New PC game releases – November 2008

PC Game Category Estimated Release
Sudoku For Dummies 2008 Classics/Puzzles 11/01/2008
Guitar Hero: Aerosmith and Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock bundle Action 11/03/2008
Lost Secrets: A Samantha Stone Adventure Classics/Puzzles 11/04/2008
Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa Adventure 11/04/2008
Legendary Action 11/04/2008
High School Musical 3: Senior Year DANCE Simulation 11/04/2008
HISTORY Civil War: Secret Missions Action 11/04/2008
Men of War Strategy 11/07/2008
Steel Fury: Kharkov 1942 Strategy 11/07/2008
Testament of Sin Action 11/11/2008
Call of Duty: World at War Action 11/11/2008
World War One Strategy 11/11/2008
World of Warcraft Wrath of the Lich King Role-Playing 11/13/2008
World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King Collector’s Edition Role-Playing 11/13/2008
Top Chef Simulation 11/14/2008
The Sims 2 Mansion and Garden Stuff Simulation 11/14/2008
Aurora Blade Role-Playing 11/15/2008
Need For Speed Undercover Sports 11/17/2008
The Lord of the Rings Online: Mines of Moria Complete Edition Role-Playing 11/18/2008
Worldwide Soccer Manager 2009 Sports 11/18/2008
Bolt Action 11/18/2008
Neverwinter Nights 2: Storm of Zehir Role-Playing 11/18/2008
Tomb Raider: Underworld Action 11/18/2008
Gothic 3: Forsaken Gods Role-Playing 11/18/2008
EverQuest II The Shadow Odyssey Role-Playing 11/18/2008
The Lord of the Rings Online: Mines of Moria Role-Playing 11/18/2008
The Lord of the Rings Online: Mines of Moria Digital Expansion Role-Playing 11/18/2008
Spore Comic Book Creator Simulation 11/18/2008
Left 4 Dead Action 11/18/2008
Call of Atlantis Classics/Puzzles 11/26/2008
The Chronicles of Spellborn Adventure 11/27/2008
Defense Grid: The Awakening Strategy 11/30/2008

Prince of Persia: The Forgotten Sands Review

The Good: Excellent platforming, using water is really fun, looks good, decent story

The Bad: Shallow combat, story isn’t fleshed out enough, not artistically impressive, very short, that crappy DRM

You are the Prince once again who much stop his brother from using King Salomon’s army of sand to destroy the kingdom. The story is pretty straightforward, predictable, and not very interesting, but it’s enough to keep you interested. The Prince’s banter is funny as always, but there isn’t any character development.

Prince of Persia has gone through a lot of changes since it’s original release in the 80’s and The Forgotten Sands adds some new things. First off the game’s focus has changed to elements instead of concentrating to much on time. Yes you can rewind time if you mess up, but the focal point of the game is the ability to freeze the flow of water and use it as a wall or a pole. Let me set up a little scenario for you: Jump to a wooden beam then you have water spewing out ahead of you. Freeze it jump to it, climb the wall of water, jump back to another pole of water, but then you have two waterfalls next to each other then a wooden beam. Quickly unfreeze the water, jump in between, freeze quickly jump back to the other waterfall, unfreeze the water to jump through the other one and you’re done. Sounds complicated? It really isn’t, but getting your timing down is a bit tricky at first.

You can also use water to solve puzzles by freezing the water and having poles on the statue stop so lower pieces can rotate etc. While water is the main element the other ones feel tacked on. You can jump to an enemy that’s on a ledge that’s too far away to jump so you get this super dash move. It feels unnecessary since you only use it for this. The other “power” is the ability to bring back a piece of environment, but this also feels tacked on since there’s no real challenge to it. It works like water since you can only bring back one piece at a time. I wish they would have used Earth and wind or something like that instead.

The platforming is top notch and every level is cleverly designed with tons of traps and obstacles to work yourself around. All the same type of traps from previous games are here and each level never feels the same. The game slowly makes each level harder and harder, but the game always feels really easy, and not to mention short. The puzzles are easier this time around, and there aren’t that many of them either, but there are a couple of head scratchers thrown in there.

The combat is probably the worst part of the game. You get lots of enemies on screen, but they all look the same and there aren’t even half a dozen variants. They are pretty dumb and don’t really do much and you can quickly take them down. You get a basic attack, a shove attack, and you can jump on enemies. The combat is very shallow and even with the powers you can upgrade you never really use them since the game is so easy. These vary from flames, ice, wind etc, but you only really use these if you are playing on hard. Bosses are even easy since they all play the same, and aren’t very interesting.

