Tuesday, 31 January 2012

Kart Racing Retrospection



The history of kart racing video games is an intriguing tale; it's not a tale filled with ground breaking games that changed the face of kart racing forever, but more riddled with mediocre titles and badly mass produced games.

The quality of the Kart Racer has hardly ever been brought to question, but some titles that have come out over the years have generally never excited people the way a first-person-shooter would.

But Kart racers have just as much, if not more of a competitive nature that requires crazy skills to be able to beat an opponent by mere inches.

It includes the speed of racing with on-the-fly tactics one would expect from an FPS. Race fast, slide past corners, get a turbo charge, collect an item box and launch an attack on unsuspecting rivals while still making sure you hit those sweet spots for the fastest time possible.





















Mario Kart has been the top Kart Racer for a really long time.

Being a Mario title, however, it only appeared on Nintendo consoles (naturally). The Mario Kart series has always, like most of Nintendo's titles, followed a similar formula giving us their [approximately] 16 new racetracks, [approximately] 16 classic racetracks, and the usual powerups and unlockable characters of other titles they released recently (eg: Princess Rosalina from Mario Galaxy).

The gameplay hardly needed changing over the years and, like most racing games, only offers more vehicles, characters and maybe some powerups as the series grows.

With DLC like it is nowadays you would expect that these tweaks would be more frequent, with less full releases, but we all know Nintendo aren't fond of the internet, so we shouldn't really expect too much in that department.


Modnation was the Sony Playstation's Mario Kart in every way, except for maybe how the power ups were used, and the fact that it had a super awesome track creator.

It brought a good crazy racing game to the Playstation which, even though it had the likes of that Ben10 racer, or any other title that used kart racers as a quick and easy way to get a game out, it had not seen one since the Playstation 1's Crash Team Racing.

Say what you want about that Jak X. It did not work well as a racer and the series should have stuck to platforming.


The history of the Kart Racing Videogame goes far, but one of the classics that really focused on being a silly power-up racer was Wacky Wheels.

A 1994 pc game that was as much a Mario Kart clone as could be expected, you could LAN with up to 8 players and it offered a healthy dose of easy to play competition. Collect hedgehogs or bombs to knock out your opponents, take sharp corners and come in first. Fun and easy!

For its time it had great, responsive controls, amazing graphics and a large selection of stages. It was a step in the right direction, bringing that type of racing to PC, but it didn't last, as the PC focused more on shooters and strategy games.

The Kart Racer is a brilliant way to spend an evening and lose some close friends, but if there's one thing I've learned from Kart Racers is that it's rarely fair...

You can be the best racer, remain in first for 2 and a half laps, only to be hit with the (to use Mario kart terms) blue shell (which homes in on the character in first place), a Red shell (which homes into the character ahead of you), a Green Shell (which takes skill to strike) and then to be knocked aside by a bigger racer, only to fall into a pit and then end up in 7th place. If you haven't gotten to that point of frustration where you are threatenening to actually kill your friends (where they start to believe you) then either you are not kart racing right or you're cheating.

Monday, 30 January 2012

5 Zombies that aren't Zombies....but are Zombies?


Sometimes, just sometimes.....what makes or breaks a game is the villain....not the story.....not the graphics....and on the rare occasion.........not even the gameplay.

A good villain makes you feel like a good hero, and there's nothing better than kicking it's ass and winning out against something so horrific or ridiculous that if you ever saw it in real life......it would either make you scream like a little girl, or at the very least question your own sanity. 

As gamers, we fight numerous monsters, robots, demons and assorted beasts that give an element of substance to the constant hacking, slashing and shooting that we enjoy so much.

One of the most popular enemies to appear in video games is also one of the most popular in movies, and depending on the game, is certainly a firm personal favorite of mine. - THE ZOMBIE!!!!!

In the last few years, Zombies have made a comeback (sort of their defining factor, I guess) in almost every method of media possible. In fact one of my favorite TV series at the moment is "The Walking Dead" which is all the scary bits of a zombie movie with some decent acting thrown in for a nice change.

Zombies in all their different forms have been in so many games that it would be pointless to mention them all. It's probably nearing the point that it's comparable to the appearance of Elves and Dwarves in Fantasy books or movies.

And yet, every time I play a game that has Zombie's in it, there's always that moment of fear. Whether it's the fear of being bitten, eaten or of being overrun.

Of course sometimes these Zombies aren't technically Zombies. I mean......Zombies as we know them are human (or at least used to be) and are generally feasting for brains. These are how the movies have always depicted them, but video games are sometimes a little more creative in this.

