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

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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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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With Great Power, Comes a Great Game

 Check out our newest guest contribution coming to you from Justin Mutch of Union City, CA. Want to write for Wrecked? Find out how here.

 

These days, originality in video games is a bit hard to come by.  With new (and equally generic) Call of Duty clones being released what seems like every week, avid gamers need something fresh to chew on.  Luckily there are a few franchises that vanquish the repetitive nature of games like those that focus solely on multiplayer.  InFamous 2 came out on June 7th, and for anyone with a PS3 who likes variety in games, this was a momentous occasion.  The first game was a massive hit, and the plot definitely called for a sequel.  So after two years of waiting, we finally get to see Cole’s next struggle to save another city.  Or destroy it.

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Get L.A.’d Tonight with Rockstar Games’ Mystery Epic

From the same company that brought you the Grand Theft Auto series comes L.A. Noire. It’s a homage to film noir; think Dashiell Hammet’s The Maltese Falcon, or even the 2005 film Sin City. The game is set in 1940’s Los Angeles and you play as Cole Phelps (played by Mad Men’s Aaron Staton), an up and coming detective with a dark past. You follow his career as he works his way up through the ranks of the police department.

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You Should’ve Played This Game Last Year, But You Didn’t:

I don’t get a ton of time to play video games, so I have to be really selective with the games I do commit to play. Most of the time, however, it’s not the triple-A titles every one and their mom is playing, like the Assassin’s Creed’s, the Madden’s, the brand-new-shooter-that-looks-exactly-like-last-one-you-sold-back, etc. Not that there’s anything necessarily wrong with those games, I just couldn’t give two annual-released-shit’s about them. I tend to gravitate towards single-player games a lot of the time; I just enjoy playing games for their stories. Let’s be honest, most people don’t play triple-A games like Call of Duty for the story.

The fourth quarter of the calendar year is jam-packed with games, and it’s not hard for a gem to be buried underneath the annually rehashed blockbusters. I’ve spent my time working at a game store to know how bad this time can be, especially when deciding which game deserves your last $60 in this busy season. Last year I paid extra close attention to a game called Enslaved: Odyssey to the West, the second release from Heavenly Sword creators, Ninja Theory. The power Ninja Theory was able to convey with their facial animations had absolutely stunned me when Heavenly Sword was first released in 2007. Once I heard Andy Serkis (Lord of the Rings) was playing the main character, Monkey, and Alex Garland (28 Days Later) had helped pen the story loosely based on the old Chinese lore, Odyssey to the West, I was sold.

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