March 2, 2012
WARING! MINOR SPOILERS BEWARE!
Back In November of 2007 for the Xbox 360 and the summer of 2008 for the PCs Commander Shepard and crew came into our lives to save all of humanity from certain death at the hands of Saren Arterius a rouge Specter and his Geth minions or so it would seem….
Developed by Bioware and published by Microsoft this action RPG shooter has an amazing story and game play elements made great by Bioware’s earlier masterpiece: Star Wars: Knight of the Old Republic. Mass Effect takes Commander Shepard across the known universe to try and stop Saren and the Geth from destroying every intelligent race in existence! Check out this mazing trailer that helped to launch the series:
In January of 2010 Mass Effect 2 was released with refined gameplay and the ability to port your Shepard character from Mass Effect into Mass Effect 2 adding a new level of continuity to the story because the decisions made in M.E. 1 affected the story of M.E. 2.
In Mass Effect 2 the Normandy is on patrol on the outskirts of the galaxy when it is attacked by an unknown enemy and Commander Shepard is “killed” and then resurrected by Cerberus a human supremacist organization led by the Illusive Man. When Shepard is revived you are thrown back into a race to stop the “Collectors” from abducting humans for reasons unknown! Check out the launch Trailer for Mass Effect 2:
Now we come to mass Effect 3 with the release of the demo last week it looks like the Epic-ness of this final installment will over-shadow the first two games in this already impressive series! With the war being brought to Earth’s doorstep, Commander Shepard is the only one who can stop the impending doom of the entire human race. Here’s the debut trailer from last year. Note the release date is wrong because M.E. 3 was pushed back:
Now with this installment the Mass Effect series gets its first multiplayer co-op experience. Much like Gears of War’s Horde mode this Co-op experience in no joke the A.I. is insanely intelligent with the ability to flank and use tactics to destroy every member of your team but you have many options for soldier type and load outs including many of the races and abilities from the campaign. You can also earn credits for achieving objectives while playing that can be used to purchase packs that have power ups, weapons, special ammo, and new load out options to unlock. Here’s the multiplayer trailer that gives us a small look:
Now If that didn’t get you psyched, then maybe a deeper look into the story with this amazing full cinematic trailer that will tug your heart strings and give you the courage to fight for the Human race! Enjoy…
If you’re still on the ropes and need more convincing that this will be game of the year this trailer was just released:
I have to add this final trailer simply because all major games are making epic live action trailers to promote their releases and Mass Effect is no different. Now this is no Halo series live action trailer but still epic in its own right. Check it out:
March 2, 2012
We round out the week of looking back at some classic games with one of my personal favorites from my time in the arcades and in front of my NES. Double Dragon may have had some recent trouble staying on the XBLA but Still billed as an arcade favorite, and had multiple releases and spin offs, this brawler still holds its own. There were some games in the venerable series I skipped, I did play 1–3 and Battletoads and Double Dragons. I also checked out the GBA remake and is one of my favorite games from the GBA era. Today’s track, Enter the Guru by Nintendo Guru takes me back to the summer days spent in Giggles, my local arcade. I can still smell the Pizza Boy across from the arcade. Have a great weekend everyone.
March 1, 2012
Activision has consistently been releasing COD titles every Nov since COD 3, why should this year be any different. A listing on Amazon’s french site has posted a listing for COD: Black Ops 2 also a Spanish game retail site has announced it and stated that it will ship in Nov. Officially, for the US at least, no title or release date has been set for the next COD game, but if Activision stays the course then you can bet we’ll see a new COD in Nov, might as well be Black Ops 2.
Personally I enjoyed Black Ops 2 and Im not disappointed to hear rumors about a second, granted the COD series has begun to meld together and some updated designs and tech for the game would be refreshing but COD pulls it off with fantastic story progression and cinematic detail. Its rare that a shooter progresses and intensifies the way COD has been, lets hope if there is a Black Ops 2 on the horizon that it can bring the same intensity that MW has shown.