These are some of our favorite Zombies....that aren't Zombies......but are Zombies.

The Lambent - Gears of War series

Here's what we know about what is supposed to make a zombie. It used to be a human, but is now missing it's intelligence and subsequently wants yours.....by eating your brain.

 Never mind the logic of that, but a zombie doesn't have a any logic anymore so there we go. Infected by a virus or maybe some alien influence, a Zombies body is not what it used to be (due to that annoying necrosis that is probably responsible for the loss of brain power as well), so therefore it's falling apart and unsurprisingly........a little upset.

It's very unfair to classify zombies this way because who's to say a zombie has to have been a human?

The Locust swarm from the Gears of War series were pretty nasty to begin with. But it's kind of obvious from the very beginning that they're monstrous, unrelenting but also a very proud race.

Along comes the Lambent Virus and infects them. Now they have no mind of their own......they're way more vicious and bloodthirsty.......and also....a little upset.

Sound familiar? Lambent = Locust Zombie.


The Necromorph - Dead Space series

Few enemies are as terrifying as the Necromorph from the Dead Space Series. Try playing Dead Space in the dark with surround sound....alone.

The result is uncontrollable shaking, lack of sleep, heart palpitations and unexpected bowl movements.

They're dead people (check), don't seem to have a logical mind (check), want to eat you (check) and they're REALLY pissed off about something (check). Oh, and they have spiky parts sticking out of their body.

Not Zombies?.........I beg to differ.

Yes, they look a little different, they move a lot faster and can't be killed by a head shot.

That just makes them UBER-ZOMBIES PEOPLE!!!!!!!


The Thing - The Thing (movie and video game)

Is it a Zombie?, is it an Alien, is it a Shapeshifter?.......no......it's all of the above and you'll never know which one of your friends it's pretending to be.

Ok, granted it's not a dead person...but when it can kill and then imitate a dead person, that almost makes it the same.

In the Video Game there was more of them.
No trips to the Antarctic for me, thanks.....I'd rather stay at home.



The Las Plagas - Resident Evil 4 and 5

Resident Evil was always one of those games that defined the zombie genre in video games. Even when the zombies mysteriously disappeared and instead were replaced by angry parasite-infected villagers, they still managed to bring the fear.

The Las Plagas maintained some of their intelligence, but were still hungry for blood. Also, headshots were often a bad thing, with the parasites often protruding from the severed head to kill you.

This one moment defined this creature as a Zombie for me......No head and still trying to kill me....yup, you're a Zombie.

The Licker - Resident Evil series

If any creature in the Reident Evil series scared me senseless, it was the Licker.

Half human, and half.......don't really know for certain......it was such an absurd creature, with it's lack of skin, incredibly long tongue and apparent complete lack of eyes, it was definitely one of scariest creatures in a game.

Never mind the fact that it creeped effortlessly along the walls and ceilings....it was definitely something haunt or dreams.

It was infected with a derivative of the same virus that created the zombies in the game........so it's a Zombie!!!



If any these creatures aren't actually Zombies....then what is?



Sunday, 29 January 2012

The Shoot - Worst. Date. Ever. Trophy Achievement Guide

This guide shows the locations of the prom queen in all four Haunted House Party scenes achieving the Worst. Date. Ever. trophy.

Enjoy!

 

Red Dead Redemption - Fast Exp Guide

If your like me and have had Red Dead Redemption sitting on your shelf for a couple years trying to get to level 50, then this I have found is the quickest way to level up!

Do the Pikes Basin hideout over and over. This guide was intended for the Red Dead without the Exp multiplier, with the 3x Exp it took me about 2 hours to go from level 42 to 50! Easy easy.

Enjoy

 

IGN's Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning Abilities & Destinies Video


 

Friday, 27 January 2012

Witcher 2 on Xbox 360 this Spring


I never had a chance to play the first Witcher game. I only got to hear about it.

Of course, the things I heard made me WANT to play it, but at that time my PC was way below spec, and I was reluctant to add yet another game to my collection that played more like a slideshow of low resolution screenshots than an actual game with a decent frame rate.

And so I refrained from buying it, and likewise I ended up missing out on Witcher 2. Of course, my machine is significantly better than it was on the release of the first game, but I still didn't buy it.

My focus at that point was on my Xbox, and I didn't feel like testing my computers capabilities with a game that was well known to be heavy on system resources at the time.

