Tuesday, October 16, 2012

A Night in with Dishonored (Part 1)

Title: Dishonored
Developer: Arkane Studios
Platform: PC

Deus Ex meets Bioshock? Let's dive into the stealthy world of "Dishonored"!

"Backstabbystab!"



Thursday, October 4, 2012

A Night in with MechWarrior Online

Title: MechWarrior Online
Developer: Piranha Games
Platform: PC

The original mech-simulator game returns in F2P online form. Like giant hulking tank robots fighting? Go get on the MWO beta!

"Critical Damage..."



Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Video Game Glitches are Amusing!

Title: A Whole Bunch of Glitches

It's fun to discover glitches so here I am sharing a whole bunch of them with you guys.

"Um, what?" - Typical reaction to most glitches



Friday, September 28, 2012

Awesome(nauts) News: Another NEW character!

So we've got our new character, but, what's this? Ronimo you spoil us!




Another character on the way already! And we already know a bit about her from Ronimo's recent livestream:



So we can assume the eyepatch is some sort of aim-assist thing for a sniper-type/gunner pirate?

SPACE PIRATES, AHOY!


Awesome(nauts) News!: Skolldir and Honeydew


Title: Awesomenauts
Developer: Ronimo Games
Platform: PC




Robot punchin', fartin', viking machine! Not only do we get a new character but a free skin too featuring the likeness and the voice of Simon Lane of the Yogscast!



Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Who's that Awesomenaut?!

Title: Awesomenauts
Developer: Ronimo Games
Platform: PC


Here comes a new Awesomenaut!


"Who's that Awesomenaut?!"


Sunday, September 23, 2012

A Night in with Borderlands 2

Title: Borderlands 2
Developer: Gearbox Software
Platform: PC

Love guns, love statistics and pewpew, shootyshooty? Come join us on Pandora in the Borderlands. We've got just the thing for you.

"Looty, gunny, shooty, boom-boom".



A Night in with Faster Than Light (Part 1)

Title: Faster Than Light
Developer:  Subset Games
Platform: PC

Desu, Doorstuck and Kinjirou go where no space-sim-rougelike has gone before! FTL is an indie game where you have to get good at managing your starship and crew - or you're left cold out in the terrible vacuum of space.

"Aaaand we're dead".




Boss Battles - Guild Wars 2

Title: Guild Wars 2
Developer:  Arena Net
Platform: PC

Best part about Guild Wars? Giant Boss Battles!

"Wow, that's... big".



Monday, September 10, 2012

A Co-Op Night in with Shattered Horizon

Title: Shattered Horizon
Developer:  Futuremark Games Studio
Platform: PC

How to make shooters more fun? ADD ZERO GRAVITY. This game is brought to us by Futuremark Games Studio. It's pretty old (2009) and abandoned now but still a lot of fun if you can pick it up for cheap!

"EXTREME ZERO GRAVITY".



Wednesday, September 5, 2012

The Walking Dead - Hey Ben?

Title: The Walking Dead Episode 3
Developer:  Telltale Games
Platform: PC

Hey Ben?

"Great game, best conversation ever".



Guild Wars 2 - 15,000 XP and Rare items?!

Title: Guild Wars 2
Developer:  Arena Net
Platform: PC

Desu visits the Hirathi Hinterlands to uncover the mystery behind Ulgoth (AKA No Hands) and how he can allegedly cough up a lot of XP and delicious rare items.

"Mythbusters, but terrible and in a video game".



Friday, August 31, 2012

A Night in with Guild Wars 2 (Part 2)

Title: Guild Wars 2
Developer:  Arena Net
Platform: PC

Guild Wars 2 is finally here and after a lot of hype, does it live up to expectations? What can we expect to see? What exactly is a necromancer doing in green and purple tights?!

"All other MMOs just got blown out of the water... again".



Thursday, August 30, 2012

A Night in with Guild Wars 2 (Part 1)

Title: Guild Wars 2
Developer:  Arena Net
Platform: PC

Guild Wars 2 is finally here and after a lot of hype, does it live up to expectations? What can we expect to see? What exactly is a necromancer doing in green and purple tights?!

