All posts by Vic B'Stard

Vic B’Stard’s week in review: Uncharted 3, Battlefield 3 vs. Modern Warfare 3, Robin DLC, Halo and Skyrim

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MW3 vs. BF3...there are no winners in war!

I’m so weak. Despite promising myself I wouldn’t, I got myself a copy of Call of Duty Modern Warfare 3 for the Xbox 360 and I’m rather glad that I did.

It’s one week after the release of the fantastic Uncharted 3: Drakes Deception and I’ve yet to actually finish playing the game. Although playing though the game in bite sized chunks has allowed be to savor the experience. I know that I’m not far from the end now, and I’ll be sad when it’s over. I’m really enjoying the game, as I did the previous two. I’ve dabbled a bit with the multiplayer, both during the beta and with the retail release. As fun as it is, I can’t see it pulling me away from Battlefield 3…or Modern Warfare 3.

Now that I’ve played both EA Games’ Battlefield 3 and Activision’s Call of Duty Modern Warfare 3, I’m about as in the middle of the two publishing powerhouses’ willy waving contest as one can, unfortunately, be. EA’s public fighting talk and Activision’s aloof, faux high-ground taking retorts have resulted in both publishers being caught with their trousers down. Continue reading Vic B’Stard’s week in review: Uncharted 3, Battlefield 3 vs. Modern Warfare 3, Robin DLC, Halo and Skyrim

Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Collector’s Edition unboxing

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The collector's edition of collector's editions

I picked up a copy of the rare The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Collector’s Edition on the game’s New Zealand launch day. The box was as big a a house and whilst I unpacked I took some photos to share on stateofplay.co.nz.

I’m a big fan of The Elder Scrolls series, well,  Morrowind and Oblivion at least. I notched up over 160 hours playing Oblivion, but never finished the main quest line. Instead, I did what the box told me to do, life another life in another world.

I wandered, explored, fought and quested across the Province of Cyrodil, and loved every minute of it. The Oblivion Collector’s Edition was the first game that I bought for my Xbox 360 on the console’s launch night and I consider it to be the best game that I’ve played on the Xbox 360. Continue reading Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Collector’s Edition unboxing

Retrospective: Vic B’Stard’s State of Play talks video game violence and MW2

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More retro B’Stard from the pages of Game Console

Like most dedicated gamers, I’m currently playing Call of Duty Modern Warfare 3. What’s interesting is the lack of negative press regarding the violent nature of the game. Where are usual calls from modern-day lynch-mobs for the game to be banned? Are we finally seeing an acceptance from the general populous that games can be exclusively made for, and played by, a mature audence…or is it the fact that the penny hasn’t dropped yet?

A couple of years ago, after the release of Modern Warfare 2, elements of the New Zealand press launched a mis-guided assault on video game violence which really pressed my buttons. Continue reading Retrospective: Vic B’Stard’s State of Play talks video game violence and MW2

Batman: Arkham City Collector’s Edition unboxing

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The bat is back!

Whilst I loved Batman: Arkham Asylum, I wasn’t too impressed with the collector’s edition of the game. Warner Interactive seems to have done things a little better this time for the Batman: Arkham City Collector’s Edition.

I reviewed Batman: Arkham Asylum way back for Game Console with the code so fresh that it needed a debug console to play (I’ve re-posted the review here) which meant I was left without a copy of my own. Having played though the game already, I was buggered if I was going to pay full price for the privaledge of a replay. I did end up getting Arkham Asylum on PC via a Steam sale. Later, I picked up a copy of the Batman: Arkham Asylum Collector’s Edition cheap from Mighty Ape (which, as mentioned above, I was less than impressed with). Continue reading Batman: Arkham City Collector’s Edition unboxing

Strippers vs. Werewolves UK Trailer

Strippers Vs. Werewolves
And why not?

One of the great things about running a cross-genre site is being able to report about little gems like this.

Strippers Vs. Zombies is a odd-looking UK exploitation horror-comedy movie starring ex-Spandau Ballet ’80s pop icon (and former Eastenders cast member), Martin Kemp as well as Freddy Krueger himself, Robert Englund. Continue reading Strippers vs. Werewolves UK Trailer

Assassin’s Creed Revelations – Life in Constantinople trailer

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Ezio goes to Turkey!

Whilst gleefully sampling the delights of Uncharted 3, Battlefield 3 and Modern Warfare 3, I almost forgot about Assassin’s Creed Revelations launching next week.

My friends at Ubisoft NZ have sent me a trailer highlighting Ezio’s final chapter, as he ventures into the exotic city of Constantinople, and I though I’d share it with you. Continue reading Assassin’s Creed Revelations – Life in Constantinople trailer

Vic B’Stard’s week in review: Battlefield 3 bugs, Batman: Arkham City Nightwing DLC, Crimson Alliance, Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception and Skyrim!

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So many games, so little time!

As the NZ gaming scene continues to hot up for Christmas, it’s been another exciting week in the house of B’Stard.

Last week Battlefield 3 reminded me why I have such a love/hate relationship with PC gaming. Even though console releases can be riddled with day-one bugs, they are not usually as bad as the absolutely show-stopping little bastards found in a PC release. Regardless of my love for the game, as you can read in my review here, the PC version of BF3 can be a sod at times. This, on top of having to wrestling with my three overheating  SLI’d GTX285 video cards has provided me with a few moments of frustration over the past week. Continue reading Vic B’Stard’s week in review: Battlefield 3 bugs, Batman: Arkham City Nightwing DLC, Crimson Alliance, Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception and Skyrim!

Blade Runner sequel from original director Ridley Scott

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Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?

The guys over at Ain’t It Cool News are reporting that Sir Ridley Scott is going to be directing a Blade Runner sequel.

I’m not sure what is up with acclaimed British director Ridley Scott and his recent desire to return to his old material. Sir Ridley is currently working on Prometheus, which marks his return to the Alien franchise that he created back in 1979. Continue reading Blade Runner sequel from original director Ridley Scott