2012 – a year that promised much, and will no doubt go down in the textbooks as one of the most interesting years of modern times. The Olympics offered a summer of sporting enjoyment in Britain, a Korean man dancing like a horse became the most popular thing the internet has ever churned out, and the world didn’t end as predicted by ancient calendars running out. Each point to their own a notable landmark I guess.
And so what of the world of videogames? It was an enviable task set for this year by the exploits of 2011; a year where games reached levels of exceptional quality in some cases. 2012 was a horrifically clichéd year in that some things were very good, and some things very poor. Below is my run through the year; I’ve broken away from looking specifically at the big three companies in detail to allow some more room for analysis, and to keep the points a bit shorter for reading purposes. Continue reading Dazcooke’s Video Game Land Review Of 2012→
We are coming to the end of August, which means that the autumnal and winter seasons will soon hit us. While this is bad news for anyone currently in the middle of a holiday or fans of sunny weather, it means that we are slowly but surely moving towards the most exciting time of the year for gaming. The end of year schedule for games being released last year was nothing short of ridiculous, and while this year isn’t quite as filled to the gills with AAA titles, there are a few big hitting games that you will be enjoying soon enough. Last year. I wrote an article proclaiming the 20 games that I was most looking forward to, and in a very lazy show of journalism I am going to repeat the process…only this time I’ve narrowed my selection down to just 10 games after realising that I barely played many of the games I mentioned in the last list. So without further ado, here are the games that I am most looking forward to in the next few months. Continue reading Dazcooke’s Top 10 Most Anticipated Games For Winter 2012→
And so the dust has finally settled on the main conferences at the Electronic Entertainment Expo; over the last two days Microsoft, EA, Ubisoft, Sony and Nintendo have all held their annual E3 media pitches. As with last year, I was furiously typing all the way through the conferences making notes, and below is my quick round up of all the relevant stuff from the two days. Continue reading E3 2012: Notes From The Five Conferences And Reaction→
I must begin this article with an apology. It’s been quite a few hectic weeks for me – deadlines and exams, finishing off society work, and in the last few days the sun has decided to burn Britain to a crisp so there has been much socialising to do. Alongside this, I’ve been writing up my next project for the blog, which should come to fruition over the next week or so. All of this means that news updates have been somewhat non-existent. To make up for this, I deliver to you a very short and sharp news blitz:
After a slight lull in big titles through March and April, the big hitters came back in force during May. Rockstar Games Max Payne 3 has a fine average of 87 on Metacritic, and despite some massive game errors at launch Diablo 3 has earned the record of being the fastest selling PC game ever, shifting 3.5 million copies on the day of release.
Alongside the big releases, some games have been delayed though – the latest casualty to join Bioshock: Infinite in 2013 is DmC, the reboot of the Devil May Cry franchise. The game will now be released on January 18th 2013 worldwide.
The boxart for Halo 4 has been revealed. I like it
Those of us who have played the hell out of The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim may be surprised to learn that Bethesda are still adding new features to the game. Alongside the usual raft of bug fixtures, the 1.6 patch will finally allow you to swing a weapon while riding a horse, allowing for mounted combat; a feature that has been a long time coming in my opinion.
In a double whammy for Persona lovers, Persona 4: Arena has been confirmed for a European release on both PS3 and Xbox 360, and the opening for Persona 4: Golden (the enhanced remake of the magnificent original game set for release on the PS Vita) was popped onto Youtube last night. The animation was done by the studio, Madhouse, who are experts in the field – check it out via this link.
Finally, this year marks the 25th anniversary of one of the most loved franchises in gaming: Street Fighter. And to celebrate, Capcom have put together a tantalising Collector’s Edition set for release on September 18th in America for $150. For your money you get quite a bit: Super Street Fighter II Turbo HD Remix, Street Fighter III 3rd Strike Online Edition, Super Street Fighter IV Arcade Edition and Street Fighter X Tekken(all playable on PS3 and Xbox 360), a two-disc Blu-Ray set which includes a documentary and the Street Fighter IV & Super Street Fighter IV Anime movies as well as all episodes of the Street Fighter animated series and Street Fighter II: The Animated Movie, a 8” light-up statue of Ryu, an 11-Disc Soundtrack, a 64-page Hardcover Art Book, and a replica of Ryu’s martial arts belt. Sold!
