Archive for July, 2009

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Get WET in September

July 31, 2009

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Bethesda have announced that WET will be released 15th of September in the US and 18th of September in EU. I’ve been following WET for a while now and am really looking forward to it. There is a chance that it could suffer from repetition but I think I’ll be getting this on release. It’s good to see another game get released this year too. Read the preview to get a better idea of the game.

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PS3 70% cheaper to make

July 31, 2009

The price of manufacturing a PlayStation 3 has dropped 70% according to Sony CEO, Nobuyuki Oneda. He said this:

“The cost reduction since we introduced the PS3 is very substantial and this is on schedule,”

“We don’t disclose how much of the PlayStation 3, specifically the cost deduction, was achieved during the past two years. But that is on schedule.”

When he was asked how much the price had come down he said, “About 70 per cent, roughly speaking.”

This could mean that a price cut is on it’s way since they are cheaper to make but wait for the official word before taking it as fact.

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VII Sqaure Enix Countdown

July 31, 2009

There is a countdown on the Square Enix site that says “VII Days” on it and a timer just under an hour. Now it could be Final Fantasy VII related; another spin off or maybe even the remake that so many people are asking for? But of course Square Enix could be following Kojima and when this countdown finishes it could go to “VI Days” and so on. It’s less than an hour away so we’ll just have to wait and see then.

Update: It is now “VI Days” so it looks like there is a little bit ledt until we get an announcement.

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The Darkness Review

July 31, 2009

The Darkness

Developer: Starbreeze Studios
Publisher: 2K Games
Platform: PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 (Version Played)
Genre: First Person Shooter
Players: 1 – 8
Release Date: 29th June 2007 (EU) – X360
20th July 2007 (EU) – PS3

If you haven’t played The Darkness then you may think that it is just another First Person Shooter but I assure you that you are wrong. In every aspect The Darkness is more than a typical FPS. The gameplay, story, music, character, narrative and world are all better than what you will normally see in FPS’s. Right from the start I knew it was going to be something special and I was right. I better point out that the story is a key focus in The Darkness and I assure you that there are no spoilers in this review.

The introduction to the game is excellent. When it starts Jackie Estacado (Your character) is in the back of the car with two other mobsters. You’re on your way to collect some money but things don’t work out all too well and on the way they the cops start chasing you. The other two mobsters are getting worked up by this while Jackie stays cool and calm while reloading a shotgun very slowly. When it’s finally loaded you start shooting cops from the car which really gives a good feel for the game and is a good way to open it. After a while though, the car crashes and you are left by yourself to get the money. The first thing I noticed about the movement was that it felt like it had weight to it, it feels like you are actually moving and not just a floating pair of arms (This is helped by being able to see your body when you look down. The game is really immersive and it feels like you are a person. It manages to be very cinematic as well which is quite a feat since most games are just cinematic or immersive, not both. Anyway, when you’re just about to get the money you are instead given an unpredictable 21st Birthday present from your Uncle Paulie. Shortly after this you receive your Darkness power.

The combat is a mixture between using the Darkness and guns. Both work really well but the Darkness doesn’t really come in handy until you get the later powers. You start off with only being able to use one demon arm which you can control and move. This allows you to stay hidden while using the arm to take out enemies which is very handy but it doesn’t work well in the midst of combat. The later powers, all work well (Though I never used the third one very much). The other demon arm is very useful for killing enemies as you can just stab them with it and then throw them away. You can also pick up cars! You are also able to summon Darklings which are basically your minions and throughout the game you unlock different kinds of them. Even though the Darklings can be useful you can’t really rely on them to do much.  Don’t think that you can just stick to only using the Darkness powers; you need to have enough Darkness energy to use the powers which you obtain from staying in the darkness. If you have you arms revealed in the light the power will drain. There is no metre to tell you your energy, or health, level which again adds to the immersion. Now onto the guns which are very solid and stylish. It feels like you are holding a gun, it’s something to do with how Jackie holds them in the game and how they feel when you shoot them. The aiming is generally just auto aim and it is fairly easy to lock and to enemies heads and blast them but it still feels solid. It still manages to be challenging too though and there were a few bits that can be really difficult, especially if you don’t make use of both the Darkness and your guns.

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Mass Effect 2 Box Art Unveiled

July 30, 2009

The Xbox 360 box:

Mass Effect 2 360 Box

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Dark Void Delayed

July 30, 2009

The awesome looking Dark Void has been delayed until 2010. It was originally intended to be relaesed in September this year but won’t be seeing shelves until Q1 next year like so many other games. There are loads of great looking games coming out in Q1 2010 now. Here is some footage of Dark Void in all it’s Jet pack glory!

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Guitar Hero 5 Full Setlist

July 30, 2009

The full 85 song setlist is below. Make sure to click to get the full post.

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