02/05/05 | | Monica Hafer
We welcome back Monica, who returns valorous with a great contemplation of what it means to lose. All gamers, hardcore or casual, are well familiar with the feeling of getting stomped, splattered, shot, stymied, shut out, and stood up. Whether it's getting trashed in online multiplayer matches, or getting repeatedly busted up against that third boss, we've all come to some understanding of defeat. Click the details link below for Monica's treatment, The Art of Losing.
If you're a fan of Mario 64 on the DS, or have played the life out of the Metroid demo that came with the system and are looking for something a little different, maybe Rayman is right for you. After making his tour on nearly every system in the last few generations, Rayman aims to battle his way through the badies of your Nintendo DS in a remake of one of the best platformers around. Think you have what it takes to battle evil with no arms or legs? Make sure you know what's coming.
01/30/05 | PC
| Steffan Del Piano
PC gamers are going to find themselves once again in the Star Wars universe when Knights of the Old Republic II hits the shelves just after the turn of the month. Catching LucasArts in the crosshairs of our Publisher Focus, we take a look at what they have coming down the line, starting with what is almost certainly going to be one of the best titles of the year.
01/27/05 | PC
| Aaron Stanton
Coming just over the horizon, Silent Hunter III is the culmination of everything the series has tried to offer in the past: realism and fun, combined with beautiful graphics and a cinematic design. Check out what this upcoming U-boat simulator has to offer, and then see if you can hold your breath until the release date (please don't really try to hold your breath until the release date).
As so many gamers will tell you, zombies make for good gaming. And the OG zombie shooter is Resident Evil. When it first came out, the RE series was an amazing achievement featuring moody camera angles and truly frightening gameplay. But after three major incarnations, and twice as many spin-offs, it's hard to keep the magic alive. So we were a little nervous about Resident Evil 4, the latest installment of the series. We all huddled in the back shed and then we pushed out one of our new guys, George, to see if the zombies would eat his brain. He got a little munched, but a couple of green herbs fixed him right up, and he managed to come up with an in-depth review. Click the details link for lots more.
01/22/05 | PC
| Blaine Krumpe
With less than 10 days until its scheduled release, there's just enough time to fit in one last preview for Settlers: Heritage of Kings before we get a chance to sit back and enjoy the final product. Let Blaine highlight a few of the changes between this latest iteration of the series and the games of the past. It won't be long now before you can take this one home on your own.
01/21/05 | PC
| Shawn Rider
It's a persistant question: How can I prioritize my gaming bandwidth over my download bandwidth? Whether you just download Podcasts on a regular schedule, or you share your connection with three other machines downloading email, if you want to keep lag low you need a router to prioritize gaming traffic. Fortunately, D-Link has heard our cries, and has given us the DGL 4300, a gamer's new favorite thing.
01/20/05 | PC
| Blaine Krumpe
Torrente is like Spain's Bad Lieutenant except more lovable. We guess. This first and third person shooter is based on the hilarious Spanish comedy and can be played in two languages. Other than that, it's about what you'd expect. Some good one-liners, some shocking violence, and some 60 missions.
01/19/05 | | Shawn Rider
Congratulations to Damon Shaw, the winner of our Vampire the Masquerade: Bloodlines contest. And for those of you who are not Damon Shaw, you might want to get over to the contest page to see the latest offerings. We're going to give away over 20 prize packages next month, and you know you can't miss that.
Deus Ex was one of the great intellectual shooters. It allowed a level of freedom in gameplay that has never been matched in the FPS genre, even by its own sequels. But where, oh where has Deus Ex gone? Well in this case, it started over. Project: Snowblind, once built to be Deus Ex: Clan Wars, launches into a new world that offers that same style freedom of choice with a directed story that keeps you from being lost or bored. Take a look at this upcoming release, packed full of enemies, explosions, and intrigue.
Your Nintendog is hungry.