Archive for June, 2011

Proun – I Will Have It!

Posted in News on June 24, 2011 by Matt

Proun just got released for PC and is available for free here, or you can pay a bit extra and get a bonus track.

This game looks awesome, and I will get it sometime very soon. Thanks to Kotaku for pointing it out.

Pre-Order Skyrim and Get A Cloth Map!

Posted in News on June 24, 2011 by Matt

Yup, that’s about it. Regardless of what copy of the game you pre-order, this will be included. Apparently, it’ll feel like burlap.

Thanks to Joystiq again for this news.

Personally, I really like game world maps. I have one for Oblivion. Hell, I even used it once or twice. I haven’t read how big Skyrim’s world will be, but I’m willing to bet it’ll be bigger than Oblivion’s. Can’t wait for this game to release late this fall.

Well, BioShock Infinite Could Be Good.

Posted in News on June 24, 2011 by Matt

Considering I own both of the BioShock games, and haven’t finished either of them, I’m a little worried that this might follow the same fate.

After watching this video, my interest may finally be growing a bit. A character in the game helps you by tearing holes in reality and bringing in objects from other worlds. You’re prompted by her and you must select from different items. This is a cool idea, and it’ll be interesting to see what the final product is like.

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.