Saints Row has entertained the casual gamer for hours ever since the original game was released in summer 2006. With its similarities to hit game Grand Theft Auto, Saints Row offers a real pick up and play for fun feel. Huge sales prompted a sequel, with Saints Row 2 being released in October 2008. And now, on November 18th, Saints Row: The Third is released.
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Spyro wowed the gaming world in 1998 when 'Spyro the Dragon' was released, with its adorable character and its great playability, and after being brought back through the 'Legend of Spyro' series, Spyro is back for the third time in the shape of 'Skylanders: Spyro's Adventure', due for release 14th October.
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Bethesda know how to make a good game, they've shown that with Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion and Fallout 3, which both won game of the year awards in 2006 and 2008 respectively. And now they're bringing us another instalment of the Elder Scrolls series, with Skyrim, coming to stores near you 11th November.
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Battlefield 3 is due for release on 28th October and it looks a very exciting prospect. Set on the Iraq/Iran border, Earthquakes are making a mess of the landscape for the US forces, with the game using the new Frostbite 2 game engine to create this. The various game play trailers that have been released show the new Frostbite 2 engine in full swing, with the authenticity of sounds and graphics at a new all time high. From echoing bullets to whistling RPGs, Battlefield 3 really does have it all in terms of noise.
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Look away you weekend warriors, as Flashpoint is back! With a strong emphasis on realism over run and gun, authenticity over auto-aim and sophistication over spray and pray, Operation Flashpoint: Red River takes the now ubiquitous Middle Eastern modern warfare setting into much deeper tactical terrain. It's a refreshing antidote to the arcadey, all-action Call of Duty franchise but it's also not without its flaws. The question is, when it comes to enjoyment, can Flashpoint's slow burn of intensity match the rapid-fire of its less realistic peers?
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Enslaved is a brand new, third person action adventure set on Earth 200 years after an unnamed disaster destroyed civilization and left mankind as separate tribes fighting to survive against the threat of evil mechanoid slavers. Located mainly in the overgrown ruins of New York and the surrounding wasteland, the tale focuses on the plight of two innocent characters lost in the ruins. Monkey, a powerful and athletic warrior and his travelling companion Flip, a tech smart young woman, are thrust together after the slave ship they are both imprisoned on crash lands. It's a simple enough tale but one that stands out in the way that it is told. Perfectly animated facial expressions, superbly acted voices and genuinely engaging dialogue all make the story and developing relationship between Monkey and Flip believable and captivating. It is a rare thing for a computer game to inspire genuine concern for its characters in the player, Enslaved manages it with aplomb. The arrival of Flip's portly pal Pigsy later in the game also brings with it some great moments of humour as well.
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A follow up to 2006's rather disappointing prequel, Ninety-Nine Nights 2 (or N3-2 if you're cool) is built on the same core idea of pitting furiously spinning fantasy warriors against hundreds of enemies at a time. The good news is that N3-2 is an improvement on the first with a new multiplayer co-op mode and five different warriors to choose from. The bad is that like the first, things often get very repetitive. Still if the idea of brutal thousand hit combos performed on hundreds of hapless enemies sounds like your bag, read on.
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Jack Slate is back and he's very, very miffed. His beloved Grant city is being terrorised by gangs of organised hoodlums and there is only one language that they understand, a series of horrifically violent takedowns at the hands and (paws) of Jack and his canine companion Shadow. A twisted combination of ultra violence and film noir cliches, Dead to Rights: Retribution is chock to the brim with visceral hand to hand combat and satisfying gun play, topped with just enough variety to keep things from getting stale.
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Electronic Arts Inc. has reveal top-selling franchise from EA SPORTS will redefine player authenticity when FIFA 11 launches on the PlayStationÂ©3 computer entertainment system and Xbox 360Â© videogame and entertainment system.
FIFA 11 reinvents player authenticity - on and off the ball - for every player and at every position on the pitch with Personality+, an all-new feature that sees individual abilities reflected in game, enabling clear differentiation for every player."Personality+ is the evolution of individual distinctiveness that sees a footballer's abilities on the pitch mirrored authentically in our game, creating individual personalities in FIFA 11," said Executive Producer Kaz Makita. "We have reached a level of sophistication within our game engine where footballers in our game will behave and perform as true individuals."
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Dead Rising 2 Screenshots
Capcom's, much loved, "Chop 'til you Drop' Zombie action title Dead Rising returns on Xbox 360, PS3 and PC. The original Dead Rising title saw Frank West hack his way through a small town shopping mall, Day of the Dead style. Now in Dead Rising 2 the zombies have taken over America's new capital of entertainment, Fortune City.
Chuck Greene, motivated by saving his young daughters life, needs your help to carve his way down Fortune City's zombie infested strip.
One of the great things about the Dead Rising combat system is anything that you can pick up can be used as a weapon which fit in brilliantly with the shopping mall theme of the first title. Now in Dead Rising 2 the variety of "pick up and use" weapons is far greater and the City's Casinos, bars and shops provide imaginative and sometimes comical new weaponry.
