Gamescom 2012: 1C

1C Company may not be the most familiar software publisher/developer for a lot of you, but the Moscow-based company licenses and publishes over half of all the games we know and love in Russia. Arguably the largest publisher in the world, they also have their own development teams and release Russian-developed titles globally. Flight sim fans should check out their IL-2 Sturmovik games, and real time strategy buffs could do a lot worse than check out 1C’s Men of War series. Time to see what they will be releasing next… Continue reading “Gamescom 2012: 1C”

WRC 3 Preview (multi)

Every so often, events like Gamescom allow you to sit down and talk to some of the producers and hear about their vision, their hard work and their enthusiasm. This year, I got do that with Sebastien Pellicano, a producer for Italian studio Milestone. The studio is currently hard at work putting the finishing touches on WRC 3, a rally racing game featuring the FIA World Rally Championship license. Just in case you haven’t heard of Milestone; they know what they’re doing when it comes to racing games. Every game they’ve released since 1995 has been a racing title, so needless to say I was eager to find out about their upcoming title, due out in October for X360, PS3, Vita and PCs. Continue reading “WRC 3 Preview (multi)”

Sleeping Dogs Review (X360)

Formerly known as True Crime: Hong Kong, Sleeping Dogs was abandoned by Activision in 2011 for not living up to their standards for the open world genre. In a market dominated by titles like GTA, they felt there was not enough room for success with the United Front Games title that combined driving and gunplay with the hand to hand combat you would expect from an action title set in Hong Kong. Square Enix subsequently picked up the game and renamed it, and now that it’s ready for release we’re about to see who was right. Sleeping Dogs is available for X360, PS3 and PCs – we tested the X360 version. Continue reading “Sleeping Dogs Review (X360)”

Inversion Review (X360)

With new entries in the Medal of Honor and Call of Duty series not coming until later this year, Inversion’s release is well-timed. The game resembles Gears of War in more ways than one, but also introduces gravity manipulation as an important gameplay element. It sounds good in theory, but is it enough to lure in the shooter fan looking for a mid-summer diversion? Continue reading “Inversion Review (X360)”

Dragon’s Dogma Review (X360)

Dragon’s Dogma looks like it’s over almost as soon as you start it. Following a short tutorial, your village is attacked by a dragon who promptly rips out your heart (still beating, Temple of Doom-style) and then flies off. That would be enough to stop most would-be adventurers, but you survive and proceed on your quest for vengeance. In addition, you are now treated as a savior by “Pawns” who are willing to follow you and aid you in your quest. It’s a novel twist on the RPG genre and Capcom’s latest take on a genre that recently saw gems such as Dark Souls and Skyrim. How does Dragon’s Dogma fare among titles like that? Continue reading “Dragon’s Dogma Review (X360)”