UFO: Extraterrestrials Review

Thirteen years ago, a little game called X-COM: UFO Defense debuted, pitting players against alien invaders and charging them with creating a network of bases around the globe, shooting down UFOs, capturing and researching alien technology, and then using it against the aliens in turn-based tactical squad combat. That’s the formula UFO: Extraterrestrials follows almost to the letter, falling just short of being a direct remake of X-COM.

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We were skeptical when Microsoft announced that Shadowrun would be the first game to support full cross-platform multiplay between PCs and Xbox 360s. Being staunch advocates of the keyboard and mouse in first-person shooters, we were worried that the developers at FASA would dumb down Shadowrun to even the playing field for our gamepad-wielding counterparts. Luckily, after several weeks of playing the game, we can report that it is not only fair and balanced for all players but also a truly innovative multiplayer experience that’s loads of fun.

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Halo 2 for Vista Review

I played a lot of Halo 2 on the Xbox. Every night for most of a year, I’d fire up the game with some buddies, lead off with a couple of swords-only rounds on Lockout, then jump into Coagulation or Zanzibar for some CTF or team deathmatch action. For that reason, I was looking forward to playing Halo 2 with the superior mouse/keyboard combination when it finally came to the PC.

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A Halo of Alternatives

If you hate consoles, this list's for you: five PC games going up against the Xbox 360's juggernaut come 12:01 Tuesday morning.


December 2006 - Gaming PC Faceoff!

The complete PDF archive of the December 2006 edition of Maximum PC, every article included, every page posted! Download it now!

Violent Video Games for Kids

Another law prohibiting the sale of violent games to minors bites the dust. Viva la Grand Theft Auto!

Maximum PC Goes to Comic-Con

The Maximum PC staff traveled to Comic-Con in San Diego to meet readers and teach people how to kick ass at games

Game Theory: The Road to Somewhere

Feeling bummed about your never-ending MMO? Sometimes the journey is more important than the destination.

China Pwns Teenage Gamers

New rules force Chinese internet gaming companies to tell their underaged users to get up off the couch already. The regulations do not, however, address showering or drinking caseloads of Mountain Dew.