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7:50 AM on 07.31.2009

Square-Enix Announce GamesCom playables!



With the rapid approach of the Leipzig GamesCom approaching, certain publishers are announcing details of what
they are going to have on show during the event.

A few days ago Square-Enix announced a few of the titles that will be playable at their booth during the show in
late August.

Amongst the titles announced are the big long awaited ones such as:

BATMAN™: ARKHAM ASYLUM

FINAL FANTASY XIII

FINAL FANTASY XIV

KINGDOM HEARTS 358/2 DAYS

ORDER OF WAR™

SUPREME COMMANDER® 2

I think that the top 3 on the list are going to be the ones that attract the most attention, so for those of you
attending the show its something nice for you to look forward to.

GamesCom is the European Gaming convention that is held in Cologne, August 19th - 23rd.   read


10:25 AM on 06.24.2008

Red Faction Guerrilla Gameplay Vid!!

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So i was looking for some fresh new vids today and i stumbled upon this dev diary of the new Red faction game. However it is a nice dev diary that features a ton of actual gameplay footage and also quite a bit of useful info from the developers themselves. So sit back and enjoy, tbh i was a bit skeptical of this game but now, i think i may have to pick it up when it hits shelves.   read


6:29 PM on 06.05.2008

So Bioshock is a triolgy now.



While this may be good news to some it may also be the worst to others, what was one day classed as being an art amongst video games is now confirmed to be pillaged of all its morale integrity. Whilst I'm a huge fan of Bioshock, i'm very scared of what will happen to such a great title when it becomes a trilogy.

In a sort of confirmation today Zelnick talked about the Bioshock movie, saying it is more likely to coincide with the release of Bioshock 3.

I dunno about you folks but if this is true it may be one of the biggest mistakes in gaming history. I'm not particularly looking forward to number 2 but a 3rd!?!

So say we all.   read


4:14 PM on 05.23.2008

Haze review and impressions!



So today Haze was released in the UK and after a few disappointing reviews i still decided to stick with my guns and buy the game anyways.
Ive been following Haze since it was pretty much announced, from the start i was excited by what this title promised us and the potential it had. I even stuck with the game through the delays and still remained as interested and excited as i was from day one. So naturally i jumped at my ps3 the second the demo was released and play it through. Initially i was disappointed but as stubborn as i am i still decided to buy the game in the hope that the demo was just a case of the wrong level selection.

I'm gonna keep this as short as i can because i can imagine many of you have read the other reviews that have been floating around.
So we have heard about the bad graphics, the rubbish AI and the lacking story and Korny voice acting. While most of this i agree with to some extent it still didn't stop me enjoying the game.

I was surprised by how little you play as a mantle trooper, as soon as i was just getting into it i was whisked away and shoved into the hands of the rebels. The story is average, its nothing amazing but its not exactly shit either. Some bits are predictable and others and just meh. Nothing OMG worthy to report.
The voice acting is a bit OTT at times but in my opinion it just adds to an enjoyable feel to the game.

I was a little confused by the look of the game, while some parts like the jungle areas looked really poor for a ps3 game, others looked ok, not amazing just ok. The character models were ok, mantel troopers looked best in their yellow armor and some of the vehicles looked nice. There are a few different types of mantel troops so there are a variation in enemy types which keeps the game fresh.

Some people may think that getting used to using nectar and then not being able to use it is a bit unfair, but with the mantel troops wearing bright yellow armor, its never really much of a problem seeing them.

I played about half of the game alone and then my friend joined me online to co-op the rest of the game. All in all it prolly took me a total of about 6hrs+ to complete the game. While it is quite a short game its still a nice feeling. It doesnt feel like it drags into sections you think should have been cut out. Like movies, some are 3hrs long and other can be about 80mins and still just as good. Personally i think Haze does a good job at giving the player a fun time. Its better to play with someone and the fact you can just drop in and out of co-op at any point is a nice bonus.

With the online side of the game you can have 2 local players split screen and another two people online to make up the 4 player co-op. also a buddy can join you split screen for one of the online 16 player matches which is a nice touch.

Haze sort of tries to but a new spin on the FPS genre and while at times it does feel like any other FPS game you have played in the last 2 years it still feels different at some times. I remember playing at one point and thinking to myself, this is Haze, this is what playing Haze feels like.

