Medal of Honor: Warfighter

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

Sigh.

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 | Red VS Blue (Season 9)

It’s not often a team of people can create a machinima series and really make it work. Make it stick through so many years of episodes and content to the point where it crosses between games in a franchise and becomes a true part of the franchise itself. Continue reading Review | Red VS Blue (Season 9)

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

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: Grand Theft Auto IV: The Lost and Damned

Developer – Rockstar North
Publisher – Rockstar Games
Available On – XBOX 360 via Live Marketplace or retail redemption.
Reviewed On – XBOX 360

Sayonara the Slavs and strap on a leather jacket, it’s time to hit the streets of Liberty City in Rockstar’s first downloadable expansion for Grand Theft Auto IV – The Lost and Damned. Starring the biker gang ‘The Lost’ first seen in the original adventure, The Lost and Damned isn’t limited to the enthralling new story included but also adds new content such as multiplayer modes, weapons, music, reworked physics and much more.

Anti-hero and familiar face Johnny Klebitz stars Continue reading Review: Grand Theft Auto IV: The Lost and Damned

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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New GTA IV The Lost and Damned Trailer

With the release of Grand Theft Auto IV’s downloadable content The Lost and Damned next week Rockstar have released a new trailer starring all the new biker crew with a quick cameo from a familiar face.

It’s the second trailer and fifth video now for the XBOX 360 exclusive expansion with release scheduled for XBOX Live on February 17th at 1600 MS Points. Continue reading New GTA IV The Lost and Damned Trailer