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.