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  • 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....

  • Gettin’ down n dirrty in Dirt 3

    Review: Dirt 3 - The concept of flow can be described as a "single-minded immersion where the emotions are not just contained and channelled but positive, energised and aligned with the task at hand." It occurs when a higher-than-average challenge is met by your slightly-above-average skills, skills you apply wholeheartedly and without a sense of self. It's a feeling most surfers know - a joyous escape from self-awareness that challenges, excites and rewards. Many games include elements of flow in their design, but until I played Dirt 3 I could never recognise it in the virtual world. Throwing all manner...

  • ‘Civilization’ lets Facebook players rule world

    Facebook friends will be able to conspire together to rule the world in a free version of blockbuster "Civilization" strategy videogame crafted for the online social network. 2K Games on Thursday released a "Sid Meier's Civilization World for Facebook" application online at apps.facebook.com/civworld. "Our team set out to create an exciting 'Civilization' game for Facebook where for the first time, players can join with their friends to build a powerful empire and rule the world," said Sid Meier, director of creative development at Firaxis Games studio. The Facebook game is set in an online world where players collaborate to build the...

  • Counter-revolutionaries and bourgeois capital strikes back at hackers

    Italian police have detained 15 they believe to be members of an international hackers cabal called "Anonymous" blamed for several major online attacks, says La Republica newspaper. At the same time, beleagured Sony has got its PlayStation Network and Qriocity distribution network to its home turf in Japan back online after more than two months of hacks, patches, obloquy and taunting from hacker groups styling themselves as challengers to big corporate and big government power, or merely anarchist. The suspected Italian hackers, including five minors, were picked up by police, questioned and later released, while authorities also seized dozens of...

  • World of Warcraft free for 20 levels

    As online game developers struggle to find better business models, the shifting between paid-for and free games becomes ever faster. World of Warcraft developers Blizzard has announced that the first twenty levels of its popular multiplayer online role-playing game are free in a “Starter Edition”. This is a change from its previous ‘get ‘em hooked’ system, where new players could spend up to 14 days playing before having to decide whether to move to a paid-for account or not. This new Starter Edition gives occasional gamers, or those that need a bit more time to get into the popular fantasy...