Archive for October, 2009

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Survival Horror Isn’t The Only Scary Genre

October 31, 2009

When you play a Survival Horror game you expect to be scared. You are expecting to be jumping, screaming and generally just shitting yourself. Well I doubt you’ll be screaming (Or literally shitting yourself) but my point still stands, they are supposed to scare you. Through many techniques including atmosphere, sound etc the good ones will have you at the edge of your seat, scared and filled with tension. It’s not just horror games that scare you though; plenty of games have horror parts in them, like Thief: Deadly Shadows which the people who played it will know about. Then you get each, individual genre which can surprisingly be scary in a completely different way.  This list will talk about how each genre can be scary without even having horror elements within it.

FPS

Halo 3 Gameplay

Those aliens are very ugly, I wouldn't want to meet one of them round a corner!

 

The first person shooter surprisingly does have its scary moments. I could mention games like F.E.A.R that place a large emphasis on the horror elements of the game and I could also mention the like of S.T.A.L.K.E.R. and Fallout 3 which both have horror elements within them but it isn’t the main focus. Instead, I’m going to mention the one that everybody has faced before. I am of course, referring to running round a corner to be faced with an enemy. Every time this happens I just can’t help but jump out of my seat in sheer shock and surprise. It truly is a terrifying moment in gaming that is guaranteed to get you every time. The fact that enemies in FPS’ tend to be ugly, bald guys, ugly aliens, ugly monsters or ugly robots adds to the fear as you a greeted with a horrible and shocking sight.

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God of War III Ultimate Edition Announced

October 31, 2009

Today, the God of War III Ultimate Edition was announced and I think the only way to describe it is badass. You get a sculpted replica of Pandora’s Box which you can see in the picture above and a limited edition art book that contains exclusive art, content and interviews. A long with this stuff, it comes with plenty of digital content too.

The digital content can be accessed on the day of release and comes with a great collection of content. A combat arena that will contain seven challenges will be available, as well as a Dominus skin. The soundtrack for God of War, 1, 2 and 3 will also be available to download and there is a heavy metal song that plays homage to the game that you can get too. Finally there’s a documentary titled “Unearthing the Legend” which details the history of the franchise.

This sounds great to me and I desperately want it. The price is $99.99 but no word of the price outside of NA or even if it’ll be coming outside NA.

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I’m Not Dead!

October 28, 2009

You may have noticed the lack of updates recently but don’t worry too much. I haven’t been able to connect to the internet recently due to problems with it and when I have been able to connect it doesn’t last long and is very slow. Until this is resolved I can’t really update the blog much but I’ll be back and posting as soon as I can. Hopefully this won’t take long but I did manage to write up some articles and have more coming to make up for  the lack of content.

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Molyneux Chooses His 5 Most Revolutionary Games Of The Past 20 Years

October 23, 2009

At the BAFTA’s Annual Video Games Lecture last night, Peter Molyneux picked what he thought were the 5 most revolutionary games of the last 20 years. His choices are below:

 1. Dune 2 – Molyneux picked this RTS because it went for a slower approach compared to other games beforehand. It could also be played in a various amount of ways.

2. Mario 64 – He believes it made the way for 3D platforming and also created an open world which laid the path for future games.

 3. Tomb Raider – He prised how the main character wasn’t a muscled man but went for a female protagonist instead.

 4. Halo – Molyneux thinks this is the FPS that brought the genre to consoles.

 5. World of Warcraft – He praised how it managed to keep players hooked with its “carrot dangling” feature.

I’ve been working on a similar article recently so I’ll try and get it posted soon so you can read it, though I am having internet trouble.

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Fable 3 Will Have Natal Support

October 22, 2009

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Peter Monlyneux has announced tha t Fable 3 will have some sort of Natal support. This isn’t surpring as Molyneux showed off Milo which came around from Natal. There is no word on what kind of support Fable 3 will offer but Molyneux will have some great secret up his sleeves. Fable 3 is currently planned for a 2010 release and it will be exclusive to Xbox 360.

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Trivium Record A Song For God Of War III

October 21, 2009

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The metal band Trivium have recorded a song for the upcoming God of War III. Triviums participation with the game was revealed yesterday and today they announced that the song has been written and recorded. I haven’t listened to much Trivium but the music in God of War is some of the best stuff I’ve heard in a video game so if the Trivium song is half as good as that, I’ll be happy.

God of War III will be released exclusively on the PS3 March next year.

For more news on Trivium and music in general, visit DistortedNews.

Update: The song hasn’t been recorded yet, just written.

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Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon: Predator Rated

October 21, 2009

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Ubisoft have confirmed that another Ghost Recon game is in the works but they haven’t gave us any details what so ever. No name, no release date, no teaser, no screenshots, no nothing. The Austrailian rating site, however has recently listed Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon: Predator as an MA15+ which suggests that this could be the latest addition to the Ghost Recon series.

The OFLC listing for the game states that it is multi-platform which isn’t much of a surprise and also says it contains strong violence, which again isn’t unexpected. This isn’t a confirmation of a new Ghost Recon game but it the rating sites are normally correct anyway.