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Press Pass: Call of Duty Pro gamers, Tomb Raider, The Walking Dead, Bioshock Infinite, Assassin’s Creed 3,Trials Evolution and Injustice: Gods Among Us.

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More bit-sized bits of news from the mail bag!

After another trawl through my virtual mailbag to see what is being games are being punted this week, I’ve found a few interesting morsels that I thought I’d share with you.

Again, rather than be professional about it and scrub them up into some sort of self-indulgent twaddle like I usually do, I’m offering the information just as it was passed to me.

Up this week we’ve a load of Aussies that are off to Hollywood to play Call of Duty, some Tomb Raider multiplayer maps, Activision’s The Walking Dead game, a Bioshock Infinite video, the second Assassin’s Creed 3 single-player DLC pack, Trials Evolution on the PC and DC Comics’ Injustice Gods Among Us.

Off we go, then.

 

Continue reading Press Pass: Call of Duty Pro gamers, Tomb Raider, The Walking Dead, Bioshock Infinite, Assassin’s Creed 3,Trials Evolution and Injustice: Gods Among Us.

Spec Ops: The Line- the responsible shooter

 

Spec Ops: The Line - The responsible shooter
War is Hell!

Each Christmas for the last few years I’ve engaged in a new tradition alongside the feasting on ham and Christmas pudding. Every holiday season I find myself buying a load of games that I don’t really want and some that I’ll probably never even play.

Yes folks, I’m talking about the Steam Christmas sale. Every day during the Christmas holiday those crafty folks at Valve offer up whole catalogues of games at rock bottom prices. In amongst the bargain-basement tat can be found the odd gem. Past sales have netted me the complete Civilization IV collection and the S.T.A.L.K.E.R. games.

Last Christmas, I netted Sniper: Ghost Warrior Gold Edition ($1.99), Hotline Miami ($4.99) and Spec Ops: The Line. Of the three it’s Spec Ops that is the standout title, and one that I feel that I should have got back when it came out earlier last year. Continue reading Spec Ops: The Line- the responsible shooter

Week in review: Aliens: Colonial Marines, Crysis 3 and Sniper: Ghost Warror 2

 

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Colon-ial Marines?

Every now and again I get a game that I find difficult to review. Now I’m not talking about  the time I reviewed that Xbox 360 Lips karaoke game, I’m talking about game the I find so annoying I just want to spout venom all over it.

Well, I had one recently. It’s taken me a month to review Aliens: Colonial Marines. Why? Because I initially found the game so horrible I wasn’t able write a proper review, only a whiny rant.

You see, basically, Sega and Gearbox have managed to screw up what should have been a game right up there with the likes of Killzone 3 and the possible even Halo. Instead of that level of greatness we have a game that, despite six years in development, looks god-awful and plays as just a slightly above average FPS. Continue reading Week in review: Aliens: Colonial Marines, Crysis 3 and Sniper: Ghost Warror 2

Press Pass: Call of Juarez Gunslinger, Grid 2, Sniper Ghost Warrior 2 and Bioshock Infinite

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Today’s gaming press roundup!

Welcome to a new feature whereby I reach into my press release mailbox and pull out a few of the day’s news releases from the various publishers.

Every day I am inundated with press releases from those hardworking gaming PR guys and I always feel guilty by not reporting the news. I hope you find the following gaming titbits interesting. Continue reading Press Pass: Call of Juarez Gunslinger, Grid 2, Sniper Ghost Warrior 2 and Bioshock Infinite

Week in review: SimCity launch and Dead Space 3

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Sim-shitty?

A few days away in central Australia meant that I missed the Sim City launch day excitement. As it turns out I missed very little and, at the same time,  it was all waiting for me when I got back.

This week hasn’t been a good week for EA. What should have been the glorious launch of the first proper SimCity in the best part of a decade turned into a technical and PR shit-storm. Continue reading Week in review: SimCity launch and Dead Space 3

Dead Space 3 PC Review

Dead Space 3 PC Review
Third time’s a charm

I haven’t done a PC review for a while, but having a newly reinvigorated gaming rig is changing all that; and what better way to start than to take a look at EA Games’ sci-fi horror splatter-fest, Dead Space 3. The following review should be up on Techday.com’s Games Console pages anytime soon, but it the meantime you can check out the all the gory details below.

Dead Space 3 continues the unfortunate adventures of Starship engineer Issac Clark, and his battle against creatures called the Neromorphs. Set in 25th Century, the Dead Space series is a third-person sci-fi horror game very much in the style of the Doom franchise, but borrowing from films like the Alien movies and John Carpenter’s The Thing. Continue reading Dead Space 3 PC Review

Vic B’Stard’s week in review: Xbox Live and Windows 8

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Microsoft finally sort their act out!

So I finally sorted out a tech issue that I’ve been living with for nearly seven years.

The UK launch of the Xbox 360 happened just before I moved to New Zealand. Buying a new console to drag half-way around the world was the last thing on my mind. So I waited for the ANZ Xbox 360 launch and picked one up at the midnight launch in Auckland. Continue reading Vic B’Stard’s week in review: Xbox Live and Windows 8

Metal Gear Solid Rising: Revengeance Xbox 360 Review

Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance review
Raiden’s back!

Who doesn’t like the Metal Gear solid games? Their quirky, often incomprehensible plots coupled with sometimes strange Japanese-style gameplay places them a fair bit away from the mainstream. But despite being so different, it hasn’t stopped the Metal Gear franchise from being very successful on the west.

The recently released Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance, which I reviewed for Shane the Gamer, is probably the most westernised, and thus the most accessible game in the Metal Gear series to date. Revengeance is most definitely what you see is what you get. And, whilst this more action-leaning approach may upset long time fans of the series, Revengeance’s more mainstream gameplay makes for en excellent jumping in point for new player.

Check out my full Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance review, below: Continue reading Metal Gear Solid Rising: Revengeance Xbox 360 Review