July 2007 Archives

Publisher: Red Octane/Activision
Developer: Harmonix

Platform: PlayStation 2
Reviewed on PlayStation 2

In the immortal words of publisher Red Octane: "Feel the grip of your spandex and smell the hairspray as you take the stage and become an 80s Rock Hero!"

Carcassonne Review

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Publisher: Sierra (Vivendi Games)
Developer: Sierra

Platform: Xbox 360
Reviewed on Xbox 360

The medieval French town of Carcassonne is famous for its fortifications, a convoluted series of walls that have been growing since the Romans ruled the territory. In the game Carcassonne , players construct their own version of the walled town by taking turns placing a series of tiles.

Bomberman Live Review

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Publisher: Hudson Entertainment
Developer: Backbone Entertainment

Platform: Xbox 360
Reviewed on Xbox 360

Bomberman has brought his friends and his antics to Xbox Live, with his latest party game for the Xbox 360, Bomberman Live. Play the traditional competitive Bomberman bombing games, now with up to eight players partaking of the multiplayer mayhem.

Publisher: 2K Games (Take-Two Interactive)
Developer: Firaxis Games

Platforms: Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Wii and DS
Official Site civilizationrevolution.com

Projected Release: Spring 2008

Publisher: Blizzard (Vivendi Games)
Developer: Blizzard

Platform: PC and Mac
Official Site: worldofwarcraft.com

Projected Release: Late 2007

Publisher: 1C
Developer: SkyFallen Entertainment

Platform: PC
Official Site: int.games.1c.ru/death_track

Projected Release: 2008

Publisher: NCsoft
Developer: NCsoft

Platform: PC
Official Site: aiononline.com



Projected Release: 2008

Hail to the Chimp Preview

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Publisher: Gamecock
Developer: Wideload Games

Platforms: Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3
Official Site chimplove.com




Projected Release: Spring 2008

Publisher: Sony
Developer: Sony

Platform: PlayStation, PSP
Reviewed on PSP

PaRappa, a typical anthropomorphic puppy in a world of paper-thin animate plants and animals, seeks to win over Sunny Funny (a typical teenage talking flower) by becoming a hip-hop hero. With competition like the cheesy (but glamorous) Joe Chin, the only way this pup can get Sunny Funny's attention is by rapping his way through martial arts lessons, cooking practice, and swap meet sales. He might wreck his dad's new car, but to make it through these trials, PaRappa just has to believe!

DiRT Review

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Publisher: Codemasters
Developer: Codemasters

Platform: Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, PC
Reviewed on Xbox 360

Codemasters has transformed the Colin McRae series into its new flagship racing game, DiRT. Below, we have the literal DiRT on what happened to the Colin McRae series.

Publisher: 1C
Developer: Action Forms

Platform: PC
Official Site: int.games.1c.ru/cryostasis

Projected Release: The first quarter of 2008

by Kyle Ackerman

E3 2007 was a success. But only for the publishers who didn't need it.

In its new format as the E3 Media & Business Summit, it wasn't a success for most publishers, who either showed the same material they had released in previous weeks or who were shut out of the new event. It wasn't a success for financial analysts or press, who mostly saw repeat performances of games and missed meeting with those esoteric companies and tiny publishers. Buyers gave the event a miss entirely. It wasn't even a success for the public, who enjoyed the spectacle of the old Electronic Entertainment Expo vicariously through the same press and company websites that bemoaned the old event. It may have been a success for a few publishers and developers who had meetings they easily could have held elsewhere.

by Kyle Ackerman

Sony's press event at the 2007 E3 Media and Business Summit was the most like past years of any event, yet the least like Sony. Once again, Sony held its conference on a Culver City sound stage (though the conference setup took less than half the space of previous years, and had fewer than half the attendees). What made this year so different was that Sony seemed almost... humble. Starting with Jack Tretton's (President and CEO of Sony Computer Entertainment America) self-effacing manner, Sony's tone was less smug than in past years.

by Kyle Ackerman

Nintendo's press event at the 2007 E3 Media and Business Summit was the most remarkable of the three platform holders' events, in that Nintendo actually had a few surprises to throw at the crowd. To be clear, most of the Nintendo event was self-congratulatory, celebrating the success of the Wii and the DS with an endless stream of YouTube videos and clips from various news shows. The Wii, and its success so far, is a remarkable achievement, and Nintendo should be proud. But no one goes to such an event simply to hear a company gloat. We want news... announcements... actual content. And Nintendo did have a little content to offer.

