2013 February

February 28, 2013

Sniper Elite Nazi Zombie Army Releases!

You probably hate Nazis. You probably hate zombies! Well with that in mind, here’s an original premise that you’re sure to absolutely love: ZOMBIES THAT ARE NAZIS! Or Nazis that are zombies. Either way, Sniper Elite Nazi Zombie Army released today on Steam!

 

Not happy with the pretense of occasional stealth, lots of action they put into Sniper Elite V2, Rebellion have decided to go full on shoot-a-lot-of-things with this sequel of sorts. Case and point, here’s someone NOT shooting a lot of things:

 

Ditching the multiplayer, SNombies has included 4-player co-op. Thankfully, they kept the same watch-your-shot-as-it-shatters-this-guys-skull-and-pops-his-eye technology, which never seemed to get old. Playing through Sniper Elite V2 with the x-ray kills turned up in frequency they still never dulled over the course of the very par game.

 

 

If you’re interested in this b-movie of a game, it can be picked up at an appropriately priced $14.99 here on Steam.

February 28, 2013

Ubisoft Announces Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag

 

Ubisoft announced today the latest in the Assassin’s Creed series, Assassin’s Creed: Black Flag. Little is know other than it has a new protagonist that looks like a pirate and the setting could be somewhere warm. They are giving official details on Monday, but gave us the box art a little early. Anyone else feeling a little bit of franchise fatigue here? Ever since November 2009 we have had a AC game every year. Now they have all been good, I haven’t had time to play the latest one, but they are not small games. They take place in open worlds, some have taken place in huge single cites, and others take place in multiple cities. I love this series but I think it needs a break until the next generation, or I will retract that statement if they will give me a good Victorian London setting like I have been asking for since AC2. Anyway, we will have more on the upcoming Assassin’s Creed: Black Flag on Monday. I have yet to play 3, but I am curious why the ditched that character so quickly; Altair lasted 2 games, Ezio lasted 3 games, it makes you wonder.

February 28, 2013

Xbox Live’s Ultimate Game Sale: Evil is Lurking

 

Today was the sale I was waiting for in the Xbox Live Ultimate Game Sale, the lot of Resident Evil’s. Today, and only today, you can save on 5 Resident Evil titles. Code Veronica X HD edition was the game I was waiting to go on sale from the list I posted earlier. It was the one RE game I have never played, well that wasn’t a spin off anyway. I have a Dreamcast, but I just never got around to picking up the game. Now I have no excuse, it is $4.99, in HD, and there are achievements to boot. I would have grabbed up Resident Evil 4, for a third time, if it had been the same price as Code Veronica I would have thrown my wallet at the T.V.. I have the GameCube version and I snagged a new copy of the Wii version off Amazon for dirt cheap, but oh well; my 360 250GB hard drive is scrambling for space anyway. Here is the list of the titles that are on sale, today only.

 

Resident Evil Code Veronica – $4.99 (75% off)

Resident Evil 4 – $9.99 (50% off)

Resident Evil 5 – $9.99 (50% off)

Resident Evil 6 – $19.99 (50% off)

Resident Evil Operation Raccoon City – $19.99 (50% off)

 

February 28, 2013

eShop Update: Mirror of Fate

 

Sadly, the Nintendo eShop update is the barest this week, but there is still things to be excited for. ON the 3DS we finally get a look at MercurySteam’s new Castlevania game, Mirror of Fate. It’s a direct sequel to the fantastic 2010 Castlevania: Lords of Shadow. The demo is available now on the 3DS eShop. I got to play a bit of it this morning and I am liking what I have seen so far. It has a good difficulty curve, it’s beautiful, and despite being 2-D, the combat from it’s big brother console version remains intact. Do give the demo a couple of runs, it doesn’t explain much off the bat, and the first fight can be intimidating. Also on the 3DS side of things, this is the last week to get the Fire Emblem: Awakening Champions of Yore 1 map for free. My local Target seems to finally have it back in stock, I may be making a run later. The new eShop title up for sale this week is Fractured Soul, a 2-D side scrolling platformer that uses both screens for the action. You can snag up Fractured Soul for $7.99. The only thing to hit the WiiU eShop this week is the amazing Bit Trip Presents: Runner2 – Future Legend of Rhythm Alien, which you can snag for $14.99. I don’t know how may more times this week I am going to promote this game, but I was up late last night perfecting the first world and had to make myself put down the gamepad and go to bed. This game has me hooked, and it is out on almost every platform so why haven’t you downloaded it yet? Jump here for all the details on what I covered and anthing that I may have missed.