I did get a chance to see it on one of my friend's machines and I certainly liked what I saw. The graphics were good, characters likable (or alternatively quite the opposite) and dynamic. I played through the first section of the game and knew that given some quality time with the title, I would definitely enjoy it.

Then the news hit that Witcher 2 would be coming to Xbox 360.




Granted, this is quite a while after the release on PC, but the news was exciting nonetheless. Finally I could play the game, and not worry about tweaking and lowering settings to make the game playable.

The time-frame as to when it will be released has recently been announced, and although no specific date was set,.................. it will be coming out sometime during Spring this year.

Speaking to those in the know, this is one of those titles that was born to be on console.

Many people complained that the menu system was too simple, but did not suit the movements of a keyboard and mouse. Alternatively, many of those who played it also commented that it would be perfect for a controller.

So there we are, Witcher 2 on Xbox 360.

It's coming soon in all it's violent glory, complete with Difficulty levels that compare to Demon Souls, Sex scenes and multiple story paths.

I'm looking forward to playing this, but I really hope and prey that there aren't any framerate issues. 

With it's gritty and realistic approach to fantasy games, it should be an interesting one to play.

 

Thursday, 26 January 2012

Demotivational Posters - how easy is this!!!!

Hey Everyone,

As you can see, we've started our own ongoing comic series. - Pixels - Skyrim VS Batman

During the creative process I started to realized just how hard it might be to draw a comic (We're all very lucky we have someone of Tamsyn's creative talent)......and also strangely enough.......how easy it is to create a Demotivational Poster.

Here are my lame attempts at Demotivational posters from today. I will be posting more.....and I welcome any others from viewers as well.







 

Pixels,a comic 2

Batman see's that Skyrim Daedric armor looks like Batman...



 (and wishes he could wear it too)


Artwork by T. Reece-Edwards

Concept by David Ridley

 

Wednesday, 25 January 2012

Latest Rumors circulating in the Gaming Industry


Rumors are always interesting in the Gaming Industry. They help to build anticipation for many of the devices and games that we enjoy.

The reason why rumors in the gaming industry are often worth mentioning is that occasionally.......they're actually true.

Often Game developers and Console manufacturers purposefully leak information and teaser content seemingly unrelated to themselves. It encourages conversation, speculation and can often precede a more agressive marketing campaign to get our attention.

Last year there was a rumor that Ezio Auditore (from Assasins Creed) would be a playable character in Soul Calibur 5......and lo and behold..........it turned out to be true.


A more recent example of this was the news of possible leaked box artwork for Resident Evil 6. Soon to follow was a viral website linked to Capcom that showcased the biohazard (Japan's name for Resident Evil) sign and the words "No hope Left" written on the wall of an abandoned building and video clips of a chinese woman terrified of an unknown terror. - www.nohopeleft.com

Naturally the specualtion as to the validity of these claims began to generate a lot of conversations in podcasts, gaming sites and forums.

A few days after that Capcom officially announced the game, releasing the first trailer for it. - Resident Evil 6 trailer

Truth be told though many of these rumors are just that and often come from extremely unreliable sources.

Here are some other interesting rumors currently circulating in the gaming industry:


1.) Resident Evil 6 will have 6 player Co-op gameplay and 8 player Multiplayer
Xbox.com apparently showed recently a listing for Resident Evil 6 that showcased 6-player co-op and 8-player multiplayer.

Originally Spotted by Kotaku, the listing showed two-player co-op offline and six-player co-op online. Since then this lisitng has been removed,  with the listing at Xbox.com now showing no Multiplayer.


2.) A New Xbox will be showcased at E3 this year
While speculation on this had been suggested previously, MCV (a highly reputable UK site) stated in one of their posts that the rumor of a new Xbox had been confirmed by a highly reliable inside source. While Playstation 4 rumors were shot down by a Sony Exec a few days later.....Microsoft did not make any official statements to the contrary.


3.)The New Xbox will have a tablet controller similar to the upcoming Wii-U
As everyone knows by now, the Wii-U (Nintendo's new console) will be released later this year with a tablet-based controller (ie. a screen on the controller itself). Originally rumored by Gamestop, the new Xbox may use similar technology. Although this may be a stretch in some people's eyes, Microsoft's approach to Kinect with Windows Mobile Phone integration may be a step towards confirmation of this.


