A long time ago, I owned a heavy black game system with green touches known as the Xbox. And on this system, I had one of the best experiences in my gaming life when I played through the original “Halo: Combat Evolved”. At the time, I didn’t realize that the first person shooter genre had been relatively unsuccessful on home consoles (Goldeneye: 007 on the N64 notwithstanding), nor did I foresee that this game would revolutionize the way that the genre was even thought about in the living room. I just fell in love with the main character, forever known as “Master Chief” and his sidekick “Cortana”, and I was engrossed in the epic nature of their story.
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PS3, XB360, PSP
Developed by Visceral Games
Published by Electronic Arts
Looking to cut a swath across the gaming landscape this first quarter is Dante’s Inferno. The game has garnered some attention and some controversy from the gaming community. With a demo already released on both Playstation Network and Xbox Live, gamers have been able to get a look for themselves about what this game will really be about. Are we just looking at a God of War clone, or is there something else there for us to experience? Recently, we here at Gamers Platform had an opportunity to sit in on a roundtable interview session with three key members of the development team for Dante’s Inferno: Jonathan Knight- executive producer, Mike Cheng- level designer, and Vincent Napoli- lead combat designer.
Publisher: Sony Computer Entertainment America
Developer: Santa Monica Studios
ESRB Rating: Pending, but you know what’s up.
In what is almost assured to be the killer app of the first quarter (or at least Sony is hoping for it to be) Kratos, or as I like to call him, “that Fuzzy Little Teddy Bear” (aww… he’s so cute), is back for the third installment of the God of War saga. And let me tell you, boy, does he make a good third impression, in a multitude of ways.
That’s right next week will see not one, but three Assassin’s Creed titles releasing: Assassin’s Creed 2 for the PC, PS3 and Xbox 360, Assassin’s Creed Bloodlines for the PSP and Assassin’s Creed II Discovery for the Nintendo DS. But the hype-machine doesn’t stop there. Tonight, Spike TV will be premiering (on television anyway) “Assassin’s Creed: Lineage”, a short, live-action film based on the story of the upcoming AC II release. Normally, I don’t buy into the hype-machine, but I have to say that, from what I have seen so far, both the short film and the game are looking great! Check your local listings (or do what I do and set your DVR because you have absolutely no sense of time anymore).
Those of you who know me in the slightest, be it reading the sludge I write or through a community, know I feel about piracy. Sure, I admit that in my day I flew the Black Flag myself, but I have long since gone legit (namely due to having so many friends in the industries from which I used to pirate and seeing the direct effect it can have). Hell, my stance has gotten this very website hacked a few times by would-be pirates and “hackers” (thanks for the free press guys).
Well, when was the last time you heard about the Royal Canadian Mounted Police in the news? Okay, sure, if you live in Canada you probably hear about them more often. For the rest of us, our RCMP exposure has been limited to Dudley Do Right. Well not today!
Call of Duty has traditionally been a first-person affair, in terms of perspective, but Modern Warfare 2 will be adding in a special set of multiplayer modes where players will be in the third-person perspective.
While playing in these modes, probably team deathmatch and search and destroy, you will only be allowed to use the third-person view. You cannot switch from first to third, and everyone will be in third so there is no unfair advantage.
Again, this is a mode all by itself, and there will still be the regular standard and hardcore, which are exclusively in first-person, so don’t worry about anything too divergent than what you’re used to.
Definitely an interesting addition though.
Talk is cheap and whiskey costs money. And Bullet Candy is a graphically intense shooter title that certainly makes you feel as if you’ve tossed down a few shots of that sweet poison, and it’s practically free at the moment.
The creator, presumably Charlie, as the website is called Charlie’s Games, has made his award winning game available for as little as a dollar, though of course he encourages a larger payment, but is making a clear concession to the size of the average gamers wallet these days.
Head on over to http://www.charliesgames.com/wordpress/?page_id=203
Carpe Ludis, friends.
Capcom recently announced Super Street Fighter IV, coming to both the PS3 and Xbox 360 by the Spring of 2010.
The game will be very similar to Street Fighter IV, but include some new characters, including T. Hawk and Dee Jay, and improved gameplay mechanics and address balancing issues.
Luckily, the new game won’t be offered at the full $60 price tag of most new games, and for those who already have SFIV, there will be some bonus for owning both games.
Stay tuned for more details.
“Second Skin”, the third film in SnagFilms.com’s SummerFest, follows the lives of seven unique gamers as they discuss the games they play, and how the are transformed by doing so. The documentary features a variety of gamers, from obsessed MMO-players to disabled individuals, and how some can find love.
The film has snagged a few awards here and there, and has been featured on all sorts of television shows and film festivals, so if you want a chance to watch the film, you better head over to snagfilms.com. “Second Skin” will only be available to watch this Monday-Thursday. Better hurry.
And here’s a short trailer to entice you to watch the whole thing when you get some spare time (film runs 95 minutes long).
ZEN Studios is planning to announce a new game come tomorrow, via Sony’s Official Blog, I was told earlier today by a PR Representative.
Given ZEN’s track record for games, as well as the following image, we can safely assume it is a pinball game. I’ve only played their pinball games on the iPhone, but even those were pretty fun, realistic, and had crazy boards, so I can only imagine what they could do with some more powerful hardware.
ZEN has already released a pinball game on the PS3, so it could be an expansion, or perhaps something entirely new.
Take a look at the teaser logo and guess for yourself.