As much as people air concern over whether EA will one day acquire - and maybe assimilate - Ubisoft, another pressing question is whether anyone would notice. Together with the upcoming Prince of Persia 3, the Rainbow Six series is at the heart of claims that the publisher is slipping into a familiar business model that champions regular updates to a cluster of bankable franchises.The heavy delays experienced by Lockdown, the series' fourth instalment, make this a difficult accusation to prove
Tom Clancy's best-selling techno thrillers have probably done as much to fuel paranoia about international terrorism as the ranting of bin Laden, Bush and Blair, but they don't half inspire decent videogames. Clancy's original Rainbow Six novel, a chunky doorstop of a book, has spawned around ten squad-based shooters over the years (we lost count trying to add up all the PC expansion packs) and the latest, Rainbow Six 4, looks set to continue the series' strong pedigree.Developed once again by
Given what you may already know about Red Ninja - the flashing of thighs, the slashing of throats - it may seem perverse that it has a heart as affectingly warm as its savagery is cold. It's still remarkably savage: surprise is usually mortal, thunderous arterial spray in place of exclamation marks, and that sinuous Tetsugen wire so shockingly swift that a sentry's decapitated body takes an eternity to follow his head in a grisly twirl to the turf. But where much of the stealth genre is cloaked
"We want to keep you in the Reservoir Dogs experience," says Volatile, the developer of Reservoir Dogs. And it's doing just that by exploring deeper into the events of the Quentin Tarantino hit film. We've been close up to the action, and can report for sure that the game is doing well to echo the flavor and atmosphere. That is, it's swearier than 10 drunken sailors and plenty violent.
The demo we were shown gave us an insight into two different levels, and the two separate styles of the game.
We'd imagine it's safe to assume that ardent followers of 2000 AD comics have skipped straight to salivating all over the screenshots, so while they're away doing that, we'll give the rest of you a quick rundown of what the Rogue Trooper comic entails.
Rogue Trooper follows the story of Rogue, a genetically enhanced soldier - enhanced in that he's impervious to acid and poison, and also comes in a fetching shade of blue skin. He lives on a planet called Nu-Earth, which is a thousand times more
Set in a desolate, but still incredibly colorful, future world, the third-person shooter Rogue Trooper pulls no punches with its unflinching brutality. At every turn, you're presented with violence so obscene that it becomes hilarious because it is so blatantly ruthless. Take the cutscenes, for example, in which one of your brothers in arms falls to the enemy and you knife him in the base of the skull to pull out his biochip (which you later implant in your gun, backpack or helmet for increased