4.) God of War 4 and Syphon Filter 4 will soon be announced for PS3
Although nothing has been confirmed by Sony (and incidentally not denied yet either), the release of another God of War game would not be unexpected. A job listing for Sony last year indicated that this may be the case. Definitely one of their most popular franchises, it does make sense. Siphon Filter, although not as popular as of late (due to the amount of time since it's last release), would also not be a stretch.

5.) Microsoft may be phasing out Microsoft points by the end of the year
A report on specialist mobile site InsideMobileApps.com, quoted that "a source with knowledge of the company's decision." has stated that Microsoft may be doing away with it's current Microsoft point system. Considering the success they have generally had with it, it's unlikely.....and yet certain lawsuits relating to this may have had some leverage.


6.) Possibility of a Dead Space First Person Shooter and Uncharted Style Game
"Anonymous inside sources" that corresponded with Kotaku speculated that EA was working on other ways to expand the Dead Space Franchise. A possible First Person Shooter and also an "Uncharted Style" game were mentioned. Nothing else has surfaced lately regarding this, but a First Person Dead Space Game...........please.........I need my sleep.


7.) Dragon Age 3 might include Multiplayer
As well as claiming that Dragon Age 3 might be more "Skyrim-like" regarding it's open world, rumors have also surfaced that Dragon Age 3 may also include Multiplayer. Though this is still a rumor at the moment, I personally believe it to be true. My reasoning is this.......Mass Effect 3 Multiplayer has already been announced, and considering they use the same engine...it would be a logical decision to make.

These are some of the rumors circulating at the moment, but there are others like Epic Mickey returning as a cross-platform game and a possible Battlefied 2143 release, but these are the ones that stand out at the moment.


Let us know of other interesting rumors, if you hear them.....and state a source if you can.

 

Tuesday, 24 January 2012

10 Ways that MMORPG's and RPG's are Completely Different


Role Playing Video Games (or RPG's) have been around for a very long time. In fact, they've been around longer than any of us might realize.

Loosely based on pen and pencil games such as Dungeons and Dragons, they have progressed a great deal since their original origins on the Mainframe Computers of the 1970's.

Back then, they were only text-based and served as a form of "interactive book" where you were presented with options as to which choices you would make.

As the technology improved and became significantly more advanced, graphical content was added and started to become something way more interactive.

One of the biggest and most interesting changes to the genre was the eventual (and logical) progression towards an online space, which led to the development of what is now know as the MMORPG (Massively Multiplayer Online Role Playing Game
)

More popular examples of this genre over the years include Everquest, Ultima Online, Phantasy Star Online, Guild Wars, Dungeons and Dragons Online, World of Warcraft and more recently, Star Wars : The Old Republic.

What was previously an evolution of the RPG genre has now become a separate genre in itself, and has evolved into something that still shares many aspects with RPG's......but they are also different in many ways.

Here is a rundown of  some of the major differences that separate the two from each other. (and in some cases....benefit each in turn.)


1.) Ability to Pause the game

Aaaaah...the pause button. Ever since I started playing games there has always been a pause button. Useful for any number of reasons like making yourself a snack, taking a toilet break or even venturing on an extended family visit....the pause button has always been there to keep us anchored to the real world. With the possible exception of cut-scenes within games, we have always been able to take any number of breaks between gameplay if we so choose. RPG's are certainly no exception.

However, MMORPG's will never have a pause button.

The very idea of one is counter-productive to the team-based method of gameplay. Just try and go and make yourself a sandwich in the middle of a dungeon or a raid.

You'll return to find that you've been kicked from the group with scorching text in the chat window reprimanding you,.........or alternatively you'll be left lagging behind the rest of the group.....and possibly lost.

Granted, any other online game would be much the same....with the possible exception of a game of Deathmatch in Call of Duty, where any other players may welcome it.



The WINNER...............RPG's!!!! 



2.) Social Gaming
As great as the Single Player experience may be, the addition of other human players always makes a game more interesting and diverse. In the case of MMORPG's, social interaction is incredibly important. Playing as a team requires that you work together, so therefore communicating effectively with each other is necessary.

These games generally have built in chat functionality and with the addition of a good VOIP programme like Skype, Ventrilo, Teamspeak or Mumble you can talk to your fellow players and form friendships with members of you Guild. 
    The WINNER...............MMORPG's!!!! 


3.) Graphics
Graphics have improved dramatically over the last few years, and the RPG is one of those genres where these improvements are shown in the most spectacular of ways. The worlds that these games take place in are beautifully designed and detailed. Occasionally stopping to look at the sunset or a beautifully crafted environment is not uncommon, and actually makes the game more dynamic and interesting.

