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8/23/2008

Star Trek online – Trailer

I wonder if they have a Captain Spock….

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7/25/2008

Devil May Cry 4 – a short review

We were playing Devil May Cry 4 and thought it was quite good. Firstly the graphics were impressive and the characters flawless. Almost too flawless but isn’t all anime characters. Ladies with big boobs, men with flawless skin and asian features with blue eyes and blond hair. They are like the better version of harajuku girls and boys, or should say, they are the inspiration for the j-fashion culture.

The game started with a story and a beautiful female protagonist singing in a church-like establishment for a ceremony while the main character, Nero is seen running against time to catch her show. No doubt there is a romantic link between the two, the good girl + the bad boy, cliche but always a winner. The usual boy fancies girl but is too proud to show is extended throughout the movie – I personally dislike the whole courting theory but I may be a minority. So the game starts with the assassination of the master of ceremony, an old crusty guy in a vatican-like gear and a tall hat resembling the KKK, by an assassin who looks a lot like an older version of Nero. You will learn your skills here as the game integrates you into this moves.

At first, you are thrilled that you can hack and whack Cirque Du Soleil type of demons with wooden stilt legs, some are equipped with blades for a left/right foot. You can also shoot them with a gun. It almost never kills them unless you do your sword combos with. The good thing about the gun is that if you kill those demons with it, you will get green orbs that gives sustenance to your life and the red orbs which you can use to increase your skill. The graphics were excellent, the monuments and clips in between your games to tell the story is as real as Final Fantasy: The Spirit Within movie.

My only gripe with DMC 4 is that I find the battles to be a tad repetitive. And combat mode to be a little messy when you’re hacking more than 3 monsters/demons at the same time. Otherwise, it’s a pretty good game simply because you want to know its ending.

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7/11/2008

Civilization Revolution

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Civilization Revolution is similar to the PC titles in the Civilization series. It is a turn based strategy game in which the player can take 16 different civilizations, each with special abilities, from prehistory to modern times and recent future. For the console version, the gameplay has been streamlined and simplified to make the game easier to play for newcomers to the series. A victory can be achieved in four ways: Domination (Capture all enemy capitals using battle methods), Technological (Win the space race to colonize Alpha Centauri by creating a spacecraft), Cultural (Build the United Nations), or Economic (Build the World bank). All of these have different requirements, such as a player controlling all of his or her respective opponents’ capital cities or gaining a large amount of resources. Many things affect what happens with your civilization and other civilizations like the terrain you built your cities on and that effects how successful your city becomes.

Civilization Revolution (full title: Sid Meier’s Civilization Revolution, abbreviated title: Civ Rev) is a new iteration of Civilization being developed by Firaxis with Sid Meier as designer for Nintendo DS, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360. A Wii version was originally expected but was put on indefinite hold. The lack of a PlayStation Portable version was attributed to a lack of development manpower.

There are 16 civilization leaders you can choose from, from cleopatra to queen elizabeth to mao zedong. Who would would you be?

Check out their trailer:

Official homepage

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7/4/2008

Diablo 3

diablo_3_boxcover.jpgWhen the first 2 Diablos came out, I remember my friends staying up till 4am playing that game and we had an 8am exam. It is a game of addiction, because it is SO much fun. There is nothing like slicing demons and fighting all blood and gore. Hell, I can see why they would stay up till 4am for this game. I stayed up till 4am because I was mugging my books, for those who were interested.

Anyway, Diablo 3 is finally out and fans are roaring; it is taking the gaming world, PC, by storm. Check out the awesome trailer and let me know why you love Diablo 3 so much.

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9/14/2007

Manhunt 2: Controversially yours

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After much buzz about the gore and violence of the game, Gamespot decided to give the game a chance because, really, if you ask yourself why would you keep away just because it has a lot of gore and violence? There was a big hooha about the game not being able to be sold on shelves because it was rated Adult instead of just R, or something like that. But all that rating and violent mish mash aside, this game looks pretty awesome. It’s like Dawn of the Living Dead and you’d be whacking zombies except you’re not. You’re whacking human villains carrying guns and rambo knives for revenge and self protection.

Oh and you’ll be doing all the action on a Wii too.

