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5:00 AM on 10.19.2011

Heavy Fire: Afghanistan releasing in November

It's disappointing that games Medal of Honor and Six Days in Fallujah get punished for authenticity, yet things like Heavy Fire: Afghanistan are allowed to exist. We may never see that tasteful, yet horrifying depic...

Kyle MacGregor


10:40 AM on 03.29.2011

Heavy Fire Afghanistan coming to Kinect, PS3, Wii

Did you want more "hardcore" Kinect games? Prepare to regret that request, my friends. Just check out that trailer (actually using the Wii version, oddly) and be stunned. This is Heavy Fire Afghanistan, a game that may very ...

Jim Sterling

10:30 PM on 03.08.2011

Study: Violent videogames can help stop nightmares

It's not every day that one gets to promote a positive study about videogames, so it's with pleasure that I bring you this slice of happiness -- videogames may help some people to cope with nightmares.  Jayne Gackenbach ...

Jim Sterling

8:40 AM on 10.06.2010

Military bases still boycotting Medal of Honor

Despite Electronic Arts bowing to the minority and "removing" the Taliban from Medal of Honor, military base stores still plan to boycott the war-themed shooter on the grounds that it would still be disrespectful to sell the ...

Jim Sterling



Preview: Apache: Air Assault photo
Preview: Apache: Air Assault
by Ben Perlee

Apache: Air Assault is a special beast. While it might be considered a helicopter version of Gaijin Entertainment's IL-2 Sturmovik: Birds of Prey, a military aerial simulator released in 2009, it is clearly a different approach to aerial combat entirely. Helicopters offer a whole bundle of dynamic options over jet planes and dog fighting, so there has to be a little special attention placed upon the game before it launches November 16.

Does the team behind IL-2 Sturmovik: Birds of Prey (as well as the maligned X-Blades) offer enough to mix things up and bring Apache combat to gamers? There is certainly enough compelling content to make fans of the genre pay attention, and there might be enough to surprise the rest. Hit the jump for my impressions.

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Impressions: Shogun 2: Total War photo
Impressions: Shogun 2: Total War
by Ben Perlee

Recently Sega invited me over to its San Francisco offices to take a peek at the latest game in the Total War series: Shogun 2.

As a return to the original Total War game Shogun: Total War, Shogun 2 is the latest in the real time/turn-based fusion strategy game. Sega and developer The Creative Assembly were kind enough to show me the real time battle elements of the game, with the turn-based overworld stuff saved for something I have planned next week. Fans of the franchise will certainly want to pay attention.

You've seen the trailer, now follow the jump for my hands-off impressions.

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12:00 PM on 08.19.2010

Soldier: Medal of Honor is 'war profiteering'

We've heard the opinions of gamers, we've heard the opinions of pundits, and now we have some opinions from people who have more of a personal connection to Medal of Honor than anybody else -- real soldiers. A number of soldi...

Jim Sterling

10:00 AM on 08.01.2010

New Operation Flashpoint confirmed

It looks like realistic warfare (read: dying over and over) is coming back once again to gaming as The Official Xbox Magazine has confirmed that another game in the Operation Flashpoint series is coming out. The game is title...

Matthew Razak



Play as Al-Qaeda? I canít support the new Medal of Honor photo
Play as Al-Qaeda? I canít support the new Medal of Honor
by Hamza CTZ Aziz

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I am a first-person shooter nut. I’ve played them all -- from GoldenEye 007 to whatever the latest and greatest is. There’s just something really pleasing about hearing my weapon make the pops and pews as I take my enemies out.

Needless to say, I got pretty excited when I heard a new Medal of Honor was in the works. The fact that the game takes place in my home country of Afghanistan got me even more hyped. Blow terrorists up? Awesome! America! Football! Hamburgers! Dancing with the Stars!