In the case of MMORPG's these graphical improvements need to be balanced with internet speeds, keeping prospective target markets and countries in mind. Lag is a constant irritation (especially with a slow internet speeds) and with more intensive graphics the Lag has a tendency to increase. Due to this, graphics in MMORPG's remain relatively similar as the years go by, with smaller improvements implemented over time.

                         
  The WINNER...............RPG's!!!! 


4.) The Savegame Dilemma
How many times have you played a game for hours on end, finding your way to the final boss, and then died? And the worst thing was......you forgot to save. 

I'm guilty of having done this countless times, and there are very few things as frustrating (the only two exceptions that come to mind are a bricked console or a malfunctioning PC)

While the Save Game is an important part of the Single Player experience, MMORPG's have no real need for them. The world is perpetual, meaning it will still be there even if you switch your PC off.

Instead of save games, MMORPG's like World of Warcraft use Spawn points, which allow you to appear a short distance from where you died as a spirit to reclaim your body. 

This system benefits you as a player significantly because it means that you don't lose out on any rewards or experience gained until that point.
 The WINNER...............MMORPG's!!!! 



5.) The Storyline
Whereas an MMORPG's main appeal to some is the social aspect of the game, RPG's have the appeal of being able to tell a compelling story. Partially due to graphical innovations and a focus on a making the story matter to you as an individual, the stories in RPG's have a tendency to be more emotional and enjoyable.

Games like the Final Fantasy series have always had a knack for pulling on your heart-strings, while others like the Elder Scrolls series and The Witcher have always given us a story we can truly feel a part of. 

 
The WINNER...............RPG's!!!! 



6.) Length of Gameplay
While RPG's generally have a conclusive ending (games like Skyrim possibly being the exception) and a finite amount of potential content that will keep you busy for many hours....MMORPG's are more focused on continuous gameplay. Updates and Expansion packs are often released, which add additional content to the existing game to keep players interested. 

Dungeons, Raids and Battlegrounds are structured to be played over and over again with different rewards, because the main focus of an MMORPG (regarding gameplay at least) is to keep you coming back for more.

As MMORPG's are massive endeavors on the developers part, they are not released anywhere near as often as RPG's and therefore are designed to make you play forever.


The WINNER...............MMORPG's!!!! 



7.) A Greater Selection to Choose from
Single Player games are a dime a dozen, RPG's being no exception. mainly due to shorter production times and the benefits of being able to bring out a sequel depending on the success of the first. Many developers compete on a yearly basis to better their competitors and end up providing us with title upon title to keep us entertained.

 The WINNER...............RPG's!!!!



8.) In-game Economy
RPG's have always had limited economies, with shopkeepers to sell and buy your goods to (with set prices) generally being the only thing close.

The huge online communities of World of Warcraft and Guild Wars have way more of a selection when it comes to buying and selling. Prices are only set with the regular vendors encountered within the game.

The majority of items are bought and sold within the auction house (highly addictive and a game in itself) where anyone can auction off an item at their own decided price to be bought by another player within a particular time frame. You can even trade or purchase between players.

Occasionally you'll pick something up at a very low price, and end up jumping up and down in joy at your amazing luck.

The WINNER...............MMORPG's!!!! 

 

9.) No Pressure to Perform
The beauty of a single player RPG is that there's no-one else can tell you what to do. If you're playing badly no-one else loses out, and besides, who really cares. It's all up to you how you want to play the game. 

If you decide to try and finish the game with the same leather armor and dagger you started off with, then it's your choice. (although almost certainly a bad one.)

The amount of character choices within an MMORPG are incredibly vast to say the least, and the daunting task of choosing the right abilities is often extremely difficult.

And on the rare occasion, if you've leveled your character incorrectly you may not perform sufficiently to assist the rest of your team, and may find yourself on the receiving end of several insulting comments. 

 The WINNER...............RPG's!!!! 
 


10.)Help is always at hand
RPG's are difficult in their own ways, with some games like Demon Souls being close to the edge of impossible. The most common way to overcome these difficulties is to look them up on the internet. For most RPG's there are several different resources to assist like Wiki's, Guides, Walkthroughs and Youtube Videos.

While MMORPG's have all of these as well, there are two more methods of help within an MMORPG that are generally easier and much more effective.

Ask someone!!!

Just type in your question on the global chat channel and someone will end up answering. People are generally friendly, and will more often assist you with Quest related information and advice.