"All other MMOs just got blown out of the water... again".



Sunday, August 26, 2012

A Night in with RaiderZ (End of Closed Beta)

Title: RaiderZ
Developer:  Maiet Entertainment
Platform: PC

And so closed beta testing draws to a close. But the memories of growing up as a lil' level 1 will stay with us forever... probably. See you guys in Open Beta!

"RIP RaiderZ CBT"



Thursday, August 23, 2012

A Night in with Sanatorium

Title: Sanatorium
Developer:  Marc Steene and Wray Burgess
Platform: PC

A tribute to "Slender" but just as horrifying. Come join us if you're not scared! Don't worry we'll hold your hand, as long as someone holds mine.

"And now I'm going to go change my pants..."



Sunday, August 19, 2012

A Night in with Slender (Part 1)

Title: Slender
Developer:  Parsec Productions
Platform: PC


Doorstuck takes a walk out in a forest to find some notes that he left out there, our reporter Slenderman follows him to bring you this exclusive footage.

"OH! NO! AH! AAH! Dear me! Oh my god!"



A Quest for Caviar and Lobster!

This ladies and gentleman, is the tale of the Lobster and Caviar burger from Wendy's. A burger which as far as i know only exists in the recently opened establishment in Roppongi, Tokyo. So as I happen to be in Tokyo at the moment, I figured what a fine opportunity to give this burger a taste test and tell all you loverly people how it went.


I left this afternoon from the monthly apartment where Im staying in Akebonobashi near Shinjuku and caught the train to Roppongi. Now I had read online that this new Wendy's was open near the Roppongi Hills Complex. So on my arrival I went straight towards Roppongi Hills in search of Wendy's. Now for those who don't know, Roppongi Hills turned out to be a massive, 3/4 mutli-storey building, shopping mall complex, with dozens of shops, restaurants, a garden/small park, the tv asahi studio and even its own gym and spas. I spent around about an hour, getting hungrier and hungrier, looking for this Wendy's. I couldn't use my phone to look up its true location, as it's a British phone, but I quickly gave it a true and accessed the map on my phone to try to find where it might be...No luck... I search hundreds of maps and signs and wandered around the entire Roppongi Hills Complex with no luck. I was even tempted to give up and just have lunch at the McDonalds or the 4/5 Starbucks' dotted around, but no I kept my resolve and pushed on.


Friday, August 17, 2012

A Co-Op Night in with TF2 Mann Vs Machine (Part 1)

Title: Team Fortress 2 (Mann Vs Machine)
Developer: Valve
Platform: PC


A new gametype, Mann Vs Machine, is out on everyone's favourite hat simulator. If you can't be bothered waiting in the queue for ANOTHER hour - come watch us fail at it!

Join Desu, Doorstuck and Bnetplayer as they flail uselessly at the robot hordes.

"They're like a SWARM of BEES!"



Monday, August 13, 2012

RaiderZ Enemy Weapon Abuse

Title: RaiderZ
Developer: Maeit Entertainment
Platform: PC

In the F2P MMORPG you can utilise the enemy weapons to great effect. Here is a delicious sample of their unholy power.

"Shoryuken".



Sunday, August 12, 2012

A Night in with Ghost Rider

TITLE: GHOST RIDER
DEVELOPER: CLIMAX GROUP
PLATFORM: GBA


Following the popularity of the review on the film Ghost Rider: The Spirit of Vengeance, Doorstuck has a look at the game before the sequel. The Motorbike of hell section is definitely the best part :)


"He whips his chain back and forth!!"



A Night in with Bullet Run

Title: Bullet Run
Developer: ACONY
Platform: PC

Another F2P FPS! But this time, Bullet Run teaches us that the future is a terrible place where we are made to fight each other to the death using a currency called HEAT to earn the right to bigger weapons.

"Stop jamming your weapon".



Saturday, August 11, 2012

Blacklight Glitchstep

Title: Blacklight Retribution
Developer: Zombie Studios
Platform: PC

F2P FPS Blacklight provides many moments of rage and laughter. This game isn't without it's fair share of amusements and glitches. Enjoy.

"wubwubwubwub".



