Articles by Sean O'Connor
A gluttonous consumer of culture and an editor for PS3 Attitude. When I'm not getting overly excited about my gaming destiny, I tend to be playing guitar, reading a book, following football or watching a film. www.twitter.com/sean_o_c
Fifa 12 screenshots. The latest batch of screenshots from EA Sports shows gameplay, updated UI and a deeper career mode. Read on to find the full gallery of screenshots.
To become a champion UFC fighter you have to be prepared to sweat buckets. They are hard as nails, some of the best conditioned athletes on the planet, because they know they have to be faster, stronger and more flexible than their opponents, otherwise they risk being on the receiving end of an ugly beating. They get there through following intense routines in the gym, but now, thanks to UFC Personal Trainer: The Ultimate Fighting System, you can get there simply through playing a game, from the comfort of your home.
It’s been close to eleven years since auteur games director, American McGee, released the first Alice game. In American McGee’s Alice, the developer took the world of Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland and gave it a darker twist, favouring more murderous imaginings over the cutesy, child-friendly stuff that we all read as a kid. In Alice Madness Returns, we get another chance to explore Alice’s macabre Wonderland.
We chat to Ricci Rukavina, founder and CEO of Kung Fu Factory, to find out why Supremacy MMA is being designed the way it is and why its arcade/sim crossover could be a contender. In the interview Ricci reveals the extensive fighting game experience the team has, why Kung Fu Factory is shunning simulation and why not being beholden to a license is actually a very good thing.
The Baconing. According to Thongolith myth, one should never wear all six Thongs of Virtue at once. Aside from causing extreme discomfort, the very act will unbalance the force and bring great evil upon the world. It’s not the done thing. Is it DeathSpank?
The brainchild of Hothead Games and legendary Monkey Island creator Ron Gilbert, DeathSpank is unlike most heroes; he’s a shoot before asking type of guy — a dispenser of justice and slayer of demons. He’s also quite the collector; on his quests to find a powerful artifact (known as The Artifact), our hero “acquired” more loot than Blackbeard. Read on to find out more about this PS3A Hero.
The good people at Webtrends have released an infographic for E3; it shows which of the major players created the most buzz during the event. The data is gathered from Monday 6 June through to Friday 10 June, and it shows who received the most mentions on blogs, Twitter and other social networking sites.
Mass Effect 2 was predominantly a corridor shooter, even with its huge and richly detailed space world. It wasn’t a bad set up, though; BioWare found a successful balance between exploration and action, and the gaming world responded by giving the team a slew of awards.
“When I worked as a mortician, death was all around me — all the time. It was a daily routine that someone died. What I witnessed back then might have helped me create this new style of hell in the Shadows of the Damned.”
Battlefield 3 looks mind-bogglingly good on a high spec PC. We’re not foolish. We know our PS3 version won’t look as nice. However, some have got twitchy of late because EA has kept console footage away from the public gaze. The people have asked, “will the console versions look decidedly average?”
At this year’s E3, 46,800 industry professionals, journalists, retailers and analysts arrived in LA to experience the videogame industry’s biggest event of the year, and with over 200 exhibitors promoting their latest games and hardware, this year was arguably the biggest ever.
We cannot offer you a complete guide to E3 2011 (that would require writing a book), but we can give you this neat list featuring 10 thing that caught our attention during this year’s show. We had great games and impressive hardware on show and a lot of stuff happening in-between. Enjoy.
If there’s one question that developers surely consider before making a sequel, it’s probably: rinse and repeat or start afresh? The number of identikit sequels around points to the former being the safest bet; however, isn’t that a bit boring?
All the same, Volition could’ve played it safe for Armageddon. They could’ve said, “let’s get a new Mason, explore a new section on Mars and rethink some of Guerrilla’s missions. It’ll be magic.” It probably would.
Today at E3, Sony Online Entertainment told us that Free Realms will be releasing in the EU soon. They were unwilling to give us an exact release date but did stress the word “soon”. So very vague, sure, but at least soon is sooner than later.
Sony is launching its first ever PlayStation branded television in an attempt to break down the barriers for those looking to join the 3D gaming revolution. The new set will feature a 24″ LCD screen and will produce full high-definition pictures, but its best feature is its price. You won’t need to sell your body to get this sexy piece of kit.
Call of Duty used to shock gamers with its nuclear sized surprises and intense, action-packed gameplay; however, the series has become very formulaic, due to the number of sequels and the dead-end nature of escalation.
Everyone knows what to expect from Modern Warfare 3: you’ll face more soldiers, get knocked over by more blasts, be funnelled down more corridors and there’ll be even more on-rails sections. It’s so predictable, but people still get excited about new Call of Duty games, including us. That’s just the CoD phenomenon.
Tomb Raider’s pre-E3 CG trailer showed us a new Lara and a bold new direction for the series. It still looks like an adventure game, but it now has more than a strong element of survival horror about it, and from what we’ve seen so far, it gives the series an edge it hasn’t had for years.
The Sony press conference, aka the big one, is about to begin. Join us as we chat to you straight from the show floor.We’ll try our best not to drool too much over Starhawk, Uncharted 3 and all the other big games that we’re expecting to see, but be warned, though: there will be some drooling. It’s in our genetic make-up. So, sorry.
We all know Battlefield 3 will look and play great. It’s not news, so EA had no right to stun us as much as they did with their trailers at E3.
E3 is now officially in full swing after that storming EA conference. How can Ubisoft possibly compete with that? It may not be possible, but they’re going to give it their best shot.