With the next generation just around the corner it’s time for everyone and their dog to predict a winner in the upcoming battle. Most people have already taken Nintendo out of the race leaving it as a two horse race to flag.
Hey, it’s not just the PC master race that has the time to rip the motherboard out of a PC tower and throw into a case of pure hipster-killing coolness. Consoles have also been on the modding scene for years now, with everything ranging from retro to current on that specific chopping block. Here’s our top ten of moulded plastic and cartridge entry ports.
There are few game developers on the market these days that have a legacy that lasts beyond a few years. Studios come and go, and last year saw no shortage of developers being forced to close shop. One such prolific developer happens to be Atari. From it’s time as a console giant in an emerging market, to the days it was forced to look towards a new direction developing only games, Atari has been through the best and worst times that the industry could possibly throw at it. And the times they are a changin’, but not for the better, as Atari US has had to file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy.
Forty years ago, a revolutionary company was formed, Atari Games. While they may not be the gaming behemoth that they were several decades ago, the company still exists today, creating new titles for upcoming generations of gamers. Here’s a quick look at the highs and lows of the trendsetting company.
Nintendo doesn’t have the best reputation with hardcore gamers at the moment who enjoy sticking their nose up at the Nintendo Wii and even the yet to be released Wii-U; but in reality if it wasn’t for Nintendo we might not have even had a functioning gaming industry.
After years of playing games, you no doubt have a few consoles laying in the attic, gathering dust. One such console might be an old Atari, that came with wood panels and those iconic joystick input devices.
But you want to do something with that nostalgic piece of gaming, don’t you. Maybe donate it to a museum, or reintroduce kids to the glory of retro graphics. Heck no, let’s strap those joysticks to our crotches rather and FIGHT!
Last week, citizens of the dedicated RPG gaming realms were positively giddy with excitement over a possible Baldur’s Gate sequel being announced. The official BG site had recently received a cosmetic refresh, complete with a massive new skull and some cryptic clues hinting towards…something.
So imagine our surprise, and some small level of disappointment, when the timer finally counted down to reveal that it wasn’t exactly a brand new Baldur’s Gate sequel that was coming, but rather an enhanced edition of the classic game from Atari and Beamdog, that includes some enhanced and original content.
And while that is all fine and dandy for a new generation of gamers that are going to dip their toes into the franchise, veteran fans are still waiting anxiously for a Baldur’s Gate 3 that may never come.
Except those very hopes may be what resurrects the classic game for a fully-realized, sequelised, outing.
The new Baldur’s Gate site we told you about last month got updated with a countdown timer - and that timer’s come to and end. Today’s Diablo III has gotten fans of the old-school RPG in a frenzy, but Bioware’s Baldur’s Gate has just as strong a following.
So what did the end of the timer signify?
Traitor! Former head of Sony’s Worldwide Studios and PlayStation front man Phil Harrison has joined Microsoft Europe, with a focus on growing the Xbox business there.
This announcement comes after Lionhead’s Peter Molyneux had stepped down as the creative director of Microsoft Studios Europe. Phil won’t be replacing him.
Atari has sent out a press release confirming that they are working on a 3D version of the awesome classic, Roller Coaster Tycoon, sorry Nintendo 3DS version. It was plenty of fun on a PC, the portable version, with or without a second stick, might not be as much fun. We'll find out next year. Check out the trailer at www.rollercoastertycoon.com and the full press release follows...
Nick de Bruyne
The Test Drive franchise is one that has seen its fair share of different technologies over the decades, from the new format of a free-roaming HD console version released in 2006 all the way back to Accolade's PC original released in 1987.
Anyone old enough will have fond memories of PC-speaker powered "drrrrrrrr" engine noises as you tore down the freeway in a brand new Ferrari or Lamborghini, the hottest new cars on the market at that time, or as we now call them, classics.
As a massive fan of the previous Test Drive Unlimited and its celebration of the lifestyles of the rich and famous, I put my driving gloves on, sipped a Martini and laughed at some poor person to get into the right mood to bring you this full review.
The Test Drive series is all about the lifestyle and experience of owning and driving the most awesome cars on the planet.
For Test Drive Unlimited 2 the developers rebuilt the racing engine from scratch to give you the perfect balance between a racing simulator and an arcade title, Iâ€™ve never been the biggest racing fan on the planet but I like the idea of messing around with the Maserati in this gameâ€¦ itâ€™s not like running a blog is ever going to let that happen in real life.
Nick de Bruyne
I realised yesterday that 2010 was nothing less than a great year for racing games. Blur, Split/Second, Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit, Gran Turismo 5 and F1 2010 all in one year. For petrol-heads like me, its a dream come true.
Test Drive Unlimited 2 will now be releasing on February 8 in the U.S and February 11 in South Africa. Now with all those great racing games out already, that's only 3 months away, but we all know that in videogame time that's like eleventy-kajillion light years away, so we will be ready for it when it gets here.