Tag Archives: Video Games

Ghost Recon: Future Soldier Trailer

Following in the footsteps of “Halo: ODST“, the recently unveiled trailer for “Ghost Recon: Future Soldier” trades the chance to entice players with gameplay footage in exchange for a more cinematic, live-action trailer.  As cool as this trailer is though, does it really make you want to buy the game, especially once you consider that it tells you nothing about it?  Like Halo, Ghost Recon is an established franchise, so fans can trust that this game will live up to their standards, despite not knowing what the series has in store.

Bottom Line:  It’s pretty damn cool.

In case you notice (or watch til the end), while there’s no talk of a release date for the game as of yet, the trailer announced that a multiplayer beta will begin over the summer.  Beta invitations are a bonus for anyone who picks up a copy of Splinter Cell; Conviction, which hits stores April 13’th.

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Crackdown 2 Screens

Sitting at home while a lot of gamers have migrated north for PAX East isn’t that fun…  But screens from Crackdown 2 are!  (Thanks Kotaku)

Like what you see?  Well, unless you’re at PAX right now or plan on hitting E3 in June, you’ll just have to keep it together until Crackdown 2 drops into stores on July 6’th.

3D Dot Game Heroes Trailer

You could call 3D Dot Game Heroes a “retro-Zelda clone”, but based on this preview it looks like so much more.  ATLUS is known for making “Old-School” RPGs like the Persona series and Disgaea, but this game take refines that philosophy and takes it in a completely different direction.  Combining classic NES-style adventure RPG gameplay with snarky and satirical attitude, 3DGH truly looks like more than most retro-gamers could hope for these days.

Luckily, ATLUS’ retro-satire is on the way.  3D Dot Game Heroes hits shelves on May 11’th.

Kane and Lynch 2: Dog Days Dated

Kane and Lynch: Dog Days, sequel to the oddly high-profile, “Kane and Lynch: Dead Men”, is set to hit stores on August 24’th.  In the sequel, the dynamic duo unravels a mystery while fighting off Chinese mafia in Shanghai.  The game’s camera uses a shaky “Hand-Cam” style to emphasize the game’s grittiness.

As a game, the original Kane and Lynch was buggy and had a stilted storyline, but gained notoriety in the gaming community after an editor from Gamespot was fired for panning the game, despite developer Eidos’ sincere requests (and alleged threats to pull major advertising dollars).  The sequel looks graphically sound, so we’ll just have to see if the sequel stirs up as much trouble as the original.

Deus Ex: Human Revolution Trailer

Check out the newest trailer for Deus Ex: Human Revolution from GDC.  In an interview with Gamespot, Eidos Montreal art director Jonathan Jacques-Belletete said that more than anything else, he wanted to give the game a distinct look, unlike anything the series has done before.  The video depicts a world that fuses aesthetic elements from greek mythology, the renaissance and a futuristic wasteland with cyborgs; looks like John J-B hit the jackpot.

Deus Ex: Human Revolution is currently slated for a september release.

Green Day Rock Band Dated

The next single-band Rock Band game, revolving around Green Day, will be in stores on June 8’th.  The game will feature 47 of Green Days hits, across their entire career, from “Kerplunk” to “21’st century breakdown”.    In addition to the normal game, there will be a special edition that, for 69.99, gives fans free access to Green Day DLC and the ability to port all of the tracks over to Rock Band.

More Playstation Move Screens and Movies

Just wanted to add some more images of the Move controller and launch lineup for all you inquiring minds out there…

1)  The Controller

Dukes / Motion Fighter

Move Party

Sports Champions

SOCOM 4 Gameplay Video

Meet the Playstation “Move”

So much for that time I said I was sure Sony was going to name it the “Arc”.  Sony officially unveiled their new wand/motion controller, the Playstation Move, tonight during their keynote their keynote address at GDC.  According to Kotaku, documents from a European patent office surfaced earlier today, revealing the name early, but that wasn’t enough time for most people (Me) to get the message.

Anyways, so it’s called the Move.  I was wrong.  Get over it.

Sony is pretty excited about this thing.  Peter Dille, who led the Move presentation, claimed (indirectly) that the Move is more sensitive and versatile then thewiimote; “previous motion devices have used controller simply as pointer of mouse – ours becomes an extension of your body.”  For those who haven’t seen the Move before, it works with the Playstation “Eye” camera, so if you don’t have one you’ll need to get one of those as well…

Don’t worry though:  Sony said that, when Move launches this fall, there will be three different packages to suit every gamers needs:  A single Move controller, packaged with the Eye, or as part of a bundle with a PS3 console.  According to the presentation, the eye/move package should cost under 100 dollars.