Worst comes to worst you can even contact a GM (or Game Master) who works for the developer, and they will try and help you get through certain quests that are bugged or even assist in reclaiming missing items.

The WINNER...............MMORPG's!!!!


So that's that. Please note that there is no overall winner here, and there's a good reason for this.

Both genres are equally as good in their own different ways, and although they may appeal to different types of people they deserve equal respect.

Although these are the 10 most prominent differences between these two incredibly addictive and enjoyable genres, there are probably quite a few I've left out.

Feel free to add to these, if you think I've missed out on anything important. 



Monday, 23 January 2012

Pixels,a comic

I used to be an adventurer...

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 

Guild Wars 2,THIS YEAR!!




Arenet founder and president Mike O'Brien announced on the official blog today that Guild Wars 2 will be released this year.They're also inviting select press to join the beta in February,and opening the beta events to more players in March and April.

Keep an eye on the Areanet blog and the official Guild Wars 2 site for further updates!

http://www.arena.net/blog/dragon

http://www.guildwars2.com/en/

And while you're waiting for Guild Wars 2, fire up the original Guild Wars again and fill your Hall of Monuments.

The more weapons,companions,armour sets etc you have on display, the more free stuff you get in Guild Wars 2!

Keep track of your Guild Wars 2 rewards here:

http://hom.guildwars2.com/en/

 

Saturday, 21 January 2012

The Pixelcast Episode 2 - 3DS demos, SOPA and Mass Effect with Kinect




The Pixelcast Episode 2 - 3DS demos, SOPA and Mass Effect with Kinect  is up on the site, so feel free to check it out. Please note that Podcasts will be published every two weeks from now on.

Follow the link below to listen or to download -


This week we talk about:

  • Resident Evil Revelations and the recent Demo released on the 3DS
  • Other Demos coming to PS3
  • Bioshock Infinite
  • Farcry 3
  • SOPA (Stop Online Software Act)
  • Resident Evil 6 rumors
  • Mass Effect Kinect Integration
Don't forget to email us with any questions at 


futurepixelpodcast@gmail.com

Previous Episodes can be found on iTunes at - The Pixelcast on iTunes


 

Friday, 20 January 2012

Resident Evil 6 Official Trailer

Here is the Resident Evil 6 trailer as promised earlier.

The most notable fact about the trailer that makes me ABSOLUTELY ECSTATIC, is that it looks like the zombies from the original game are back with a vengeance!!!!




 

Resident Evil 6 officially announced by Capcom


Earlier this week rumors surfaced that Resident Evil 6 would be coming soon.

The rumors made the rounds due to a website that showed pictures of a building that had the words "No hope left" written on the side, along with the Bioharzard symbol (The Japanese name for the Resident Evil series).

There was also a video clip of a chinese woman who appeared to be terrified of an unknown threat that she was hiding from.

Discussed briefly in our podcast recorded yesterday evening (and to be posted this weekend), the news hit today that this is in fact a reality.

Capcom has officially announced that Resident Evil 6 is indeed on it's way to Xbox 360, Playstation 3 and PC on 20th of November.

Details of the story have been revealed as taking place 10 years after the Raccoon City incident from the first 3 games. It will follow both Leon Kennedy (from Resident Evil 4) and Chris Redfield (Resident Evil 5) as they take on bio-terrorist attacks set in America as well as China.

The President of the United States chooses to finally reveal the truth behind the Raccoon City Incident, believing it would help in preventing a series of current Bio-terrorism threats from continuing.

Leon Kennedy (The President's close friend and one of the survivors from the orginal threat) is by his side when the venue is subjected to a bio-terrorist attack where the President is transformed. Leon is faced with the daunting task of dealing with his close friend and leader as a monster.

At the same time, Chris Redfield (another survivor from the first game) is busy investigating terrorist attacks in China, eventually leading to other worldwide locations with the rest of the world being under similar threat.

I will be posting the first trailer for the game later this evening.

