May 1, 2013

Diablo III for PS3 now available for pre-order

“We’ve poured blood, sweat, and hellfire into creating an epic Diablo III experience for PlayStation gamers” Mike Morhaime, CEO and cofounder of Blizzard Entertainment

Select retailers worldwide have now begun taking pre-orders for the upcoming PlayStation 3 system version of Diablo III — see the official website for a list of participating retailers.

Diablo III was originally released for PC and Mac on 15th May 2012 and within 24 hours became the fastest-selling PC game of all time. Now console gamers can pre-order the PS3 version which has been tailored especially for the console, with updates to the game’s thrilling boss battles, an all-new user interface featuring an intuitive control system, and a dynamic camera perspective that will make vanquishing evil feel like second nature on the PlayStation. Players can take on the vile denizens of the Burning Hells alone or in a party of up to four via same-screen local cooperative play, online play over the PlayStation Network, or any combination of online or local players.

Players who pre-order the PS3 version of Diablo III will receive an exclusive in-game item: the Infernal Helm, which grants an experience point boost to any character who wears it, accelerating their progression as they rise in power. Certain retailers will also offer limited-edition pre-order bonuses.

Diablo III continues the epic Diablo storyline, with players taking on the role of one of five heroic characters: barbarian, witch doctor, wizard, monk, or demon hunter, embarking on a perilous quest to save the world of Sanctuary from the corrupting forces of the Burning Hells.

The game will go on sale later this year for a suggested retail price of $59.99/£39.99, more information about the release will be announced closer to the time.

August 27, 2010

Scott Pilgrim vs The World: The Game Review

Ok I haven’t defeated the 7th evil ex yet, but I have had plenty of play with this to tell you guys not to miss out on this. Recently released on the Playstation Network and Xbox Live is the new 2D side scroller arcade game based on the graphic novel and movie Scott Pilgrim vs. The World. Now let me start off by saying I am a fan of the comics and the the movie so this was a real treat for me. However you don’t need to be a fan to love this game.

Scott Pilgrim is a throw back to the old school arcade style figting games. Good ol’ fashion fighting in the streets, grabbing objects for weapons, and throwing them at your enemys. Anyone who played anything like Final Fight or Streets of Rage will get a feeling of nostalgia. Throughout the game you collect change that the bad guys drop which can be used to buy items for healing or upgrading your stat line. Also as you play you will see tons of little details which pay homage as well as poke fun at video games in general. And nothing is more fun than experiencing all of this with 3 of your friends, as the game supports a 4 player co-op with 4 characters to choose from.

Now while this game is really fun and addicting it has a few annoyances. The big one is the fact that the co-op is not over Xbox Live or the Playstation Network. It has to be played off one system with all your buddies crowded around the TV (however, it does bring out the old school feel since we didn’t have online multiplayer for games like this in the glory days). Another problem we ran into was throwing objects. While it’s an effective way to keep your enemys at range, it can also be your allies worst nightmare. I say this because while you cannot punch or kick your allies, you can accidentally chuck a baseball bat into the back of their head causing them damage. Or if you miss everyone completely, you have the chance of the item hitting the wall and bouncing back at you (which hurts). Another issue is one of the moves you unlock during gameplay. The grapple. Again effective to throw enemies, but done wrong you can be tossing you friend instead.

Now honestly all those problems can be fixed with a patch and I hope they do it. Online co-op would be a great move. This game brought hours of fun and laughs for me and my friends. I would highly recommend getting this. Even if you just download the demo (which is the entire first level) you will get hooked. Even after beating this I see a few trips back to try other characters and show it off to other friends. So I give Scott Pilgrim vs The World Game a rating of 8/10 with a moderate replay value.

July 29, 2010

Jimmy Fallon sets Gaming Record

So as I always do when I am up late, I usually leave the late night talk shows on TV while I am playing Eve Online, World of Warcraft, or recently Starcraft 2. However on this evening Late Night with Jimmy Fallon caught my eye. Every so often Fallon does a bit on his show where he attempts to break or create world records. Usually they are silly and are ideas no one has thought of or attempted before. Well as an official record, Jimmy Fallon has played the most different gaming consoles in 60 seconds. They rolled out a long table with 10 consoles on them. They consisted of Nintendo Entertainment System (NES), Super Ninteno, Sega Genesis, Nintendo 64, Dreamcast, Playstation, Playstation 2,  Xbox, Playstation 3, Wii, and Xbox 360. All consoles were on and loaded with game classics ranging from Legend of Zelda to Crazy Taxi to Tomb Raider to Halo. All Jimmy had to do was basically move a little in each game for the record to count. He was doing great up until the Wii. Apparently he couldn’t get the sensor to pick up the Wii-mote quick enough causing him to spend precious seconds trying to get it to work. He eventually gave up on the Wii and moved to the 360, which was the last console, but the time wasted on the Wii made him run out of time before anything could be done on the 360. So as the record stands Jimmy Fallon has played 9 different consoles in 60 seconds. Gratz to Jimmy, but I am sure in the next few days someone will have a video on youtube beating the record.

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