Thursday, 15 September 2011
Basically, after all the fun, excitement and friends i've met on this very blog, it's time to move on to pastures new. So if you're one of the lovely people that check out what spews from my brain on a regular basis, please feel free to move over to the new blog and get involved there. It's very much a work in progress at the moment, so bear with me during the change.
I'll be leaving this blog in a state of suspended animation, and who knows....every do often I may take something that I wrote on here and do a retrospective on the new blog. Anyway...it's sad to say goodbye to the old girl, but needs must and all that.
Right. So the new address for the blog is quite simple.....www.thegamefreakblog.com. Told you it was simple. So please pop over there and say hello. Hey, if you feel like it you can even pop to my Facebook page and give it a like. Go on...you know it makes sense.
It's not me stopping....oh no. Just think of it as the blog putting on a nice new change of clothes.
I'll see you there.
Tuesday, 30 August 2011
Hey guys, It's Tony here again, bringing you the first fifteen minutes or so of Deux Ex Human Revolution.
Now as I say in the video, i've never played a Deux Ex game before, much to the chagrin of some of my friends. So i've plumped in after some recommendations from some Twitter buddies (thanks guys). And this is meant to be a prequel, so I can play the other games afterwards...yippee!
I'm beavering my way through the first mission, and I have to say that if it continues in the way that it is, i'll be high;y impressed. Expect a review as soon as i've finished a playthrough of the game....however long that may be.
And if you really want to experience the first fifteen minutes yourself...don't play the fucking video! There are no spoilers, I didn't want to completely ruin it all for you....I stop when the action starts really, so watch with confidence.
Deux Ex Human Revolution is available now for Xbox 360, PS3 and PC.
Tuesday, 23 August 2011
Oh my god, oh my god, oh my god, oh my god, oh my god, oh my god, oh my god, oh my god, oh my god, oh my god, oh my god.......you get the idea.
I literally have a wood on now that i've watched this. Pleeeeeease Gearbox, DO NOT SCREW THIS ONE UP!
I'm one of the extremely small minority that actually liked the recent version of Aliens VS Predator. It was a bit clunky and archaic, kind of like my gran on her motor scooter, but I got quite a bit of fun out of it.
This however, looks in a different league!
Aliens: Colonial Marines is scheduled for release on March 30th, 2012.
Recently released on the indie section of XBLA is this possible sleep hit of a game.
entitled Raven Thorne, it tells the tale of a looting and pillaging Norseman, who has to fight his way through six levels of mythological beasties, hacking, slashing, casting magic and avoiding bathing for as long as possible.
I'll have to admit, the indie section of Xbox live is as off my radar as the latest series of Big Brother, so it came as a surprise to see a game of this quality available. It's graphically fresh and very attractive, sounds great and control is very tight. And at the bargain price of 240MSP it's pretty much a done deal as purchasing goes.
I've downloaded the full game, and i'll be sticking up a review later this week. So if you're sitting on the fence check back in a few days for my thoughts.
You can check out the developers website right in this link.
And if you make a purchase, let me know what you think.
YES! Coming to XBLA/PSN next summer is one of THE greatest fighting games in existence....Virtua Fighter 5: Final showdown.
It's going to have a huge overhaul, including new destructible arenas, a wealth of customisation options, and hopefully it's going to sell a fuck load.
It deserves to. Virtua Fighter is hardly mentioned these days. It's a shame, as it's one of those fighting games that if you're really good at it, NO button basher will EVER take you down.
And Kage for the win, by the way.
Saturday, 20 August 2011
Hey guys, thanks for popping by my wee corner of the interweb again.
Today, if you haven't already watched it on my youtube channel, i'm bringing you a guest commentary that I had the opportunity to do this week. It's for a great Youtube/Twitter buddy of mine called Mattshotcha. He has a great channel where he puts up some absolutely killer Homefront videos. You remember Homefront don't you? It's that great game that everyone ignores over anything to do with Call of Duty.
One of Mattshotcha's series is called Run & Gun, where he goes into some fantastic detail about how to play on certain maps, weapons, spawn details....it really is one of my favourite series on YT, and he has some great montage videos in his Grindhouse gameplays as well.
So please, check out the commentary I did for him, and of course let me know if you enjoyed it, I appreciate all feedback.
And you can check out Mattshotcha's Youtube channel right here!
Wednesday, 17 August 2011
Hey guys, another day, another video. In this Gamefreak favourites video i'll be looking at Splinter Cell Double Agent, specifically the Ellsworth penitentiary level, which is the one that stuck with me the most from the game.
Splinter Cell DA isn't completely terrible, but it's no Chaos Theory! It's worth playing just for this level alone, and I guess you can pick up the game for around a fiver right now. My problem was the whole appeasing two different factions within the game, and pissing about in the bad guys headquarters. Sam Fisher is a bad-ass killing machine...don't get him doing fucking chores!
Anyhoo....it's a great level, so enjoy.
And as always, your thoughts are appreciated.
Tuesday, 16 August 2011
Saturday, 13 August 2011
Hey guys, thanks for tuning in. In todays video i'm looking at the recently released demo for El Shaddai: Ascension of the Metatron. It's absolutely beautiful to look at, pretty fluid to play (even though i don't comeplete the demo) and for me it's definately arrived on my radar.
If you have played the demo at all, let me know your thoughts. It's available right now, so go ahead and get downloading.
And i apologise for the terrible Alan Rickman impression....it'll never happen again.
Wednesday, 10 August 2011
Hey guys, it's Tony here, with a brief look at the new demo for Driver: San Francisco. It's Driver as we know it, with some kind of new Quantum Leap body-swapping dynamic introduced, which I can't tell at this early stage if I think is refreshing and unique or balls out dumb. It's avaiable for download now, so you can be the judge yourself.
Driver: San Francisco is scheduled for release on September 2nd, 2011.
Friday, 5 August 2011
Hey guys, it's time for another in the Gamefreak favourites series. It's another retro one, and probably my last retro favourite for ewww.....at least a week or two. This time, i'm looking at the classic side scrolling basher "Final Fight", chewing my way through the second stage of the game, the subway. I bloody love this level, and if you don't i'll kick your head off!
Cause that's how I roll innit!!
Enjoy my friends.
Tuesday, 2 August 2011
Hey guys, hope you had a great weekend. It was bloody warm.
Today I look at Capcom, and the way I feel they are taking the piss in regards to DLC and additional games in the Marvel VS Capcom 3 and Streetfighter 4 series. As I say in the video, additional DLC is one of those things.....you don't have to buy it, but you feel like you're missing out of you don't. Be it a map pack for Call of Duty, new cars for NFS: Hot pursuit, or the infamous "Horse Armour" shenanigans for The Eldar Scrolls. As far as Capcom are handling DLC, in my eyes it stinks like Satan's jockstrap, so watch the video, dear reader, and let me know your thoughts.
Even if you're a fan.....you can admit it extracts the urine ever so....go on....you know i'm right.
Saturday, 30 July 2011
Hey guys, another video, another Gamefreak favourites, and this time it's the retro classic, Golden Axe. You've all played it...at least, I fucking hope so. So enjoy this, my trip through stage 4, "Fiends path".
Which is conveniently on the back of a giant Eagle.
Which has an infestation of skeletons. Well...better than mites I guess...
Friday, 29 July 2011
Hey guys. Sorry for the lack of postage over the last week. I explain all in this, the latest in the Gamefreak favourites series. I take a look at the Sega Megadrive version of Strider, specifically stage 2, and talk about why I love it so.
More videos upcoming, including the latest episode of TCTV for the Thumb culture website. Stay tuned.
Friday, 22 July 2011
I'll be away having a short break for the weekend, back to fully operational status on Monday. It's time to recharge those batteries, drink some cocktails and fire up that hot tub.
Well, it would be if I were an international playboy. It's actually down to a cylinder cracking in my boiler, giving me the beautiful sensation of experiencing hot running water coming through my roof, soaking the living shit out of everything underneath it. The plumbers have been, and also found out that my water supply is still coming to my taps via the ancient Roman method of using lead piping. So, apart from probably turning me ever so slightly mad, it also means that my bathroom and kitchen needs to be ripped out and replaced. Bummer.
