It’s time to retake Omega!
Aria has enlisted the help of Commander Shepard to retake her space station, Omega, from the hands of General Petrovsky and Cerberus. In part 1, Aria’s plan is sprung into action and a daring attack begins on the Cerberus controlled Omega.
This DLC is a lot of fun. The story is fantastic, the action intense, and there’s an added level of polish to the cinematics making this an epic, action packed adventure in the Mass Effect universe.
The series was taken from my recent stream on Twitch. There’s a bit of commentary but I decided to keep quiet during the cinematics and action sequences, as not to take away from the overall experience.
This is the first thing I’ve seen from the upcoming film adaption of Orson Scott Card’s Ender’s Game, and Oh. My. God. It’s perfect. Absolutely perfect. I mean yes, it’s only a teaser poster. But look at that shot! The battle room! The suits! The lasers! The cover! I don’t know about you, but when I read those scenes from the book THAT is what was in my head. EXACTLY that. Now that’s a good sign. I just hope the movie itself does the rest of the book justice.
March 26, 2013 at 12:45 PM by Gordon Thompson Gaming
The first time I played XCOM: Enemy Unknown when it was released last year on PC, I immediately thought how perfect it would be on a tablet. The point-and-click turn-based gameplay would translate perfectly to a touch screen device, and the style of the game’s graphics was one that wouldn’t be too taxing on the hardware of modern tablets and smart phones. Well, sounds like Firaxis felt the same way, as a port XCOM: Enemy Unknown for the iOS has been in production for some time now. Sounds like we’re going to get a full port of the game, including DLC, with a few exceptions. There are some limitations to porting the game to mobile devices though, as the file size has to be trimmed a bit for iTunes, so some of the map styles won’t make it into the port. Not that big of a deal, right? XCOM: Enemy Unknown will hit iTunes for recent generation iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch at a “premium price point,” meaning $15 or more. Not bad for a full PC/console game on your mobile!
Guess what? If you beat BioShock Infinite, you can play in “1999 Mode.” Or, use the world famous Konami code, and play it from the very start. What’s the 1999 Mode? Think back to the first person shooters of the day. Much simpler, right? But, also, tougher than most modern shooters. Games back then were much less forgiving. That’s what this mode is about. Named after the release year of BioShock creator Ken Levine’s System Shock 2, 1999 Mode will bring you tougher enemies, stingier health, and permanent decisions when it comes to upgrades and whatnot. That means it’s possible to get stuck in the game, depending on the decisions you’ve made, forcing you to start all over again. Yup, 1999 can be a game breaker. You should probably wait until your second playthrough before attempting this “ultra hard” mode, but incase you want the biggest challenge right away, or were born in this century and have no idea what the Konami code is, here’s the code to unlock 1999 Mode:
Up, Up, Down, Down, Left, Right, Left, Right, B, A
Up, Up, Down, Down, Left, Right, Left, Right, O, X
Up, Up, Down, Down, Left, Right, Left, Right, Cancel, Confirm (whatever keys those commands are bound to)
Have fun in Columbia!
March 19, 2013 at 12:46 PM by Gordon Thompson Gaming
In case you hadn’t heard, the launch of EA and Maxis’ SimCity was a complete disaster. As I was one of the poor bastards who had pre-ordered the game and tried to play at launch, I can attest to that. With no pre-load I wasn’t able to download the game until three hours after launch, then it was almost impossible to connect to their servers, as this is an always-online game, for the next three days, it was probably the worst launch I’ve been a part of (luckily I skipped the Diablo III launch). Since the servers have pretty much stabilized now, Maxis has still had to keep many of the non-game breaking features turned off, like community features such as leaderboards.
So, after Maxis and EA gave a big “our bad” to the SimCity community they decided to give us a free game from the EA catalogue. If you register your copy of SimCity before March 25th (yes, you can buy it today and get your free game too, from the sound of it) you’ll be able to pick one of eight “of EA’s top titles”, theoretically games they’ve already made a substantial profit on and won’t lose out by giving them away to over a million customers. Anyway, you can pick your game through a “portal” in the Origin client started on March 22nd. Here are your choices:
• Battlefield 3
• Bejeweled 3
• Dead Space 3
• Mass Effect 3
• Medal of Honor: Warfighter
• Need For Speed: Most Wanted
• Plants vs. Zombies
• Sim City 4 Deluxe Edition
Not a bad selection, but aside from the last option the rest are all the Standard Editions of the games, of course. And speaking of that last option, isn’t it a little weird to offer Sim City 4 as a title? As if to say “since we screwed up so bad and sold you a broken game, why not play the last version of this game that actually works!” As for the other options, shoving in cheap casual games like Bejeweled and Plants vs. Zombies seems more like filler for a list that otherwise would only be offering five triple-A titles, most of which gamers on Origin probably already own, even though Dead Space 3 is the only new title being offered. No Mass Effect Trilogy or Battlefield 3 Premium being offered? Sigh.
Here’s an example of why this list kind of sucks: in my position I already own Battlefield 3 and Mass Effect 3 on Origin. I also have Plants vs. Zombies on Steam and Dead Space 3 on PS3. I have no interest in Bejeweled and Sim City 4, which leaves me with MoHW and NFSMW. I’m not interested in having another military shooter, which essentially leaves me with Need for Speed: Most Wanted, assuming it’s the relaunched version and not the old one. Cool, looks like a good game, but driving games suck on the PC, let’s face it. I’m just glad this list came out before I used my $20 Origin credit for purchasing SimCity, since Most Wanted was probably the best title I didn’t have that they were offering. Because of course you can’t just use an in-store discount on any game.
