Release Date: September 6, 2011
Price: $99.99 MSRP (but can easily be found for a cheaper price)
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I’ve got my console, a plethora of quality games, and a big ass television. What more could I want? Let’s see… I have the visual side of things covered, the only thing missing is some fantastic audio support to add to the experience. The small speakers that come standard in every television do not do justice to the explosion-heavy games of today so I went on a journey to bring these deafening sound effects a little closer to my face. There were plenty of options, but each had a hefty price. Almost every alternative would weigh heavily on any wallet, with most clocking in well over a leg and some fingers. I wanted good audio, but not at the price of my appendages.
With all this hype surrounding the newly-announced Resident Evil 6, the talk (besides giraffe blow jobs) about survival horror has been quick to come up. The gaming community has been pretty vocal about their thoughts and adamant that survival horror is dead, given the trailer’s explosive action and adrenaline-fueled moments. With the more recent Resident Evil games and even Dead Space, action has definitely take a bit more of a prominent role within this category of games. The stealth genre gets similarly inspected, with Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots and Splinter Cell: Conviction being front runners in this argument. Have these genres been killed off, fallen “victim” to modern game design? No, they’ve just evolved and have been bettered for it.
Hey guys, there’s a new Rayman game. Oh, you didn’t know? Well, Ubisoft didn’t go out of its way to notify you, releasing its other, less happy game on the same exact day seemingly content with leaving it to die in the name of the Assassins. Rayman Origins might have been tucked away within the release schedule of 2011, behind all the big, blockbuster games but it stands out from the rest, with a colorful world of platforming to offer that revitalizes a whole genre. It can’t be put any more simply: Rayman Origins is one of the best pure platformers in recent years.
In recent years, Microsoft has been doing month long events on Xbox Live that celebrate the release of new Arcade titles. It started off with the Summer of Arcade and then branched off to include House Party. It is the time for House Party next month, and Microsoft just released when we will be able to download all of the games which are part of the event.
Then it dawned on me; there are two consoles supposedly launching this year. The other being the Wii U, Nintendo’s newest piece of hardware.
Details are sparse and excitement is even more thin from the community and press. What is this thing? Why will I want it? Do I even want it? I hate to say it, but it’s not looking good for this eventual Nintendo release.
One of the most important parts of a modern military shooter is the multiplayer component. Without it, these titles would be a fully priced five hour on-rails shooter. Thankfully for us, multiplayer is what the people at DICE know best. The Battlefield series is rooted with a deep multiplayer focus. (All of the Battlefield titles before the Bad Company series were multiplayer only.) Does Battlefield 3 continue the tradition of strong multiplayer? The answer is a non-surprising yes. Continue reading
It’s not often when a console’s launch (or launch window for that matter) has more than one game worth a crap. Think about it. You didn’t buy your Xbox 360 in hopes of sinking a ridiculous amount of hours in Kameo: Elements of Power, nor did you buy a PS2 in anticipation of endless Smuggler’s Run sessions. So I find it odd that the upcoming Sony Playstation Vita has so many games that I really want to get my hands on. While the price is actually pretty attractive (and this might seem hypocritical) and the games look good, I won’t be buying one at launch. I can just smell a fresh redesign with a bigger battery or a price drop (or both) at least year later, so I’m going to hold out. Just because I’m not buying one at launch (I say that now, I wonder if I can actually hold out) doesn’t mean I can’t drool over the many games I can’t wait to try. You should keep an eye on these too.
This was a video made for your enjoyment. Nothing else to it, it’s just a video of stuff exploding into blood.
Gibs and blood. I assume you are already hooked? Good, check after the break to watch the video.
I don’t have any immediate plans to actually make games, but I have had this idea for a game kicking around in my brain for a few years. Equally paying tribute to Metal Gear Solid (borrowing its stealthy elements) and Mass Effect (lifting the choices and consequences), I always hoped a game with these influences would be released, but feared it would never exist outside of my own imagination. I think Eidos Montreal secretly knew this and has finally created Deus Ex: Human Revolution, the newest entry in this long-dormant franchise. It seems like a game that was eerily tailor-made for my personal tastes in almost every way. Strangely, this does Deus Ex: Human Revolution a disservice, because it is so good, it more than likely tickle your fancy as much as it did mine.
*Usually I end reviews with this note, but I figured Battlefield 3 is a special case. I know this is primarily a multiplayer-focused title, but I couldn’t access the online mode for multiple reasons. For one, I rented it and couldn’t get access to an online pass. Secondly, unless I bring my system to someone else’s house, I can’t actually play any game online. I reviewed the single player and single player only, so remember that is that only aspect I am judging. My fellow editor Kevin has played the multiplayer extensively, and you can find his review here. Thanks! And now, as I was saying…
In all the games that I play, I try my hardest to stroll in with hopes that good times will lay ahead… wait, shoot, I already used that intro. Regardless, the thought still stands. I had a similar cautious feeling when sliding in the latest modern combat game, Battlefield 3, into my console. Maybe Modern Warfare 3 finally turned me on to this type of game? After all, my disposition for MW3 was quickly thrashed due to how much fun I was having. Well, as they say, “One step forward, two steps back.” Actually, for Battlefield 3‘s campaign, two steps back is being generous.