Tuesday, 29 November 2011

Dead Island - BloodBath Arena - Death Incarnate & Morituri te salutant Trophies Part 2

Hello & welcome to Dead Island's first DLC BloodBath Arena - Part 2!
The two parts of this vid show a play-through of 30 waves of zombies achieving the Death Incarnate ( Finish wave 30 ) & Morituri te salutant ( Finish wave 30 with at least one coop partner ) Trophies!

I had loads of fun making this video as the DLC is absolutely excellent!
You can get to the BloodBath Arena by fast travelling via the maps around Banoi. This is the easy arena, for now!
Waves 20 to 30 in this vid.

Kingdoms of Amalur : Reckoning - A New Type of RPG?

During the years, certain RPG’s have begun to define the genre, often starting a wave of inevitable clones trying to copy the original’s success, and while this is a good thing some of the time (Can’t really fault games for working off a winning formula.), sometimes things need to be mixed up in order to revive interest.

Occasionally though, there are RPG’s that completely blow us away using an existing formula, but refining it almost to the point of perfection. (The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim is a great example of this)

And then there are those games that try to change the genre altogether.

Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning is a game that aims to re-sculpt the genre into something more, and if successful may change the way we look at RPG’s forever.

The game is currently in development by 38 Studios and Big Huge Games, and will be published by EA in February on Xbox 360, PS3 and PC.

While the developers behind this game are not very well known, what is interesting to note about this game is that it has some very high profile individuals behind it.

Ken Rolston may not be someone you know by name, but he was the Lead Designer of  both The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind and The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion and is currently the Executive designer behind Kingdoms of Amalur. He is also an avid RPG fan, and having seen interviews with him, he looks to be incredibly excited about the direction this game is taking.

Popular Fantasy author R. A. Salvatore has created the game universe and the lore behind it, and considering the game was originally designed be an MMO (codenamed “Copernicus”), you can imagine the amount of available content for the story and exploration of the game.

Artwork will be penned by Todd Macfarlane, who is best known for his work on the Spawn comic series.  

The founder of 38 studios (Curt Schilling) has described the game as “a marriage between God of War and Skyrim”, and if this holds true then we can expect dynamic combat with an open world and the occasional quick-time event.

Combat will be similarly styled to an action RPG, with elaborate animations and interesting combinations for spells and abilities, but those involved have quickly corrected anyone who would box this game into this sub-genre.

There will be a great deal of emphasis on strategy and RPG mechanics, with 4 playable races, 3 separate class trees and 22 skills and abilities per class.  

While you start the game as a completely blank slate, the skill tree system will determine your destiny and story progression depending on which path and skills you choose, which will allow for a great deal of replays with different outcomes.

Environments will also vary greatly, with 5 very distinct regions to explore and having seen many of the gameplay trailers, looks to be one of the most beautiful games in RPG history.

The developers have also indicated that an MMO set in the same fantasy universe is still on the way.

While I may still be playing Skyrim in February, this game is next on my list of RPG’s to check out.

And if the game is half as good as it looks, it may just surpass our expectations.

Saturday, 26 November 2011

Dead Island - BloodBath Arena -CRAZY Slice n Dice!!

HOLY CRAP! I have not laughed this hard in ages. This is a true Slice n Dice, BloodBath Arena style! Enjoy!

The Future of Future Pixel - Message from the Editor in Chief

For those of you who are following from around the world (and I can see that you're growing as we speak.), I would like to thank you for all the support and feedback so far, as well as the contributions many of you have provided to the site.

Future Pixel is growing!!!!

Slowly but surely, it is becoming a forum for all gamers and its international audience has now reached almost every country in the world (granted, it may just be one hit on the site for some countries....but....that will change over time).

There is still a long road to travel, but with the continued support and feedback from the fans we can ensure that Future Pixel stays on track with regards to what people want from us.

Passion is what drives us gamers and with a constant (sporadic at times....life may get in the way.) dedication to everything gaming related, regardless of what platform....we will make it as big as we can.

I can personally promise the gaming community that I will continue to provide them with valid news and reviews to further what we love more than anything else......GAMES...AND....MORE GAMES!!!

In the next year, I am hoping to bring awesome additions such as Podcasts, Retrospectives and plenty of videos from our brilliant Video editing master - BentTwig........these are all on the list....BUT...!!!!!!

We need feedback people.....

This is extremely important, as we are doing this for all of you....you need to understand this!!! Your voice will always be heard.....And maybe you might make a difference in the gaming community.

Speak up dammit.....why be shy online......that makes no sense!!!!

Anyway, my point is we need as much feedback, articles and interest as we can  get.

Be a part of it.......be pro-active!!!!

Now that the season is upon us to be playing what we enjoy, we can use any feedback to put back into the community what we want for the following year....and the for the developers who are following. (yes, they are there).....we can make a difference.

Friday, 25 November 2011

Dead Island First DLC - Bloodbath Arena

BloodBath Arena - Death Incarnate & Morituri te salutant Trophies/Achievements Part 1 

Hello & welcome to Dead Island's first DLC BloodBath Arena!
This vid shows a play through of 30 waves of zombies achieving the Death Incarnate ( Finish wave 30 ) & Morituri te salutant ( Finish wave 30 with at least one co-op partner ) Trophies! 


