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Nostalgia seems to be the key point in Telltale Games’ formula; their portfolio being like a modern love story to 1990’s Lucas Arts. Yet never has the term been as appropriate as with their latest title, which picks up a 25 year-old franchise for a videogame revival. Marty McFly and Doc Brown are back for another time-hopping adventure in Back to the Future: The Game.

Categories: PC, Reviews, Telltale Games

The Vietnam-based expansion to DICE’s immensely successful Bad Company 2 opens with Creedence Clearwater Revival’s ‘Fortunate Son’ playing over the menu; a move that sets the tone for the rest of the game. Prepare to relive all your favourite moments from every ‘Nam film – from Platoon to Apocalypse Now – all alongside your multiplayer buddies.

Categories: DICE, EA, PC, PlayStation 3, Reviews, Xbox 360

You’d have to be clinically insane to want to revisit a country that’s been devastated by nuclear war to the point that every step is lethal. Yet, when the first visit was utterly compelling, it’s easy to be lured into a second viewing. We’re swapping arenas though, from the ruins of Washington DC to that of Las Vegas. Or ‘New’ Vegas as it’s now known. This is the world of   Read More ...

This year’s GameCity festival in Nottingham was host to a variety of exciting personalities. Notable was the collection of stellar talent from the world of independent development. Collect them in a room over lunch and many interesting insights into the gruelling world of videogame development are glimpsed.

Categories: Features, GameCity

At this year’s GameCity festival in Nottingham, independent developer Chris Hecker gave an insightful talk on his current project; the highly ambitious SpyParty. An espionage game that’s actually about spy work rather than explosions and laser-watches, SpyParty is one of the first genuinely fresh concepts to come around in years.

Categories: Features, GameCity

With the dominance of the Call of Duty franchise, you’d be forgiven for forgetting about the Medal of Honor series. It hasn’t been seen of since 2007’s lacklustre entry: Medal of Honor Airborne and one could argue this was a good thing, with the series seeing a significant diminishing in quality since the days of Allied Assualt. But Medal of Honor is back, rebooted for the Modern Warfare age and   Read More ...

Categories: DICE, EA, PC, PlayStation 3, Reviews, Xbox 360

British developers Ninja Theory are back in town and showing off their latest title; a futuristic retelling of a Chinese folk story. Starring Andy Serkis. And an army of razor-blade-limbed robots. Sounds awesome, but does it deliver its potential or will it – like its older sister Heavenly Sword – miss out on greatness?

Today, Rockstar took the final step in a victory they should never have had to achieve. The veteran game developer’s publisher Take 2 accepted an undisclosed amount of money in damages from the Daily Star newspaper. This was after the tabloid published a story damning them over supposedly developing a Grand Theft Auto title based on the exploits of Raoul Moat.

Categories: News, Rockstar Games

In a not-so-unexpected move, EA pulled the ‘Taliban’ tag from the multiplayer mode of its upcoming Medal of Honor title. It comes after months of media controversy surrounding the ability of gamers to ‘play’ as the Taliban in the competitive multiplayer. Greg Goodrich, Executive Producer on Medal of Honor, said in a statement: ‘While this change should not directly affect gamers, as it does not fundamentally alter the gameplay, we   Read More ...

Categories: EA, News

The gaming community is rife with comment about Hydrophobia at the moment. Not only do we have vast chasms between opinions (with Edge rating it 3/10, and OXM a 9/10), but we also have the developers Dark Energy calling up reviewers to insist they’ve ‘played the game wrong’ when they have reviewed the game poorly. So with such controversy it is with glee that we at TheNPCs get our hands   Read More ...

Peter Molyneux is one of those despicable people in the games industry who has a reputation for promising the world and giving underwhelming results. He’s also one of the masterminds behind what seems to be a paedophile simulator for Kinect. Yet this – in my opinion – pales under what his latest stunt has been. In a video posted today, which has been called anything from ‘adorable’ to ‘cute’, Peter’s   Read More ...

It’s a franchise with a history so epic the reality of its development rivals the scope of its intergalactic narrative. But like the planet of Reach itself, Bungie’s input in the mammoth series had to come to an end someday. So is the studio’s final instalment to the Halo franchise everything it could be, or will we witness disaster?

Categories: Bungie, Reviews, Xbox 360

The second 2D scroller available this week is Shank; downloadable from both Xbox Live Arcade and PlayStation Network. A bloody action beat-em-up, can Shank stand out from the already star-studded crowd of downloadable titles released this summer?

This year’s Xbox Live promotion, Summer of Arcade, has certainly been filled with some pretty superb titles. From the artsy Limbo to the madness of Monday Night Combat, there’s been something for all tastes. This week we get another two great-looking 2D side-scrollers, first of which is Scott Pilgrim vs The World: The Game.

It’s been twelve long years since we last heard from the Terran military, but at last Blizzard’s highly anticipated non-World of WarCraft title drops onto the surface of our little planet. But is it everything fans have hoped for, or over a decade on has the universe of StarCraft lost its shine?

Categories: Blizzard, PC, Reviews

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