Then I got my hands on it, and it became a different story. I soon realized that this iteration of the franchise allows you to control and role-play as the people responsible for terrorizing my friends’ and family’s homeland, both here and overseas. In the shuffle of an EA press event, a shoulder’s length away from my peers, I just froze looking at the different playable Al-Qaeda characters. It’s funny how we keep feelings in the backs of our minds, and how they can just suddenly appear when the situation arises.

In less than a minute of bristling, my mind was made up. I put the controller down, got up and walked away.

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Sundays with Sagat: What's in a name?
by Jonathan Holmes

[Sundays with Sagat is a video series where a man named Sagat talks to you about videogames. This is serious business.]

[WARNING] This video has swears. Also, the intro is loud, and the rest of the video is not (though we did manage to make thing more level than in the Youtube version). You folks at home would be wise to keep your trigger finger on the volume knob.

That's just one example of the beating that this video went through to make it into the world, and how worse for wear it is for the experience. We shot all of these Birdie-themed episodes of Sundays with Sagat weeks ago, and since then, they've almost been killed multiple times. Like a three legged, flea bitten, mangy mutt you got for free at the pound, the videos aren't going to win any beauty contests, but hopefully their scrappy, "should have been dead" style will make a few of you happy.

This week, Birdie looks at trends in the way that videogames are named. There are some names that he likes, and some that he doesn't. Either way, he feels feelings, and feels them hard.

Also, it's contest time. The person who can name the most games with the word "dead", "dark" or "war" in their titles wins Birdie's personal copies of Alone in the Dark, Dead Space: Extraction, and CoD: Modern Warfare (all on Wii), a Super Meat Boy sticker (because "dead", "dark" and "war" are the new "super"), and an autographed picture of Birdie himself. Different forms of those words count towards your score; "death", "darkness", "Red Dead", and even made-up words like "warcraft" all make the cut. Enter as many times as you want. You've got until the next time I post one of these videos, which will probably be next week.

And yes, I know that today is not Sunday, and I know that this video doesn't star Sagat. Read title of the post again. Maybe it will make more sense the second time.

[Update] It's come to my attention that because our Wednesday readership and our Sunday readership don't always overlap, that I should tell you Wednesday people that this series has been around for a while. Hit the jump for links to past entries.]

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10:00 PM on 06.08.2010

THQ sends us creepy Homefront viral

It's the year 2027 and the nuclear powered Korean People's Army have taken over the United States of America. Yes, America is Korea's bitch in THQ's Homefront, but the occupiers are at least thoughtful. They've released a pam...

Hamza CTZ Aziz





10:30 PM on 06.07.2010

1C Company brings screenshots of Theatre of War 2: Korea

You know, it's true, for every ten titles of World War II, there is maybe a couple modern fictional military shooters, four "pseudo-realistic" future titles, maybe a Desert Storm game, and if a publisher is feeling particular...

Ben Perlee

10:00 AM on 05.22.2010

This is how they game in Afghanistan

Photojournalist Iason Athanasiadis has documented something amazing. It's an arcade in Kabul, Afganhistan, and for the kids and young adults who go there to play it's one of their only escapes. Most of the children who show u...

Matthew Razak

3:20 PM on 05.18.2010

Ghost Recon: Future Soldier pushed back to 2011

Ubisoft has announced that Ghost Recon: Future Soldier will now be coming out in early 2011. The game was slated for a Christmas release but pushed back due to a "very competitive environment" according to Ubisoft CEO, Yves ...

Hamza CTZ Aziz

6:00 AM on 03.11.2010

Medal of Honor 'not necessarily pushing the genre forward'

You’d think that EA would be doing its best to separate Medal of Honor from the pack in a very crowded first-person shooter market. The team at EA Los Angeles is, indeed, working to make the game stand out, but the expe...

Samit Sarkar

4:00 AM on 03.11.2010

Experience the war effort from all sides in Medal of Honor

When I saw a demo of the single-player campaign from EA’s upcoming Medal of Honor reboot last week, it instantly brought back memories of some of the early entries in the franchise, such as Allied Assault and Frontline....

Samit Sarkar