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Games

  • Battlefield 4 heads to PC, Xbox and PS3 September 2013: we unwrap the demo

    Battlefield 4 (BF4) is coming to Xbox 360, PC and PS3 this September (no news on next-gen consoles). It’s the most polished multiplayer shooter of its generation, and DICE/EA says “Battlefield 4 New Benchmark in Game Design, Multiplayer Engagement”. Pretty horrible PR tagline for an insanely fun online shooter. Watch the 17-minute gameplay demo first: It’s the prologue of the game, running on a very powerful PC. And look, it’s listed on Origin, EA’s online store. DICE and EA are promising us a more social single player game (offline stats tracked and ranked against others), which sound horrendous, but...

  • Moga Pro controller hands-on review: better Android gaming

    Power A is at PAX East this year showing off its latest gaming concoction: the Moga Pro. If you feel like you've heard that name before, it's because you have. The original Moga controller, now known as the Moga Pocket, was a Bluetooth controller with a bracket for holding an Android phone as big as a Galaxy Note 2. Its successor has the same MO, but sports a build like an Xbox 360 controller. Why a second stab at the same sort of device? If the number of mobile titles at the PAX Indie Showcase is any indication, there's something of a Renaissance going on...

  • 7 hot games for the BlackBerry Z10

    Maybe I should change the title to “7 games worth playing”, as there’s a fortune of rubbish titles on BlackBerry World. The seven games below though are the pick of the crop. Sadly, none of these are Z10 exclusive titles, with most of them being upscaled Android games. Regardless, the Z10 is an excellent gaming machine, with an ultra-responsive screen and a rather powerful CPU capable of smoothly running most titles. On that note, here’s 7 of the best for your Z10. Asami -- Free No one seems to have Asami on Youtube. Spooky. This run-forever game is enticing and confusing....

  • Win Naruto Ultimate Ninja Storm 3 for Xbox

    Competition time. Keen on winning a copy of Naruto Ultimate Ninja Storm 3 for the Xbox? We’re excited to give it away. This is, after all, a game that is good, simple fun. Who needs the complex backstories of Far Cry 3 or the slow progression of exploration seen in Tomb Raider? No sir, it’s all about pleasant times, easy achievement points and games that the family can enjoy. Naruto Ultimate Ninja Storm 3 is one of these and we’re giving away one copy to a single lucky reader. Want to enter, then read the rules below: How to enter: Tweet...

  • Sim City ‘could have run in offline mode’ says Maxis

    Sim City could have run perfectly fine offline. But no-one (Maxis or EA) wanted that. And Maxis says “offline mode would have spoilt our vision.” Of what, less screwing around with the paying customer? Lucy Bradshaw, head of Maxis spills the beans in a tell-all blog post: So, could we have built a subset offline mode? Yes. But we rejected that idea because it didn’t fit with our vision. We did not focus on the “single city in isolation” that we have delivered in past SimCities. We recognize that there are fans -- people who love the original Sim City --...

  • Dream zombie crossover project reanimates with ‘RE6 x L4D2’

    Resident Evil creator Capcom and Left 4 Dead developer Valve are teaming up for Resident Evil 6 (RE6) x Left 4 Dead 2 (L4D2), a crossover project that zombie dreams are made of. Zombie masses from Resident Evil 6 will stumble into L4D2 as ramped-up enemies, and the team of survivors from L4D2 will become playable characters in RE6. Predictably, it’s all PC-based as modding the console versions would have meant a fair amount of red tape from Sony and Microsoft. The best part? It’s all free content that arrives 5 April for PC. RE6 first. Coach, Nick, Ellis and Rochelle, plus the...

  • The great Sim City debacle: how DRM killed our dreams

    Before The Sims there was Sim City. Developed by Maxis and released in 1989, it was one of the first games of its kind: a simulator that let you build a city and micromanage the intimate workings of its infrastructure. The brainchild of Will Wright -- who would later go on to make The Sims -- Sim City spawned numerous successful sequels. Now there's a new one out and it’s described as a “reboot”, that awful, vacuous phrase that simply masks the obvious: this is a sequel, only we’re tired of seeing the numerals stack up. The Sim City of...

  • SimCity servers ‘not doing anything’ says Maxis insider

    Has EA lied to us? The SimCity DRM debacle is another fresh wound for the average gamer. Millions purchased SimCity, only to discover that a brutal “always-on” connection was required in order to play the game, much like with Diablo III. According to a source from Maxis, the company that developed SimCity, implanting an offline, single-player version of the game would be easy, as the servers “are not doing anything” to support the single-player mode. Rockpapershotgun spoke to the Maxis insider, who happily spills the beans:  The servers are not handling any of the computation done to simulate the city you...

  • The princess saves Mario in cutesy ‘Donkey Kong’ hack

    Gamer dads are the best. Look at the length one dad went to make his daughter happy. That’s Pauline (the name of the princess before Nintendo changed it to Peach) rescuing Mario in a hacked ROM of Donkey Kong. Mike Mika’s daughter loved Super Mario Bros 2, where one of the playable characters is the princess. It’s a very simple hack or hilariously complicated, no one knows as the details weren’t communicated over Reddit, where the hack was first discovered. Users also noted how this ROM of Donkey Kong is from the 2010 Wii version. Cute! It’s the same game with a...

  • 5 of the most controversial PS3 and Xbox 360 games ever

    Every machine has an expiry date. Technology -- that ever-improving, ever-mutating entity -- has an unceremonious tendency to leap forward at a startling rate, leaving machines looking positively antiquated in its wake. Indeed, time is almost up for the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3. These consoles are, in animal years, doddering and senile. Yet they have remained relevant throughout their lifetimes and 2013 looks set to be a bumper year for these workhorses. It might be a fitting swan song too. To honour their passing we've compiled a retrospective that deals with the most controversial games to grace the Xbox 360...