Author - Jerry Paxton

Loki: Heroes of Mythology Review

Gamespot has posted their review for Loki: Heroes of Mythology. The Diablo II meets Neverwinter Nights 2 style gameplay seems like it would be good fun for a boring evening.

From the article:
‘Somebody needs to tell Cyanide that it’s a little late in the day to be ripping off Diablo II. That seven-year-old action RPG provides the template for Loki: Heroes of Mythology, a derivative hack-and-slash that brings nothing new to the genre. Still, being late for the party is the only major strike against this game. Even though the Diablo formula may seem awfully ho-hum these days–especially in this case, since Titan Quest covered the mythological-heroes shtick over a year ago–good mechanics and great atmosphere make up for the lack of innovation.’

NWN2 Mask of the Betrayer Review

GameSpot has posted their review of the Neverwinter Nights 2 expansion, Mask of the Betryayer. Overall the expansion looks very good, and should be worth the purchase.

From the article:
‘Mask of the Betrayer is a much more mature expansion, both due to its content and because it demonstrates how Obsidian Entertainment is maturing as a developer. If you felt that NWN2 was a bit too action-focused, then you should definitely check out Mask of the Betrayer’s blend of combat, puzzles, and decision-making.’

Halo 3 Believe Final Video – Watch Here!

***Possible Spoilers!

The Halo 3 Believe marketing campaign has drawn to a close with this last video. Beware, however, there are possible spoilers in this video although it is really too good to pass up and the ‘spoilerish’ nature of the video isn’t anything you probably didn’t think would happen anyway.

The campaign, which included multiple commercials based on a documentary of soldier’s talking about the climactic battle in the game has been extremely popular and has really taken video game commercials to a new level.

Crysis System Requirements

Joystiq has posted the official system requirements for Crysis. They are, needless to say, pretty damn steep.

From the article:
‘Minimum System Requirements

    * OS: Windows XP or Windows Vista
    * Processor: 2.8 GHz or faster (XP) or 3.2 GHz or faster (Vista)
    * Memory: 1.0 GB RAM (XP) or 1.5 GB RAM (Vista)
    * Video Card: 256 MB
    * Hard Drive: 12GB
    * Sound Card: DirectX 9.0c compatible

Real Recommended System Requirements

    * OS: Windows XP / Vista
    * Processor: Intel Core 2 DUO @ 2.2GHz or AMD Athlon 64 X2 4400+
    * Memory: 2.0 GB RAM
    * GPU: NVIDIA GeForce 8800 GTS/640 or similar

Supported Processors: Intel Pentium 4 2.8 GHz (3.2 GHz for Vista) or faster, Intel Core 2.0 GHz (2.2 GHz for Vista) or faster, AMD Athlon 2800+ (3200+ for Vista) or faster.

Supported chipsets: NVIDIA GeForce 6800 GT or greater; ATI Radeon 9800 Pro (Radeon X800 Pro for Vista) or greater. Laptop versions of these chipsets may work but are not supported. Integrated chipsets are not supported. Updates to your video and sound card drivers may be required.’

Dead Space Preview

1up has posted a great preview for the upcoming EA horror FPS, Dead Space.

From the article:
‘As EA executive producer Glen Schofield describes it, ‘Our goal is to make the scariest game ever,’ and his vehicle for that is a visual showcase sci-fi horror third-person shooter featuring elements such as Zero Gravity, Telekinesis and chop-off-able body parts. You play an everyman sent to fix the communications system on a mining ship digging around in space when — what else? — all hell breaks loose.’

Saitek Pro Flight Yoke Review

Design
The Pro Flight Yoke’s design is a thing of beauty. It’s dark molded plastic has a slightly ‘wet’ look, making it a much more sexy yoke than, say, the CH Products Flight Yoke. The grips are slightly contoured for your hands as well, making this yoke very comfortable to handle. The steel shaft helps make the action smooth and the increased spring force helps keep you from over controlling. The base has a large footprint, however, and we needed to make alot of space on our desk to mount it. In our unit, the buffer plate between the screw mount and the desk would pop off at certain times if it was not mounted just right. Additionally, unlike the CH Products’ yoke, the shaft does not emerge from the back of the base, it is kept internal which is a great feature. There is a built in lcd display which functions as a chronograph to time the legs of your flights and it doubles as a system time clock and a USB hub which is very nice on a cluttered desktop.

Performance
We tested our flight yoke on Microsoft’s Flight Sim X and Microsoft’s Flight Simulator 2004 using the standard USB mapping – we did not install the Saitek software. The remapping in both simulators was quick and easy – sometimes a bit daunting as the Pro Flight Yoke/Throttle Quadrants are loaded with switches and buttons. After setting up our axis and maps, we set up a free flight from a local airport. The throttle/mixture/propeller levers move smoothly and have a detent at the low end past 0%. The aileron and elevator actions of the yoke are VERY smooth and very realistic in feel. You can actually use the yoke with one hand, functionally! In contrast, you cannot do this with the CH Products yoke which requires two hands to operate the elevator axis. After flying in the pattern for several minutes whilst getting use to our control mappings we turned out to do some VFR exploring. The yoke and throttle quadrant consistently performed and was a pleasure to use. The increased spring tension helped keep me from over controlling my aircraft and the whole flight was a much improved experience than using a normal joystick or even CH Products flight yoke which, while good, cannot compare.