So instead of trying to write, and indeed do video commentaries with what sounds like an extremely busy construction site in the background, i'm just going to do sod all for the next two days. But rest assured, i'll be back next week with a vengeance.
This also means that this weeks Thumb Culture TV episode is unfortunately not going to happen, but we'll be back next week with another oh so great episode. And if you missed the first three, just look down below and play catch up.
I'll leave it at that guys, so see you in a couple of days.
Thursday, 21 July 2011
Hey guys, Tony here, bringing you (as you can probably tell from the title) the playthrough of the recently released Resistance 3 demo that was bundled with the Blu-Ray "Battle for Los Angeles". The film itself, apart from a few parts, is essentially bollocks, so you have to ask yourself is it worth me shelling out £15-20 for the film Just to play through the demo. I've done it for you (I know...i'm too kind) so have a watch and see what you think. It's Resistance through and through, but I have to admit I did enjoy it. It does absolutely nothing new, but what it does it does well.
Resistance 3 is scheduled for release on September 9th, 2011.
Wednesday, 20 July 2011
Hey guys, Tony here. This is the first video review for my wee blog, where I look at 007 Blood Stone, the 3rd person cover based shooter that some of you may have missed. Release in November of last year, it's a fun, exciting, if generic shooter, so watch the vid for my thoughts.
And of course, your feedback is appreciated.
Friday, 15 July 2011
Hey guys, it's Friday.....all day long! And what does that mean, of course.....it's episode 2 of Thumb culture TV.
What i'm looking at in this episode is the recent announcement on Grand Theft Auto 5. Apparently it's coming, and it'll be officially announced this summer. That's the news. You don't need a crystal ball to know that ANOTHER game in one of the greatest selling game series of all time will be released, but anyway....that's what's been said.
So what I do is look at GTA 4, and some of the reasons why I personally think it's the best in the series so far. Please feel free to disagree, and make some of your own points. More specifically, as I may very well do a follow up video including some of your ideas, I want to hear what YOU want to see from GTA 5. Do you want the freedom, customisation and RPG-style elements from GTA: San Andreas or indeed the Saints Row games, or would you, like me, rather have well rounded, believable characters that you can really connect to?
By all means leave me a comment here, or on my Youtube channel should you watch the video over there. Even better, follow this link and join in the discussion on the Thumb Culture website.
And while you're at it, when you visit Thumb culture, go and give us all a vote in the Games Media awards. Votes are open until the 25th July, and we'll collectively give you all a virtual reach-around if you do.
Follow this link to find out some more details.
Stay tuned to The blog. More great videos/reviews coming up this weekend.
Wednesday, 13 July 2011
Do you suffer with getting back into games? After not indulging in Call of Duty for a week do you find it hard getting back into the swing of things? Well you're not alone, you're just one of millions of sufferers of "Gamers block", the phenomenon of getting your ass handed to you for several games in a row after taking a break from certain genres of games. It's completely real, even though I've just made it up, and this video is a demonstration of the illness.
I haven't played Battlefield Vietnam in an age, and this, the first game I've had in months is a text-book example of the phenomenon. Aside from a few great kills, the round was pretty much a non event from the start.
If you have also suffered from gamers block, you're not alone. Call the following free phone number for more advice on how to deal with being completely shit at games for the first hour in coming back to them.
*All calls may be recorded for security and training purposes. Really sad cases will be exploited in a Youtube video as soon as humanly possible*
Monday, 11 July 2011
Hey guys, it's Monday, it's sunny, and here's the first of this weeks videos. This time we're going retro, stepping back to the eighties and the beat-em-up that started off a trend, Double Dragon. Many a day I shoveled 10p pieces into this game, and it probably took more money off me during my youth than any other game. Actually that's probably false, but you get what I mean.
The next few gamefreak favourites i'll be doing will all be retro titles, as I realise I need to mix things up a bit....partly for you, but mostly for my own entertainment.
Of course it's MY favourites, but if you think there is a game, retro or not, that I should have a look at doing in my favourites section then just drop me a message on Twitter, Facebook, on the comments section here or Youtube.....or indeed if you're in Google+ join me on there, there is a growing community of geeks on that thing, so you won't be alone!
Saturday, 9 July 2011
Here's ANOTHER Gamefreak favourites for you lovely people. This time it's Killzone 3, and the cold, icy chapter "Frozen shores", which sees our hero rescued by his team mates who then take him on a rescue mission.....via the medium of blowing the living fuck out of a couple of oil rigs along the way.
I didn't mind Killzone 3. It was short, the story was a mess and it was a bit generic, as I covered in my original review. But it's still worth playing through at least once.
I have a couple more levels from the game that I really liked, so if you liked watching this, stay tuned.
Thursday, 7 July 2011
Here's the promised look at the Airstrip multiplayer level from the Uncharted 3 beta. It's a pretty cool level, I just LOVE the opening. I wish that were the whole level if i'm really honest.
If you fancy joining me for a few games, leave your PSN ID on here, message it to me via Twitter or drop it on the comments section of my Youtube page. I'm looking for someone to join me on the co-op section of the beta, so if you're interested give me a shout!
p.s. sorry about the slight political rant, the news just broke that the NOTW had just closed its doors, so my brain just took it for a walk!
Wednesday, 6 July 2011
Hey guys, another day, another gamefreak favourites and another from Heavy Rain, this time it's "sexy girl", in which our heroine, Madison, has to pop along to a club to attempt to glean some crucial information from the owner, using her womanly charms to hopefully accomplish the task.
I really like this chapter from the game. It shows Madison in quite an empowering role, although i'm sure the feminists out there will completely hate me for that suggestion. "Getting her kit off isn't empowering" they will shriek.....but wrapping a table lamp around the guys head is, so there....ner ner.
Enjoy my friends.
Monday, 4 July 2011
A very good Monday to you all folks, I hope you have all had a spankingly good weekend. To get us started this week is another Gamefreak favourites video, this time it's the PS3 exclusive adventure-come-point-and-click-come-QTE fest that is Heavy Rain, the David Cage sometimes flawed masterpiece. I'm looking at chapter 17, called "The Bear", which sees our hero having to take on a suicidal task where he has five minutes to drive five miles down the wrong way of a motorway.
See as our hero Ethan travels at death defying speeds, watch in horror as cars dodge out of his way, recoil in fear as even the Police get smashed up, and stare in amazement as we see motorway workers actually doing some work!
I liked Heavy Rain. I was enthralled all the way through, and it was only afterwards that I realised that some of the parts were actually slightly flawed, but hey, that's another post entirely. I'll be putting up another chapter or two, so if you enjoyed this one tune in again this week, or indeed just pop to Youtube and subscribe to get notified straight away!
Here's looking to another great gaming week on thoughts of a gaming freak!
Saturday, 2 July 2011
Hey guys, thanks for tuning in again. I can't believe it's been a week since I updated my blog....i'm a lazy bastard at times.
Here's a video of my first look at the recently released beta for Uncharted 3. 4 kills, 7 deaths, so not all that great. Mind you, not too bad considering i've never played it before. Quite a good level to play on as well, very open, with high/low sections with lots of run throughs. It's also as vertical as it is wide, so it's fun.
I'll record some more of the beta over the weekend. And by all means if you want to have a go on co-op, as i'd like to get some footage of that, drop me a message via Youtube/Twitter, or just drop me a comment here with your username and we'll get something sorted.
And once more, please just pop over to the vid on Youtube and leave me a rating, it'll take you ten seconds and i'd really appreciate it!
Anyway guys, i'll have another vid or two up later today/tomorrow, so keep tuning in.
Saturday, 25 June 2011
Welcome to yet another Gamefreak Favourites video, the game in the frame today is Wanted: Weapons of fate. Based on the film, it sees you take on the mantle of a young dosser called Wesley, played by Mr. Tumnus from The Lion, the Witch and the wardrobe fame. He finds out he's the son of the worlds greatest assassin, and trains himself up to follow in his fathers footsteps. The game plays out through the past and the present, with playable flashback levels where you play as Wesley's dad which pads out the story.
