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Review: Bulletstorm

Developers – People Can Fly and Epic Games
Publisher – Electronic Arts
Available On – Playstation 3, XBOX 360, PC
Reviewed On – XBOX 360

Bulletstorm, developed by People Can Fly in conjunction with Epic Games, involves 26th century space pirate captain Grayson Hunt as he leads his crew into fatal consequences after a failed attempt for reparation. Hunt and his cohort (including Ishi Sato, Hunt’s cyborg AI partner in the campaign) defected from their previous work as soldiers oblivious to the fact that they were assassinating innocent people for corrupt officials. The crew eventually caught light of this, escaped and resorted to raiding, robbing and picking off inexperienced bounty hunters for a living. Fast forward to present day, Hunt and Sato have drawn short straws and are fighting for their lives on a planet full of murderous natives in hopes of escape and retribution along the way.

With Bulletstorm, People Can Fly aimed to create an experience similar to early first person shooter titles like Doom, Quake and even Duke Nukem Read more [+]

THQ Q1 2011 Preview

The fine folks at THQ Melbourne once again opened their doors to the Space Meat team for a preview of their upcoming and just launched titles. As usual we all had a great time hanging with our fellow Melbourne video game media and checking out what THQ had coming out in the near future.

Personally I went into this preview with not much knowledge and not a lot of interest but I was very pleasantly surprised by the quality of titles and as a jaded and busy critic I’m not that easily surprised.

Hit “more” for our first impressions of some of the latest THQ titles.

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NGP – Successor to Playstation Portable Announced.

Just now at Playstation Meeting 2011 held in Tokyo, CEO of Sony Computer Entertainment Kaz Hirai announced their “Next Generation Portable”, a successor handheld to the Playstation Portable.

Details are still coming out as the press meeting is underway but already confirmed are the much desired inclusion of two analogue sticks. A trailer played showing off many titles followed by an on-stage live demo of a portable Uncharted.

Specs confirmed so far include –

“dual analogs sticks, 5 inch OLED display, 3G and GPS, front and rear touchpads, electronic compass on 3 axes. Awesome iconography on the back.”

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In space, no one can hear you die.

They’ll hear me screaming from my lounge room though when Dead Space 2 is released this month. The first Dead Space scared the hell out of me with a well produced atmosphere presenting a creepy deep space action horror game filled with spooky sound, grotesque visuals and twisted aliens.

A new launch trailer has just hit in anticipation for the sequels release on 25/01/11, highlighting some of the action set pieces in store for Isaac Clarke’s descent back into a new nightmare of necromorphs. Oh and there’s multiplayer this time around too!

Review: Red Dead Redemption – Undead Nightmare DLC

Developer – Rockstar Games
Publisher – Rockstar Games
Available On – Playstation 3, XBOX 360
Reviewed On – XBOX 360

In the Western and Southern vicinity of the border, it’s time to nut up or shut up. Red Dead Redemption Undead Nightmare tells of John Marston’s plight against supernatural adversity as he strives to rid his family and the land from the clutches of the infectious undead. Right off the bat you’ll notice that Undead Nightmare plays like a homage to all of the B-Grade cheesy horror movies in the world, where the camp factor and ridiculousness are found in excess. As a result, this add-on serves as juxtaposition with the seriousness of the main Red Dead Redemption storyline, as it is not emotionally charged or solemn as a Western-influenced piece of fiction. However, being outright wacky and out of place works in Undead Nightmare’s favour, a luxury most video games can afford to have.

As you enter the beginning cutscene and into the farm at Beecher’s Hope Read more [+]

Review | 007: Blood Stone

Developer – Bizarre Creations
Publisher – Activision
Available On – Xbox 360 / Playstation 3
Reviewed On – Xbox 360

Two James Bond games hit the shelves this week, and rather unusually it’s the Wii exclusive one that’s got everyone excited. The other is this, Blood Stone. Bizarre Creations, the house that Project Gotham racing and Geometry Wars built’s first stab at crafting an action game since 2008’s super weird yet highly underrated The Club. How is it? Well pretty damn ‘meh’ unfortunately.

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Upcoming | BAM: Battle Arena Melbourne 2010 Oct 2 & 3

If you’re a lover of the crouch punch and spend your afternoons quarter-circling your way to victory, then you shouldn’t miss the second annual Battle Arena Melbourne fighting game tournament. Presented by CouchWarriors and sponsored by THQ, Madman Entertainment, and Sega Australia.

Battle Arena Melbourne
When: October 2 & 3
Where: CQ, Event Room 2, 123 Queen Street, Melbourne VIC 3000

The game line-up includes Super Street Fighter IV, Tekken 6, Blazblue Continuum Shift, Virtua Fighter 5, Soul Calibur 4, Street Fighter III: Third Strike, Super Smash Bros Brawl & Melee, plus DIY and Social play.

Check out the official site for all the info: http://bam.couchwarriors.org/

Review | Kane and Lynch 2: Dog Days

DeveloperIO Interactive
PublisherEidos
Available on – Xbox 360, PS3, PC
Reviewed on – Xbox 360

Having never played Kane and Lynch: Dead Men, Dog Days was an interesting introduction to “gaming’s two most notorious criminals“. The game’s multiplayer demo showed a lot of promise and I was quite looking forward to trying the full game. What I found was not at all what I was expecting. Read more [+]

Review: Green Day Rock Band

Developer – Harmonix Music Systems / Demiurge Studios
Publisher – EA
Available On – Xbox 360 / Playstation 3 / Wii
Reviewed On – Xbox 360

Because it was the obvious next step after The Beatles right?

Right?!

It’s almost moot to talk about these games at this point. Everyone out there seems to either be a die hard Rock Band fan or a dedicated Guitar Hero or they just have absolutely zero interest in plastic musical instrument games whatsoever, but whatever, we’re here so let’s talk about the latest full band rhythm game to hit the scene, Green Day: Rock Band. Read more [+]

The Mana Bar Expands!

Happy Days!

Any adult gamer that likes to get their drink on should have checked out the Mana Bar by now, with all the press and positive reception going on it’s hard not to hear about the nightlife bar taking over Brisbane’s Valley district with geeks getting into video games and custom themed drinks.

Well with all the raging success the venue’s team have announced that Mana Bar will be opening new locations in Melbourne, Sydney and internationally with local venues opening before the end of the year.

Basically they’re sticking it to any haters Read more [+]