Gaming News December 2007

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Supreme Commander Forged Alliance review
YouGamers :: Sunday, December 30, 2007
“The campaign, and more importantly Forged Alliance in general, seems to be somewhat torn between trying to cater to the Supreme Commander fans and new players. The fact that it’s a standalone expansion would suggest that it is geared towards new players and veterans alike, but looking at the game itself, this is very difficult to accept. The campaign is incredibly unforgiving towards newcomers who aren’t accustomed to the gameplay mechanics. Also, the restriction of only being able to use the new faction in multiplayer battles for those not owning the original game is quite a huge handicap.”

Super Mario Galaxy (Wii)
Gaming Heaven :: Sunday, December 30, 2007
Not many game characters are as famed and popular as the mustached plumber devised deep within the bowels of the Nintendo Corporation. Thinking of it, save for perhaps Pac-Man, Mario is the de-facto mascot of gaming. From the day players got to play the incredible Super Mario Bros. the blue pantaloons and red shirt wearing half of the duo stared in countless games, ranging from kart racing to Tetris look-alikes. But while any other game character would have long worn out his welcome, Mario kept coming back to cheering ovations. Much of this was thanks to the long series of games that made him what he is today in the first place – After wreaking havoc in 2D with the Mario Bros series and causing a revolution of its own in 3D with Super Mario 64, fans have grown accustomed to nothing less than fabulous gameplay. But even Mario can lose his breath, as was shown with Super Mario Sunshine for the GameCube, a game that albeit great, just didn’t deliver that sought after magic the N64 predecessor had. Which leaves us with the question: Is Galaxy the true sequel to Mario 64, or does it continue down the Sunshine path?

Raidmax Aztec Gaming Case Review
Think Computers :: Sunday, December 30, 2007
: “Among the first PC cases I reviewed, and the first expensive one (I consider mid-towers over $150USD expensive) was the Raidmax Samurai. Though the chassis was your standard steel tool-free case, it was covered with a streamlined polystyrene shell, with a sprayed-on showcar paint job. It was Raidmax’s top of the line gaming case at the time. The shell gave it an all-out modded look, and there wasn’t any other pre-modded case on the market that came close. That was four years ago. The Samurai is still undoubtedly the most radical case I have owned, and the friend I gave it to still uses it and still gets favorable comments on it, ranging from admiration to awe. It is the last Raidmax product I had my hands on, so I am looking forward to seeing if the Aztec lives up to my expectations for a Raidmax gaming case, a well-made case that is definitely not boring. I would also hope to see some decent cooling for today’s hot CPUs and GPUs. Read on to see if it does.”

Rail Simulator review
YouGamers :: Sunday, December 30, 2007
“There’s a complete dearth of “beginner missions” or simple guides to getting started; compared to what can be in Microsoft’s Flight Simulator X, it’s embarrassingly unfriendly to the beginner and casual sim fan. Kuju, I’m almost certain, would claim otherwise, highlighting their simplified control system as proof: yes, a two button approach to handling a several hundred ton locomotive is certain basic, but how is one supposed to learn about speed limits, the points system, braking for a station and so on? The answer is that you don’t: you either know it in the first place or you’ll just have to learn it as best as you can, whilst playing the game.”

Rock Band Special Edition for Sony PS3 Review
i4u :: Sunday, December 30, 2007
“Rock Band is at its best when you have one or two other people available to form your own band. However, solo artists will also find challenging gameplay good for hours of fun. Both single player and multiplayer modes are available in the game. In multiplayer, you can have any two instruments played or with enough pals and an extra guitar controller from Guitar Hero 1 or 2 you can get a full quartet going with drums, bass, lead guitar and vocalist. I would assume if you are coordinated enough you could also play an instrument and sing allowing for the strange notion of single player play in multiplayer mode.”

Looking Ahead to 2008
YouGamers :: Sunday, December 30, 2007
“If any proof is needed to validate video games as a phenomenon of entertainment, look no further than the list of upcoming titles for 2008. The new calendar year is looming large on the horizon, and with it will come one of the most stacked release schedules ever seen on the PC. That’s right: PC gaming – for years, mere months away from certain death – is alive and well. As the capabilities of dedicated game consoles increase, game development on the PC benefits – and vice-versa. Even after paring down the list of 2008 releases by removing not-so-anticipated titles and accounting for recently announced delays, the list of anticipated games is a long one.”

Razer Prez Shares His Thoughts On The Gaming Market 
Madshrimps :: Sunday, December 30, 2007
“During a very interesting conversation with the head hauncho of Razer, Robert ´Razerguy´ Krakoff, we discussed a number of topics relevant towards the evolving game market. His expertise gave me a unique insight into a business that very few people understand.”

Critical Reception: Sega’s NiGHTS: Journey of Dreams
Gamasutra Columns :: Wednesday, December 26, 2007
This week’s edition of Critical Reception examines online reaction to NiGHTS: Journey of Dreams, the long-awaited sequel to a classic Sega Saturn action title that critics say is “one of the most diverse and controversial titles on Nintendo’s system.”

