11/08/06 | PC
| Chris Martin
Remember the online component to Uru: Ages Beyond Myst? It's back, and on GameTap! Coming this December, gamers will be able to explore the Ages of Uru in droves, allowing a whole new dynamic of puzzle solving gameplay that has yet to be implemented in anything but a MUD or PUD. Here are some screenshots from the upcoming game, things are looking good. Puzzle-solving good.
09/06/06 | PC
| Chris Martin
Episodes, really. But not the TV kind. Telltale Games is bringing Sam & Max to episodic PC games over the course of 6 months. Based on the comic book characters by Steve Purcell, the dynamic detective duo are to return to the PC 13 years since their videogame debut with "Sam and Max: Hit the Road." Sam & Max: Season One is going to hit PCs this October. We got to talk to Dan Connors, CEO of Telltale Games, about this upcoming release and see the game in action. Here's what we have to report.
09/04/06 | NDS GBA
| Amanda Bateman
You thought they were gone, but you were wrong. So very wrong. Pikachu and his Pokemon crew are back to wreak playful havoc on the GBA and now the DS as Nintendo prepares to release four new Pokemon RPG's in the next few months. What do we have coming to fear-erm, look forward to? Find out here.
For all of you comic book fans, a dark tale of sex and violence awaits in the form of the game, The Darkness. Based on the story of the anti-hero Jackie Estacado, this game is an FPS you won't want to miss that's slated for release in 2007 on the XBox 360 and PS3. Our correspondent Monica Hafer has met with the developers at Starbreeze and learned of the progress of this anticipated title.
05/30/06 | NDS
| RJ Brooks
Castlevania debuted on the Nintendo DS in near perfect form in Castlevania: Dawn of Sorrow. The Konami release is still one of the best games available on Nintendo's latest handheld system. Now, Castlevania: Portrait of Ruin is gearing for another round of Dracula hunting, including a form of Co-op play and a new dual character system that encourages you to switch between characters as you play. While there are still a lot of unanswered questions about how the game will be balanced, the Castlevania sequel is certainly looking strong enough to capture our attention. Read our preview for more details.
05/28/06 | XB360
| Chris Martin
While we've had our fill of space-age RPGs and the like, taking a tire iron to the face of a walking undead never becomes antiquated. Capcom's phenomenon Dead Rising is looking better than ever, with fixed framerate issues and polished, open-ended gameplay, not to mention the ability to smash a zombie with literally everything and anything you can get a hold of. It's "Shawn of the Dead" meets "Resident Evil" in Capcom's most promising IP since "Devil May Cry."
Though the N-Gage hardware might be gone, the N-Gage spirit apparently won't die. Nokia has changed the N-Gage from a portable gaming device into a portable gaming network available exclusively to Nokia customers. The network will provide downloadable games to many different types of cell phones, not just a specific one pushed as a gaming device. Set to launch in 2007, the service will offer both first and third party titles. If you're interested in Nokia's push to return to the world of gaming, read about the rebirth of the N-Gage.
05/22/06 | PC
| Blaine Krumpe
Combining elements from classic strategy games like Civilization and classic sim games like SimCity, CivCity: Rome from 2K Games focuses on the Roman Empire at a level we haven't seen before. This top down strategy puts you in control of Rome on the ground level, starting you off as a lowly farmer and letting you rise to the level of Caesar, if you're good enough. You'll not only choose which buildings are built within your city, but how they're managed and how smoothly they function. CivCity: Rome looks to be a genre blending title that's built by people that know what they're doing. Take a look at our preview for more information.
For any gamer who wants to get in shape, or who just wants to add a little more movement to their gaming experience, the new additions to the Qmotions family will get you in the game in a completely different way. Featuring the Xboard "boarding game" controller, a funky exercise bike controller, and both baseball an golf simulators, Qmotions lineup is looking good. And the best part is, these devices are coming in at realistic prices, which, our friend Monica believes, should open up these possibilities to more mainstream gamers.
05/20/06 | | RJ Brooks
The light-gun style genre might be set for a comeback in the near future. Nintendo is pressing new and unusual styles of interaction with the Wii, and shooting games reminiscent of the NES light zapper are sure to be a part of that. Not to be outdone, Namco was showing off the sequel to one of the most notable granddaddy's of the light-gun genre, Time Crisis 4. Traditionally released on the PS2, the Time Crisis series is looking true to form and has Rob excited after a bit of hands-on with the title at E3. Time Crisis keeps getting better with time.
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