Archive for June, 2011

Child of Eden Will Be Out for PS3 This Fall

Posted in News on June 24, 2011 by Matt

For all of those who really wanted to pick up a copy of Child of Eden, but don’t have a 360, don’t worry. This fall, there will be a PS3 release that will come with some extra content.

Expect to see it in September. This really helps me out, since I won’t need to get a Kinect.

Check the article here on Joystiq.

Horror on the Kinect

Posted in News on June 21, 2011 by Matt

I’m a fairly big fan of sci-fi and horror. Aliens, vampires, werewolves and especially zombies are things that I enjoy in video games, and in movies.

With this trailer of the game Rise of Nightmares (courtesy of Kotaku), exclusively for the Kinect, I’m now thinking that it’s time to consider a Kinect for my X-Box 360. Check out the trailer and see what you think. To read Kotaku’s article, click here.

If You’re A Fan Of Serious Sam…

Posted in News on June 21, 2011 by Matt

…and RPG’s, then maybe it’s time to check out Serious Sam: The Random Encounter (article from Joystiq).

The art in the game looks awesome and with the release the the next Serious Sam game getting closer, I’ll definitely look into playing this game. Serious Sam has meant a lot of good times for people, and hopefully this game will add to that fun.

Purchases For Tuesday, June 21, 2011 – F.E.A.R. 3 (PS3), Shadows of the Damned (PS3) and Fear Effect 2 (PS1)

Posted in In The Mail/Purchased Items, Initial Impressions, New Releases on June 21, 2011 by Matt

Today marked the release of both F.E.A.R. 3 and Shadows of the Damned, and I had both on pre-order. As well, I met a person from Kijiji and picked up Fear Effect 2 for the Playstation 1.

F.E.A.R. 3 and Shadows of the Damned
Shadows of the Damned was a game a lot of people were skeptical about, but I remember seeing stuff for it a while before the trailers came out and it seemed like it may be a good one. After playing the game for a few hours (finished Act 2), I am glad to say that it’s a great game so far.

The light and dark elements are great, and there are some nice little puzzles in there that include these elements. The boss battles are fun and slightly challenging (though, I am playing the game on the hardest difficulty setting), and also include some of the light and dark puzzle elements. The darkness hurts you in the game, but sometimes you need to stand in it and look out to enable you to solve some puzzles or hurt some bosses. It works really well, and makes things pretty intense at times.

It plays quite a bit like Resident Evil 4 did, as far as controls go and the visuals in the game are concerned. There’s a big blue half-demon named Christopher you buy stuff from (kind of reminds me a little of the vendor in RE4, but only due to the blue flames around him).

Johnson (your gun) is great, and I enjoy the comments and jokes he spouts off, as well as the humour found around the game world. Johnson can also transform into many different weapons and items, and can be upgraded with blue gems (gained from bosses). There are red and white gems. You can buy stuff with white gems, and upgrade both yourself and Johnson with red gems. The soundtrack in the game is also worth noting. It definitely fits the game and it’s theme.

I’ll be playing Shadows of the Damned a lot, and hopefully will beat it in a couple more sessions. I’d recommend this to anyone that enjoyed Resident Evil games and any horror oriented games, or if you like Rodriguez films (like Planet Terror).

There hasn’t been any time today to try out F.E.A.R. 3, but I’ll update this post when I do.

Update: I made some time to play F.E.A.R. 3, and considering it does offer local co-op support for the campaign mode, my girlfriend and I played through the first area together.

The game has you and your dead brother fighting their way out of a prison to start. Your dead brother can possess people, shield you with a psychic power and use a psychic attack against enemies. The brother that is alive can slow down time and…well…that’s about it. That and he doesn’t have to change bodies all the time. I’m not 100% sure what the real advantage is. Anyway, the co-op was fun and we had a good time with the game. My girlfriend wants to play it, which is a good thing. We also briefly tried out the Fucking Run mode, where there’s a wall of death following you and your team mate through a map. You must kill enemies quickly and move along before the wall can kill either of you. We left that mode since my girlfriend doesn’t have quite enough experience with first-person shooters.

Overall, my initial first impression is a good one. The co-op seems to work well, and the gameplay is what you’d expect from a F.E.A.R. game.

Fear Effect 2
Fear Effect 2 was a game I meant to get back when it originally came out, as well as it predecessor, but I never did pick it up. I got it today for $10 in really good shape. Hopefully it turns out to be a good game.

Update: Fear Effect 2 plays a lot like Resident Evil. The controls are similar, and the camera angles are as well. The game seems like an espionage sort of game, though I’ve really only played it for about 10 minutes. More on this game when I get a chance to get into it. Might be a while though, considering all of the new releases.

