It’s Not About the Destination, It’s About the Journey

Few games come by and leave such a lasting and powerful impression on me and even less often can I say a game  moved me. I most certainly wouldn’t expect a game completely devoid of narrative, dialogue, and any co-op communication like ThatGameCompany’s newest downloadable epic, Journey, would be the one do it.

Maybe I’m a sucker for weird, artsy, abstract games (see my review for Limbo) but Journey really floored the little expectations I had for it. Like many others, I had heard the buzz that the game generated when it first came out exclusively for Playstation Plus subscribers more than a month ago. I was ready to buy the game then and there, but because of the game’s exclusivity, I wasn’t able to and almost completely forgot about it. I mean, is there still anyone that actually pays for that service? Anyway, the game was publicly released a few weeks after that, and I finally got the chance to check it out.

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God Of War Ascension Announced


So maybe it was just wishful thinking that led us to believe Playstation was about to announce God Of War 4.  I was looking forward to seeing the next chapter in Kratos’ life, after the chaotic ending of the third game.  But it turns out we’ll never know what happens.  The teaser that Playstation put up on their Facebook page was in fact advertising a new God Of War game, but SURPRISE, it’s another prequel. Read more of this post

God Of War 4????

On Wednesday, April 11th, PlayStation mysteriously changed their Facebook cover photo to this enigmatic image.  For those of you who can’t read (which is hopefully none of you, otherwise what are you doing on this site?), it says is big beautiful letters “Will Vengeance Bring Redemption? 04.19.12”  Rumors have been flying left and right about what it might represent, and about 90% of said rumors are pointing to God Of War 4. Read more of this post

Take Back Earth (and, like, the rest of the galaxy) in Mass Effect 3

FemShep doesn't get nearly enough play. SHE'S JUST AS BADASS, Y'ALL.

In 2007, Bioware and Microsoft Studios introduced the world to the sprawling science-fiction universe of Mass Effect, a vast, story-driven action/RPG. In 2010, Bioware brought us the much anticipated sequel with the aid of publishing behemoth Electronic Arts. Mass Effect 2 was a much leaner, more action-focused experience, stripping out many of the dense RPG mechanics in favor of streamlining the cover-based action mechanics. The constant in the Mass Effect series, however, has always been a notable attention to detail in the story, lore, and character; something Bioware has been known for as a studio for quite some time. Just this past week, Bioware and EA released the final game in their epic space-faring action/RPG trilogy, Mass Effect 3. Does it go out in a blaze of glory, or retreat disappointingly into the darkness?

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Assassin’s Creed III Trailer, News, and George Washington.

Bad. Ass.

Earlier today, Ubisoft released an official trailer for Assassin’s Creed III.  You might be shaking your head right now and saying “ANOTHER game, seriously?” Read more of this post

Mass Effect 3 Demo: First Impressions

With the release of Mass Effect 3 just around the corner, I’ve gotten the opportunity to get my filthy mitts on the ME3 demo. My early impressions of the demo? Disappointment. Maybe I’m old school, but I used to think that the next game in a series is supposed to provide something, well…different.

Mass Effect 3, so far, feels like the exact same game as Mass Effect 2. I was never really a fan of the combat/action portions of the game. The reason I play it is for the story.  For the record, I thought ME2 was a disappointment. It seemed like the game developers “dumbed down” the RPG elements of the game, and it seems that trend continues in ME3. With that said, let’s get right into the demo.

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I Was Stabbed by Sweet Tooth and All I Got Were These Stupid Pictures!

Living in the Bay Area is pretty nice.  We’re very close to three major cities, meaning there is ALWAYS some sort of event going on at any given time.  You can also make the case that the Bay is the Mecca of video games.  With such studios as Sony Computer Entertainment America, Visceral Games, 2K Marin, and Capcom (to name a few) taking residence here, you can pretty much guarantee that there will be some awesome events put on by these companies.  One such event took place on February 2nd, and was put on by Sony.  It was a public and media party/tournament for the highly anticipated reboot of the bestselling car-combat franchise Twisted Metal.  I’ve been a fan of the series since I was a young lad, so you bet your ass I went.  It was a ton of fun, and it only made me want the game even more.

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Capcom Announces Mega Man & Pac Man For Street Fighter X Tekken

mega man street fighter x tekken

Capcom has just announced that Mega Man and Pac Man have officially joined the roster for the upcoming Street Fighter X Tekken mashup — but ONLY for Playstation 3. This is in addition to the previously announced Cole McGrath of inFamous fame (see what I did there?) and Kuro Turo. Some might not recognize the man in the above picture right away, but that’s actually the depiction of Mega Man from the box art of the very first NES game. Yeah, WTF. Full trailer after the break:

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Resident Evil: Revelations Demo Hits the eShop Today (New Resident Evil 6 Trailers!)

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According to Capcom’s official press statement this morning, the demo for the highly-anticipated Resident Evil: Revelations has hit Nintendo’s eShop today. You need to check this out.

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Did Nintendo Rush Mario Kart to the Finish Line?

Unless you’ve been living under a rock this year, you’re probably aware that the 3DS had a pretty rocky start following its spring debut. With too ambitious of an initial price tag and a complete lack of quality software, it’s pretty obvious to see why the system struggled. It wasn’t until summer when things for the system really turned around, thanks to the combined efforts of the Zelda and Star Fox remakes, and the added push of a hefty price drop. I think it’s this early pressure that lit a fire under Nintendo’s first-party development houses to start cranking out their flagship franchises even faster than they had anticipated. Do I think this may have effected the quality of Mario Kart 7? Absolutely.

