Category Archives: Video Games

New The Spiderwick Chronicles Video Game Screenshots!

 

360 Pack Shot

We have news on the video game for the Spiderwick Chronicles, including a ton of new screen shots. Players can choose to play as ANY of the three Grace children; each possessing unique abilities crucial to combating hordes of Goblins, hunting and capturing Faerie creatures and solving puzzles to successfully complete each mission. Players may also adventure through special tasks in the Spiderwick Estate as Thimbletack, the tiny Brownie who helps the Grace kids throughout their journey. Equipped with context sensitive controls for attacks and environment interaction, the game includes several combat elements, along with a creature collection component that allows players to log objects found during the journey into the Field Guide, earning the player new abilities, quest solutions or unlockable items.

 

Holiday Game Guide

It’s that time of the year again, where we check who were naughty or nice and reward accordingly, for the gamers in your life I’ve come up with a list of 10 titles that any good gamer must own. Here is part 1 of my 2 part guide.

Call of Duty 4

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The folks at Activision have hit it out of the park with, what I think is the best shooter of all time. Call of Duty 2 for the 360 set the bar on multiplayer shooting. Before COD 2, I absolutely HATED playing shooting games, they hurt my eyes, gave me a headache and were completely unbalanced in gameplay. Call of Duty 2 for the 360 changed all of that for me. So I was waiting with baited breath for Call of Duty 3 and frankly that game was a steaming pile. After that disappointment I wasn’t looking forward to COD 4 Modern Warfare, the first time I fired up the beta multiplayer I was in love again. And ran out and purchased a copy, I didn’t wait for Activision to send me one, I spent my own hard earned cash and have been addicted to this game for the last two month. I’ve played nothing but the multi-player aspect and it’s absolutely perfect. Graphically it looks amazing, the play mechanics are flawless and in one of the more unique aspects of the game, there’s a neat level up mechanic that is addictive as heck. Even if you are a mediocre Online death matcher like myself, it’s worth sticking with a match because you get rewarded for your efforts. The points let you level up your weapons, gives you special perks like steady aim, more powerful explosives, and more. The really cool thing about the system is you get all the good perks, great guns, and red-dot scopes after only a couple of rounds of play. When I first heard about this feature, I thought the game would be just as unbalanced as Halo but it works surprisingly well. This is truly a genre expanding game that even non-shooting fans will love. Continue reading Holiday Game Guide

Iron Man Video Game Trailer


The folks at Sega sent over the link to download the trailer for the upcoming Iron Man game. But I’m too lazy to download it and am grabbing this clip from one of my favorite sites on the web gametrailers.com. I had a chance to watch them play it at Comic Con last year and the game is shaping up really nice. Take a gander.

X-Box 360 Fall Update is Here!

X-Box 360 Fall Update is Here!

Yesterday morning I woke up bright and early. The first thing I did was fire up my X-Box 360 to get the new Fall Update and I have to say I am impressed. It took less than a minute to download and install. The update includes a couple of new features including support for Divx, so now I can watch my Sci-Fi screener DVDs on my 360 and another major addition is the ability for people to browse your friend’s list. I’m not sure how I feel about this yet. My gut is, it’s an invasion of privacy, and the Dashboard update turns this feature on by default. Other new features include the new X-Box Originals store where you can download original X-Box titles like Fables and Halo; and everything is just organized a lot better most of the clutter has been cleaned up. One major redesign is all of your downloaded games – Demos and Arcade, are now in one area. It’s going to take a little getting used to, but I understand the logic of this grouping. Check out the full press release for more details. Continue reading X-Box 360 Fall Update is Here!

Guitar Hero III Clip of the Day

Here’s a little clip of the developers of Guitar Hero III talking about making the Guitars, and another clip of some one rocking out to  Metallica’s  One.

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Guitar Hero III Developer’s Talking about Controller
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Guitar Hero III Metallica Jam
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Call of Duty 4 – One of the best Games of the Year hits Stores and XBox Live This Week!

