October 2006

Around the time that Wyatt Wingfoot shows up, it’s easy to tell that Ultimate Alliance is a very attractive gift to legions of Marvel zombies. Building on the bedrock established by the X-Men Legends franchise, Marvel: Ultimate Alliance manages to improve on its predecessors in nearly every conceivable way, and tell an entertaining, bombastic comic book story married to genuinely fun gameplay. But the attention to geeky detail is what will keep the true believers coming back. Dr. Doom has reformed the Masters of Evil (by recruiting basically every Supervillain ever, except maybe Hypno-Hustler), and after a bold attack on the S.H.I.E.L.D. helicarrier, Nick Fury charges the player, via a team of four Marvel heroes and heroines, with finding out just what Doom is up to and stopping it. The resulting adventure stretches from the bottom of the sea to Asgard, home of the Norse gods, and to the reaches of space. The scope of the game is impressive, and it keeps going after numerous points where you’d expect a rushed resolution.

Gameplay, like Legends, is a A

The highly popular The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion recently was awarded a Golden Joystick Award. Over half a million people voted, which is a record for the UK based award presenters. Here is the complete list of winners in their respective categories.

– PLAY.com Ultimate Game of the Year – Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion
– Editor’s Game of the Year – Ghost Recon: Advanced Warfighter
– The Sun Family Game Award – Nintendogs
– Bliss Girls Choice Award – Nintendogs
– Nuts All-Nighter Award – Pro Evolution Soccer 5
– PlayStation 2 Game of the Year – Resident Evil 4
– Nintendo Game of the Year – New Super Mario Brothers
– Xbox Game of the Year – Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion
– ebuyer.com PC Game of the Year – Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion
– Handheld Game of the Year – GTA: Liberty City Stories
– Intel Online Game of the Year – Age of Empires III
– Soundtrack of the Year – Need for Speed: Most Wanted
– T3 Innovation Award – Xbox Live Marketplace
– The One to Watch for 2007- Sony PlayStation 3
– Favourite Character Award – Lara Croft
– Sonopress Publisher of the Year – Electronic Arts
– Sierra Retailer of the Year – Game

Next year, the 10th Anniversary Edition of the first ever Tomb Raider will be coming for the PC, PSP and PS2 (where is the next gen?). The game will be the same as the original, revamped with the graphics engine of Tomb Raider Legend.

Less than a year after it’s debut, six million Xbox 360 consoles have been sold worldwide. 3.6 million of those were sold in the the United States, 1.7 million in Europe, and 700k elsewhere. The goal set at E3 still stands: Microsoft wants to sell ten million units before the end of the year. It is still possible, but come November Microsoft will not be the only one in the next generation console market.

When the Xbox 360 version of Guitar Hero 2 was announced, the first pictures of the controller looked wireless. It was in fact not wireless, but that has all changed and Red Octane announced the first official wireless controller for the franchise today. The controller will be released for the PS2 sometime in November. It will only be available separate from the game for $59.99. Preorders from the [url=http://www.redoctane.com/store.html]official site[/url] come with a limited edition Guitar Hero 2 shirt.

The obvious question is when the wireless 360 controller would be available and the answer to that was confirmed today by Red Octane with the following quote:

[quote]We have not yet received final approval from Microsoft to utilize their wireless protocol.[/quote]

So it is in the works, but things are on hold. Great news for fans of the GH series.