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feature | 11/14/05 | Shawn Rider
Last week we published the first part of Shawn's in-depth look at the twisted world of Sociolotron. Billed as the ultimate adult MMORPG, Sociolotron features unprecedented levels of player freedom and sexual gameplay. But Shawn found that, much like novels by the Marquis de Sade, the bizarro sex quickly becomes banal and the real meat of the game lies in the ways players build their characters and live out alternative lives within the game. In Part Two of his feature, Shawn talks to senior citizen male prostitutes, lesbian lovers, and a wheelchair-bound mafioso who commands four in-game sex slaves. He also talks to Patrick Lagny, who has created Sociolotron almost single-handedly, about what motivates him to make such a game.
Needless to say, this article features explicit language and frank descriptions of adult and sexual themes. Reader discretion is advised.
review | 11/14/05 | Chris Galbraith
Every once in awhile, a game comes along with solid gameplay and a lot to appreciate, but a very unfortunate name. I'm remembering Seaman most specifically here. Although maybe if you say it with a native French accent, there is lesspotential for confustion. Afterall it's only a small twist of syllable pronounciation that separates DOFUS from a decidedly less attractive moniker. Regardless, DOFUS has a lot to offer: Tactics style RPG gameplay mixed with MMO elements all packaged in an atractive, cartoony package. With an international following and a development team dedicated to iterative improvements, DOFUS is a promising indy game project. Check out Chris Galbraith's review, available here.
game: Resident Evil 4
review | 11/13/05 | Laurie Taylor
Resident Evil 4 is a massive lurch forwards for the quintessential survival horror franchise. A completely new control scheme makes RE4 a much more agile, fast-paced game experience, and the storyline is a refreshing departure from the old "take out the secret Umbrella experiment" rigmarole we've gotten used to. This isn't your mother's Resident Evil game. Making its debut on the PlayStation 2 after a huge success on the Gamecube, RE4 is finding a whole new audience. Our woman Laurie gets down to business with Capcom's venerable old franchise, and she likes what she finds.
game: Civilization IV
review | 11/13/05 | George Holomshek
Sid Meier's Civilization IV is the latest in one of the most venerable game series ever created. Civilization is an amazing game, and the latest incarnation proves that solid gameplay withstands the ages. Even so, the improvements this time around make Civilization a bit more approachable while offering die-hard fans a bit more of a streamlined strategy experience. Get the full story from George, right here.
podcast | 11/11/05 | Val Townsend
Here it is, another episode of the GamesFirst! Weekly Wrap-Up. This week Val takes a look at the latest news stories, as well as reviews of Shadow of the Colossus for PS2 and GameTap, the new broadband gaming service for PC. She also has a preview of the very intriguing second-generation Xbox 360 title, Crackdown, which comes from the creator of the original GTA and Lemmings. You know you want it, and it's right here.
game: GM Risk
news | 11/11/05 | Shawn Rider
The release of the Google Maps API has led to all kinds of fun experiments, from the Xbox 360 Kiosk maps to Google Map overlays for the NYC subway system and walking tours of people's favorite places. One industrious gamer, Teh Diplomat, has written a version of Risk played on Google Map overlays. The game is still being fine-tuned, but for the most part it's there and it works. Playing on the satellite map of the world is pretty fun, and Risk is, well, a classic. Check it out.
game: FPS Creator
review | 11/09/05 | Shawn Rider
FPS Creator is a remarkably useful tool for making first-person shooters. Single player FPS narratives are possible using the many premade program elements, which can quickly be applied to your characters and props. Arena games are also supported, although we're no convinced that's the big attraction here. Really, we just want to make a GamesFirst! theme FPS like Deus Ex. Or maybe "This Game Sucks: The Game"? Keep an eye out for it. In the meantime, check out Shawn's review of FPS Creator.
feature | 11/07/05 | Shawn Rider
We published Shawn's preview of Sociolotron a year ago. Sociolotron is an adults-only RPG that plunges players into an anything-goes world of post-apocalyptic London. Sex, drugs, and occult rituals play prominent roles in the world, as does free agency, community service, and player-based self-governance. A year ago the game was in beta testing, and since coming out in a final version a few months ago Sociolotron has seen some refinement and enhancements, but remained essentially the same game, heavy on role-playing of all sorts. Rather than a review of Sociolotron, Shawn revisited the game and its players to take a closer look at the phenomenon that is Sociolotron in a two part series. This week we present the first portion, and next Monday we'll post the conclusion.
