Rockstar Games recently announced in and amongst the insane fuss over GTA V that Vice City, one of the coolest and best games ever created in my humble opinion, would be heading to portable devices before the end of the year. However, at that time they feigned to tell us when they would be released – well now we know. On December 6th, you can carry the essence of the 1980’s in your pocket for the sum of $4.99
Rockstar have said that the game “brings the full experience of GTA: Vice City to mobile devices, with native high-resolution graphics and several enhancements unique to the iOS and Android platforms”. These include “updated character models and lighting effects, new and more precise firing and targeting options, a fully customizable control layout and native support for Retina display devices”.
Every now and again, when a game is being developed those involved in the process like to have a bit of fun, and add items and references that one may not necessarily encounter in a standard playthrough. These hidden things have come to be known as Easter Eggs in games, and often times our pervading memories of a game are the strange things that you can encounter that the developers subtly added to the mix – whether they be humorous, informative or a dig at other developers, its always a rewarding process to find such things. There have been a multitude of Easter Eggs popping up in games over the years, and what better time to celebrate the best of them than Easter – the festival of eating chocolate eggs. Below is my personal top ten favourite Easter Eggs that I have encountered in a game. Continue reading Top Ten…Easter Eggs In Gaming→
Hello everyone – It’s good to be finally be home again with my family having just finished the semester at University, as it means I can do a bit more journalism in my free time. The following is a roundup of some interesting news and deals from the last few days…
Usually, Steam are pretty generous on their deals and offers – not a day goes by when there isn’t at least something on offer. This Christmas however, they have gone berserk. From today up until the 1st January, there is a simply enormous catalogue of games of every genre on offer, including sensational deals on individual games (Portal 2 is £5 today….that’s an absolute steal) and packs of games from the likes of Bethesda, Rockstar, Square Enix and of course Valve. The deals will change every day, so be sure to keep checking back regularly. The real big news on Steam however is the Great Gift Pile promotion. By completing various challenges every day, you will earn free games, vouchers, or a piece of coal. Don’t despair if you get some coal however though, because it’s the entry to the Epic Holiday Giveaway – top prize: EVERY GAME ON STEAM. Best clear out some hard drive space and pray then people.
Microsoft has also waded into the murky waters of deals, with their annual 12 Days Of Christmas promotion, where each day one Xbox Live Arcade game will be discounted for the day. Today it’s the turn of Bastion, one of the big winners at the recent VGA awards – its yours for 600 MS Points. Major Nelson has also posted up details about some permanent deals that will be running through the 12 days as well, and you can check the details via this link.
If you bought a 3DS early, the long awaited Game Boy Advance games for Ambassadors are now available for you to download for free. The list, which will probably offer more playability than the earlier NES Ambassador games, are as follows and are available via the E-Shop on your 3DS
– F-Zero: Maximum Velocity
– Super Mario Advance 3
– The Legend Of Zelda: The Minish Cap
– Fire Emblem: The Sacred Stones
– Kirby & The Amazing Mirror
– Mario Kart: Super Circuit
– Mario vs. Donkey Kong
– Metroid Fusion
– Wario Land 4
– WarioWare Inc
The long awaited Star Wars: The Old Republic, the biggest MMO to be released in years, finally goes on sale today. About 1 million lucky people have been playing early due to pre-order incentives, and it will now remain to be seen whether or not BioWare’s effort can dislodge World Of Warcraft from its lofty perch. I won’t be getting it personally as my laptop will not run it, however I have quite a few friends who have jumped on board, and I may be able to get first thoughts from them in a few days time.
Finally, the best selling game at Christmas in the UK has been announced, and for the first time in eight years it is not an EA or Activision title – it’s The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, capping off an incredible year for Bethesda’s behemoth. The title of Christmas King has been dominated by Call Of Duty and Need For Speed over the last decade, and Skyrim has become the first game to break the run – the last title was the wonderful Grand Theft Auto: Vice City which ruled the roost in 2002.
Good day everyone – I’m currently in a library and taking a break from my work; time for a news update on all things gaming methinks.