So what you got to look forward to in the next few weeks? I’ll be travelling down to London tomorrow for the annual MCM Expo, and I hope to get some hands on time with a few of the games being showcased there, including Lollipop Chainsaw which is getting its first UK showing – if I find anything cool, expect a report on Monday. And as promised, hopefully my latest project should begin next week as well, as I count down the ’20 Games That Changed The World’. In the meantime, enjoy the blue skies and sunny weather
First of all, Halo 4 has an official release date of November 6th 2012, meaning we will be taking the role of Master Chief once more in the month where Call Of Duty usually lands as well. And now, the next God Of War game has also been confirmed by Sony after a leak on the internet yesterday (seriously, you would think these leaks are getting planned nowadays with the sheer amount of them). Called God Of War: Ascension, a teaser trailer yesterday showed the protagonist Kratos looking to break free of chains, with the voiceover suggesting it will be a prequel to the original God Of War.
Finally, you need to buy Trials: Evolution – it’s fantastic. Nab it now for 1200 points on Xbox Live.
P.S Keep your eyes out for some more reviews in the near future.
How does one follow up the most profitable week in the gaming industry ever in the UK? Near to £121,000,000 worth of games were sold last week – having six blockbuster games released this week, including The Legend Of Zelda: Skyward Sword, Assassins Creed: Revelations and Saints Row: The Third, might just be able to make up for it methinks. It has been yet another glorious week for gaming, so let’s go right ahead and delve into the most interesting stories of the week.
So about those enormous sales figures…well, unsurprisingly a lot of that income was made up by Call Of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 – a cool £83.1 million to be precise – and the game made over $400 million in just 24 hours across the world following its release, becoming the third game in consecutive years to have the ‘biggest entertainment launch ever’…..following Black Ops ($360 million) and Modern Warfare 2 ($310 million). The Elder Scrolls: Skyrim managed to make up a big chunk of the remaining money, shipping over 7 million units and become the highest played game on Steam, along with Battlefield 3 which continues to sell strong since its release. The releases haven’t been entirely successful however; owners of MW3 discs have been complained of disc read errors on the Xbox 360, and people looking to play Skyrim on the PS3 have found they get crippling lag if a save file goes over 5MB in size. Expect the issues to be resolved soon via patching.
This past Tuesday marked 10 years since the release of Microsoft’s original Xbox, and indeed the release of Halo: Combat Evolved. They have been celebrating in style (throwing in a free Avatar gift – get it while it lasts), and I hope to produce an editorial soon looking back at 10 years of Microsoft consoles in the industry, and the pivotal games that have helped it become a major player next to Sony and Nintendo
There has been a huge controversy surrounding Super Mario 3D Land this week, after PETA (People For Ethical Treatment Of Animals) criticised the game for its use of the famous Tanooki suit (the Tanuki being a real life dog that is skinned alive for its furs), and retaliated by released a Flash game on their website called ‘Super Tanooki Skin 2D’, where you play as a skinned Tanooki and try and catch Mario who is flying away with your skin. I find it utterly bizarre – for one thing, the flash game is actually quite playable, but why make a game that glorifies the thing you are campaigning against? Weird. PETA have since come out and told Mario fans to chill, but I get the feeling that Nintendo will be pretty pissed off with them
343 Industries have confirmed that Halo 4 will not be appearing on the next generation Xbox, and will be a purely Xbox 360 affair. This comes after rumours have intensified over the last week or two that Microsoft are preparing for the next generation console to be revealed at some point during early 2012.
That’s about it as far as headline news goes for this week. On a personal note, I’ve had another relatively successful week – all my work got handed in amongst furious Skyrim playtime, and I was invited to do a piece on gaming this Winter for the community radio station located on my University campus, Siren FM. It was nothing spectacular, but it was well received, and marks the first time I’ve done radio for years; I’ll try and get the audio off of the sound guys so you can all have a listen. I also managed to win the FIFA 12 Tournament we held at the Lincoln Gaming Society, keeping my good run of fortune with the game going.
Now then, run along young ones, and if you are settling down for a weekend with any new releases (or any game I suppose), I hope you have a blast.