Archive for October, 2011

Batman,Gears 3 and DLC.

Posted: October 26, 2011 in Games

I’ve always been a huge fan of DLC, more is never a bad thing. Or is it? DLC normally consists of new maps for multi-player, new characters, new weapons or even new story content. Most of the time a game will be released and a few months down the line DLC will be announced and we’re all kept happy for a little while longer with some shiny new content for our favourite games. Now it seems game developers are getting lazy and just cutting things from the game and releasing that as DLC. For instance, the silverback in Gears 3 has rockets in the story mode, how hard is it really to keep that ability in horde mode? No? What’s that? Make people pay extra for it? Even the ones who paid £100 for the Epic edition? Yep. Brilliant. I’ve recently been severely pissed off by Batman: Arkham city. Don’t get me wrong, I love it. I’d probably go as far as to say that it’s my game of the year. The thing that pissed me off though is the fact that I purchased the collectors edition for £60, I received a statue of Batman, a code for a challenge map, the dark knight returns skin, a cartoon similar to Halo legends, the Batman soundtrack, an art book and of course the game itself.  Now, I didn’t even get a case! They just shoved the game it the back of the art book. The soundtrack isn’t a CD, it’s a piece of paper with a code on it. The challenge map is awesome though, it takes place in the the iceberg lounge where you come up against never ending waves of bad guy for Batman to beat to bloody pulp.

Robin is such a bender.

Robin. Robin is the little bender that’s pissed me off and here’s why. Buying the most expensive version of the game and not getting a code for a character who has his own maps and achievements that are already on the game is beyond frustrating, especially when my brother paid the normal price for the game and gets to play as Robin whilst I get to stroll around as an old, fat Batman! Here’s the kicker, I now have to wait until the 21st of November before parting with 560 Microsoft Points to use Robin and earn my chievos. Anyway, that’s enough of me rambling on about Batman. The point is that this is starting to happen with an awful lot of quality games and it’s getting old really fast. The next Gears 3 DLC has been announced however, and it sounds very promising.

RAAM’s back. See? His back.

The DLC consists of a three hour long campaign which is set soon after E-day. Gamers will play as Zeta Squad, which includes Michael Barrick from the Gears of War graphic novels, Minh Young Kim from Gears of War, Tai Kaliso from Gears of War 2 and new character Alicia Valera. General RAAM, the final boss of the original Gears of War, will also be playable. RAAM’s Shadow will be available on December 13th for 1,200 Microsoft Points. It will be free to anyone who purchased a Gears of War 3 season pass.

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By now most of you will have seen the game-play demo of Aliens: Colonial marines. If you haven’t, you can take a peek here. http://youtu.be/rBIpUEjFFHA

So far it’s looking pretty good, although, so was Duke Nukem Forever. It seems that Gearbox software have a way of sucking us in with their trailers and demos, only to disappoint with the final product. That said, the game could still come out on top. From what we’ve seen in the trailers, the game looks very similar to James Cameron’s Aliens, even thought it’s actually set shortly after the events of alien3.

Even the loader will be making an appearance.

Fans of the franchise will be pleased to know that the iconic Pulse rifles, the chilling scenery of LV-426 and the heart stopping sound of the motion tracker are all there. Speaking of the motion tracker, this game seems to implement it much more interestingly then that of Aliens vs Predator. Rather than constantly have the tracker in the corner of your screen like a radar or a map, to see it you have to manually switch between the motion tracker and your gun, similar to Doom when you would be switching between your gun and your flashlight. This sounds like it could create some really intense moments. Especially when playing with friends. One of you holding the motion tracker whilst trying to direct your pals in the direction of the ever nearing blip, and they’re shouting at you “where, I can’t see it!” Then boom, you’re all dead.  Awesome.

"God, I hope it's just a hamster."