 

Thursday, 19 January 2012

Oddworld - Stranger's Wrath HD - Hard Mode Boss Guide Part 3






Future Pixel Videos on Oddworld - Strangers Wrath HD (by BentTwig)
Oddworld - Stranger's Wrath HD - Hard Mode Boss Guide (Part 1)
Oddworld - Stranger's Wrath HD - Hard Mode Boss Guide (Part 2)
Oddworld - Stranger's Wrath HD - Hard Mode Boss Guide (Part 3)
Oddworld - Stranger's Wrath HD - Back In The Village Trophy Achievement Guide
Oddworld - Stranger's Wrath HD - Elevate Yourself Trophy Achievement Guide
Oddworld Stranger's Wrath HD - You Scratch My Back Trophy Achievement Guide
Oddworld - Stranger's Wrath HD - Too Much Fuzzle Pie Trophy Achievement Guide
Oddworld - Stranger's Wrath HD - The Sleg Avenger! Trophy Achievement Guide
Oddworld - Stranger's Wrath HD - Mine Your Business Trophy Achievement Guide
Oddworld - Stranger's Wrath HD - Hidden What?! Trophy Achievement Guide
Oddworld - Stranger's Wrath HD - Junkyard Challenge Trophy Achievement Guide
Oddworld - Stranger's Wrath HD - Free The Meat Trophy Achievement Guide
Oddworld - Stranger's Wrath HD - Farmer Harmer Trophy Achievement Guide
Oddworld - Stranger's Wrath HD - Go With The Flo... ,Dirty Water, & Too Big For Your Bridges Trophies
Oddworld - Stranger's Wrath HD - Mo Moolah, Finders Filchers, & Crystal Mess Trophy Achievement Guide
Oddworld - Stranger's Wrath HD - Don't Be Talkin' 'Bout Ma Mama Trophy Achievement Guide
Oddworld - Stranger's Wrath HD - Dumb It Down Trophy Achievement Guide
Oddworld - Stranger's Wrath HD - Spank That Booty Trophy Achievement Guide
Oddworld - Stranger's Wrath HD - Clean The Water Trophy/ Bounty Guide
Oddworld - Stranger's Wrath HD - Grubb Idol Trophy Achievement Location Guide
Oddworld - Stranger's Wrath HD - Wash Your Hands Of This Trophy/Achievement Guide

Oddworld - Stranger's Wrath HD - Hard Mode Boss Guide Part 2

This is a video guide on all the bosses on Hard Mode!
Enjoy!


Future Pixel Videos on Oddworld - Strangers Wrath HD (by BentTwig)
Oddworld - Stranger's Wrath HD - Hard Mode Boss Guide (Part 1)
Oddworld - Stranger's Wrath HD - Hard Mode Boss Guide (Part 2)
Oddworld - Stranger's Wrath HD - Hard Mode Boss Guide (Part 3)
Oddworld - Stranger's Wrath HD - Back In The Village Trophy Achievement Guide
Oddworld - Stranger's Wrath HD - Elevate Yourself Trophy Achievement Guide
Oddworld Stranger's Wrath HD - You Scratch My Back Trophy Achievement Guide
Oddworld - Stranger's Wrath HD - Too Much Fuzzle Pie Trophy Achievement Guide
Oddworld - Stranger's Wrath HD - The Sleg Avenger! Trophy Achievement Guide
Oddworld - Stranger's Wrath HD - Mine Your Business Trophy Achievement Guide
Oddworld - Stranger's Wrath HD - Hidden What?! Trophy Achievement Guide
Oddworld - Stranger's Wrath HD - Junkyard Challenge Trophy Achievement Guide
Oddworld - Stranger's Wrath HD - Free The Meat Trophy Achievement Guide
Oddworld - Stranger's Wrath HD - Farmer Harmer Trophy Achievement Guide
Oddworld - Stranger's Wrath HD - Go With The Flo... ,Dirty Water, & Too Big For Your Bridges Trophies
Oddworld - Stranger's Wrath HD - Mo Moolah, Finders Filchers, & Crystal Mess Trophy Achievement Guide
Oddworld - Stranger's Wrath HD - Don't Be Talkin' 'Bout Ma Mama Trophy Achievement Guide
Oddworld - Stranger's Wrath HD - Dumb It Down Trophy Achievement Guide
Oddworld - Stranger's Wrath HD - Spank That Booty Trophy Achievement Guide
Oddworld - Stranger's Wrath HD - Clean The Water Trophy/ Bounty Guide
Oddworld - Stranger's Wrath HD - Grubb Idol Trophy Achievement Location Guide
Oddworld - Stranger's Wrath HD - Wash Your Hands Of This Trophy/Achievement Guide

Oddworld - Stranger's Wrath HD - Hard Mode Boss Guide Part 1

This is a video guide on all the bosses on Hard Mode!

Helping with the Sekto Suicide & Shiny Moolah trophies.

Enjoy!