Wednesday, 23 November 2011

World of Warcraft TV Commercial: Chuck Norris - Hunter.....hahahaha

Counterstrike Global Offensive Beta to start 30th November

Valve's massive Multiplayer megahit - Counterstrike, will be getting an overhaul in the next iteration.

Although it will still be a reworking of the existing game, it will add some new gameplay elements that will affect multiplayer significantly.

Counterstrike Global Offensive (or GO for short) will be released some time in 2012, but a Closed Beta will start on 30 November, according to the official Counterstrike Twitter account.

The Beta test will only applies to PC gamers, but the finished product will also be available on Xbox 360 and PS3.

Warhammer 40000 Space Marine - Loads of Orks......Yes, It's spelled with a 'k'

I have never played a Warhammer game,so I was slightly worried that Warhammer 40000:Space Marine
would lose its charm for me simply because I understood nothing.Thankfully,the Warhammer
universe was presented in a way that was easy to understand to a newbie,although I assume
it all meant more to veterans.

The Setting:
The game is set on the planet Graia, which is essentially one big military industrial compound.......
and it shows. The planet is portrayed mostly in shades of brown and grey with smoky skies.

This atmosphere isn't entirely due to the planets industrial nature though.
When you arrive on the planet it is also under siege by Orks (yes,spelled with a 'k').This
obviously affects map layout a bit, and you find yourself running around broken buildings,
attempting to get to your location in one piece whilst under enemy fire.

Space Marine features a mixture of third person shooting and hack-and-slash combat which
I found quite fun.The shooter aspect features an ammo limit,something I respect in singleplayer,
unlimited ammo feels like a god-mode to me,decreasing game difficulty and overall enjoyability.

My favourite combat style was the hack-and-slash though. I especially enjoyed the irony of
making planet-fall via a jet-pack and then being able to whip out a weapon as simple as a knife
to defeat the Ork hordes .Albeit a knife that is best described as the love child of a
machette and a carving knife. Also,you later get a much larger knife with a chainsaw component,
and I do love me a chainsaw in combat.

The storyline isn't the most complicated ever seen in a game.

Planet in trouble?Send in the Big Guns.

There are a few interesting twists though, and it was very well told, with certain aspects
of the 40k universe well explained for us who are late comers to it, such as the Ork Hierarchy.

All in all a well put together game,although the cutscenes occasionally made it feel a bit
disjointed, and I really would like to know what the odd dots on the protagonists
forehead actually are...


Monday, 21 November 2011

Super Mario 3D Land - Nintendo 3DS Review (with Trailer)

The last time I played a game with our favourite plumber it was on the Nintendo Wii, and it ended up being one of the most enjoyable games I have ever played.

Super Mario Galaxy, (and the subsequent sequel - Super Mario Galaxy 2) were fantastic examples of how Nintendo can completely re-imagine and successfully deliver a franchise that has lasted for several years without ever waning in popularity.

Extremely well received by fans and reviewers alike, both these games got very high review scores and were a massive success. Many websites even gave the game a score of 10 / 10. (marking the first time many of these sites had given such a high score to any game.)

Easily one of the most memorable characters in gaming, I personally think that Mario will always be around to keep us entertained in some way or another.

Super Mario 3D Land is no exception, with many of the successful elements from the Super Mario Galaxy series making a comeback on the Nintendo 3DS.

The game plays in much the same way, with its precise control system and likeable characters, but with smaller levels and less emphasis on gravity, unlike the Galaxy series.

There’s no travelling between different planets this time around, and the level progression menu has been stripped down to place more focus on the actual gameplay, much like the menus of Super Mario 3.

As usual, the vibrant use of colours in the game makes for a refreshing change from other games on the market.

The Tanooki suit (Raccoon suit) from Super Mario 3 also makes a return in this instalment, as well as the Flagpole’s from the original game to mark the end of each level. Also, if you get hit.....you change into a smaller Mario.....sound familiar?

All the original power-ups are present in the game (Mushrooms, Stars and Fire flowers), as well as the usual green "1up" mushrooms.

It’s clear that Nintendo is paying homage to days gone by and although it may go unnoticed by many, it serves as a welcome trip down memory lane.

The use of 3D is well-placed in a platformer of this quality, as it gives you a great deal of judgement and depth perception when it comes to jumping on the heads of any nasties that get in your way.

The levels are interesting and innovative, but not too long, making it perfect for short bursts of enjoyment on the fly – ideal for a mobile platform.

There isn’t much to say for story in this game, but when has Mario ever been about anything else but pure innocent fun.

This is definitely a defining moment for the Nintendo 3DS, and hopefully more games like this become available over time to fill out the current selection.

A fantastic game for all ages, I encourage everyone who owns a Nintendo 3DS to buy it.

9.5 / 10

Check out the Trailer here:

Thursday, 17 November 2011

Skyrim baby: The real Dragonborn?

Now here's something interesting.

Bethesda previously offered to provide a family that named their child Dovahkiin (the given name of the Dragonborn in skyrim) a lifetime supply of games.

Recently, Megan and Eric (that's as much as we know about them) gave birth to a young baby boy, who has subsequently been named "Dovahkiin Kellermeyer".

Bethesda commented on the birth of the baby - "Be it in the real world or the game worlds we create, we wish young Dovahkiin the best in all his adventures."

Dovahkiin was born on the 11/11/2011.......the same day as the release of the game.

