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
Red Faction: Armageddon’s Geo-Mod 2.0 engine lets you turn buildings into rubble and pull rocks away from cavern walls, for the sole purpose of crushing your enemy. It’d be a waste, then, if all you were up against was dull, boring humans. This situation calls for aliens, prehistoric aliens.
Excitement is building, for the first time in years, for a new Tomb Raider, as Crystal Dynamics show off their blueprint to getting gamers in love with Lara once again.
The stunning pre-E3 debut trailer reveals a new Lara, completely different from the bold and confident personality from past adventures. She appears young and in over her head.
It’s been an interesting couple of months without PSN. Let’s just say, we’ve come to appreciate the value of online connectivity. So much so, it’s hard to imagine how we coped in the dark old days. You know, about 5 or 6 years ago, when our consoles were always offline. Our grandchildren won’t believe it; we can hardly believe it.
There are two things I found remarkable about my last online outing in Brink: one was the number of fetishistic gas masks on show, which surely says something about Brink’s “expressive” community, and two, I didn’t kill anyone, which most definitely says a lot about my playing style.
But try to avoid rushing to obvious nasty conclusions; I wasn’t horrendously bad, and I even finished top of the leaderboard ahead of 15 not-too-shabby players. So, how did I get there then? Well, I got there through playing the way Splash Damage wanted me to play: I gave up being a lone wolf and learned to be more objective.
THQ is conducting an interesting experiment with MX vs. ATV Alive. The company has released the bare bones, the core game essentially, to us at an affordable price with the expectation that we’ll complete our package with DLC.
The benefits: we get it earlier, pay less and can choose the content we actually want. Digital Studio Phoenix, the developer, also benefits because they can use our feedback to tailor their DLC program. So, if we ask for more tracks, they can focus on doing just that instead of designing hundreds of butt-patches no one wants.
PSN users tonight learned which games they will be receiving free as part of Sony’s ‘Welcome Back’ scheme. Users will be able to download two PS3 games from a list of four and two PSP games from another list of four. There’s some real quality in those lists, too.
Existing PlayStation Plus subscribers will see their subscriptions extended for 60 days while everyone else will be able to sample the service for 30 days. Existing Music Unlimited subscribers will also be given 30 days free subscription.
In Red Faction: Armageddon, you’re equipped with physics-based super weapons and a licence to destroy everything; it’s a vandal’s paradise. Factor in a few hundred extraterrestrials and you’re possibly looking at one of 2011’s summer hits.
We recently cornered Drew Holmes in a small hotel room to probe him on Volition’s philosophy for the sequel. Holmes, lead writer on Armageddon, told us that the studio is focusing on the “action epic”, the “Flash Gordon, Indiana Jones blockbuster kind of stuff”, and he’s not kidding.
Why have you left us PSN? We miss you. We want to play Brink online and browse our PlayStation Plus content. We can’t even get to our back-up saves for Arkham Asylum; they’re trapped in the cloud. When will you be back?
Well, “at least a few more days” is the latest update to come from Sony via the Official PlayStation
If the SMART series wasn’t enough to send you into a Brink frenzy, Bethesda has a launch trailer that is certain to get you itching to get in on the action. The trailer shows the people of the Ark – an eco-paradise gone sour – on the brink (that’s the name) of an all out civil war between the security forces and the downtrodden immigrants.
We’re eagerly anticipating the release of Brink. We’re confident that Splash Damage are about to unleash one of the most interesting and deep shooters of the year. A truly competitive online FPS.
It makes us supremely happy when publishers ditch their clinically edited promos for a good old fashioned gameplay video. Don’t get us wrong, we get hooked in by cliffhanger shots every time, but they don’t reveal much about how the game plays. Agree?
Thankfully, Bethesda agree. If you want to see what the gameplay is actually like for Rage, the upcoming FPS from id Software (the guys credited with inventing the genre), check out this latest footage. It’s raw, aggressive and damn well unedited: it’s just how we like it.
Last week we announced Supremacy MMA’s exclusive pre-order bonuses alongside hot off the press trailers for two of the exclusive fighters: Shane Del Rosario and Bao Quach. We now have trailers for the two exclusive venues: the seedy Glass Slipper strip club (where “gentlemen are not allowed”) and a grimy slaughterhouse.
On Tuesday, we reported that Sony were hopeful that some services for the PlayStation Network would be back online within a week. As of today, there is still no sign of an end in sight, thus PlayStation 3 owners, system developers and publishers are anxious to know when the crisis will end.
It’s only been a year since Sega launched Yakuza 3 in the West, so it’s no surprise that Yakuza 4 feels very familiar. Do we really need this sequel? Read on to find out…
Sony has taken steps to reassure PlayStation 3 owners that some PlayStation Network services will be back online within a week, but has warned that an “illegal and unauthorised intrusion” could have left users’ account details exposed, …
505 Games has announced its pre-order bonuses for Supremacy MMA. The deals offer an extra venue for those who pre-order from HMV and Play.com and an extra fighter for those who pre-order from Amazon and GAME.
We are in the marketplace, four of us, and tens of bony, nimble aliens are surrounding us. They’re clinging to the walls and hurling themselves at us, while we’re desperately trying to survive by pumping a truckload of lead into them. It’s dark; the pace is fast; there is destruction everywhere; and we’re having a lot of fun.
We’re playing Red Faction: Armageddon’s Infestation co-op mode. It is essentially a Gears of War-style Horde mode, which – for non Xbox-owning readers – is similar to Call of Duty’s Nazi Zombies, Uncharted 2’s Siege mode and Bulletstorm’s Anarchy mode. It has you fighting wave after wave of aliens (about 30 waves per map) with increasing difficulty the more you kill.
PlayStation Move Heroes: the title is clear and unambigious, most likely targeting poor old grandparents out shopping for their grandchildren. Little Billy got Move for his birthday and he needs a game for it. They …
When 505 Games announced Supremacy MMA last year, our first thoughts were not positive. We won’t lie; we didn’t think we needed another MMA game. THQ has that genre sewn-up with their UFC games, and EA Sports’ MMA is a very good alternative. We could not see what Kung Fu Factory could do to supplant them.
So what gives them an edge? “We’re not beholden to any sort of brand or organisation, we’re here to make all of our decisions and at the top of the list is great gameplay”, explains Ricci Rukavina, founder, CEO and creative director at Kung Fu Factory. In front of us is the game and Ricci is showing us its ins and outs. It is not what we expected.