FirstPlay in review – Episode 44
This is the first of our revamped weekly FirstPlay articles, detailing the content of each episode of the digital magazine, and what we thought of it. Some episodes of FirstPlay are chock-full of great content, whilst others are a little lacklustre, so our intention with this feature is to give our opinion on each episode, so that you can decide whether or not it interests you.
For the second week in a row, this episode is severely lacking in terms of game reviews, but a trio of insightful previews go some way to make up for it. First up is Killzone 3, with an interesting interview with Game Director Mathijs de Jonge, who speaks about how the team at Guerrilla Games have attempted to inject more variety into their latest game. It’s still a couple of weeks until Killzone 3 is released, but we’re pretty confident that they succeeded.
There’s also a short preview of L.A. Noire, in particular a look at its revolutionary facial animation and lip-syncing technology, as well as an interview with Jim Boone, Project Lead on Red Faction: Armageddon, in which he talks about the game’s underground setting, the series’ trademark destruction and the new magnet gun (which looks like it’ll be a lot of fun). The HD Reviews and Previews section finishes with a Blu-Ray review of The Hole, but if we’re honest it’s not exactly essential viewing.
In Network Highlights, the FirstPlay/OPM team discuss Gaming’s Most Romantic Moments (after all, it is Valentine’s Day next week), including stories from the likes of Uncharted 2: Among Thieves, Heavy Rain and… Streets of Rage? Elsewhere, FirstPlay pose Ten Questions to Hermen Hulst, Managing Director of Guerrilla Games, and there are also a couple of guides; on where to find the most sneakily hidden nodes in Dead Space 2, and how to create your own teams in FIFA 11.
The Screenshot Galleries are definitely the weakest link in this episode, although we do at least get a quick look at the new Masters licensed mode in Tiger Woods PGA Tour 12, and an even quicker look at the craziness of Suda51’s mind in the Move-enabled No More Heroes: Heroes’ Paradise. We’re also treated to some shots of ultra realistic shooter Operation Flashpoint: Red River and ultra over-the-top fighter WWE All Stars.
A Rage XMB theme and a couple more Swords & Soldiers avatars round off what is a pretty decent episode overall, although we do hope there are some reviews next week!