Medal of Honor: Warfighter

Medal of Honor: Warfighter
Developer: Danger Close
Publisher: EA
Available on: PS3, Xbox 360, PC
Reviewed on: Xbox 360 & PC


Well here it is folks, EA’s latest multi-million dollar ‘hey we’re cool like COD’ shooter. Yes EA has made it incredibly easy to be cynical about their big releases what with their corporate attitude & business practices both being what they are, but despite all that is Medal of Honor: Warfighter worth a look?

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Review: Mass Effect 3

Developer: Bioware
Publisher: Electronic Arts
Available on: Windows, PS3, Xbox 360
Reviewed on: Xbox 360

When it comes to expectations on a video game few compare to the anticipation of Mass Effect 3. The Mass Effect series is now revered among gamers with a place in history and a large dedicated fan base. Now with Mass Effect 3 comes the final conclusion– does it live up to the hype?

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Review: Asura’s Wrath

Developer: CyberConnect2/Capcom
Publisher: Capcom
Available on: PS3, Xbox 360
Reviewed on: PS3

Asura’s Wrath was a game I’d little followed since its announcement as generally I hold little interest in games so intensely ‘Japanese’, so when a review copy fell into my lap I ventured into the experience largely blind. This is a rare thing for me and something I’m starting to really appreciate in this age of perpetual hype and teasers upon teasers leading up to release, but I digress.

You are Asura, one of eight generals in the demi-god army of some-such, defending the space Karma Fortress against the impure Gohma who are disliked for their impurity or something. Continue reading Review: Asura’s Wrath

Review | Battlefield 3

Developer – DICE
Publisher – Electronic Arts
Available On – PC, PS3, XBOX 360
Reviewed On – PC, XBOX 360

Going toe-to-toe with the biggest FPS franchise in history is no small feat, but EA have certainly brought it big time with Battlefield 3. Exploding into the holiday season right alongside direct competition, this is the best time of the year for FPS fans. Sticking true to the series’ formula Battlefield 3 is bringing back huge scale online open warfare as players do battle on foot, in tanks, vehicles, jets and choppers with a big array weaponry all across large new maps.

Sporting the updated Frostbite 2 engine Continue reading Review | Battlefield 3

Review: Dead Space 2

Developer – Visceral Games
Publisher – Electronic Arts
Available On – XBOX 360, PS3, Windows
Reviewed On – XBOX 360

Space is a pretty scary place. There’s no oxygen, not much light, and it seems every time we make progress in exploring the deeper voids we uncover a brutal alien civilization destined to make harvest of the human race. This is Isaac Clarke’s peril, or, it was in the original Dead Space. Now things have gotten a little more severe.

Three years after the original events on board the spaceship Ishimura, Isaac finds himself struggling to overcome crippling dementia as a result of his original terrifying encounter with Continue reading Review: Dead Space 2

Gran Turismo 5: Go-Kart Mode

Mario Kart who? Okay, that’s going a bit far, but nonetheless – here we are. Go-karts in the upcoming Gran Turismo 5.

Funnily enough, it’s not all that surprising, really. Most, if not all professional racing drivers get their on-track start in go-karts, even as young adults. So making the genre available in GT5 is, in its own way, a bit of a given.

GT5 is expected to hit shelves internationally on November 2. Hold onto your shit.

Review: Street Fighter IV

Developer – CAPCOM
Publisher – CAPCOM
Available On – XBOX 360, Playstation 3, PC
Reviewed On – XBOX 360 & Playstation 3
Official Site – Street Fighter IV

For ten long years fans have been waiting, through countless spin-offs and alterations on past titles to all sorts of ports and remakes, Street Fighter has had a long history in the arcade and on home consoles. Though the series has seen such a legacy there are some underlying foundations that remain right through to this latest installment, with a vibrant art style and wonderful characters, combos and controls all within a solid technical fighting game that can be learned in a day or mastered in a lifetime.

At its core Street Fighter IV is recognisable and instantly playable by anyone who has handled the earlier games. Two fighters duke it out on a 2D plane with a variety of combos and abilities unique to each character, with most abilities performed just the same as before. The combos can range from the simple to the absurd, and as each is custom tailored to a character a steep learning curve exists for anyone wanting to gain the skill to step into the online arena.

Street Fighter IV will feel familiar, for sure, but anyone expecting to simply carry across past skills without respect for new abilities such as the Focus Attack and Revenge Ultra will definitely end up paying the price. Continue reading Review: Street Fighter IV

Review: Saints Row 2

Developer – Volition
Publisher – THQ
Available On – XBOX 360, Playstation 3, PC
Reviewed On – XBOX 360

It’s hard to review or discuss a title like Saints Row 2 and not compare it to the likes of Grand Theft Auto IV. On the surface they seem near identical, both molding gameplay genres together to create a surreal blend of third person driving and shooting action. They both tell a tale of gangs and guns through the eyes of a hardened criminal, looking to fight his way through city filled with violence and corruption. They even both have a similar city setting, allowing player freedom to pick and choose quest paths through a sprawling urban landscape. The game feels oddly familiar, but when one delves deeper into Saints Row 2 the numerous additions and changes to the genre become more apparent alongside a seemingly intentional contrast to the realistic maturity of Grand Theft Auto IV. Never taking itself too seriously, Saints Row 2 is a refreshing take on the genre that continually entertains with a blend of immature action-based fun alongside a well developed and exciting story.

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Battlefield Bonanza!

Electronic Arts seemed to have their hands busy with the closed BETA for their upcoming free to play ‘cartoon shooter’ Battlefield Heroes, which has so far seen over 100,000 signatures of eager gamers trying to get into the next online FPS experience early.

Re-structuring old gameplay around the same familiar Battlefield mechanics, Battlefield Heroes looks to be a blast for a free download on PC with a colourful art style and unique features such as special character abilities and customization options and even an optional third person camera view.

With Battlefield Heroes scheduled for release around April, it’s only the beginning of the Battlefields to come with Electronic Arts announcing another two Battlefield titles. Both scheduled for release this year, console gamers can look forward to Battlefield: Bad Company 2 continuing the story of the original console hit with a series of updates; as well as Battlefield 1943 – a remake of the classic Battlefield 1942 for XBOX 360, Playstation 3 as well as PC.

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Final Fantasy XIII – Dating & Waiting

The announcement in 2006 of the next installment in the Final Fantasy series has had gamers palpitating for quite some time. Since the announcement updates have been scarce, with a few trailers leading to incorrect assumptions over the past years on a release date for the western world. For some 2009 seemed certain, after the Tokyo Game Show trailer in October last year featured a release date saying so. It seems this advice was elusively specific, relating to a Japanese release only.

Square Enix have announced their 2009 western release projection that does not include Final Fantasy XIII (Gamespot reports) leaving April 2010 as the earliest possible release point for Final Fantasy XIII outside of Japan.

Well, now the wait begins. Though Square Enix aren’t about to disappoint so many dying fans and leave them with nothing, as alongside the undesirable news Continue reading Final Fantasy XIII – Dating & Waiting