It's a great little game, with some great use of cover, settings, some good, if a wee bit traditional, boss fights and a great feature in the bullet bending mechanic, where you can literally bend the rules of physics and make your bullets fly around corners.
I'll maybe do a small montage of the game, showing off some of the levels and boss fights, but if you haven't played it, i'd highly recommend it. It's a mish-mash of games with it's own take on things, and if anything, it's a diverting days worth of gaming.
Let me know what you think, and please comment if you have actually played the game.
And if you get a mo....pop over to youtube and like it if you liked it! I love my likes!!
Thursday, 23 June 2011
Hey peeps, Tony here again, with yet more in the Gamefreak Favourites series. This time it's the turn of Mass Effect 2 and Samara's loyalty mission. Her daughter, Morinth, has turned all psycho and Samara wants to track her down and kill the hell out of her. If you haven't played this mission, or indeed Mass Effect 2, it has a few very mild spoilers, but nothing that will actually ruin the main story arch of the game. The loyalty missions just flesh out your crew members, and while there is a spoiler of sorts, it's a pure cosmetic one.
I liked this loyalty mission specifically as it does away with the combat. It's just you, the evidence that you can gather and the way you interact with the people, and in my eyes the best loyalty mission in the game follow the same structure.
So please, if you enjoyed the video leave a comment, or indeed pop over to Youtube and give me a like, or dislike....or hey, even subscribe so you get the notifications when you're next on your channel.
Your thoughts, as always, are appreciated.
Oh, and if you have any tickets for Expel 10.....get in touch.
Wednesday, 22 June 2011
All i'll say is watch the video. It looks like all the stops are being pulled out to make Horde 2.0 stand head and shoulders above the original, which is still a class act. I'll still be shit at it, but at least i'll have a load of keep myself busy with while i'm getting a Brumak rogering me senseless!
Gear of War 3 is sheduled for release on September 20th, 2011.
No, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no.........
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You get the idea. It's your duty......neigh......RESPONSIBILITY to dislike this video.
I'd rather watch this video on a 24 hour cycle than "recommend" adverts to my friends.
Monday, 20 June 2011
Hey peeps, thanks for popping along to my blog again. Another Gamefreak favourites, another epic level. This time, as you can no doubt tell, it's the "Death from above" level from COD 4, where you give gunner support to Cpt. Price and the S.A.S team from an death-laden AC-130 gunship circling above.
It's a live commentary from the AC-130 gunship itself.....you wouldn't believe how roomy those planes actually are......comfy chairs too.
Sunday, 19 June 2011
Alright peeps, thanks for dropping by, and if you're a dad happy father's day, I hope that you're getting some well earned gaming in.
This is the third video in my Gamefreak favourites, and as you can tell this time it's the turn of Call of duty 4: Modern Warfare, with the absolutely epic sniper level "all ghillied up", which sees you track your quarry through the atomic ruins of the Ukraine. It's hands down one of THE best levels in any FPS game, and if you disagree i'll cut out your teeth. It's the perfect example of "less is more" in the FPS genre.....as in we don't need 45,000 explosions in a level for it to be classed as "immersive".
I'll have some more Gamefreak favourites coming up really soon, so keep on checking back, and by all means leave me a comment letting me know what you think.
And if you haven't looked already, i'm now doing a weekly video for the awesome gaming website Thumb Culture, called aptly enough "Thumb Culture TV, where every Friday i'll be doing a short video about anything and everything in the gaming world. You can pop along and see part 1, where I discuss the trend of HD remakes, right in this link. Again, leave a comment over there with your thoughts.
Have a great Sunday people!
Friday, 17 June 2011
This video is a demonstration of all that's currently wrong in the gaming world.
Kinect.....making people everywhere look like annoying epileptics!
I think the only thing that would have made this video worse is if the ghost of Michael Jackson appeared and joined the kids in a trip to "Neverland".
E3 2011.......the date gaming officially got boring!
At last! The first "proper" console footage of Dice/EA's upcoming epic Battlefield 3 has been shown. It was the debut of the game on the Jimmy Fallon show the other night, and it left gamers in no doubt that they have nothing to fear visually from the PC game. It looks spectacular!
Battlefield 3 is due for release on 28th October, 2011
Thursday, 16 June 2011
Today has seen the partnership of TWO of the most colossal forces in gaming. Nope....not Lara Croft's tits...it's the partnership of yours truly and the gorgeous gaming website, Thumb Culture.
Now partnership is the wrong word. I just needed an excuse to shoehorn a photo of Elton John in here somewhere. Basically i'm going to do a short weekly video for Thumb Culture, where I will look at gaming, new, old, good and bad, and spew out my thoughts. Pretty much the same as I do here, but with less references to cock and I say fuck a whole lot less. Well...actually never.
Thumb Culture is a great site. Clean, professional, and packed to the rafters with gaming news in one handy webzone. The last thing they need to bring it down is me spouting my bollocks and being all shouty on there.....it's a site for gamers of all ages, so my thoughts on there will come with a PG certificate.
I will be posting my Thumb Culture videos on my Youtube channel, but I will make a clear distinction between what are the videos I put on here, and what will go on T/Culture. Don't be fooled, i'm not "toning down" my act or anything like that...my T/Culture videos will be basically just the same, but with no swearing and a more good/bad points, rather than just spewing hate on something. I just thought I would make a distinction which is the "uncut" me over the "volume turned down" me. All my thoughts and opinions will still be exactly the same.
We still haven't come up with an actual name for my section, but the first video is live. Here, I discuss the good and bad points with the current trend of HD remakes of old games. Take a look!
See? I've not changed. If you want to get the "gamefreak" feel just insert the odd fuck every now and again!
So i'll make some more announcements as they come. Of course, just click right here to pop over and check out Thumb Culture's site, their Facebook page....and you can also find them on Twitter.
If you like gaming, they will be your next stop after reading this!
Wednesday, 15 June 2011
Due to some of the recent announcements at this years E3, and some other stuff iv'e heard people saying while i've been on some forums/twitter and certain vids on Youtube, I just thought I would give my own quick perspective on the big 3 military shooters out there, Homefront, Call of Duty and Battlefield. It's in no way an exhaustive commentary on the games, I could probably do half an hour on each game, which would bore the tits off of you. Rather, this is just a brief look at the single player and multiplayer modes of each, where I look at what I like and what I don't about them all.
As I say in the video, the comments I make are MY OWN PERSONAL COMMENTS! By all means leave a comment on here or youtube, send me a mail or get in touch via Twitter letting me know what you think about the games, but don't just say "doh...you're wrong....Homefront is shit".....because it will just make you out as foolish as you probably are. If you have a genuine beef, at least make a back up point for your claim.
Anyhoo.....enjoy the video, and as always, your thoughts are appreciated.
*Awaits comments saying they agree with everything I say*
Friday, 10 June 2011
Mmm....i'm not sure about this. Ok, we get a flash of Dante's white hair...great....brilliant.....fantastic. Let's be honest here, the DMC series has been hit and miss....1st game good, second bad, third good but unforgivable hard and forth was a return to form but with some arse cock stupid puzzle bits. This looks and sounds like DMC...but it doesn't feel like DMC. Where the cocky, over the top moves?? Well, I mean they are a bit over the top....but you know what I mean.....Where Dante?? Where's the wit and style?
Ah well...early days and all that.
Now this game completely slipped by me at this years E3. Dragon's Crown is the latest game from the team that brought you Odin Sphere, and it look staggeringly good. 2D, hand drawn graphics, a homage to games like Golden Axe and Capcom's Dungeons and Dragons....but it looks a whole lot better. Breathtaking in fact. I'm sold on this game already. It apparently has some kind of cross gaming compatibility between PS3 and PsVita.....so that's something i'll never experience.
It looks beautiful, I just can't stop watching it. And it's not because of the size of the sorceress's tits either. I mean...really though....they can't make casting spells easy. Mind you, if she was attacking me I wouldn't really care what spell she was casting!
Dragon's Crown is scheduled for release in Spring 2012.
The new E3 video for Konami's Silent Hill downpour has hit, and it looks......well....a bit like Silent Hill.
