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Vic B’Stard’s week in review: The Gunstringer, El Shaddai: Ascension of the Metatron and Gears of War 3

Vic B'Stard
What a week!

I was intending to spend the week playing the most excellent Dead Island (which I’ve now tuned to perfection on my PC, honing it into the perfect zombie apocalypse simulator). After that I wanted to get on with Deus Ex: Human Revolution, which has been gathering dust for a week. The rest of the time was to be split between finishing off Assassin’s Creed Brotherhood on the Xbox 360 and a bit of The Witcher 2 on PC.

Sadly (or rather not), it wasn’t to be.

First a call from Techday.com, could I review the PS3 Assassin’s Creed Revelations multiplayer beta? As I’d been playing it the previous week, no worries there. You can check out what I thought of the Assassin’s Creed Revelations multiplayer beta over at Game Console.  Then Game Culture NZ sent over a some codes for the Xbox Live Arcade RPG Crimson Alliance for a review. All good.

Things then started to get a bit busy. Continue reading Vic B’Stard’s week in review: The Gunstringer, El Shaddai: Ascension of the Metatron and Gears of War 3

First impressions: Gears of War 3 – the first five minutes

Gears of War 3
Here we go!

I loved the first Gears of War, right up to the last bit, which I never bothered to finish (to my shame).

Gears 2 on the other hand just pissed me off. I was a bit late to the party, but even then I just didn’t get into it. It failed to engage me. I enjoyed a bit of Horde, but other than that my Gears of War 2 Collector Edition has sat gathering dust. I’ve tried to give it another go a few times, but I’ve since been spoiled by the likes of Killzone 2 and Halo Reach (Killzone 3 still sits in my “shit, why the hell haven’t I played this bloody game yet?” pile along with Fallout: New Vegas).

This morning a review copy of Gear 3 turned up on my doorstep, a game that I’ve no interest in playing at all. So I scribbled out my name and address with a black marker, circled the Microsoft PR company’s details and wrote “return to sender” on the front in big fat capitals before slamming it in the post box. Bugger this, I’m too busy playing The Gunstringer on Kinect to be bothered with Marcus Fenix’s latest splatterfest. Continue reading First impressions: Gears of War 3 – the first five minutes

Posh-looking Sony PlayStation wireless stereo headset coming soon

PS3 Wireless Stereo Headset
Nice!

Hands up who thinks that the PS3 earpiece/mic is a bit shite.

It may be wireless as all that, but the way it hangs limply from your ear makes you look like a reject from the early 2000s, when pricks would walk around the supermarket with bluetooth headsets in their lugholes. Like anyone is that busy. Continue reading Posh-looking Sony PlayStation wireless stereo headset coming soon

Game Culture NZ

Game Culture NZ
Vic B’Stard’s new pals

It’s been a few weeks now since my last daily gaming news item for Game Console on Techday.com.

My new-found spare time has enabled me to get on with tieing up loose end in the likes of Assassin’s Creed Brotherhood, The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion and Batman: Arkham City in preparation for the imminent arrive of their sequels. I’ve also had a chance for some quality time playing the fantastic Deus Ex: Human Revolution and The Witcher 2: Assassin’s of Kings, a game that I overlooked when first released. Continue reading Game Culture NZ

Retrospective: Assassin’s Creed Brotherhood Xbox 360 review

Assassin's Creed Brotherhood cvoer
Ezio and the gang

I’m currently well and truly caught up in the hype for November’s Assassin’s Creed Revelations. Having reviewed the last two Assassin’s Creed games, I’d be buggered if I’ll spoil the gaming experience by have to rush though Revelations in order to shit out a review for a web deadline. No, I’ve got my Assassin’s Creed Revelations Animus Edition for the Xbox 360 all reserved nicely, as every smart gamer should and I’ve going to play it in my own time.

Now I could wax lyrical about Assassin’s Creed all day. In fact I’ve already written some, which I’m going to publish on this very blog at a later date. For now all I’ll say is if you have a PlayStation 3 but no PlayStation Plus subscription, go and bloody buy one, you tight sod, and then download the Assassin’s Creed Revelations multiplayer beta as if you life depended on it. Do it now, and once you’re done come back here are read my Assassin’s Cred Brotherhood Review, as (possibly*) previously published in Game Console magazine.

As always, enjoy. Continue reading Retrospective: Assassin’s Creed Brotherhood Xbox 360 review

Assassin’s Creed Revelations available now on PS3

Assassin's Creed Revelations
Turkish Delight

Assassin’s Creed multiplayer fans used to sitting in empty game lobbies in the hope of finding a game can rejoice this weekend.

Ubisoft has released a closed beta of their Assassin’s Creed Revelations multiplayer game for New Zealand PlayStation Plus subscribers. Stating today (3 September), eligible PlayStation 3 owners can download the 2.5GB file from the PlayStation Network. Continue reading Assassin’s Creed Revelations available now on PS3

L.A. No more

LA Noire
Hell-A Noire

LA Noire developer, Team Bondi has apparenty gone into administration.

UK gaming vetrans, Computer and Video Games are reporting that according to the Australian Securities and Investments Commission the Aussie developer went under on 26th August. Continue reading L.A. No more

Halo’s Warthog gets the Top Gear treatment

Forza 4 Warthog
I want one

Jeremy Clarkson, the outspoken host of BBC’s Top Gear, recons he knows a thing or two about cars.

It’s not surprising that Jeremy is a little on the back foot as he tries to give the staple tranportation mode of the Halo series, the venerable Warthog, the Top Gear treatment. Continue reading Halo’s Warthog gets the Top Gear treatment