Like The Birdman himself, the Tony Hawk video game series is well past its prime. Once heralded as one of the best franchises available, each release over the past decade has received poorer review scores than the last. In an effort to remind people of just how great the games used to be, Activision has released Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater HD, a beautified amalgamation of the first two titles, with a few new features thrown in for good measure. While there is great joy to be had for those of us with fond memories of the earlier Pro Skaters, I’m afraid we have to deduct points for some nasty bails along the way. Read More »
Earlier today, Activision unveiled the first gameplay trailer of Call of Duty: Black Ops II‘s multiplayer mode. It gives a lot of hints as to what we can expect when the game hits retail shelves in November. I’ve always been curious about the little details the guys at Activision include with these types of trailers, even going so far as to analyze every frame of the multiplayer reveals of the previous two Call of Duty titles. So, here I am with a frame-by-frame breakdown of the first glimpse of Treyarch’s multiplayer in Call of Duty: Black Ops II.
All information provided here is speculation on my part, and as the coming weeks and months arrive much of what I say may be changed by the development team or proven false. All images are taken of the trailer provided by GameTrailers. (EDIT: Updated images from a 60fps video for better quality. You can find that video here.) Click on any image to see the full size version. Read More »
Last week, Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment released Batman: Arkham City Game of the Year Edition. Other than being a contender for the worst cover art in existence, this version of the game includes all the previously released downloadable content, a downloadable copy of the Batman: Year One animated movie, and Harley Quinn’s Revenge, a new mission set after the events of the game’s main story. If you have purchased the game already, you can download the new content separately for $10. Unless you are desperate to dust off that copy of Arkham City you haven’t touched in months, you may want to let it sit on the shelf a while longer.
Due to the nature of the DLC, it’s possible this review could contain minor spoilers pertaining to Arkham City‘s story. With that being the case, only read on if you’re comfortable with that information. Read More »
Late to the Darksiders party, I waited until after the game went out of print before I decided to track down a copy. Despite being out for over two years, used copies of the game are still hard to come by at your normal brick and mortar store. It never occurred to me to check online, where new copies of the game are readily available for around $20. Nevertheless, with the impending release of Darksiders II, I felt it necessary to experience the first one before I got too excited about a sequel. Looking back, I don’t know why it took me so long. Read More »
During a conference call in February of last year, Activision Blizzard announced the formation of Beachhead Studios, a new development team whose focus was to create a “digital platform” for the Call of Duty franchise. What they created we now know as the freemium service Call of Duty: Elite. Similar to other web offerings from developers of popular multiplayer games (e.g. Bungie.net and Electronic Art’s Battlelog), Elite service allows players to keep track of their in-game progress and compare stats and accomplishments with friends and the rest of the world. Additional services and content are given to paying subscribers. But what exactly are you getting for your money ($49.99 annually), and is it really worth it? Read More »
Cell phones have come a long way from the days of the Motorola RAZR playing Breakout with the number keys. Over the past several years, due in large part to Apple’s iPhones and App Store, the world has seen it’s share of smartphones functioning not only as mobile phones, and mobile computers, but also as handheld gaming systems. Late last year, Microsoft unveiled Windows Phone 7 with built in Xbox LIVE functionality. Earlier this month, Sony revealed the Ericsson Xperia Play (pictured above), the first in a new line of gaming-centric smartphones they plan on rolling out later this year. For gamers such as myself, this serves as a major headache more than anything. Read More »
To compliment my list of Marvel characters who should be included in Marvel vs. Capcom 3, here I’ll be running down who I think should be joining the ranks from Capcom’s side. Now, Capcom doesn’t have nearly as many characters to choose from, but two of the characters I previously had on this list (Bionic Commando‘s Nathan Spencer and Ghouls ‘n Ghosts‘ Arthur) were recently announced, showing that Capcom may be included characters from lesser-known or older franchises. Hopefully they continue that trend and don’t just fill up the roster with characters from Street Fighter.
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Two weeks ago, at New York Comic Con, Capcom announced four new characters for Marvel vs. Capcom 3, bringing the total now up to 26. With a reported roster being “over 30 characters” deep, we’re coming down to the final few character announcements on each side. So, this week for TOP 5, I wanted to go over my suggestions for who to include int he game. But, since I felt it would be unfair to include both Marvel and Capcom in the same list (since one would have more slots than the other, and it was too damn hard to narrow it down as is) we’re going to have two TOP 5s this week. Click here to view my list of Capcom characters if you haven’t given it a view already.
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This week in TOP 5 we’re going back to this blogs roots – achievements. For those of you out there that are the type to go out of your way to get every achievement (or Trophy, for my Sony-inclined readers), you’ve no doubt run into an achievement, or series of achievements, that you absolutely cannot stand. We’re going to rank the worst of the worst in pain in the ass achievements.
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This week at the Tokyo Game Show, Capcom showed a trailer for the new Ninja Theory-developed Devil May Cry game. This game is to serve as a reboot to the series which debuted on the Playstation 2 back in 2001. Over the year we’ve seen mixed reactions to the series, but that hasn’t stopped it from becoming one of the most recognized franchises of the past decade. While a reboot of the franchise is not necessarily a bad thing (and is actually quite common at this stage in a franchise’s life, which we’ll explore further), it seems like Capcom doesn’t have any idea what they’re doing.
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