Manhunt 2 is the follow-up to the original Manhunt, released on consoles and PCs back in 2003. The original game was a twisted tale filled with violent action, as well as stealthy gameplay, and the follow-up looks to deliver more of the same grisly goods. With all of the controversy that has surrounded Manhunt 2 in the past few weeks, it would be easy to write off the game as another episode of “Rockstar behaving badly.” But that wouldn’t really be fair to the game, which–as we discovered in a recent hands-on session–is shaping up nicely as an entertaining, if sometimes ultraviolent, tale of redemption.

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8/17/2007

More BioShock

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This long awaited game is set to come out in 21st of August 2007, in Canada and 24th Aug for Europe. I don’t know if it’s going to be released in Japan BUT BUT i am sure you can get your hands on one via eBay.

Anyway, I downloaded the demo on my XBox360 and HOLY MOLY, it’s AWESOME. I love the setting the game was set in. Dark and haunted, with crazy people running around hitting people with a wrench. It’s like a cross between emo goth and dracula’s castle set in the 50’s. God, I’m so in love with this game and can’t wait for its release!

The game takes place in 1960 in a fictional large underwater metropolis called Rapture, built in 1946 by Andrew Ryan, a Howard Hughes-like industrialist and caricature of Ayn Rand. Rapture was designed to be entirely self-supporting, with all of its electricity, food production, water purification and defense systems powered by undersea volcanic openings. At one point, it is learned that Rapture’s population numbered several thousand at its peak during the early 1950s, composed of those people Ryan viewed as the best examples of mankind. A large and tiered economy grew among the people, catering different quality products to different levels of the society.

A scientific discovery upset the balance of the society. Two scientists studying ocean-floor dwelling creatures discovered a species of sea slug that secretes pure stem cells. These could be used to enhance one’s body, improving physical or mental capabilities, curing diseases and healing injuries. A young entrepreneur named Tenebaum invested early on in the research to gain control over the material. The substance, dubbed “ADAM”, became so sought after in the society, that it became the dominant currency of the city. A “full-scale genetic arms race” broke out between Ryan and Tenebaum as Tenebaum’s monopoly on ADAM threatened the current social structure. Ryan eventually won, but everyone in the city was permanently changed. During the war, it was discovered that ADAM could be used to modify one’s body, combining technology and mutations to adapt and survive the conflict, but losing their humanity in the process. During the conflict, all natural sources of ADAM were destroyed, which eventually resulted in a major shift in the “ecology” of the city, as all inhabitants had become biologically dependent on ADAM to survive. On New Year’s Day in 1959, attacks with biological weapons lead to the downfall of Rapture’s society, and the city fell into a state of disrepair.

And with that, i shall leave you to ponder if you want to be a part of the game….

Read the Q&A from Ken Levine

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6/22/2007

BioShock

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Okay, I admit that I am sucker for first person shooter games. Ever since Resident Evil, I’ve always been looking for games like that to play. And BioShock caught my eye for many reasons. I love zombies and messed up looking humanoids that I can blast with my guns. Yes.

The game starts in 1960, with the player underwater following a plane crash in the ocean, surrounded by debris. No introductory cut scene is displayed explaining how this happened, leaving the player to decide for themselves why they were on the plane. Nearby, a lighthouse is sticking out of the water, in the middle of the ocean. Upon getting inside and traversing the internal stairwell, the player finds a bathysphere, with a corpse inside. Upon removing the corpse and descending in the bathysphere (having nowhere else to go), the player eventually reaches an underwater city on the ocean floor.

A plot unfolds involving the crumbling city, named Rapture, and the utopian society for which it was built. A man named Andrew Ryan, a former Soviet citizen, built the city in 1946, and the society was envisioned as the ultimate capitalistic and individualist paradise, with the elite achieving for themselves, rather than for the whole. Protected by a network of giant sea walls and consisting of a cluster of enormous skyscraper-shaped hive towers, Rapture was designed to be entirely self-supporting, with all of its electricity, food production, water purification and defense systems powered by undersea volcanic openings. At one point, it is learned that Rapture’s population numbered several thousand at its peak during the early 1950s, composed of those people Ryan viewed as the best examples of mankind. A large and tiered economy grew among the people, catering different quality products to different levels of the society. The city itself is inspired by Art Deco and has an appearance merging the futuristic and archaic.

