January 2007 Archives
Platform: PlayStation 2
Reviewed on PlayStation 2
In the midst of a war on the edge of the galaxy, an orphan named Jaster Rogue is eager to experience life beyond his world. Rosa is a desert planet occupied by an indifferent military. Rogue's luck changes when he encounters famed galactic hunter "Desert Claw," and the Desert Claw gifts Rogue with a rare and valuable sword.
Thanks to the sword, the piratical crew of the Dorgenark – led by the massive presence of the pirate Dorgengoa – mistake Rogue for the Desert Claw, and recruit him for a quest on a galactic scale. With two vast empires stuck in a dubious war, and recent archaeological finds leading the way to a legendary planet's treasure, Rogue will discover more of the universe's secrets than he ever thought possible. He might even battle exotic insects or build factory assembly lines, along the way.
Developer: Telltale Games
Reviewed on PC
The entertainment conspiracy continues: After investigating aging television stars and an out-of-control talk show host, it's time for the Freelance Police to check out a crooked casino. It only remains to be seen how the hypnosis theme will pan out and what possible role crime boss Ted E. Bear might play.
Developer: Paradox Interactive
Reviewed on PC
Windows System Requirements: Pentium 4 1.9 GHz, 512 MB RAM, 128 MB DirectX 9.0c compatible video card, 1 GB HD space, internet connection for multiplayer, Windows XP or more recent operating system
It's one thing to study history – it's an entirely different thing to make it. Europa Universalis III won't get your name inscribed in the encyclopedia, but it will allow you to rewrite world history from 1453 to 1789. This latest game in the Europa Universalis series offers more options than previous games, while still allowing players to run any nation and pursue paths from diplomacy and exploration to war.
Platform: Xbox 360
Reviewed on Xbox 360
Gangs rule Stilwater. The ordinary citizenry of Stilwater is plagued by corrupt politicians and tasteless retail stores, caught between three rival gangs. But a new force is emerging from the poorest ghetto, Saint's Row. Rescued from a three-way gang gunfight by Julius, leader of the 3rd St. Saints, one man is brought into the city-wide battle. After a few gun fights, hijackings and high-speed chases, the decrepit church at the heart of Saint's Row morphs from a fourth-rate gang headquarters into the seat of power for all of Stilwater.
Developer: SOE Denver
Reviewed on PC
Windows System Requirements: 1.4 GHz processor, 512 MB RAM, DirectX 7 compatible video card with 64 MB video RAM, 300 MB HD space, broadband internet connection, Windows XP or more recent operating system
Roam the high seas in search of booty, plunder islands for their gold and harass others who would do the same! Actually, the ships are cardboard (or an electronic representation of cardboard), and the treasures are tokens, but there's still plenty of piratical fun to be had (and without the scurvy or gangrene that might have troubled treasure hunters of the period).