February 27, 2013

Don’t Forget Runner2 is now available!

 

Depending on your platform of choice, Bit Trip Presents – Runner2: Future Legend of Rhythm Alien is available for you to download. Right now you can nab it for $14.99 off of the Wii U eShop, Xbox Live, and Steam (iOS, Linux, Windows). It will be available for the PS3 and PS Vita next week. I am already half way through the first world and I am hooked. I love platforming and I love music integration into gameplay. The game is also narrated by the one and only Charles Martinet, you may know him as the current voice of Mario. If you would like the give the game a try before you buy there is a demo available on the Xbox 360, if you have the console. I would love for this game to get the downloads and attention that it deserves. I am currently playing the Wii U version, it has the fastest load times and the ability to play the game directly on the gamepad. Check the official video below to see Commander Video in action.

 

February 27, 2013

Vita Anniversary and GCA Sale

 

To celebrate two occasions this week, one being the one year anniversary of the PlayStation Vita, the other the winners of the PSN Gamer’s Choice Awards. There is a lost on sale for both so lets get down to the games.

 

Here is what is on sale for the PSN Gamer’s Choice Awards winners:

Best PSN Exclusive – Journey – Sale $10.49, PS+ $7.34

Best PSN Game – The Walking Dead (Ep. 1-5) – Sale $13.99, PS+ $9.79

Best PS3 Full Game – Assassins Cred III – Sale $49.99, PS+ $34.99

Best PS Vita – Gravity Rush – Sale $24.99, PS+ Free

Best PSP – Unchained Blades – Sale $20.99, PS+ $14.69

Best PlayStation Classic – GTA: San Andreas – Sale $7.49, PS+ $5.99

Best Mini – Velocity – Sale $3.49, PS+ $2.44

Best Move Enabled Game – TC: Ghost Recon: Future Soldier – Sale $23.99, PS+ $21.59

Best Competitive Multiplayer – Counter-Strike: Global Offensive – Sale $10.49, PS+ $7.34

 

The Vita also turned 1 year-old on February 22nd in North America, here is the sales to coincide with the celebration:

 

Escape Plan – Sale $10.49, PS+ $7.34

Hot Shots Golf: World Invitational – Sale $25.19, PS+ $17.63

Hustle Kings PS Vita – Sale $6.99, PS+ $4.89

Little Deviants – Sale $12.59, PS+ $8.81

MLB The Show 12 PS Vita – Sale $12.59, PS+ $8.81

ModNation Racers: Road Trip – Sale $13.99, PS+ $9.79

MotorStorm RC Complete Edition – Sale $8.39, PS+ $5.87

PlayStation All-Stars: Battle Royale – Sale $25.19, PS+ $17.63

Reality Fighters – Sale $12.59, PS+ $8.81

Smart As – Sale $18.89, PS+ $13.22

Sound Shapes – Sale $10.49, PS+ $7.34

Super Stardust Delta – Sale $6.99, PS+ $4.89

Unit 13 – Sale $18.89, PS+ $13.22

 

There is lots to love out of these two sales. I may grab up Journey (yes, I have not played it yet), and Super Stardust  Delta. I love Flow and Flower so Journey is a no brainer, and I have the PS3 Super Stardust and have a personal love for twin stick shooters. Happy Birthday Vita, though I bought you not relatively long ago, you are quickly growing on me.

 

 

February 27, 2013

PlayStation Store Update: Kratos Returns

 

