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Games

  • Gaming comes to Google+

    Google has added games, including the hugely popular Angry Birds, to the fast-growing social network vying with Facebook to be the hub for people's online lives. Along with global game sensation Angry Birds, the initial array of offerings available at Google+ included Bejeweled Blitz, Zynga Poker, and Dragon Age Legends. A standalone version of Crime City lets Google+ members play as a ruthless crime boss. A Facebook version of Crime City leapt to popularity after being released in September of last year. Just hours after Google+ added games, Facebook touted a set of new features for playing online with friends. "When you're playing...

  • Games from the ether: Xbox & PlayStation downloadable collection

    Even though I've been connected to Xbox Live and the PSN network for a while now, there is one aspect of those services which I’ve never got around to taking advantage of: downloadable games. Both the Xbox 360 and the PSN have a marketplace that offers a number of games which are only available through them. Downloadable games tend to be smaller in terms of spectacle and “ooh-aaah” visuals, but many of them pack it in where it's most needed: gameplay. The best part is that many of these games are way cheaper than full retail games, sometimes as...

  • Steal troll loot and turn into real cash with Diablo III

    The developer of popular fantasy swords, sorcery and demon-hacking game Diablo III will be running an official online auction house allowing players to trade items they find or win while gaming, even paying in via real currency. Further, players can convert the virtual money they earn in the game into hard cash. Activision Blizzard announced this at a press event at its headquarters in California on Monday, kicking off what is likely to become the big gaming trend of 2011. The Blizzard Auction House will take a flat fee (not percentage) on items sold, with a small number of free...

  • Sony buys videogame maker Sucker Punch

    Sony Computer Entertainment has bought the studio behind hit videogames "inFamous" and "Sly Cooper." Sucker Punch Productions will be part of game development operations of Sony Computer Entertainment Worldwide Studios and make games exclusively for PlayStation 3 videogame consoles, according to SCE. "We've enjoyed an incredible relationship with Sony that has allowed us to combine our creative design capabilities with their guidance to make some of the best franchises to hit the PlayStation platforms," said Sucker Punch managing partner Brian Fleming. "Equally important, the relationship with SCE has provided us the flexibility and trust to take creative risks and invent new properties,"...

  • I’m SO into this, right now

    Not a Review: Immersive games. If you read Andre's review of FEAR 3 then you know that we think it’s a great game. It has tight and unexpectedly varied gameplay, pretty good graphics and an all-encompassing sense of immersion. That last bit is the most important part of a good game, because if a game immerses you, if it can get you involved in its… vibe (I suppose is the right word), then it’s a lot easier to overlook whatever flaws it may have. And make no mistake, FEAR 3 had its fair share of flaws. A slightly unusual...

  • Loot? Hello! Dungeon Siege 3! I want my loot!

    Review: Dungeon Siege 3. Since my school days, I've a secret guilty pleasure in staying home on rainy winter Saturday nights to hack-n-slash my way through hordes of evil baddies, collecting treasure upon treasure. The game that started all that? Diablo. It had everything - graphics, storyline and, most importantly, a never-ending stream of loot. Many a happy weekend was spent crawling dungeons, looking for a fight with Baal and then having an epic throw-down where I cast his scaly red ass back to the pit from whence he came. As much as I wish it was, this is not...

  • Infamous 2: Do good guys come first?

    Review: The first inFamous for PS3 was a great showcase for the power of the PS3 that showed off the machines capabilities brilliantly. Beyond that, it was also a good game in its own right, with tight gameplay and a reasonably good story. The inevitable follow-up could easily have been a cut and paste job and still be considered a good game. Thankfully the development house, Sucker Punch, doesn’t roll that way. When they make a sequel they make sure it’s better, as can be seen with their wholly under-appreciated Sly Cooper series. Taking all the originals goodness and...

  • Sony drops $20-mil into games for PlayStation Network

    Sony Computer Entertainment America has revealed a plan to invest $20 million in unique games tailored exclusively for PlayStation Network (PSN). The money will be distributed during the coming three years to Sony affiliated studios as well as to independent game makers chosen for backing by a "Pub Fund" the Japanese entertainment colossus established in 2009. The move is part of a strategy by Sony to win more fans to its online PSN for PlayStation 3 videogame console users by providing enticing games unavailable at rivals such as Xbox Live. This investment comes as analysts try estimate the cost to...

  • Ubisoft buys into free online gaming

    Ubisoft, the French developer of several smash-hit games including Ghost Recon and Rabbid, is making a play for the online gaming world by buying Owlient, a startup that has built a business creating free-to-play Internet games. The long game for Ubisoft is to crack open the potentially massively lucrative (or massively convertible to paid-for console gaming) world of tablet, social media and mobile phone gaming. Some of this strategy was already on the wind when it announced a free, online version of its successful "Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon" military game last month, along with other titles such as "CSI...

  • F.E.A.R. 3 – F*%$ing Run! Ruuuuuun! Aaaaagh!

    FEAR 3 REVIEW (PC) - Good horror takes you on an exploration of your own fears and doubts. It takes you by the heart and drags you down to the dark places of your soul, forcing you to face your inner demons or end up broken and scarred for life. FEAR 3 took me to a dark place - a place where well-armed and well-organised soldiers, tough as they are, were merely of passing interest. This dark place wasn't inhabited by people, soldiers or otherwise, but with creeping, crawling, face-sucking demons that appear and disappear in puffs of ominous smoke....