Sunday, 24 April 2011

Preview: Darkspore

This will really be the first PC exclusive game that I'm going to preview and you know what? It looks pretty fantastic. Darkspore is an action RPG game created by Maxix Software, the same company that made the Sims series and Spore. This game will contain multi-player, cooperative and single player modes. But I think the main feature to this game is the Spore creature customizer. In Spore you could create thousands of unique creatures with bundles of different options. In Darkspore they upgraded that system for more variety and better combinations. You can also create squads, which means not only are you creating one awesome original character, you're creating lots of 'em. The essential plot of the game is to travel to alien worlds, win battles and save the galaxy from the mutated forces of Darkspore, and on the way you can collect more parts for customization like: body parts, armor, weapons, facial features and coloration to create a totally personal character. I'll be the first to admit after hearing about this game that I thought it would be ok, maybe something to do when your bored. Then I watched some game play(below)...and put some money aside for when it comes out. And I'm not really a RPG kinda guy. The game looks pretty slick and it looks like it would be pretty intense to, not just for your casual gamers. So for all you PC gamers out there lookin' to brag to all the console owners that you have a game on the PC that is pretty damn awesome, this game is for you.

Who wants to go outside when you could be playing this?

Innovation: 9/10
Buying Appeal/Replay Value: 7/10


Friday, 22 April 2011

Preview: Brink

If any game has the power to change the way video games are designed I believe this will be the game to do it. Brink is a First Person Shooter made for the Xbox 360, PS3 and PC. Brink introduces a new S.M.A.R.T system that basically allows you to move around everywhere you want. It also introduces a character customization system that is incorporated in the single and multi player modes. This game also features a futuristic campaign about a new city created above the Earth called Ark. Essentially resources are running low in this new place and you have the option to choose who you want to play as: the resistance or the security. And while playing you have tonnes of guns to chose from and several archetypes to choose from that effect how you play. This game has me really excited and promises to shake up the new waves of FPSs. I found this quote on youtube and I thought this was the best way to sum up this game, "Team Fortress 2 + Assassins Creed Brotherhood + Battlefield Bad Company 2 + crack = Brink :)"- Soulcatcherteej. So if your looking for a fun, innovative, customizable game that won`t disappoint, look for Brink to hit shelves on May 10th.

The Cinematic Trailer

Customization Trailer

S.M.A.R.T Trailer

Innovation: 9/10
Buying Appeal/Replay Value: 9/10


Thursday, 14 April 2011

Preview: SOCOM 4: U.S Navy Seals

For Playstation users, SOCOM 4: U.S Navy Seals might not be your highest priority game to buy this year but I defiantly believe it should be one, simply because it features the Sony Move controls. I’m a true believer that these movement peripheral games, Xbox Kinect and Sony Move, will only get better with time. I have played Killzone 3 with the Sharpshooter Move controller and enjoyed it but found the controls a little sketchy. But I believe that SOCOM 4 will improve on these controls, which should be good but not great. But that's not the only reason to buy this game. In the new instalment it stays true to the series as a tactical third person shooter featuring, squad based combat. To any that have played the SOCOM series you`ll know that the main feature of the games is online play but this year they`ve tried to do something different: adding a solid single player mode. It will contain over 12 hours of playing time the campaign spans from the Pacific Ocean to Southeast Asia. The game features a new Command mode and a more intelligent AI for a more challenging game experience. But rest assured this is a SOCOM game and will feature online multiplayer but Zipper Interactive, the developer, is being tight lipped on any new additions to the already stellar multiplayer of SOCOM 3. So if you haven’t played the move controls on Killzone 3 or are a major fan of the SOCOM series look for this game in stores, April 19th.



Story: 6/10
Innovation: 7/10
Buying Appeal/Replay Value: 6/10


Monday, 11 April 2011

Review: Killzone 3

It's been a month and a half since the release of Killzone 3 and after beating the campaign I feel that I have spent enough time playing it to give it a review. Killzone 3 was one of the first games to feature a 3-D option and one of the first serious shooters on the Playstation to include the move controls. Now I haven't played on the 3-D mode but from what I've heard it is kind of disorienting and makes the graphics a little dull. The move controller was a fun feature but unfortunately it was only fun and made the game a little "challenging". The move controls were sketchy and it took loads of configuring before they became comfortable. Not recommended for the campaign. But controls aside,the graphics were fantastic and the new weapons were cool. Have you tried the arc cannon? And you are given a jet pack for a level . I was pretty excited to try that but unfortunately, it was only in one level. They introduced a new melee system that had a slight delay to it, but was well worth waiting to watch your character gouge out some Helghast eyes. The story wasn't that engaging and it felt like I was just playing through levels. But Killzone 3 was a spectacular game that was loads of fun. The campaign was challenging, and a little short but very good. There is an offline co-op and "botzone" (offline multiplayer against computers) and a regular online mode. You have to try this game, it won't disappoint!

The beautiful moment before the double eye gouge

Eye gouge deluxe: knife edition

An example of the Arc Cannon

Pros: Cool guns, some good variation in levels, move controls were kinda fun, botzone and multi-player modes.
Cons: Story, no offline multi-player, move controls were sketchy.

Graphics: 9/10
Gameplay: 8/10 (Move Controls: 5/10)
Story: 7/10
Innovation: 7/10
Buying Appeal/Replay Value: 9/10


Saturday, 9 April 2011

Preview: Portal 2

One of the most promising looking games for this year, the sequel to the hit Portal, Portal 2. A first person/ puzzle game that will be released for all consoles (minus the wii), this game promises to be good. With extra features like: co-op and physics altering gels this game could be one of the biggest titles of the year. And you only have to wait 10 days! (Although anyone who know's Valve, knows they have a habit of delaying games) A must buy!

"Phenomenal in every sense of the word."
Game of the Year, Joystiq

The game-play demo

The co-op trailer

Graphics: 8/10
Gameplay: 10/10
Story: 8/10
Innovation: 9/10
Buying Appeal/Replay Value: 9/10


First Post!

Hey guys, I'm super excited to be doing this. The purpose of is to give you a preview of upcoming video game for all consoles, and to maybe do a review of them once they come out.
Once again, super excited and I'll have the first game up shortly!