Assassin’s Creed

Assassin’s Creed features one of the most unique gameworlds ever created: beautiful, memorable, and alive. Every crack and crevasse is filled with gorgeous, subtle details, from astounding visual flourishes to overheard cries for help. But it’s more than just a world–it’s a fun and exciting action game with a ton of stuff to do and places to explore, rounded out with a complex story that will slowly grab you the more you play. The PC version has a few more issues than its console counterparts, and the keyboard-and-mouse controls strip away some of the smooth magic of exploration. Nevertheless, if you don’t mind plugging in a gamepad and have a system that exceeds the system requirements, you’ll find the same free-form travels and atmospheric game world that console owners enjoyed last year. (more…)

Published in: on April 14, 2008 at 4:55 am  Leave a Comment  
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COD4 : Multiplayer Unlockables

There are a number of unlockables that you can obtain in multiplayer. For the most part, these are unlocked as you increase in level, meaning that no particularly special actions are required to unlock them; so long as you can kill a few dudes in every round, you’ll eventually get the experience required to unlock them, even if you’re otherwise a very bad player. (more…)

Published in: on March 17, 2008 at 2:07 pm  Comments (1)  
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Gears of War

Gears of War

Released near the end of the Xbox 360’s first year on the market, Gears of War was a defining moment for Microsoft’s console. Its gameplay relied heavily on forcing you to take cover to avoid enemy shots, which meant that it required a healthy dose of patience as well as a steady trigger finger. It then beat that mechanic into your head over the course of its quality story mode, while also letting you team up with a friend online to take on the nefarious Locust forces together. Of course, it also had an amazing team-based multiplayer mode in which up to eight shooters could connect and go at it in a variety of different modes. Over time, more multiplayer maps and modes were added to the collection via the Xbox 360’s download service. All of that great stuff is now available on the PC, on which the game looks better than it ever did on the Xbox 360, and without sacrificing anything in the process. If you’ve never played Gears of War, or if you just haven’t played it in a while, do yourself a favor and try this new version of the game. (more…)

Published in: on March 15, 2008 at 8:51 am  Comments (6)  
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Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare

Modern Warfare

It took awhile, but Infinity Ward finally got the message that World War II is played out. With modern times and international affairs becoming more and more, shall we say, interesting in recent years, the 1940s just don’t carry as much weight as they used to. Perhaps that’s why Call of Duty 4 has a new subtitle, Modern Warfare. By bringing things into a fictionalized story that still seems fairly plausible, the developer has made a much heavier game. But COD 4 is more than just an updated setting. It’s also an amazing multiplayer first-person shooter and a great but brief single-player campaign with the visual chops to make it a standout shooter in an era filled with seemingly dozens of standout shooters. (more…)

World in Conflict

World in Conflict

It goes without saying that it’s a good thing World War III didn’t erupt between the United States and the now-defunct Soviet Union. For many of us who were children during the Cold War, the fear of being annihilated in a nuclear conflict was very real. So it’s a bit strange now that we can look back at that era and have the luxury of imagining what could have been. Or we can play World in Conflict, Sierra and Massive Entertainment’s incredible new real-time strategy game. This isn’t your standard RTS game, as World in Conflict doesn’t follow the familiar model of resource gathering, base building, and swarming armies. Instead, it feels almost like an action game masquerading as a strategy game, and it offers up a relentlessly fun and amazing new approach to the genre, one that works in single-player and even more so in multiplayer.

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The Crysis

The Crysis

It was hard not to be completely impressed when the first images and videos of Crysis appeared about 18 months ago. Scenes of lush jungles and towering alien war machines looked light-years beyond what seemed possible. Of course, the two questions that revolved around Crysis since its announcement were whether it would deliver on those visuals and whether it would deliver a game worthy of those fancy graphics. It turns out that the answer to both those questions is a resounding yes, as Germany’s Crytek has proven that its 2004 hit Far Cry was no fluke. In fact, it was just the beginning from this studio. With its sophomore effort, Crytek has managed to deliver an incredibly advanced and exciting first-person shooter that practically rewrites the rules for the entire genre. (more…)

Published in: on February 10, 2008 at 12:43 pm  Comments (1)  
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