From g4tv.com” Check out the entire Microsoft E3 2011 press conference video, including a ‘Halo 4′ trailer, ‘Modern Warfare 3′ and ‘Tomb Raider’ demos, plenty of new Kinect games, new Xbox Live television functionality, and much, much more.”
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From epicgamesinc “Cliff Bleszinski was joined onstage today at the Microsoft Press Event by actor and rapper, Ice-T. Before the demo, Cliff explained that the stronghold of Jacinto had fallen and the members of Delta Squad are on a boat that is under attack by a sea monster. As the presentation ended, Cliff and Ice announced that Ice-T’s band, Body Count, will be reuniting and recording a song for Horde Mode. Ice will also be lending his voice to Gears of War 3 as “Griffin”.”
Rush’N Attack: Ex-Patriots
Genre: Stealth Action
Developer: Vatra Games
Available: XBLA, PSN
What can I say about a game that looks like it could be the centerpiece at a rave? I can say that this game could give you one hell of a seizure (I know my eyes hurt after extended play); I could say the soundtrack offers some incredibly catchy tunes whilst traversing the ghost-filled mazes. However, the best thing to be said here is how this sequel has managed to take the initial formula from the previous Championship Edition and expand on it so well that among Pac-man games, this one easily stands on a class of it’s own. more »
On February 1, 2011, Activision released the first DLC to see the light of day for their latest blockbuster hit in the Call of Duty franchise. Black Ops shattered the world launch record with more than $650 M in sales following the first five days of its November release, while gamers and fan boys alike have been impatiently salivating for the first extension to be released through Xbox Live. So after a week of persistent red eye and an astounding 1,200 Microsoft points later (translated to $15), how did Activision deliver?
For starters, at $15 for a four map extension, I’d say it’s fair to accuse Microsoft of taking advantage of the title’s overwhelming success. One would think that charging 25% of the game’s on-shelf retail value would come with more than just a small bump in venue options and zombie maps. After all, most Xbox Live Arcade games rarely see a price tag so absurdly high, save for a few overly successful titles such as Braid, Castle Crashers, and Limbo. So what exactly does your $15 get you? more »
Curse of the Crescent Isle
Available: Xbox 360 Indie Games Marketplace
Overall score: 9
Curse of the Crescent Isle applies a blocky world to present a tale of a kingdom attacked by an evil figure. Not a new story; Curse of the Crescent Isle uses a premise that has been used time and time again. What freshens up this platformer is a switch of perspective that is a rarity. Even with a twist using a dated game design crates issues at times that can make this game a chore. Though every chore is rewarding and Curse of the Crescent Isle is no different.
A Warlock brings on the curse during the wedding of the Princess of the Crescent Isle and Prince of the Northern Isle. Though only meant for the King of the Crescent Isle, the King made a narrow escape that took away his kingdom and transformed his subjects into more »
Flash! Bang! Whoosh! this is what solving a puzzle feels like in the XBLA Indie game Steam Heroes. Developed by Tiamat Games and Projector Games for the Xbox 360, Steam Heroes puts a twist on the puzzle genre. While keeping with familiar game play similar of other puzzle games, but adding elements to create an intense experience. Where completing a stage in Steam Heroes is a kin to an insane victory in a battle. Set in the fictional Steam Land where Baron Von Smog and his evil minions are attempting to rule all of Steam Land. The Steam Heroes are set to disrupt Von Smog in 12 stages of color matching steam stomping.
Every stage in Steam Heroes is set up by a cut scene displaying the story out as a one panel comic. These are effective and give the player context for the game. Voice acting is used to not only give clarity, because word balloons can be difficult to read, but to even flesh out the characters. Game play consists of matching three or more game pieces to clear them from the game board. When this occurs the steam from the pieces will aid the heroes in battle. As a player is successful in matching game pieces the more successful the heroes will be. Forced by mechanics, players will have to be strategic in which pieces to clear. As specific steam/health bars need to be filled with a matching steam in order to keep playing. No time limit is in place because play time is determined from the player’s skill. Stage bosses will attack with, and without, special abilities against the heroes that will effect the game board and the many bars. Five in total displaying the heroes’ steam, the player’s health, and the enemy’s health. The problem with all these bars is also having to search a full game board for matches at the same instant. Unlike most puzzlers this one just keeps piling on the game pieces and never allows the player to breath. With so much to take account of a rush of sorts is born from the scramble of searching. Steam Heroes is a very active gaming experience that can be just as draining as any fast paced action game. Which is its strength and is complemented by a creative and aggressive world. more »