I haven't touched a Silent Hill game since The Room, so i'm cautiously optimistic about this. I shouldn't be, as that trailer scared the shit out of me. That weird thing coming towards him on the train thing at the end.....uuurrggghh.....
Thursday, 9 June 2011
This fantastic live action trailer for Mass Effect 3 has just landed. As if I needed any more convincing to get the game.
Mass Effect 3 is scheduled for release on 6th March, 2012
Wednesday, 8 June 2011
Yes, Nintendo showed off their new console. Well, at least the controller for the console. But before I get into that let's have a look at the 3DS. Take up has been slow so far, and there is a definate feeling of the 3DS being a slow burner. The new Nintendo 3DS store has just launched, and you can download a few decent Gameboy games, such as Super Mario and Zelda: Links awakening, as well as the stupidly addictive new companion to the shitter in the form of Gameboy Tennis. One can't help but feel that if Nintendo has waited until THIS E3 to announce that the 3DS was available to buy, TODAY.....with all this stuff ready and waiting for consumers from the offset that the gaming world would have gone into meltdown. Instead, the 3DS had a bunch of titles that we basically knew were coming, with a few highlights. Mario Kart looked once more like it has lost it's way, with "Karting" now taking to the air with huge jumps aided by what appear to be hang-gliders strapped to the top, and water is no longer the barrier that once was, with karts now diving beneath the waves and James Bond-style propellers farting out of the back of the karts. One step too much for me, and if Mario Kart even DARES to kill me if I go into the water at the sides of a course after introducing water courses I will officially kill the developers! Starfox looked great, and i'm looking forward to that a great deal. Ocarina is a remake, and even though it comes with the Master Quest mode and a few other additions it's still a port.....a port of one of the most respected games ever i'll admit, but really...no chance of a new adventure? The new Super Mario looked great, the love child of Super Mario World and Mario 64, and I can't wait to get my hands on it. Same with Luigi's mansion 2, which adds several mansions for you to go and suck the dead out of. Another showreel blared out, featuring the likes of Driver, Metal Gear Solid, Tekken, and a whole bunch of other games which could be a boost for the system. I for one wasn't expecting Tekken. All in all a good showing for the 3DS.
The Wii was catered for with the new trailer for Zelda: Skyward Sword, which is was incorrectly predicted by internet know-it-alls the world over as going over to the new system. Oh no...it's on the Wii and it's looking great...released for Christmas this year, and in another bit of Zelda related news Zelda: Four Swords will be released as a free download for DSi owners...which is nice. There was probably more news about the Wii, but I don't pay attention to games that make you look like you're trying to swat an invading army of invisible wasps whilst playing, so the Wii can fuck off.
Anyway. To the new system. You have all seen it so i'm not going to go into detail. The main showing was the controller, which drew simultaneous gasps of joy and "what....the....fuck....is this the console?. Looking like a classic controller that's been subjected to torture and stretching on a rack, and whilst it was down someone stapled a small iPad to it, it did look veeeeeery "Apple". Clean, neat, curvy......like a joypad version of Carol Vorderman. Demos of the unit in action shot over the big screen, with FPS style games, a unique way of playing golf with the new pad acting as a sandy tee with the ball on it, while you use the compatible Wiimote as a club, all sorts of technical demos which both astounded and confused at the same time. The SINGLE most impressive thing in my eyes was the answer to the age old arguement of who gets to use the TV. No longer, with the new "WiiU" console....yep, that's the name....if you're enjoying "Mario porno party kart 3" and your beloved comes into the room demanding to watch the next pile of X-Factor bollocks, no longer do you have to sulk...simply transfer the game to the controller and carry on playing with the screen now acting as your new TV. That part was spellbinding, and as far as i'm concerned probably one of the biggest draws to the system. All the big boys are on board, with some huge 3rd part support with Assassins Creed and Battlefield 3 looking like they are coming to the system. All good then?
The whole showing of this new system was so badly done it beggars belief. I still have more questions about it than answers, and that's no way to launch a console to consumers. I'm a big boy.....a very big boy in certain areas, and I can usually figure shit out on my own. On no......WiiU is almost like a real life Professor Layton puzzle.....where, what, how, when, why.....?? It just keeps coming.
We are told it's a 1080p system, that's "as" powerful, if not more so, than current systems. Well, those current systems are around 5-odd years old now...the absolute LEAST I would expect is for them to graphically match what is out there. Fuck it Nintendo, BLOW THE LIVING FUCK OUT OF WHATEVER IS ALREADY OUT THERE......don't just do "as good". So how powerful is it? What are the specs? How many controllers can I connect? It used the Wiimote, so I take it the sensor bar is still needed? Is it backwards compatible? How big is it? What is the new disc system? HDMI? How much are additional controllers? Don't you think it's a bad idea to have it attached to a shoddy plastic gun? How many batteries does it take? How long do they last? Can I hook up my new 3DS to it? If not, why not? Can I stream porn to it so I can "disappear" upstairs for a while? How does it connect online? Friends codes? How does the video conference calling work? Is there an additional cost to play online?
This is my dilemma. What I saw had promise, but Nintendo didn't explain just why I needed to get this system. Yes, it's out next year, but why do I need it? Sure, it gives something to everyone, but an old proverb says "If an Eagle chases two rabbits, he will catch non". Sure I can see what they are doing, i'm not that fucking thick, but non of it has been explained. It basically broke down to "we are releasing this thing, we aren't telling you how powerful it is, or what games are coming out. This may come out, and we may get this game......everything you are seeing is what may or may not happen.....this game may be released...this is what Zelda could look like, but it's just a tech demo, so don't count on it. It may cost this much, but it may not, so instead we will just leave it where we have and we'll catch you next year".
Why? Why go to all of that trouble and tell us nothing? It's akin to having a classy whore sidle up to you in a bar, whispering oh so dirty nothings into your ear about what she's going to do to you, and how much you're going to like it and why you will never look at another woman after what she is going to do to you, only for her to jump in a waiting cab and take off until some random point in the future. You'll just feel let down, confused and you'll have to go and do something with that woody that you have in your pants. The news that Smash Bros was coming to WiiU had some cheers from the crowd, but that all soon died down after the conference when the developer of the Smash bros series said work hasn't even started on the game yet!
I applaude Nintendo for doing something new. In trying to get an entertainment system that will be for every household they seem to have the right idea. Unfortunately, that's all it really was. An idea with no real substance. A game console souffle. A Nintendo Cheryl Cole. I'm hoping the upcoming months and the Tokyo game show will really go in depth with the system, and i'll become as indoctrinated as the Nintendo fanboy massive that are seeing this as another huge win for Nintendo and another dominating performance over Sony and Microsoft at E3.
But with the news that Nintendo's shares have plummeted to their lowest in five years after their conference.....it's not just us gamers that need convincing.
Tuesday, 7 June 2011
Microsoft bored the arse off of me. Starting off with a playthrough of a level from Modern Warfare 3 it started well. Starting with an underwater infiltration to take out a submarine, we saw the troops then storm the surfaced vessel, taking out a bunch of soldiers and then descending into said submarine to kill anyone breathing and take it out. Another level from MW3 was shown, where the mission was to take out a rader dish and then jump in a helicopter to take out some Hinds in a shootout in the sky. It looked hectic, in a Michael Bay -explosion-every-two-seconds kind of way, and a speedboat chase through an all out scrap with battleships and fighter jets impressed, but it's a case of Modern Warfare 2.5 than anything overly new. The new Tomb Raider reboot was shown which looked more than influenced by Uncharted, which is fair as I guess Uncharted is influenced by Tomb Raider, but the playable demo looked more like an interactive cut scene than a game. Still...early days....it's not out until next year. Mass Effect 3 was brought out, looking absolutely amazing, but the much touted Kinect compatibility, instead of doing something new like a Minority Report-style galaxy map you control with mere gestures, boiled down to shouting "Liara.....move up". You don't have to use Kinect with it, and thank fuck, as the game looked 1,000,000 better without it. Another game with Kinect slapped into it was Ghost Recon Future Soldier. With the POWER of Kinect you can assemble/disassemble guns with a wave of your hand, use voice commands to snap different parts into your gun, which went down well with the brain dead among the crowd, and generally look awkward when you try to actually play the game hands free. Ubisoft said all of their future Tom Clancy games will feature some kind of Kinect use.....and the gaming world let out a little tear.
