New and old game companies are all fighting for the same territory: our living rooms.
stories by Jack Morphy
<img alt="" class="aligncenter size-medium wp-image-1643" height="297" src="http://www.cheesebreadgames.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/06/MassEffect-2010-06-03-16-59-49-76-475x267.jpg" title="MassEffect 2010-06-03 16-59-49-76″ width=”530″ /> Vitals – Players: 1 // System(s): Xbox 360, PC // Release Date: November 20, 2007 (Xbox 360) May 27, 2008 (PC) // ESRB: Mature // Genre: RPG // Developer: BioWare // Publisher: Electronic Arts Hands down Mass Effect is one of the best RPGs you will ever play. Scratch that, Mass Effect is one of the greatest games you will ever play. Don’t be fooled just because Mass Effect is labeled as an RPG, this game houses some fantastic shooter elements that any action fanatic will love. The gameplay has a 80s vibe to it – the top notch soundtrack and visual film grain really give it that 80s feeling. When interacting with characters it feels like a movie, the angle of the shots and the voice acting are nothing short of incredible.
<img alt="" class="alignnone size-medium wp-image-1265" height="300" src="http://www.cheesebreadgames.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/05/BFBC2Game-2010-05-03-21-15-30-83-475x267.jpg" title="BFBC2Game 2010-05-03 21-15-30-83″ width=”535″ />
<img alt="" class="alignnone size-medium wp-image-736" height="297" src="http://www.cheesebreadgames.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/03/Torchlight-2010-02-22-18-35-13-19-475x267.jpg" title="Torchlight 2010-02-22 18-35-13-19″ width=”530″ /> Vitals – System: PC // Release Date: October 27, 2009 // Genre: Action-RPG // Developer: Runic Games // Publisher: Encore, Perfect World Entertainment // Players: 1 Before playing Torchlight you have to ask yourself a question. Are you a fan of Diablo? If you said yes you are like many others waiting for Blizzard to release Diablo 3. You are a hack’n’slash rpg fanboy. You have played all the clones, Titan Quest, Sacred 2, Divine Divinity, trying to fill that gaping hole left by Diablo. Diablo is the popular kid in school. Everyone else wants to be the popular person but ends up becoming a carbon copy. Enter Torchlight, the latest game to copy Diablo in the oh so popular action rpg genre. Torchlight sure is a copy of Diablo, but you know what? Runic Games has made the best copy to date – The popular kids’ best friend.
Editor's note: I've been interested in Aion since I first read about it last year. It's been available in the U.S. since Sept. 22. Jack takes us on a tour of its world — and reports that it's a surprisingly polished for something that recently launched. Is it interesting enough to get MMO players to set aside World of Warcraft? -Jason