look like if it was in color? And had multiplayer with multiple playable characters? Wonder no more...
While it’s more than understandable that some people may harbor massive throbbing power fantasies about piloting airborne, heavily-armored death machines (there’s a dick joke in there somewhere), realistic flight simulators are truly awkward beasts to behold in today’s gaming world. Not many other game genres can deliberately focus on creating the most complex control interface possible or design an obnoxiously overcrowded HUD and still be considered fun. Touted as the “all helicopter combat game you’ve been waiting for,” Gaijin Entertainment’s Apache: Air Assault has just hit retailer shelves. So, how does the flight sim fare?
There’s a brilliant lack of romance and sentimentality to the opening scene of ArcaniA. You’re a farmer who doesn’t so much dream of marrying his girlfriend as assume she’ll say yes once you’ve done a few quests for her dad. She’s hiding the fact that she’s already pregnant while you lie about completing quests, and as you’re schooled in the game’s combat system you get a flavor for the European no-nonsense humor that underpins an otherwise deadpan, dreadfully earnest take on the fantasy genre...
Dec 10, 2007
Heres something you dont see every day: an original game for Xbox Live Arcade. Not that theres anything wrong with ports of classics or movie spin-offs; but the promise of an all-new experience sparks more of an interest than “Hey, lets play this game that weve already played, like, 10 years ago.” That said, it was sort of a bummer when we loaded up Arkadian Warriors and found ourselves playing Champions of Norrath Lite - that game came out only 3 years ago; we haven't