A Co-Op Night in with RaiderZ (Fleetfoot Boss)

Title: RaiderZ
Developer: Maeit Entertainment
Platform: PC

Today the gang get together to try their luck at one of the first bosses. Terrible gameplay ensues.

More gameplay here.

You can get a beta key from anywhere, so just Google for it. Their website is raiderz.perfectworld.com.

"Fleetfoot ain't to be trifled with".



Thursday, August 9, 2012

A Night in with RaiderZ (Berserker Gameplay)

Title: RaiderZ
Developer: Maeit Entertainment
Platform: PC

RaiderZ arrives on the MMO scene! RaiderZ is an action-MMORPG and many have drawn comparisons between it and the popular Capcom series: Monster Hunter. Giant boss battles and grinding for weapons and armours, ahoy! See below for some Berserker gameplay.

You can get a beta key from anywhere, so just Google for it. Their website is raiderz.perfectworld.com.

"Z because S sucks".


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Friday, August 3, 2012

A Night in with La Mulana

Title: La Mulana
Developer: Nigoro
Platform: PC

Metroidvania games have been lacking a little in recent years so it's with great honour that I present to you, La Mulana! Originally a game released in 2005 a recent 2012 remake has brought it once again into the lime light. If you enjoy games that have a load of puzzles and a whole lot of platforming in them (and occasionally you'll cry from how much you die) you'll enjoy this one. Collect gold and treasures to progress and ultimately unlock the secrets of La Mulana. If you want to know how to be terrible at this game then you should probably watch the video below.

The game is available now on Playism ( http://www.playism-games.com/games/lamulana/) for US$14.99.


"Why am I so terrible at video games?"


Thursday, August 2, 2012

Kickstarter: Virtual Reality is Here

Kickstarter has had both positive and negative stories in the past year, but here's a story that might amaze you and get you excited for the future of gaming.

I'd rather have a holodeck, but I'll take it.

I introduce to you the Oculus Rift, the concept is: a gaming headset that allows you a whole new level of immersion into your game worlds. Mananging to rake in a total of nearly $900,000 in just one day of being up as a Kickstarter - with a lot more money to come in the next 29 days.


A Night in with Awesomenauts

Title: Awesomenauts
Developer: Ronimo Games
Platform: PC


If you enjoy MOBA/ARTS games at all then you might enjoy this little 2D version. The basics are the same: two bases, destroy turrets, push creeps and destroy their base. It's just as intense but not as complex and easier to grasp - definitely not a replacement but a more relaxed affair if you're tired of being shouted down by your teammates in your favourite MOBA/ARTS. It's a nice little 3-on-3 affair and I highly recommend it for some good, clean, team gaming.

The game is available now on Steam (http://store.steampowered.com/app/204300/) for $9.99 / £6.99 / €9.99.

"Donnez-moi ton argent. Donnez-moi ton fromage. Je donne tu mon amour." - Leon


A Night in with Hitman: Sniper Challenge

Title: Hitman: Sniper Challenge
Developer: IO Interactive
Platform: PC


If you preordered Hitman: Absolution, awesome, you will have got this game too! A nice little game to play to tide you over till the full game is released in November. This video is just a quicklook into the game.

"Good luck, 47."


Wednesday, August 1, 2012

A Night in with Bastion (Part 2)

Title: Bastion
Developer: Supergiant Games
Platform: 360/PC


Here we go, the second and last part (rest of the recording was lost forever). Bastion is an isomentric, mission based, action game with some light RPG elements in it. Recently appeared as part of the latest Humble Bundle.

"Come and enjoy it with us kid."


Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Star Wars: The Old Republic Goes F2P

Gamespot has let loose with some information about the latest MMO Giant to turn to the Dark Side (known as Free-2-Play, although that in itself is debatable).

Sad times for everyone involved I'm sure, it's just not been performing well enough under it's pay-monthly subscription scheme and is now being forced to include a free-to-play system. All past subscribers will be credited with premium currency depending on: if you bought the Collector's Edition AND the number of months you subscribed for (more details here).

S.W.Tortanic is sinking.

