Wet is one of those games that I hate to review because it has so many interesting concepts and things going for it but the one important thing – gameplay. It seems like every time the developers reached a crucial junction they went with option B instead of the easy A. Let’s start with the positive.
I love the presentation of this game. Playing it I felt like I was in a Tarantino movie. The grind house tint, the over the top violence, the funny/cute intermission videos, the cool spaghetti western and alternative soundtrack really fit the mood – I would love to buy a Wet soundtrack. The story is told in a breakneck, fast paced way that kept me interested throughout most of it. The drawback would be the Developers should have saved the money they used to get Eliza Dushku to voice Ruby. The rare occasions she actually has something to say comes across as bored indifference, which in a strange way fits Ruby’s character because she is, after all, a mercenary. The feel and look of the game goes a long way to making me forgive a lot of the game’s major drawbacks. I was genuinely sucked in Ruby’s strange world. The cut scenes are all nicely rendered, integrated seamlessly and skippable after the first viewing.
Many gamers complain that Activision’s CEO Bobby Kotick turned the venerable gaming company into an organization that lacks vision, creativity and heart. In his zeal to turn all of their IPs into annual franchises he’s sucked the soul out of the company. I always thought the criticism was a bit harsh, I mean Activision still shows signs that it can be creative, i.e. The Call of Duty Series, and Wolverine was surprisingly good. I also don’t have a problem with sequels, I say give me more of what I love with some tweaks here and there and I’m pretty happy to play the same game over and over. I’m not sure what I expected from Marvel Ultimate Alliance II the sequel to their hit Superhero basher from a few years ago. I loved the first game, so I expected this one to at least be on par with that one and be fun. I mean really it’s taken over two years to give us this; a game that is almost exactly the same as the first one only somehow completely soulless. This is sequel making at is most crassness; there’s nothing unique, original or even fun about this game.
The story starts off with your team being recruited by Nick Fury for a secret black ops mission in Latveria. When the mission goes wrong, Fury and the Heroes take heat from it. A year later an entire US City gets blown up on TV. The public outcry against Heroes forces congress to pass the Super Hero Registration Act. This divides the Hero community into those who are for and against it. You build your team and go on various missions. That I’m about 4 hours into the game and have no real desire to finish it or see if the missions get more interesting.
Shadow complex is one of the best X-Box Live Arcade titles to hit that platform in awhile. For 1200 MS Points you get a richly detailed, full side-scroll shooter that contains a lot of little surprises. This feels like a full game that seems aimed at adults. Not like most of the “kiddy,” or “casual,” games currently found in Live Arcade. If you still aren’t convinced, check out the full demo walkthrough after the break.
You people really do love some Call of Duty. The recently released Map Pack 3 is a smash. You love it, you really, really do. Map pack 3 was downloaded over a million times during it’s weekend (Aug 6 – 9). To date all three map packs for World at War have over 6 million downloads! That’s a heck of a lot of multiplayer. I feel guilty now because I haven’t played COD: W.A.W. in months. So who is up for some COD action this weekend? Ping me, my Live Arcade id is hardcorequeen. I believe I’m up to 2nd Lieutenant so you all will have to follow my orders. I’m a real wiz at the Sabotage and Capture the Flag modes – death match, not so much. The three map packs are available on Xbox LIVE® Marketplace for the Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft for 800 Microsoft Points and on the PlayStation®Store for the PLAYSTATION®3 computer entertainment system for $9.99. The Press Release didn’t say which system sold which, but I’d imagine the 360 version smoked the PlayStation Network.
Ok, I get tired of people constantly complaining that Netflix’s Instant Now service sucks because there’s nothing worth watching on it. While it is lacking in movie choices, it’s selection of television shows are really good and if you look hard enough you can find quite a few movie gems to watch. I’ve managed to find over 348 things to put into my Instant View queue, why can’t you? So for the next several weeks I’m going to give you all10 things to watch via Netflix’s really cool Instant Watch service. So here are 10 things that I’m currently watching –
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.
I’ve heard about this game for the last two or three years now and it’s finally here, the long awaited Prototype from Activision ships today for the X-Box 360 and PS3. You are the PROTOTYPE: Alex Mercer – a genetically mutated man without memory, armed with amazing shape-shifting abilities, hunting to discover what created you and determined to make those responsible pay. As Alex, gamers tear through a densely populated contemporary New York City moving with free-roaming Parkour-style fluidity, consuming anybody that gets in his way…assuming their physical form, memories and abilities. Fueled by a three-way war between Alex, the Blackwatch Military Special Forces and a viral outbreak known as the Infected, players venture into a deep, dark conspiracy 40 years in the making!
SEGA will feature numerous titles across six different platforms, including legendary icons and dazzling new stars, as the company continues to develop both original and high-profile licensed properties on the Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft, the Wii™ system from Nintendo, PLAYSTATION®3 computer entertainment system, Windows PC, and the Nintendo DS™. SEGA will showcase their games at booth #2001 in the South Hall of the Los Angeles Convention Center.
Aliens vs. Predator™ (Xbox 360, PLAYSTATION 3 system, Windows PC) – Releases early 2010
The next-gen version of this benchmark multiplayer First-Person-Shooter franchise is coming with SEGA’s new Aliens vs. Predator game. From the developer of the series’ first title comes this next big event, with three unique species fighting for supremacy on the battlefield. Play as Predator, Marine and Alien in three radically different single-player experiences that intertwine to create a thrilling story. Jump into cinematic non-stop multiplayer action with a rollercoaster-ride of explosive firepower, horror, stealth and gory fang and claw combat.
With E3 upon us in a mere five days the Pre-E3 game line up announcements are starting to pour in Today, I got announcements from Crave, UbiSoft, Sega and Activision. I’m launching our Dedicated E3 site Site in a few days so that the main EM site isn’t taken over by Game News. In the meantime our friends at Activision has quite an interesting line up of titles including Guitar Hero 5, DJ Hero, Blur, Prototype, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2, just to name a few, check out the full press release after the jump.
In one of the worst kept secrets on the web, the Zune HD is now official. Microsoft will roll it out next week during E3 and the official launch is coming in the fall. MS hopes to make the Zune HD a competitor to the iPod Touch. It’ll feature a 3.3 inch, OLED, HD Radio Tuner, and HD Output. But the real announcement isn’t the Hardware, it’s the fact that Microsoft is going to add the Zune Pass to the X-box 360. The theory is you can purchase content or use the subscription service on all your Windows stuff. Cool in theory, right now for some odd reason the Zune Content isn’t compatible with the X-Box 360. So I’m all for tighter integration.
Update – I now have the official Press Release. Read it after the break.