It’s been three years since we have seen the God of War take on Mt. Olympus, but Kratos is back this week in demo form, as the prequel God of War: Ascension. Give plenty of time to download the demo it’s almost 4 GB. If you like free things, which every one does, Uncharted 3’s multiplayer is free to play until level 15. If you want to go above 15 or want any of the co-op modes, they are up on the PSN for sale. If your looking for something to play on the Vita this week Ninja Gaiden Sigma 2 Plus is available for download, for $39.99. There is a sale, how ever for $59.99, that includes Ninja Gaiden Sigma and Sigma 2. Zen Pinball 2 gets the addition of the Star Wars tables, which are available for $9.99 and cross-buy is included with that. The PSP version of Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker makes it’s debut as well. For $19.99 you get the PSP version, unfortunately it lacks trophy support. The last Mass Effect 3 multiplayer DLC: Reckoning, hits as well and is free. If you missed any of the Mass Effect 3 multiplayer DLC, there is a collection bundle that makes downloading all 5 packs very simple. The Mass Effect 3 multiplayer collection is free as well. Skyrim’s first expansion, Dawnguard is finally available to PS3 users. There is a launch week sale for Dawnguard as well, priced at just $9.99. For additional info on everything I have covered and more just jump here to the Official PlayStation Blog. The Sigma deal is really tempting. I have an 8 GB card for my Vita and it would suck up most of it, but they are some fine action games. If you haven’t played the Uncharted multiplayer yet, i suggest giving it a go. The platforming during the matches really adds something different.

February 26, 2013

Mass Effect 3: A lesson in Support.

 

I am going on the record now and stating that Mass Effect 3’s multiplayer is the best supported multiplayer of this console generation. Yes, some may argue that all it is, is a glorified horde mode; and they would be right. The multiplayer is you and three others fighting 10 waves of enemies plus an extraction wave. There are sub-missions on waves 3,6,and 10. These missions can vary from taking out specific targets, to holding a control point until an upload is complete. But if you set aside the sub-missions and extraction, it really isn’t anything that you haven’t seen done in Gears of War or Halo. What does set it apart is the 6 character classes, different characters that gain levels, with unique abilities per character, a smorgasbord of weaponry, various equipment to arm your characters with, several enemy types, and some truly awesome maps. This alone kept the game alive for a while but what we received over the next year would keep it alive longer than anyone thought.

Typically with the present EA, we get online passes, loads of paid DLC, even paid packs that unlock things in the games for us so we don’t have to work. Battlefield: Bad Company 2 showed that you could do DLC map packs for free and yet do a big expansion that was worth your time and money. BC 2 hits second on my list of best supported games. There were 7, count that 7, FREE map packs that added 16 new maps across all game types. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 added 12 new maps last year, in 3 downloadable packs costing $15 a piece. $45 for what BC 2 did for free and then some. Now, Bad Company 2 added a sizable expansion with Bad Company 2: Vietnam. The expansion, which was retailed at $15, consisted of 5 new maps, 6 new vehicles, 15 new weapons and 49 music tracks; I had CCR’s “Fortunate Son” stuck in my head for weeks. Most of us here, agree this is one of the best expansion made this generation. With Mass Effect 3, the gift of giving free DLC was expanded.

According to a post on vg247, they found statistics on NeoGAF, about what the people at Bioware have given us over the past 5 DLC packs; the numbers are staggering. 41 new characters; 19 weapons; 7 weapon mods; 7 consumables; 7 new maps; 6 “hazard” variations of current maps; a higher difficulty setting; a new enemy faction; 2 new current enemy units; 2 objective mission types; 38 pieces of equipment; and a challenge system with unlockable titles. Now, please keep in mind this was all free. What other game this console generation has given you a epic 40+ hour single player campaign, an already impressive amount of multiplayer content, and then adds almost an entire game worth of content for free? There have been plenty of good expansions that have come and gone, most of which with a price, but I can not think of one that has done the tremendous support job Bioware has with Mass Effect 3. More studios need to heed what they have done here, and support your game for the love. Yes, Bioware is a large developer, and DLC does cost money to produce, but post launch support is needed especially for games with a multiplayer component. Battlefield 3 is a good example of something I love but unwilling to buy anything post launch. I love playing BF3, but $15 a map pack, which may consist of very good offerings, is just too much, especially when there is 4 packs to be bought. Mass Effect 3 has thrown so much content at me and my friends that play that, despite throwing just over 124 hours over the past year into it, we have yet to unlock some equipment and characters from packs that were released months ago.