Personally i would recommend either a rent or a purchase, if you wanna build your ps3 library then buy it, while its a short offering with not much replay value on the campaign mode, the online multi player offers a bit more depth. More maps however need to be released some time soon. The campaign will offer some replay for people who like playing games on harder difficulties.
If you do wanna buy the game you may wanna shop around for a cheaper price than the RRP £39.99

So to wrap it up, its a good game, nice storyline, tries to be different and sort of gives the fps genre a bit of a change, playing with a friend is more fun than playing alone. Personally id say quit bitching about graphics and AI and all the nitpicking, just buy the damn game and have a bit of fun. cos like Peter Molyneux once said, unless your having fun whilst playing a game, then whats the point of playing. I had great fun playing Haze and i hope others share the same opinion as i did.

Koopa13   read


3:41 PM on 05.12.2008

If you love it, change it: Fable



For a few months now i've been sitting around and questioning, what topic shall i choose for the monthly musings. However in most cases by the time i got round to writing my idea someone else had either stolen my idea or the month was over and no one gave a shite.

So now i decided to act quickly and put my fingers to keys and keep typing.

Now as you can see Fable is my favorite game of all time, in my honest opinion it is one of the best games that gave me value for money and a great enjoyable game play experience. However thats not to say the games doesn't occasionally fall on its arse and shits on itself every now and then.

Most things about the game still to this day give me tingles of excitement and i hope that these elements will remain when we actually get round to playing fable 2. Things like the scenery and the music, beautiful and amazing in every way. Things like the way the little kids come up to you and admire you as your hero status grows along with your ego. That is of course unless you decide to do evil things.



Now that brings me on to my first point, with this game we were promised a world in which our actions would not go unaccounted for, but lets be honest with ourselves here, smashing a few barrels while a scouser goes for a piss isn't exactly my idea of being a devil worshiper.
I just think that while some of the time where you had to choose between a good and bad options they were ok, others just seemed worthless and crap. Like for example the big decision you get at the end after you defeat the final boss, that was a great choice and still one of the hardest yet satisfying choices i've ever had to make in a game. But personally if i had a say in how the options would have gone in this game i would have had more decent choices. However it was satisfying having devil horns for a while it did get in the way after a time and resulted in me restarting the game.



Another thing i would have changed about this game was the frame rate. Now ok the game was for its time stunning in a weird cartoon/artsy stylistic way but some times the frame rate dipped so low it made the game slightly unplayable. maybe a bit less shading or not some many NPCs in one area. I remember playing the game again a few weeks ago and stepping into Oakvale (god i wanna live there) and the frame rate got so bad i just turned it off.



Another problem with the game in my opinion was the relationship side of the game. For those of you who have never played this game basically you could walk into a town and start flirting with a woman, or man if you pleased and a little heart would appear above their head and grow to symbolize their desire for you. So after a while of sampling a few emotions that would woo the woman you give her a gift and maybe ask her to move in with you. Maybe ask her to move in and have a bit of a romp in the sack. And thats it, no kid, no meals on the table when i get home, no extra money nothing. To me although it was a nice touch to the game it just seemed a bit pointless.

Other wise i think this game is great, it has a good story line, its not too long nor is it too short, the weapons are fairly ranged, ok so maybe they could have added a few extras but it was great how you could add a stone with a certain elemental property. The spells were good, enemies were ok. And best of all you could have people call you Pie master or chicken chaser.   read


5:20 PM on 05.10.2008

The problem with PC Gamers!



Personally i have no problem with pc games, i would play them but tbh i dont want to have to buy a new piece of hardware every couple of months cos that hip new game wont run on the one i got 3 months back.
Ok so i "may" be over exaggerating a little bit but you got to admit sometimes in pc gaming it feels like ur fighting a loosing battle.
But what really grinds my gears with pc gamers is the cocky attitude a majority of them have. Now i work in retail, and selling pc games i have to ask the same question to every customer.

"Have you checked the specs to see if this game will run on your pc."

now to most 'normal' people this is just a simple yes or no question, yes sire i did check the specs and it will run fine on my pc.

I however dont need smug fucking twats making a stupid outward snorting noise following by "Oh i've got a geforce 8873617530000 GTXRZ, id be surprised if it wouldnt even run it on the highest settings.

seriously, 80% of the pc customers i ask that question to reply with a smug comment about how great their pc is and how new it is. Get a fucking life, i dont care, pc's suck, buy a console at least then you dont even have to think 'is this game gonna run on my machine'

eugh i dunno, it just really gets to me i guess. look if your a pc gamer no offence but dont come into my store and brag about ur virtual dick extension, just nod and say yes, im only asking cos if the game dont run on ur so called 'epic' machine you cant return it to my store.

