Gaming News February 2008

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Uberclok Reactor Gaming PC Review 
Digital Trends :: Wednesday, February 27, 2008
“The Uberclok Reactor is overclocked, super powerful and extremely quiet. This is one of the best gaming systems out there.”

Installing Linux onto your Sony PS3
Tweak Town :: Wednesday, February 27, 2008
“Linux on Sony hardware has been done before, but not to any great success. Some of you may remember that the PS2 could run a strange version of the open source OS with a bought package that gave you a 40GB HDD, a keyboard and a mouse. However, it did not allow for any functionality of the DVD-ROM because Sony thought you might start using your PS2 to rip off all their games.

There was a lot of noise in the beginning of the PS3’s marketing-hype-launch that the console would have Linux pre-loaded, but Sony came to their senses when they realized how much more work that was going to be for them. So we are left to figure this one out for ourselves.”

Dell XPS 630
Hot Hardware :: Wednesday, February 27, 2008
Dell just took the wraps off their latest XPS desktop system for gamers and enthusiasts today and this time around the new systems are targeted at being more affordable. The new XPS 630 we’ve reviewed at HotHardware, is Dell’s new customizable machine with support for NVIDIA dual-GPU SLI graphics , the latest dual and quad-core Intel processors, and a slick chassis design that will turn heads at the LAN party. Click the link below and check it out…

Microsoft Sidewinder Mouse Review
Hardware Pacers :: Tuesday, February 26, 2008
“Microsoft has been a leading manufacturer of hardware for over 35 years and has had many successes with new hardware products. On of the newest gaming innovations that Microsoft has developed is the Sidewinder Mouse. This gaming mouse has the look and feel that gamers desire along with on-spot technology enabling gamers to turn on a dime during game play, have super fast response time, and brilliant sensitivity. The mouse’s many features has the Microsoft’s press team calling this mouse \\”

The Spiderwick Chronicles (Wii)
Driver Heaven :: Thursday, February 21, 2008
The Chronicles originally started life as a children’s book series and this week is being released as a feature film and as often is the case with kiddie movies we get the obligatory videogame tie in. The game is made by Stormfront Studio’s and is published by Sierra.

The Titular Chronicles are an encyclopaedia of the hidden fantasy world as discovered by Arthur Spiderwick, everything he found he recorded in a diary. You, as the player take control of three siblings when they discover this guide after moving into his old mansion.

Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune
Bjorn 3d :: Thursday, February 21, 2008
You play Nathan Drake, an Indiana Jones-like guy who says he is a descendant of Sir Francis Drake. The game follows Nate as he and his two friends hunt after a treasure they think that Sir Francis Drake found: the treasure from El Dorado. Throw in some bad guys, a few Nazi references and some mysticism and you got the story.

Critical Reception: Sega’s/Bizarre Creations’ The Club
Gamasutra Columns :: Thursday, February 21, 2008
This week’s edition of Critical Reception examines online reaction to The Club, an arcade-style third-person shooter that reviewers describe as “a nice change of pace, and hopefully the beginning of a new genre.”

Release This: Apollo Justice Arrives Stateside; BioShock Debuts in Japan
Gamasutra Columns :: Thursday, February 21, 2008
Gamasutra’s latest “Release This!” examines a week that brings Apollo Justice and Dragon Quest Swords to North America, as Japan receives a localization of BioShock and a NiGHTS remake.

Saling The World: Professor Layton Tops North American DS Charts
Gamasutra Columns :: Thursday, February 21, 2008
Gamasutra’s latest “Saling The World” charts find Professor Layton and the Curious Village beating out tough DS competition in its first week on North American store shelves.

Moai Better Blues PC Review
Tweak Town :: Monday, February 18, 2008
TTGamer have today posted a review of Sam & Max: Moai Better Blues for the PC. From the North Pole to Easter Island, the second season continues its quality adventure gaming with some fun in the sun.

Eternal Sonata
Bona Fide Reviews :: Monday, February 18, 2008
Eternal Sonata is the latest RPG from Tri-Crescendo, starring – of all potential heroes – Frederic Chopin. Yes, that Chopin – the Poet of the Piano, the famous composer who tragically died of tuberculosis aged only 39. The game takes place inside his last dream, as he slips into a coma on his deathbed. Here, he meets a young girl called Polka, who is also affected by a terminal illness. In this imaginary world, people suffering in such a way are able to use magic, and Polka has the power to heal others. However, most people are afraid of catching her illness and avoid her, so she has no real friends.

NYKO Zero Wireless PS2 Controller Review
Futurelooks :: Monday, February 18, 2008
Third party peripherals are something that’s usually avoided in the gaming world. I’m not saying that all of them are bad though. However, unless you want to shell out the big bucks for something very high quality, your results can really vary. Well, the good folks down at NYKO have come out with the Zero Wireless PS2 Controller, is it’s price worth it? Will it prove once and for all that third party peripherals aren’t as bad as everyone says?

CSI: Hard Evidence Xbox 360 Review
Gamepyre :: Monday, February 18, 2008
While there are other titles out there more worthy of play on your 360, for those fans of the television series and of detective type games in general, the CSI brand has satisfied whatever craving I might have had at the moment. It’s not a truly exceptional game by any means; in fact, it is quite bland as far as video games go. However, it will satisfy your thirst, if only for a short time, for playing armchair criminalist. I was neither happy nor unsatisfied with this game. It gave me what I wanted in game-play and that’s all I asked for. It didn’t exceed any of my expectations, but it didn’t disappoint either.


