As some of you may know this week marks the 5th anniversary of the Xbox 360’s North American launch and along with it came Achievements, loved by some, hated by others but so deeply set in the industry now that they’re not going anywhere. An arbitrary system usually with no other reward than the satisfaction of obtaining them, Achievements have become immensely popular since their inception 5 years ago. From iPhone games to Warcraft, what makes achievements so addicting?
ilomilo is an adorable puzzle game for Windows Phone 7 and Xbox Live Arcade from Swedish developer SouthEnd Interactive, who seems to be capitalizationally challenged, but is there more to this game than just good looks?
In what seems like one of the more bizarre cases of product placement, Sega have added Colonel Sanders, founder and figurehead of Kentucky Fried Chicken, to Phantasy Star Portable 2 Infinity as a Partner Character. In-game screenshots after the jump.
Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood is a follow-up to 2009’s popular Assassin’s Creed II. Has Ubisoft Montreal crafted a worthy successor though, or is it just a half-hearted attempt to cash in on a popular franchise?
As you may know Cataclysm is coming out 7th December. You may also know Christmas is just around the corner (33 days if you’re counting). Blizzard knows both these things too. So in the spirit of the season and bringing back lapsed players and welcoming even more into the fold they’ve got WoW, Burning Crusade and Wrath of the Lich King going real cheap.
If there’s one constant in videogames it’s the boss fight. Across genres, from Mario to Mass Effect: they’re here to stay. But why do we have them? Are they a relic of gaming past? Or an essential aspect of games?
Being my first foray into the virtual wrestling ring since the awful 2008 TNA iMPACT! game, and my first game from the SmackDown vs Raw series this generation (with my last being back in 2007, on the PSP), this title had a fair bit of hype in my own mind as the one that gets me back into the wrestling genre. Has it?
ShopTo.net are offering gamers a plethora of savings with their new Advent Calendar. This year, every 24 hours will see at least one top title on PS3, 360 and Wii going for huge savings, as well as other daily special offers on DVDs and Blu-Ray movies. Highlights of today’s particular offers are Epic Mickey on Wii at £27.85, Prince of Persia Classics HD on PS3 at £23.85, and Need For Speed: Hot Pursuit for £34.85.
Steam recently touted that it has over 1,200 games in its catalogue, but how do you find new games and how do you know if a game is any good? Well, Valve have finally added a feature I’ve been screaming from the rooftops for: recommendations and reviews.
Darkspore, an upcoming sci-fi action-RPG based on EA’s Spore franchise looks to be preparing to enter testing. An e-mail sent out to EA’s newsletter subscribers offers them the chance to sign up for the beta testing. No details are given as to when the testing will start or how testers will be selected, but we’ll keep an eye on the game’s official website for more information.
As many of you may know, Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood launches next week for the PS3 and Xbox 360. To help keep the hype machine rolling, Ubisoft has been kind enough to release a singleplayer launch trailer for our enjoyment. Video after the jump.
With the months of anticipation over, Call of Duty Black Ops is finally here. Taking a turn from their previous WW2-based Call of Duty games, this is Treyarch’s chance to prove to the world that they aren’t just the B-Team and can do better than Infinity Ward. So, do they manage it or is this one Op that should’ve stayed classified?
I was alerted to this video earlier, highlighting that, yes, someone indeed in this world (and according to the source site, the Czech Republic) has Gran Turismo 5. That someone has played it. And that someone has the trophy list. It’s after the jump.
Tactical Intervention, the spiritual successor to Counter-Strike and Counter-Strike Source, looks to be finally making its way across from Asia, with the announcement that closed beta tests will be beginning in Europe before the end of the year.
Swedish E-retailer Webhallen has teamed up with Mojang, the studio that makes Minecraft, to provide some cool prizes in a very cool competition for those of you with a creative streak.