METAL GEAR RISING: REVENGEANCE (2013) – PLATINUM GAMES
Here’s a dilemma for y’all to figure out: how do you create a new protagonist following in the footsteps of one of the most popular video game characters ever made and get people to like them? That was the scenario that Hideo Kojima faced when it was decided that Raiden should be the main playable character of MGS2 instead of Snake; fans were dismayed that they saw Snake relegated to a secondary character and Raiden took his fair share of abuse from critics. Kojima decided to rectify the situation in typically dramatic fashion; for by the time of MGS4 Raiden had become a badass cyber ninja able to stop a warship with one arm.
We are now just under a month away from what could potentially run away not only with the accolade of Game Of The Year, but Game Of The Generation – of course, its Rockstar’s magnum opus Grand Theft Auto V. And the achievement/trophy list has sneaked its way to the interwebs.
After a quick sneak peek, it immediately strikes me as being every bit as varied at GTA IV’s list; perhaps even more so. Rampages are making a welcome return from Vice City & San Andreas, and the inclusion of medals for missions confirms that the replay mission option from The Ballad Of Gay Tony & Red Dead Redemption will also be included. There’s also a pretty big emphasis on spending money – splashing out $200 million on investments including nuclear waste should be pretty good fun. Then there’s the miscellaneous ones that will cause the rumor mill to go into overdrive – spaceship parts? And is this Leonora Johnson a sly reference to Carl Johnson and his family from San Andreas?
The other thing that strikes me with the list is the emphasis on the mutliplayer component, Grand Theft Auto Online, which as we know from the reveal video this week won’t be up and running until two weeks after the game’s release. I personally found my brief time on GTA IV’s mutiplayer to be a painful experience, and hopefully it won’t be anyway near as hard accumulating XP to reach the higher levels this time around. At least they’ve included a focus on group activities such as heists, rally mode (which sounds like a hoot) and survival to make the online experience more enjoyable for all.
If you want a gander at the full list, simply click the link below. Time to settle in for a long month of waiting…
Five years after its initial release, Metal Gear Solid 4 remains one of the crowning glories of what the PS3 is capable of. It is however one of those titles which sadly, due to the personal lack of a PS3, has passed me by for several years. Happily, a friend of mine invited me to play the game over a series of weekends at the end of last year so I could see exactly what I’ve missed. The result was quite the experience, but even now as I write this review I can’t decide on what description best represents Hideo Kojima’s masterpiece – is it one of the most ambitious games ever made, or is it a Hollywood film with occasional player interaction? Continue reading Old Man Snake Still Has The Moves – Metal Gear Solid 4 Review→
Welcome everyone, to the first of what I hope will become an annual event on this blog – my review of the gaming industry in the year that was 2011. On a personal note, it has been a pleasure to have consistently updated this blog throughout the year, and thank you to everyone who has supported it via constructive criticism, or even things as simple as comments and views – I hope to continue in a positive form next year. But alas, the world is bigger than myself, and that is what the focus is in this article.
It wouldn’t be a massive exaggeration to claim that this has been the biggest year for games in ages, certainly since the release of the Nintendo Wii in 2006. The overall calibre of games has been on a notable rise this year, with a handful becoming instant classics, and the industry as a whole has advanced even further to consolidate its place as a genuine rival to the other great entertainment mediums such as film. That is not to say the year has been devoid of mistakes and mess-ups; amongst the success stories, there are a quite a few cock-ups that are well worth mentioning. Continue reading Dazcooke’s Video Game Land Review Of 2011→
I have a confession to make – every September, around the end of the month, I suffer from an intense moment of madness. Basically, what I do is pop into my local gaming store, put £40 down on the desk, and demand a copy of the brand new FIFA. Every year I tell myself ‘what’s the point, you happily played the last game for a year, why get essentially an upgrade?’ – over the last four years however, the decision has been a bit easier to stomach each time. FIFA (since its jump to the 7th generation of consoles) has trounced the once mighty Pro Evolution Soccer, and each iteration since FIFA 09 has steadily improved on a very solid recipe. That’s why this September I had no qualms about paying for the latest edition, FIFA 12.
Now as a general rule of thumb, I do not write full reviews for football games, but I have spent so much time on the game recently that it would be a shame to give it a short excerpt and call it a day. FIFA 12 can be initially a massive headache even for the most experienced players, but once you learn to play the game and respect the new changes, it rewards you will possibly the best footballing experience one can get on a console, and one that I cant see being matched for quite a while. Continue reading The Beautiful Game At Its Best – FIFA 12 Review→
Here’s a quick roundup of some of the big news stories from this week in the gaming world
Positive news for Sony this week – in Europe the PS3 has just passed the 22 million units sold mark (making up roughly 40% of the overall number of PS3’s sold since its launch in 2006). The recent price cuts have only helped to spur people to buy the PS3, which had a very sluggish start to its life but has really picked up the pace on the Xbox 360 over the past two years as its games catalogue increases. In fact, the PS3 is the best selling console of the year thus far, even with the PSN hack scandal that dominated the headlines a few months ago.
