Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories

Writing about Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories on PlayStation 2 would have been a lot easier two days ago. Trying to talk about what makes this port worthwhile is pretty difficult with the guise of Grand Theft Auto IV on the horizon, taunting with its superb visuals and promise of new gameplay. Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories simply can't hold up to those standards, being little more than an underwhelming port. Saved only by its budget price, Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories is a decent game worth tiding the time until the big one … [Read more...]

Video of "Home" Coming to PlayStation Store

Sony will release today a video on the PlayStation Store of the GDC demo of "Home," its Sims-meets-Second Life-meets-chat-room interface for online socializing and achievement sharing. The free video of "Home," the PS3's real-time 3D community meeting place, is direct from the Game Developers Conference presentation earlier this month. The Home interface/functionality is coming to PS3 system later this year. Also today, PS3 owners will find in the Store a free demo of Major League Baseball 2K7 and new trailers of Warhawk and Super Rub'A'Dub. … [Read more...]

SSX Blur

SSX Blur is one of those Wii games that looks great on paper. Heck, it looks great on screen, with its colorful graphics, cheery characters and cool courses, but alas, all that glitters is not gold, and although SSX Blur has all the elements of the first great snowboarding game for the Wii, it fails in execution. So what's wrong with Blur, you ask? Quite simply, its reliance on the Wii's motion controls, that's what. While on paper the controls sound awesome - rolling the nunchuck to perform grabs, and flicks the Wiimote to pull flips and … [Read more...]

A&E, National Geographic Headed to Xbox Live

Just as Microsoft announced the HDMI-equipped Elite Xbox 360 is coming in April, the company has announced new ways to fill up the Elite's 120 GB hard drive: five new video partners are going to provide content on Xbox Live Marketplace. Paramount Pictures, A&E Network, National Geographic, ADV Films and TotalVid.com will all provide content on Xbox Live Marketplace. Paramount's downloadable films will include Braveheart, Team America, World Trade Center and South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut. Warner Bros. will also begin releasing their … [Read more...]

It's Official: 120GB Xbox 360 in April

Microsoft today confirmed what most of the Internet already knew: a black Xbox 360 with HDMI output and a 120GB hard drive is headed to a retailer near you. However, it's release date is closer than we'd anticipated: April 29 in North America. The Xbox 360 Elite, which is what the high-end console will be called, will retail for $479.99 and include a black controller. Black wireless controllers will be sold separately for $49.99. For those gamers who don't want the Elite's HDMI output and sexy black case of the Xbox 360 Elite, the larger hard … [Read more...]

Tuesday's Game Shipments

It's Tuesday, and that means it's "Games heading to retail today" day. Here's the list thus far of what's gone out publisher's doors and is loaded up in big trucks heading to your favorite retailers. - The Elder Scrolls: Shivering Isles: Expansion to Oblivion, available for PC and Xbox 360 - Konami Classic Series: Arcade Hits (DS) - includes titles such as Scramble, Time Pilot, Contra and Rush 'n Attack - Honeycomb Beat: A DS puzzle game … [Read more...]

Nine Things You Might Not Know About the Game Industry

Now that the hubub of GDC has died down, I decided it was time to take a few minutes and share some notes on the behind-the-scenes action at GDC. What a lot of people don't realize is that behind closed doors, there's a whole different show going on - one where developers are putting on their best show to publishers, hoping someone will give them the money they need to take the game that's been their dream to develop, and get it on retail shelves. Let's see...about what I learned at GDC...some info comes from the publisher I was helping … [Read more...]

New Strategy Games Appear on GameTap

GameTap on Thursday added three notable strategy games to its lineup, and although the news is a few days late, fans of strategy titles will overlook our tardiness and (we hope) appreciate the heads-up. The three notable strategy games added recently are: Myth II: Soulblighter Born from the minds at Bungie Studios, Myth II mixes strategy with fantasy in a medieval game with plenty of dungeon crawling and undead skewering. Sid Meier's Alpha Centauri Alpha Centauri has players explore an alien planet trying to uncover its mysteries, build their … [Read more...]

Jetpac Refuelled to Hit Xbox Live Wednesday

Rare Ltd.'s Jetpac Refuelled, a revamped version of the 1983 classic space blaster Jetpac, is coming to Xbox Live Arcade this Wednesday, March 28. In the game, players assemble a rocketship and gather fuel as they try to clear a path through hordes of aliens. The game has 128 high-definition levels, each of which is progressively more populated with aliens, and offers both leaderboards and simultaneous versus multiplayer action over Xbox Live or a single console. Jetpac Refuelled will cost 400 Microsoft Points. … [Read more...]

Marvel: Ultimate Alliance XPac Coming to Live

Like getting your Marvel: Ultimate Alliance groove on? Well, eight more playable characters are coming your way via Xbox Live Marketplace. Marvel: Ultimate Alliance Heroes and Villains, the name of the "expansion pack," will include The Incredible Hulk, Magneto, Hawkeye, Sabretooth, Doctor Doom, Cyclops, Nightcrawler and Venom, each complete with new signature powers, skins, dialog, conversations and achievement points. Scheduled to release in April, the downloadable content will be released in three packs. The Hero Pack and Villain Pack will … [Read more...]