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Ubisoft E3 Conference – What I liked

And what about Ubisoft’s E3 conference and how they did, and what I found interesting. It’s kind of interesting how everyone said that Ubisoft was the worst conference so far. I will just say that I don’t agree, they showed a lot of interesting titles and they’ve learned from the past. It was fun, games that deserved time got it, times that needed less time had less time and so on. The only real complaint being that the Rayman demo took a bit to long, but it was fun to watch and so it’s fine.

There was a lot of interesting things here so let’s just take a quick look on each game here shall we? If needed, I will just make a separate post later if it’s interesting enough. So here we go:

1. RAYMAN ORIGINS
Not a huge title and not something I’m going to discuss further then: it looked fun and sometimes you need a fun side scroller.

2. FARCRY 3
I’m not a huge fan of the earlier Farcry games, but the feeling from the whole idea of “insanity” made me interested in it. The look of it is okay, not nearly as good as other first person games that have been shown so far. I bet all of you out there that enjoyed the other Farcry games will be looking forward to this.

3. GHOST RECON: FUTURE SOLDIER
Thank you Ubisoft! Finally! God I’m so thrilled about this game now. I’ve always been a huge sucker for co-op, not multiplayer craziness but co-op, where you and your friends fight through missions with all the skills and laughs you can muster. They just showed us a good looking FPS game with a 4-player enabled co-op. If I find 2-3 other guys to play this with, I will be playing this shortly after release!

4. GHOST RECON ONLINE
Guess what, they’re releasing a online FPS game. Guess what? It will be free. Guess what? I’m guessing it will be fun!

5. ASSASSINS CREED REVELATION
I’m going to let the trailer talk for itself here. I will probably make a post about this game later on anyway. ^^ (Also: LOVE THE SONG!)

Battlefield 3 at E3 (EA conference)

So EA just finished their live show, to be honest I’m not a huge fan, I don’t like sports game, and because of that I feel a bit “meh” most of the time, going through so many different sports games.

Anyway.

A thing I want to mention before going into Battlefield 3 and how that will kick the ass out of MW3 (my opinion) let’s talk about some shit talk from EA. They start by saying that they will keep it simple, their show will be all about the games and game developers, unlike certain other companies that bring celebrities on to the stage. Being a hint towards Microsoft for bringing out ICE-T during the showing of Gears of War 3. And after a while… there they go bringing in American football all-stars on to the stage. When that happened… well let’s just say my jaw dropped.

BATTLEFIELD 3
This is the shit right here! The demo EA just showed for the game was stunning, looked great, and made you feel like this is an actual FPS trying to stimulate a somewhat more realistic warzone. It made me drool and long for this game so bad.

If Modern warfare 3 is the arcade game of war.
Battlefield 3 is the war simulator.

IMPORTANT DATES AND INFO ON BF3
They also announced a few other important things. To begin with: RELEASE DATE OCTOBER 25. This if I remember correctly a date not earlier revealed.
OPEN BETA in September. Online stats and community will be free! They mentioned to send a message to MW3, we do the same thing for our players, but free. Let’s see how they will react to this fact, will the new MW3 Elite online thingy also become free within time to fight against BF3?

E3 – Microsoft Conference – The things I liked

Hello everyone and welcome back to the old me that actually watch E3 news and blog about it! Just watched the whole Microsoft Conference live, and that means XBOX 360 and Kinect. Following is the list of things that gets the thumb up from me.

1. Tomb Raider
I just love the look of this. Me and my brother was watching it and we bought nodded to his comment: This feels like Resident Evil 4 did when it came out at first. He hit the nail on the head, it really does feel like a new beginning for Tomb Raider, and in a great way! The in game presentation we just saw started with Lara being captured and trapped in a cave. Plenty of action, new look and feel and a style that will redefine how see Tomb Raider. I love you new Lara, if the game is as good as your new style, this will be a huge hit.

2. Minecraft On xbox 360!
It’s true! Notch you little bugger! Getting deals with huge companies like Microsoft without telling us before hand. You sneaky man. I love Minecraft, don’t play it much but I love it, and the fact that this will make the game even bigger. I don’t mind it, don’t mind it at all. As it is now, Minecraft on console will be exclusive for Xbox 360. Oh and also, you will be able to control the game with kinect… don’t know why that would matter…

3. Modern Warfare 3
I love the game series so I have to mention it, but really, honestly? It was one of the less exciting Call Of Duty game presentations. Still want the game though.