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While everyone was gushing over the over hyped Halo 3 (which I don’t particularly like) I was busy getting hooked on an invitation only early build of Call of Duty 4 multiplayer. This game beta was absolutely perfect and addictive. COD 2 on the 260 was the first shooter that I really played all the way through and was the game that really got me into Multiplayer action, as good as that game was, COD 3 had a lot to live up to and failed miserably, but the magic is back with the completely revamped COD 4. It hits the store shelves today and Activision has a ton of special X-Box live events planned. Drop Halo 3, pick this up and I’ll see you on the battlefield. In the meantime check out this trailer and press release.

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Call of Duty 4 Trailer
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Hardcore Queen Checks out E For All!

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Hey, Hardcore Queen here at E For All in LA, the newest Gaming event in LA. The producers of the event envision this show to be as large as E3 only focused on the consumers instead of industry folks. When I first walked into the hall, I felt like I was transported back into time. Like it was E3 all over again, even though I railed against the show every year, I find that I really miss it. There was a nice little welcome, as you walk into the doors there was a band performing music. Entering the hall you immediately realize it isn’t E3, there isn’t the E3 crowds there are no packed hallways, no circus atmosphere, outside the South Hall there was almost no indication that anything was happening within the convention center, just a couple of small tents from Novint Tech who were showcasing their amazing new Falcon PC Controller. Continue reading Hardcore Queen Checks out E For All!

Guitar Hero III Full Set List Announced! by Hardcore Queen

Guitar Hero III Full Set List Announced! by Hardcore Queen

One of my favorite game series is Guitar Hero, I’m addicted to it, but my secret shame is that I suck at it. I’m an expert on the easy level, but can’t get my hands to work properly on the normal level. I wish the GH folks would come up with a hard a level for people like me who just can’t get their hands to work with the double button presses. I really want to play Freebird dammit but it’s locked – another prime example why I can’t stand the concept of unlocking content in games. I paid my $100 I want the full game that I paid for! Anyway, rant aside, I’ll be the first one to get GH 3, the track list is amazing. I mean come on you get The Killers, Guns and Roses (Welcome To The Jungle), Aerosmith (a crappy song, but it’s still Areosmith), Hit Me With Your Best Shot, Baracuda, Devil Went Down To Georgia, Cult of Personality, Even Flow, Rock and Roll All Night, and When You Were Young? I’m there and most likely won’t even be able to unlock these tracks. But wow, what a list, much better than GH2’s lame list. Here’s the complete list.   Continue reading Guitar Hero III Full Set List Announced! by Hardcore Queen

Halo 3 Kicked Ass and is now the biggest Entertainment Phenom in US History, Too bad it’s Broken.

 

Halo 3 Kicked Ass

Microsoft today announced that the Xbox 360 exclusive game “Halo 3” has officially become the biggest entertainment launch in history, garnering an estimated $170 million in sales in the United States alone in the first 24 hours. The Xbox 360 title beat previous records set by blockbuster theatrical releases like “Spider-man 3” and novels such as “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.” Continue reading Halo 3 Kicked Ass and is now the biggest Entertainment Phenom in US History, Too bad it’s Broken.

Halo 3 Broken, Say It Aint So!

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Poor Microsoft, they just can’t seem to have 100% success, their X-Box 360 has a reputation for failing, although I have an original 360 and it hasn’t failed me yet, but now the biggest game of the year Halo 3 which sold 1.5 million copies in one day is plagued with scratched disks. Responding to complaints, Microsoft told its customers on the Xbox website, “if, for any reason, you have a damaged Microsoft Xbox 360 disc and (would) like to replace it…you will need to complete the program form”. Customers have until December 31 to send their damaged disks back to Microsoft, which warned that the replacement games would take four to six weeks to deliver.

Microsoft Kicks off E3 With Some Major Announcements

Microsoft E3 2007 Media BriefingI’m here in beautiful Santa Monica to give you an unedited look at the Microsoft Press Briefing. You have to give the Microsoft folks props for promptness. They said the briefing would start at 8:30 and glory be, it did. Now the interesting stuff happens, prior to the event someone asked what does MS have to talk about that we don’t already know or have seen. I mean we’ve already played Halo 3, so that’s no longer a mystery. We’ve seen some footage from Grand Theft Auto IV, The X-Box Elite is out, as is the long promised Hard Drive and HD DVD drive. What’s left, how can they surprise us?