I really wanted this game to succeed, I bought this game on launch and I even played solidly for a month. There was nothing to keep me hooked, the story was pretty much the only hook. The gameplay was dated and basically the exact same as World Of Warcraft.


A Night in with Rusty Hearts

Title: Rusty Hearts
Developer: Stairway Games
Platform: PC


Rusty Hearts is an online side-scrolling beat-'em-up and fully co-op-able with a bunch of friends. Now downloadable on Steam and totally Free-2-Play.

This video is a year old so it's probably very different now. New characters and such. We'll update this at some point.

"Devil May Cry but with friends and online!" 



A Night in with Bastion (Part 1)

Title: Bastion
Developer: Supergiant Games
Platform: 360/PC


Digging up some entertaining videos from the past. Bastion is an isomentric, mission based, action game with some light RPG elements in it. Recently appeared as part of the latest Humble Bundle.

"Come and enjoy it with us kid."



Monday, July 30, 2012

Top 5 Silent Hill Monsters

Just a bit of fun in the wake of the excitement for the upcoming movie this October. I will be reflecting on the series and the grotesque beasts that have spawned forth from the twisted minds behind the games.


SPOILERS, ahoy. If you've not really played the Silent Hill games then I suggest you go play them and enjoy them, then we'll all be on the same page.


When he's got a giant spear it's best to just mind your own business.


Sunday, July 29, 2012

Silent Hill: Sean Bean Can't Survive Again

Title: Silent Hill: Revelations 3D
Director: Michael J. Bassett
Release Date: 26th Oct (US), 31st Oct (UK)


As a long term follower of the Silent Hill video game series I thoroughly enjoyed the 2006 movie directed by Christophe Gans. Not necessarily revelling in its artistic decisions to deviate from the original source but enjoying the visual experience of the movie and how it captures all the elements that I feel makes up Silent Hill.

Someone has really good artistic skills when it comes to leaving threatening messages written in blood.

So here we are again, hype and expectations for the second instalment are definitely at a high. Provided they can deliver a similar experience to the first movie, it can't go wrong. Here's where my concerns start, the writer has changed as has the director. Not a good start.


Saturday, July 28, 2012

Krazy Korean Film: The Chaser


No doubt that all of you, like me, have seen their fair share of crazy non-sensical Asian films, from killer hair extensions to mutated fish and meatball machines. But every so often you stumble across a little gem. This film is that little gem. In my opinion one of the best Korean films since Old Boy.

Directed by Hong-jin Na and starring Yeong-hie Seo, Yun-seok Kim and Jung-woo Ha. Joong-ho is a dirty ex-cop who became a pimp who, due to having several of his girls go missing, is in major financial trouble. He discovers that all the girls who disappeared were requested by the same guy with whom one of his girls is  meeting with right now! Soon the race is on!


Facebook Presents: Space Pokémon (Outernauts)

Farmville, Cityville and Villeville. Social games don't have a good reputation and with good reason. Many of them don't extend beyond basic clones of Tetris or Bejewelled and they never really have depth to them. The ones that are a bit more extensive end up caught in the web of "you must invite x number of friends to proceed". Here is the latest game in the Facebook world.

Outernauts is a Facebook game designed by Insomniac Games, creators of the Spyro the Dragon, Ratchet & Clank and Resistance.

This all seems familiar...

The game follows a simple system: befriend space monsters, then use them to fight and capture more space monsters. Sounding familiar? There will also be other space monster trainers - other Outernauts to compete against. Yeah, okay, it's Pokémon in space.

Complete with evolution, 4 moves per monster and double battling. Even the battle transition is scarily similar. But none of these things are a bad thing and I'm certainly not about to call "cheap-knock-off", it definitely is a tribute and is tastefully done and well fleshed out. Pokémon fans will be pleased to play this while they wait for the next installment of their beloved franchise.

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Movie Talk: The Dark Knight Rises

They should rename it "Why the hell can't I hear anyone speak?: The Movie" and who gave Deckard Cain (of Diablo fame) a role in this movie? Does Chris Nolan finish his trilogy story with the intended bang or does  The Dark Knight fail to get a rise? Minor spoilers to follow.