Let us continue with the less interesting moments and parts…

1. RYSE
Have you heard of it before? You know what it is? Didn’t think so. Go go games about Rome!

2. Kinect
So much Kinect!? It feelt like any movie trailer right now ending with the words NOW IN 3D! Either they’re having problem selling the damn thing or they are just very happy about having it. Don’t know what it is. But most games showed was about the whole Kinect business. Don’t care for it.

3. Halo 4
This is the start of a trilogy apparently that will keep the Halo series going. I’m sorry, great looking trailer. But… I’m just not interested

New Tomb Radier Trailer + Comment

How can we not love you now Lara Croft? They have taken us back in time to see the start of a marvelous traveler. I must say they’ve also made one of the best trailers I’ve ever seen. To show of what they’ve created, the thoughts of a new Lara and the world she will be thrown in to. Tomb Raider will finally be redefined and reworked, the game really needed it. I loved the first few games, but lately it’s been a bit too much of the good stuff. To see a new setting, a new feel and a new main character is lovely. Thank you!

APB Reloaded – Free Beta Up

Remember that MMO game that shortly after release was shutdown, don’t remember the exact reason for it or how long the game actually was up. But I do remember looking at the news about it thinking: to bad on something that looked so cool.

Well I’m sitting here now regretting that, cause… because of that its now free. Yes you heard me, a game that took years to develop by a proper company has now been reworked and released for free. Well, not properly released yet, it’s still in the BETA, but a BETA of a game that used to cost around 50$? I’m okay with that.

The game is an action based MMO, if you want to go to the deepest basics of it. It’s basically Cop Vs Thief, in one awesome looking world. Does anyone remember the multiplayer from GTA IV? It was okay but compared to the whole single player game it sadly fell short. Well APB takes it one step further.

To download the game go to: http://www.gamersfirst.com/apb/
And for “info” go to: http://www.gamersfirst.com/

Right now the game looks and feels awesome, getting some friends on there will most probably make it even more fun. I’m not saying it’s perfect, I’m not saying that you can vote on this for the best game of the year. But, it’s a FREE MMO, with great potential.

Review, comin up!

/Nurgle

Heroes Of Newerth reached its limits

This is not a bad thing in this case. And with limits, I mean available server space. After HoN opened the gates and became open beta, the amount of players skyrocketed and its now hard to find servers during the day for thoese who wants to host it up themselves. S2, that have been very succesfull with their clone of the very popular “game” DotA are planning to add more servers this weekend, and are also mentioning that “…retail is right around the corner.”

It will be interesting to see how many players will stick with the game after the acctual release. Myself im sticking with it, a 30$ fee feels about right for a great game that hopefully will stick around.

http://www.heroesofnewerth.com/

/Nurgle
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Yu Gi Oh – Coming to xbox live.

Believe it or not, the Yu Gi Oh card game is coming to xbox live! A game that is currently one of the biggest trading card games in the world, and it was just a matter of time til they moved a step beyond the PSP and NDS. What I dont like at this moment is the fact that you will have to buy packs with microsoft points to get more and new cards? Maybe there is a ingame function to get new cards as well, otherwise I see alot of players just sticking with what they start of with, if they will get it all knowing this.

Maybe it works more like a bonus pack, that gives you thoese extra and better cards. We’ll just have to wait and see about that. Here is the quoted info on the game, followed by a few pictures:

Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D’s Decade Duels

Features
Complete with the most robust card offering and the opportunity to purchase additional card packs through XBOX Live Arcade Marketplace to expand your deck
Includes cards from Classic Yu-Gi-Oh!, GX and 5D’s
Complete against the most popular Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D’s characters during the finals
Battle through Single player or compete in 4 player tag duels with text and voice chat ability
Includes 3 modes of play:
Rank Match- Compete against Yu-Gi-Oh! fans of the same rank and ability
Quick Match- Jump right into the action and compete against any Yu-Gi-Oh! fan
Custom Match- Battle your friends and completely customize the rules of play
Complete with live leader boards to track your rank as well as your friends

/Nurgle
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X-Com “remake” in the making!

X-Com is a good old strategy game that was released back in 1994, it’s one of thoese games that strategy fans loved. It was a good mix between building bases, air battles, researching and devoloping and ofcourse turn-based battles around the globe. Now 2K Games are working on a reamake of this good old classic, but instead of the turn based battles, the game will take place in a FPS mode and you as a player will play as ONE FBI agent. It also sounds like there will be strategy invovled, how this will work we dont know yet. The game will be released fox Xbox 360 and PC.

This is what we can find on the website: http://www.xcom.com

XCOM is the re-imagining of the classic tale of humanity’s struggle against an unknown enemy that puts players directly into the shoes of an FBI agent tasked with identifying and eliminating the growing threat. True to the roots of the franchise, players will be placed in charge of overcoming high-stake odds through risky strategic gambits coupled with heart-stopping combat experiences that pit human ingenuity – and frailty – against a foe beyond comprehension. By setting the game in a first-person perspective, players will be able to feel the tension and fear that comes with combating a faceless enemy that is violently probing and plotting its way into our world.