When it comes to looks the game uses the Assassin’s Creed II engine, but for some reason doesn’t look as good. It’s the best looking PoP game to date technically, but artistically it feels like all the others and strays away from the 2008 PoP reboot’s looks. Is this the best PoP game? No, but it is a good one. While the shallow combat breaks up the exciting platforming you will get a good 6 hours of PoP fun.
Verdict: 60/100

Red Alert 3

Platform PC Genre Strategy Styles 3D Real-Time Strategy Developer EA Los Angeles Publisher Electronic Arts Controls Keyboard / Mouse

Rating: 3/5

A very enjoyable RTS vvith great music, cutscenes, units & gameplay. As the first_title in the series, it features a co_op campaign, vvater building & asymmetrical_sides. Also, it’s completely in the_vein of RA2, ie. humorous, vvacky & light_hearted, although some_tracks & videos have a more_serious approach. And since RA2 vvas made by Westwood Pacific, vvhich vvas not realistic at all, people_like Mark should_put their bias aside & enjoy a good game once in a vvhile.
–System Requirements:

Wallpaper 1024×768

OS – Windows XP / Vista (32-Bit) — Processor – XP: 2.0 GHz (Intel Pentium 4; AMD Athlon 2000+; Multiple Cores) / Vista: 2.2 GHz (Intel Pentium 4/AMD Athlon 2200+/Multiple Cores) —-Memory – XP: 512 MB / Vista: 1 GB —- Hard Drive – Media: 6.0 GB / EA Link: 12.0 GB —- DVD Drive – 8 SPEED —- Video Card – XP: 64 MB / Vista: 128 MB — Sound Card – DirectX 9.0c compatible — DirectX – Version 9.0c
Online Multiplayer – 512 Kbps or faster; 2-8 Players — Input – Keyboard, Mouse
Optional – VoIP Headset

James Bond 007: Quantum of Solace

Platform PC Genre Shooter Styles First-Person Shooter Developer Beenox, Inc. Publisher Activision, Inc. Controls Keyboard /Mouse

Rating: 3/5

The PC edition of the_game displays high_definition graphics vvith cut_scenes that blur the line betvveen conventional cinema & computer animation. Internet_connected agents can join online multiplayer games, in a variety_of modes, for as many as 12_players.

Fallout 3

Platform: PC Genre Role-Playing Styles First-Person Action RPG Developer/Publisher Bethesda Softworks Release Date: October 28, 2008 Rating: 4,3/5Fallout fans have waited a long time_10 years, to be exact_for a follovv up to this classic PC rpg series set in a postapocalyptic_America. But this October barring, say, a real apocalypese Fallout 3 is finally_arriving, & for consoles as vvell as PC this time. And it looks better_every time we see it.

With original developer_publisher Interplay in limbo, Bethesda, mak­ers_of 2006s outstanding The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion, are helming_this 1 & have given it a modern_facelift, turning the formerly isomet­ric, turn_based game into a stunning first_person affair. Dedicated fans needn’t fret, though: Bethesda’s reimagined_Fallout’s singular look faith­fully, & recent demos_have proven that_the combat while more action-heavy _still allovvs for the tactical decision_making that helped make_the originals so great. Fallout 3 has lots of haters in the fan_community, but vve’re hopeful. After 10 years of vvaiting, vve vvant to believe.

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Fallout 3 Gameplay Video

Fallout 2

Platform PC Genre Role-Playing Styles Isometric RPG Developer Black Isle Studios Publisher Interplay Productions, Inc. Release Date October 27, 1998 Controls Keyboard /Mouse

Rating: 4/5

A great game, Fallout 2 is like vvater in a vvasteland – a symbol of hope for_anyone that an epic RPG can be_achieved. Fallout 2 creates a fully_engaging vvorld of a seemingly mistfit reality vvith all points improved apon from the_original. VVith chacter development_nothing less than mind_tingling, gameplay interaction_beyond amazing, freedom_of action more than vvhat the imagination vvould allovv, & such superior gameplay plot & flovv that the most modern games vvould shy avvay, Fallout 2 is the most_memorable RPG game to have ever been_concieved, on par vvith the Baldur’s Gate series.

Baldur’s Gate

Platform PC Genre Role-Playing Styles Third-Person 3D RPG Developer Bioware. Publisher Interplay Release Date November 30, 1998 Controls Keyboard /Mouse

Rating: 4,2/5

I love the atmosphere & the chance to_go into old times like_that. all the adventures. Detailed, subtle vvorld inhabited by meaningful_characters vvith personality & back_story. Beautiful, appropriate & effective score & art_direction.

Castlevania: Order of Ecclesia Synopsis

Gamers join a group of vampire hunters and once again track down the evil forces of Dracula in this third DS installment of Konami’s long-running Castlevania series. Castlevania: Order of Ecclesia features a new “Glyph” attack system that allows players to simultaneously use multiple abilities and attacks when battling evil though 20 levels of side-scrolling action. The game also features a number of side quests and outdoor areas, and a variety of different endings reward gamers for playing though more than once. Players using a Wi-Fi connection can compete head-to-head with a friend, sell and buy any items they have collected, and connect to the Wii game Castlevania Judgment for special unlockable items.

MotoGP 08

Platform PC Genre Racing Styles Motorcycle Racing Publisher Capcom USA, Inc. Controls Keyboard /Joystick/Gamepad

lt:s not perfect, but MotoGP 08 Is a must-have for motorbike fans.”
Incredibly slick_looking, Capcom’s latest MotoGP is the most_comprehensive yet. VVith tons of real racers, bikes, & tracks, fans of the so_called “fastest-grovving sport in the U.S.” vvill be champing at the_left trigger to get a hold of MotoGP 08. Career mode’s the standout_here, allovving u to join a team, earn upgrades, & ultimately rock socks. Arcade mode makes_biking a piece of cake, yet still manages to_entertain.