Most of the conference, however, focused on the new gamers Nintendo has brought, and hopes yet to bring, into the gaming fold. Nintendo of America President Reggie Fils-Aime declared, "this E3 marks a conclusive turning point for the video game industry" and called the event, "a coming-out party for an entire industry." He wasn't speaking of the mess that is the new E3 Media and Business Summit. Instead, he meant that video games are actually reaching a broader audience, demonstrating that everyone is, on some level, a gamer.

by Kyle Ackerman

Microsoft's press conference for the E3 Media & Business Summit began this year with a group of five teenagers from Illinois playing music on a high school stage. Admittedly, the band (named Corporeal) was comprised of five exceptional youths, led by an electric violin, and they were playing the theme to Halo with a massive image of the Horsehead Nebula serving as a backdrop for screenshots of the upcoming Halo 3. The stage, too, was a bit fancier than that first sentence lets on. The Santa Monica High School outdoor amphitheater was dressed to the nines, decked out with a high-tech backdrop, an enormous screen and enough flat-panel TVs to make an entire college frat house drool. But it was still a couple of teenagers on a school stage.

Healing Rhythms Review

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Publisher: The Wild Divine Project
Developer: The Wild Divine Project

Platforms: PC and Mac
Reviewed on PC

Windows System Requirements: Pentium III 800 MHz, Windows 2000 or more recent operating system

Mac System Requirements: G4 800 MHz, OS X v10.2.8 or more recent operating system

"Healing Rhythms is a biofeedback training program for a happy mind & healthy body including step-by-step techniques to manage stress and increase wellness; tips to help you integrate these exercises into your daily life; and tools to help you customize your own personal practice featuring Deepak Chopra, Dean Ornish and Andrew Weil."

Hour of Victory Review

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Publisher: Midway
Developer: N-Fusion Interactive

Platform: Xbox 360
Reviewed on Xbox 360

Concerned that the German nuclear program could turn the tide of World War II in favor of the Axis Powers, a team of the Allies' three most elite soldiers has been assembled to quickly quash Germany's fission ambition. Major Ambrose Taggart of the OSS, Lt. William Ross of the SAS, and U.S. Army Ranger Sgt. Calvin Blackbull must escape North Africa and strike at the heart of the Third Reich's scientific schemes.

Touchmaster Review

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Publisher: Midway
Developer: Midway

Platform: DS
Reviewed on DS

Play an assortment of 23 games that made their way from the coin operated Touchmaster machines to this Touchmaster card for the DS. Many have multiplayer options and all allow players to post public high scores or participate in tournaments over the Nintendo Wi-Fi connection.

Company: Otto
Platform: Any

Hot Brain Review

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Publisher: Midway
Developer: Creat Studios

Platform: PSP
Reviewed on PSP

According to the fictional Hot Brain Institute, headed by Dr. Ed Warmer, "Our research shows that exercising your brain on a regular basis can help prevent a decrease in brain function. It can help improve your memory, concentration and communication skills. Working on these types of puzzles can even stimulate your creativity. Having a hot brain could actually raise your intelligence!"

Overlord Review

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Overlord Publisher: Codemasters
Developer: Triumph Studios

Platforms: Xbox 360 and PC
Reviewed on Xbox 360

Battle deranged unicorns and undead elves as a dark figure who barely escaped death to take control of a deceased evil overlord's tower. Grow in power, raise a horde of minions and reconstruct your tower to lord your power over the surrounding lands.

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