We start with a game that has been anticipated for quite some time now – Batman: Arkham City. As I write this article the game has become available on European shores, and if the reviews that have been flying around for it are any indication, it may well be sold out by the end of the day. It currently holds an unbelievable average score of 95 on Metacritic, four points ahead of its nearest competitors this year (in the form of Gears Of War 3, FIFA 12 and the ICO/Shadow Of The Colossus HD Collection) – all the more stunning when you realise that Arkham City is only the third game that Rocksteady Studios have ever produced. It may well be the case however that it soon gets knocked back a peg on the Metacritic scale – early reviews for Uncharted 3 have hinted at 97%, and The Legend Of Zelda: Skyward Sword has earned a ridiculous 98% in a Nintendo publication. Seems I might have to readjust my scoring system again soon to deal with such high figures of praise.
Bioware confirmed via its Twitter account today that Mass Effect 3 will be getting a demo in January 2012, showing off both elements of single and multiplayer action. It will be nice to see how the new multiplayer modes work before committing oneself to the purchase of the full game, and it has been heavily hinted at a beta as well. Considering the recent success of the Battlefield 3 open beta test, EA would be fools not to implement it
The Soul Calibur series is well known for allowing characters from other series into its fighting action – Link turned up in Soul Calibur 2, and Yoda & Darth Vader showed up to kick ass and take names in Soul Calibur 4. And now, Ubisoft have got in on the action by letting Ezio Auditore of the Assassins Creed series make his way into the upcoming Soul Calibur 5. You can watch Ezio pull off some sweet moves in this official trailer video.
A while back, I did a quick and informal review for the Sonic Generations demo that was available for a limited time on both PSN and the Xbox Live Marketplace. Well, now Sega have come back with a new and improved demo, that not only allows you to play as Classic Sonic in the Green Hill Zone again, but offers a new 3D take on the level as well as Modern Sonic rips up the course.
Early sales reports show that FIFA 12 has outsold PES 2012 by a factor of 25 to 1 on a like-for-like opening weekend. How the times have changed…
Guess what PS3 fans? You have ANOTHER HD collection coming your way! Confirming the rumours floating around, the Devil May Cry series is to indeed get the now standard HD update with trophy and achievement support. I guess this is as much to drive up anticipation for the series reboot, DmC, as it is to make profit. And while it will be nice to play DMC3 again (the only one I ever got my hands on), the more collections get confirmed the more I lose my faith that there is a sense of originality currently floating around the industry – the PS2 – (and only God knows how) isn’t even out of production yet, and yet we are getting so many remakes. That said, I would pay good money to have Vice City updated….
Finally, to all those who were perhaps a bit unsatisfied by the storyline in Gears Of War 3, here is some news that might perk you up – the first piece of campaign DLC takes place before the original Gears Of War, and you get to play as General RAAM – you know, the ugly bastard that took so long to kill on Insane mode, with Kryll shields and all. I’m easily impressed, and have to say that this sounds like an ace proposition. ‘RAAM’s Shadow’ will be available exclusively on the Xbox Live Marketplace for 1200 points on December 13th 2011.
That’s your lot for now, and if you have picked up either Arkham City or the newly released Football Manager 2012, I hope you have an enjoyable weekend. I leave you with the 1960’s Batman theme as celebration. NA NA NA NA NA NA NA NA NA…….
(First published on Gamepad Magazine, 9th November 2010)
GRAND THEFT AUTO: VICE CITY (2002) – ROCKSTAR
There can be no denying that when GTA3 was released on the PS2, it represented a new major advancement in the gaming industry: the realisation of a sandbox game where you could go anywhere and do virtually anything. The ability to move around a massive area such as Liberty City and do as you please left a tremendous impact on gamers, who naturally demanded more. It would be Rockstar who upped the ante even further with Vice City a few years later. The GTA series is always held in high acclaim, and Vice City is easily one of the finest installments. By taking the revolutionary gameplay created in GTA3 and putting it into an 80’s storyline, Rockstar created an absolute genius game. Continue reading ‘It Was Acceptable In The 80’s…’ – GTA Vice City Review→