Sadly, the multiplayer DLC that hit today, will be the last Bioware pushes out for the multiplayer. While there still is plenty of enemies to take out, firebases to save, characters and equipment to collect; nothing new will be coming after today. Developers and publishers should take Bad Company 2 and Mass Effect 3 as models on how to do proper console multiplayer support. The PC has excellent support though companies like Valve and the huge mod community. Mass Effect 3 does have some wonky aspects of gameplay in the multiplayer, especially when it comes to picking up teammates, but going into a gold or platinum game with 4 friends, our favorite characters, and using everything we have to over come dire odds; well, it just doesn’t get any better. This article may seem like a letter of love for the game, but I am trying to heed one important point; great support will keep players interested and involved. Call of Duty is massively popular, but paying $15 for map packs that contain only maps, no extra content, and some of those maps may or may not be rehashes is just insulting. With the weight of next gen finally hitting Microsoft and Sony, they really need to look at the DLC business model and use these two games as examples. Paid single player DLC is one thing, but multiplayer is what typically brings players back. So please, developers and publishers, be appreciative of your communities and support them the way Bioware has supported the Mass Effect 3 multiplayer community.

February 26, 2013

Xbox Live Update: Star Wars, Mass Effect, and Halo! Oh my!

 

Did anyone else read the headline in the suave and soothing voice of George Takei? There is a lot to be happy about in this weeks Xbox update. In the past couple of weeks this has been a rather shallow and devoid of content, but that changes today. There are new Halo 4 maps, which are excellent. The last multiplayer DLC for Mass Effect 3 hits today, as well as the first pack of Star Wars tables for Pinball FX 2. We also get Gaijen Games Bit Trip Presents Runner2: Future Legend of Rhythm Alien tomorrow as well. There is plenty of Gears of War 2 & 3 DLC on sale as well to get you pumped up for the release of Gears of War: Judgement coming mid next month. Next week expect a great deal on some Sega titles from the Saturn days. Don’t forget also about the Ultimate Games Sale that I posted about earlier.

 

Arcade Releases:

Phantom Breaker Battlegrounds – 800MP

Runner2 – 1200MP

 

Add-Ons :

Guardians of Middle Earth: Survival Mode & Goblin-Town map – 320MP

Pinball FX 2: Star Wars Tables – 800 MP

Mass Effect 3: Reckoning Multiplayer DLC – FREE

Halo 4 – Majestic Map Pack – 800 MP or free with season pass

 

Deal of the Week:

Gears of War 2: All Fronts Collection – 400 MP (50% off)

Gears of War 3 : Season Pass 1200 MP (50% 0ff)

RAAM’s Shadow 600 MP (50% off)

Horde Command Pack 400 MP (50% off)

Fenix Rising 400 MP (50% off)

Forces of Nature 400 MP (50% off)

 

For more details and anything I didn’t cover can be found on the official Xbox page. The Halo 4 Majestic maps are excellent. I had a go at them last night and they are smaller, close quarter maps. The Battle Rifle is very efficient and extraction on Landfall is awesome. There will be plenty of Mass Effect 3 multiplayer tonight for me, it’s really a crime this is the last DLC we will ever get; I need more characters to name after Marvel heroes and villains.

February 26, 2013

Games on Demand Ultimate Sale is Live!

 

Yes the pun was intended. Starting today the Xbox Live Ultimate Game Sale officially starts and I have the first day of sales plus what is on sale for the remainder of this good deal.

 

On sale only today:

Halo 3 – $9.99 (67% off)

Halo 4 – $39.99 (33% off)

Halo Reach – $9.99 (67% off)

Halo Wars – $9.99 (67% off)

 

Here is what is on sale starting today and will last until the promotion is over on March 4th:

Dirt 2 – $4.99 (83% off)

GRID – $4.99 (83% off)

Dark Messiah of Might and Magic: Elements – $2.99 (85% off)

Rayman Raving Rabbids – $2.99 (85% off)

Tom Clancy’s HAWX – $4.99 (75% off)

Rainbow Six Vegas – $4.99 (75% off)

Kane & Lynch Dead Men – $4.99 (75% off)

Call of Juarez – $4.99 (75% off)

Tomb Raider Legend – $4.99 (83% off)

Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Advanced Warfighter – $4.99 (75% off)

Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Advanced Warfighter 2 – $4.99 (75% 0ff)

Virtua Fighter 5 – $4.99 (75% off)

Bioshock – $4.99 (75% off)

El Shaddai Ascension of the Metatron – $2.99 (85% off)

The Darkness – $4.99 (75% off)

 

There are a number of fantastic deals if you don’t have some of these games in physical form. I paid $14 for El Shaddai and it is well worth that let alone $3. I have most of the games listed in retail form, but I may pick up Tomb Raider Legend. Tomorrow I will post what is on sale tomorrow and will continue though out the week. I am curious what Code Veronica will be going for, really want it pick that up.

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