Holy crap just watch that trailer. Careful! It’s the red band trailer, meaning it’s NSFW and all that. It is awesome. Plus it has Sleigh Bells on the trailer’s soundtrack and a look at the way Jim Carrey’s handling his performance in the movie… Wow. It almost looks as good as Nic Cage’s Adam West impersonation from the first.
I think I’m more excited for Kick-Ass 2 that I was for the first one, only because this time I haven’t read the comic first. Of course I had read the original Kick-Ass before the film came out. Afterall, it wasn’t announced to become a film until a few issues into the mini-series. The sequel on the other hand was announced at the same time as the comic. I added it to my pull list at the local comic shop, and much like the first series it took forever to come out. I can’t remember if it was a bi-monthly series or if it just took forever for them to finish an issue (like The Walking Dead or Invincible). Ah, the wonders of creator-owned material. Anyway, before the series finished was around the time I cut back on the comic books, big time. Not knowing what happens in the entire series will make the movie a lot more enjoyable for me, since I won’t be nit-picking at all the toned down bits. But if it’s anything like the comic, from what I remember…
Oh, Colonel Stars and Stripes. You poor bastard.
That trailer was from a user on YouTube, so I hope it sticks around. The original source isn’t available in all countries, so, yeah.
You may remember the BioShock movie that was being worked on a few years ago that just sort of disappeared. The film was to be produced by Universal with Pirates of the Caribbean‘s Gore Verbinski to direct from a script by BioShock creator Ken Levine. So what happened? In short, the box office failure of Watchmen. Here’s a movie based on material for mature audiences that was made into a film for the same audience with the investment of a big budget movie, and it failed to bring in the numbers Warner Bros. had hoped. So, yeah, Universal got a little scared. According to Levine, Universal was no longer willing to invest $200-million into an R-rated film and insisted on the film being made for $80-million instead. It was either that, or you go safe and get rid of the R-rating and go for a much safer PG-13. Thankfully they didn’t submit to toning down the film’s content, but unfortunately Verbinski wasn’t willing to make a BioShock film without the R-rating or for the limited budget for such a large scale film. After Verbinski left the project they brought in someone else, but Levine “didn’t see the match there” and, for better or worse, “killed” the project. And that’s what happened to the BioShock movie.
Fans of team-centric, objective-based first person shooters have something to be excited about as the first details of Overkill’s Payday 2 have been released. The sequel to the digital-only Payday: The Heist is set to hit sometime this summer for PS3, Xbox 360 and PC, with a ton of improvements over the original. As much fun and intense as the first Payday was, it could be a bit repetative, as all the missions were essentially the same. Like any good game developer, the team behind the heist filled shooter has learned from their mistakes and made some interesting moves with the new game’s direction.
It’s still a team based game where four players team up to do a heist, and these set pieces play out like a Hollywood movie. Get in, get the goods, fight your way out and escape. What’s new is the way these missions unfold. Much like games such as the Left 4 Dead series each playthrough will be different, with elements and events changing from the length and complexity of a mission to smaller details like where the escape vehicle will be. There will be dozens of scenarios you can take with variations depending on what abilities and upgrades your character has, like the Mastermind professions manipulating the authorities with mind games or a quicker getaway vehicle upgrade. These professions let you take on a different role with unique items and weapons, and you can upgrade your character with cash and loot you earn from completing missions or upgrade your skill tree, gain new weapons and special masks. There is a big RPG element this time around, making everyone’s gameplay unique and adding to the game’s replayability .
At its heart the Payday series is an action-packed heist film, putting the player behind the mask. As a big fan of the first game I can’t wait to see how they handle the sequel. You can check out some gameplay videos after the jump.
Now, this is a movie that both excited and terrified me. On one hand it was a chance to see some of my favorite horror films remade with a proper budget and all the benefits that comes with it. On the other hand, it’s a Hollywood horror movie remake, which are the worst things ever made. But, we have Sam Raimi onboard as a producer, so maybe it’ll be good? Then there was that trailer. Oh my god, the trailer.
Now that the movie has been screened at SXSW we’re getting word that this movie is actually good! The best part about what I’m hearing is the purely visceral take on what the originals laid out. It is a pure gore fest, without the excessive use of CG. That’s right, honestly to goodness practical effects are all over this movie. That’s buckets of blood and prosthetic limbs and animatronic rape trees. Okay, I’m assuming a little bit there, but there’s no denying that this film is made by people who love the genre and the original content. Not only is there plenty of gore and true horror, but the story and characters have been given the same attention to detail. Okay, maybe not the the basic story, since it’s still the cabin in the woods, necronomicon bringing pure evil to the poor bastards inside, and I wouldn’t have it any other way. But the characters aren’t the cardboard cutouts seen in most horror films, even the original Evil Dead and the homage The Cabin in the Woods. There’s the occasional “WTF are you doing you idiot!” moments, but for the most part is sounds these characters are more… genuine.
Anyway, if you really want to get a good feel for what the SXSW screening was like be sure to read Harry Knowles’ account of the night. The rest of us will have to wait until April!
Oh, and I’m hearing that there’s already an Evil Dead 2 in the works.
Also, Sam Raimi wants to start working on Evil Dead 4. As in a sequel to Army of Darkness. Um, yeah.
March 11, 2013 at 1:28 PM by Gordon Thompson Comics
The digital comic book distributer is offering over 700 first issues of Marvel Comics, new and old, completely free! This is a big move by Marvel to help grab readers, bringing back old readers and turning people on to new series. Unfortunately as of this writing their website seems to be down. The iOS app seems to be working fine, so as long as you can use your mobile device or tablet you shouldn’t have a problem getting in on this deal. Some of the books offered include new “Marvel Now” series like All-New X-Men, events like Civil War and even classics like the original Avengers #1! So, it’s easy to see how their servers got a little overwhelmed with this deal.