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E3 Wrap-up

June 7, 2011


First of all, I would like to say I’m sorry for the lack of posting, I was grinding through my last semester at the fine Stony Brook University and now that I am finally a college graduate, let the writing begin.  I’m so ready to be back, like Duke Nukem Fore…wait a minute, not a good comparison.  Anyway, I’ve been on a writing hiatus for pretty much the last three weeks, soaking up the I-don’t-have-to-do-anything-life, but now I’m ready to get back into it.

I’d like to take care of a few housekeeping things first.

-New website, again, is coming.  Assuming you guys want that.  Leave a comment below letting us know what you’d like to see on a new site, or if you even want a new site.

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Assassin’s Creed: Revelations Announced

May 5, 2011

Ed. Note: Sorry for the lack of updates everyone. I’ve just been getting slammed with real-world work and what not. I hope to be posting a lot more in the coming days, weeks, months and years.

Well, if you were waiting for more Assassin’s Creed, you won’t have to wait much longer. Game Informer’s June cover breaks news of Assassin’s Creed: Revelations, and the final chapter of Ezio’s role in the Assassin’s Creed universe.

Surprisingly enough, Altair, Assassin’s Creed’s original protagonist from the first game, will be returning in Revelations, although the main focal point of the game’s story will be wrapping up Ezio’s place in everything.

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Mortal Kombat (PS3/Xbox 360) Review

April 26, 2011

If Street Fighter are the Beatles of the fighting genre, you can make the argument that Mortal Kombat are the Rolling Stones. MK has always been more known for upper-cuts and low-kicks rather than learning extensive combos and button-chains. But what MK lacks in technical prowess, it’s always made up for in over-the-top gore and violence, and that’s never more true than the latest edition of the series in 2011.

Mortal Kombat goes back to it’s 2D roots in 2011, and frankly it should have never left. In a sense, it owes some gratitude to Street Fighter for reigniting the 2D fighting genre. Granted, it’s not true 2D, but rather 2D in a 3D plane (or is it the other way around?). The environments are 3D but you fight in 2D. There we go.

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Nintendo Officially Announces Wii Successor

April 25, 2011

Well, we assumed as much about Nintendo’s next console, and they confirmed it today.

Nintendo Co., Ltd. has decided to launch in 2012 a system to succeed Wii, which the company has sold 86.01 million units on a consolidated shipment basis between its launch in 2006 and the end of March 2011.

We will show a playable model of the new system and announce more specifications at the E3 Expo, which will be held June 7-9, 2011, in Los Angeles.

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Details on Super Mario 3DS

April 22, 2011

More Nintendo news hitting the wire today, as the Big N announced some details on the upcoming Mario game for the Nintendo 3DS.

According to U.K. based Edge magazine, Shigeru Miyamoto said the new Mario game is “a combination of Super Mario Galaxy and Super Mario on N64. It won’t convey the message if I talk to you today, but if you play it at E3 that will give you more understanding of what I’m talking about.”

So, it should be available for E3 in June. He also said the game will be available before year’s end, so expect it around the holiday season.

Miyamoto used this reference to better ease everyone’s minds. “For example, the floors floating in space: in 2D it’s difficult to judge the distance, but in 3D it’s really easy,” he said.

Nintendo’s E3 is shaping up to be even better than last year’s conference. A new Mario game coupled with a brand new console is more than anyone could ask for. They are really pushing Microsoft and Sony to up their game for the show.

Nintendo’s “Stream” Console Possibly $400

April 22, 2011

According to an article on IGN, Nintendo’s new HD console that should be announced at E3 in about six weeks could retail for as high as $400.

Aside from the price-tag, a reasonable one at that for a brand-new console, the article also detailed some specs for the new hardware. The processor will be faster than that of it’s Xbox 360 counter-part. It will support full 1080p HD and possibly stereoscopic 3D. Read more…

PSN Servers Down For Possibly Another 48 Hours

April 21, 2011

Oh boy.

Not the best news for PlayStation users, especially during a the release week of Mortal Kombat, Portal 2 and of course, SOCOM 4.

The official PlayStation blog doesn’t shed too much light on the situation other than giving a possible timetable that is obviously subject to change.

While we are investigating the cause of the Network outage, we wanted to alert you that it may be a full day or two before we’re able to get the service completely back up and running. Thank you very much for your patience while we work to resolve this matter. Please stay tuned to this space for more details, and we’ll update you again as soon as we can.

No bueno. I think it is Sony’s responsibility to inform their customers, some of which may have just shed nearly $200 to play said games, of what is actually going on. Bad on Sony’s behalf.

The great debate of what is better, Xbox Live or PSN, may have been decided for some people this week. Hopefully it gets resolved quickly because I have my Netflix account linked to my PlayStation 3, and I’m itching for some Cheers.

What is everyone else think about the situation? Have you had it with PSN? Is Cheers as awesome as I think it is? Tell us in the comments.

First Impressions: Portal 2

April 19, 2011

By Bobby Holt

Portal is back and so far, it delivers. After playing about an hour of the game I could already tell that Portal 2 is exactly what I wanted.  The game picks up some time after the first game ended and well, everything is sort of blown up.  Now down to the technical stuff.  The smooth controls are back, the ability to zoom in was added and in general the game play was fun. The biggest improvement to an otherwise almost flawless game was the addition of quirky “dialogue” between your sidekick Wheatley, which is as far as I can tell is a robot that was in charge of the entire facility, which now is destroyed.  “Dialogue” is in quotes because your character, which is the same one as the first game, doesn’t say a word. However, the writers at Valve know what they are doing because Wheatley is hilarious. Everything he says is funny. I can’t tell if it’s the actual words itself or the way he comes across, either way I’m a fan. This added a certain piece to the Portal puzzle that definitely helped. Read more…

Details on Sonic Generations Released

April 19, 2011

According to a story on 1up.com, SEGA has released some details on the upcoming Sonic game, entitled Sonic Generations, that will be hitting shelves this holiday season. The game will be released solely on the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3.

The article states that the latest entry in the storied history of Sonic will combine the classic side-scrolling gameplay and the more recent 3-D action seen in games like the Sonic Adventure series on the Dreamcast. The catch, though, is that the player has the option of how they want to take on the levels, meaning they can be played in both styles.

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