Future Pixel Posts on Skyrim
Skyrim Creation Kit for PC released on Steam....with a nice Surprise!!!
Pixels, a Comic
Skyrim - Master Crimal Trophy Achievement Guid (video)
Elder Scrolls Lore in a Minute (video)
The Dragonborn Comes - Skyrim Bard Song and Main Theme Female Cover‬ (video)
Skyrim receives 40/40 on Famitsu
Skyrim - Standing Stones Achievement Guide (video)
Skyrim Baby - The Real Dragonborn?
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Review - A Masterpiece of Epic Proportions
Skyrim to offer Infinte Quests
Skyrim comes out this Friday - Just in time for the weekend 

Games to look out for in 2012 (with trailers / gameplay videos)

So the year is almost up, and 2012 is around the corner.

2011 has been a landmark year for gaming with brilliant releases like Deus Ex, Dead Island, Skyrim, Battlefield 3 and of course Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 (as well as countless others).

Of course, by this stage everyone is wondering what comes next for the following year. Here's a brief overview on some fantastic games due for release in 2012.

Farcry 3

The last Farcry (Farcry 2) was a great game, with it's open world and interesting gameplay. Set in Africa, it was enjoyable for many reasons, such as the ability to bind your own wounds and fix broken down cars to drive around the map.

However, many people missed the original setting of the first game, and gamers should be pleased to note that Farcry 3 will once again be set in the jungle.

Farcry 3 looks to be incredible, and with some very interesting characters as well.

Check out Ubisoft's E3 Press conference on Farcry 3 (7:59)

Bioshock Infinite

Irrational Games is once again releasing a Bioshock game, but this time the Underwater City of Rapture is nowhere to be found.

Bioshock Infinite will take place in the sky, on the floating city of Columbia. No news has been mentioned yet whether this game has anything at all to do with the previous two.

There's one thing no-one can deny though.....it looks fantastic!!!

Check out the Bioshock Infinite Announcement Trailer here (2:27): 

Hitman Absolution

It has been quite some time since a Hitman game was released. The last being Hitman: Blood Money which was released in 2006.

Very little gameplay has been shown as of yet, but if the trailer is anything to go by then it may end up being of a faster pace than previous games in the series.

Check out the Hitman Absolution Official E3 trailer here (1:45)

Tomb Raider

This marks an interesting landmark in the gaming community, as this time Lara Croft will be much younger.

This complete reboot of the genre (simply named Tomb Raider) will be way more gritty and realistic, with more of a focus on survival and Lara's beginnings in Archeology.

Damage shows visibly in the way Lara moves and acts, and looks to have a slight horror element included. Promises have been made that the game will be more open world as well, but only time will tell.

Check out the E3 Trailer here:

Diablo 3

Almost everyone is waiting patiently for Diablo 3 to be released, and the gameplay looks like it will definitely remain true to the last two games.

Blizzard is very obviously putting their all into this game, and when it eventually comes out it will definitely be a top seller.

Looking absolutely stunning, this may just be the best top-down dungeon crawler ever made.

Here's hoping that I'm right.

Check out the Official Blizzard Teaser trailer here:

Final Fantasy XIII - 2

While many didn't like Final FantasyXIII (13) due to it's linear approach, Final Fantasy XIII -2 may just change that a bit.

Though admittedly not as open as previous games in the series (Final Fantasy 1 - 9, 12), Square Enix is looking to fix many of the gripes you may have had.

Following Lightning and many of the other characters from Final Fantasy XIII, the ability to travel through time (Chrono Trigger anyone?) may just be what is needed to make this the success that Square Enix was hoping for the last game.

Check out the Official Final Fantasy XIII - 2 Announcement Trailer here:

Guild Wars 2

While not all of us are into our MMORPG's, the upcoming release of Guild Wars 2 has stirred a great deal of interest.

With interesting races to choose from and a greater focus on graphics, this game looks to be a grand improvement to the first game.

Many World of Warcraft and Warhammer Online players are itching to play something new, and this just might be the game that they're all waiting for.

Check out the Guild Wars 2 Teaser Trailer here:

Prey 2

Prey was a fantastic FPS, and although it didn't do as well as developers had hoped, it was definitely an innovative game for the genre with it's portal system and interesting physics.

Tasked with trying to rescuing his family from a pending alien invasion, Domasi "Tommy" Tawodi (the games protagonist and American Indian) has the help of his spirit guide as he travels through the spaceship they have been apducted to.

Interestingly enough, Prey 2 will not follow the original character, but an entirely new one. Killian Samuels (a US Marshall) starts the game onboard a plane that crashes into the "Sphere" (the alien ship from the first game) and follows him several years later trying to recover his memories on an alien planet as he works as a bounty hunter.

Apparently Tommy will be in the sequel as well, and will assist Killian in trying to take back his old life.

Check out the Prey 2 Official Trailer here:

Prototype 2

The first Prototype game was empowering regarding the abilities you could utilize within the game, and had a good open world design.

Playing as Alex Mercer, you need to piece together what's left of your memories in the pursuit of answers to why you have these new abilities. Within the midst of this, New York is being completely over-run by the infection and in a state of absolute chaos.

While a great concept, and very interesting at first, the missions became very monotonous and left a lot to be desired.

The sequel may change that, with a new main character with the same powers whose main goal seems to be hunting down Alex Mercer who he blames for his infection.

