Many things can be said about the previous title in the Call of Juarez series, unfortunately since this is a respectful site not many of them can be reproduced here. So when a preview disc for Call of Juarez: Gunslinger landed on my desk I can’t say I was ecstatic about the opportunity. how wrong I was.
Can you believe it’s been a full 5 years since the original GRiD was released way back in 2008 and now to commemorate the end of the current generation of consoles Codemasters are releasing the much anticipated sequel to the game, GRiD 2.
I'm not one to believe that a single piece of software can save ailing hardware, but Kenji Inafune's latest work has been instrumental in revitalising the Vita in the land of the Rising Sun. It's true that Japanese and Western tastes are not always in sync, and sometimes there's probably a lot of eye-rolling from both sides of the artificial cultural divide.
From the very first moment, the very first time you see anything, Bioshock Infinite immediately draws parallels to the first game. You’re out in the ocean, with a large lighthouse towering above you. The first time you see Columbia; the hidden city, floating in the sky, it immediately forces you to recollect your first glimpse of the fallen underwater dystopia of Rapture. You know, from that moment, that you’ll be drawn in to a world that will captivate and mesmerise. It’s unmistakably, and undeniably Bioshock.
Earlier this year EA Games opened up application for their closed SimCity beta and like the fans we are we applied for this access. Unfortunately not only did we not get chosen but we also weren’t invited to the media previews that the rest of the world appeared to get.
Crystal Dynamics’ new Tomb Raider reboot is unlike any other Tomb Raider game I have played before. I’m not sure if this is the Tomb Raider that people will be expecting but I am sure that this fresh, new approach to the franchise is one that is well overdue. If you are one of those gamers who isn’t a fan of change, best you start mentally preparing yourself now!
Earth is under attack by what can only be extraterrestrials. Nations are teetering on the edge of full-blown panic and no one seems to know what ET and his buddies want on our space rock. If you are reading this, there is probably only one question you really want answered: did Firaxis Games stick to the original? In a word, yes. Hailing from the days of Jagged Alliance and XCOM, prepare to dive into a world where your choices can leave you bankrupt and facing failure.
Welcome to XCOM, Commander.
I find previewing sports games in general pretty difficult as all the normal preview items such as storylines, weapon choices, side quests and the rest just don’t exist. It’s not like I’m going to tell you anything exciting by saying that you can race against Lewis Hamilton, Sebastian Vettel or Michael Schumacher in this game as you already know that.
Geoff was given an early hands on with Sleeping Dogs back in early April and he absolutely loved it so when another opportunity to get our hands on Sleeping Dogs arose I jumped at the chance and have been Kung Fu kicking, shooting and hacking my way through the world of Sleeping Dogs for the past few weeks.. these are my thoughts.
Rayman Origins was one of my favourite games of 2011. Offering sublime, co-operative platforming combined with a unique, surreally beautiful hand-drawn aesthetic it stands as one of the most magical games I’ve played this generation. It underperformed at retail, because the mass, game-buying public is filled with idiots - but it’s fortunately done well enough to warrant a sequel. Right now, that sequel, Rayman Legends, has only been announced for the Wii U. And somehow, it seems to have surpassed the original.
The year so far has released some fantastic games so far, great content that we’ve all had a chance to sample and own. And 2012 has only just crossed the halfway mark, so here’s a look at what the rest of the year has in store for us, from futuristic warfare, driving on the horizon and all the way to some revolutionary war tomahawk action.
There’s still a great year ahead, that’s for certain.
The Spec ops games have a bit of a chequered history. The critically acclaimed first games in the series, by Blacklight developer Zombie Games established Spec Ops as a premier tactical shooter franchise - but subsequent games bearing the Spec Ops name have been poor-scoring, low budget affairs. It’s been ten years since the release of the last game in series - so it’s not a stretch to say that Spec Ops has all but faded in obscurity.
A Spec Ops game under development at Rockstar, cancelled in 2005, further plunged the series in to the depths of irrelevance. That made the 2009 revelation that a new Spec Ops, subtitled “The Line” from German developer Yager Development seem an odd choice - but the announcement was accompanied by a gameplay trailer and an intriguing demonstration at E3 in 2010. It’s been relatively quiet on the Spec Ops front since then, bar a few trailers and the recent release of the game’s single player demo on Xbox Live and the PSN.
I’ve had the opportunity to play through an extended section of the game’s single player campaign, and I’m happy to say that there’s more to the game than the demo would have you believe.
I am an MMORPG addict. I have tried throwing accounts away, changing e-mail addresses, deleting massive game installs, hiding authenticators, and having those annoying parental control settings applied on myself. But somehow I always end up back, somehow. They keep finding me.
There I was, happily enjoying saving worlds and killing chickens when BAM! GW2 beta invite in my inbox. So off I run to download the files before the weekend, which is thankfully something that they allowed us to do (Not pointing any fingers). So, 11.5 gigs later, my machine was ready for the beta. I even skipped FNM (le gasp!) and sat by waiting for everything to go live.
Earlier today I posted up my hands off impressions with Max Payne 3 but after that short hands off the Xbox controller was handed over to me and I was then thrust into the action after a quick cut scene explaining that our bosses trophy wife had been kidnapped and they wanted $3 million to release her.
The boss is a ludicrously rich real estate mogul, so the $3 million isn’t a major problem. Giving into armed gangs is obviously a worry but his serious son and playboy son help convince him that this is the best plan so I (Max) and Raul offer to hand over the cash.
Last week I was whisked away to some fancy offices in Chelsea London to have some hands on with one of my most anticipated titles of the year, Rockstars Max Payne 3.
It’s been an incredible 9 years since we last had some time with Max Payne and his time altering abilities and it would be a lie to say I wasn’t a little worried about a game that has seemed to be in development hell for quite some time.