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Review: F1 2010 photo
Review: F1 2010
by Brian Szabelski

Since 2006, Formula One fans have been left without an officially licensed game. Sure, there have been mods for games like rFactor, and the Williams F1 machine is coming to the extremely expensive to play iRacing.com, but the last official title was the hit-or-miss Formula One Championship Edition, exclusively for the PlayStation 3. 

So when Codemasters took up the F1 license for a multiplatform release in 2010, there was quite a bit of excitement and some questions. While they had made racing games in the past with the likes of the Race Driver series, their more recent affairs had contained a bit more of an arcade-like feel when compared to the Forzas and Gran Turismos of the world. Still, I told myself, these guys had done a great job with GRID in 2008, and from all early impressions, the game seemed to be very solid. For the record, I’m an F1 fan, the kind of guy who gets up at 7:30 in the morning on a Sunday just so he can catch the racing live because that’s what time it comes on in the U.S., so to say I was excited about this is a understatement. 

So does Codemaster’s new title, F1 2010, built on a modified version of the engine that has powered its racing games since the original DIRT, hold its own against the competition, or will it be stuck at the back of the pack? The answer, actually, is that it's a little bit of both.

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7:30 PM on 09.02.2010

inFAMOUS 2 playable at PAX Prime

As if people heading to PAX Prime didn't have enough to be excited about, Sony and the crew at Sucker Punch have a little something for the crowds in attendance: a playable demo of inFAMOUS 2. Seven kiosks will be set-up at t...

Brian Szabelski



Review: NCAA Football 11 photo
Review: NCAA Football 11
by Brian Szabelski

The NCAA Football series has long been considered the little brother of EA Sports’ Madden franchise, not just because it’s often received Madden features the following year. There have always been questions about how much effort Electronic Arts has put into making the NCAA Football separate from Madden, and with this year’s edition, NCAA Football 11, it appears that EA is finally trying to answer those concerns.

And just how have they planned to do that? With a focus on recreating as much of the each college team’s identity as they can, from traditions to coaching tendencies to offensive styles. Of course, it’s one thing to include the elements of the college football experience, and another thing to actually make it feel like the real deal. The latter part is where EA has struggled at times, but could this year be when it all comes together?

Read on to see if EA has pushed the series forward, or just rolled out what amounts to another yearly roster update and "Madden clone." I’ll try my best to avoid any dumb football-related puns, too.

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9:00 PM on 06.17.2010

E3 10: Take a look at this sweet Crackdown 2 gameplay

Crackdown 2 might not have been a focal point of Microsoft's E3 keynote, but it's still on the show floor in playable form. Though the series has shifted developers from Realtime Worlds to Ruffian Games, all the things that ...

Brian Szabelski

7:30 PM on 06.16.2010

E3 10: Next Heavy Rain DLC chapter on hold

While E3's been chock full of great news for just about everyone so far, Heavy Rain fans -- and especially those who liked the "Taxidermist" DLC -- might want to brace themselves a bit. Quantic Dream's Guillaume de ...

Brian Szabelski

5:20 PM on 06.16.2010

E3 10: OnLive to offer first year of service for free

When it was first announced at GDC, Warner Bros.' OnLive service was met with a mixed reaction. Some people seemed to like the idea, while others ... well, let's say they weren't too kind to it. Perhaps trying to win over som...

Brian Szabelski





4:40 PM on 06.16.2010

E3 10: The Last Guardian likely to appear at TGS

Team ICO's The Last Guardian was announced at last year's E3, but it was oddly missing from this year's Sony presentation. However, everyone waiting for news about the game shouldn't fear: Sony has hinted that the game is goi...

Brian Szabelski

1:40 PM on 06.16.2010

E3 10: The Tester gets second season, casting call open

Loved The Tester? Hated it to death? Were totally indifferent to its existence? Well, it doesn't matter what you thought about it, because Sony's green lit a second season of The Tester, set to air this fall on the PlayStatio...

Brian Szabelski

3:20 PM on 06.15.2010

E3 10: New Marvel vs. Capcom 3 gameplay videos appear

It wouldn't be E3 without a few surprises, and one of those happens to be two videos, which went up on YouTube earlier today, showing off gameplay footage from Capcom's upcoming Marvel vs. Capcom 3: The Fate of Two W...

Brian Szabelski

2:39 PM on 06.15.2010

E3 10: The 3DS gets all cuddly with Nintendogs + Cats

Somewhere in Nintendo's headquarters, as they were planning ahead for the 3DS, they must have been thinking, "Hmmm, how can we possibly makes Nintendogs any better for our new handheld?" Well, the answer was apparently, "Let'...

Brian Szabelski

2:19 PM on 06.15.2010

E3 10: PilotWings Resort announced for 3DS

While we saw a huge list of 3DS games announced at today's Nintendo E3 conference, one we didn't see was PilotWings Resort, the first PilotWings game in 14 years. Taking place at Wuhu Island -- the same setting as Wii Sports ...

Brian Szabelski

2:14 PM on 06.15.2010

E3 10: Paper Mario coming to the 3DS

When I saw the 3DS announcement at this morning's Nintendo E3 conference, the first thing I immediately thought was, "Man, the Paper Mario series would sure work good on the 3DS!" Apparently, Nintendo was thinking the exact s...

Brian Szabelski

7:00 PM on 09.23.2009

The Forgotten: Street Fighter EX

[Editor's note: We're not just a (rad) news site -- we also publish opinions/editorials from our community & employees like this one, though be aware it may not jive with the opinions of Destructoid as a whole, or how our...

Brian Szabelski

10:00 AM on 02.28.2009

Playing With Yourself: Living the dream

[Editor's note: NihonTiger90 talks about how playing as himself in videogames help keep his dreams alive. -- CTZ] Dreams, we all have them. Some are way far out there and some are very realistic. Over time, they can kind o...

Brian Szabelski



Breaking: Sony to post $1.1 billion loss
by Brian Szabelski

Talk about big news: News site The Huffington Post is now reporting that Sony will post their first loss since 1985, and it is a big one: $1.1 billion, or over 100 billion yen, for the year 2008. Yes, Sony is a conglomerate, but that is a huge number for any company to have to post as a loss. And one line in particular is of concern.
From the story:
"The losses are coming from the company's core electronics division, which has long been a steady source of profits, the reports said. The Nikkei said Sony's operating loss could balloon to as much as 200 billion yen ($2.2 billion)."
That is not good. I don't know if the writer or if Sony groups SCE with the electronics division, since the PS3 is as much an electronics device as Bravia flat-screens or Sony's Vaio laptop line, but there will likely be repercussions as a result of this. I posted yesterday that the PSP might be in trouble due to slow sales and potential developers shifting resources elsewhere. This might make that potential trouble into reality. We'll have to see what Sony does in response, but layoffs are likely and some studios (maybe 2-3) are probably going to get shut down if things are as bad as they seem. The PS3 is safe, though, as are the PS4 and I would assume most of Sony's first-party titles that are well into development.

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2:35 PM on 12.14.2008

A Time to Destroy: The destruction of the world

[Editor's note: NihonTiger90 takes a look at Final Fantasy VI's big twist for his Monthly Musing piece. -- CTZ] The end of the world: it's become something of a cliche now a days, but there was a time when this was almost unh...

Brian Szabelski