Check the Official Prototype 2 Trailer here:

Halo 4

Everyone thought that the Halo Trilogy was over, but Microsoft will be releasing Halo 4 somewhere in the near future, and many are excited to play it.

It has also been announce that this will actually be the start of a new Halo Trilogy.

Could be very Interesting.

Check out the Halo 4 Teaser Trailer revealed at E3 here:

Wednesday, 16 November 2011

Feedback on what you as a reader want from 2012 on Future Pixel

 Hi everyone, looking for some feedback from all of you on what you would like to see in Future Pixel in the following year. Good examples might be Podcasts, Walkthroughs, More video guides, more articles or effectively any feedback you might want to give. This IS a forum for gamers, so any of your opinions mean a great deal and will be taken to heart.

Tuesday, 15 November 2011

PETA cries out against Mario Tanooki Suit

This is one of the strangest stories I have heard in a while.

Apparently PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) has cried out against Mario's Tanooki Power Suit (otherwise known as the Raccoon suit), claiming that it encourages the wearing of fur.

The following statement was issued on one of their mini-sites:

"When on a mission to rescue the princess, Mario has been known to use any means necessary to defeat his enemy - even wearing the skin of a raccoon dog to give him special powers," says the site. "Tanooki may be just a "suit" in Mario games, but in real life, tanuki are raccoon dogs who are skinned alive for their fur. By wearing Tanooki, Mario is sending the message that it's OK to wear fur." 

There is also a ridiculous mini-game on the site, where players take charge of a skinned Tanooki trying to get his skin back from Mario.

Really?.......what next?

Monday, 14 November 2011

Uncharted 3 Killstreak Collection Part I

The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Review - A Masterpiece of Epic Proportions

As most of you know by now, the Fifth installment of the Elder Scrolls games was released last Friday.

The hype surrounding this game has been staggering to say the least, since it's original announcement last year, and for those of us who played the previous installment (The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion), expectations were extremely high that Bethesda would once again bring us something we could spend countless hours enjoying.

The last Elder Scrolls game was released in 2002, and since then Bethesda has been hard at work with Falllout 3, Fallout New Vegas and the numerous expansion packs for both.

I seriously enjoyed Fallout 3 and Fallout New Vegas, but throughout both there was always a part of me that longed to be back in the fantasy world of Tamriel. The Post-Apocalyptic Wastelands of Fallout always seemed too Monotone for me in comparison.

Back then, Oblivion set a standard for me with regards to open world beauty and freedom of choice, providing so much content that it took months to discover all that was offered within it. In fact, I know some people who are still playing Oblivion today.

I purchased Skyrim on Friday afternoon for Xbox 360, and with 3 sets of fully charged batteries, I hurried home to start playing.

Skyrim was the one game that I was waiting for this year beyond any other, but nothing could prepare me for the full scale of the adventure I was about to embark on.

From the moment you start the game, the sheer beauty of Skyrim immediately takes your breath away.

The trees and grass sway gently in the wind with the occasional flock of birds flying between them. The sky is a beautiful bright blue filled with photo-realistic clouds and a sun that blinds you with white light if you stare directly into it, with even the shadows of the trees and bushes dependant on what angle the sun shines from in the sky.

While the landscapes of Cyrodiil in the previous game were mostly forests, you begin to realise that there is far more variety in the environments of Skyrim. The forests where you start the game quickly turn to snow-covered mountains, desolate wastelands or marsh-filled swamplands depending on which direction you decide to travel. Weather changes often, with snow, rain and harsh winds changing the sky as you travel.

The sheer amount of content this time around is unbelievable, with characters approaching you for help out in the open while traveling, or quests becoming available from the purchase of a simple item at the many vendors in the different cities. You even receive mail from anonymous sources when travelling the world, commenting on previous events and providing further story and quests associated with your actions.

Gone are the days when you'd travel for miles without seeing anything of interest, as these random encounters happen frequently with far-reaching consequences.

Bethesda has included many of the redeeming qualities of the Fallout series, showing that they are true masters of the genre and are always willing to improve drastically on an already winning formula. One of the major additions to the Elder Scrolls series is the perk system first seen in Fallout 3, where levelling up provides you with an opportunity to decide which special abilities you'd like to acquire when progressing. These are unique to each speciality, so you may decide to choose a perk that allows you increase damage when dual-wielding Destruction spells, or maybe increasing your chance to do critical hits while wielding a two handed weapon.

The possibilities are endless and allow for all manner of variations in how you structure your character.

The inclusion of companions (a non-player character that follows you for the duration of the game) make a great deal of difference when in combat, as you can outfit them with weapons and armor to compliment your style of play. And although companions don't influence the story, this is actually a good thing. It means that if they die it's not the end of the world, as you can always hire or recruit a new companion at the nearby Tavern.

The ability to Duel Wield any type of weapon or spell is a welcome addition to combat and provides a far deeper experience when in battle. You are able to switch effortlessly from a sword and a shield to an axe and a fire spell, a healing spell and a dagger, or even two swords or axes to do maximum melee damage. 

Occasionally time will slow down to show a well-placed killing blow for added effect, sending your enemies flailing into a wall or falling off a cliff to their death.  

The numerous factions within Skyrim provide their own intriguing story lines and progression, with the College of Winterhold (the Mage's Guild) being the current story arc that I am busy with. Others include the Dark Brotherhood, the Companions (Fighters Guild) and many others. You can even choose which side of Skyrims Civil War you want to follow, pitching you into heated battles with your comrades at your side.