As well as the pick up and use weaponry Dead Rising 2 takes combat even further with some totally unique weapons that are perfect for splatting zombies! First up is the paddle saw a rather messy but fun weapon that is two chain saws attached to a long paddle stick the other is known as the bucket drill and kind of speaks for itself.
When it comes to the multi-player part of this game the developer, Blue Castle Games, have taken the multi-mode and run with it. Chuck finds himself competing in the zombie gladiator TV show "Terror is Reality" where players take on arenas of zombies for points and prizes.
All in all this title looks to have taken a great premise and used creative ideas to build on the best. We can't wait to get slashing.
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Madden NFL 10 - Screenshots
Preview of classic American Football title Madden NFL 10
Every summer culminates in the release of Madden NFL and it has become an annual holiday for millions of football fans," said Nathan Stewart, marketing director at EA SPORTS. "No matter if you're looking for a realistic football simulation, or a family-friendly NFL experience, Madden NFL 10 represents the best of the award-winning franchise."
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PDC World Championship Darts on XboxÂ© 360 and PSP Preview
Oxygen Games release the much anticipated PDC World Championship Darts for XboxÂ© 360 and PSPÂ©.
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Call of Duty 4 Modern Warfare Game Trailer
From the award-winning team at Infinity Ward, comes the new action-thriller Call of Duty 4 Modern Warfare. Delivering the most intense and cinematic action experience ever, gamers can take hold of an arsenal of advanced and powerful modern day firepower in the most treacherous hotspots around the globe to take on a rogue enemy group threatening the world.
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Based on renowned comic book franchise and developed by StarBreeze, the team behind Chronicles of Riddick, The Darkness is another first person shooter using extensive texture and lighting to create a moody, bloody and sometimes scary adventure into the depths of evil.
The Darkness takes the first-person action video game to new depths on both a visual and a game-play level and brings the graphic novel to grisly new life. StarBreeze Studios have really captured the dark and gritty storyline of The Darkness comic book. You experience The Darkness through an intense and engaging game that will stay with you long after you've set your controller down.
Set in the dark and seedy underbelly of New York City and the ethereal realm of The Darkness, you assume the role of mafia hit-man Jackie Estacado, heir to "The Darkness," an ancient power that awakens within him on his 21st birthday.
Jackie must use traditional weapons as well as learn to command his terrible new powers to seek revenge on his own crime family. The Darkness is based on the best-selling comic book series of the same name, published by Top Cow Productions and created by Marc Silvestri, Garth Ennis, and David Wohl.
The game controls in the usual FPS manner. The controls are intuitive as well as being nice and forgiving. The guns aim manually but there is definitely some auto aim help going on.
To keep your darkness levels up you need to be eating human hearts, yes eat hearts! When you kill an enemy and you are rocking your darkness powers you need to finish off the job by eating the heart of your enemy. As well as being a final blow to any mobster or cop this will keep your dark powers fully stocked.
As we all know Chronicles of Riddick set new standards of graphics and sound when it was released on the Xbox. Gamers have been waiting patiently to see what StarBreeze would produce with their next title. I can tell you that you will not be disappointed.
Graphically The Darkness is a triumph. The mood of the comics is defiantly present in the game and the lighting and textures are so good that you really feel a part of the action. The sound is also awesome - the ambient sounds are very filmic and help to further submerge you into the world of The Darkness, plus the game features lots and lots of quality voice acting. An all-star cast adds authenticity to the characters and credibility to the overall cinematic experience, including Kirk Acevedo (Oz, Band of Brothers) as Jackie Estacado, Lauren Ambrose (Six Feet Under) as Jenny Romano, and Mike Patton (Faith No More, Peeping Tom) as the voice of the Darkness.
Overall The Darkness is a better than average FPS taking the good from Chronicles of Riddick and expanding these details nicely. If you are an FPS fan and feel like a new challenge then The Darkness is going to grip you from the start. It isn't the hardest of games but by the end scene you will feel like you have been on one hell of a journey.
9 out of 10
Electronic Arts (NASDAQ: ERTS), in partnership with Def Jam Interactive, announced today that DEF JAM: ICONT will be released for the PLAYSTATIONr3 computer entertainment system and the Xbox 360T video game and entertainment system in March 2007 in North America and Europe. Infusing hip-hop music, culture and lifestyle into the gameplay, EA Chicago and urban lifestyle powerhouse Def Jam Interactive, continue to push the boundaries of game development bringing unique and innovative content to the next generation of gaming.
"Music is the cornerstone of hip-hop culture so we wanted to incorporate music and rhythm into the actual gameplay mechanics," said Kudo Tsunoda, executive producer and General Manager of EA Chicago. "In DEF JAM: ICON, we are changing the way fighting games are played! We are completely innovating the role of the environments in the games, moving from the typical lifeless arenas the hip-hop celebrities are fighting in to environments that play an instrumental part in the fight where they will react to the music and interact with both characters like a third fighter."
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