4X (explore, expand, exploit, and exterminate) strategy games rarely
gain widespread popularity. They’re like the mathletes club in high
school—a haven for only the most hardcore of geeks. Sins of a Solar
Empire vitalizes the genre by automating most of the micromanagement
and replacing monotonous turn-based drudgery with faster-paced
Since the last Unreal Tournament game was released four years ago,
no worthy contender has managed to dethrone the now-classic shooter as
the best game for online deathmatches. With the much-delayed Unreal
Tournament 3, we get the uneasy feeling that Epic Games has grown a bit
complacent with its multiplayer crown. The game’s brand-new graphics
engine and glut of maps mask some very familiar weapons and gameplay
mechanics. And while we appreciate that the developers haven’t broken
from a proven design formula, we’re disappointed by the lack of
innovation in this long-awaited sequel.
All right, newblet. You’ve eaten your dog food in Wolfenstein 3D, done your spirit quest in Prey, and even managed to set up a bomb or two in Counter-Strike. If first-person shooters were massively multiplayer role-playing games, that might qualify you to step out of the kindergarten zone. Maybe. The big leagues of head shots, m-m-m-monster kills, and first-person-shooter fragfests have no room for subpar playing performance.
We've tested some crazy mice over the years, from ergonomic wonders designed to prevent RSI to dedicated gaming mice shaped like an actual handgun, but the new Zalman FPSGun is one of the oddest-looking designs we've ever tested. We approve of its neutral-grip, sensor-forward design, but the actual implementation has resulted in a mouse that's just too small for the vast majority of gamers to use.
Nothing flexes our imagination like alternate history scenarios, and
World in Conflict delivers one that has us on the edge of our seat.
It’s the late 1980s, and the Cold War is far from over. The commies
have already made a push to invade Western Europe, and in a desperate
move, have decided to mount a sneak attack on American shores. It’s
your mission to contain the Soviet invasion and retake Seattle before
the invaders paint the country red.