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The Elder Scrolls V: V for Victory?

I have logged 115 hours in Skyrim, and I still have one major questline to complete, along with a bunch of miscellaneous ones. I should probably sign up for gamers anonymous. With the amount of time I’ve spent playing it, you’d probably assume that I absolutely loved the game. Well, you’d be absolutely wrong.

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What Happens on the Island, Stays on the Island

shutter island

Whatever you do, don't take your eyes of that Panda. There are dark secrets on this island... probably.

A few weeks back, I wrote a pretty extensive, incredibly in-depth preview of the PS3 exclusive minigame-fest, Carnival Island. Well we finally got our review copy in, and all I can say is holy shit — I did not expect to have half as much fun as I did. I fired up a copy of the game, brews in hand with a couple of the other Wrecked guys ready to drunken-review the shit out of this game and you know what? We had a blast.

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Where’s the Zelda Review?

As many of you already know, The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword started flying off store shelves November 20th. It’s been a couple weeks I know, but I’m hard at work trying to get that final review out, but to do the game justice, I have to play the game from start to finish. What’s the hold up? Skyward Sword is a fucking 40+ hour game, and as a working man with a measly excuse for a social life, frankly, that’s a lot of time. Hell, I only get about that same amount of sleep a week, so give a brother some slack.

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New Left 4 Dead Fan-Film Trailer Turns Heads

"Re-LOOOOAADDING!"

Fans of Left 4 Dead may have heard rumblings of a fan-made film coming over the past few months, and though there are a million of these things on the internet already, few have managed to actually impress. Well a brand new trailer just hit Youtube yesterday, and holy shit, this one looks cool.

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The Witcher 2: There’s A New King In Town

“Wow!” is the first word that comes to mind when describing CD Projekt Red’s The Witcher 2. This is simply an awesome game. If you’re a fan of RPGs, this game is a must-play. I honestly can say that it’s been a long time since I’ve played a game this enjoyable and this expertly made.

In The Witcher 2 you play as a Geralt of Rivia, a witcher. A witcher is basically a genetically modified monster hunter. It is highly advisable that you play the original Witcher game as the sequel is a direct continuation of that story. You can even import your save from the first game, and your choices will carry over. While it’s not necessary, it will definitely add to your enjoyment and understanding, as there are a ton of characters and backstory to keep track of.

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Sinners and Saints Row: The Third

Before we get into Saints Row 3, I have talk a little a bit about my experience with the last game. It might sound blasphemous but I actually liked Saints Row 2 better than GTA IV. I had an absolute blast playing it. As I was playing it I would think to myself “Yes! These guys get it. This has everything that I wished GTA IV would be and more.” I don’t play videogames to have realistic experiences. That’s what my front door is for. I play video games as an escape; to let loose and just have fun. That’s an element the last GTA game was sorely missing. There will always be a place in my heart for the GTA series, but SR has managed to carve out its own path.

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Bioshock Movie Teaser Trailer? I hope so!

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This ‘Modern’ Warfare Feels a Bit Dated

            Now that the whole world has received their copies of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3, a giant beast has finally been satisfied for me. In the weeks leading up to the release, I found myself exploring a variety of games: Minecraft, Starcraft II, Battlefield 3, Forza 4, and NHL 12- all as filler until my favorite game series provided the next installment in my growing addiction. I am a Call of Duty addict, but I don’t know why. My friends were the ones hyping up Modern Warfare 3’s newest features, whereas I figured, “Hey, just some new stuff to [hopefully] be surprised by.” It wasn’t until I got home after the game’s midnight release that I was truly excited about the game. Sadly though, it is -for the most part- the same Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 which I inexplicably love so dearly, just with mildly improved graphics, a few new kill-streaks, weapons, and a bunch of new maps.

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Old Guys Can Still Kick Ass

"Why does he keep appearing behind me?"

Nerdvember just passed, so that means there is a multitude of killer games hitting store shelves. And I’m not talking about Call of Duty or Battlefield 3, or any other over-hyped shooter. On the 15th, the crack team at Ubisoft Montreal released Assassin’s Creed Revelations. With less than a year in development, it was going to be interesting to see what they did with the game, and the direction the story took. Assassin’s Creed Brotherhood came out at this time last year, also after only one year of development, and that game kicked ass. So did Ubisoft pull off another masterpiece in a relatively short time? Yes, they totally did. Read more of this post

It’s Time To Squad Up or Shut Up

Remember those days when you were a kid where you were counting the days until that one particular video game hit store shelves? Where you couldn’t wait for the school bells to ring so you could jet over to the game store and cash in all your lunch money for that new shiny game? As we grow older (and admittedly more cynical) those peak moments of anticipation grow fewer and farther between. Well, after playing the game at E3 and wasting way too much time playing the beta this past september, I found that Battlefield 3 was that game that would bring me back to my childhood-like days of impatience.  I raced out to my game store of choice after work and picked it up, gathered some friends around the TV (after eating some delicious steak sandwiches) and fired up the game. Too bad the online servers didn’t work – at all.

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