Preview: Guitar Heroes III – Legends of Rock

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[image title=”gh3wii” size=”thumbnail” id=”312″ align=”right” linkto=”https://irrationale2.files.wordpress.com/2008/08/gh3wii.jpg” ]I’ll admit that I used to think that Guitar Hero was just another one of those “Do something when the flashing lights tell you to” sort of game, but recently I’ve become a convert. Guitar Hero is a fun game where you can live out your rock-god fantasies from the comfort of your own living room. And it’s about to get a whole lot more fun with the latest release. A hell of a lot more fun.

GH3 will be available on all colsoles (PS2, PS3, X360 and Wii), and each version will have it’s own wireless axe. The Wii version (the picture above is a mock-up of what it will look like) is a pluggable axe so you can add your Wiimote in, but there’s no word yet on whether it will use the accelerometers in game. The X360 version will be the first third-party piece of kit to tap into the X360s proprietary wireless system.

Trailer. Read on for the rest of the preview.

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Preview: Overlord

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[image title=”overlord” size=”thumbnail” id=”318″ align=”right” linkto=”https://irrationale2.files.wordpress.com/2008/08/overlord.jpg” ]There’s something fun about games where you don’t have to be a goody two-shoes. Dungeon Keeper was a barrel of laughs as you built an evil dungeon, filled it with traps and monsters and waited for the heroes to come wandering in. Evil genius was along the same lines, but instead of a subterranean dungeon, your evil mind was pitted against stereotypical bond-esque secret agents.

Overlord explores the same lines, but comedic evil is where the similarity ends. In Overlord, expect a fast-paced third-person action game, where you charge into battle and loose hordes of minions against your enemies.

There’s a great review over at AtomicMPC.

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Fallout 3 To Be Developed And Published By Bethesda Softworks

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[image title=”fallout3″ size=”thumbnail” id=”340″ align=”right” linkto=”https://irrationale2.files.wordpress.com/2008/08/fallout3.jpg” ]Bethesda Softworks announced today that it will develop and publish Fallout 3 — a sequel to the highly popular Fallout role-playing game franchise. Bethesda licensed the rights to the Fallout franchise from Interplay Entertainment Corp. (OTC Bulletin Board: IPLY) in a deal that awards Bethesda exclusive worldwide rights to the Fallout franchise on the PC, home consoles, handhelds, and other media, with the rights to develop and publish additional sequels.

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EverQuest II Echoes of Faydwer

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EverQuest II has been around for almost two years now and the game shows little sign of slowing down in terms of evolving both the playing experience and the challenge. Coming soon, to a PC near you, is the latest update for the game, the third expansion overall, Echoes of Faydwer.

The expansion takes part in a place that may be familiar to those who played the original EverQuest, now referred to as EverQuest Live. In the EQ II expansion, the zone has been updated and Features 20 new zones, a new race (the Fae), a new starting city Kelethin (dwarves, fae, wood elves, high elves, half elves, gnomes can start there), new adornments, player cloaks, new items – horse mounts, treasure and new armor sets will be available. And, of course, there will be lots of new quests.

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Neverwinter Nights 2

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Role-playing games such as Neverwinter Nights 2 immerse you into another world, and another life. You can take on the role of a warrior, thief, magician, and more, as you pursue a great quest, usually to defeat evil. With Neverwinter Nights 2, however, the focus is on improving the role-playing experience, as you can do lots of activities that you weren’t able to do in the original game, like engaging in a little arson on the side for fun. It sounds a bit twisted, but that’s how lead designer Josh Sawyer likes it. And in his designer diary, Sawyer tells us what he loves about the game. Neverwinter Nights 2 is scheduled to ship around the end of the month.

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Warhammer: Mark of Chaos

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[image title=”whmoc” size=”thumbnail” id=”366″ align=”right” linkto=”https://irrationale2.files.wordpress.com/2008/08/whmoc.jpg” ]Since the first screenshots appeared over a year ago, Warhammer and strategy fans have been looking forward to Warhammer: Mark of Chaos. Though there have been previous games based on the popular and long-lived Warhammer fantasy license, Mark of Chaos’s beautiful visuals promise to bring the armies of men, orcs, and elves to life like never before. In this real-time strategy game, you’ll be able to command Warhammer armies in fevered battle and see the gory results unfold before your eyes. With the game finally near completion, we got our hands on a work-in-progress version to check it out.

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