Archive for September, 2009

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Batman: Arkham Asylum Review

September 30, 2009

Batman gliding

Developer: Rocksteady Studios
Publisher: Eidos/Square Enix (Japan)
Platform: Xbox 360 (Version Played), PlayStation 3, PC
Genre: Action/Adventure
Players: 1
Release Date: 28th August 2009 (EU) – Consoles
18th September 2009 (EU) – PC 

There was a lot of hype surrounding Batman: Arkham Asylum before release and personally I thought it could go either way. It looked good and I wanted it to be good but pretty much every other comic book games were disappointing and weren’t anything special. I don’t think there’s ever been a Batman game worth playing. However Arkham Asylum turned out to be good, very, very good. Not just for fans of the Dark Knight himself though, even if you’re just a fan of action/adventure games there is something here for you.

Gameplay in Arkham Asylum consists of many different elements that all mix into make a very good game. It manages to get a very good combination of each one and none of them ever get boring or repetitive. The combat is very fluid and smooth and allows you to pull off a decent selection of moves. Now this isn’t in league with the likes of Ninja Gaiden but it suits the game very well. You can string together combos using one button but you can also perform counters, throws, stun attacks and takedowns. Each move can be used in combat very fluidly with next to no hesitation whatsoever. Stringing together combos can be done with various enemies and you can easily dive towards enemies to attack them and then freely switch towards others. Though the combat is a little basic, it can be quite intense when there are lots of enemies about and you want to try and keep fighting fast and keep your combo multiplayer high. Throughout the game you will be able to upgrade these moves slightly if you want and you can unlock more and make them more effective.

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FFXIII TGS Trailer In English

September 30, 2009

I know I could have just updated the other post but I needed to put across how good this game looks one more time. Enjoy.

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Uncharted 2 Multiplayer Demo Now Available

September 29, 2009

Uncharted 2 Ice Cave

If you aren’t lucky enough to have been playing the Uncharted 2 beta you’ll be glad to know that it has now went public and is on the PlayStation Store. I have been lucky enough to have played the beta and I urge you all to go and download it right now. It’s fantastic and I’ve been really enjoying it. It’s just under 1.3G in file size so if you don’t have space get some stuff deleted.

The demo is the exact same as the beta and beta users won’t have to download any patches or updates to continue playing. It comes with four maps (Ice Cave, Temple, Plaza, Village), four competitve modes and two so-opertive modes. Since it’s completely free there is no reason not to download it, unless you dislike third person shooters, online games or don’t have a PS3 anyway. The demo will be playable until the 12th of October.

If you want to play with yours truly send a friend request to TwelfthCrusader and invite me.

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TGS Final Fantasy XIII Trailer

September 28, 2009

Now this is looking amazing. This footage shows off plenty of cutscenes and some gameplay. Can’t wait for this, looks like it will be the highlight of next year by quite a bit.

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First footage of God of War Collection

September 28, 2009

Here is the first footage of God of War Collection which contains the first two God of War games on one Blu-Ray disc. They will have slightly improved graphics, anti-aliased to look smoother and be in HD as well as a God of War III demo and Trophy support. The sound is really jumpy in this video so you may want to turn it off.

Looks good to me. Graphics look slightly better than before but it does look a bit smoother. God of War Collection will be released in North America before Christmas while Europeans can expect to see it next year (Presumably before God of War III)

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Top 5 Animals in Gaming

September 27, 2009

I don’t want Space Marines, I don’t want clichéd JRPG heroes,  I don’t want blank slates, I don’t want American soldiers, I don’t want hot girls with very little clothing (Well maybe I do) but I do want animals. Animals tend to either by the main heroes trusty sidekick or appear in platformer games. Nearly all of them are aimed at kids but that doesn’t mean there aren’t some that are not and that the ones that are don’t appeal to everyone else. Most animals in gaming tend to be quite amusing but they can bring tears to your eye. For the list I am only including characters that are real animals and not animals that have been made up for the game.

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WET Review

September 26, 2009

WET Rubi

Developer: Artificial Mind And Movement
Publisher: Bethesda Softworks
Platform: PlayStation 3 (Version Played), Xbox 360
Genre: Third Person Shooter
Players: 1
Release Date: 18th September 2009 (EU)

If you’ve seen anything of WET, anything at all then you’ll know that the entire visual style has been taken out of a grindhouse film. Whether it is the film grain effect over the screen where it flickers like it did in old films or whether you just saw the over the top, grindhouse inspired characters everything about WET screams 70s film, grindhouse and Tarantino. The whole visual style is brilliant because of this. Artificial Mind and Movement really put a lot of effort into making this perfect. Even the menus look like a grindhouse film!

This is what sets WET apart from all the other third person shooters out there. The game may be good but it’s the style that makes the game and has a much larger focus on it than the likes of Stranglehold which has a similar gameplay approach.

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