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Operation Flashpoint 2: Dragon Rising "New shot looks too good to be true"

367w ago - A new screenshot from Codemasters' Operation Flashpoint 2 has hit the web but is it true of the final quality? Probably not, but it looks the part.

Is that really in-game? Join us in creating a dandruff storm by passing mince pies over the image.

Plus, it looks like a kid's scribbled on bits of it. What the hell?

Anyway, with the original Operation Flashpoint military sim proving a massive hit and genuinely breaking new ground, we've high hopes for the sequel.

"We really thought the fans would like fighting elves and dwarves with machine guns", Codemasters has said of Op Flashpoint 2. Luckily, we think that was a joke.

Comparison shows significant edits to Gerstmann's Kane & Lynch review

367w ago - The editor's note at the bottom of Jeff Gerstmann's controversial review of Kane & Lynch: Dead Men notes that "this review has been updated to include differences between the Xbox 360 and PS3 versions and a clarification on the game's multiplayer mode." While this is true, a comparison between the original and edited versions of the review shows that the edits went significantly further than that.

An archived version of the review found in a Google cache of an EBGames page shows that, while the review's overall determination remained the same, significant changes were made to its tone and focus. Nowhere is this more apparent than the very first paragraph, which was changed whole cloth to remove references calling the game "ugly" and the artificial intelligence "clunky." While the new introduction still says the game "squanders much of its potential and just doesn't come together as well as it probably should have," the new version is unquestionably less harsh than the original.

Some edits to the text seem shoehorned in to point out potential positives for the game. Consider a post-edit addition that specifically notes the game "does a good job of moving the action around, and you'll see a variety of different environments ..." and another that suggests, "if you've been waiting patiently for a game to really...

Mark Rein: Why Is Unreal Tournament 3 Slower on PlayStation 3?

367w ago - SPOnG caught up with Epic's outspoken bossman, Mark Rein (pictured here) recently for a full and frank chat about the latest Epic, err, epic - Unreal Tournament 3 out now on PC and on PlayStation 3 (in January) and on Xbox 360 (in, gods knows when).

Not one to hold back on his forthright opinions, Rein is that rarest of creatures to be found in the world of game development - a high profile studio boss that is not afraid to call a spade a spade. When asked why the console version of UT3 was noticeably slower than the PC version, Rein told us:

"When you play Halo on PC, you notice the difference too, yeah? This is also the reason why we don't have cross-platform play, between PC and PS3, because you have got to make some compromises for each platform. But you play Halo on console and you find that it's slower too, right...they have to be slower, because your fingers are just not as precise as your whole arm, right? To me the movement and speed as a console gamer is just right."

On appealing to a much wider audience of casual gamers, Rein explains that Epic has, "simplified the game... in the last game, we had like seven game types... this time, we said instead of having 'onslaught' and 'assault' lets meld them together into this 'warfare' mode, let's just do the things...

Square Enix Goes Modern Day, The World Ends

367w ago - Square Enix isn't all about Final Fantasy and Dragon Quest. It's also about Kingdom Hearts, and from the makers of Kingdom Hearts comes The World Ends With You, coming to this Spring to the Nintendo DS. Released in Japan as Subarashiki Kono Sekai, The World Ends With You is the story of a guy named Neku who wakes up to find a message on his phone telling him that he has seven days before his existence ceases to be. Then it gets weird.

Only with the coolest fashions, friends and fighting skills can Neku restore hope to the city's population and prevent being stricken from existence altogether!
*raises an eyebrow quizzically* Okay! This is Squenix's first foray into the modern world, set in Shibuya, which is "the coolest district in Tokyo". It features 'achingly hip' characters, each with a different fashion sense, a soundtrack full of 'bleeding-edge' music, telepathic powers, and a combat system that utilizes the microphone.

Yeah, it sounds like they've gone completely insane, but perhaps it's just so crazy it might work? It certainly worked in Japan, where the game's quirky art style and Tetsuya Nomura character designs were a pretty huge success. For more information on the title, check out the game's page at Wikipedia.

Right now only a European release announcement is official, once...

2008 Xbox 360 Game Hype List

367w ago - Typically, the Winter and Spring seasons are a slow time for the videogame industry. Not in 2008. The sheer number of high profile titles that got pushed from Fall 07 to Winter/Spring 08 is amazing. Sorry folks, your wallet won't get a break. We take a look at all of the games that we know about coming in 2008 in our 2008 Xbox 360 Games Hype List.
Now, we can't control if games get delayed or cancelled or the developer flip-flops exclusivity on us.

This is just a forward looking article based on what we know now on what we can expect in 2008. Also, this is not every single game that has been announced, just the ones that we are looking forward to. There is surely a lot that we don't even know about yet, but there are still more than 60 huge games coming in the next 12 months. And even better, many of these games will likely be out before Summer!

Kingdom Under Fire: Circle of Doom
NFL Tour
Burnout Paradise
Culdecept Saga
Devil May Cry 4
The Club
World in Conflict
Frontlines: Fuel of War
Lost Odyssey [li[Supreme Commander
Dynasty Warriors 6
Condemned 2: Bloodshot
Dark Sector
Universe at War: Earth Assault
Grand Theft Auto IV
Army of Two
Destroy All Humans...
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