Showing posts from June, 2012

Serenia Fantasy

My preview of upcoming browser based MMORPG, Serenia Fantasy  is up at Gaming Climax !

First Impressions of The Secret World

My recap of the second closed beta for The Secret World  is up at Gaming Climax !

The Humble Indie Bundle

The Humble Indie Bundle V is live!  With a little over five days remaining, Humble Bundle has assembled an amazing collection of games.  Customers can pay what they want for four of indie gaming's greatest hits: Superbrothers: Sword & Sworcery EP, LIMBO, Amnesia: The Dark Descent, and Psychonauts.   Customers that pay at least $1 will be given keys to download the games on Steam.  Included with the games are soundtracks for Superbrothers: Sword & Sworcery EP, LIMBO, Amnesia: The Dark Descent, Pyschonauts, and  Bastion. Customers that pay more than the current average price of $8.27 also get four bonus games!   Bastion, Lone Survivor, Braid, and Super Meat Boy  round out the collection for a total of eight games for as little as $8.28!  All of the games are DRM free and can be played on any Windows, Mac, or Linux machine. In addition to paying what they want, customers can decide how they want their money split among Humble Bundle, the developers, and the charities

No Split-screen Support for Dead Space 3

In a Twitter response, the Dead Space  team has confirmed there will be no split-screen support for Dead Space 3 .

Halo 4 Infinity Multiplayer

Get More: , Halo 4 - E3 2012: Infinity Multiplayer Trailer HD , PC Games , PlayStation 3 , Xbox 360 Halo 4 's multiplayer is getting updated.  343 Industries is trying make sense of the past Spartan slaughter-fests. Players will now compete in War Games, a simulated multiplayer experience.  So, it at least makes sense why Spartans can gun down their brothers-in-arms, it's just a training simulation. In addition to the competitive multiplayer is a new cooperative mode called Spartan Ops: Briefing Room.  These missions are based on a weekly spin-off series that takes place on-board the UNSC Infinity.  Every week a new episode will be released comprising of five cooperative missions.  This will expand on the Halo  story after players have absorbed every bit of the campaign. Much like Reach , players will be awarded credits for everything they do in Halo 4 .  These credits will act as a currency to purchase new armor pieces and weapons.  As players acq

Gears of War: Judgement E3 Trailer

Get More: , Gears of War: Judgment - E3 2012: Trailer HD , PC Games , PlayStation 3 , Xbox 360 Just when I thought I was out, they pull me back in.   Gears of War: Judgement  or GOWJ  takes players back to what appears to be the beginning of the war between humans and the locust.  This time, Baird takes center stage and we're treated to some of his backstory.  It looks like Marcus isn't the only one to have a complicated relationship with the COGs. Coming in summer 2013, expect more of the same.  Not that that's a bad thing.

Resident Evil 6 Leon Campaign Gameplay

Get More: , Resident Evil 6 - E3 2012: Leon Campaign Gameplay HD , PC Games , PlayStation 3 , Xbox 360 No matter how much I try, I just can't stay mad at you, Resident Evil .  Though you've burned me with your fifth installment and lackluster online offerings, there's been brilliant shining moments in your career that are nestled deep in my cold, shriveled heart. With Resident Evil 6 , you've taken two steps into the right direction: you brought the zombies back and you think games like this should take place at night.  I must say that you've aged well and are more beautiful than ever.  Your gameplay looks as tight as any hot, new franchise and the way you set up tight spots would make any veteran dominatrix blush. As much as these changes are going to help mend our relationship, I'm still worried.  You see, baby, you keep flirting with those action games.  Sure they're fun and exciting with their no nonsense style.  It's s

The Last of Us E3 Gameplay

Get More: , The Last of Us - E3 2012: Debut Gameplay (Stream) HD , PC Games , PlayStation 3 , Xbox 360 Though I've been tempted on many occasions, I've never broken down and bought a PS3.  In the end it always came down to my inability to justify spending the money.  I don't know that I can use that excuse when The Last of Us  comes out. Taking an overgrown city similar to New York in I Am Legend , The Last of Us  paints a heart wrenching story of what appears to be a father and daughter trying to survive.  We don't know where they're going or why, but the journey looks phenomenal.  Combining guttural gameplay with incredible interactions between the two characters, The Last of Us  looks like it will take players on an emotional roller coaster.  I just hope that one of them doesn't die in the end.

ZombiU Debut Trailer

Get More: , ZombiU - E3 2012: Debut Trailer (Stream) HD , PC Games , PlayStation 3 , Xbox 360 Personally, I can't get enough of anything zombie related.   ZombiU  tells the tragic story of the zombie apocalypse in London through a series of dramatic stills depicting the true horror that awaits players. While not much has gotten me excited for Nintendo's next console, this one has definitely made my ears perk up.  Let's just hope its not plagued by the same problems Dead Rising had.

Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance E3 Trailer

Get More: , Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance - E3 2012: Exclusive Trailer HD , PC Games , PlayStation 3 , Xbox 360 The E3 trailer for Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance  takes all of the wrong steps with its over the top intro, horrid music, and preachy prologue.  It seems that even with new developer Platinum Games at the helm, the same tired and overly philosophical messages of MGS have carried over. I was in the vast minority of people that actually like Raiden as a character when he debuted in Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty .  I never did get to play Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots , so I'm a bit out of the loop with Metal Gear .  While I don't know that I have the energy to endure another sermon for Pastor Kojima, I'll try anything from the team that created the incredible Bayonetta .