343 Industries confirmed the rumour of a Halo: CE remake, which is a complete redoing of the first Halo game, with the option of original/remastered graphics, online campaign co-op and seven multiplayer maps all using the Reach engine. More details to follow, and even though i've played Halo several times, i'm looking forward to the remake. Kinect was featured heavily, with new Kinect sports games, a new Disney title where you can tour Disneyland and partake in mini games featuring all the characters you know and hate. I can't see it, but hey, if it means you get to tour Disneyworld without having to go to France it gets a thumbs up in my book! Kinect was heavily focused on, and they trotted out of of the usual embarrassing, tepid, lifeless, soul-sapping people on stage to demo the games, as forced fun as you can get. They showed the much talked about Star Wars Kinect, which I would have basically not shown. It looked nice, in a strange pre-rendered kind of way, and i'm sure budding young Jedi will love it, but the lag was awful. I fact, i;d go so far as to say it wasn't laggy, it looked like the guy who was demoing the game rehearsed it all before hand and his body forgot the lines. Fucking awful. Some other Kinect software was on show, some free software which will be available right now, the more interesting of which is where you can scan an item and it brings it to life, such as in the demo a women held up a comedy-faced backpack, which after scanning in the front and rear magically came to life. I expect there to be laughing, hopping dildos on Xboxes all over the world as we speak. They had loads of XBL related announcements, such as Youtube coming to XBL, Bing as well, Xbox TV, they are really going all out for a universal system under your TV. UFC's Dana White popped on stage to mumble something about UFC and Xbox Live, but Dana would turn up to the opening of a bag of crisps, so that's nothing new.
Microsoft ended with the confirmation that Halo 4 is on it's way, it's out next year, and it's the first in a whole new trilogy. Which of course is welcome, we all love a bit of Halo.
So that was Microsoft really. No surprises, no new IP, nothing apart from chucking Kinect down everyones throats and eye holes. What they needed to do with Kinect was get the core on board, and apart from a few voice commands, or molesting weapons in shooters they had nothing....No Panzer Dragoon, no Steel Battalion, nothing that shouted out "I NEED A KINECT!"
Microsoft conference rating: 5/10
"Put on your 3D glasses.......put on your 3D glasses" barked the order at the start, and straight away I knew most of the Sony presser would go right over my head. A huge trailer for all things Sony played, and well...I guess you had to be there to appreciate it. Sony game an apology for the PSN downtime, basically telling all of their loyal customers they appreciate the support, and I thought they did well not to have a fucking powerpoint presentation about the whole thing....it happened, we dealt with it, this is what we have coming. Handled well I thought. Sony jumped straight in game-wise with Uncharted 3, and it didn't fail to impress. It looked like setting a new benchmark for in game visuals, with the scene playing out on a ship in a storm. The water and rain effects were literally jaw dropping, and the game itself looks like another welcome episode in the franchise. A new multiplayer game set in the E.V.E universe was presented, and was instantly lost on me. It just looked like a space Call of Duty, and looked a bit bland. SOny were touting 3D, and announced a new entry level 3D TV, capable of displaying 2 3D images at once for co-op gaming. I'd still argue that £500 for a 24" TV isn't exactly entry level, and i've still not been convinced that 3D gaming is anything but a fad. Loads of bollocks featuring Move was shown, the usual sports games, mini games.....yawn. inFamous 2 was trotted out, looking good, if generic. Bioshock infinate looked great, although i've never been a massive fan of the series, but if you are I can see why you would be creaming over the showing. They also showed Resistance 3, which is to the colour yellow what Gears of War is to the colour blue. They had some good news regarding exclusive content for their games, and the PS3 version of Battlefield 3 will come with a free copy of Battlefield 1943, which is welcome. Then they brought out the Playstation NGP, or as it is now officially know, the PSvita. Sounds like a low fat slimming biscuit to me, but hey ho. AT&T was announced as a broadband provider in the States, which drew some unexpected groans! The games, such as Uncharted looked good, but my thoughts on the PSvita haven't changed. Some people crave such a powerful handheld, I don't. I'm not that bothered about having a device as powerful as Skynet in my hands, but millions are, so i'm in the monority. However, at $249 for the wifi vita it'll sell shitloads, and puts it into the same price band as the 3DS. Your move Nintendo.
Sony conference rating: 7/10
So in my eyes Sony took it from Microsoft. New hardware in the form of PSvita, some great games, especially in the sublime Uncharted 3, some good exclusive content. Both were concentrating on their respective fields, such as Kinect, Move and 3D, and all of that guff bored me to tears. Microsoft failed utterly in getting me to think Kinect is a must have device, as did Sony with 3D/Move, and I think the lacklustre applause from the crowd backed up my fears.
So. It's all Nintendo's to win. They are going to have to be fucking abysmal not to take this E3.
I'll have a full report on Nintendo's conference later today.
Your thoughts, as always, are appreciated.
Sunday, 5 June 2011
I'm still not sure about this game, but the latest trailer looks great. More details to follow in the coming week.
I'm still not sure about the whole "able to kill Leon Kennedy" thing.....but hey, it could be a laugh.
Friday, 3 June 2011
Let's get it out of the way........yeah, I would.
It looks stunning though. Then again, with this being the 27th reboot i'd expect looking good is the least we can ask.
Details on the release are expected at E3 2011 next week.
Just make Snatcher 2 and have done with it, you complete git.
Oh....and a HD remake of Twin Snakes while you're at it.
Thursday, 2 June 2011
Just look on Youtube....the amount of people spouting the same bollocks as him is quite frightening.
Anyhoo. E3 is here next week. Runours are spilling out about what will be there, what won't be, and I for one would love to go. Maybe this time next year i'll be there, but as of now i'll just be trying to work out which live stream of the event isn't going to die as soon as I click "Watch now". I'm sure there will be a shitload of announcements over the few days that E3 is running, but the ones that I want to see follow right about under these words:
1. NO Kinect use in Mass Effect 3.
That's right, No Kinect use in the game at all. What I really want to see from Mass Effect 3 is some more of the RPG elements that made the first game so fun. I want to see half planet scanning/half planet exploring. I want to see the return of customisation to armour and weapons that was in the first, so scopes, rifle butts, all the stuff that made it actually fun to navigate a menu. However cool selecting your galactic destination with the point of a finger "Minority-Report" style may be, I don't want to see it. Why? Because it means i'll have to put my fucking hand in my pocket and actually buy one of the bloody things. If it has Kinect enabled features there is no way on earth that I will pass it by, and I don't usually have £100 lying about just to splash out on something. Of course, if some MS-working employee is reading this blog, i'd gladly take one for "review-purposes".
2. Nintendo to release something fucking "New" for their next console.
Yeah, it's going to be more powerful than the Xbox 360/PS3.....i'd fucking expect so for a new console. Their tech is what.....5 odd years old now? I'm expecting it to visually fuck my eyeballs to orgasm. The thing I want from Nintendo is some new games. Make a new Excitebike! Make a full 3D online Pokemon game. Something new. I already know what the fuck we'll have. Come on, it's Nintendo, it's not hard. "New even wider track edition of Mario Kart". "New same old Zelda game that looks better but plays the same as the god-damn tired last 4 games". "New Wii fit with brain training". "New Mario galaxy 3...this time with Fludd". "New old but new Pilotwings....set again on Wulu Island". All you Nintendo fans can cry all you like....but if you even DARE cheer as Shiggsy takes to the stage with sword and shield in hand and shows the same old Zelda game that looks "realistic" i'll personally stick the Hero Sword right up your arse crack. When Nintendo took a chance and made what is HANDS DOWN THE BEST 3D ZELDA GAME EVER......The Wind Waker....it showed Ninty at their best. If you make the new Zelda game look like it's characters are marionettes, with almost stop-motion animations and graphics then we will talk. Graphically tart up a 13-yr old game and you have lost me.
