I Heard the News Today

I love the internet. It’s full of fantastic things. Here’s a few of them.

Eurogamer.net‘s John Walker (also of Rock Paper Shotgun) has written a brilliant retrospective of the awesome No One Lives Forever. In my humble opinion, this is one of the most important first person shooters of all time. It took the solid shooting action of Half Life and versatility of Goldeneye and made a rock solid yet enjoyably silly shooter. Beat that COD.

There’s some good news for S.T.A.L.K.E.R fans over at Rock Paper Shotgun, where the new Call of Pripyat expansion (if that’s technically the right word) is investigated in detail. Finally, it looks like the game-that-should-have-been, er, is. While never a massive disappointment, it was, all the same, a pretty large disappointment when it was released a million years too late. For fans still hoping for developers, GSC, to deliver, this might be the one that finally does. Go get.

APB (All Points Bulletin) is a game worth watching out for. According to Project Lead, David Jones of Real Time Worlds, this is the game that GTA IV should have been. An interesting comment, no? RTW is the development house behind Crackdown and Jones himself is the creator of the original GTA, so he knows what he’s talking about, but as a giant MMO with similar combat to both Crackdown and GTA IV, I’m not sure how it’ll survive on the net. All the same, rumours suggest that it’s the toolbox most players will be after, which will give you the power to do anything. Hmm. Cool dancing though.

Also, how hard are you? (Snigger) IGN has an interesting piece on difficulty, a subject close to my own heart. I won’t spoil the argument here, but needless to say if you’ve ever smashed a controller because it’s JUST NOT OBVIOUS what to do next, then you’ll be in good company.

There’s also been another game release this week – Assassin’s Creed 2 – and the good news is that it is excellent. Stay tuned for a review.

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