talk unexpected badasses, id shooters, and Jobs loss...
We've already conquered
World 1 and seen some Super Mario 3D Land's later levels at E3, but we couldn't
pass up a recent chance to play six new levels from Worlds 2 and 3 to see more
of what's easily our most anticipated upcoming 3DS game. As we see more and
more of 3D Land, it's really starting to feel like a "greatest hits"
of the Mario franchise...
You probably played the Sonic Generations demo and think you know
exactly how good the game's going to be. Well, forget it - that demo is
old. The game has taken visible strides forward and a fresh hands-on
with a near complete version shows that there's way more to the game
than initial impressions suggested. Bucketloads of fan-pleasing content
and the slickest 3D Sonic platforming since... Sonic Jam. Yes, from
1998. We've also got hands-on impressions of a dramatically improved 3DS
version too, so there's loads to tell you about. Take a seat - oh, but
mind the spikes.
For no particular reason other than having nothing better to do, I recently decided to get my kids (two daughters, 5 and 7) to look at a bunch of random game covers and tell me what they thought each game should be called based purely on their interpretation of the box art. I would hold up a game box, taking care to cover the title, they would look at the game box and then say, "Dad, this is stupid, can we go outside and play please?" Obviously that's not what I wanted them to say. So I bribed them with sweets and empty promises of a pony and then they were much more willing to help the old man out. This is what happened.
October is the busiest month of the year. At
least, that's what we're telling ourselves now, while we pretend November isn't
a thing that's happening. November’s release list is even larger than this
month's, which is so large that reading this is taking valuable time away from
everything you want to be playing. We feel bad for anything braving the storm without
a major publisher behind it. We're also hoping those games wind up as secret
Being a pet owner has its ups and downs. The upside: being
the beneficiary of a pet’s unwavering companionship, loyalty, and love. The downside
is being on the receiving end of a pet’s fecal evacuations over its lifetime. But
now gamers have the chance to have others deal with their crap (or love, whatever). Sims 3 Pets isn’t just attempting
to replicate the pet owner experience by allowing human Sims to have pets. The
game will also allow players to have the pet be the Sim. So, the power to pee on the carpet and chew on the
couch cushions can all be yours!
There are some
undeniable badasses in the world, kicking butt in the baddest and assest of
ways. Take Final Fantasy X's Auron, for example: a smooth-talking,
shades-wearing, longcoat-rocking snarker who can wield a huge sword with his
one good arm. He is a badass, and nobody can deny it. With that perfect
storm of cool, he has nothing to worry about. Other characters aren't
quite so fortunate. They might not have the stylish clothes, the husky voice or
tough, asskicking grit of a badass, lacking even the basic swagger found in an
Auron, a Master Chief or even a Kratos. With poor dress sense, bad attitudes
and physical imperfections, these characters are doomed to a life without
badassery ... or are they?
Perhaps not. There are
some characters who struggle through their myriad flaws to become something
more, something better. Something truly badass. They don't look like they should
be, but they most certainly are...
The world of gaming never sleeps. It just keeps going like a thing that is always awake. Even at weekends. Which is why we have this occasionally regular Monday morning catch-up video in which we journal the weekend's most interesting gaming news in a speedy-yet-informative style of cursory reportage. On this particularly fine Monday AM we have news of hacking in the Battlefield 3 beta, suspicions of Mass Effect 3 multiplayer, FIFA 12 doing what FIFA traditionally does in the UK game charts and PS2 games coming to PSN. Do not delay another minute. Inform yourself of things by watching the video now.
We're digging into some quick-hit offerings this week,
headlined by the long-awaited native iPad appearance of the Katamari Damacy
franchise, along with Monsters Ate My Condo, a wild match-three puzzler from
Adult Swim Games. And on the second page, we've got the awesome
asteroid-dodging affair, Bit Pilot, as well as a blaze-battling,
family-friendly physics puzzler called...
Download of the week: Xbox Live mega sale Platform: Xbox Live | Price: Varies
Live is having a massive sale which means superb games are going for an absolute pittance. Such as? Bionic Commando Rearmed (400 MS Points), Trials HD (600 MS Points),
The Maw (400 MS Points) and Ilomilo (400 MS Points - Gold only), to name but a few. That
means you could get three or four great games for roughly the price of just one,
although anyone who actually puts down Trials HD in the first week for
long enough to try any of the others is stronger-willed than any of us.