3. Nintendo to take advantage of the 3DS.
As simple as that. Get the devs on board and take the VR stuff, the camera, everything that makes it such a potentially devastating handheld and convince people that are sitting on the fence. You have created this glasses-free, 3D beast....now is the time to unleash it.
4. Sony NGP to bomb.
I shouldn't really say stuff like this, as I don't really hate anything. Well, that's a lie, I hate everything until it proves me otherwise. I just hate Sony's attitude when it comes to stuff like this. Nintendo show some kind of innovation when it comes to products....Sony's answer is to just chuck pure brute force and processing grunt at anything that comes it's way. And the NGP is yet another in the long, long list of Sony products that promised the earth when they make the initial announcement, and then quickly change when they realise how expensive/pointless that they are. Remember all that bollocks about the PS3 being able to render two-separate HD signals? Yeah me too. Never happened. This is the usual bollocks you get from Sony about a new console when it's ready to be released.
Remember all that shit in Warhawk? No, me neither. I do however, remember the time when I saw someone on my team glitching, having an epileptic fit as his head was wedged in a barn door. So from the dream, to reality.
That's be the "power" of the Cell eh, Bishop??
I don't want games on a handheld to be "as" powerful as my home consoles. That's why I play them at home. Handheld consoles are perfect for the bus, the train, for taking a big dump or something to play when the missus wants to watch "Britains got mentally challenged talent", and bite-sized, enjoyable games are perfect for that. Make something like the next Tetris and i'll plump in for the NGP. I'm never, EVER going to make a purchase is it's a continuation of the PSP. You have cameras on there, power, and that weird rubby panel on the back....INNOVATE YOU CRETINS!
5. A new Metal Gear game.
A new games in the Metal Gear series. That's all. Oh, and to confirm the rumour that Peace Walker will get a release on the PS3. I'll wank myself silly to any of the above.
6. Final Fantasy VII remake.
I'd actually prefer a remake of FF VI, as I think hands down it's the better game, with the greatest videogame bad guy in the history of digital entertainment. That will never happen, and what with the entire Final Fantasy almost begging Square/Enix to make this well, i'll have to say i'm with them. A few rules though. No voice acting, that is the first. No messing with the combat/materia system, probably more important. And next, just a visual upgrade. Do what you have to do for the world map or whatever, but DO NOT MAKE THE WHOLE FUCKING GAME 3D. Make each screen look like a bloody oil painting, make the characters 32,000,000,000 polygons each, I don't care, just keep the game as it is. Visual and aural upgrades...that is all. I mean really.......who wouldn't want to play this??
I thought not. I had an erection a mile high all of the way through watching that.
So that's my E3. Deliver all of that and i'll be very happy.
Well, that and the announcement that Gears of War is PS3 bound, or that FF VII is coming to the 360. THEN we will have an E3 to remember.
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Wednesday, 1 June 2011
Hey guys, thanks for checking out the latest in my Gamefreak favourites series. Continuing from yesterday, literally in this case, is the second video in the series taken again from Medal of honour, and it's the level straight after yesterdays "gunfighters" video, where we see our characters sniping the shit out of the taliban in the mountain regions of Afghanistan.
There is a wealth of games to come in this series, so please stay tuned. And keep your comments and emails coming....I appreciate them all.
Your thoughts, as always, are appreciated.
Everything here is shamelessly ripped off from the Sega blog. I'd write up something myself....but i'm too busy pleasuring myself over the news!
Catch a First Look at E3 2011 of the Game That Pits You and Your Friends Against the Deadliest Killers in the Galaxy
“It’ll be dark soon, and they mostly come at night… mostly.” LONDON & SAN FRANCISCO (June 1st, 2011) –SEGA® Europe Ltd. and SEGA® of America, Inc. today announced that the highly-anticipated first-person shooter, Aliens: Colonial Marines™, will be launching in spring 2012 on PC, PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system and the Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft. In partnership with Twentieth Century Fox Consumer Products and developed by critically acclaimed studio Gearbox Software, Aliens: Colonial Marines will bring new levels of bone-chilling suspense and adrenaline-filled action to the renowned franchise. The game pits players against the universe’s ultimate alien killing machines, the Xenomorphs, in claustrophobic environments guaranteed to produce blood curdling thrills that the movie is renowned for. A first look of the game is presented in the South Hall at SEGA’s booth #2023, at this week’s E3 in Los Angeles.
“To Gearbox Software and its peers throughout the industry, ALIENS is one of the most influential science fiction properties of all time,” said Randy Pitchford, President of Gearbox Software. “Aliens: Colonial Marines, designed as an interactive successor to the landmark films from Twentieth Century Fox, is a dream project about which our studio is deeply committed and passionate.”
“Aliens: Colonial Marines will be THE definitive ALIENS gaming experience,” said Gary Knight, Senior Vice President of Marketing at SEGA Europe and SEGA of America. “Gearbox Software are doing a brilliant job translating the thrill and horror that ALIENS stands for into an action-packed shooter experience with co-operative gameplay at its core.”
Gary Rosenfeld, Senior Vice President of New Media for Fox Consumer Products added, “It’s no easy task to take on one of the most influential films of all-time, but SEGA and Gearbox are not going to disappoint. This game will be a must-have for fans of the ALIENS franchise and gamers around the globe.”
Aliens: Colonial Marines begins with an ostensibly abandoned ship, the U.S.S. Sulaco, recovered in orbit around LV-426. Players lead a group of highly trained United States Colonial Marines as they board the deserted craft to uncover the fate of the crew. They will have to fight to survive unspeakable horrors and their own anxieties as they chase down the truth behind a galaxy-spanning deception that places humanity at the mercy of the most murderous and deadly species in the universe. Aliens: Colonial Marines features authentic environments, such as the surface of LV-426 and Hadley’s Hope, weapons inspired by the film series and is designed to provide an exhilarating and engaging new chapter in the Aliens universe.
Aliens: Colonial Marines will be available spring 2012 on PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and PC. The game is also on display in the South Hall at SEGA’s booth #2032, at this week’s Electronic Entertainment Expo in Los Angeles.
For more information about the game, please visit www.sega.com.
I don't know how this game has passed me by, but if this short trailer is anything to go by i'll certainly be keeping my eyes peeled. LOTR: WITN (that's a mouthful) is a co-op game based in Middle Earth, with you and some buds teaming up as an Elf, a Dwarf and a human, battling it out against all things evil.
Some of the LOTR games have been hit and miss, with my probable favourite being LOTR: The third age, which I loved. I'm going to keep my Sauron's eye on this one....as any game featuring giant eagles taking on trolls is well worth a look.
LOTR: War in the North is scheduled for release in North America in August this year. Xbox 360, PS3 and PC versions confirmed.
Here is the first video in my "Gamefreak favourites" series, where I look at games that I have played, old or new, and show off what I think are the best levels in that game. As you can probably guess, I've been gaming since the 70's so there will be a wealth of levels that i'll be showing in this section of Youtube and here on me old blog! The first, and I explain why it was this level and game in the video, is the fantastic "Gunfighters" level from Medal of Honour (Yes....there is a "U" in honor, my American friends).
Stay tuned, and as always, your comments are appreciated.
Tuesday, 31 May 2011
Unless you have only just woken up, you have probably heard that in November this year, scheduled for release alongside Modern Warfare 3, the new subscription-based service for Call of Duty will launch. This is a new service, which tracks your stats, favourite weapons, where you get killed/kill other people on maps, maybe some bonus content. Basically all the stuff that Bungie.net has been doing for Halo for the past few years, only this time you pay a monthly fee.
No pricing structure has been announced, but Activision says it will be "comparable" to other similar services out there. So free then if they take a leaf out of Bungie's book.
Here's a wee video containing my thoughts.
So what do you think? Are you going to plump up for the same kind of service that Halo fans have been enjoying for years...for FREE? Or are you going to tell Kotick where to go and stick it?
Your thoughts, as always, are appreciated.