The four player co-operative campaign will more than likely be the highlight of Aliens: Colonial marines, we’ve already seen this  year how this feature can make an average game into a great game with Dead island, so it’s definitely a welcome edition

Aliens has inspired some of video games greatest characters and weapons such as Halo’s Sergeant Johnson who is dangerously close to being Sergeant Apone’s clone and the assault rifle, which is basically the Pulse rifle. The fact Aliens: Colonial marines is based around this film means that it has a lot to live up to.

This game has been a long time coming  (just like the Duke) and is set to be on store shelves sometime next year. It’s defiantly looking good but still seems to be lacking the polish that a game this long in the making should have.

Are you excited about Aliens: Colonial marines? Or will you let this one pass you by?

Jim.

Gears of War 3 Fist DLC announced.

Posted: October 9, 2011 in Games

The first batch of Gears 3 DLC is set to be released on November 1st. The pack contains three new maps that can be used in Horde, Beast or privately hosted versus games. Also in the pack are three new characters, two weapon skin packs (Team Plasma and Jungle Camo) and new fortifications for Horde. The fortifications are the most interesting part of the DLC, adding  rockets to the Silverback, fire bolts to the sentry, a decoy that shoots back and the command center, a new fortification that allows you call in support from sniper teams, mortar strikes and even multiple hammers of dawn.

The new characters are none other than Dizzy Wallin in a trucker outfit, the Onyx Guard and Bernie.

The three new maps are:

Blood Drive
The Jacinto Medical Plaza was overwhelmed by evacuated citizens after the government-sanctioned Hammer Strikes, and the ensuing riots quickly turned this safe haven into a dangerous inferno. An abundance of high ground and funneled choke points make this map a returning favourite to Horde.

Rustlung
Once the pride of the Royal Tyran Navy, the foredecks of this decommissioned battleship are now riddled with bullet holes. Any team with the fortitude to hold the exposed central torpedo bay will find that the ship’s Loader has been replaced with a battle-ready Silverback mech suit.

Azura
This island resort was once the exclusive domain of Sera’s educated elite, but the tranquil water gardens and lush foliage have become a hotly contested combat zone. Dual snipers overlook a powerful explosive weapon, while the defensive central platform may be your last resort of retreat.

If you didn’t purchase the season pass the DLC will cost you a reasonable 800 msp.

Will you be getting the Horde command pack?

As I write this thousands of people are tearing up the beta of one of 2011’s most anticipated blockbusters. Battlefield 3 has been looking absolutely stunning over the past few months, but as I sat there watching the loading screen with a big, cheesy grin on my face just itching to get in on the action, I was oblivious to the fact that I was in for a huge disappointment. Battlefield 3 feels very unfinished, it’s glitchy, it’s buggy and worst of all, it just doesn’t feel like the Battlefield we all know and love.

They'll never find me down here!

Yes OK, some of the glitches are hilarious, but that’s not the point.  After you’ve seen them three or four times you start yearning for the realism of the old battlefields, you want to become sucked into the reality of those worlds and those realistic battlefield moments, because if they’re trying to make this game as close to reality as possible, then all soldiers are on acid.

Just like real life.

Apparently, we’re playing a six week old build so the game could be considerably more polished by now. I think for me it’s going to come down to the second map that Dice are going to release shortly. This map is supposable the battlefield we remember, with vast landscapes, lots of vehicular action and constant swearing and shouting about those damn snipers.

Have you played the Battlefield 3 beta? How did you get on with it? Did it make you cancel your pre-order? Or has it simply blown you away and fuelled your anticipation?  Let me know.

Jim.

I’m Jim, Read my blog!

Posted: October 8, 2011 in Uncategorized

Hi, I’m Jim.

Let me start by saying that I’m obviously new to this blogging thing, but I’ll give it my best shot.

I’m a huge fan of games, movies and, well, pretty much anything entertaining.  My blog will be mostly focused on games. Xbox games to be exact.

I’ll be posting news, updates and anything I consider interesing in the gaming world.

So keep an eye on my Twitter and Facebook if you wanna know what’s happening.

See you soon!