Indie Game: The Movie – Coming This Fall

Posted in News on June 21, 2011 by Matt

Indie Game: The Movie Official Trailer from IndieGame: The Movie on Vimeo.

This fall, a film will be released about small time developers trying to make it in the gaming industry. The trailer seems to be a fairly typical documentary trailer. I’m actually very curious about this film, so I’ll likely be watching it on it’s release.

Here is the link to the trailer and a very small article, courtesy of Kotaku.

Purchases for Monday, June 20, 2011: Air Combat (PS1), Blast Chamber(PS1), Uprising X(PS1) and Zelda: Ocarina of Time (N64)

Posted in In The Mail/Purchased Items, Initial Impressions on June 21, 2011 by Matt

Yesterday, after getting home from a weekend away, I arranged to pick up some games from some Kijiji ads.

Air Combat, Blast Chamber, Uprising X
Air Combat came out near the launch of the Playstation 1, and it was a game that I played a lot. It’s the original in the Ace Combat series. It was a good game then, and still is now. For $1.50, it was a definite purchase (even though it’s a Greatest Hits copy).

Blast Chamber was another game that I had never played. It’s basically a chamber with you and 1-3 other guys trying to control a ball (or whatever it is). Each character is a different colour and you can either take the ball to your corresponding colour marker , or to another player’s colour marker. Doing so to your own marker will add time to your timer, and doing so to another person’s marker will take time away. When time reaches zero, you explode. Dying less, and scoring more will get you more points. When the primary timer reaches zero, the player with the most points wins. There are many different chambers to play in, but they are all roughly the same (just a square room that rotates). It may sounds fun, but it’s not the greatest game ever. For only $3, it’s not a big deal.

Uprising X is a game where you control a futuristic tank. The gameplay is easy to get used to, and the game is actually really fun. When you shoot infantry, they explode into bits. You can also control towers on occasion, which are very powerful. I’ve only played the tutorial, so this is all I know. It was a good purchase for only $3.50.

Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time
The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time releases today on the 3DS, and it’s a game I regretted getting rid of back when I was a kid. I picked up this copy for $20 (which I could have found a better copy of, but oh well). There are some minor scratches to the game’s front label, but it works and I’ll play it.

Developer Talks About Next Twisted Metal + Gameplay Video

Posted in News on June 18, 2011 by Matt

You can check out the video here on Joystiq. There’s talk of mechs in the game (but not very many), car physics, and how the developers have made it so that each character will have their own individual story in the single player game.

I used to love Twisted Metal 1 and 2. Never did play any of them after that. I’ll likely try to track down Twisted Metal Black sometime though. It’ll be nice to have a good car combat game for the current generation.

Purchases For Friday, June 17, 2011: Resident Evil Survivor and Dead in the Water (PSOne)

Posted in In The Mail/Purchased Items, Initial Impressions on June 18, 2011 by Matt

Today I went to pick up another lot of games from Kijiji, but when I got there, I wasn’t impressed with the condition of most of the games. I picked out these two games and made another offer to the buyer. I ended up getting both of these games for $20. Not too horrible, considering Resident Evil Survivor is around $20 on E-bay by itself.

Resident Evil Survivor and Dead in the Water
Resident Evil Survivor is an first-person shooter. It wasn’t a big success for Capcom, and never got any amazing reviews. After playing the game for around half an hour, I can understand why. The level design was pretty simple and very linear. The control layout is very unusual, and it feels kind if sluggish. It’s a very mediocre game. Initially, I thought it was going to be an on-rails light game, which would have been way better.

Dead in the Water is a game I read about back when the Playstation first came out. It’s a boat racing game with weapons. There is the campaign, single race, and battle options. There are different things to destroy on the tracks that give you money, and there are power ups that will give you various weapons and boosts. It’s an alright game, but the controls are strange. You hold forward to accelerate and the push either right or left to turn with the same analog stick. Threw me off a little, as most games back then would have you holding down X.

This Is An Awesome Glitch in Duke Nukem Forever!

Posted in News on June 16, 2011 by Matt

Courtesy of Kotaku for the artlce and video. Here is the best glitch I’ve seen in a long time.

Battlefield 3’s Pre-Order Exclusive Content Will Be Available To All!

Posted in News on June 16, 2011 by Matt

The pre-order content that has everyone all pissed off will be available for free to everyone eventually. People who have pre-orders on Battlefield 3 will have access to the “Physical Warfare” DLC early, and everyone else will have to wait for a little while. That’s not too bad, so people should simmer down a little bit. This news was found here, on Joystiq.