Lesser games could have used each of these story-lines as their main plot and still done well (each providing its own unique perspective.), but these are completely aside from the main story in Skyrim.

The main story involves the newly awakened Dragons from legend, and in this lies the games greatest strength. You are a "Dragonborn", from an ancient line of warriors who warred against the Dragons in ages past. As you progress, you encounter Dragons that circle the skys and wreak havoc on the towns and surrounding countryside. Encounters with Dragons are sometimes scripted, but often random as well. These chaotic encounters are incredibly intense, with townsfolk and guards rallying with you to attack them.

Once the dust has settled and the dragon is killed, you absorb the soul of the dragon which in turn provides you with additional power to your "Dragon Shouts" that you acquire throughout the game. Dragon Shouts are immensely powerful spells that don't use Magic, but do have a cooldown. Some of these include the ability to send a bolt of force in front of you, Dash forward several yards in a second, or summon a lightning storm to help you in battle against a Dragon.

While I must admit that I managed to clock up a good 60 hours of gameplay this weekend alone, there is still so much to see in the land of Skyrim, and I will certainly be playing it well into next year.

I still cannot believe the amount of improvements to the Elder Scrolls series in Skyrim, and every one of them mentioned is a fantastic inclusion that keeps you interested and constantly craving more, and with the promise of further expansion packs to add to the already massive world provided.....I'm VERY Impressed.

This is easily one of the best RPG's ever made.

10 / 10

Future Pixel Posts on Skyrim
Skyrim Creation Kit for PC released on Steam....with a nice Surprise!!!
Pixels, a Comic
Skyrim - Master Crimal Trophy Achievement Guid (video)
Elder Scrolls Lore in a Minute (video)
The Dragonborn Comes - Skyrim Bard Song and Main Theme Female Cover‬ (video)
Skyrim receives 40/40 on Famitsu
Skyrim - Standing Stones Achievement Guide (video)
Skyrim Baby - The Real Dragonborn?
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Review - A Masterpiece of Epic Proportions
Skyrim to offer Infinte Quests
Skyrim comes out this Friday - Just in time for the weekend 

Sunday, 13 November 2011

Ooh,it has zombies!

Dead Rising 2: Off the Record.My first thought?Excitement over another zombie game.I am a zombie freak,I love the games and the movies.This is why I always head into new zombie games with a childish glitter in my eye and an evil giggle on my lips.Imagine my disappointment when I realised that what I had was in fact,not really new...

The Game:
So the game starts with a cut scene that serves to give you some idea of what's going on,namely that Frank West has managed to go so low as to appear on TiR.Immediately I raise a skeptical eyebrow,isn't it a bit much to start the game off in pretty much the same manner as Dead Rising 2?I pushed on regardless as you're at least playing a different reality game in this one...Then after a bit of marching around and intrigue that basically serves as a tutorial for Frank's camera things go a bit pear shaped and zombies start to overrun Fortune City...um...just like in Dead Rising 2...Ever the optimist when it comes to the zombie genre in general though,I chose to ignore this and revel in the joy of smacking the walking dead to bits with miscellaneous items.That is until I exited the safe house area in the exact same manner as I had in DR2,and then experienced what I believe may have been the exact same cut scene I had seen in the pharmacy in DR2...which was also the very first place the storyline guided me to in DR2.Clearly,if you enjoy Dead Rising simply for the story,you will more than likely be disappointed by this latest effort.

Now obviously the draw for Dead Rising 2:Off the Record was the return of protagonist Frank West and his legendary camera.I actually heard many complaints that the photography aspect wasn't a feature in Dead Rising 2.So shutter happy fans will be glad for this "re imagining" of the game.Personally,the first thought I had upon seeing Frank in his spandex outfit at the beginning of the game was "my,we are a big lad aren't we",and kudos to the programmers for realism,it sort of shows.Frank is not the most elegant of movers.In fact,watching him run rather puts me in mind of a distressed penguin.The down side to this is a combat style that feels a bit sluggish,the upside is he appears to pack quite a punch.Another thing I noticed was that his voice acting seemed a little inconsistent,at times he sounded gruff,and at others his voice was clear and a bit younger.For all this I did enjoy running around as Frank,especially when he swung a guard rail around and took out groups of zombies.

A large draw for me in the Dead Rising games is the ability to pick up just about everything in the game and smack a zombie with it.There really is nothing quite like wielding an electric guitar to make sweet music with on the body of your foe.Dead Rising 2:Off the Record doesn't seem to expand much on the repertoire of usable items,although I may not have found all of them.It does appear to add a few new options to the list of combined weapons though,not that I'm sure how many as weapon combinations aren't something I go after obsessively,I much prefer the "pick up and bludgeon" strategy.

Dead Rising 2:Off the Record sees a few more survivors to be potentially collected,that is,if you ever collect them.In the initial stages of the game the only reason I know there are potential friends dying is because they splash it over the centre of my screen,"Someone has died!".This really only serves as an irritant to me,it obscures my view of the flying body parts and fountains of blood.Don't get me wrong,I'm sure the survivors are meant to serve some purpose,I just don't see it.However if you're playing the game properly,or like someone who isn't a bit psycho,you'll be glad to know that they have in fact added a few new people for you.For me they were just a few new people who followed me around for a while and then got eaten by a swarm of zombies because I didn't want to go back and help.

