Archive for April, 2011

Tomb Raider Detailed
April 27, 2011

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Tomb Raider will be the cover story for June’s edition of Playstation Magazine, and what a cover it is!

From the Tomb Raider facebook page:

North American @tombraider fans and PlayStation The Official Magazine subscribers, get ready for some seriously juicy coverage about to hit your mailboxes starting Monday May 2nd. It is with great pleasure that we present to you Tomb Raider as the cover story of June’s edition of PTOM. Tons of exclusive screens, information about some areas never before seen. The magazine is also due to hits shelves May 10th

Ninja Theory’s Enslaved (5-6 hours in)
April 18, 2011

Ninja Theory’s Enslaved is a dang fine game.

I purchased a new copy a couple of weeks ago for $14.99 and fired it up late last week to see what was in store. I had heard that the story, based loosely on Wu Cheng’en’s enduring classic Journey to the West, alone was worth the price of admission and while I can certainly confirm that to be the case (my wife and I are really enjoying Monkey and Trip’s odyssey and growing relationship) the game play is also a heck of a lot more fun than I was expecting it to be after reading some of the reviews on-line that kind of tore it to pieces as little more than a button masher. You can certainly progress through the game just flailing away at a few buttons, but one need not play it that way and the combat is such that you can really make the mech battles a very fluid, satisfying, slaughter if you take the time to implement strategies, combos and the many upgrades that are available to you to enrich the experience.

My wife is one only to sit through very entertaining game narratives, such as the Uncharted series, and she’s had her seat happily planted in front of the television every time I’ve turned this on to play and I’m having trouble forcing myself to turn it off to take care of other responsibilities. She’s really enjoyed helping me find all the currency in the game, and helping me map out where I should go (it isn’t necessary but she has fun doing it), and has commented on how much fun the battles appear to be, especially when she knows how much I appreciate good combat mechanics (re: Batman: Arkham Asylum and its kind). She even had a friend of hers glued to the screen as I played yesterday afternoon, so I just wanted to take a moment here to recommend this game to anyone who hasn’t had the chance to experience it yet. Monkey and Trip are very compelling characters (I was surprised at how quickly I became attached to them), the world is fun to traverse (often through climbing sequences), the combat and fighting mechanics are much better than advertised, and seeing as how you can find this for under $20 at retail stores and online, it’s a real steal and I hope you’ll consider purchasing a new copy to help support Ninja Theory…and this dang fine game.

Now to track down Heavenly Sword!

Street Fighter X Tekken Trailer & Gameplay
April 12, 2011


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Check out the official Street Fighter X Tekken trailer,  game play footage, screens, character art and other details at the Capcom-Unity blog.

So pumped.

[Content courtesy of Capcom-Unity]

Up To My Neck In…
April 12, 2011

…Books.

Not games.

Sorry for my silence over the last several days folks, I’ve had my head stuck firmly in history texts for a couple of courses, but should be back and posting normally soon.

Thanks, and I can’t wait to tell you about a few great deals I was able to take advantage of over the last couple of weeks.

Amazon’s Deal of the Day: Borderlands: Game of the Year Ed.
April 4, 2011

For anyone that hasn’t yet been able to experience the greatness that is Borderlands, or for those hoping to nab the 4 available DLC game packs at some point in the near future, today is a good day to remedy the situation on both accounts as Amazon.com has the Borderlands: Game of the Year Edition on sale for 19.99 (50% off the retail price).

The “Game of the Year” edition includes the core Borderlands game, as well as the 4 DLC add-ons detailed below:

Borderlands: The Zombie Island of Dr. Ned – Originally released as a digital content download, action in it is centered in the town and surrounding areas of Jacob’s Cove, which is on the fictional Jakobs Corporation owned Island unofficially named Zombie Island. Here players are tasked with the completion of 20 exclusive Borderlands missions, involving the zombie infestation of the island, as well as various optional side quests. As the name of the island suggests, players will be kept busy honing their skills at killing zombies, zombie bosses and the other undead beings as efficiently as possible. In-game money is earned for these kills and available weapons come both in the form of randomly generated weapons and unique items taken off defeated bosses. The level of undead action experienced is directly tied to players’ progression within the single player campaign within the main game, making for gameplay closely tied to the main game, and a zombie fest not to be missed.

Borderlands: Mad Moxxi’s Underdome RiotBorderlands: Mad Moxxi’s Underdome Riot is the second add-on pack for Borderlands re-released on disc following initial availability via digital download. Designed with a Mad Mad Thunderdome ethic and feel, action here occurs within a series of spaces known as riot arenas where the changing rules, commentary and mood are provided entirely at the whim of the over-the-top and seductive ringmistress, Moxxi. Within the matches, both single player against AI and multiplayer player, players rack up kills using a variety of weapons and shields, earning themselves skill points and in-game loot that can be stored at an in-game bank.

Borderlands: The Secret Armory of General KnoxxBorderlands goes to 11! You may have seen some games raise their level cap by 5, or maybe even 10, but with The Crimson Lance Assassination Squads wreaking havoc and Crawmerax the Invincible being all invulnerable and stuff we knew you’d need more than just 10. And that’s why Borderlands goes to ELEVEN. The Secret Armory of General Knoxx is an add-on pack for Borderlands that adds new guns, new class mods, new vehicles, new missions, new enemy types, and increases the level cap to 61. In other words…best add-on ever. Of all time. Forever.

Borderlands: Claptrap’s New Robot Revolution – To combat second hand sales of used munitions among greedy, haggling treasure hunters on Pandora, the Hyperion Corporation have decided to activate the Interplanetary Ninja Assassin Claptrap. Instead, it has organized all of the claptraps into a revolution, and they’ve been assimilating all life on Pandora and converting them into claptraps. With our heroes caught in the middle, they must stop the Interplanetary Ninja Assassin Claptrap in order to release his control over all of Pandora’s claptraps and collect their reward, of course. The pack adds 21 missions, 10 new skill points, three additional backpack slots and raises the level cap to 69.

This is a great deal as the $20 price tag alone is less than the cost of the [4] DLC add-on packs alone, if memory serves. You’ll also receive a fold-out map of the Pandora Territories, which I can confirm in my copy.

Another possible way to go about this (and the route I took prior to hearing of the Amazon deal) is to check your local GameStop store which had discounted the Game of the Year edition over the weekend to $19.99 as well. I traded in my original Borderlands copy and received ~ $8 in credit + the (usually pithy) trade-in bonus you get using their Power Up Rewards card. I traded in an additional game that I wouldn’t miss too much as well, but even if you simply traded in the original for the upgraded edition you could potentially get this for just a smidgen over $10.

I ended up getting it for ~ $5 and feel pretty darn good about it as I already loved the game and now get a chance to finally dive into the DLC that I’ve had to hold out on, until now!

[See: Amazon’s Deal of the Day]