The warning signs were there, our motion trackers should have picked up on it, but we chose to ignore the fact that there hadn’t been any pre-release reviews. We shouldnt have ignored the odd release date or the ridiculous amount of pre-release hype being pushed. But we did, and we bought it, and it was rubbish. I am talking of course, about the years biggest disappointment so far, Aliens: Colonial Marines.
It seems like we’ve been on the verge of it for a while now, and in fairness to Nintendo, it has already begun. But with Sony’s announcements this week, it feels like the Next Gen of consoles is really, finally on its way. Nintendo have got off to a reasonable, if slightly understated start. The Wii U has performed well enough, but apart from its first party efforts, games are based on the current gen. It seems like developers have been waiting for Sony and Microsoft to make their moves before announcing their intentions for new games, so perhaps soon the U will start to pick up pace, and potentially build up a steady fan base before the other contenders enter the ring.
Todays Nintendo Direct announcement brought us some big news today, relating to the Wii U. Seven new games were confirmed, with some due to make proper playable débuts at this years E3.
This time last year, I was writing about the financial turmoil UK retailer GAME had found itself in. A year on and GAME is still very much with us, but only by the skin of its teeth. This year, the UK highstreet has been hit hard by not only an under performing Christmas period, but also a massive [...]
The Christmas games release list for 2012 was, let’s be honest, pretty sparse. Publishers have started to take the the whole ‘lets release our game after COD’ too far now. Anyway, seeing as the world hasn’t ended, it does mean the first quarter and beyond of 2013 promises to see a plethora of great looking games.
Metroid Prime was released in the US in November 2002, and in Japan and Europe shortly after. That makes it the 10th anniversary of the game. Ten years, and it has hardly aged at all.
There was some surprise when Microsoft announced a new Halo game was in the works for the Xbox 360. Most people were aware that Bungie had ended their involvement with the franchise and that 343 had been given the job of taking on the massive task of continuing Microsoft’s flagship game. But many assumed any new Halo game would only be seen in the next gen. Microsoft had other ideas, however.
When myself, Richard Dixon and Brad Langford purchased our tickets for this year’s Play Expo in Manchester, UK, there was one part of the expo which I was particularly intrigued to see. The retro sections and new games parts of the day would undoubtedly take up a fair portion of my time in there, but the one selling point of day for me, was that it would be my first experience of seeing cosplay in action.
The Dave Fincher produced, semi-live action Halo 4 trailer has been released, and it’s very good. If you haven’t seen it, here’s the fantastic video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b7dqtgkSWeQ
This weekend’s Play Expo in Manchester, UK was an amazing event. We’ve already had Richard’s early impressions of the Wii U from the event, but for me the main draw of the show was rubbing shoulders with Harley Quinn. No, okay it wasn’t, but it was a close second.