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NBA Jam: On Fire Edition is both the best and worst game you could ever show to someone curious about basketball. It’s the worst because it bears few similarities to the real thing; basketball players don’t ignite, do somersaults or reach insane heights – well, they do jump high, but not that high.
The fact it has arcade sensibilities also makes it a great entry point for beginners. It has that pick up and play appeal, and it’s all about the tricks, spins and dunks — the eye catching stuff that make people go “woo”. There’s no rule book either, so you can foul with impunity. Anyone could play it.
PES has a decent level of support, and last year’s showing was actually pretty good, but for most football fans, hardcore or casual, there’s only one football series for them.
FIFA’s success is partly down to shallow reasons: it has a huge marketing budget, high production values, 500 plus officially licenced clubs and 15,000 plus players. But underneath the Wayne Rooney adverts and Sky Sports presentation lies great gameplay, gameplay that claws you back every time for one more match.
At a recent press event, David Rutter, producer of FIFA, took a pack of journalists through some of the improvements and changes his team at EA Sports are making for FIFA 12’s career mode. This is what we discovered.
EA Sports is calling FIFA 12 a revolution, not an evolution, due to the number of changes being implemented this year. It’s not your standard yearly FIFA iteration, that’s for sure.
At the top of the list are several gameplay innovations – including a new Player Impact Engine, Tactical Defending and Precision Dribbling – and each of them add a new dimension to the gameplay, changing completely how we experience FIFA.
Games these days are all about shooting others in the face with massive guns or blowing things up. Where’s all the love?
Catherine is the type of game that focuses on relationships and character driven stories. PS3 Attitude was given a live demonstration of some of the early levels in the game by Aram Jabbari, the Manager of PR and Sales at Atlus U.S.A.
The Uncharted series is one of the highest rated franchises on PlayStation 3, and is arguably the most popular, due to its engaging story and characters, entertaining and fluid gameplay, and the best graphics on Sony’s console.
However, as good as it was, the online multiplayer component of Uncharted 2: Among Thieves was often overlooked by many gamers when compared to the impressive single player campaign, which is real shame considering the game’s high quality.
This is something that Naughty Dog is keen to address in the series’ upcoming release, Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception. Therefore, the team is pulling out all the stops to make Uncharted 3 the killer online app on PlayStation 3.
When it comes to videogames, the Call of Duty franchise reigns supreme. Whenever a new game is release, it shatters records, not just for games but for the entire entertainment industry. This is why the upcoming Modern Warfare 3 is such a big deal. We were able to get a firsthand look at some gameplay during E3; exploring just a few of the missions you’ll be tasked with.
When Papo & Yo was announced, we were immediately intrigued by its unique gameplay and storyline, as absurd as it sounded. Quico is just your average boy aside from the fact that he has a giant pink rhino-like creature named Monster for a pet. Oh and then there’s Lula, a robot who helps tame Monster. Okay, so Quico isn’t so average after all.
Prepare to take a trip down memory lane as you travel back into the 80s with Awesomenauts, a retro 16-bit multiplayer online battle arena influenced by our favorite cartoon titles of old. Developed by Romino Games, this downloadable title lets players take control of various wacky characters as they are pitted against one another in one giant area.
But just how awesome is Awesomenauts? We got some hands-on time with the game at E3 to find out.
There’s no doubt that when Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 hits shelves this fall it’s going to be big, regardless of how good the game is. It’s a title that overshadows all others, save for one; Battlefield 3.
Since its release of the Fault Line video series, EA has been pushing Battlefield 3 as the number one contender against Activision’s golden child. With stunning graphics and immersive gameplay, can the Battlefield series overthrow the king?
Serious Sam is making his PlayStation 3 debut with Serious Sam 3: BFE. Those familiar with the Serious Sam franchise will know that it likes to keep things simple when it comes to first person shooters. There are no regenerating health shields or perfectly placed walls for cover. As the tagline says, “No Cover, All Man.”
Starhawk, the spiritual successor the spiritual successor to LightBox Interactive’s Warhawk, has already garnered a great amount of attention from the gaming community, and for good reason.
Using the new Build & Battle mechanic, Starhawk lets players build fortresses, weapons, vehicles, and other structures with the push of a button, whenever and wherever they want. Blending elements of RTS with third person shooter, the game will be something both new and familiar to Warhawk fans.
PS3 Attitude got some hands-on time with one of Starhawk’s multiplayer modes, a variation of capture the flag, at Sony’s press conference event. How does the game shape up so far, and more importantly, did we capture the enemy’s flag?
With inFamous 2 drawing ever closer, the urge to play it grows increasingly hard to control. But what has changed since the first game? PS3 Attitude finds out.
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.
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.
Mars is once again in chaos, 50 years after Alec Mason united with the Marauders in Red Faction: Guerrilla to liberate its people from the tyranny of the EDF. This time a cataclysmic event has rendered the surface uninhabitable, forcing everyone to relocate underground. Clearly there are evil people behind this.
When Marvel vs. Capcom 2 arrived in 2000, its three-on-three gameplay, super-fast action and spectacular moves went down a treat. It was fresh and exciting. Some argued that it favoured style over substance – after all, it did feature simplified casual-friendly controls – but even so, it was still a hit with hardcore and casual crowds alike.
If the series has such a cult following, why then have we waited so long for a sequel? One reason is that Capcom lost interest in fighting games, and they only regained their passion for them following the success of Street Fighter IV (a game they were initially reluctant to make). The other answer is also quite dull: Capcom lost the rights to use Marvel characters, and you cannot have Marvel vs. Capcom 3 without that crucial Marvel presence. It has been an agonising decade-long wait for the fans, many of whom lost faith in ever seeing a sequel, but we suspect the reward for their patience will be great.
The first Dead Space was a brilliant game that brought fear and anxiety to another level. If the demo is any indication, the sequel is going to be just as good, if not better than the original. Were you expecting otherwise? Probably not.
If you haven’t had a chance to try the demo for yourself yet, we have a gameplay video that shows you just how exhilarating and terrifying Dead Space 2 truly is. Oh, and Isaac goes a bit crazy attacking babies. Hey! They came after him first!
A game as deliciously messy and silly as Bulletstorm is shouldn’t be played alone, and we’re glad developer People Can Fly agrees. The studio is adding co-op multiplayer to Bulletstorm so you can “kill with skill” with your friends.