Universe at War (PC) review
YouGamers :: Monday, February 18, 2008
“The single player campaign doesn’t really prepare you for fighting on equal terms; almost every mission starts from vastly unequal starting positions, and the AI doesn’t even try to “play to win” – it just goes on doing whatever the script says it should be doing. Due to this heavily scripted nature, the other available modes are a whole different ball game in comparison. Once you turn to skirmish games, the actual AI, starting from equal position, will immediately trounce you to tiny bits. Only after you readjust your tactics and start playing under the normal RTS mindset of maximizing your production and resources, and fully exploiting the different unit types to support each other, can you can expect to start pulling off wins.”

The Sims : Castaway Stories (PC)
Gaming Heaven :: Monday, February 18, 2008
The Sims: Castaway Stories is the latest in the long line of releases for this money making franchise. This time however it is a stand alone title, meaning you won’t need to already own The Sims, The Sims 2 or The Sims: Life Stories to play it. The game is however based on the Sims 2, but is the first game to feel different to its predecessors.

Hanging With The TUROK Crew at the Propaganda Games Studio
Futurelooks :: Monday, February 18, 2008
After a lengthy hiatus, the TUROK franchise is back! The new title, published by Touchstone and developed by Propaganda Games in Vancouver, BC, promises to bring back many of the elements that made the original Turok a winner way back when on the original Nintendo 64. The original Turok gave us the first truly fun first-person shooter experience on the console and offered a unique world filled with dinosaurs as we explored it through the eyes of our Native American Hero, TUROK. We dropped in on Propaganda Games’ pre-launch event to play the game and find out where some of the inspiration for the new game came from.

Ageia PhysX Card
Driver Heaven :: Monday, February 18, 2008
Over the course of the years, games have been growing progressively more complex. While we were happy with vertex enemies back in the 90s and regular textures were enough to please us at the break of the new millennium, we immediately mark a game as ugly and last-gen if some sort of advanced lighting or pixel shading is not in effect today.

Similarly, nobody complained when shooting an explosive barrel in Quake 2 only killed a nearby enemy, but today its body must not only get thrown into the air realistically, but the body must behave as a real world object would in the given situation. Gamers even look for more complex physics body interactions such as the impact a box has on other objects when thrown at them. If you take a look at the upcoming Force Unleashed trailers you will see that things are moving forward at blazing speeds and as a result only the fastest CPUs can be sure of handling the increased load.

The graphics industry faced a similar situation back in the days of 3dfx, when something had to be done to offload some of the work from the CPU and allow games to develop. Back then 3D acceleration was introduced and right now AGEIA is trying to do the same for the world of physics.

Championship Gaming Series Announces Games Lineup for 2008
Xbox 360 Games :: Monday, February 18, 2008
Games Editor Denny Atkin brings you all the latest in what’s going on this week on Xbox.com.

The Hybrid Gameplay of Culdcept SAGA
Xbox 360 Games :: Monday, February 18, 2008
We examine the unique board and card game mechanics of Culdcept SAGA.

Welcome to The Club
Xbox Live Marketplace :: Monday, February 18, 2008
SEGA has released an exclusive demo for the exciting new shooter The Club, now available to download from Marketplace.

Critical Reception: Nintendo/Level 5’s Professor Layton and the Curious Village
Gamasutra Columns :: Thursday, February 14, 2008
This week’s edition of Critical Reception examines online reaction to Professor Layton and the Curious Village a brain-teasing adventure title that reviewers describe as “remarkably stimulating,” and “the smartest DS game ever.”

Release This: Professor Layton, Lost Odyssey Headline Stateside Debuts
Gamasutra Columns :: Thursday, February 14, 2008
Gamasutra’s latest “Release This!” examines a week that sees anticipated North American releases in Professor Layton and the Curious Village and Lost Odyssey, while Japan prepares for a new DS entry in the Tokimeki Memorial series.

wipEout® PULSE
Sony Games :: Thursday, February 14, 2008
Wipeout Pulse is loaded with a full tank of innovation and design, bringing stylish new tracks, futuristic ships, high-tech weaponry and 7 game modes combined with high-octane speed and adrenaline pumping anti-gravity racing. Featuring a soundtrack licensed by a variety of artists including Mason, Loco Dice, Stanton Warriors, Kraftwerk and a variety of downloadable content, Wipeout Pulse refines all the best elements of the franchise to showcase what the future of racing is all about. Key Features 7 Diverse Single Player and Multiplayer Modes including: Single Race, Tournament, Time Trial, Speed Lap, Zone Mode, Elimination and Head-2-Head with wireless multiplayer mode via Ad hoc and Infrastructure modes. 8 Teams including the new EG-X team and 12 new reversible tracks. Pumping soundtrack licensed by a range of top artists including Mason, Loco Dice, Stanton Warriors and Kraftwerk. Downloadable Content available post launch including new tracks and ships. Mag-strip Track Feature allows for a large variation in track design including loops, vertical drops and 90 degree angled sections. Photo Mode allows you to snap a photo of your ship and upload online for the world to see. Upholds the brand heritage and refines all the best elements of the franchise to deliver an intense racing experience loaded with high-tech weapons, high-octane speed and futuristic anti-gravity combat racing.