We can also find a single screen from the new game in OXM, its also posted here if you want the see the magazine covers and such go here: http://www.gamesradar.com/xbox360/xbox-360/news/new-xcom-revealed-by-oxm-first-screen-inside/a-2010041317556922006/g-20060321132945404017

To make it easy for you, here is the single screen from the game:

I know what you’re thinking. FPS? Play a single character and go around shooting your enemies? It is a step in a weird direction. We’ve already seen games that copies X-Com; the UFO series. The UFO series were fun and interesting if you liked the old classic, the old classic always won if discussed though. What I dont understand is how they will tie it together with calling it X-Com (acctualy Xcom)? What parts will be remebered from the old classic? The look of the aliens? It’s hard to imagine this childhood classic of mine taking such a turn, but I will follow it and if it ends up looking good, hell I might even get it. But, I will still stick to the old classic for now.

/Nurgle
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Gears Of War 3 – Trailer “Ashes To Ashes”

How can I not post this on a game blog? The trailer seems to be follwing the first game when it comes to emotion and music, calm and thick.

/Nurgle
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BlazBlue: Calamity Trigger Review (xbox 360)


If you don’t understand it by now, I love this game. BlazBlue is what I always wanted in a fighting game. It got a great and vast story, good character design (visually and unique when it comes to abilities and basic attack), 2D and well pretty much everything.
I was one to miss out on what guilty gear was, mostly cause I was never really in to Beat Em’ Up games back in the day and once I tried it, BlazBlue was also there and caught my eye and attention a lot more. My love for BlazBlue started when me and a couple of friends had an all out gaming night, of course a lot of Vs. was being played and this was one of them. I’ve never been great at these kinds of games but seeing the colorful design work and the fact that it’s 2D really dragged me in. At the time the game hadn’t been released in Europe yet and as soon as I found it was coming, I pre-ordered.

Okay enough of my short but very (not so) interesting story, and let’s get to the game itself.

THE STORY
What really drags me in to the BlazBlue universe is how they created a great story and a story mode to play it out. Every character got a storyline that adds up to a great big picture that will be revealed piece by piece. You can even decide to go different paths throughout the story and it will change the outcome of it, and every character got one “real” ending that you’re supposed to find. Finding every possible path and dialog in the story will also reward you in the end.

It doesn’t end there though, every character have about 110 different dialog pieces each, that is used within battles, this is huge, and it changes depending on who they fight, so it’s always interesting to see what they will say, and it’s most often connected to the story and the characters relation within it.

For people that enjoy the more classis type of game play (arcade) where you battle your way through different opponents, that’s always available, and even here you will be given short story related talks between characters. They are not as detailed and deep, but it will give you a basic understanding of the story (if you play it through with all characters).

Why I decided to talk so much about the story and depth around it, is because it is something that is lacking in so many other games like it. When I play this game I don’t understand why other game creators don’t work as much on the story and character design around it, it’s something that should be done more often, cause it’s not only more of the game, but it’s also very rewarding for players that sit down with a beat em up just to play it for fun. I can honestly say I’ve never spent as much time in front of a fighting game that I have with BlazBlue.

THE FIGHTING
When it comes to the fighting, I’m honestly going to admit that I’m not the best fitting person to review it. I’m not very skilled (working on it though), and I can only tell you how it is from a more casual view, which isn’t bad in itself I guess.

The characters all have different play styles, and as a new player you will quickly realize which of them needs a bit more combo work and which of them which simply needs button mashing (Noel being a great example). Even the characters that are considered beginner heroes have a lot of combos and abilities that can be worked with for more experienced players.

It’s a real joy to learn about each character in the game and trying to master them is not only rewarding but fun! For more on the battle system, I’m going to give IGN some credit for a quick and easy review on it:

ONLINE
The network mode that’s put into this game is great. The ranked matchmaking sadly won’t match you against players your own level (not what I’ve noticed anyway), but you can easily host game rooms where up to six people can join in the fun. The room can have several different settings such as number or rounds, round time, rotation set up etc. The way it works is that two players fight each other while the whole room can still chat with each other discussing the action. After the current battle new players will be picked to battle depending on the room set up.
You as a player can also level up, by winning games and completing different requirements like not being damaged and such.

GOOD
+ Great Story
+ Character Design
+ Much to find and unlock
+ 2D

BAD
– Few playable characters
– 2D

/Nurgle
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