That's the question gamers and the people who love them are bound to ask this fall as they take in the latest crop of big-budget video games. Since the 1970s, dragons, orcs, wizards and dwarfs have been staples of interactive entertainment, yet this holiday season there are hardly any top new games in the traditional fantasy mode.
Instead 2007 has been dominated by perhaps the deepest lineup of science fiction games ever.
321w ago - The Rambus XDR™ memory architecture is a total memory system solution that achieves an order of magnitude higher performance than today's standard memories while utilizing the fewest ICs. Perfect for compute and consumer electronics applications, a single, 2-byte wide, 4.0 GHz XDR DRAM component provides 8.0 GB/s of peak memory bandwidth.
Video can be seen here. Key components enabling the breakthrough performance of the XDR memory architecture are:
XDR DRAM is a high-speed memory IC that turbo-charges standard CMOS DRAM cores with a high-speed interface capable of 4.0 GHz data rates providing up to 8 GB/s of bandwidth with a single device.
XIO controller IO cell provides the same high-speed signaling capability found on the DRAM, but adds additional enhancements like FlexPhase™ technology that eliminates the need for trace length matching.
XMC memory controller is a fully synthesizable logical memory controller that is optimized to take advantage of innovations like Dynamic Point-to-Point which provides for capacity expansion while delivering the signal integrity benefits of point-to-point signaling.
XCG clock generator provides the system clocks with four programmable outputs and is guaranteed to...
321w ago - Third highest week of sales since launch
PlayStation 3 hardware sales jumped 178 per cent last week with the introduction of two new SKUs, helping the system record its third highest week since launch in the UK.
Data supplied to GamesIndustry.biz reveals that although Sony's console enjoyed a considerable sales boost, Nintendo's DS was still the best-selling hardware system in the UK, followed by the Wii and then the PS3, with the Xbox 360 behind its home console rival.
Two new PS3 models were introduced to market last Wednesday. A 40GB model with less functions has gone on sale for GBP 299, and the 60GB model has been reduced to GBP 349, bundled with two free first-party games.
PS3 software has also enjoyed a resurgence, with Resistance: Fall of Man climbing the all-formats charts from 22 to eight, Heavenly Sword re-entering the top 40 at number 14, MotorStorm moving from 22 to 18, and Formula 1: Championship Edition also back in the official charts at number 24.
321w ago - The latest Euro sales charts are in and here they are for your PS3News viewing pleasure:
1. FIFA 2008
2. Project Gotham Racing 4
3. Halo 3
6. PGA Tour 08
7. Juiced 2: Hot Import Nights
8. Resistance Fall of Man
9. Wii Play
10. Dr Kawashima's Brain Training
*note: British sales charts combine all-format sales
1. FIFA 08 (PS2)
2. Settlers of Catan (PC)
3. FIFA 08 (PC)
4. Halo 3
5. FIFA 08 (360)
6. More Brain Training
7. World of Warcraft: The Burning Crusade
8. The Sims 2: Bon Voyage
9. Brain Training
10. Pokemond Diamond
1. FIFA 08 (PS2)
2. FIFA 08 (PS3)
3. My Sims (DS)
4. Halo 3
5. FIFA 08 (PSP)
6. WWE Smackdown! vs. RAW 2007 (PS2)
7. FIFA 08 (PC)
8. Heavenly Sword
9. More Brain Training
10. Sims 2: Bon Voyage
321w ago - Free Radical's always bashed the right nerve with its TimeSplitters FPS series, which is why we're all over Haze like a rash. New screenshots, including snaps of the shooter's co-op mode, are on this page and demanding your attention.
Haze is set in a near-future where the government has outsourced military operations to private multinational corporations.
You play Jake Carpenter, a soldier who works for the Mantel Corporation who has access to high-tech vehicles, kick-ass weapons and performance enhancing bio-medical support.
Free Radical director David Doak has said previously that one of the developer's key goals with the game is "to make people think" in addition to "pushing the bar with gameplay and presentation".
He explained, "...in Haze we're trying to examine more the feeling of the soldier. If you're fighting in a war, you need to somehow justify your actions, so in Haze we actually cause the player to question that to some extent".
Currently, Haze has only been officially confirmed as a PS3 release this year. Expect more versions in 2008.