Archive for Playstation 3

Journey Review

Posted in Editorials, Playstation 3, PSN, Reviews, Screenshots with tags , , , , , on March 8, 2012 by Stefano Terry

by Stefano Terry

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Genre: Um…interactive…art?

Platforms: PlayStation 3/PSN

Developer: thatgamecompany

Price: $14.99 (USD)

Warning: Possible incoming hyperbole and gushing.

Now that that’s out of the way, we can move on. When I purchased my PlayStation 3 sometime in early 2007, I only owned one game: Resistance: Fall of Man. I soon added another title to that list; a serene, simple little game called flOw, from thatgamecompany.

FlOw originally started as a flash game playable on the computer, and was brought to the PlayStation 3 as one of the first downloadable titles on it’s fledgling PSN service.

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I found flOw very compelling. It was simple, easy to control (and doing a good job of utilizing the PS3’s Sixaxis motion controller), and it was enjoyable guiding your little aquatic creature thing through various levels of oceanic depth. While I may not have been blown away or mesmerized, flOw, at the least, put thatgamecompany on my list of “Developers to keep an eye on.” Continue reading

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Deus Ex: Human Revolution Review

Posted in Editorials, PC, Playstation 3, Reviews, Xbox 360 with tags , , , on January 10, 2012 by Stefano Terry

by Stefano Terry

Genre: FPS/Action/RPG

Platforms: PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, PC

Developer: Eidos Montreal/Nixxes Software

Price: $29.99

I remember the first time I played Deus Ex back in 2000 on my best friend’s PC. At the time, the graphics were amazing, and the combination of first person shooter and RPG was addicting, and pretty new to me. The futuristic, cyberpunk setting and complex, conspiracy laden story had me hooked from beginning to multiple endings.

I passed up on the sequel: Deus Ex: Invisible War, mostly because I heard it just wasn’t that good, and failed to live up to the expectations set by the groundbreaking original.

When I heard that a new Deus Ex was releasing, 8 years after the sequel, and a whopping 11 years after the original, I was skeptical. When I heard that it was a prequel, set before the events of the first game, I was downright convinced that Deus Ex: Human Revolution, would be nothing more than a mediocre cash in on a series that could have been so much more. I was so, so wrong. Continue reading

Alice: Madness Returns Review

Posted in Editorials, PC, Playstation 3, Reviews, Xbox 360 with tags , , , on January 9, 2012 by Stefano Terry

by Stefano Terry

Genre: Action/Adventure

Platforms: PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, PC

Developer: Spicy Horse

Price: $29.99 (USD)

I never played American McGee’s original Alice, but I found myself drawn to the sequel due to it’s intriguing concept and atmospheric art design. I didn’t know much about the title beyond it being a dark tale inspired by Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland. Ironically, Alice in Wonderland isn’t exactly one of my favorite stories to begin with. It never quite grabbed me like other fairy tales.

With that said, I dove into Alice: Madness Returns with pretty moderate expectations. I often find that going into new things with moderate expectations helps to avoid the disappointment that often comes with hype. Although, by the time I had got my hands on Returns, I had heard many negative things about the game. I shrugged them off, preferring to make up my own mind when it comes to what I should and shouldn’t enjoy (and then write a review for others to read, of course!) Continue reading

inFAMOUS 2 Review

Posted in Editorials, Playstation 3, PSN, Reviews with tags , , , on June 25, 2011 by Stefano Terry

By Stefano Terry

Genre: Superhero/Sandbox

Platform: PlayStation 3

Developer: Sucker Punch Productions

Price: $59.99 (USD)

inFAMOUS is one of my two favorite new IP’s of the generation (the other is Uncharted), so when I got my first look at the sequel, inFAMOUS 2, I can’t tell you how stoked I was to be once again filling the electric shoes of Cole MacGrath.

I was fortunate to land access to the inFAMOUS 2 User Generated Content (UGC) beta back in April, and you can find my impressions of that here: https://selectstartgames.wordpress.com/2011/04/15/infamous-2-beta-impressions/ (so I won’t be going into too much detail about the UGC in this review, as it’s mostly unchanged from the beta, with a few tweaks and userface improvements), and I was blown away by the improvements Sucker Punch Productions have implemented in the two years between inFAMOUS 1 and 2. Continue reading

Final Fantasy XIII Review

Posted in Editorials, Playstation 3, Reviews, Xbox 360 with tags , , , on March 9, 2011 by Stefano Terry

Genre: RPG

Platform: PlayStation 3, Xbox 360

Developer: Square-Enix

Price: $29.99 (USD)

I usually don’t like to be an apologist for titles, especially in reviews, but I have to get something off of my chest concerning Final Fantasy XIII: It doesn’t suck. I’m not sure where the wave of hatred for this title originated, but it’s incredibly unwarranted.

As a long time fan of the Final Fantasy series (been playing since the original on the NES), I feel that I’m able to review this latest entry in the series, with the history of the franchise in very clear perspective.

Unlike my normal reviews, I feel compelled to address what Final Fantasy XIII has done to improve not only the FF pedigree, but the RPG genre in general. Continue reading

Favorite Games of 2010

Posted in Editorials, Industry, Playstation 3, PSN, PSP, Screenshots, Xbox 360, Xbox LIVE with tags , , , , , , on December 31, 2010 by Stefano Terry

This year, I’ve decided to do things a little differently than my usual Best Of awards. Seeing as though I’m not a definitive authority on what the best games of the year are, I thought I’d just outright tell you about the games I personally enjoyed throughout 2010. Agree, disagree, leave comments about your own personal favorites, it’s all good. One thing is for certain though, 2010 was a fantastic year for gaming, and I had a great time. So, here are my personal favorite games of 2010. Continue reading

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