2011 July

July 30, 2011

Days Gone By: The People Who Make “Classic” Gaming a Genre

Many of you read­ers prob­a­bly start­ed gam­ing fair­ly ear­ly on. I’d be will­ing to bet many of you have quite a few good mem­o­ries of a favorite game or con­sole. Maybe you had a Nin­ten­do 64, and The Leg­end of Zel­da: Oca­ri­na of Time pos­i­tive­ly blew your mind. Maybe you had a Playsta­tion, and you cried when Aeris died (There’s no “maybe” about the cry­ing, you def­i­nite­ly cried. Don’t lie to me. I write things.) in Final Fan­ta­sy VII. Maybe you had a Dream­cast, and were a fan of Son­ic Adven­ture. No mat­ter what sys­tem, com­pa­ny, or gen­er­a­tion you start­ed with, you have some good gam­ing mem­o­ries, as well as some not so good ones. Want to relive those mem­o­ries? I know of some guys who can help you live them all over again, with nos­tal­gia and humor com­bin­ing toRead more…

July 28, 2011

Battlefield 3 Alpha Test

  So the closed alpha test­ing for Bat­tle­field 3 went live yes­ter­day and I got a chance to play some. Its only test­ing for PC so all the con­sole guys out there will have to wait till beta test­ing. The alpha con­sists of one mul­ti­play­er rush map called Oper­ta­tion Metro. As usu­al rush mode, you take turns attack­ing or defend­ing two points. As you cap­ture points your team moves for­ward or you must fall back if your defend­ing. To those famil­iar with the series the game­play feels very much the same. You unlock weapons, attach­ments, and oth­er bonus­es as you lev­el each class. The class­es are Recon, Assu­alt, Engi­neer, and Sup­port. You don’t get access to all the class good­ies but there are plen­ty to choose from for an alpha. All that  is typ­i­cal Bat­tle­field. The alpha plays in a sort ofRead more…

July 28, 2011

Just when Comic-con closes Steel City Con opens….

  For us here at TheGamers­Blog we did not have the oppor­tu­ni­ty (due to this lit­tle annoy­ance called respon­si­bil­i­ty) this year to head to San Diego for the great nerd migra­tion known as Com­ic-con. Luck­i­ly for two of the edi­tors here that live in the Pitts­burgh area, soon to be only one, we have Steel City Con. A con­ven­tion that is housed in one of Pittsburgh’s gigan­tic con­ven­tion cen­ters, it entails all things nerd (or geek if you pre­fer) with comics, col­lectibles, cos­play­ers, and more. Scro­tusKilmys­tr and I will be there all week­end long and will bring you high­lights, lots of pic­tures, and hope to come away with some great stuff to give away to you, the read­ers. No huge names will be there, though Tony Todd (Can­dy Man, Trans­form­ers: Revenge of the Fall­en),  Jere­my Bul­loch (Boba Fett, Star Wars)Read more…

July 28, 2011

Video Awesomeness: Comic Con 2011 Edition

  This week’s Video Awe­some­ness will be all things Com­ic Con or at least some trail­ers that debuted there. Com­ic Con or SDCC for the A.D.D. crowd descend­ed on San Diego last Thurs­day and for three days was a total ner­da­palooza for all thing Geeky from comics to movies and yes video games here’s a few that caught my atten­tion…   One of My most antic­i­pat­ed sequels releas­ing in Octo­ber is Bat­man: Arkham City! The first game, Bat­man: Arkham Asy­lum was incred­i­bly addic­tive with hack-n-slash com­bat mixed with some lite RPG ele­ments and an engag­ing sto­ry, it was tru­ly hard to stop play­ing. Arkham City adds an open world envi­ron­ment to the mix and looks to be even bet­ter. This next game is from Sil­i­con Knights who brought us a game that was in devel­op­ment for 10 years, Too Human.Read more…

July 28, 2011

3DS Price Drop!

    Writ­ten by: CABXYZ… Yes you heard that right, just less than a year after the porta­bles release it is get­ting a price drop and a mas­sive one at that. Ear­ly this morn­ing Nin­ten­do released a press release stat­ing that the 3DS just 5 months after the system’s release will be tak­en from its $249.99 price tag to $169.99 on August 12th. Yes, you are not see­ing things the 3DS will be $169.99 ear­ly next month. Nin­ten­do of Amer­i­ca pres­i­dent Reg­gie Fils-Aime had this to say about the price drop, “For any­one who was in the fence about buy­ing a Nin­ten­do 3DS, this is a huge moti­va­tion to buy now,” “We are giv­ing shop­pers every incen­tive to pick up a Nin­ten­do 3DS from an amaz­ing new price to a rapid-fire suc­ces­sion of great games.” If you were an ear­lyRead more…

July 28, 2011

Looking at this year’s “Summer of Arcade”….

