The pioneer – GoldenEye 007 | 1997 | N64
Everyones played GoldenEye. If you didnt have it, your neighbor had it. And if they didnt have it you got a paper route until you could afford it. Then you got your friend's route and didnt go back to work. That was how addictive GoldenEye s multiplayer was. There was nothing quite like getting hold of the Golden Gun pistol, cheap as it was, and then making everyone else your bitch. Even on a 4-player split, it ran surprisingly smooth. The host of
Nothing looks like it or plays like it. Love it, hate it or simply fear it like Nintendo execs did in the early '90s, there's no denying that Mortal Kombat changed the world of videogames forever. Here are ten Mortal Moments you won't see anywhere else.
Shang Tsung's Kintaro fatality
The hardest of all MK2 fatalities. The technique involves holding the Low Punch button for the entire duration of the last round, then releasing it in the unlikely event of a victory. If somebody managed to do
Whom should a gamer fear? Aliens? We clip 'em with a headshot from 200 yards. Mushrooms? We'll stomp 'em flat. Guys with fast cars? Magical summoned demons? Zombie Nazis driving dinosaur mechs? Please.
But in the real world, it's another story. People here can mess us up. He's an absolute nutjob, but anti-gaming crusader and "Seriously? This guy hasn't been disbarred yet?" lawyer Jack Thompson would like nothing better than to see every game, publisher, developer, and even player cast into a
It would be so easy for a developer to chuck in a simple bit of code as a let's-cram-a-few-extras-in afterthought with full price games and, let's face it, many have.
But we know there are those out there who really do care about us gamers and want to reward us handsomely for completing the main game. And those caring developers certainly don't want us slamming down our pads in frustrated boredom over that one tedious minigame that's preventing us from moving on to the next level.
If you get
Working as a games journalist has its good points. There's the fame, the money, the endless barrage of adoring, screaming women who follow you whenever you walk down the street... oh, wait a minute, that's being a rock star. Um... ok, well at least there's still the free stuff we get sent 'most every day.
The quality varies considerably, but there are some real gems of PR merchandising that would probably be worth loads of money on eBay. Of course, by contract we're not allowed to sell them,
GamesRadar: Let's discuss a more specific kind of customer: the fanboy. Who are the most obnoxious?
#5: I hate to stereotype, but Xbox fanboys are the worst. They've got this weird obsession with getting Linux on their consoles, but then never use Linux as their actual desktop at home; it's always Windows. I work in computers for a living now, so this kind of thing continually annoys me.
#1: Along with the "my games look and sound better than yours" mentality, the Xbox / Xbox 360 fanboys also
GamesRadar: Now let's talk about some of the personalities you interact with... starting with coworkers. What kind of conversations do you guys have?
#1: Too many to count.... a few standouts are Star Trek vs. Star Wars, best-looking chicks in a videogame and who would win in a fight... "fictional character #1" or "fictional character #2"?
#6: Yeah, Star Wars... whether or not Darth Maul was badass. Just to play devil's advocate, I had to throw Jar Jar into the mix. "Dude, Darth Maul's so
GamesRadar: Starting from the beginning... what made you want to work at a videogame store in the first place?
Employee #1: Who wouldn't want to spend their days hanging out with friends, talking about videogames and getting paid to do it?
Employee #2: I thought it would be fun. I thought I knew enough about games that I could be informative when customers had questions about them...
Employee #3: I wasn't really looking for a job in gaming, but since I bought a lot of games, I figured it
7. The Typing of the Dead
2001 - Dreamcast, PC
1999's The House of the Dead 2 was one of the finest lightgun shooters ever conceived - fast, gory and filled with awesome-looking zombies and monsters to blow apart. We don't know who originally thought it would be a good idea to turn that into a semi-educational game where you type words and phrases to kill zombies, but whoever they are, they deserve a damn medal.
The Typing of the Dead is number seven on this list for a reason. While the rest
20. Star Wars: Battlefront II
Pandemic | LucasArts | 2005
You know all those crazy laser-infantry battles in the Star Wars movies? This game dunks you right into the middle of those skirmishes
What made it so great?
Intensity and authenticity. Those two qualities make the game in this first-and-third person shooter from a galaxy far, far away. Developer Pandemic expertly realized wargrounds near and dear to Star Wars fans, stuffed them full of heavily armed vehicles (mostly well-known),