Friday, 27 May 2011
Cole Phelps is a man with a troubled past. After witnessing atrocious scenes of murder, carnage and general all round nastyness in World War 2, he has returned to Los Angeles where he has become an officer of the law. As well as being all "bright lights, big city" Los Angeles also has a dark side, a seedy undercurrent of murder, crime and corruption, where people get screwed over, shot and stabbed as a matter of fact, and where getting a handjob down a dark alley is as normal as a morning coffee. We join Phelps as he rises through the ranks, from a patrolman all the way through to homicide detective, as he tries to make sense of the crime that permiates through the city.
What I liked:
Firstly, the setting is amazing. Constructed of thousands of real life photographs of 1947 Los Angeles, the developers have really gone to town on the city. People walking around, cars clogging up the roads, trams shooting about everywhere, it really is a convincing living breathing world to explore. It's fun just shooting to a new case in your car, sirens blaring out and when you get chase missions where you have to apprehend another car and your partner is leaning out of the window trying to shoot out their tyres you really do feel like you're in a James Cagney movie. Of course, what EVERYONE is going on about are the faces, and initially they are extremely impressive. The animation really is the best facial animation ever seen in a game, and I wouldn't be surprised if devs the world over are trying to get their hands on something similar....you can pretty much guarantee the next GTA game will be the same. Cole Phelps, the character you play, is in my eyes very well acted by Aaron Staton, and the cast in general is fantastic. I'n not going to pick out anyone special as i'd be here all fucking day, the cast is that big. But rest assured is you watch any US TV shows you'll spot some familiar faces. The game itself basically breaks down like this; Drive to the scene of a crime, look around for clues and all things dodgy, find witnesses/suspects, interrogate them about what you have found and get making with the arrests. That's a very simplistic overview, as later in the game you have so many suspects, clues, locations to visit etc it takes you a fair old whack just to get through one crime. I'm not going to go into details of the cases, but if you think it's all just about tracking a serial killer you're very wrong. The story twists, turns and basically involves everyone and anyone in the city, from cops to politicians, to planning developers to gasmen, and members of your old marine unit from the war. It's an absolutely fascinating tale and I for one was hooked right from the start and apart from the odd blast on Rock band 3 i've played nothing else in the past week. Musically there are old songs from the era, as well as real adverts, some of the ones about the health benefits of smoking are unintentional comedy gold. You find characters that you love, some you hate, and a few you want to see die a horrible fucking death. It's hard to really go into major detail about the game without spoiling a part of it, so I won't. I feel it's a game you have to experience yourself. The setting, the game world, the missions, the characters and the facial animation really do suck you in until you finish the game, and with hopefully more cases on the way with DLC, think of L.A Noire as an interactive HBO drama series, each case being an episode. That's what I think the game manages to do more than anything else....it really is the bridge between gaming and TV/film......and it basically tells Heavy Rain to get fucked!
What I loathed:
Here's where I get controversial. The graphics, while on the whole are very well done can jar in places. The immaculate heads attached onto polygonal bodies mostly work, but at certain times it has the effect of sticking a real photo of a face onto a Lego man. When it works it works well, but at times it grates, especially with the stretched polygon necks and the mouths. Mouths are notorious to get right, and while the lip-synching is bang on the mouth full of blocky teeth still shows that you're playing a game. In certain scenes textures arrive late in the backgrounds, peoples hand appear through windscreens of their cars and they sink into the floor like they are walking in quicksand. In one scene where I was questioning someone indoors it took around 5 seconds for the fucking walls to actually appear in the scene, and i'm not sure is this is a problem with the game or just the system I was playing on (Xbox 360 version). With it being a "GTA style sandbox" game there actually isn't that much sandbox to play in. There are hidden cars and landmarks to find, and newspapers dotted around that fill in some of the backstory, but essentially you just drive from story to story, the city just linking up the various characters and storylines. Both the shooting and hand to hand mechanics, whilst solid enough, are very simplistic, and the only real faliure in the game comes from not getting interrogation questions right rather than any of the actual missions being difficult.
L.A Noire is a gaming achievement. Not in the actual game itself, which taking the questioning and clue gathering out of it is outdone by GTA and indeed it's nearest comparible game, Mafia 2. The game blends almost seamless facial animation to a story that grips you from the very start and never lets go. Think of the game as an interactive TV series rather than a GTA beater and you won't be upset. Despite the flaws, it's a game I cannot recommend highly enough, and i'm excited at the prospect of more cases for the game and also seeing where the technology goes next.
L.A Noire is available now for the PS3 and Xbox 360 (Xbox version reviewed).
Tuesday, 24 May 2011
Well, i'm probably a few days late to the party, but here is the mew trailer for COD: Modern Warfare 3, due for release In November. I'm sure we will see a whole lot more fo the game when E3 arrives in a couple of weeks, but feat your eyes. Looks good, but also a bit Michael Bay as well, which I guess the others did too, but hey, i'm being bitchy this morning!
Let me know your thoughts.
COG Modern Warfare 3 is due for release on November 8th, 2011.
Thursday, 19 May 2011
Wednesday, 18 May 2011
Did you get excited at the news of the new Batman "Themed" FPS, Gotham City Imposters? Nah, me neither. Here's my thoughts on the matter. There....the video up there! *points up*
You can find the game's official site right about here. There's nothing really on it at the moment, but you could see that as a good thing.
Downloadable title, probably on PC, XBox 360 and PS3, arriving at some point in the future.
Let me know your thoughts.
Tuesday, 17 May 2011
Here;s the first footage on the in-game engine and how it will look in the upcoming sure to be a hit, Dead Island. It all looks very nice, if a little COD Black ops in some of the levels. It's looking very good.
Is it just me that looks at the zombies in bikinis and thinks "yeah....I probably would"?
Ok....I guess it is then.
Dead island is scheduled for release later this year for PS3, Xbox 360 and PC.
Take a look at the game's official site right here!
Friday, 13 May 2011
Hey peeps, Tony here. Just a very quick video for you today, this is a peek and the recently released Treasure HD shooter-from-beyond-the-stars Bangai-O. Never played it, it's fucking mental, and i'll have a review coming up as soon as i've played enough to either slag it off or praise it from the heavens.
It's available for 800msp from Xbox live.
Tuesday, 10 May 2011
Hey guys, thanks for checking out this revisits section, this time looking at the fighting game Fight Club, released in 2004 by Vivendi Universal games. The film was an attack on material goals, telling men to take back their manhood that the soulless, corporate environment we live in has sucked out of us. The game forgot all of this, and gave us a fighting game that's as basic, generic and banal as they come. To become a member of fight club, you had to adhere to 8 rules. To make a fighting game there are also rules. So let's see what rules this game needed:
Get the basic fighting engine correct. You need to get some flashy moves in there, you need to make it feel like very punch is splitting skin and smashing bones. Fighting games, such as Tekken, Virtua fighter, Soul Calibur managed to combine the feeling of impact with style and over the top moves. The combat in fight Club is as flashy as a brown sofa. The moves available to the various characters are boring, unimaginative and as dialed in as they come. IK+ on the Spectrum had more variety in the moves lists.
Make a half decent story mode. You don't play fighting games for the story. Most fighting games revolve around some kind of fighting tournament, and really, come on, do you really know what the fuck is going on in the Tekken games? No, it doesn't matter. But you need some kind of basic narrative to make the single player game fun to play and to make it seem like you're making some kind of progression. They didn't even try in Fight Club. They basically repackaged the same story as the film. Try to join Fight Club, Chase Tyler, he's a mental case, the end. Why not have it as you run your own Fight Club? Make some kind of mini game aspect where you overlook the various clubs that spring up over the country. I don't know, as i'm no game designer, but in my fucking sleep I could make a better story! PISS!!!
Include memorable characters. Heihachi Mishima, Paul Phoenix, Akira, Sarah Bryant, Ryu, Yoshimitsu, Iori, Blanka, Scorpion, Zangief, Nina Williams, Terry Bogard...all names that when mentioned you instantly get an image of that character in your head. All characters that HAVE character, instantly recognisable and all fan favourites. What do we have in Fight Club??? Raymond. The mechanic. Lou. All completely minor characters that had minor-if-not-non-existent parts in the film. When it gets to the point that Meatloaf sporting planet sized tits is the most memorable character in the game you know you have problems.
