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Grand Theft Auto V trailer!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Oh Yes!!

The wait’s over. And with a tear in my eye, I introduce to you the beautiful thing that will be GTA V.

I for one can’t wait to go back to San Andreas.

Check out the trailer below. Continue reading Grand Theft Auto V trailer!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

New American Reunion trailer!

American Reunion
The gang's all here!

I loved the American Pie films, the real ones, not those direct-to-video spin-offs with Stifler’s brother.

This sequel, featuring the original cast all grown up, looks like it’s going to be a lot of fun.

Check out the trailer below. Continue reading New American Reunion trailer!

Battlefield 3: PC Review

Battlefield 3
Modern Warfare

I’ve been playing the Battlefield series since Battlefield 1942. BF:1942 was the game that really got me into multiplayer gaming. Unlike the Quakes and Unreal Tourneys, you could actually get to the top of the score table without firing a shot thanks to the use of a bit of stealth in conquest mode. This extra bit of depth, along with all those lovely vehicles to play with, served to elevate the series above id and Epic’s multiplayer offerings.

Battlefield 2 took things further, with Battlefield developer, DICE, further refining the gameplay (and increasing the accuracy of the weapons) into a modern combat experience that was, at the time, without peer. Even though I’m sci-fi nut, Battlefield 2042 with its futuristic setting took things a bit too far, if you ask me. I just didn’t get on with it. Continue reading Battlefield 3: PC Review

Vic B’Stard’s week(s) in review: Batman, Holy Terror, Kinect Sports: Season Two, Battlefield 3 veteran status.

Vic B'Stard
Busy. Do not disturb!

After Bat-week , a long weekend here in New Zealand , a little bit of intellectual property drama and me being too busy in Arkham City to write anything, State of Play returns to normal. Well sort of, as best it can in this game encrusted run-up to the Christmas holiday. 

Even though I’m still getting down and dirty with Batman in Arkham City and taking Battlefield 3 through its paces, my attention is turning towards the next triple A title, Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception which launches in little over a week’s time, exciting stuff. After Nathan Drake’s outing we then have Modern Warfare 3, Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim and Assassin’s Creed Revelations. Busy, busy, busy.

Anyhoo, with two weeks work of goings on to summarise, I’d better get cracking. Continue reading Vic B’Stard’s week(s) in review: Batman, Holy Terror, Kinect Sports: Season Two, Battlefield 3 veteran status.

Vic B’Stard @Game Culture NZ

Vic B'Stard
Credit where credit’s due.

Due to an administration error, my writing credits got removed from the articles that I wrote on the Game Culture NZ website and accidentally credited to another author.

As I did the writing for free, having the author credit is pretty much the only reward I got for the job, so it was important for me to get the situation sorted out as soon as possible. Apparently the stuff-up was due to me being removed as a contributor to the site; other commitments making me unable to continue writing for them on a regular basis.

Continue reading Vic B’Stard @Game Culture NZ

Uncharted 3: The Hero’s Journey

Uncharted 3
Nathan Drake: hero...or mass murderer?

Sony go all Joseph Campbell on our ass with a new Uncharted 3 related video that asks “what is a Hero”.

As a tie-in to the upcoming Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception  a host of hollywood types including Sam Rockwell, Michelle Rodriguez and Nathan Drake himself: Nolan North tell us what, in their eyes, it is to be a hero. Continue reading Uncharted 3: The Hero’s Journey

Bat-week: Batman: Arkham City comic-book review

Arkham City
Batman returns!

DC Comics’ Batman: Arkham City was originally presented as a 5-issue mini-series serving as a prequel to Rocksteady Studios’ follow up to their 2009’s video game Batman: Arkham Asylum. The comic-book series has now been collected into a single volume book.

I’ve been reading comic-books for years. I’m not the worlds greatest fan of DC Comics, but Batman was always my favorite DC character. This is probably more to do with Frank Miller’s interpretation of The Dark Knight rather than anything else. whilst I was excited for Tim Burton’s Batman of the 1990s, time hasn’t been kind to them. Even Christopher Nolan’s current cinematic Batman outing hasn’t really done it for me. But Rocksteady’s Batman: Arkham Asylum video captured Batman’s character perfectly. Continue reading Bat-week: Batman: Arkham City comic-book review

Bat-week: Frank Miller’s Holy Terror review

Holy Terror
It's Miller time!

Frank Miller’s Holy Terror started out as a Batman story inspired by the events of 9/11. Miller has gone on record as saying that it is a propaganda piece and that it’s likely to offend just about everybody. It was probably the realisation that DC Comics were unlucky to publish it that made him revise the main characters from Batman and Catwoman to his own creations of The Fixer and Natalie Stack.

I’m a little tainted by the fact that I’m aware that there is some controversy over the contents of the book and I’ve spent some time wondering how I’m going to tackle it. Some folks are upset about who exactly Miller is suggesting the enemy is in this, his fictional take on the “War on Terror”.  I‘ve decided that I’m going to review Frank Miller’s Holy Terror for what it is, a fucking comic. Continue reading Bat-week: Frank Miller’s Holy Terror review