TIME has named its ‘Top Ten Video Games of 2007’ and called Halo 3 the best of the bunch. They praise it as the ‘perfect hardcore first-person combat simulator’ and liken it to a pebble, rounded by the ages.
The Top 10 According to TIME:
The Orange Box (although that is technically MANY games)
Super Mario Galaxy
Call of Duty 4
Legend of Zelda: Phantom Hourglass
Ace Combat 6: Fires of Liberation
God of War 2
Now, far be it from me to disagree with TIME… but, I have to call shenanigans on a few things here. First: Halo 3, while a great game, is not as good as BioShock. It is still plagued by problems seen in previous games as far as level design and gameplay is concerned. BioShock, on the other hand, was a superb gaming experience and should have easily been the top of the bunch on the list.
The Orange Box is an interesting choice as well, but should not be on the list as it is a collection of games, not one. Is it a great value? Heck yeah, just not a fair choice as a top ten ‘game’. In the interest of fairness, however, Portal should definitely be in the top ten pack. It was truly a great gaming experience with some novel elements.
Ace Combat 6? Really? Dont get me wrong, the expensive controller was an interesting novelty for most console owners but after getting past that, the game was just ‘meh’. I would have much rather seen Crysis or Assasin’s Creed round out the top ten instead of AC6 and GoWII which was actually much better than the former mentioned.
Crysis, while innovative graphically, added some very interesting gameplay elements into its seemingly normal fps outer shell. The switching of your armor’s modes and weapon customization coupled with the almost-seemless switching in and out of cutscenes make this a far better choice than AC6.
Hopefully, TIME will do a bit more research on their top ten lists for 2008 instead of just pulling a random list of titles from the Gamestop website.
Eurogamer has posted it’s ‘First-Look’ at the upcoming RTS Tom Clancy’s EndWar. The game has been touted as the first ever to be controllable totally by your voice commands. No need to click and drag over units or hit hotkeys – just talk to the damn thing!
From the article: ‘The first menu consists of individual units, say ‘Unit 1’, ‘Unit 2’ and so on, and also general functions like ‘Calling All’. Depending on your order, subsequent menus will pop-up with relevant commands until you’ve completed the Who-What-Where and you can enjoy Watch.
Say, for instance, you want to group off your gunship units to command under a single order. ‘Calling All’, ‘Gunships’, ‘Create Group’. Easy as that. Want to dispatch a unit of tanks to deal with the enemy’s frontline? ‘Unit 1’ (Who), ‘Attack’ (What), ‘Hostile 3’ (Where).
For the first 10 minutes or so, a mixture of uncertainty and mild embarrassment caused us to bumble disjointedly through the steps. ‘Unit 1…. Um, er…. Attack…. Um…. Lima?’ Hardly Henry V. But then, it just clicks, and orders start to flow with increasing assurance and authority. ‘Unit 4 secure Alpha!’; ‘Calling all gunships, attack hostile 5!’; ‘WMD Lima!’. ‘DIE, ****S, DIE!”
Yahoo Movies has posted several production stills from Alien Vs Predator: Requiem. Some are actually pretty cool! Below is, imo, the best of the bunch.
Aliens vs. Predator: Requiem is the upcoming sequel to 2004’s Alien vs. Predator film. Filming began on September 25, 2006 in Vancouver with Tom Woodruff, Jr. and Alec Gillis from Amalgamated Dynamics handling the special effects (as they did for the previous installment) and Daniel Pearl as director of photography. The Brothers Strause (Colin and Greg Strause) have directed the movie from a script by Shane Salerno. Actors Steven Pasquale and Reiko Aylesworth will play leading roles in the film. Unlike the PG-13 rating of the original, which garnered some criticism, the film is rated R for violence, gore, and language. The BBFC’s classification decision for the movie is the same as the original.
EuroGamer has reviewed Aliens Vs Predator: Requiem for the PSP, based on the movie of the same name, giving it a 4.0 out of 10 rating. Seems as though they believe the game to be VERY average and nothing special.
From the article: ‘Which sums up Alien vs. Predator: Requiem. It’s not a badly made game. With the exception of the camera, everything works. It looks all right. It’s not the worst videogame we’ve ever played, and it’s certainly not the worst movie tie-in. But it’s entirely lacking in imagination and innovation. There’s nothing that hasn’t been done before and no incentive to keep playing. A month from now we’ll probably have forgotten we’ve ever played it. But by then we’ll be in negotiations with Peter Bowles’s agent, obviously.’
ROCCAT Studios is introducing a line of gaming peripherals. Their new mouse, the Kone, sports adjustable lighting around the perimeter of the device. However, the dpi and polling rate are not mentioned yet on the website. The Valo, is a gaming keyboard with 2Mb of internal memory for storing profiles, illumination, lcd screen, and 40Mhz response rate. They also have a new mouse pad out called the Sense. The keyboard will cost roughly $147 dollars and the mouse will set you back $103 dollars. They currently will release in Europe during February, but we will work on obtaining review units ASAP.
CompUSA, which used to be one of the leading computer retailers in the U.S., has been unable to stay competitive even after closing 126 retail outlets last February. Attempts to sell the chain to Circuit City and several others have been unsuccessful, so the retailer will begin selling off it’s inventory and other assets during the holiday season. Substantial markdowns on merchandise can be had for those close enough to one of the stores. For others it may be time to consider a ‘road trip’?
Joystiq has posted a rumor that Treyarch is prepping to set Call of Duty 5 back in World War II once again. The series, most recently set in modern times with Call of Duty 4, has been praised for it’s realistic depiction of weapons and their lethality.
Gamespot has posted a preview ‘hands-on’ of the latest Turok game in production. They present a few game scenarios and it seems as though Turok will be more than just a straight-forward shooter. Turok looks to require some real thinking to overcome obstacles and enemies. This, of course, taken with a grain of sand coming from the source.
TFAW is selling Flux Capacitors, the device which makes time travel possible. If you have any inkling to go back to the old west and ride alongside Wyatt Earp; Into the future and drive a flying car – this device is for you! You can pre-order it for $220 dollars. It even lights up!