321w ago - Unreal Tournament 3 represents a departure of sorts from its predecessors. While the early UTs were billed as sort of the blood sport of the future, Unreal Tournament 3 will usher in a single-player campaign about an intergalactic war and featuring characters that look like they were from the casting call for Gears of War, another Epic game. But while Gears of War is a very tactical game about using cover, Unreal Tournament 3, just like its predecessors, is about lightning-fast run-and-gun gameplay where you'll do a lot of killing and dying, but you're always able to respawn within seconds to continue the fight.
Though Unreal Tournament 3 will have a single-player story, the game is still built around the idea of intense multiplayer battles, either against computer-controlled bots or other players online. (While the PC supports up to 32 players, the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 versions will support up to 16.) There will be a number of modes in the game, ranging from simple deathmatch to team-based games such as capture the flag, vehicle capture the flag, and warfare. Deathmatch is pretty self-explanatory--it's every player for him or herself in the race to rack up kills--so we'll dive into CTF, VCTF, and warfare.
Capture the flag is a familiar mode in most games. Each team has a flag that it has to defend...
321w ago - NFL Street is dead, long live NFL Tour! Okay, so the official word from EA Sports isn't that the Street football series is dead and buried, but we do know that the publisher is focused firmly on its new arcade pigskin game, one that is reminiscent of the old Street series but not without a few twists of its own. At a recent EA Sports press event, we got our first hands-on look at the game, and managed to score a few touchdowns and blow up a few QBs in the process.
In some ways, NFL Tour will feel familiar to Street vets. It's still seven-on-seven arcade football, full of spectacular moves, (a bit toned down) wall-running jukes, and exaggerated character models. Consequently, what sets the game apart is the approach. First, from a presentation standpoint, this is an NFL game through and through. (Did you see the San Diego Chargers' Shawne Merriman on the cover?) In the game's single-player career mode, you'll create a character from scratch and then send him across the country to take on all comers in an effort to gain the grandest of grand prizes: an NFL contract. Will you be able to upload your created character to next year's Madden after you beat the single-player game? Producers said it's something they are investigating at the moment,...
325w ago - Benjamin Franklin once said that in life, only two things are certain: death and taxes. For a while, it seemed the November release of Unreal Tournament 3 was also assured. In its most recent bout of press releases, publisher Midway said the game would definitely ship for the PC and PlayStation 3 during the month.
Now that November window appears to have been opened up. In a thread on Epic Games' official forums, a poster asked about the authenticity of a German site's countdown timer to the release of Unreal Tournament 3. But before the forum-goers could make their time-off requests at work, Epic vice president Mark Rein tempered the midnight release launch party plans.
"We do not know exactly when the game will be completed," Rein wrote. "All we've said is that we're hoping for a November release, but as you know we value getting it right over getting it right now, so there's no guarantee of that."
While the PS3 and PC versions of Unreal Tournament 3 remain tentatively scheduled for a November release, the Xbox 360 edition will trail in "early 2008."
326w ago - When MTV bought Harmonix for $175 million last year, it was clear it would heavily promote the studio's first project with every arm of its media empire. When that project turned out to be Rock Band, a multi-instrument, karaoke-enhanced rhythm game, that became even more obvious. Then, when Viacom announced it planned to invest a half-billion dollars in its MTV Games unit, it appeared no expense would be spared on fine-tuning Rock Band's hype machine.
This week, in conjunction with the Summer Showcase of Rock Band's distributor, Electronic Arts, MTV Games announced the latest promotional offensive for the title. Like many actual rock bands before it, the game will embark on a cross-country bus tour. The orgy of synergy will begin at the MTV Video Music Awards in Las Vegas September 9, when several buses equipped with Rock Band demo stations will fan out across the country. Stops will include several college campuses.
MTV will also use the Rock Band bus tour to indulge in another rock-and-roll tradition, the battle of the bands. Every "band" that plays the game on the main stage will have their performance recorded, with the resulting video being sent back to the casting directors responsible for MTV's battery of reality shows. Of those, two groups will be flown to MTV's New York City headquarters to practice...