Samba De Amigo

Publisher Sega ESRB Everyone A cheesy remix of Uvin' La Vida Loca is never a good idea. And when the most exciting extras are ridiculous alternate maraca sounds (think a voice saying Hey for each shake of an eighth note), you'll begin to see that despite the inviting veneer Samba de Amigo on Wii just isn't the sequel fans were hoping for. Even as a remake, it falls short of the original's maraca-shaking fun. Bottom Line From what we've played, Samba's a lot like its included minigames lazy and...

Thunder Force Vi

Given its choice of platform and the legions of feisty, argumentative shooter bastards on webforums, a budget PS2 release following the game's October launch in Japan seems distinctly possible. it does, then you're an endangered species, and your game room would qualify for EPA protection in a just world. That's because Thunder Force (a series that had its heyday on the 16-bit Sega Genesis) represents not one but three great bygone eras in gaming the era of the 2D shoot-em-up, the era when Sega...

Good

The Good Seeing you and your buddies' creations propagate The Bad An imperfect mix of genres lUPScooter Add me to your buddy list and let my race of Nomnoms ravage your galaxy + SCOOTER Is Spore the greatest and grandest creation to spring from the ginormous cranium of mastermind game designer Will Wright No, but that's because I'm not sure if game is the proper term. Like Wright's other projects (SimCity, The Sims), a better description would be a toy, as you invent your own fun by messing...

Shuffle Dungeon

Publisher Majesco Developer AO Interactive Artoon Mistwalker Players 1 ESRB Everyone 10+ Ninjas never go out of fashion A one-trick pony but what a trick +SHANE It's funny despite desperate pleas and fan petitions on their behalf, many of the most sought-after retro gaming revivals (Kid Icarus, Final Fantasy VII) remain dead and buried, while others, such as this DS sequel to 1984's The Legend of Kage, suddenly arrive without warning. And oddly enough, Kage 2 doesn't seem all that concerned...

Ante

Who needs E3 The fan-focused Penny Arcade Expo expands to bring gaming culture to the masses By Shane Bettenhausen OVER LABOR DAY WEEKEND, NERDS RULED THE STREETS OF SEATTLE nearly 60,000 fans flocked to the Washington State convention center to geek out at the fifth-annual Penny Arcade Expo, a three-day celebration of gaming. As the brainchild of webcomic superstars Jerry Holkins and Mike Krahulik (better known by their animated monikers Gabe and Tycho), the event unabashedly embraces the...

Adventures In Friendship

Everything's better with a friend whether you're playing with a real-life bud or a computer-controlled compadre, there's nothing like dishing out digital destruction with a pal. We ask some experts, including Cliff Bleszinski and Randy Pitchford, to weigh in on the virtues of gaming with buddies, and then showcase the hottest upcoming co-op fare. 52 The House of the Dead Overkill 54 Resident Evil 5 IN THE OLDEN DAYS of videogam-ing, when the most impressive titles looked like Saturday-morning...

Lets Play Together

Why co-op returned from the dead and where it's headed By Robert Ashley Deathmatch perfectly describes it, says Molyneux. When I went into those games, I always felt like the bespectacled kid on the playground who was going to get picked on or bullied. You went into these arenas and got shot within two seconds, and you just felt stupid. That's changed now. People are realizing that if we play together, and we talk about it, it makes the whole experience greater. That's the idea behind co-op...

Insomniac

Ne*tance 2 it a trademark of Sony Computer Entertainment toce mart tit Sony Computer Entwtamment Inc Enttrtammait America The PLAYSTATlOiflfct Aork. Blood and Gore Intense Violence Strong Language Bungie Community Manager (and former 1UP News Editor) Luke Smith and I are both pretty obsessed with game-sales data. We obsess about it the same way movie critics fuss about box-office numbers. It started back in the old 1UP Yours days, when our highlight would be our monthly show on the sales...

Trivial Pursuits

We talk with Resident Evil 5 Producer Jun Takeuchi about Akuma, Resident Evil crossovers, and a few of his favorite things No. 3 is the full-motion-video introduction to Resident Evil 1 how this foreign guy with his hair dyed blond was playing Wesker. That was pretty memorable, and everybody was like, What the hell game is this APRIL FOOLS' JOKES Shoryuken fireballs A bromance in the making What the hell is Jun Takeuchi talking about Fun stuff, as a matter of fact. And in this excerpt from our...

Rkill

A behind-the-scenes look at Sega's new co-op lightgun gorefest By James Mielke It's been six years since the last proper chapter in the House of the Dead series (which has always been best with a bud), and while there've been a few related games in the interim, fans have waited patiently for a new addition to the classic lightgun-shooter franchise. That wait is just about over with The House of the Dead Overkill for Wii. To get details on the first House of the Dead developed outside of Sega,...

Brok3n Pix3l S

We thought about using the margins of EGM as a flipbook to show our favorite videos, but then we remembered the Internet. Check 'em out at GameVideos.com EGM The 1 UP Show is back, with coverage of Resistance 2, Bionic Commando, Mirror's Edge, and other big games. 1337 Portal Mirror's Edge Alpha Stage clip EvilWeevil re-created a Mirror's Edge level in Portal. Jumping is for suckers it's all portals these days. KEWL Soulcalibur IV character creation GameVideos' Jason Bertrand made M. Bison,...

Videogame Politicians

Election time puts us in a voting mood By Scott Sharkey Peach is clearly a figurehead with no actual political power. Her retinue of mushroom retainers holds the reins of the Mushroom Kingdom, which is lucky for all involved, given her typically vacuous, aristocratic cake-centric problem-solv-ing strategy. He may not have had any WMDs, but Saddam did have a giant, pissed-off vulture, a fire-breathing camel, and Satan himself working for him. According to the manual, the game's protagonist was...

Bluray Bungalow

But that's all the more chilling because Harry's quarry is a regular Joe. Director Don Siegel Details The larger-than-life product of J.J. Abrams' desire to create a Godzilla film for the West, Cloverfield rose above the trappings of its viral marketing to become one of 2008's most surprising hits. Part faux documentary and part disaster flick, Cloverfield mostly succeeds thanks to its frenetic pacing. Seeing a stunningly realistic CG replica of New York City a city still smarting from 9 11...