So far, there hasn’t been any word about what kind of software support “Move” will have at launch.  Sony said the reason they pushed the Move’s launch back almost a year ago was to allow more compatible games to be available at launch, so there should be some interesting games on the way.  Sony has already announced that some upcoming franchise games will be Move-compatible, including SOCOM 4 and a re-release of LittleBigPlanet, dubbed “LittleBigPlanet Move”.

As for Move-Exclusives, there are only a couple known as of now.  First, there’s MOVE Party, which 1up.com compared to WarioWare on Wii.  “Sports Champions”, which looks like Wii Sports with real people.  Lastly, there’s a boxing game that has been referred to by various media outlets as both “Motion Fighter” and “Dukes”.  Thanks to Kotaku, we have a video of someone playing it.

More info will almost definitely be coming in the next few days…

Viacom Announces Rock Band 3

Viacom CEO Philippe Dauman announced today that the next long-awaited edition of Rock Band is on the way, and should be in stores this holiday season.  Dauman, looking to counter speculation in the gaming industry that the era of the music game is over, said in his statement that the game will “innovate and revolutionize the music genre”.

According to various tweets and messages from Harmonix staff sent shortly after Dauman’s statement, Rock Band 3 will produced by MTV Games and distributed by EA.  Some media outlets say they’re expecting more information to slip out during GDC this week, but realistically a release this big needs an equally large stage to show off on…  So while there may be a few measly details released in the coming weeks, expect the big surprises; video, new controllers, etc, to come at E3.

Rome is Burning: Will the Infinity Ward Scandal Ruin Modern Warfare?

This past week has been an emotional roller-coaster for “Modern Warfare” fans.  First, a confusing security “incident” on Monday at the offices of developer Infinity Ward ended with rumors that Infinity Ward masterminds Vince Zampella and Jason West leaving the company they built up.  As things began to settle, Call of Duty producer Activision announced that they had, in fact, fired the two for “insubordination”:  By Activision’s account, West and Zampella were in breach of their contracts when they, according BingeGamer, contacted other producers about working on a new non-COD game.  The next day, West and Zampella fired back, announcing that they will be suing Activision for the rights to the “Modern Warfare” franchise.  The dejected developers said they were fired after a biased investigation by the company that wanted the two out after years of conflict and the studio’s desire to work on other projects before developing “Modern Warfare 3”.

The question is now; how will this scandal affect the future of the “Modern Warfare” series?

Truthfully, the falling out may very well kill the series.  Assuming that Activision produces the next Modern Warfare title, they’ll be forced to fully re-evaluate the series for the first time since it’s inception.  West and Zampella were the creative forces behind the most successful entries in the Call of Duty series; Call of Duty, Call of Duty 2, Modern Warfare and Modern Warfare 2.  (Plus, before forming Infinity Ward the duo oversaw development of Medal of Honor: Allied Assault, which was easily the best game in the series.)  Meanwhile, other COD games, made by alternative developer Treyarch, have been well-made but are generally based on the Infinity Ward games:  (If you don’t believe me, play COD 2 to the end and then start COD3; it feels more like an expansion pack then a separate game.)  Rumors have already begun swirling about whether the current IW team will co-operate with Activision for MW3.  It’s safe to assume that West and Zampella will start a new firm, giving the rest of the team reason to walk away.

There is still plenty of room for failure, however, if Zampella and West somehow win the rights to “Modern Warfare”.  While it is definitely the better option for gamers, the disruption from the lawsuit, the transfer from company to company and the influence of another producer would all effect the game in some way.  That’s not to say that those changes would be bad, but such drastic environmental changes will have some kind of effect on the game.  Ultimately though, the biggest issue with Modern Warfare 3 as imagined by West and Zampella is that, between the lawsuit and the actual development, it would take at least five years for the game to be made, probably more.

So what can we do, as gamers, to make sure that the Modern Warfare series remains the gold standard of the FPS genre?  Absolutely nothing.  All gamers can do is play, which is fine.  It’s what we want to do.  For now, the best indicator of how the series will fare will be Treyarch’s upcoming entry in the series.  The new game is looking to distinguish itself, at least in terms of its story, by setting the game in Vietnam.  Maybe the developer will step up to play and make a game that features original mechanics to match its new localé, maybe it won’t.  The main point we can take away from this series of events is that, for better or worse, Infinity Ward, and by extension the COD series, will never be the same.