Article Archive for August 2011
Aside from the EuroGamer Expo, the UK has relatively little in terms of events dedicated to Video Games.
PlayStation Access tried to change that.
Our last two reviewed games had depth, complexity and maturity (Deus Ex and L.A. Noire), but isn’t it true that some of the best games are the simplest? Overcooking can kill all the fun. Maybe all you need is an opportunity to shoot bugs with big weapons and to save Earth from invading alien forces. Maybe all you want is Earth Defense Force: Insect Armageddon.
September 1st is only a few days away. The bad news is that that means the Summer of Raptr promotion is coming to an end. The good news is that the winners will be selected to receive their prizes. Even better news is that you still have a few more days to get your entries in and follow select topics, including yours truly.
Better hurry before it’s too late!
Deus Ex: Human Revolution is set in the year 2027 and features biomechanical augmentations that allow humans to essentially transcend their physical bodies and execute tasks that would otherwise seem impossible. While Deus Ex may take place in a fictional world, the technology present in it isn’t as far fetched as you might think.
PlayStation Network PLAY hits Europe and it’s bringing Street Fighter III: 3rd Strike Online Edition (brevity is completely lost on Capcom) with it.
Other highlights this week include puzzle-platformer Hamilton’s Great Adventure and a pair of demos for NHL 12 and Pro Evolution Soccer 2012.
Check it out.
There is a load of DLC available for L.A. Noire, and if you want it all, irrespective of what’s said in this review, make sure you take advantage of the Rockstar Pass. For a reasonable one-off payment (£9.99/$11.99), you get most of the content, including two detective suits (Broderick and Sharpshooter), four cases (Naked City, A Slip of the Tongue, Nicholson Electroplating and Reefer Madness) and The Badge Pursuit challenge. That leaves only the The Consul’s Car to pick up.
L.A. Noire is a crime procedural drama from Australian studio Team Bondi, which is looking to recreate the mood and melodrama of classic Noir films of yesteryear – think Chinatown and L.A. Confidential. But unlike most developers who have looked to Hollywood for inspiration only to find a shaven-headed meathead, Team Bondi has used its lessons to create a game that actually has a cinematic quality.
You may know him as a PS3A Hero, a dispenser of justice and a slayer of demons, or even the man who defeated Lord Von Prong and wore the Thongs of Justice, but who is the real DeathSpank?
The Men’s Health Survival of the Fittest 10k adventure race is just around the corner, and I’m working hard to raise donations for GamesAid by taking part in this ridiculous challenge!
With just a quarter of a year to go until the big day, it is time to start a weekly Training Journal to keep you all up-to-speed on what I’m doing and how I’m getting on. Read on to find out what I’ve been up to this week…
This week marks the commencement of PlayStation Network PLAY. The first game out of the gate is Street Fighter III: Third Strike Online edition which begs the sarcastic question: how many Street Fighters do we really need?
The store this week also boasts the release of Hamilton’s Great Adventure and the 16-bit classic Comix Zone.
Deus Ex Machina literally means ‘god out of machine,’ referring to ancient Greek dramas in which a god would be introduced into a play in order resolve some improbable plot. In Deus Ex: Human Revolution, the player takes on the role of Adam Jensen, a man turned mostly machine after a deadly attack at Sarif Industries. In an effort to discover who is behind the attack, Adam becomes entangled in a mess of conspiracies, lies, and deception. The choices you make throughout the game determine the fate of humanity.
Will you strive to do what is right, regardless of the situation, or will you embrace the machine in you and live as a god?
Not every publisher chose to brandish their full catalog of upcoming titles in Cologne for GamesCom.
In fact many of the industry’s most prominent publishers chose instead to highlight a select few of their AAA games for the event. 2K for instance showed only a single game but that game happens to be Borderlands 2.
In this cornucopia of game trailers you will find content from the aforementioned Borderlands 2, Dark Souls, Saints Row: The Third and Assassin’s Creed Revelations just to name a few.
You’ve died and gone to trailer heaven.
Time to look at the band of trailers brought to GamesCom by Konami.
As of late Konami has been focused on celebrating past successes with HD collections for both the Metal Gear Solid and Silent Hill franchises. However the legendary publisher has shown that the notion of an original IP is not completely lost upon them with games like NeverDead and Birds of Steel.
All told Konami displayed trailers for Birds of Steel, Metal Gear HD Collection, NeverDead, PES 2012, Puddle, Silent Hill: HD Collection and Silent Hill: Downpour.
Check out this feast of trailers from EA at Gamescom 2011. Mass Effect 3, Battlefield 3, SSX and FIFA 12 are the highlights, but we also have trailers for Kingdoms of Amalur: The Reckoning, Need for Speed: The Run and NHL 12, not to mention the first footage of FIFA Street 4.
Waves of information has come out of Cologne, the site of the annual GamesCom event. Gaming events no matter what time zone they’re in, are a haven for two things: announcements and most of all trailers.
Now that you’ve seen all that Sony brought to the table (and if you haven’t take a look) have a look at the group of trailers that famed Japanese publisher Capcom featured at GamesCom including another glimpse at the distinctly grandiose Asura’s Wrath.
Waves of information is pouring out of Cologne, the site of the annual GamesCom event. Gaming events no matter what time zone they’re in, are a haven for two things: announcements and most of all trailers.
To keep your eyes and ears up-to-date and informed of all the outstanding trailers we’d like to share them with you categorized by publisher. Starting with the poppa-bear, Sony.
Not much new content to speak of on the European front this week (don’t worry this week’s North American update was one of the worst the store has ever seen). Instead a few of the PS3 more successful retail titles are now available via excessively long download.
Take a look.
There have been some pretty dry updates on the PlayStation Store but the dearth of content hitting this week seems especially vacant of intriguing downloads. No new games, publisher sales or particularly interesting pieces of DLC are newly available but hey maybe you’ll find something.
Gamescom 2011 is already in full swing with EA’s press conference earlier this afternoon where they showcased SSX, Need for Speed, Mass Effect 3, Battlefield 3 as well as threw in an announcement for FIFA Street for good measure. You can read about all the news and more in our coverage.
Sony is about to start their PlayStation press conference shortly so we can’t help but wonder what sort of surprises they have in store for fans. Could we see a PS3 price drop in the near future? What blockbuster titles will be making an appearance?