June 30, 2012

Welcome to the 21st Century

On this, the 900th post, I bring news of changes. No, the changes are not staff oriented. Yes, I'm still all alone. But maybe not for long. You see, I've finally brought the comments system into the 21st century by unleashing all the power Disqus has to offer. I've dabbled with Disqus during my previous endeavors and it has proven to be a very competent and featuretastic commenting system. In fact, tt was recently overhauled and improved! You can login with a variety of services, rate and share posts right from the comment widget, subscribe to comment threads, tag people in comments, link to individual comments, vote comments up and down, follow commenters, and more! I'm hoping this will actually get people to speak up.

Also now available are the Installation Fourms, not tied to the comments via single login because that was causing me problems (plus that comment system was kinda blah). You can access it in the menu bar. As a social experiment, the forums are totally free-for-all and users can post anything and everything. They're not too fancy, but have a decent amount of features including rich text editing, image uploads, sharing features, and the ability to login through several common accounts.

June 19, 2012

E3 2012: The Final Grades

E3 is over, but the discussion sure ain't. So how'd everything go? More importantly, how accurate were my predictions? Find out inside.

June 16, 2012

I04 Picks: Highlights of E3 2012

|Assassin's Creed 3| I'm Not a fan of the Assassin's Creed series. I bought the first game and it didn't impress me. I found the repetition boring and the setting even more boring. Plus, the main "plot twist" was revealed at the very beginning. The whole "epic assassin game throughout periods of history" was ruined by it, well, not being that. It's just a dude hooked up to a machine who's "reliving" the history of his ancestors who are apparently all assassins. Yes, Desmond has one of the most multiculturally diverse family trees in the history of... ever. And while it doesn't necessarily make sense for Desmond to be Syrian/Italian/British/Native American, I really do like where they took the series. See, I foolishly bought Assassin's Creed 2 because the word on the street was that the sequel was much improved. It didn't do much for me either. Maybe it's because I've been taking Latin since high school, but I found the Italian Renaissance setting to be even less historically interesting than The Crusades. And those goofy Italian accents... And then they made that game into its own trilogy. When it concluded last year, I (and everyone else, no doubt) wondered where the series would go from there. Rumors pointed to the American Revolution. This instantly piqued my interest. It was uncharted territory for video games, and a really interesting creative decision. The more I learned about the game, the more I liked it. Then E3 happened and I got to see it. Oh my, does this look great.

First, there's that lovely CG trailer, which is one of the things the series has always done best. They're always extremely well done and hype-inducing. But more importantly, three gameplay demos came out of the show. There was the infiltration of a Redcoat compound in the snowy wilderness that was shown at the Ubi press conference. It looked fantastic. Leagues above the previous games. And the setting was gorgeous. But then Sony had the exclusive reveal of naval combat. What!? At this point I was double sold. Finally, I saw a floor demo of Boston. It had moving haystacks. Day one purchase. DAY ONE.

June 14, 2012

Epic sale is epic

I don't usually post about video games sales here on the site (that's something I leave for Facebook), but this "Dads & Grads" sale from Amazon is an epic exception. The selection here is really, truly fantastic and the prices are equally great. Below are some of the highlights. Keep in mind, these prices are for new copies.

  • Borderlands GOTY Edition: $20
  • Rage: $10
  • Battlefield 3: $37
  • Starcraft 2: $40
  • MGS HD Collection: $30
  • Arkham Asylum GOTY Edition: $15
  • Arkham City: $20
  • Saints Row The Third: $40
  • Modern Warfare 2: $20
  • Kingdoms of Amalur Reckoning: $40
  • Twisted Metal: $40
  • MK vs DCU: $15
  • Mortal Kombat: $20 (console or Vita) or Komplete Edition: $40
  • The Darkness 2: $20
  • Codblops: $20
  • Street Fighter X Tekken: $40
  • FEAR 3: $15
  • BlazBlue Continuum Shift Extend: $30 (console or Vita)
  • Bit.Trip Saga (3DS): $16
  • Bit.Trip Complete (Wii): $20

June 4, 2012

Halo 4 gameplay! (updated)

There are so many things... just come back tonight for the daily wrap and find them all in one place. In the mean time, here is some Halo 4. Now with two more minutes of footage after the break! Snow map confirmed!

The Pre-E3 Post 2012 Edition

It's nearly here. E3 time. Gamer Christmas. No matter who wins it this year, us gamers all win. But I bet you want to know who's going to win anyway, don't you? Well then click on, my friend!

June 3, 2012

The Wii U Info Dump Post

This post will be continually updated as new information becomes available!

Don't ask.

E3 Day -1

Nintendo's got a special Wii U event today... and that's about it. Check back starting at 6pm EST!

June 2, 2012

E3 Day -2

The vampires in Dawnguard are pretty kickass.
The Calm before the storm. Not a whole lot today, but a few good tidbits nonetheless, including how you can get Dawnguard for free! Plus, now it looks like you'll only have to wait till tomorrow afternoon for some sweet, sweet Wii U information!

|News| Nintendo to reveal more Wii U details prior to E3

|News| Limited Edition announced for The Last Story

|News| Game Genie is back!

|News| Marathon Trilogy now on iOS for free

|News| Xbox owners can sign up for the Skyrim: Dawnguard beta and get the expansion for free!

|News| Penny Arcade Adventures dated for July 10th

|News| Transformers: Fall of Cybertron coming to PC

|News| Tomba coming to PSN June 19th

|Rumor| Wii U gets HBO Go

|Rumor| Vita getting Assassin's Creed 3: Liberation

|Rumors| Wii U getting Kingdom Hearts HD Collection, Diablo 3, and Sonic Racing.

|Rumor| Wii U will have achievements, social networking, and more.

|Rumor| Sony partnering with Gaikai for streaming PS2 backlog

Watch a new trailer for Ni No Kuni after the break!

June 1, 2012

|E3| Gears of War Judgement outed by GI

You killed all the Locust in Gears of War 3... now kill them again in Gears of War Judgement! GameInformer officially revealed the covers today of this Xbox exclusive, due to be shown off at the Microsoft press conference Monday. The game is believed to be a prequel because look at how young Cole and Baird are. It's also been confirmed that the game will have a multiplayer mode and that Epic-owned People Can Fly (developer of Bulletstorm) is "involved" in some capacity. We'll keep you updated!

E3 Day -3

Konami starts the day off with a bang! Click on to see the first trailer of Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2, a brand new trailer for Dishonored and more!