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games™ Issue 104

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23 Dec 2010

New issue on sale now, with an exclusive behind-the-scenes look at Rockstar’s forthcoming genre-straddler, L.A. Noire. Elsewhere, we talk to Grasshopper and CD Projekt about what the future holds, and find out how Dead Space 2 has its sights set on Game Of The Year awards before 2011 even begins…

games™ Issue 104FEATURES
Facing The Future
Rockstar invites us to Los Angeles to take an early look at Team Bondi’s game-changing hard-boiled detective sim, L.A. Noire.

Class Of 2010
As one year ends and another begins, we look back at those games that – for better or for worse – will be remembered for years to come.

Good New Games
As the release of The Witcher 2 approaches, games™ meets CD Projekt RED to discuss what we can expect from the developer’s fantasy RPG sequel.

Feeling Used
We examine the effects of second-hand games on the industry today, and the options for going digital in the future.

New Year, New Start
games™ suggests a few New Year’s resolutions that we hope the videogames industry might take on board over the next 12 months.

Re-Manufacturing Grasshopper
We sit down for a chat with Goichi Suda, CEO of one of the games industry’s most exciting development studios, Grasshopper Manufacture.

REVIEWS
The definitive verdicts on the biggest games, including…
Gran Turismo 5
Disney Epic Mickey
Splatterhouse
Tron: Evolution
Dance Central
Golden Sun: Dark Dawn
Kirby’s Epic Yarn
Kinectimals
Alien Breed 3: Descent
Poker Night At The Inventory
Tony Hawk Shred
FlingSmash
Create
No Heroes Allowed!
Pac-Man Championship Edition DX
Michael Jackson: The Experience
Malicious
Raving Rabbids Travel In Time
Joy Ride
Need For Speed: Hot Pursuit (Online)

PREVIEWS
The gaming future laid bare, with first looks and updates on…
Dragon Age II
De Blob 2
The Cursed Crusade
Gray Matter
Shift 2 Unleashed
Kingdom Hearts Re:coded
Dead Space 2
The Sims Medieval
Ace Combat: Assault Horizon
and many more…

RETRO
Behind The Scenes
On the tenth anniversary, we look back at Sega’s pioneering network RPG Phantasy Star Online.

History Of Games: 1975
Our regular feature charts the rise of gaming, one year at a time.

Toon Struck
We speak to one of the men behind Sonic’s game-to-cartoon spin-offs and Captain N.

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  • Anonymous

    An excellent issue as always, but I found the review of Gran Turismo 5 to be more the thoughts of a fan of the series than an objective critique. It is, quite simply, a dated and really rather boring game. Six years ago, grinding may have been a reasonable way to progress in a driving game, but in 2010/11 it feels regressive and poorly designed. Graphically it’s all over the place, and progressing has been made more of a chore as races are gone through again and again just to make progression possible. I decided to dig out my old copy of GT4 the other day, and it is a more playable and more polished game. It’s also far cheaper.

  • Joe Slap

    I agree with you about that review Guv, but at least they put the game as worse than Forza 3. Pity is that they didn’t mention almost any of the game flaws.

  • JakeRobles

    Is it possible for someone to post a link to the original source of the mysterious Grasshopper game mentioned in this issue?

  • Daymoncharlean

    I like La Noire.