The event opened with a performance by a band called “Corporeal” from Illinois who did a little musical tribute to Halo. Peter More opened the event by talking about Halo 3, then promising that for the first time ever, every game they talk about at this briefing will be available by the end of the year. He then walked over and started jamming on the new game Rock Band. This game is amazing, there’s a drum kit, microphone, guitar, everything but a keyboard. Through X-Box Live you can build a band.


After that was the debut of Viva Piñata Party Animals, another game in the Viva Piñata franchise. We then get more on Mass Effect from MS Game Studios. The trailer looked amazing on the 100 foot screen, and will be available this November. Ah, now it’s time for the numbers BS, where Moore says the 360 has sold 5.6 million units verses the Wii’s 2.5 million and over 65% of multiplatform 3rd Party games are on the 360.2.4 billion dollars have been spent on the 360, half of all consumer spending.


Spiderman Friend or Foe looks awful, there’s a new Tom Clancy, finally some RPGs are coming for the 360, so far the 360 Line Up is looking strong. EA has a new IP called The Orange Box, but the crowd pleaser of the night is definitely Rock Band, it’s everything you love about Guitar Hero only more.

The popular board game SceneIt is coming to the X-Box Live and will have a brand new controller. That looks like a colorful remote control. Naruto: Rise of the Ninja is coming to the X-Box 360 as an exclusive title from Ubi-Soft. Based on te cartoon series, the game has a really slick anime look to it.

Reggie Bush comes out to demo Madden 08 for us. All EA Titles are going to run at twice the speed on the 360 has they did last year. Xbox Live now has 7 million members. Sonic The Hedgehog and Golden Axe are now available for download on Live. $125 million dollars have been spent on downloadable Entertainment and now Disney is jumping on the bandwagon by providing their library of content to X-Box Live and the partnership is starting now with several Disney titles available

Now.Shane Kim the head of Microsoft Game Studios comes out to talk about more games. He starts by showing us PGR 4. New features include Motorcycles, and Video/Photo community upload.

Lost Odyssey is a sprawling RPG from the creator of Final Fantasy about an Immortal searching through the centuries for his destiny. The game looks gorgeous. Viva Pinata, and Gears of War are coming to the Games for Windows Platform. Cliffy B comes out to demo G.O.W. for Windows. The game will include a level editor. Features five new single player Chapters, new multiplayer modes and some more surprises.

Games For Windows Live platform will be built into Epic’s Unreal Engine 3. Some folks from Infinity Ward are now giving us a demo of Call of Duty 4 and it looks just as good as COD 2 did. The Level they showed was a “stealth” jungle level where you had to follow one of your guys through the jungle and quietly take out sentries while avoiding being spotted. There was a neat little moment where the soldier was laying flat in the grass while being surrounded by enemy troupes. Now I don’t know if it’s a case of dumb A.I. not being able to spot you, or your cover being so good that the A.I. doesn’t spot you is anyone’s guess. Graphically speaking it the jungle looked lush.

We then got a peek at Resident Evil 5 for the 360, the full trailer will be available on X-Box Live July 26th, and Moore announced that GTA IV on the X-Box will have 2 Full Episodes available in 2008.

Next up we get a live demo of Assassin’s Creed and the cityscape of early Jerusalem looked amazingly detailed with no draw-ins, the city really felt alive and vibrant, the most realistic city portrayal ever in a video game. The game faltered a bit when they showed us the really lame fighting sequence.

After that the show ended where it started with Peter Moore talking about Halo 3. We first get a glimpse of what a Live Action WETA Halo would look like with a short film, after the first 30 seconds I wasn’t sure what I was supposed to be looking at because everything in this “Live Action” short looked like very early, cheesy CGI. This was the only point in MS’s otherwise excellent presentation where they failed to impress. After this intro video, Moore held up the 360 Halo Special Edition Box which is decked out in “Halo Green.” The evening ended with another 2 minute look at Halo 3, this time we got a peak at the single player action.

Despite the really crappy atmosphere and surroundings, the boys and girls at Microsoft came to play and their line-up of titles was one of the strongest I’ve seen in years. Sony and Nintendo will have a hard act to follow and will have to bring it. It’ll be interesting to see if Microsoft keeps it’s promise of releasing every one of the titles (except RE 5) they showed tonight by the end of the year.

I will have photos from the briefing tonight, as well as picks and news on Sony and Nintendo’s Press Conferences, check this space for more scoops.