Welcome to the Weekly Haul, the place where we show you the new entertainment releases coming out during the week. This week, there are only two games coming out but they are pretty big titles. Man of Steel and This is the End are out in theaters as well. Check out the list below! Continue Reading
I’m a pretty big fan of Assassin’s Creed, so when Assassin’s Creed 3 was officially announced during an Ubisoft earnings call today (and for a October 30th release date instead of the traditional November 15(ish) date most of the titles have had), you can imagine I got pretty excited! Assassin’s Creed 3 will be the final chapter in the Desmond storyline. No other details reported at this time.
Get ready to recite the “Nothing is true; everything is permitted” oath again soon!
I, like so many others in the gaming community, was unaware of who Adam Adamowicz was until I saw this heartfelt and expertly crafted eulogy. Looking through just this small amount of his concept art, you can get a small taste of his immense talent and what he did for gaming in general. His art and fully realized concepts raised the bar for all games to come. It is truly a great loss for the gaming community. It is always unfortunate to lose someone in the world, especially someone so talented and taken in the prime of his career. Adam died after a battle with cancer. http://www.awesome-robo.com/2012/02/farewell-adam-adamowicz-visual-mind.html
I am a Playstation Plus member. I often exclaim how much I love it. I play awesome games I would never think to play otherwise (Costume Quest) and get other games free I was going to purcha anyways (Sonic 2). So, every month, I love seeing what new games I can get. While this month seems a bit light compared to months past, I am still getting another $20 worth of games to throw in my collection of downloaded titles. Now, these are just the titles I personally picked up, there are others to choose from, as well as free booster packs and such for games I will never play, so who cares about those!
Final Fantasy V
This is a great, free pick-up for me, as I love classic JRPG’s. Any older Final Fantasy is usually something I can agree with, so I know finally playing this will waste some hours for me.
The Simpsons Arcade
The original Simpsons Arcade game has been ported to a system near you just like X-Men before it and, within a week of its release, it is FREE on Playstation Plus! Yes please. I used to go to the movie theater by my house to PLAY THIS AND NOT SEE A MOVIE. Here’s to hoping it is as enjoyable as I remember. I should use a fight-stick to play it…
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EA has released a very epic looking trailer for the new Mass Effect 3 multiplayer. The trailer gives me hope the multiplayer aspect of Mass Effect 3 can be awesome, but I still worry they are going to be lacking in the single-player because of it.
The SSX series is not known for keeping it real. In fact, it does the exact opposite. EA’s high-flying snowboarding series is set to make its triumphant return in 2012.
Grinding on helicopters, jumping to incredible heights, spinning like a top, all parts of SSX’s MO.
We can only hope Run DMC’s “Tricky” is still on the game’s soundtrack. Worst-case scenario, custom soundtracks. Either ways, it’s TRICKY TRICKY TRICKY!
When you load up the Asura’s Wrath demo, you can’t help but be excited for what epicness is to come. The title screen shows footage of a planet-sized, mustachioed man, and Dragonball Z style battles, and I couldn’t wait to sink my teeth into some fast-paced gameplay. It was slightly after pressing start that my excitement faded away.
Asura’s Wrath, or at least what we are shown of it in the demo, is essentially a glorified quick-time event. Not to say this cannot be done well, as Heavy Rain has shown us, but in an action game, there needs to be something to make the player feel tension or a sense of urgency, and this game, so far, is lacking that. While an epic battle is going on, a button prompt will show up in the foreground every once in a while, you press it, and we all go on our merry way. After pressing the button, you watch some more, and wait for another button prompt.
Other than the obvious problems with this, I have a few other gripes with Asura’s Wrath’s system. First, the button prompts are always the same because certain buttons pertain to certain actions. It makes sense, but it really takes the suspense out of it. Also, I found myself more annoyed by the prompts than anything. They’re big and usually in the middle of the screen, in front of the action. I know this is to call attention to it, but seasoned gamers know to look around the screen.
At least the second part of the demo featured to full analog stick movement and dodging, which makes me wonder if there is more to the game, but they haven’t shown this to be so yet. This time you’re fighting a guy who looks like a more buffed-up version of yourself. I actually became confused at first as to whom I was when gameplay started. Eventually he pulls out his magic extending sword and starts swinging, which doesn’t really add much to gameplay, but looks cool.
After a quick few dodges and punches, we were back to more of the same QTE, press button to not die videos. It really is a shame the gameplay is so bland because the cinematics (see: the game) look incredible. What little the demo shows of the plot makes me want to know what is going on. But I don’t want to play what is going on, I’d rather watch it. The button prompts almost feel like they are just getting in the way, like someone is asking you to press a button to keep watching Goku fight Vegeta. Just let me watch it and leave me alone!
After running through the demo once, I wondered if it was possible to play through the entire thing with only my bluray remote. Sadly, the PS3 does not register is as a gameplay controller, so I opted for playing the demo with one hand. While eating a bowl of cereal with the other. I managed to run through it without a hitch, if that tells you anything.
I’ve been cutting down on linking trailers, mostly due to other business at hand. This one looks really good though, so I thought I would throw it up in the midst of a new review. Since this game drops pretty soon, I’m hoping the Borderlands/Left 4 Dead vibe stands tall.
There are quite a few stereotypes in this game, but that looks to be where they are going with it. I’m not seeing the drama from the first trailer throughout the video, but it does look like gory fun regardless. Check out the trailer for yourself and be the judge!
With the newest football season underway, here comes the brand new Madden game. EA always touts a new reason to play the latest in the series. Madden 12 is no different, with various features from a more fleshed out franchise mode, and a brand new collision system. This game has a lot to try to live up to in terms of separating itself from 11. It will take much more than defense to convince casual and advanced player that Madden is still the king. Continue Reading
Uncharted 3 is one of those great games to look for in the holiday season. It seems a lot of videos for the game are showing off a great amount of footage for it. If you want to see a large snippet of the game, and watch Nathan Drake catch a plane from the landing gear. Take a good look at the source video just after the break!