Archive - 2011/09/08

X-Men: Destiny Behind-the-Scenes Trailer

X-Men Destiny - Xbox 360 Box Art

Activision and Silicon Knights have released a new behind-the-scenes trailer for their upcoming X-Men: Destiny, where players get to create and progress in the X-Men universe as their very own mutant super-hero.

Trailer

RingO Tablet All-in-One Released

Vogels image

Vogel’s has announced the release of their RingO Tablet All-in-One mounting system. The RingO mount allows for easy take-on/take-off of your tablet device between special wall and vehicle mounts as well as a ring-like locking system. The base system costs $119.99 and comes with both car and wall mounts.

Hacker Evolution Duality Giveaway – Expired

HackerEvolutionDuality-Screenshot-1

Exosyphen Studios has generously offered us five Steam codes for their new hacking title, Hacker Evolution Duality, to give away to you fine readers! We would like to thank Exosyphen Studios for their sponsoring of this giveaway and we invite you to checkout the game’s official website! This giveaway will run until Friday, Sept 30th 2011 @ 11:59pm Pacific time. At that time, no further entries will be accepted and one winner will be announced.

To Enter

  1. Simply LIKE* our Facebook page and then leave a comment on this official Facebook post. What kind of comment? You must tell us your top three favorite games of all time. Any platform or release date is acceptable so long as they are already released.

*Note, it is important to stay ‘LIKED’ to our FB page at least until after the contest is over. No like-y, no win-ey. Them’s the rules!

Am I Eligible?

This random drawing giveaway is open to residents of the WHOLE PLANET who have the Steam client. Enjoy!

Toddy Cloth Giveaway – Expired

Home_james_front

Toddy Gear has generously offered us one of their new “Home James” Toddy Cloths (awesome dirt and smudge-removing cloths) to give away to you fine readers! We would like to thank Toddy Gear for their sponsoring of this giveaway and we invite you to checkout their official website! This giveaway will run until Friday, Sept 30th 2011 @ 11:59pm Pacific time. At that time, no further entries will be accepted and one winner will be announced.

To Enter

  1. Simply LIKE* our Facebook page and then leave a comment on this official Facebook post. What kind of comment? Well… Let’s keep it interesting. Why don’t you tell us what your favorite holiday is AND WHY. Those of you who do not follow this rule will not have their entry counted.

*Note, it is important to stay ‘LIKED’ to our FB page at least until after the contest is over. No like-y, no win-ey. Them’s the rules!

Am I Eligible?

This random drawing giveaway is open to residents of the continental Unites States. Enjoy!

Red Dead Redemption: Myths & Mavericks Screens

mythsandmavericks4-1280

Rockstar Games has released four new screenshots from the upcoming Myths & Mavericks DLC pack for Red Dead Redemption. Myths and Mavericks is a free download that will be available on September 13th for Xbox LIVE and PlayStation Network.

Screenshots

ARMA III Website to Launch on September 9th

arma3_header_bg_alt

Bohemia Interactive has put up an official countdown timer at the future website of ARMA III. The countdown will end on Friday, September 9th at 0900CET and signify the launch of the game’s official website.

The new website will feature exclusive never seen before media content including videos, screenshots and background information, key aspects to the story and features of Arma3 will also be unveiled including:

·         Storyline Overview
·         Personnel Characters
·         Factions
·         Weaponry
·         Vehicles (Land, Air and Sea)
·         Environment

ARMA III is scheduled for release on Windows PCs in the Summer of 2012.

MSI Launches GTX570m Gaming Laptops

GT683DXR-2

MSI has announced that the GT780DXR and GT683DXR gaming laptops are now available – both featuring Nvidia’s new GTX 570m mobile GPUs. The higher-end GT780DXR features 12GBs of RAM as well as a an Intel i7 CPU and retails at a base price of $1799. You can checkout both laptops over at MSI’s official website.

