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Fallout 3: Operation missed opportunity

February 10, 2009

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Last year saw another huge lineup of awesome games come and go, and one of the best of the bunch was Fallout 3. So obviously when Bethesda announced their plans to continue Fallout 3 through DLC, I was very excited. Just looking at the screenshots of Operation: Anchorage was enough to make it an instant purchase for me.

Well now that I’ve completed Operation: Anchorage, I can’t help but feel a bit disappointed. I really wanted to love it, but Bethesda took everything that was great about Fallout 3 and threw it out the window. I’m sure that everyone is familiar with the setting of Operation: Anchorage, so I won’t bore you with those details. I just want to take a minute to vent on the shortcomings of the expansion.

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New footage – The Chronicles of Riddick: Assault on Dark Athena

February 9, 2009

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GameTrailers has just unleashed a slew of new footage of The Chronicles of Riddick: Assault on Dark Athena. This latest footage absolutely blew me away when I watched it. Starbreeze wasn’t exaggerating when they said they completely redesigned the graphics. What was once an amazing looking Xbox game, now looks on par with some of the best games of this generation.

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Comic-Con ’09:New Splatterhouse trailer

February 7, 2009

Here’s a brand new trailer of Splatterhouse courtesy of Game Trailers and Comic-Con ’09. I believe this is the first time developer BottleRocket have actually shown gameplay footage in a Splatterhouse trailer.

I’m really digging the artistic style and theme of the game. They are really doing a nice job at keeping the style of the old Splatterhouse games intact, while bringing the gameplay up to modern standards. Speaking of gameplay, the guys at BottleRocket must be fans of God of War because that’s what the game seems to play like. I guess that’s not a bad thing since the God of War series is one of the most beloved action series ever.

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Mirror’s Edge and Dead Space surpass 1 million in sales

February 4, 2009

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According to the transcript from EA’s Q3 earnings call, Mirror’s Edge and Dead Space have both sold more than 1 million copies. If you recall just a few months ago, both of these games had gotten off to slower starts than EA expected.

Selling a million copies of a new franchise is difficult at any time, much less when you are competing with juggernauts like Gears of War 2 and Call of Duty. EA’s biggest problem is that they set their sales projections way too high. When the marketing director of Mirror’s Edge  is spouting off about selling 3 million, it’s easy to see why EA is disappointed.

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Mass Effect 2 not coming in 2009

February 4, 2009

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EA has announced that Mass Effect 2 won’t be coming out this year. It looks like we won’t be seeing it until sometime in 2010. This news will probably come as a disappointment to many fans who were hoping to see it release in fall of 2009. Other noteworthy news coming from EA is that Mass Effect 2 is going multiplatform. This is good news for PS3 owners as they may finally get a chance to experience Bioware’s space epic.

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Left 4 Dead: Breaking new ground

February 3, 2009

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OK, I’ll admit it. I was wrong.

That’s all I can really say to myself as I finish up the No Mercy campaign for the 50th time. I was one of the skeptics who thought Left 4 Dead’s hype was getting a little out of hand. I played the demo, and I listened as everyone told me that the AI director was so good that it was actually being controlled by Valve employees.

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Red Faction Guerilla: Look who’s laughing now

January 31, 2009

Yesterday Game Trailers posted a world exclusive trailer for Red Faction: Guerilla, a third person action game set to release in Q2 of 2009. Some might recall last year when early screenshots of the game were released only to be mocked and laughed at. Well it seems THQ and Volition may be the ones laughing now. (more…)

1UP Yours returns with a new name

January 31, 2009

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Last week I posted my thoughts on the now defunct 1UP Yours podcast. Well it appears that the new podcast, hosted by Garnett Lee, is ready to carry the torch. The aptly named Listen UP is now available through the same RSS feeds that 1UP Yours used. You can also download the podcast directly from the old 1UP Yours podcast page.

Thankfully the show seems to have retained the same sense of camaraderie that made 1UP Yours so great. Welcome back guys.

Halo 3 Mythic map Sandbox has sprung a leak

January 30, 2009

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It looks like we have our first look at the final map in the Halo 3 Mythic map pack. The map is called Sandbox and it looks ripe for some Forge editing. The reveal of this map appears to have come prematurely due to a Austrian Xbox Blog. If you look at the shot closely, it looks like all the objects in the map will be moveable. The only other map that has that feature is Factory.

I have mixed feelings when it comes to the maps primarily designed for forge mode. It’s really exciting that map makers have an open “Sandbox” to play in, but these types of maps can be churned out so quickly that I feel they should be extra content. Why can’t Bungie design three completely unique maps then throw in one forge map as a bonus?

On the positive side, I find the setting infinitely better than the lame metal warehouse setting that Factory used. Another thing to note is that Sandbox isn’t covered with a roof. This should allow forgers to create just about anything they can imagine.

Blood Bowl: The rebirth of fantasy sports?

January 28, 2009

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Anyone who grew up in the Sega Genesis era probably remembers playing the Mutant League sport games. Sure the heart of the game was just Madden with monsters, but there were a lot of cool twists that made these games a blast to play. These games answered many of the most important questions in life.

Who would win if Aliens met Orcs in a game of football? How many yards should be assessed for farting at the line of scrimmage? Should a player really be ejected for a killing a referee? These are questions that needed to be answered, and the Mutant League games allievated that problem.

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