As a huge Batman fan and a big fan of Nolan's Batman movies I had high hopes for this movie but I went in open minded. One theme that definitely continues from the previous movies is the idea of 'escalation' - everything in this movie is bigger and more impressive than the last.


Monday, July 23, 2012

Movie Talk: Amazing, Fantastical, Splendiferous Spider-Man

Let's cut to the chase. Did the movie live up to the hype? With three movies already under Spidey's belt in the form of the Maguire Trilogy, did Garfield leave his mark so that we might be blessed(/cursed) with another updated trilogy? Or are we reeling from another terrible Spider-Man 3 and force to shake our fists at the screen while doing our best Jon Arbuckle impression?

No major spoilers but beware if you're particularly sensitive to minor plot discussion, don't read - just go watch it.

Don't be so glum, Pete. All teenagers go through this phase.



Summer is Over

It's been a harrowing 10 days. I stapled my wallet shut just so that I wouldn't use it to buy every single cheap game that I saw in the Steam deals.


It didn't last long and I ended up picking up:

- Just Cause 2. Fun, sandbox game where you can parachute-grappling hook combo yourself as a means of transportation. Also a multiplayer mod is in beta currently so that's worth a look.


- The S.T.A.L.K.E.R. collection. Atmospheric, opressive, post-nuclear disaster survival simulator. GET OUT OF HERE, STALKER. Seriously good FPS series.


- Insanely Twisted Shadow Planet. Metroidvania title with co-op. Speaks for itself.


- Evochron Mercenary. Space Pirate/Adventurer Sim. It's like Microsoft's Flight Sim combined with EVE Online... but Offline. Has co-op too.


- Arma 2. All for the mod: Day Z.



Sunday, July 22, 2012

Diablo 3 Glitches

When you spend most of your life on Diablo 3 you come across the occasionally amusing glitch or bug. Nothing important to see here, just humour. Enjoy!



Saturday, July 21, 2012

Scary Movie Night

It's Scary Movie Night and in this I will be briefly previewing a movie and telling you the ups and downs and convincing you to watch it.

(Warning: volume may be too loud, need to work out the kinks still).

Exte - Hair Extensions
Directed by Shion Sono
First Released: 17th February 2007







Friday, July 20, 2012

[Updated] Final Fantasy Versus Finally Confirmed Dead?

Originally intended to be a group of games involving the games we now know as Final Fantasy XIII, Final Fantasy Type-0, Final Fantasy Versus has now rumoured to be finally canned.

Many fans will have already given up on the title after numerous no-shows at big industry events and a whole six years since it was announced and all we have is a trailer, some gameplay and some screenshots. You'd think after six years there would be at least a demo of sorts.

Nowadays Square Enix are always the butt of jokes about long development cycles and sub-par RPG games. Seems like we're relying on their Eidos side to provide the goods - probably the best investment Square Enix have made in a long time: looking forward to Hitman Absolution and the new Tomb Raider origins game.



Thursday, July 19, 2012

The Co-Op Night #1

Blacklight: Retribution
Developer: Zombie Studios
Platform: PC


As someone who plays games a lot, I find the experience is enhanced 100-fold when you can play a game with one or more friends (it also helps if the game itself is good). So in these articles I'll be bringing you co-op games that I have enjoyed with my fellow gamers and introducing you to them.


Such a magnificent beast.


Today we'll be looking at Blacklight: Retribution (also known as BLR). A first-person shooter developed by Zombie Studios and recently made it's debut as a free-2-play game on Steam. Expect cash shops and a lot of negative attitudes, but a generally good game with high production values - most of all: fun!

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Movie Talk (John Carter)

Title: John Carter
Theatre Release date: 9th March 2012
Home Media Release date: 5th June 2012

At first glance you see this movie and you'll think, "Epic! Aliens and sword-fighting! It must be good!". However, movies these days have a bad habit of showing all the good parts in their trailers.


This movie is not worth your hard-earned money for a cinema visit but I would recommend you give it a chance on home media or even through legal streaming media - this is especially true if you have children. This movie has a lot of colourful characters and good amount of action,it won't bore you but, essentially, the movie is a Disney live-action movie. Expect it to be child-friendly and avoid if Disney is not to your liking.