A scientific discovery upset the balance of the society. Two scientists studying ocean-floor dwelling creatures discovered a species of sea slug that secretes pure stem cells. These could be used to enhance one’s body, improving physical or mental capabilities, curing diseases and healing injuries. A young entrepreneur named Tenebaum invested early on in the research to gain control over the material. The substance, dubbed “Adam”, became so sought after in the society, that it became the dominant currency of the city. A “full-scale genetic arms race” broke out between Ryan and Tenebaum as Tenebaum’s monopoly on Adam threatened the current social structure. Ryan eventually won, but everyone in the city was permanently changed. During the war, it was discovered that Adam could be used to modify one’s body, combining technology and mutations to adapt and survive the conflict, but losing their humanity in the process. During the conflict, all natural sources of Adam were destroyed, which eventually resulted in a major shift in the “ecology” of the city, as all inhabitants had become biologically dependent on Adam to survive.

When the player arrives in Rapture, the city is in a state of disrepair, its vast underground living areas and laboratory complexes scarred by the effects of the civil war and poisoned by biological weapons. Low-level flooding is also found to be a problem, as the use of high-powered explosives and corrosion weapons during the war created small breaches in the city’s sea walls, allowing seawater to enter some of the buildings.

As the player descends through the underwater city, he or she will explore the many levels of the giant undersea base, including the huge living quarters modules and the multi-floored scientific headquarters. Remnants of the last days remain in notes and recordings made by the citizens before and during the collapse of Rapture’s society. Not only does this provide background, it also opens new avenues in the player’s interaction with the ecology of Rapture.

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5/4/2007

Tomb Raider: Anniversary

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Is it me or is the face of Lara Croft forever changing? In the first Tomb Raider game 10 years ago, and the new ones now, it seems like to me she’s always changing her face…but anyway, that’s not as important as the game, of course. It was just an observation of mine. Eidos have decided to remake the old Tomb Raider game by giving it better graphics, better control and better moves with Tomb Raider:Anniversary. So no more point bosoms or jerky moves from Miss Croft. The locations in the new game is the same as the old one, with lots of memorable locations. But the game now has a fresh puzzle and moves to look forward to. You’ll still remember names like Pierre Dupont, the Scion and others… we last saw Lara in Peru when she learnt that another scion has been found in Greece by Dupont so off she fled only to be greeted by hungry lions. Now, that’s a memory refresher for you.

PS2, PSP, and PC owners will get their chance to experience Lara’s first adventure in Tomb Raider: Anniversary on June 5.

Look at their official trailer:

Source: Gamespot

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4/20/2007

Infernal – the battle between good and evil

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This game is about a fallen angel who is trying to live life peacefully on earth until his past cronies from heaven come after him for a little “talk”. Like the movie, The Devil’s Advocate, earth is like heaven’s and hell’s playground. Each of them trying to conquer as many land as possible and with a fallen angel in between, things could get a little tricky.

This third person shooter game will be out in May. As for now, not much details of the characters have been revealed yet. You can expect a cross between Constantine and Devil’s Advocate in this game. Both my favorite movies, not because Keanu Reeves is there. I just want to make that clear *nods*

check out the trailer:

Oh and this is a PC game for now.

Source: Gamespot

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4/14/2007

Lost Planet coming to PCs in June

After it’s major, runaway success on XBox 360 in January this year, Lost Planet: Extreme Condition is currently making headways for PC gamers.

Now, it appears that Lost Planet will be pulling another platform into its orbit. According to a press release from graphics-chip-maker Nvidia’s Japanese subsidiary, Capcom’s sci-fi shooter will blast its way onto the PC. Nvidia says it helped Capcom optimize the game so it can use Microsoft DirectX 10 and reach resolutions of up to 2560 x 1600 pixels. However, DirectX 10 is not required to run the game. Naturally, Nvidia touted its GeForce 8 series of GPUs as being the best graphics chips to run Lost Planet on PCs.

Read more here…

Check out the trailer for Lost Planet: Extreme Conditions:

Source: Gamespot

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