March 1, 2012
After much speculation last night Ubisoft has finally given us a glimpse at the cover art for this years Assassins Creed III, and in the process, answered some questions. The game will be set during the American Revolution, the main protagonist will be of Native American decent, and that’s about where the detail trail runs cold. While I am excited for another Assassins Creed, I am still really skeptic about the setting. While there were large towns in the colonies around 1776, there just was nothing to the extent of previous AC games. While I was personally pulling for Victorian London, I do have faith in Ubisoft to deliver an exceptional game. It will be interesting to see what else we learn about the title in the coming months and do expect a big to do out of Ubisoft at E3 this year. In the mean time enjoy the box art.
March 1, 2012
We will continue the trend of classic tunes with this awesome version of a Game Boy staple. I was just starting high school when the original Blue and Red hit the NA shores and it instantly became a hit with my friends and family. I bought a Game Boy specifically to play Pokémon and have enjoyed the series to this day, I still play Pokémon: Black on occasion. Today we celebrate Pokémon with The Mighty Mighty Pokémon (~Opening~ Demo 2) by Level 99 off the Pokémon: The Missingno Tracks album. So rock out with some Pokémon is this week dedicated to classic gaming.
March 1, 2012
Nexuiz is a first person shoot of the arena variety, something pretty rare these days. I am proud to say that this game was developed by none other than Illfonic Studios, a local to my city (Denver). The game was released last night at midnight. Anyone who enjoyed the old arena shooter games like Quake will love Nexuiz. Nexuiz is like Quake with a sense of humor, and something really cool called mutators. Mutators get called in during the game, and change the game play. Up to three mutators are active at a time and they all interact with each other differently. So on top of the extremely fast paced gameplay, you might become colorblind or your controls will be inverted. Talk about tricky!
Arena shooters bring me back to the good old days at LAN parties, screaming at people across the room at 3am about the last match. I’m not sure of Nexuiz will coax me back to a room filled with sweaty Mountain Dew filled boys, but it will at least get me at the edge of my seat yelling at the computer screen again. I have actually played Nexuiz already, I can’t talk much about that but I was really impressed. The levels are just gorgeous, and cannot be compared to games like Halo. A lot of love was put into this game, and it really shows.
Platform: 360 currently. PC and PS3 release anticipated in the following months
February 29, 2012
The DLC is being released as a collection of multi-player maps and spec ops missions and will be available on March 20th for X360. That that play on PS3 and PC will have to wait until the DLC eventually makes it way down the pipeline to them, I would guess about a month. It will include the maps Liberation, Piazza, Overwatch, and Black Box, as well as Special Ops missions Black Ice and Negotiator. This content was actually developed by three different devs, Infinity Ward, Raven Software and Sledgehammer Games, this should make for an interesting mix of style and game play. Along with the coming DLC, content will also be available for COD: Elite subscribers on the March 13.
February 29, 2012
Yes, yes I know; two Halo songs in one week, this is an outrage! But I wanted to take the rest of the week to dedicate the article to classic video game tunes, ones that everyone should know no matter how “Hardcore” or “Casual” you are. Today’s is, I would say, the most memorable tune to come from the original Xbox. Halo Theme Mjolnir Mix by Martin o’Donnell off of the Halo 2 Official Soundtrack is as iconic as the massive size of the Xbox and the “Duke” controller. So, sit back and enjoy the rock anthem that defined a console and have a great Wednesday.
February 29, 2012
LIMBO, created by developer Playdead, may be coming to a mobile device near you. The developer has stated that it is investigating new platforms for which to branch out in development. Whether this means a LIMBO port, new games to come or both we dont know, seems silly though that LIMBO would be left out, its a simple game but was well received and gained popularity fast so if the developer breaks into the mobile development arena I would expect to see an Andoid and iOS version.
Should Playdead get into more platform development I think we can expect to start seeing some interesting things come down the pipeline. As small and simple a game as LIMBO was its production values were high and it screamed quality and talent. To see more games with such uniqueness and build quality would be nothing less than awesome, and to efficiently do that I think they would have to branch out into multi-platform development.
February 28, 2012
Today we are going to do things very simple and listen to a classic. A simple tune from every gamer’s history and one that came in a superb package. The Ground Theme (From Super Mario Brothers) is one game theme that you can even catch casual gamers humming from time to time. This song is from my personal copy of the Super Mario All-Stars Limited Edition that was released for the Wii in late 2010. It was a good dedication to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Mario franchise. Enjoy classic Tuesday!