  Every sum­mer, we gamers go through a drought of new releas­es. Microsoft tries to bring water to this desert with “Sum­mer of Arcade” a show case of 5 arcade games that they deem to be the cream of the crop, or at least inter­est­ing at best. This year’s event kicked off last week with the release of Bas­tion, a gor­geous action RPG, and con­tin­ues this week with the unique god game From Dust. Here is the list, price points and release dates. — Bas­tion: July 20th, 1200 points — From Dust: July 27th, 1200 points — Insane­ly Twist­ed Shad­ow Plan­et: August 3rd 1200 points — Fruit Nin­ja Kinect: August 10th 800 points — Toy Sol­diers: Cold War: August 17th 1200 points This year’s list is some­thing of an odd one. Every year there seems to be a theme toRead more…

July 27, 2011

More Worms? Yes please!

  Team 17 the devel­op­ers behind the worms series announced today that we will get a HD revamp of Worms 3D and Worms 4: May­hem togeth­er in a down­load­able titled dubbed Worms: Ulti­mate May­hem. The title will be released on Xbox Live Arcade, PlaySta­tion Net­work, and on the PC through Steam. Team 17’s Head of Design John Den­nis had this to say in the press release about the down­load­able pack­age:                 “It’s been an absolute plea­sure get­ting the chance to revis­it two titles that we remem­ber so fond­ly. In squeez­ing the entire con­tent of both “Worms: 3D” and “Worms 4: May­hem” into one collector’s edi­tion dig­i­tal pack­age, we’ve deliv­ered a “best of the 3D Worms games” expe­ri­ence, com­plete with 60 sin­­gle-play­er mis­sions, 12 graph­i­cal themes, 38 weapons, full online play for up to four play­ers and lit­er­al­ly more ways toRead more…

July 27, 2011

Restructuring our reviews to better help you….

We haven’t post­ed a review in quite some time and look­ing over the old way that we wrote reviews, it was time for a change. We have restruc­tured the reviews to be more infor­ma­tive and to give you, as the read­er, a bet­ter under­stand­ing about what the game is about and high­light­ing the pos­i­tive and neg­a­tive aspects. Our score base is now 0–10 with only whole num­ber scores. There will be per­son­al com­men­tary at the end of each review on how long our play­time was and the replay val­ue. We will try to include game play videos towards the begin­ning of the reviews to bet­ter under­stand what the review­er is try­ing to con­vey. I hope that this new for­mat will be an eas­i­er read and high­light some great games that you may have been on the fence about. I hopeRead more…

July 27, 2011

Huge Game You May Not Know About

  League of Leg­ends is a free to play tow­er defense, action RTS game. You select a team of cham­pi­ons to defend and attack ene­my tur­rets along paths to thi­er base, ulti­mate­ly win­ning by destroy­ing the ene­my nexus. League was a spin off of the clas­sic DotA game which was a War­craft 3 mod. The suc­cess of DotA has spawned sev­er­al spin off games. Some good and some ter­ri­ble. Now League of Leg­ends is not a new thing to those who play it but some news about the game was brought to light yes­ter­day by Pres­i­dent and Exec­u­tive Pro­duc­er of Riot Games, Marc Mer­rill. He wrote a lit­tle let­ter to the com­mu­ni­ty: Sum­mon­ers! Now that Sea­son One is com­ing to a close, this is a great time to update you all on some amaz­ing accom­plish­ments that you have helped make pos­si­ble.Read more…

July 27, 2011

Review: Warhammer 40,000 Kill Team

    You play as one of four Space Marines in this twin stick arcade style action shoot­er, on mis­sion to stop an Ork Krooz­er trav­el­ing to an Impe­r­i­al Forge World before it can invade. You are a Space Marine. All of your bat­tle broth­ers are depend­ing on you to ful­fill your mis­sion. Do you have what it takes? Class­es con­sist of two ranged types: Stern­guard Vet­er­an & Tech Marine, and two close quar­ter or melee types: Librar­i­an & Van­guard Vet­er­an. Each have three weapon load outs (two which must be unlocked), two slots for “perks” (most of which must also be unlocked) and a spe­cial abil­i­ty that is unique to each Marines. This is a DLC title so it is on the cheap (about $9.99 or 800 msp). It has five cam­paign lev­els and five sur­vival lev­els (kind ofRead more…

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