Sonic CD is the latest game of the Sonic The Hedgehog franchise to be updated for the new generation. Originally released in 1993 on the Sega CD system (and marking the first appearance of both Metal Sonic and Amy Rose), the updated version will include widescreen graphics, achievements, and the original Japanese soundtrack. It will be hitting all systems this coming Winter. Sonic CD is often considered one of the better Sonic games with its interesting time travel dynamics, and perhaps this re-release will give it the success that it failed to achieve on the doomed Sega CD system.
Crytek recently made their highly impressive CryEngine3 free for people to download, and it seems that it has been quite the success with over 100,000 downloads recorded within a week of it becoming it available to the public. Just remember, if you make a game commercially available using the engine, Crytek will ask for 20% of the revenue – otherwise, go nuts and create some crazy games as you wish
Kinect Star Wars has been delayed by Microsoft, and will not be making the Christmas rush it seems. I can only assume they realised that the game is horribly broken and have decided to fix the thing before the punters can buy it. LucasArts, please just give it up and make Battlefront 3 already.
And finally, some clever gamers managed to get a recording of the FIFA 12 demo in action at Gamescom, and in doing so showed off the ratings for the players of the six demo teams. If they make it to the final version of the game, then it will mark a departure from 90 being the highest threshold a player can reach – Messi is a frankly unbelievable 95 in the demo, and the rest of the teams similarly have some very highly rated players (Tevez is an 88 for City, and Fabregas a 89 for Arsenal…before he moved of course). You can check all the player ratings from the demo via this video.
A few more stories of note broke after I posted my roundup from the first day of GamesCom, summarised here for your reading entertainment.
The major news from Sony’s conference (for me at least), was hardware related; I commented in my news roundup from yesterday that a new PSP model was on the way, soon after this it was confirmed that the PS3 will be getting a price cut in the UK. You will be able to purchase a PS3 Slim soon for £199, putting it more in line with the Xbox 360. Good to see Sony slashing prices, but has it come perhaps a year or two too late?
Operation Rainfall, the campaign to get three Japanese RPG’s for the Wii released in America and Europe has been a great success. Xenoblade Chronicles is set for release on Friday here in the UK, and while the other two games had already been confirmed for American release, we got news today that The Last Story and Pandora’s Tower will indeed be arriving in Europe sometime in 2012. It’s a win-win situation all round; as the Japanese companies and Nintendo make some profit, gamers get three well received games (especially Mistwalker’s Last Story, which breaks from the RPG mould by introducing third person shooting and cover mechanics), and the Wii gets a good set of games to finish up with rather than dying with a whimper.
Nintendo still reckon the Wii has life left in it yet though, and announced a new streamlined Wii which is set to be released in a bundle pack in time for the Christmas rush. The new version of the Wii (which kind of resembles the Wii U in its design) will be bundled with Wii Play and Wii Sports, but for whatever stupid reason will NOT have compatibility with Nintendo Gamecube games or accessories. This makes no sense to me; if you are looking to buy a Wii this Christmas, just get a standard one that had price cuts a while back before E3, as that does have Gamecube compatibility and will be bundled with Wii Sports or Mario Kart anyway.
We finally have a release date for The Legend Of Zelda: Skyward Sword. You can buy it from the 18th November, placing it slap bang in the middle of everything else that is being released – I’m sure Zelda fans will not be deterred by this one bit. For a full list of everything scheduled to come to Nintendo consoles soon, check this handy article courtesy of CVG.com.
Good stuff all round then, seems like gaming will be an affordable option for this Christmas.
I do not own a PS3, and so generally I do not follow too much news on the system; every now and again a great PS3 exclusive like Little Big Planet or Uncharted will pique my interest, but usually I tend to focus on news within the world of the Xbox 360. However, over the last few days the news of problems with the PSN network has been too widespread for me to ignore.
From what I can gather, something or someone external to the system has caused the PSN Network to crash, meaning that millions of PS3 owners have been unable to get online for four days and use the many features that the PS3 offers, such as television and film streaming. This is after Sony claimed that the system was undergoing maintenance. The head of communications for Playstation, Patrick Seybold, has recently said that the problem is ‘much more severe’ that initially thought, and that ‘we are working around the clock to bring it back online’. The group of hackers, Anonymous (who have a beef with Sony), have not claimed responsibility for the problems with the network.
I know that several of my friends have a PS3 because of the attraction to what the PSN Network offers: allowing gamers to play online for free, stream the BBC IPlayer and LoveFilm, and download classics from the PSOne store amongst them. The problems with the network must feel like a kick in the balls to them as a result, especially considering a few of them are itching to go online with Portal 2 and try out the co-op mode. It’s not the first time that the PSN Network has gone down as well, and it makes me wonder as someone external to the PS3 community as to how stable a service it is, considering that Xbox Live is for the most part bullet-proof. I also find it ironic that this week Microsoft have offered a free gold upgrade to all its members for a week to experience what their service offers. Sabotage on Microsoft’s behalf perhaps?
Overall, it’s a shame to see PS3 owners suffer from something that is beyond their control, and for their sake I would like to see the PSN Network back up to normal soon. In the meantime, I think I’ll just pop onto Live for an hour or two