All in all,Off the Record is only really worth your time if you have yet to play Dead Rising 2,or just REALLY love to kill zombies and don't really care if the rest of the game fails to deliver.

And I'm being generous for the zombies

Saturday, 12 November 2011

10 interesting facts about MMORPG's you may not know

Millions all over the world are playing an MMORPG (Massively Multiplayer Role Playing Games) as we speak.

Their level of popularity is immense to say the least, and there are more examples of this genre out there than you might realize.

More well known examples over the last few years are World of Warcraft, Guild Wars, Warhammer Online and Star Wars: The Old Republic.

Here are 10 things you may not know about this genre.

Longest Running Guild in Online gaming
Originally established in 1996, "The Syndicate" is the longest running established Online Guild. They have been running for over 14 years, and have a presence in several different games including World of Warcraft and Ultima Online. They also Beta Test for several MMO developers.

First Fully Voice-acted MMORPG
Star Wars: The Old Republic will mark the first time that an MMORPG has full voice acting for non-player characters. Due for release this December, Bioware recorded hundreds of thousands of lines of dialogue.

Longest Running Science Fiction MMORPG
Anarchy Online holds this title, and has been around since 2001 - A period of 9 years.

Most Expensive Virtual Property in an MMORPG
Certain MMORPG's (particularly those with a more social focus) provide in-game property. The most expensive purchase of in-game property was within the game "Planet Calypso". In January 2010, Erik Novak purchased the Crystal Palace Space Station for $330,000 dollars. The purchase was made at a public auction.

Most Popular Console MMORPG
Although MMORPG's are very rarely available on console, the most popular Console MMORPG is Playstation Home for the PS3. Accessible via the Playstation Network, it has a record-breaking 14 million user accounts. 

Fastest selling Expanson pack for an MMORPG
The fastest selling Expansion pack for an MMORPG goes to World of Warcaft for their "Wrath of the Lich King" expansion pack. It sold 2.8 million copies in its first 24 hours of release.

Best Selling Virtual Item in an MMORPG
The Celestial Steed Mount in World of Warcraft is the best selling virtual item ever sold in an MMORPG. 140, 000 queued to purchase it on its initial release and provides no real benefits in the game other than being a status symbol.

First player to "Complete" World of Warcraft
World of Warcraft is open ended and cannot actually be completed in the usual sense, however "Little Gray" from Taiwan did manage to complete all the achievements available in the game at the time. He managed to achieve 986 of 986 achievement points that were available.  

First  Player to reach Levelm 80 in World of Waraft
With the release of Wrath of the Lich King, the player level was raised to 80 in World of Warcraft. The First player to reach this level was a gamer know only as "Nyhm" who managed to reach Level 80 within 27 hours of release.

Most Prolific MMORPG Publisher
With over 24 MMORPG's published since 1998, NCsoft has created more MMORPG's than any other Video Game publisher.

Thursday, 10 November 2011

Game of Thrones Action RPG due for release early 2012

If any of you have ever read the Song of Ice and Fire series of books, or watched the relatively recent first season of Game of Thrones on HBO (think of Lord of the Rings as a TV series done right.), then you know that fantasy can have just as gritty a feel as real life.

As I have watched the TV series so far, and am busy reading the books as we speak, I can tell you that any game that follows suit will be very critically looked at by myself as a fan.

One game has already been released (Game of Thrones: Genesis), and even though I haven't played it yet (shame on me), I thought that the genre that was chosen (Real Time Strategy) lacked the chance to develop the characters up to standard with the book or TV series.

Couple that with the fact that they would have to compete with the likes of Starcraft or Age of Empires Online, it's not too surprising to find that it's not doing that well.

A few weeks ago, news surfaced that another two games are currently in development based on the series, and that gives me hope that something a little more suitable of the undeniable epicness of the series could be on the way.

Atlus has recently announced that it will be the publisher responsible for an Action RPG based on the series of books, and from the sounds of it....it might actually be quite good. George R.R Martin (Author of the books) will be directly involved in the story, and will provide players with over 30 hours of gameplay.

While very little has been revealed as of yet, it has been mentioned that two original characters will be playable, and gameplay will include a slowdown system to allow players to decide on tactical decisions (maybe similar to Dragon Age?) Character decisions will effect the story as well.

The game will be released on Xbox 360, PS3 and PC.

It's still early days, but lets hope the game lives up to gamers expectations.......as well the expectations of the fans.

Skyrim to Offer Infinite Quests

If the Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim wasn't big enough already, apparently there will be an infinite amount of side quests to keep you busy.

The usual scripted quests will obviously be there to keep you playing for weeks, but once those are completed (say the Dark Brotherhood faction quests or Mage Guild faction quests) there will be plenty of random quests to do as well. These include assasination quests, or theft quests.

Although the types of quests will depend on which factions you complete, the quests will never end, effectively allowing you to play for the rest of your life.

Future Pixel Posts on Skyrim
Skyrim Creation Kit for PC released on Steam....with a nice Surprise!!!
Pixels, a Comic
Skyrim - Master Crimal Trophy Achievement Guid (video)
Elder Scrolls Lore in a Minute (video)
The Dragonborn Comes - Skyrim Bard Song and Main Theme Female Cover‬ (video)
Skyrim receives 40/40 on Famitsu
Skyrim - Standing Stones Achievement Guide (video)
Skyrim Baby - The Real Dragonborn?
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Review - A Masterpiece of Epic Proportions
Skyrim to offer Infinite Quests
Skyrim comes out this Friday - Just in time for the weekend 

Wednesday, 9 November 2011

Skyrim comes out this Friday - Just in time for the weekend

 The 5th installment of the Elder Scrolls Games gets released on Friday for those paying attention.