Release This: Super Robot Taisen, Call of Duty 4 Clash in Solid Japanese Release Week
Gamasutra Columns :: Wednesday, December 26, 2007
Gamasutra’s latest “Release This!” sees a completely blank U.S/UK release slate, but takes a look at the batch of titles to hit Japan this week, including Super Robot Taisen OG: Original Generation Gaiden and a localized version of Call of Duty 4.

Dai Senryaku VII: Exceed
Sony Games :: Wednesday, December 26, 2007
Dai Senryaku: Exceed is a turn-based strategy game played on an assortment of hex-shaped maps, similar in design to early tabletop and computer war games. Players choose one of eight modern-era countries before waging war in a series of 25 missions, each offering multiple objectives and win conditions. The game includes Free Play, Mission, and Campaign modes, over 400 units and 100 maps in total, and multiple tutorials to help new generals learn the play mechanics.


Dead Men’s Gamerscore
Xbox 360 Games :: Wednesday, December 26, 2007
Check out our tips and tricks for Kane & Lynch: Dead Men’s most challenging achievements, including step-by-step instructions for defeating Chapter 6’s dump truck encounter.

Rock Band
Sony Games :: Wednesday, December 26, 2007
Rock Band allows gamers to perform music from the world’s biggest rock artists with their friends as a virtual band using drum, bass/lead guitar and microphone peripherals, in addition to offering deep online connectivity. Built on unprecedented deals with the world’s biggest record labels and music publishers, the music featured in Rock Band spans all genres of rock and includes many of the master recordings from the biggest songs and artists of all time.

MX vs ATV: Untamed
Sony Games :: Wednesday, December 26, 2007

Saling The World: Wii Fit, Lost Odyssey Lead Multiplatform Sales in Japan
Gamasutra Columns :: Wednesday, December 26, 2007
Gamasutra’s “Saling The World” covers the top five sellers for every available platform in the United States, Japan, and Europe, as this week’s charts show a rush of activity following the release of Wii Fit, No More Heroes, and Lost Odyssey.

New JAY-Z Video on Marketplace
Xbox Live Marketplace :: Wednesday, December 26, 2007
The new JAY-Z music video “Roc Boys (And the Winner is…” is now available on Marketplace as a free download. The song is from American Gangster, JAY-Z’s tenth studio album released in November 2007.

Luxor: Pharaoh’s Challenge
Sony Games :: Wednesday, December 26, 2007

This Week in Xbox: December 12-19, 2007
Xbox 360 Games :: Wednesday, December 26, 2007
Games Editor Denny Atkin brings you all the latest in what’s going on this week on Xbox.com.

Saling The World: GT5 Prologue, Kingdom Under Fire Top Charts in Japan
Gamasutra Columns :: Wednesday, December 26, 2007
Gamasutra’s “Saling The World” covers the top five sellers for every available platform in the United States, Japan, and Europe, as this week’s charts feature strong Japanese sales for Gran Turismo 5 Prologue and Kingdom Under Fire: Circle of Doom, while holiday shortages hit numerous popular titles in the United States.

Critical Reception: Midway/Epic’s Unreal Tournament 3
Gamasutra Columns :: Wednesday, December 26, 2007
This week’s edition of Critical Reception examines online reaction to the just-released PlayStation 3 port of Unreal Tournament 3, which critics describe as “one of the highlights of the year for Net-connected PS3 owners.”

Saling The World: Final Fantasy IV, Time Crisis 4 Lead Shift in Japanese Sales
Gamasutra Columns :: Wednesday, December 26, 2007
Gamasutra’s “Saling The World” covers the top five sellers for every available platform in the United States, Japan, and Europe, as this week’s charts shift to make way for new Japanese releases like Final Fantasy IV and Time Crisis 4.

Release This: U.S. Gets PS2 Rock Band, NiGHTS; Patapon, FF4 DS Hit Japan
Gamasutra Columns :: Wednesday, December 26, 2007
Gamasutra’s latest “Release This!” examines a week that will bring Rock Band to the PS2 and a NiGHTS sequel to the Wii in North America, as Japan anticipates Patapon, the latest Naruto release, and a DS remake of Final Fantasy IV.

This Week in Xbox: December 19-26, 2007
Xbox 360 Games :: Wednesday, December 26, 2007
Games Editor Denny Atkin brings you all the latest in what’s going on this week on Xbox.com.

Atari Classics Evolved
Sony Games :: Wednesday, December 26, 2007
Atari Classics Evolved will feature such timeless games as Asteroids, Asteroids Deluxe, Battlezone, Centipede, Lunar Lander, Millipede, Missile Command, Super Breakout, Tempest, Warlords and Pong. These titles, presented in both an original and an evolved version, will maintain the original gameplay while adding beautifully rendered up-to-date graphics.

Bomberman Live Bomb-Up Pack 3
Xbox 360 Games :: Wednesday, December 26, 2007
The new Bomberman Live Bomb-Up Pack 3 adds ten new characters, two new levels and leaderboards, and a new game mode.

MX vs. ATV Untamed
Sony Games :: Wednesday, December 26, 2007
This iteration of the off-road racing franchise will feature bigger outdoor environments and a new EnduroCross mode.