Archive for October, 2010

Alan Wake Review

Posted in Editorials, Reviews, Xbox 360, Xbox LIVE with tags , , on October 31, 2010 by Stefano Terry

Genre: Survival Horror

Platform: Xbox 360

Developer: Remedy Entertainment

Price: $59.99 (USD)

I have mixed feelings about Alan Wake. On the plus side, it’s a survival horror game. The genre has been horribly under-represented this generation of consoles, and the few titles released weren’t so much survival or horror (I’m looking at you Resident Evil 5). On the negative side, Alan Wake isn’t exactly a scary game. Creepy, sure. Scary? Not so much.

However, the game does more than just a few things right. First up: Story. The plot centers around horror writer Alan Wake, who has taken a trip with his wife to the town of Bright Falls in an effort to remedy his writer’s block. Before long, his beloved Alice goes missing, and Alan embarks on a twisted journey to find her. The story is equal parts Twin Peaks and Silent Hill 2, but it fails to really capture the creepiness and psychological mind trip of either. Still, the plot is intriguing, and executed well enough, and uniquely at that. The voice acting and supporting characters are also excellently performed, in particular Alan’s sidekick/agent, Barry. Continue reading

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Red Dead Redemption + Undead Nightmare Review

Posted in Editorials, Playstation 3, PSN, Xbox 360, Xbox LIVE with tags , , , , , on October 31, 2010 by Stefano Terry

Genre: Sandbox/Western

Platforms: PlayStation 3, Xbox 360

Developer: Rockstar San Diego

Price: $59.99 (USD)

I’ve always been a fan of the Western genre. Maybe it’s the picturesque landscape, tough as nails heroes and villains, or the lawless nature of the wild wild west that intrigues me so, but one thing is for certain; the genre is woefully under-represented in video games. The few titles that have gone down the western path are mostly average, with one or two notable entries. I was beginning to lose hope on ever experiencing a truly awesome western video, but lo and behold, the developers at Rockstar San Diego rode into the scene on a white horse and a gleaming badge of “awesome game,” and produced what is, I believe, the definitive western game this generation. Read on to find out why. Continue reading

Review: 3D Dot Game Heroes

Posted in Editorials, Playstation 3, Reviews with tags , , , on October 29, 2010 by Stefano Terry

Genre: Action/RPG

Platform: PlayStation 3

Developer: Silicon Studios

Price: $39.99 (USD)

I have a confession to make: growing up, I never played the Legend of Zelda games. My family didn’t have much money, so I didn’t always get all the games I wanted. Over the years, however, I was able to play each Zelda game released, from NES to handhelds to the current crop (minus Twilight Princess).

One of my favorites in the series was A Link To The Past, and it’s the memories of that particular game that fueled my nostalgia receptors when I first heard of developer Silicon Studios and publisher From Software’s 3D Dot Game Heroes. From the music, to the excellently realized visual aesthetic, the whole concept just transported me back to a younger, simpler time.

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E3 2010: The Rest of The Photos

Posted in Editorials, Industry, Photos, Screenshots on October 26, 2010 by Stefano Terry

Hey guys! Here are the remainder of my photos from this year’s E3! I had a great time, though I didn’t get to play much of anything. It’s always a blast to see the spectacle of E3, however. I’m always excited to see what the developers have up their sleeves. Some of the games that impressed me the most were Castlevania: Lords of Shadow (review incoming), Castlevania: Harmony of Despair, Hard Corps Rising, Gran Turismo 5, Killzone 3, Little Big Planet, Marvel Vs Capcom 3, and DC Universe Online.

I wasn’t sold on Kinect or the PlayStation MOVE, but I’ll reserve judgment until I can play them for myself. Seeing as MOVE has released already, I’ll be sure to try and get some hands on time as soon as my schedule clears. In the mean time, enjoy the photos! I have a lot of catching up to do, but reviews of Scott Pilgrim vs The World, Deathspank, Costume Quest, Red Dead Redemption, Alan Wake, Halo: Reach, 3D Dot Game Heroes, Final Fantasy XIII, God of War: Ghost of Sparta, Fallout: New Vegas, Castlevania: Lords of Shadow and much more are coming in the near future, so stay tuned!

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E3 2010 Photos Part 3: Nintendo

Posted in DS, Editorials, Industry, Wii on October 12, 2010 by Stefano Terry

I didn’t get to spend any time with Nintendo this year, but I managed to grab a few photos nonetheless! So without further ado, here they go!

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E3 2010 Photos Part 2: Microsoft

Posted in Editorials, Industry, Xbox 360, Xbox LIVE on October 12, 2010 by Stefano Terry

Hey folks! Sorry for the HUGE delay since the last update, but it’s been an incredibly busy few months, what with working 12+ hour days and some side projects that I hope to unveil in the coming weeks.

Nevertheless, here’s the next batch of photos from E3 2010, this time covering a few of the things I saw at Microsoft’s booth.

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