Conclusion: Despite its bugs Mass Effect is a great game. The story is engrossing and, with two sequels already planned, promises a whole lot more. With its fun and fresh gameplay, with a combat system that you can mould to fit your play style and a dialogue system that is the very best of its kind, this game is definitely the evolutionary step forward for role-playing games that the genre has been in dire need of.
Excerpt: The life of a games journalist is a strange one, especially with the advent of internet journalism and the rise of fan-boy culture. It's odd in that you can spend several months or weeks waiting for a game to come along, with information, screen shots and movies bombarded at you, then find that the game isn't anything like you expected it to be.
Excerpt: It’s hard to play Gothic 3 and not think about Oblivion. Both games create a massive world and give you a lot of freedom to choose your path within it. The similarities end there, though. While Oblivion is a highly-polished, intriguing, and very deep RPG, Gothic 3 is buggy, quirky, and at times annoying. If you’re choosing between the two, just go out and get Oblivion now and enjoy yourself.
Excerpt: If you ask hardcore RPGers, you’ll hear an endless list of great things about Gothic . So it’s no surprise that Gothic 3 is a highly anticipated game among fans of the genre. The game promises to offer a non-linear, open-ended adventure with an enthralling story and a detailed simulation of environment and human behavior. Just RPG was fortunate enough to sit down with Aspyr at E3 and get a closer look at the game.
Conclusion: Pirates! has always held a very good replayability rating. The ability to always start the game the same way and yet always have a different game makes it very appealing to those who want the best bang for the buck. To make Pirates! even better, a limited multiplayer has been added for the PSP wireless support! You may begin a duel between yourself and a friend online. The duel is just that, one on one for nothing but bragging rights.
Excerpt: The Gothic series has been a cult fave for quite awhile, rivaling that RPG juggernaut, The Elder Scrolls, for the hearts and minds of hardcore PC gamers. The latest, Gothic 3, has drawn a lot of (mostly unfavorable) comparison to Oblivion, but our man Sean Hilliard thinks there is another popular game that Gothic 3 draws from: World of Warcraft. Check out Sean's review of one of the most derided cult favorites of 2007.
Pros: ups: great gameplay, sense of adventure, style
Cons: downs: buggier than a Louisiana swamp in summer, lack of coherent plot
Excerpt: Editor's Note: Having played every game in the Gothic series, Ryan Allen is a perfect choice to give us a history of this franchise, and to see how Gothic 3 measures up. PREDECESSORS In 2001 developer Piranha Bytes under the label Xicat Interactive released a quaint computer role-playing game simply entitled "Gothic." You assumed the role of a nameless goateed hero who is wrongly incarcerated within a magically shielded prison colony on an island.
Summary: Gothic and its sequel, Gothic II, offered a challenging role-playing experience but had technical issues that caused the games to run poorly. You can pretty much say the same thing about Gothic 3, although the sequel is better in some areas. It still suffers from performance problems, especially on computers that don't have a lot of horsepower under the hood, but its strengths make it worth a look if you have a computer that can handle it and you're in the market for a...
Pros: Improved, more intuitive combat system, Large, open-ended world to explore, Cohesive quest system helps drive the story
Cons: Performance problems, especially on lower-end systems, Characters either clip through thin walls or get stuck on solid objects, Pathfinding issues with follower characters sometimes cause them to get lost