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Release dates of some anticipated games



S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Clear Sky
August 29, 2008

Mercenaries 2: World in Flames
August 31, 2008

Spore
September 7,2008

Crysis Warhead
September 16, 2008

Witcher: Enhanced Edition
September 16, 2008

Brothers in Arms: Hell's Highway
September 23, 2008

Far Cry 2
October 1, 2008

Project Origin
October 1, 2008

Fallout 3
October 7, 2008

Saints row 2
October 14, 2008

Dead Space
October 21, 2008

Comand and Conquer:Red Alert 3
October 2008(not comfirmed)

Left 4 Dead

November 20, 2008

Legendary
November 9, 2008

Call of Duty: World at War
November 11, 2008

Mirror's Edge
November 11, 2008

Prince of Persia
November 18, 2008

Tomb Raider Underworld
November 18, 2008

Grand Theft Auto IV
November 18, 2008

NFS Undercover
November 18, 2008

Diablo 3
November- December,2008
(not comfirmed)

Prey 2
December 2009


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Resident Evil: The Umbrella Chronicles Hands-on Again



I've had my doubts about Resident Evil: The Umbrella Chronicles. This past weekend's Tokyo Game Show represented third chance at going hands-on with the survival horror spin-off, with the impression of the game changing very little. Now, with the exception of Wario Ware Smooth Moves ,it features a motion control convert. And the Wii Zapper? I'd rather just not discuss it. At TGS, I finally got to experience the game with the third control scheme, using the nunchuk and Wii-mote sans Zapper.

Game Developer Magazine editor Brandon Sheffield had a opinion that.. 'We worked our way through the majority of the zombie infested train level from Resident Evil 0, ultimately losing to the end-of-level boss, a giant scorpion with a sensitive stinger.'

Along the way,one incounters unceremoniously shot stuff, often confusing one another's reticles for the other's, resulting in loads of wasted effort. The same was true for the last minute evade moves, ones that require rapid button presses or really frantic Wii-mote waving. Eventually,realizing that you were standing on the wrong side of the screen in relation to our players and switched spots. It kind of helped.

There's something about Resident Evil: The Umbrella Chronicles that just makes it difficult to get excited about. I think the most glaring problem is this: it's not fun. There's little sense of danger or feedback from the game that you're unloading hundreds of rounds on hordes of the undead. It's very sterile.

The game's producer, Masachika Kawata, was pressed for something that could get us excited to play it of our own accord. Would there be puzzles? No. Series of quick time events? Nope. There will be cut scenes, however! Ten hours of pointing and trigger pulling may be your thing, though.

I suppose the game will really appeal to those who absolutely love Resident Evil unconditionally. It's going to flesh out the storyline for those who care about the fall of the Umbrella Corporation. But it looks like it will also provide a fresh look at the series for those who are looking for arcade-style shooting using their Wii controllers.

Unfortunately, Resident Evil: The Umbrella Chronicles feels like a "pass" to me.

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