Halo 4 Debut Gameplay

Get More: , Halo 4 - E3 2012: Debut Gameplay HD , PC Games , PlayStation 3 , Xbox 360 At this point, I'm shocked we haven't seen a live action Halo yet.  Sure, they tried and we ended up getting that abysmal District 9 , but surely we can make it happen now.  Even if it doesn't, we'll still be treated to expertly crafted teases and trailers surrounding everyone's favorite SPARTAN. It's been four years since the events of Halo 3 .  The world thinks Master Chief is dead.  Now that peace has been obtained, the UNSC has begun their discovery missions, much like the Enterprise of Star Trek .  Things go awry and they crash land on the same planet that Master Chief himself crash landed on all those years ago.  If anything, it's quite convenient for the crew of the Infinity. There's a new alien race that's no friend to the Covenant or the humans.  Sporting some new gear, it's up to Master Chief to rescue the ship and uncove

Dead Space 3 Debut Trailer and E3 Gameplay

There's quite a bit of info revealed in the official announcement trailer for Dead Space 3 .  Series hero Isaac Clarke is joined by potential love interest Ellie Langford from Dead Space 2  and a new character named John Carver.  John was introduced in the Dead Space graphic novel short less than a week ago. John is a soldier with a marriage on the rocks.  He appears to be working with an entity that is either in charge of or contributing to the construction of the markers.  When introduced to us, John is working on the planet Uxor.  When the shroud covering the marker comes free, it unleashes an EMP that brings ships plummeting from the sky.  With horrific crashes come dead bodies.  The marker then takes those bodies and turns them into a fresh batch of necromorphs. With Dead Space 3  taking place on the frozen planet of Tau Volantis, there may be some uncovering of John's past that needs to happen.  At the beginning of the debut trailer, Ellie mentions that they have

Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2 Debut Trailer

Get More: , Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2 - E3 2012: Exclusive Debut Trailer HD , PC Games , PlayStation 3 , Xbox 360 Spoilers It's been a year and a half since we've seen Gabriel Belmont.  At the end of Castlevania: Lords of Shadow , Gabriel had become the iconic king of vampires, Dracula.  He had survived to modern times and still grieved for his murdered wife, Marie. We now see Gabriel in what could be the iconic series' namesake castle.  Time has jumped back to the middle ages.  In a cruel twist of fate, Gabriel is now the monster that must be hunted down.  He still grieves for his wife and his entire existence seems to be one of solitude and pain.  As he steps outside onto his balcony, we see a massive army come to eradicate his existence.  What has Gabriel done since the end of the first game to cause so much hatred for himself? After using dark magic and his iconic whip to make short work of the army, Gabriel is faced by a lone white

Tomb Raider E3 Crossroads Trailer

Get More: , Tomb Raider - E3 2012: Exclusive Crossroads Trailer HD , PC Games , PlayStation 3 , Xbox 360 It's been years since Tomb Raider has made an impact on the gaming community.  Most would say that Nathan Drake of the Uncharted series has stolen Lara's thunder.  Crystal Dynamics and Square Enix look to reclaim the adventure throne with a gritty reboot of the Tomb Raider series. Lara is no longer the sexual, gun-toting angel of archaeology.  We find that she is a vulnerable girl who is more than capable of being hurt.  In fact, it seems that the game will exploit this fact with a lot of abuse thrown Lara's way.  I worry that Crystal Dynamics' attempt to show Lara as a more human and fragile character may be misinterpreted as excessive abuse towards women.  In this trailer alone, Lara takes an excessive amount of physical abuse and has a brief run-in with a would be rapist.  It's definitely a new game for more mature audiences.

Twelve Sky 2

My review of Twelve Sky 2 is up at Gaming Climax !

Release Calendar: June 2012

June 05: Inversion (PS3, 360) Madagascar 3: The Video Game (Wii, 360, DS) The Sims 3: Katy Perry's Sweet Treats (PC) June 07: Cat Frenzy (DS) June 12: DiRT Showdown (PS3, 360) Krater (PC) Lollipop Chainsaw (PS3, 360) Sins of a Solar Empire: Rebellion (PC) Gungir (PSP) June 13: Babel Rising (PS3, 360) June 15: Ghost Recon Future Soldier (PC) June 18: Pokemon Conquest (DS) June 19: LEGO Batman 2: DC Super Heroes (PC, PS3, 360, Wii) Brave: The Video Game (Wii, PC, PS3, 360) Clan of Champions (360) Steel Battalion: Heavy Armor (360) Civilization V: Gods & Kings (PC) The Dark Eye: Chains of Satinav  (PC) June 25: Dungeons & Dragons Online: Menace of the Underdark June 26: Sledge Hammer (360) Record of Agarest War 2 (PS3) The Amazing Spider-Man (360, Wii, DS, PC, 3DS, PS3) Darksiders 2 (360, PC, PS3) Spec Ops: The Line  (360, PC, PS3)