With loads of interesting new features, Skyrim looks to combine elements of the previous game (Elder Scrolls IV - Oblivion) as well as some features from Bethesda's other big games (Fallout 3 and Fallout New Vegas) to create a truly immersive experience.

A truly open world and unique experience, the additions of dragons as enemies, and being to absorb their abilities will make things interesting to say the least.

I'm planning on putting many hours into this game, starting on Friday with a weekend-long marathon.

Expect some interesting feedback on Monday.

Future Pixel Posts on Skyrim
Skyrim Creation Kit for PC released on Steam....with a nice Surprise!!!
Pixels, a Comic
Skyrim - Master Criminal Trophy Achievement Guid (video)
Elder Scrolls Lore in a Minute (video)
The Dragonborn Comes - Skyrim Bard Song and Main Theme Female Cover‬ (video)
Skyrim receives 40/40 on Famitsu
Skyrim - Standing Stones Achievement Guide (video)
Skyrim Baby - The Real Dragonborn?
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Review - A Masterpiece of Epic Proportions
Skyrim to offer Infinte Quests
Skyrim comes out this Friday - Just in time for the weekend 

Tuesday, 8 November 2011

Kinect Sports Season 2 Review

The original Kinect Sports was a prime example of how well Kinect can work. The game picked up your movements with relative ease and the sports and mini-games on offer were great fun for all ages. The video's your movements at the end of every game were at times absolutely hysterical to watch, and it was quite easy for anyone to just jump in and play.

Kinect Sports Season 2 gives you more of the same, with generally the same sort of  responsiveness that the previous game did.

The Sports on offer this time are different from the previous game, but just as enjoyable. (Golf, Darts, Tennis, Skiing, American Football and Baseball.)

This time around, the focus seems to be more aimed at enjoyment and competitiveness than physical exertion, which is a good thing in a way. It means you'll be more inclined to play for hours at a time instead of falling exhausted after an hour or two.

Needless to say, the sports are a little less strenuous this time around, mostly due to the more strenuous sports already being covered in the first Kinect Sports. Many of the Sports are longer, as in the case with Golf and Darts and could easily have been released as stand-alone titles.

Golf is my current favorite at the moment, and is quite easy to control (moving forward and back to move left and right.)

Minigames are still present as well as the videos at the end of each sport, but a few new features have been added to make the menu, gameplay and general enjoyment of the game a little more accessible and fun.

One of the great new features included in this version is the use of voice commands, particularly useful when accessing the menu or for changing clubs when playing golf. (although not mandatory if you'd prefer to use the original interface.) Voice commands are also used at certain points in American Football as well, though not as often.

The scoring system has changed somewhat, with the original levelling system being replaced by a "fan" system which allows you to acquire fans as you progress, and steadily increase the amount of applause you receive as you play the game.

As the different sports go, I found the better ones to be Golf, Baseball and Darts.

Tennis was a little too simple, and often not as responsive as the other games (still great fun, mind you.), while Skiing was difficult at times due to an unnecessarily steep learning curve.

This game was clearly more directed at an American market with the inclusion of Baseball and American Football, so for someone not as familiar with these sports........it can be a little confusing. In my opinion, they could have left one or two of the original sports with some improvements.

Overall however, Kinect Sports Season 2 is plenty of fun, and something that the whole family can enjoy. If you own and enjoy the first game, then this a worthwile buy to add to your existing collection of sports.

Still one of the most worthwhile series for kinect, it's definitely a good buy.

By the way, it makes for a fantastic drinking game as well.

8 / 10

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 Released

Well Everyone, today is the big day.

It's time for our Call of Duty fix again with Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 released today.

I'll definitely be picking up a copy later, and I'm very interested to see how it fairs with previous entries in the series.

I'm also interested in any feedback anyone has on it, as I'll only get a chance to play it this evening.

Monday, 7 November 2011

6000 copies of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 stolen

On Saturday, a truck carrying video games was robbed in France.

The truck was driving through Southern Creteil, when another vehicle rammed into it.

In the midst of the confusion, two assailants armed with knives jumped out and subdued the drivers of the truck with the use of Tear gas.

6000 games were stolen (roughly 400,000 Euro's worth), and while it was not initially know which games the truck was carrying, it has now been revealed that the Title was in fact Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3.

Upcoming Reviews and News

This is just a quick post to let everyone know what's coming in the next few weeks.

As you may or may not have noticed, there has been a slight delay regarding my reviews and also on the video's added to the site.

Regarding the reviews, I have recently acquired a load of new games and am busy playing them as we speak. (Yes, I do need time to play them.......shame on you if you thought otherwise.)

The games I am currently playing for review are as follows:

Monkey Island Special edition
Kinect Sports Season 2
Battlefield 3
Dark Souls
.....and one or two I can't think of at the moment.

And then of course, Call of Duty Modern Warfare 3 comes out on the 8 November......and then............. Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim on 11 November.

So, as you can gather, there is a lot of content coming, so keep your eyes peeled.