Je m'appelle John Carter

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Steam Sales Begin!

The Steam Summer Sales are here! Hide your wallets!

Here are the Day 1 deals so far:




Let's all go give Valve our money. (Steam)

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

The Prodigal 7th Son Returns

There have been rumours for the past few weeks but it's finally been confirmed. Final Fantasy VII is getting a re-release on the PC. This time it comes complete with 3 new features: Achievements, Cloud Saves and a Character Booster.


1997, a great year for hair.

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Google - Can You See What I See?

I've always been a bit of a technophile, being obsessed and excited about the direction of the industry and this new bit of technology being developed by Google is no different. Bringing us an "augmented reality head mounted display" edging us further into the realms of science-fiction.
Is he looking into the future?
(Credit: Stephen Shankland/CNET)
This is the dream: augmented reality. Currently we have voice recognition working in unison with all the other Google commodities we've grown accustomed to, complete with video camera - all rolled into a little lens unit.

Scott Pilgrim... The Collectors Edition~


Have you guys heard of a little known thing called 'Scott Pilgrim?!'
Well, I bring to you a little bit of interesting news~ 


But first for those who don't know about the series. Scott Pilgrim was originally a series of graphic stories by Bryan Lee O'Malley.


Scott Pilgrim is a series of books spanning from 1-6 volumes from the years 2004 -2010. The graphic stories depict the life of 23 year old Scott Pilgrim, his love life and his band. (I won't go too much into it as I'm sure you all know what happens!) After the 6th and final installment of the books in 2010, it spawned many things- A hollywood movie (2010), A short Animation, A game (2010) and countless merch.


Without sounding TOO hipster (I totally was into the comic books before everyone else) I've loved the comics ever since I was introduced to them, and was kinda dreading the Hollywood movie (Michael Cera playing the lead?! Wasn't something I could picture well).



So any news about something knew to do with the series is a tad bitter sweet to me. I'm now getting the sense its being OVER done. How much longer can you milk this series?


The author Bryan Lee O'Malley announced today via his Twitter and tumblr, that he'll be releasing a Collectors Edition of Volume 1 of the series!...So! Am I excited?!
.....Not really!

Monday, July 2, 2012

Square No More

Square Enix have always been the giants in the RPG world with Final Fantasy leading the company but in a recent interview with Gamasutra, Motomu Toriyama (director behind FFXIII and FFXIII-2), it seems as if they are letting go of the reins.


It appears that in the future, "larger-scale development [...] will be [...] more distributed and outsourced". Outsourcing is a common practise in the business world to transfer your IP and assets to another company so that they can direct it, allowing the parent company free to do a different role.

Outsourcing? Hold on, I just got back, where are we going?

Once Again Guilds At War

Title: Guild Wars 2

Release Date: 28th August 2012
 

Written by: Covalency

Guild Wars 2 is an interesting one to be sure, it follows many of the conventions of an MMO but where it breaks them is where it really shines. Skipping right to the inevitable comments: yes, it's awesome no doubt about that, but no it won't kill World of Warcraft - Blizzard are doing a fine job of that themselves.

You have to wonder why is it only now we're getting features like these when many of them have been common complaints in the genre and gaming for so many years.

Friday, June 29, 2012

Diablo 3 Challenge - What Did I Get Myself Into?

Day 1 - ... When does the money start rolling in?

Total Earned: £0.00

You remember the challenge? Earn back the money spent on buying the game within the space of 14 days. Hack, slash and magic my way to that magic £40.

That's what I told myself, but then I bought Diablo 3 anyway.

My first thoughts were "this is gonna be easy" just play the game till rare loot drops then sell it all for minimum profit, rinse and repeat till you make it all back, right? WRONG. You can't just sell anything and expect to get a sale, for real money, straight away. At this stage in the game the gamers willing to part with cash are very particular.

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Movie Talk (Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance)

Title: Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance
Theatre Release date: 17th February 2012
Home Media Release date: 12th June 2012
Ummmm, sir, your head is on fire.
I know, I know, it doesn’t really have much to do with video games, but I mean who doesn’t love watching movies?! (Especially the bad ones).  So, if you love movies carry on reading this post.

