A look back at the 2006 release, Sonic Riders. A very polarizing things, we look at what the game excelled at, while noting how some of the flaws may have led the game to be overlooked.
Games I want to Play Right Now!
Videogames come and go, sometimes barely noticed by gamers. But there are some games that you find that look awesome and that you desperately want to play, only to discover that they’re not out yet! And sometimes, they don’t even have firm release dates! Here are four games that I want to play right now that aren’t out yet.
Amnesia: A Machine for Pigs
Frictional games released Amnesia, which some say is the scariest game ever made, in 2010. A Machine for Pigs is the follow-up game, and is a joint venture between Frictional Games and thechineseroom.
Coming early 2013 . . . The year is 1899. Wealthy industrialist Oswald Mandus has returned home from a disastrous expedition to Mexico, which has ended in tragedy. Wracked by fever, haunted by dreams of a dark machine, he recovers consciousness in his own bed, with no idea of how much time has passed since his last memory. As he struggles to his feet, somewhere beneath him, an engine splutters, coughs, roars into life…
You’re a vampire trying to figure out the secrets of the GeoForge Corporation. Stealth is the way to get things done, but if you get discovered, then you have a host of vampire abilities to make sure the person who saw you doesn’t get to talk about it. Your vampire can also turn into a puff of smoke, or close the distance between you and an enemy in an instant to rend foes with powerful melee attacks. Dark also features powerful and intelligent AI enemies that can be from either the real world or the vampire one. Players will fight police, elite special forces and also ghouls and other vampires.
Look for Dark on PC or Xbox 360 in early 2013.
You’re an elite commando on a sabotage mission. Sounds familiar yes? Well, the nice thing about Alien Fear is that all you have to do for the most part, is shoot stuff. You can solve almost all your problems with your weapon, of which there are nine varieties, all with different abilities, effects, and functions. Part of the reason you can use the gun as your solve-all device is that the environment is destructible, which is one thing I love to see!
Co-op mode has some interesting features as well. There will be environmental puzzles standing in the team’s way that can be solved only by working together and altering the physical environment. Working together rewards you all, but failure on the part of one team member will affect the overall score. Players in co-op will be able to reach areas otherwise inaccessible, can breach doors and even provide medical support to downed teammates.
Tired of playing co-op shooter games that mimic the real world or some totally serious sci-fi or fantasy universe? Then you might want to check out the browser game Offensive Combat. A PVP game, Offensive Combat has a large amount of serious, many kinds of realistic-looking guns, and seriously weird weaponry, a club made from a ham for players to bend spindle and mutilate each other with. The game rewards those who blow away other players and then make humiliating and rage-inducing gestures over the body of their fallen enemy. Doing a “pwn” move can be costly, however. Other players can interrupt it, thereby costing you whatever bonus was coming your way.
Players can customize their characters in bizarre and strange ways, like chicken legs, a gecko face, or a banana suit. Yup, you read that right. Weapons are also customizable. Kills drop items that can be picked up by anyone, so picking spots for kills can be important if you don’t want someone to make off with your loot.
The game is built on a freemium system, but almost all items can be bought with either in-game or real currency.