01/05/06 | | Shawn Rider
Philips has a crazy idea: Put a 30" touch sensitive LCD monitor into a sturdy wooden table, make some digital-smarty pawns and dice, and let game developers go crazy on a hybrid digital and real-world based console platform. But it's more than a crazy idea: It's the Entertaible, and it's being shown off at the Consumer Electronics Show 2006. The Entertaible is set to redefine board games and brings us multiplayer touch-oriented gaming. If touching is good by yourself, it must be even better in a group. Get the details on the Philips Entertaible in our preview.
Hot on Xbox Live this week is a free demo of Fight Night Round 3, EA's highly anticipated boxing title. Fight Night Round 3 has gotten a lot of press lately as a PS3 launch title, and the demos EA have shown us are incredible. So how does the Xbox 360 version compare to the teasers we've seen for PS3? Pretty much the same. The graphics are amazing and the action looks like it holds up nicely, given the limited demo. Check out Tristan's preview, and then go download it to your Xbox 360!
12/29/05 | XB360
| Shawn Rider
Pseudo Interactive and Sega are teaming up to bring us Full Auto, a combat racing game for Xbox 360 that will have you bashing and crashing vehicles to your heart's content. We just got a bunch of new screens dumped on us, so we thought we'd share them with you and add in some more details about the story, unique gameplay, and fancy physics engine that will make Full Auto go. Check it out.
12/26/05 | PC
| Aaron Stanton
Though large publishers like EA and Ubisoft might get most of the mainstream media coverage, the most creative companies sometimes tend to be smaller, less well known. Ambrosia Software, creators of Darwinia, have come up with another instantly recognizable success. Now heading into Beta, SketchFighter 4000 is an action exploration game that's defined by its presentation. The entire game looks like it was drawn during third period on a notepad.
12/23/05 | PS2 Book
| Amanda Bateman
Chances are you've already heard about it. Chances are you're also greatly anticipating it. A few of you are already playing it. It's time to dust off your trusty old Keyblade and give Donald and Goofy a call, because Kingdom Hearts II for the PlayStation 2 is out in Japan, and is on its way to the States very soon. In the meantime, you can refresh yourself by picking up a copy of Kingdom Hearts...in comic form.
12/22/05 | PC
| Shawn Rider
Developed by a Dutch group of designers, The Chronicles of Spellborn uses the Unreal 2.5 Engine to bring a unique fantasy world to life. The Chronicles of Spellborn is an MMORPG with a unique visual style that is quite appealing. The game focuses on skill and intelligent use of force, which puts even lower level players on a good footing for adventure, and player actions shape the world, which even allows players to make a permanent lasting mark on the world. The Chronicles of Spellborn offers loads of secrets to uncover-- fitting the subtitle, "What lies hidden must be found."
12/20/05 | XB360
| Shawn Rider
Chromehounds is a big mech action title coming to the Xbox 360 this spring from Sega and FROM Software. FROM Software is best known as the makers of the fan-favorite Armored Core series, which makes them immensely qualified to tackle a next-gen heavy robot game. Taking place in an alternate history centered around Cold War land grabs, Chromehounds looks to bring big battles and big mechs to a console near you next Spring. Get the full preview here.
We all love post-apocalyptic video games, don't we? Of course we do! Square-Enix's Code Age Commanders takes us to a world where humans, warheads, and self-propelled mobile phones co-exist together in a stylized action adventure game which will be appearing on American shores in the near future. CAC hasn't seen a lot of popularity in Japan, but will an English language release make it a hit? Amanda checks out the entire Code Age Project for us.
12/11/05 | PC
| Tristan Mayshark
NCSoft's promising new entry into an admittedly crowded MMORPG market may pave some new ground and bulldoze a few mountains along the way. Auto Assault is a vehicle-based MMORPG that puts you into a bleak future landscape dominated by greasemonkey aliens with high-powered weapons. A public beta is in-progress right now, so check out Tristan's preview to get more info.
12/06/05 | Xbox
| Tristan Mayshark
Painkiller is headed from the PC to the Xbox next January, and it has survived the transition nearly unscathed. This is good for Xbox owners who have not yet made the jump to the 360, as well as anyone looking for a nice diversion during the Winter doldrums of 2006. Painkiller: Hell Wars puts players into a fast and furious FPS carnage fest, and Tristan has the hands-on experience to compare this to the cult hit released last year for PC.
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