Be congruent. Nothing in the gaming world does my head in more than games that aren't congruent. Tekken. Flashy, over the top. Virtua Fighter. Skilled, deep and a game where patience is a virtue. Streetfighter. Easy to play, hard to master. All games are congruent within their own worlds. Fight Club has nothing to do with the ideas presented in the book or film. Non of the vandalism, non of the messages blasting conformity and mindless materialism, it's just an excuse to have some fights. Why not involve the crowd instead of having them sit back in the distance watching the fight? Is it so hard to have me fall into the baying mob watching the fight and have them throw me back into the arena to continue with pummeling the shit out of my opponent as they did in the film? For fucks sake, Pit Fighter had that feature and that game is as old as they come! TOSS!
No shirts....no shoes. They couldn't even get one of the rules from the book and the film correct! A few of the characters wear vests and hats!! Fucking shambolic.....
Don't give us Fred Durst as a secret character.
See rule 6.
And the 8th and final rule......watch the videos below and hear more of my thoughts and see the game in action.
And here's part 2.
So that's Fight Club. A pile of shit of EPIC PROPORTIONS!!! It's not the worst fighting game to ever be made, but it's right down there.
Of course, please let me know your thoughts. Or indeed if there is a game that you want to see me cover, let me know and i'll see what I can do.
Monday, 9 May 2011
Released in 2002, The Getaway was a sandbox style GTA-em-up that came hot on the heels of Rockstar's 2001 epic, GTA 3. Team Soho obviously saw a gap in the market for a UK themed GTA game, and so got underway with creating this game, a mix of GTA and Lock, Stock and two smoking barrels.
The big selling point for the game at the time was London. Team Soho painfully recreated 20 square miles of London, and as impressive as it was back then, it still hold up today. The city is well populated with miserable fuckers who wouldn't give you the steam off their piss, the taxi's drive like there are no other cars on the roads, and it's all grey and miserable, so 10/10 for getting London spot on! A good friend of mine who live in London played it with me at the time and he could actually drive from a random location to his office, so I guess they have to be applauded.
The game follows the exploits of one Mark Hammond, a reformed criminal with a dodgy past and an even dodgier chin. Mark's wife is gunned down, his child kidnapped by a gravel-voiced crime lord and he's forced to play a game of "Simon says", except a kind of violent, kill everyone Simon says. He must kill members of his old gang, break out accomplices of his new found friends, take on the Triads and Jamaican Yardies and dodge the long arm of the law. Or filth. Or rozzers. Or narks. Titheads, WHATEVER you want to call them. After churning through the banal dross that is Marky boys missions, you then play as a member of the flying squad, Frank Carter, who ghosts the story laid out by Mark in a slightly shite Pulp-fiction style way. Their stories cross basically.
Controls are shit. Mark runs about like he's shat himself, the bad guys walk around with all the character and AI of a shop window dummy, the cars have all the control and handling styles of a concrete bumper car and the music and sound effects, whilst well done, just don't really fit with what's happening on screen.
I'm not going to go on too much about it, as I rant about the game in the videos below. The biggest heap of shit in the game is the way you regenerate health. With the whole idea of getting rid of the HUD in the game and having what's happening on screen inform you of where you are at we run into problems. I'm all for an intuitive way of looking at informing the player, but the way they did it here is as effective as using a Forklift truck to perform open heart surgery. When Mark or Frank is shot up to shit, limping and bloody from their wounds, simply place them near a wall and they will lean against it, breath heavily and channel Wolverine....their wounds will heal. And not just that, the blood gets soaked out of the very fabric of their clothes and back into their bodies, where they rise again like some kind of Cockney Christ. It's no more fucking dumb an idea as picking up a simple health pack. Literally one of the most stupid things i've ever seen in my 30+ years of playing games.......absolutely retarded. Mind you, it's almost worth playing the game just to hear the unintentional comedy gold that is the voice acting. Look at the videos and you'll see what I mean.
Anyway....i'm waffling. Check out part one right here:
And here's part two:
So that's the Getaway. Bad controls, boring generic story, shoddy design decisions and a game that on the whole is kind of worth playing, in a way that you know....it's kind of worth sawing your own foreskin off with a rusty saw for sake of cleanliness, but you wouldn't choose to do it. It's kind of worth playing the Getaway for the comedy value and the fantastic recreation of England's favourite capital of ignorant people and tramps, but you'll never get those hours of you life back.
That being said, and I can't believe i'm saying this, if you want to see another mission or two let me know and i'll record one for you. Thanks to Oldboy666 for the suggestion, and of course if you want me to cover a game, any game, just let me know.
Be kind though.....
The Getaway is available on PS2 from any local charity shop or car boot sale for 50p.
Wednesday, 4 May 2011
Thank you for all of your emails, tweets and requests for me to review your favourite, and not so favourite games. Watch this space.....
Friday, 29 April 2011
There were some independent developers showing off their wares, which looked pretty cool and should be released on the Xbox live Indy games channel this year. However, the real reason I attended was to find out more details on what's happening with the Oddworld franchise.
First up was an interview with Stewart Gilray, managing director of Just add water, devs of the new Oddworld remakes. He gave us an insight into his career, the perils and pitfalls of game development and some words of advice for budding developers out there. The advice was essentially be passionate, work your socks off and don't spend your time making a 1,000,000 polygon model of Lara Croft's tits for your CV.
Next up was a video conference call with Oddworld's god, Lorne Lanning, the creator of everything Oddworld. He was funny, intelligent and devilishly handsome, kind of like a cross between Jesus and David Ginola. He told us about creating the games, his visions of where gaming is going, with prods to him embracing the social media aspects of gaming. I have some footage that I took, so i'll pop it up onto the Gamefreakblog Youtube channel for you to digest. He was very entertaining, and worth going just to hear his thoughts.
Stewart from JAW took to the stage again, and detailed what was in store for PS3 Oddworld fans this year. Firstly, the HD remake of Strangers Wrath has been postponed for a few months. No biggy, as it looks amazing. Stewart showed us some of the updated character models from the game and they looked brilliant. Stranger in the first game was composed from around 3,000 polys on the Xbox, this time he's around 16,ooo. This was also the same for the various enemies and creatures in the game. It has Playstation move support, and as if to one-up that little exciting piece he also confirmed that Stranger will have Youtube support too, so you can upload gameplay direct to Youtube....no more capture cards for you. Stewart also confirmed, thanks to a slip up from Lorne, that they are also working on an HD remake of Abe's Oddysee! YIPPEE! Munch's oddysee is also on the way, and a boxed set, called Oddbox, will be released later this year, featuring the first two Oddworld games, Munch's Oddysee and Stranger's Wrath, which is great for fans of the series. They are also looking at "The hand of Odd", a game that was cancelled around the time of Munch's oddysee. It would be wrong to call it an RTS, but it's not a game like Oddworld. Hopefully more details will be released soon, and I was privileged that Stewart showed me the actual original documents from Lorne Lanning that detailed the game and all the other aspects of Oddworld. It was fucking huge, bigger than a telephone book and infinately more cool!
I bailed from the event after this, as competitions and stuff like that aren't really my thing, but it was a great event. I have a teeth-gnashing bit of secret information that I managed to piece together from chatting to all and sundry at the event, being the nice guy I am however i'm not going to mention it. I want to shout it from the rooftops, as it's big. It was going to be announced last night, but because of what's happening with the Playstation network the news had to be called "Feature X". After going all out like an ugly version of Jason Bourne I know what feature "X" is, and it's massive news for the Playstation network....you just wait. Anyway, i'll talk about this later, i'm off to fix my sauna.
If you can get to any future Gamecity nights events i'd recommend that you do so. Next month there is a visit from TT games Jonathan Smith where he will talk about all things Lego, and the UK's first look at the fantastic NES-like homage to GTA, Retro city Rampage.
I'll see you all there!
(and just because I love you so much, here's a short clip of Lorne Lanning doing some impersonations of the characters from the Oddworld games)
Pop along here to visit the website of Just add Water.