Article Archive for January 2011
Dead Space 2 hasn’t been out for long, about a week actually. The follow up to 2008’s wildly successful survival horror journey has already garnered plenty of praise.
The completion of hardcore mode unlocks a certain item that just may make the nearly impossible task worth a try. Take a gander at the video that explains it all. Note: the video is spoiler free in terms of plot but if you do not want to see the reward for completing hardcore mode you may want to move on to the next story.
UTV Ignition Entertainment has announced that they have completed development on their upcoming biblical epic, El Shadai: Ascension of the Metatron. In addition, the company has revealed an April 28th launch date in Japan, with news of a European and North American release date coming soon.
At this point you may be wondering what is El Shaddai? Allow us to give you a little background on the game, after all, it was one of our titles to look out for in 2011…
Amid the first person shooters, the platformers, and the action/adventure games on the PS3, so few games stand out as being unique. The UnderGarden is an upcoming exploration and puzzle game by Vitamin G Studios that breaks free from the stereotypes and offers and adventure that is truly different.
We spoke with Antonia Santamaria, the Head of Engineering on The UnderGarden, and he revealed some interesting tidbits about their upcoming title, which is due out later this year on the PSN.
For PS3 owners DC Universe Online has been somewhat of a new experience. MMOs have traditionally been relegated to the realm of the PC. However, the success of games like WOW dictated that we would eventually see an attempt at a console MMO.
Those of us who are new to the genre have had many questions concerning the gameplay. Given the monthly fee, one wonders what DCUO has to offer once your hero or villain has reached the level cap (level 30) to warrant continued play. This video demonstrates what gamers can expect with their maxed out character or characters. Is there anything there to keep you playing?
Sony Online Entertainment has announced the 2011 release of a handful of games including a certain organic tower defense game.
The PlayStation Network is attempting to keep pace with the stacked lineup of AAA releases this year with a few critically acclaimed games of their own.
If Plants vs. Zombies doesn’t excite you perhaps one of the 5 other games will give you reason to spend some of your hard earned PSN bankroll.
When Marvel vs. Capcom 2 arrived in 2000, its three-on-three gameplay, super-fast action and spectacular moves went down a treat. It was fresh and exciting. Some argued that it favoured style over substance – after all, it did feature simplified casual-friendly controls – but even so, it was still a hit with hardcore and casual crowds alike.
If the series has such a cult following, why then have we waited so long for a sequel? One reason is that Capcom lost interest in fighting games, and they only regained their passion for them following the success of Street Fighter IV (a game they were initially reluctant to make). The other answer is also quite dull: Capcom lost the rights to use Marvel characters, and you cannot have Marvel vs. Capcom 3 without that crucial Marvel presence. It has been an agonising decade-long wait for the fans, many of whom lost faith in ever seeing a sequel, but we suspect the reward for their patience will be great.
Homefront is a first-person shooter set in the near future that explores a world in which an economically desolate United States is invaded by North Korea. A novel approach sure but something that also isn’t exactly innovative given the genre. Beings have invaded your land, fight to defend everything you hold dear.
THQ has released a trailer that can be called interesting at the very least. This trailer definitely bucks the notion of a ‘normal’. Have a look to see what we mean.
SEGA and PlatinumGames have announced Anarchy Reigns, a third-person multiplayer brawler where anarchy is king.
Anarchy Reigns plans to challenge the conventions of the typical brawler by allowing multiple players to jump right into the action. Included in the game will be various mulitplayer modes including Tag Team battles and Battle Royal that will incorporate different challenges.
Perhaps their isn’t a great new game to be had this week on the PlayStation Store but we do have access to a host of discounts on previously released downloads.
Some of the gems of this week’s harvest include Red Faction: Guerrilla and Mega Man 9 & 10.
Do any of these markdowns warrant your money?
LittleBigPlanet took user-generated content to a whole new level, giving players seemingly endless possibilities with an easy to use creation mode fueled by their own imagination. With new content popping up daily, is a sequel really necessary? Media Molecule thought so.
LittleBigPlanet 2 includes an all new Sackboy adventure and expands upon the original “Play, Create, Share” ideology by allowing players to create not just platformers but also shooters, racers, arcade games, and practically any other genre you can imagine.
Can LittleBigPlanet 2 out create its predecessor, or is much of the same old stuff we’ve seen before?
This week the PlayStation store features a sale on a batch of games that may have gotten lost in the shuffle. If you have yet to pick up a game like Comet Crash (what is wrong with you?) then this is your week.
Take a gander inside. Is this the week that the game you’ve been waiting to buy gets a discount?
With all the hype and excitement surrounding Rockstar’s L.A. Noire it’s a wonder that we really don’t know much about the story.
Yes, we know the time period and the city and presumptions can be taken from there but we have not had much in the way of a concrete story arc.
Luckily we have a new trailer that sheds some light on the narrative behind Rockstar and Team Bondi’s action thriller. Take a look at the trailer and find out when you can expect to play it.
In 2010, Mass Effect 2 amazed critics and gamers alike with its supposed brilliance. After a series of rumors and denials, the sequel to a trilogy that was once thought to be an Xbox 360 exclusive was announced for the PlayStation 3. Unfortunately, the first Mass Effect was published by Microsoft and that made the game impossible to port over to the PS3. To compensate for this loss, BioWare included a motion comic to bring gamers up to speed on the story. What makes the package even more enticing are the DLC missions included in the Blu-ray and an updated game engine.
Is Mass Effect 2 really as epic as people make it out to be? Is it even worth buying if you never played the first game?
The next game in the Silent Hill franchise was announced back in September but only now do we have an official title for it; Silent Hill: Downpour.
Downpour, whose musical score will be composed by Daniel Licht of Dexter fame, will tell an all new storyline with convict Murphy Pendleton who becomes the latest victim of Silent Hill when the prison bus he’s on crashes.
It appears that the unthinkable is upon us. Despite their finest efforts, the fates could not sufficiently bury Duke Nukem Forever.
It was practically 13 years ago that we first got the announcement that Duke Nukem Forever was in development, and now that development cycle is on the verge of completion.
In other news the city of Atlantis is alive and well and Elvis will be playing Caesar’s Palace later this year.
Some of us may have understandably written this game off but alas it has been dated. Find out when you can expect to get your hands on the infamous title.
For those of us that have been patiently waiting for news on the PS3’s revered shooter we’ve got new information regarding the multiplayer maps. Inside you’ll find every map available including the game types, special features and number of players.
Have a look at the arenas that you can look forward to killing your friends in.
Well then, dear PS3 lovers… it will soon be the Year of the Rabbit, the happiest of all the Chinese zodiac signs.
In Chinese astrology the Rabbit is considered to be happy and popular. Rabbits are known for their artistic talent and good taste. You might say there are certain attributes of the Rabbit that foretell of a great year for Sony’s flagship console.
So, is that the case? Or will 2011 be more a ‘dog of a year’ than a metaphorical ‘lucky rabbit’s foot’?
Sega has seen fit to provide us with a new trailer introducing the team of playable characters that make up Yakuza 4.
How about you take a look? Or we’ll cut your finger off.
Developed by CyberConnect2 and Published by Capcom, Asura’s Wrath was first announced during last year’s Tokyo Games Show.
Asura is a formerly powerful and revered deity, emphasis on formerly. He’s been betrayed and thus is pissed beyond all reason. Those that stand in his way are to be lain to waste by a perfect storm of anger, fists, feet, weapons, and awesome hair.
Take a look at the newest trailer to get an idea of what Capcom is offering gamers with their new IP. As far as Capcom’s history of new ideas go will this one prove to be more Okami or Dark Void?