Also, Cocks!   read


4:07 PM on 05.03.2008

GTA IV CONTEST: Winners Announced!

Ok so after a long time getting the ball rolling we had a great number of entries, as always sadly not everyone can win so we have the list in order from the first correct answer to the 10th person to get it right.

As everyone gathered the correct answer was

A cat is fine too

So here are the winners

VoyToid
Smurfee mcgee
the GAMEGOBLIN
Heretic
xerosnake90
Professor Pew
Zeia
aj2good4you2
Justice
Yannak

So basically all i need from everyone is email addresses to send the info too ill try get as many done as i can tonight. If you can PM with your email addys ill get on the case straight away.

Congrats to all, and if i can lay my hands on a few more maybe a few lucky up runners will be announced.

Koopa13   read


12:38 PM on 05.03.2008

GTA IV CONTEST: Win gamerpics + 500MSpoints!

So few of you may have seen one of my older posts where i showed u the pre order packs from gta iv. These include exclusive GTA gamer pics and 500MSpoints. So i have 10 up for grabs and its a simple competition. However thos who specified they wanted one in the previous post you guys have already got one, dont worries.

All im going to do is scratch off individual codes and email them to you guys cos P+P on a piece of paper isnt so fun on my pocket.

So its simple the question i want you guys to answer is the following

What is a cat?

*hint* the answer is far less obvious than you think it is*

Just to clear things up these are the GTA things Atheistium was giving away on the Podcastle.
So the first 10 ppl to post the correct answer will be announced as winners.

Good luck


Koopa13   read


7:02 AM on 04.25.2008

Wii Fit: First Impressions



So i went to pick up wii fit this morning and after a few hours hanging around at work i decided to come home and test it out.
So i get the board out the box and set it up and start away.
At first you will set up your profile and do a few tests to establish how crap you are, ala brain training style.
So after the wii has told me in the nicest way possible that im not in a fit shape it offers to help me.
So i start out testing a few of the activities.
Like brain training all of the activities are not available straight away, you have to earn points to unlock them, and the unlocking process is up to the game.
So i tried out a few yoga poses, one which relaxed me nicely and the other really gave my thigh muscles a beating.
Then i tried jogging (no balance board needed for this, just pop the wii mote in ur pocket and jog away), a bit of hoola hooping and then i tried the football heading game. OHHHHH boy did i suck at trying to head the balls.
I tried a few others i wont go into straight away, but to sum it all up, in the hour i have played so far it seems like a solid basis to help you get on track to being healthy. Although i cant see this game as helping u loose weight solely i can see it making a difference in your lifestyle. As long as you commit to this game and do it at least once a day for about 20 mins there is no reason why you shouldn't get results, cos trust me, you can feel it working :p

Koopa13   read


7:03 AM on 04.24.2008

Direct feed GTA IV Gameplay footage. Best quality yet!

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K just stumbled across this direct feed of some GTA footage, its a bit dark in parts but it gets better torwards the end, just wanted to share it with everyone.
I really cant wait for this game, i cant remember the last time i anticipated a game so much.

Also, Cocks   read


9:30 AM on 04.23.2008

GTA IV pre-order pack

So i picked up my pre-order pack today for GTA IV, this is the one with the exclusive gamerpics and the 500MSpoints

Heres a few pics and a little sneak details on some upcoming DLC.





couldnt rotate as im not at my pc right now

  read


2:44 PM on 04.15.2008

RUMORTOID: Europe Rock Band gets re-priced!

Well its a rumor at the moment but word on the street is a slightly unexpected statement from EA is meant to be announced tomorrow which will be the re-pricing of rock band. After a week of Europeans in rage screaming and burning down houses in rage of an overpriced rock band, it may seem that gamers will be able to have their pie and eat it.

However this is a big rumor at the moment and in my honest opinion i will be surprised if this does happen, after Harmonix released a nice statement a few days ago explaining to gamers that bitching about a price wont make it lower.

The rumored price is meant to be around the $270 mark (about £135)
Hold tight cos although this may sound crazily unlikely at the moment, something could develop soon.

Also, Cocks!   read


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