Friday, June 22, 2012

Theatrhythm Final Fantasy Demo (3DS)

We are blessed to have two 3DS demos available at the same time, oh you spoil us, Square Enix. The first of which is...


Title: Theatrhythm Final Fantasy
Platform: 3DS
Release Date: 3rd July 2012 (US), 6th July 2012 (EU)


It's been over 25 years of Final Fantasy and so to celebrate we have our very own rhythm game dedicated to the long-running series: THEATRHYTHM FINAL FANTASY.



The premise is simple you take 4 heroes from the Final Fantasy world and you guide them on a journey through the music of the series. The gameplay is as you'd expect from a touch-style rhythm game, you tap, slide, flick you way along with the music. The added bonus is that while you're doing all this you are either treated to a standard music video (cutscenes taken straight from the games - nostalgia factor 100) or your group of 4 intrepid heroes will battle an enemy of roam the wilderness.

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Max Anarchy: Max Payne's Crazy Japanese Relative

PREVIEW
Title: Max Anarchy/Anarchy Reigns
Platform: 360/PS3
Release Date: 5th July 2012 (Japan), Q1 2013 (US/EU)


Max Anarchy (Anarcht Reigns in the West) is a game where your objective is to obliterate all the opponents in a large arena with a series of over the top weapons and abilities, all the while chaining huge combinations. If the sound of a Devil May Cry-style over-the-top action game but with multiplayer has ever intrigued you, then be intrigued by this game!


Seriously, you don't want to be on the receiving end of this.

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

An Idiot's Guide to Earning Back your Diablo 3 Money

Diablo and it's clones are games that have always been close to my heart.

Dubbed either "dungeon crawler" or "hack 'n slash", if there's one thing I know that's important to a Diablo game is the loot.

The pang of raw excitement you feel when a monster bursts with loot and you frantically scroll through the items to see if you see that tell-tale coloured hue of glorious rare loot.

Which brings me to the latest installment, Diablo 3, the newest of the game that kickstarted a loot craze all across the world.

As unrealistic as it might be I came up with a crazy challenge as soon as I heard the Real Money Auction House had opened up, allowing us to earn and spend real money in the world of Diablo 3.

My proposed project is simple: play Diablo 3 for 2 weeks, chronicling my adventures as I go along, all with the sole purpose of utilising the Real Money Auction House to earn back the money I have lost in acquiring the game itself.

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

The FREE Online Co-op List

"Free games", they're a beautiful thing. Come and join me as I take you through a journey of the best free co-op'able games I've had the pleasure of playing. I recommend you try them all. See my other co-op list for games that aren't free but still highly recommended for all your co-op needs.


Team Fortress 2 (PC)
Something strange is happening here...

Monday, June 11, 2012

Heroes of Ruin Demo (3DS)

PREVIEW
Release: 15th July 2012 (EU), 17th July 2012 (US)
Platform: Nintendo 3DS


With a time where we have so many Diablo-clones are on the horizon, Path of Exile, Torchlight and Diablo 3 itself being out, there doesn't seem to be a better time for a 3DS version! And with four player co-op, how can it go wrong?


4 times the fun!

Sunday, June 10, 2012

The Online Co-Op List - Part 2

It's fun to play co-op games together, right? Builds friendships while breaking them down. This is a confusing concept but when you play the following game you'll understand. Missed PART 1? Go check that out!


Trine 2 (PC/Xbox360/PS3)
Needless to say we promptly walked in the opposite direction.

The Online Co-Op List - Part 1

Ever had the problem of having a set of computers available but with no games to play on them? First world problems, I know. But that's another blog post altogether.

I mean sure there are the giants that everyone has played at some point during their online multiplayer lives: Team Fortress 2, Minecraft, etc, but sometimes we crave something deeper and sometimes a bit more story-driven.

I've compiled a list of games that I highly recommend for multiplayer co-operative play with your friends since it was so hard to find anything comprehensive on the internet. (This is written purely from a stand-point of PC gaming but many of these games are multiplatform).