Please note: This article is not for the feint of heart or impressionable youths. Remember, Sociolotron is rigorously policed and not available for underage players.
review | 11/07/05 | George Holomshek
GameTap is Turner Broadcasting's newest offering. It is a broadband games-on-demand service that allows unlimited play of hundreds of games for about $15 per month. If you're a hardcore retro-gaming junky, there's loads to love here: Games are precisely emulated like the original systems, and systems range from Atari 2600 through Commodore 64 to Dreamcast and Sega 32x. Oh, and we hear there's some TV-like stuff on it, too.
game: Mario Kart DS
news | 11/06/05 | Aaron Stanton
We're only days away from the release of Mario Kart DS, the most recent iteration of Nintendo's popular franchise and the first DS title to use Wi-Fi to play on Nintendo's online service. This close to release, review copies and test builds have been making their way to various members of the gaming community, including 1UP.com, which now has an article on the Nintendo Wi-Fi adapter. The article shows screenshots of installing the software on a PC, and connecting to it via Mario Kart DS. Give it a week, and you'll probably be able to see these screens for yourself.
game: Peter Jackson's King Kong: The Official Game of the Movie
news | 11/03/05 | Shawn Rider
One of the titles we're most excited about this Fall is Peter Jackson's King Kong, the game based on the movie. The combination of Peter Jackson's visual storytelling and Michel Ancel, Ubisoft's resident super game designer, is a potentially dynamic duo that has so far demonstrated an incredible game in the making. Now, Ubisoft sends word that they will host public preview events for the game in New York City and Los Angeles, the week before the game hits stores for pretty much every platform on the planet. The preview events will be major affairs, featuring a full mock-up of Skull Island and 11 kiosks where gamers can experience King Kong, the game, in full big-screen, HD glory on Xbox 360. Get the dates here.
podcast | 10/30/05 | Val Townsend
Get ready for a spook-tastic episode of the GamesFirst! Weekly Wrap-Up. This week, Val takes a moment away from creating Halloween mayhem on the radio to bring you a roundup of the scariest gaming news, reviews of Evil Dead: Regeneration and Stubbs the Zombie: Rebel Without a Pulse, and a preview of Capcom's upcoming Xbox 360 title, Dead Rising. It's a podcast chock full of gory, gory goodness.
news | 10/29/05 | Shawn Rider
Blizzard's annual gathering, BlizzCon, is happening in Anaheim, CA this weekend. So far announcements include more details about the WoW expansion The Burning Crusade, as well as more info about Starcraft: Ghost multiplayer. In addition, there's all sorts of BlizzCon wackiness. Plus, we're still hoping to hear more about the rumored Diablo III MMO for Xbox 360. What?! Yeah, that's the word on the street, according to the folks who run WoW Guru and affiliated sites. Check the links for more info.
game: Far Cry: Instincts
review | 10/28/05 | Chris Martin
Jack Carver's back and he's got an itch to hunt. With some additions here and there, and a mostly retooled single player campaign, Far Cry: Instincts is an ambitious project. And now, Ubisoft's and Crytek's PC port arrives on Xbox in a most surprising way. What makes it so surprising? Well, you'll have to read the review and find out, McCartney, this ain't no free ticket-to-ride.
game: Project Offset
preview | 10/26/05 | Shawn Rider
Every once in awhile an indy game comes along that really makes you sit up and take notice. After seeing titles like Alan Wake or Darwinia developed by independent groups without the immediate support of a publisher, we're not surprised to see Project Offset, an epic fantasy first-person shooter in development by four individuals who want to play a really cool game (which is the best motivation for making a game). We're not surprised, but we're definitely impressed.
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