Chris and I had the opportunity to visit the Rockstar Games booth at New York Comic Con this weekend, where we got the rundown on the company’s newest project, Max Payne 3. Today we are going to be giving you a Nerd News And Reviews first: Chris and I busted out the camera and put our preview on video. We’d love to know what you all think of this new format and how you’d like to see us use it in the future. Check out the video after The Jump.
Friday was the first day of New York Comic Con that was open to the majority of the general public (those who paid extra for VIP passes got access for a little while on Thursday), and my was it busy. The Javits Convention Center was packed to the gills with cosplayers, creators, fanpersons (we are nothing if not PC at NNAR), and even us humble members of the press. While we aren’t able to be everywhere at once, we did try to get around and see what we anticipated to be some of the cooler stuff today. Check out the highlights after The Jump. Read more
Well, we’re off and running. The Con got started officially at 12, but the convention floor opened to all the non-professionals at 4 PM. The lines were nuts. And yes, there were two of them – each easily over 500 or so people, and that’s a conservative estimate. This is only a good thing, as it means plenty of people to make this year more interesting and next year even bigger. Of course, all those people may well have depleted the reserves of swag for the rest of the weekend – okay, maybe scratch what I said about it being a good thing. But there were plenty of other unarguably good things the first day. Get the full recap after the jump. Read more
So this is interesting. BioWare announced this morning that Mass Effect 3 will come bundled with a code to unlock an additional cooperative multiplayer mode known as Galaxy at War, which will allow up to four players to team up and take on the dreaded Reavers and save the galaxy. This new mode will be a series of completely separate missions where players will be able to choose from a number of different classes and alien races. While the storyline will be completely separate from the adventures of Commander Shepard, et al., success in these missions will benefit certain aspects of the single player campaign progression. This new mode is completely optional, however, and BioWare has assured us that a player can achieve the maximum progression and the “perfect” ending through exploits in the single player campaign alone.
All of this sounds well and good, and I’m all for additional gameplay modes (especially since Chris and I love co-op gameplay), but all is not well in the world. Rant (and full press release) after the jump.
Syndicate, published by Bullfrog Productions in 1993, belongs to a very select group of video games. Whereas many of the “impossible” games from my youth became quite manageable as I grew older and wiser, Syndicate did not. I sought it out recently, hoping to settle our old score, and was promptly and brutally humbled. That game is hard.
Now, EA is remaking it…maybe. The original was an isometric, team based strategy game; this new one is an FPS. Tomayto, tomahto. To be fair, it still looks pretty cool.
If you’ve ever played a traditional fantasy setting RPG, you’ve seen this guy. The skeleton. He’s everywhere. But what are his motivations? What are his hopes? His dreams? His favorite Salt-N-Pepa song?
You’ll never know, because you killed him for a measly 4 XP. Big man with a big sword. I hope you’re proud of yourself.
Hit the jump for two Ray Harryhausen-produced memorial videos and a shirt that does not celebrate his death, but honors his life.
Jeffrey Rosen (@humble) and The Humble Bundle just won’t quit. Here they go again, offering the world an awesome, DRM free game at the very reasonable pricing of “pay what you want”, with proceeds going to good causes like Child’s Play, EFF, and starving game developers.
In this instance, you’re getting Frozen Synapse, a corresponding Steam code, the game’s soundtrack, AND if you pay more than the sliding average price (currently under $5), you’ll also get The Humble Frozenbyte Bundle. Twist!
Update: Trauma has just been added to the Humble Frozen Synapse Bundle. If you already bought the bundle, you should have it available for download as well.
I recently saw a quote about Gears of War stating it was the most influential franchise of the current era, and I think they might have a point. It has some of the most unapologetically gritty (and bloody) story and gameplay around. Think about these game elements and where they came from: Deus Ex’s intuitive cover system? Gears. No health packs? Gears. Resident Evil’s over the shoulder style? Gears. Modern Warfare’s knife executions? Gears (who are we kidding, that was absolutely born out of Gears’ melee executions). For a shooter, the Gears franchise has contributed mightily.
Gears of War 3 simply takes the great gameplay the franchise is known for and applies it one more time in a single player campaign that closes the door with finality. At times it’s a little like watching a good action movie. The characters often do things that are patently absurd but really fun to watch, and every once in a while you get a serious moment that’s actually quite powerful. That’s one of the things I like about this game – it has no illusions about what it is and why it’s here. Where Deus Ex (which has also received significant playing time) is a masterpiece artfully composed, Gears 3 is steroid filled entertainment, plain and simple. And at that, it’s damn good. Read more
Hot on the heels of the news earlier this week that the Diablo 3 closed beta has begun (and that beta keys are being sent out to lucky gamers the world over) comes some bad news. This morning the folks at Blizzard issued a press release letting us know that they will not be making their intended release in 2011, and that the game is now planned to ship in “early 2012.” The press release explains that this is due to some additional time the team has decided they need make the game “Blizzard good.” Get the details after the jump. Read more