On the video side, we are currently having some technical difficulties which should be resolved soon. Once this has been resolved,  you can expect some brilliant video guides from BentTwig on Uncharted 3 and several other games due for release soon.

Sunday, 6 November 2011


Welcome to Arkham City, a new super-sized prison that has taken the place of Arkham Asylum and Blackgate Penitentiary as the home of the criminal element of Gotham. Arkham City is built in a portion of Gotham's old slums, and is run by Hugo Strange. Batman: Arkham City is the sequel to the 2009 release - Batman: Arkham Asylum and is made by Rocksteady Studios.

Arkham City itself:
The world of Arkham City, at first glance, seemed to be a dauntingly big place. However, after Batman swooped around the map a few times on various missions (swooping is acceptable if you're Batman), I realised that the map, whilst in no means small, was not as large as I had first thought it was...and then I looked again and realised it was actually even bigger. The Arkham City map really has several layers to it, creating an amazing world with plenty of depth. From one perspective the map basically consists of rooftops of buildings of various heights, and this is the world you see as you use Batman's glide ability to get speedily from one madman's lair to the next. The building's themselves have well designed and extensive interiors, and the streets outside, which you may choose to use as a more leisurely form of travel, are teeming with henchmen, side-missions and visual Easter Eggs. All in all, the game is worth the playtime just to snoop around and see all the sights.

You're main playable character is, of course, the caped crusader Batman. He comes with a utility belt full of upgradable gadgets, which can be used in combat, during his various missions, whilst generally exploring and  guiding him around obsessively collecting Riddler trophies. The combat is free flowing, and once you have your button combos down, the Bat can take on an entire gang of henchmen. Of course, until you have those button combos down you may occasionally find yourself making Batman punch thin air. Batman's primary form of travel is to use his grappling gun to rapidly launch himself upwards, and then his cape to glide. It's quick, effective and it looks really cool. He also has detective mode, an alternate vision mode that allows you to see clues and enemies more clearly and makes visible things like bullet trajectories in certain missions.
Downloadable content also makes Catwoman available to you, she comes with her own bag of tricks such as caltrops, and her own set of Riddler trophies. In battle she plays much the same as Batman, albeit she looks a little more speedy doing it. Catwoman moves around the city by means of scaling walls with her talons and using her whip to pull herself up to higher points, and after a good few days of Batman's gliding I must admit this seemed a little ungainly. However, she can also cling to horizontal gratings, which allows her lengthy surveillance opportunities in areas that Batman would otherwise have a quick view of as he swooped by.
There is also apparently a DLC pack that allows you to play as Nightwing, otherwise known as Dick Grayson, but this character is for challenge rooms, and not the general map.

The Bad Guys:
Arkham City sports many of the villains we know and love (or hate), such as the Penguin, Dr.Freeze, Bane, the Joker and the Riddler. The three main antagonists however are Hugo Strange and R'as al Ghul (which actually IS pronounced 'raysh',not the 'raaz' from the latest movies, I checked) for Batman, and Two-Face for Catwoman, although you do see an awful lot of the Joker throughout the game. For the most part I was pleasantly surprised with the character models, I particularly enjoyed the irony of the fact that the Riddler looked like a guy I used to work with, who incidentally owns a Riddler jacket. There were one or two whom I preferred in their classic comic looks, Harley Quinn for instance, I like better in the outfit you see on her voice-box statues, but as a whole the characters of the game were well made and the voice acting was superb. I actually spent some time simply eavesdropping on henchmen, who not only provide some small audio clues on their villain employer, but sometimes give you little snippets of hilarious gossip, like a rumour that Harley used to be a man. As in any game, the henchmen conversations do have some repetition, but are worth a listen.

The main storyline has Batman running around Arkham City on various missions as he keeps an eye on the developing situations within the giant prison, and gets himself involved in the various vendettas and agendas of the villains therein. There are also side-missions that, whilst not technically essential to the main story or game completion, are well made and coherent, adding to the story and enjoyment of the game. The missions have a healthy amount of combat (of course), but also require some forethought and stealth in places, and of course some good old-fashioned detective work...using incredibly high-tech gadgets.One of my favourite pastimes in the game is in fact part of a side-mission, I enjoy hunting down and obtaining Riddler trophies and puzzles, of which there are 436.The puzzles in particular are enjoyable, armed with a riddle as a clue you have to find specific visuals, which are usually references of characters from the comic books (the story is in fact based on the comics and not the movies).

All in all, Batman: Arkham City proved to be a brilliant game,well worth a buy and the playtime.

Main Game - 9/10
Catwoman DLC - 7/10

Friday, 4 November 2011

Last two Call of Duty Games more popular than Battlefield 3 on Xbox Live

Xbox Live usage Stats are showing some bleek news for Battlefield 3.

Stats show that between 24 October and 30 October more Xbox Live players were playing the previous 2 Call of Duty games than Battlefield 3. EA had some major teething issues with their Battlefield 3 servers recently, and this may have had alot to do with it.

And......with the upcoming release of Modern Warfare 3 on the 8th of November, this trend may persist if not resolved quickly.

Wednesday, 2 November 2011

Watch the Grand Theft Auto 5 trailer

The First Official Grand theft Auto V Trailer was released on Rockstar's site today. The trailer shows that the game will once again be set in San Andreas, but looks to have a new protagonist.

Definitely worth watching.

Check out the trailer on Rockstar Games Site - http://www.rockstargames.com/
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