Article Archive for February 2011
Rarely do trailers invoke so many emotions such as this teaser trailer for Techland’s upcoming zombie survival horror game, Dead Island. What started off as a lovely vacation on a tropical island has suddenly turned violent as flesh-eating zombies have taken over the resort. It’s survival of the fittest and judging by the trailer, not everyone will make it out alive.
In response to the recent string of pirated and circumvented PS3s, Sony has released an official statement condemning the dishonest actions of a select few of its users.
It’s update time PlayStation fans. This week we’ve got yet another PlayStation Plus update and there is plenty to be had for those of us yet to subscribe to the premium service.
Highlights this week include a Yakuza 4 demo and a flashback to the wild and crazy 80’s when skateboarding nobodies were able to travel through time with eccentric kook scientists in an appalling car. You may notice that the normal GuitarHero update is missing and it will continue its hiatus into the foreseeable future.
Crack open this week’s gift box and see if there’s anything for you.
War is a part of who we are. Humans have been fighting since the dawn of time.
The unfortunate reality is that despite our wealth of resources and greater understanding of those around us war is just as if not more prevalent in societies around the globe today as it was in the past.
In this age one often wonders why we fight? Aliens. That’s why.
Those of you familiar with the F.E.A.R. franchise will recognize Paxton Fettel as the main antagonist in the series. While Point Man has some super soldier abilities, they pale in comparison to what Fettel is capable of.
We’ve seen what he can do in previous games but with F.E.A.R. 3, you’ll be able to take control of him and wreck some havoc of your own.
If Dragon Age 2 has fallen into the periphery we will forgive you. After all 2011 is quite the embarrassment of riches.
Bioware’s third foray on the PS3 is looking stellar as evidenced by this epic trailer.
Describing Test Drive Unlimited 2 to someone who hasn’t played it is a challenge. Eden Games has created something that is decidedly different from any other racing game; in fact, only a small part of its package is racing. It is set in an open world platform across the islands of Ibiza and Hawaii, where there are 3200km of unexplored roads and a further 900km of dirt tracks just waiting to be cruised on in the finest performance cars around.
As we inch closer and closer to Duke Nukem Forever’s May 3rd release day, we realize that it’s actually happening this time around. 2K Games and Gearbox Software have announced that alongside the standard edition of the game, fans will be able to purchase the Duke Nukem Forever Balls of Steel edition.
So, what do you get in this behemoth of a package?
Playing a brawler evokes a certain amount of nostalgia. Beating up a factory line of differently colored enemies is what many of us grew up on.
Sega and PlatinumGames are teaming up this year to bring back the genre with Anarchy Reigns. We’ve got a new trailer to go along with spotlights on each fighter. Brawlers rise from your grave!
The PSN is home to many of the great Final Fantasy games such as VII and VIII but soon European gamers will get the opportunity to purchase the two titles that started it all; Final Fantasy and Final Fantasy II.
That is of course if you missed out on the original NES version, PSP version, or any of the many other versions out there.
L.A. Noire is slated for a May 17th release giving us ample time to drum up all sorts of excitement. If you’re not a fan of Rockstar’s previous games then chances are you haven’t pre-ordered the Hollywood crime drama but it is worth noting that the upcoming title represents a bit of a departure from former outings.
To give you a better idea of what we speak Rockstar has provided this handy video that will give you a proper overview of the game. Pay attention people the orientation is about to begin.
In its Q4 2010 earnings call to investors, Activision announced that the company will disband the Guitar Hero franchise due to the recent decline in the music genre.
The franchise will remain an Activision property but the Guitar Hero business unit has been disbanded and there are no plans for any future titles for 2011. Furthermore, there will be no more new releases of DLC packs aside from those that have already been announced for the remainder of February.
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 are chock-full of great content, whilst others are occasionally lacking, 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.
If you haven’t done so already the PS Store is determined to save you some coin with the continuance of the Mega minis Sale. Although one could make the case that purchasing BREAKQUEST at any price is counterproductive.
Those of us not into the minis can look forward to a trial and unlock for the critically acclaimed Plants vs. Zombies and the release of Explodemon! and Tim Schafer’s Stacked. Other than that it looks like we have somewhat of a dry week and Vicheous’s craving for The UnderGarden will unfortunately continue on to next week. But who knows you maybe you didn’t even know you wanted a Tron avatar. Have a look and see.
It’s safe to say that this is a pretty nice time to be a PlayStation Plus subscriber. Last week’s PS Store update gave said subscribers three games for free. For an encore PS+ gamers are granted free access to Tim Schafer’s Stacking (this not that) , an innovative new downloadable title that has players jumping in and out of a multitude of uniquely powered dolls.
If you’re still on the fence with PS+ there’s no need to fret because we’ve got a couple of great games making their debut on the store. If you are the one person that has yet to play Plants vs. Zombies then this is your week to get on board. In the end this is a good week to own a PS3 so let’s get into it.
PlayStation Network games grossed an estimated $49.4 million during the second half of 2010, a year-over-year growth of 40% according, to the analyst firm Forecasting & Analyzing Digital Entertainment.
Ubisoft’s Scott Pilgrim vs. the World was the best selling game for the period, selling 190,000 units. However, it was The Behemoth’s Castle Crashers that churned out the most money with $2.1 million from 143,000 units sold.
Let’s be honest, a lot of the minis titles on the PlayStation Store are merely ten-minute curiosities that you go on once and then forget about; however, there are of course others that are a joy to play, and offer hours of addictive gameplay. But which of these categories does Aquattack! fall into?
There are a couple of things that you should know about end game bosses in fighting games. For one their health bar will be considerably larger than yours and will decrease at an alarmingly slower rate. Secondly they will have a host of cheap and powerful moves at their disposal which will ultimately frustrate and annoy before killing you.
Something tells us that Marvel vs Capcom 3 doesn’t intend to break either of these principles. Have a look at the planet eater that will have you throwing your controller against the wall.
2K Games has announced that the sequel to 2007’s supernatural first person shooter The Darkness will be released this fall.
Set two years in the future, The Darkness II continues to follow mobster Jackie Estacado, now Don of the Franchetti crime family, as an all out mob war against his life has been organized by some mysterious force. Once again, he must use the powers of The Darkness to get to the bottom of things.