The money grubbers at EA have made it official the upcoming Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows game is going to be split into two “full length” games. They are saying the new game will reflect the darker tone of the movie and be more action oriented. It’s been built on a brand new game engine. EA makes this claim with every Harry Potter game and I foolishly get excited only to get stuck playing a game that hasn’t changed since in 7 years, so color me skeptical but I’m not taking another bite at this stale Bertie Bott’s bean.
Don’t go near the kitchen. Waffle irons, toasters, water coolers from water coolers Manchester and other household appliances are coming to life, and only the super-spy guinea pigs of G-Force can pull their proverbial plugs. Disney’s latest video game ties neatly with the Jerry Bruckheimer-produced summer action comedy of the same name, and likely will appeal to kids who seen the movie (and the parents who accompanied them). Like that film, this “G-Force” adventure comes in 3-D (four pairs of glasses are included with the game), so players can literally take gaming to a new dimension while piloting their way through the corridors and laboratories of the evil Saber corporation.
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Last week I reviewed the new Watchmen: End is Nigh Pt 2 game for the PS3. The one thing that bugged me about it was, I really missed getting the achievement points. I’m not an achievement whore but I really don’t like games that don’t give you achievements by playing the games “naturally,” where you have to do all of this non-game related stuff like beat up 3,000 people. The Watchmen game I received a grand total of 2 trophies for playing and beating the game. I’d wondered what the heck you had to do to get any trophies. Now I know, the folks at Warner Interactive sent out a release this morning listing all the trophies to be had in the game. You can see all the Trophies after the break.
Sega announced they are working on the new Iron Man 2 Video Game (which sucked). They emailed a bunch of us press folks debut video footage, but I thought this walkthrough they did for the folks at G4 is a bit more interesting. It looks a lot like the original game, but with more control over how you fly which is a good thing. While I don’t like any of G4’s hosts, they will do 5 hours of Comic-Con coverage tomorrow (Sat.).
Going through Watchmen: The End is Nigh Complete Experience is odd, weird, strange, but in a good way; I don’t know how to approach this review, do I review it as a PS3 Game with a Bonus Blu-ray thrown in, or do I review it as a Blu-ray set with a full PS3 game experience?
On the one hand the original Watchmen: The End is Nigh Game is lazy game making, the environments are all the same and the graphics are about on the level of a Playstation One. In some cases it’s very pixilated, dark and literally black – gave me headaches at certain points. The environments are the same throughout the entire game – with only slight variations between the chapters. But what’s amazing is the level of pure, unadulterated violence. I mean playing as Rorschach is just a visceral experience. You see blood splattering, hear the sound of bones breaking and the quick time events are appropriately brutal. This game isn’t for the faint of heart – unless you play as Nite Owl whose moves are quite pedestrian – he doesn’t even pick up fallen weapons. No, if you want to experience the awe inducing violence you have to play the game as Rorschach.
Paramount Digital Entertainment, Bad Robot Interactive, CBS Consumer Products and Naked Sky Entertainment today announced that Star Trek®: D-A-C will hit the PlayStation®Network later this summer. Star Trek: D-A-C is currently available on Xbox LIVE® Arcade (XBLA) for the Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft and will be available later this year for Windows PC. Inspired by this summer’s blockbuster “Star Trek” movie from Paramount Pictures, Star Trek: D-A-C is a fast-paced, top-down space shooter where players take the captain’s chair and engage in intense online multi-player or co-op battles. In addition to featuring the gameplay and ships XBLA fans enjoyed in May, Star Trek: D-A-C will feature a PlayStation Network-exclusive new ship class and updated gameplay features.
I enjoyed the first Watchmen game, so I’m looking forward to playing the sequel. Developed by Deadline Games A/S and published by Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment, Watchmen: The End is Nigh is a hardcore mature action brawler featuring bloody visceral combat in settings reminiscent of the film, and in Part 2, the duo team up again as Rorschach contacts Nite Owl to help solve the case of a missing girl, Violet Greene. You can see the debut trailer here.
The Transformers juggernaut continues. Later this summer, The Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen is getting some pretty Robust DLC for the X-Box 360 and PS3 versions of the game. The DLC Pack will include:
- Over TEN new multiplayer characters including ultimate fan favorites such as G1 Starscream and movie favorites like Sideswipe.
- Three all-new multiplayer maps.
- Play new characters in both the Autobot and Decepticon single player campaigns.
- New Expert difficulty mode with a fresh set of leaderboards to challenge more experienced gamers in the single-player campaigns.
- New Achievements and Trophies to earn.
I’ve always been a big fan of Green Lantern so I’m really curious to see what an eventual big screen version will look like. I like the casting of Ryan Reynolds, I’m not being biased because I’ve met him at several times throughout the last 6 years, but I think he’ll be good in the role, although I see him more as Kyle Raynor and not Hal Jordan. Anyway, these days if you are going to be a major Hollywood tent pole you have to also have a big game attached. The folks behind this summer’s upcoming G.I. Joe game and Silent Hill: Homecoming, Double Helix has been tapped by Warner Brothers to create the Green Lantern Game. I’ll hold judgment until I play the G.I. Joe game in August.
Ok, I know this game has been out for a few months now, but give me a break game companies generally send me games about a month after they come out, then I have to get around to playing them, so it takes a bit for me to get a review out. I’ll try and do better in the future, but it is what it is. Let’s start by saying X-Men Origins: Wolverine is one of the best movie based video games to come out in quite awhile, if not ever. This seems to be the year when game companies have finally seemed to grasp how to make a decent licensed based game. Usually Game Developers don’t seem to get the properties they are trying to translate into a game or are so rushed and under the gun that the finished product is usually a half-baked, ill conceived, buggy mess. That’s not the case here, Publisher Activision and Developer Raven Software get Wolverine. He’s not that difficult to understand: he’s angry, has claws, can’t be killed and slices up everything in his path. In short he has all the elements to make a perfect game.
In the midst of all the E3 hoopla last week, the folks at Activision released a single player DLC pack for X-Men: Wolverine. It’s pretty neat because it allows you to customize a battle arena and add an unlimited number of opponents to “lunge and plunge” at. Sounds like it’ll be really cool, but very limited DLC pack that ultimately won’t be worth the 800 points. So far I’m enjoying the heck out of the main game, so added DLC is always welcome.