April 11th to 17th

After a surprising weekend of playing BaldurÂ's Gate 2 for well over 15 hours total IÂ'm whipped! The Infinity engine has withstood the test of time and so has BiowareÂ's story telling, especially when you donÂ't remember much of the plot from the last time you played. From the old to the new, we tag BiowareÂ's Jade Empire for the Xbox as our Game of the Week.

Timesplitters: Future Perfect

"Time is an illusion, lunchtime doubly so" - Douglas Adams Welcome to 4tomsm4sher's review of Timesplitters: Future Perfect. It's currently out for the PS2, Gamecube and Xbox so be sure to check it out!
For reasons that remain largely inexplicable, some companies occasionally send us preview builds of their upcoming titles. Last I saw of Dungeon Siege II, Certis and I were sitting in one of Microsoft's backrooms at last year's E3 where two producers from Gas Powered Games wondered who the hell we were and why they were giving us a behind closed doors sneak peak.

Joyous Malaise

Like many avid gamers, I frequently feel compelled to detail all the myriad ways that our favorite industry has gotten everything wrong. This, I assure you, is not pleasant business.

Your Title Here!

[This Space for Rent!] So I was playing Burnout 3 with the GF the other day and I saw my very first example of what the advertisements called Enhanced Advertising. Basically, there are billboards along the road of certain race courses, and the game uses your Xbox Live! Account to download shiny, new advertisements to paste onto those boards as they become available.

April 4th to 10th

Where they hell did the Doom III expansion come from? Apparently itÂ's coming out this week if itÂ's not on shelves already. The total lack of buzz doesnÂ't surprise me, if you want to get people excited about an expansion you have to offer more varied game play in the original release.

God of War (PS2)

Come back with your shield - or on it True first party PS2 games seem to be few and far between for Sony. That said, when we do finally see one it tends to be worth watching thanks for luxuriously long development cycles and very talented teams working on them. God of War seems to be no exception and 4tomsm4sher is here to tell us about it today.

The Northwoods Wallpaper Effect

Several years ago I eschewed pretty much all chemically mind altering forms of stimulation, and it's a decision that I question on an hourly basis.

Torment Revisited

As of this writing, two weeks have passed since I decided to play through Planescape: Torment, and much has changed in the interim. My outlook on gaming has changed. My appreciation of gaming's past and my expectations for its future have been bolstered. My zest for life has increased, my six terminal illnesses have miraculously been cured, and my libido has never been more active.

Forty Years in the Desert

I took a couple of night courses a while back to shore up my degree, one of which was called Working in Groups. It was geared towards cubicle-dwellers looking to move up the ladder and, as one might infer, was about working in groups. It was nowhere near being up my alley, but I had to take it to take another class that actually meant something to me.