Future Pixel Videos on Oddworld - Strangers Wrath HD (by BentTwig)
Oddworld - Stranger's Wrath HD - Hard Mode Boss Guide (Part 1)
Oddworld - Stranger's Wrath HD - Hard Mode Boss Guide (Part 2)
Oddworld - Stranger's Wrath HD - Hard Mode Boss Guide (Part 3)
Oddworld - Stranger's Wrath HD - Back In The Village Trophy Achievement Guide
Oddworld - Stranger's Wrath HD - Elevate Yourself Trophy Achievement Guide
Oddworld Stranger's Wrath HD - You Scratch My Back Trophy Achievement Guide
Oddworld - Stranger's Wrath HD - Too Much Fuzzle Pie Trophy Achievement Guide
Oddworld - Stranger's Wrath HD - The Sleg Avenger! Trophy Achievement Guide
Oddworld - Stranger's Wrath HD - Mine Your Business Trophy Achievement Guide
Oddworld - Stranger's Wrath HD - Hidden What?! Trophy Achievement Guide
Oddworld - Stranger's Wrath HD - Junkyard Challenge Trophy Achievement Guide
Oddworld - Stranger's Wrath HD - Free The Meat Trophy Achievement Guide
Oddworld - Stranger's Wrath HD - Farmer Harmer Trophy Achievement Guide
Oddworld - Stranger's Wrath HD - Go With The Flo... ,Dirty Water, & Too Big For Your Bridges Trophies
Oddworld - Stranger's Wrath HD - Mo Moolah, Finders Filchers, & Crystal Mess Trophy Achievement Guide
Oddworld - Stranger's Wrath HD - Don't Be Talkin' 'Bout Ma Mama Trophy Achievement Guide
Oddworld - Stranger's Wrath HD - Dumb It Down Trophy Achievement Guide
Oddworld - Stranger's Wrath HD - Spank That Booty Trophy Achievement Guide
Oddworld - Stranger's Wrath HD - Clean The Water Trophy/ Bounty Guide
Oddworld - Stranger's Wrath HD - Grubb Idol Trophy Achievement Location Guide
Oddworld - Stranger's Wrath HD - Wash Your Hands Of This Trophy/Achievement Guide

Wednesday, 18 January 2012

The Last of Us - Trailer

Mass Effect 3 Kinect Integration may Suprise you


Microsoft's presentation at E3 was an interesting one. As usual, there were more than a few games that stood above the rest, and of course Microsft's arm-waggling, controller-free peripheral - Kinect was back in the spotlight after being showcased the year before.

Then came the shocking news.....Some of our favorite franchises will be integrating Kinect into their gameplay!!!!

Hardcore gamers rioted on every continent in anger, whole city blocks were looted and destroyed, and the economy collapsed with only small groups of mankind surviving the apocalypse.....IT WAS THE END OF THE WORLD.....or at least that's how a lot of people made it out to be. Reactions all over the gaming industry were a mixture of Disappointment and outright disgust.

But really, can we honestly say we were surprised....be honest now. The Kinect was a massive success for Microsoft, selling over 10 million devices in the year since it was released in November 2010. If Microsoft didn't run with it,..... they'd be crazy.

One of the games in question was Mass Effect 3 (The third in the series of hugely popular Science Fiction RPG's)

Mass effect has been one of Bioware's most successful and well thought out franchises, with its excellent focus on characters and story, a decent leveling system and combat that combined a good duck-and-cover system with interesting weapons and abilities.

To many, the integration of Kinect into Mass Effect was a bad idea, but recently one of the IGN crew got a chance to test it out and only had positive things to say about it.

Mass Effect 3 will only be utilizing the voice capabilities of the Kinect and none of the motion-sensing functionality, which due to it's extensive menu system and upgrade options is definitely a blessing.

For this particular game, moving around fast is extremely important as well, and Kinect would only hamper movement. Instead, they have included voice capabilities for interacting with your squad members and changing your own arsenal of weaponry.

Instead of pausing the menu and selecting squad commands (as with the previous games) you will now be able to refer to them by name and issue movement commands and other orders through your voice, as well as changing your own weaponry and abilities.

According to those who have had the opportunity to play the game, the voice commands are completely responsive and accurate, with almost no issues.

Other less important voice controls are used within the game, like item interaction and opening doors, but if squad combat is as good with Kinect as they say...then this is certainly going to be fun.

If it works, then maybe they'll be introducing it into Dragon Age 3 as well.(their other successful single player RPG)

I personally cannot wait to scream commands at my TV and finally have it respond correctly.
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