These are all Pay-To-Play, no ongoing subscriptions but you have to buy the game obviously - "Hey, sometimes you gotta fork out the wonga for fun".

Dungeon Defenders (1-4 Players, PC/Xbox360/PS3)

Who brings a lightsaber to a medieval reenactment, seriously?

Saturday, June 9, 2012

What else you got, Nintendo?!

2012 is going to be good for the 3DS with so many first-party giants on the move: Paper Mario, New Super Mario Bros 2 and for all Pokemon fans you get an new and improved Pokedex and a Dream Radar available through the eShop, both of which can be used in the new and improved Pokemon Black & White 2.


So what else do they have on the way?

Thursday, June 7, 2012

An Evening With The 3DS - Part 2

What else did we see from Nintendo's exclusive hour of 3DS magic?

Kingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop Distance


We've had far too much coverage of this game, several trailers with one in particular spanning nearly 10 minutes. As a long term fan of the series I'm constantly left wondering "when are we getting Kingdom Hearts 3?" A sequel to Kingdom Hearts 2 and inspired with the new knowledge we learned from Birth by Sleep, the adventure follows Sora and Riku as they do some other nonsensical quest where we meet Disney characters along the way.

An Evening With The 3DS - Part 1


At their E3 press conference, Nintendo promised they'd be showing off a lot more titles in this specially planned hour dedicated to everyone's new favourite portable: the 3DS. Did they show us everything we wanted and more? Let's see what was offered!

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

E3 2012 Day 2 Nintendo Conference

If you came to the Nintendo conference expecting the announcement for new games, I'm afraid you'll have to wait till a separate reveal tomorrow. What they did show was definitely nothing unexpected and the distinct lack of third-party titles made me a little sad.


Pikmin 3


The previous installment came out in 2004 so a sequel has been a long time coming. New Pikmin types and a tease about 4 new characters. I can only assume that they will all be simultaneously working together to solve maps, allowing other players to drop-in and drop-out using the second WiiU gamepad or any of the other Wii controllers.

Guest Post: My E3 Round Up


So the first day of E3 is all wrapped up, I managed to get some sleep, and here I am now, writing up what the first day brought us in terms of expectations and disappointments. Day 1 was full of the big hitters minus Nintendo.

By far the most talked about and the most hyped (after the presentation) was Watch Dogs! This came out of the left field didn’t it?!





E3 2012 Round 4 Sony

 I've always favoured the original Playstation logo honestly.
 
Sony, the big hitter, you'd expect them to come up with a lot of nice titles to wow us with seeing as they're something of a powerhouse in the industry - although not financially if you've been following the latest news. It's been an interesting conference...

Monday, June 4, 2012

E3 2012 Round 3 Ubisoft

Ubisoft have delivered some nice content this year, including a deliciously well-kept secret. But I think I'm not alone in being excited about hearing more WiiU news.


There are some big hitters in the Ubisoft corner (Assassin's Creed) but a lot of titles surprised me when they were showcased.

E3 2012 Round 2 EA Conference

Madden again? EA Sports, indeed.

A strong delivery from EA, really kicked E3 up a notch by hitting us with a multitude of games - something I felt was lacking in the Microsoft conference, instead opting to give us more Kinect nonsense.

Honestly who actually uses voice commands over the controller? That's a unique brand of laziness.

E3 2012 Round 1 Microsoft Conference

Kicking off the event was the Microsoft conference. 


A mixed bag, mostly nothing unexpected and the continuation of many of their ongoing franchises and not many new IPs to speak of.

E3 2012

"It begins...."



Another year of great gaming has passed and now we swing around to the Electronic Entertainment Expo to (hopefully) fill us with excitement for the new year of games to come. Two days of conferences from all the big names in the industry and a venue filled with all manner of games, trailers, tech demos and booth babes.

Here's how the event is going to play out:

4th June
Microsoft’s conference - 5:30-7:00PM (GMT)
EA’s conference - 9:00-10:00PM
Ubisoft’s conference - 11:00-12:15AM
Sony’s conference - 2:00-3:00AM

5th June
Nintendo’s conference - 5:00PM-6:00PM