“As the market leaders in gaming notebooks, MSI prides itself in delivering performance machines that meets and exceeds the expectations of even the most advanced gamers,” said Andy Tung, vice president of sales, MSI US.  “The latest additions to MSI’s G series, especially by incorporating NVIDIA’s top of the line graphic cards, reinforces our commitment to the genre.”

Some Announcement Images

New A Game of Thrones – Genesis Screenshots

a_game_of_thrones_genesis-18

Focus Home Interactive has released five new screenshots from its upcoming strategy title, A Game of Thrones – Genesis. The game is due out on September 29, 2011 for Windows PCs and promises all the political intrigue and medieval combat that can be found in the George R.R. Martin novels of the same name.

Screenshots

Hector: Badge of Carnage Episode 2 – A Review (PC)

hector2

Telltale Games brings us the next installment in the Badge of Carnage series with Senseless Acts of Justice.  Featuring the same classless humor that the first episode presented, Senseless Acts of Justice is more of the same, just a little longer.  Hector is back in his fight against the faceless gunman that terrorized Clappers Wreake.  If you enjoyed episode 1, then you’ll love episode 2.  If you didn’t get Badge of Carnage episode 1, then go read my review of it.  Don’t worry, I’ll wait until you get back.

Story:

Ok, now that your back, Senseless Acts of Justice picks right up where Badge of Carnage episode 1 left off.  Hector has completed all of the demands that the terrorist had set him off to do, and has entered the building to finally confront the gunman.  Held at gunpoint and holding his last slice of pizza, Hector now has to figure out a way to survive his confrontation with the gunman and finally bring the villain to justice.

The story style in episode 2 is exactly the same as it was in episode 1.  You will run in to the same crass humor and jokes that made the first episode funny.  Hector is played perfectly in this episode.  Always quick with the perfect insult and not above making lude comments, the writing for Hector makes him an absolute great time to control.  In contrast, controling Lambert is such a riot, but for completely different reasons.  Lambert is such a push over when it comes to interacting with the other characters, that you can’t help but laughing at the situations he gets himself into.

Episode 2 is longer then episode 1, which is a good thing.  Episode 1 just didn’t feel like it was worth the price of admission, at least in length terms.  Episode 2 fixes that by filling it with more story this time around.

Gameplay:

The gameplay for Badge of Carnage Episode 2 is pure point and click adventure style.  You move the arrow around the environment looking for clues and items to solve the current predicament that you find yourself in.  Most puzzles in episode 2 are fairly straight forward and easy enough to solve, but you will run into a few that will stop you dead.  Senseless Acts of Justice offers a hint system that will help point you towards the right solution.

In this episode, like I mentioned above, you play as Lambert for part of the episode.  This was an interesting change of events, making you pick up items as Lambert that Hector needs to solve the problem that he is facing, and vice versa.  You have to look around one character’s environment for clues that will aid the other character.

Aesthetics:

Badge of Carnage Episode 2 is rendered in the same style as episode 1 was.  I love the cartoon look to the game and feel that the visuals of Senseless Acts of Justice fit with the overall feel.  Watching cartoon vomit spew out of a woman’s mouth in this way makes it way more funny and, to be honest, stomachable then if the game was rendered with life-like graphics.

The sound, on the other hand, dosen’t fair as well.  The voice acting is generally well done, with Hector being the best of the bunch.  The downside is that the actual audio seems to be a lower quality.  In some cases, the audio just didn’t sound like it was recorded that well.

Final Thoughts:

Badge of Carnage Episode 2 is a great follow up to a pretty good game.  Episode 2 has more of what I liked in episode 1 and is a bit longer then its predecessor.  The cartoony aesthetics of Clappers Wreake and its inhabitants makes the crass jokes and events that much more easy to stomach, though the audio at times will grate on your ears.  The game play is solid point and click adventure mechanics that haven’t changed in the last twenty years, but the puzzles are hard enough to give you a challenge but easy enough to keep the pace of the game rolling along.  If you haven’t picked up episode 1 yet, then you need to start there, but for those of you that have played through episode 1 and liked it, then Senseless Acts of Justice is a must buy.

Screenshots