Author - Jerry Paxton

Batman: Arkham City Launch Screenshots

Along with today’s release of Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment’s Batman: Arkham City, a series of launch screenshots were also released. Enjoy!


Deus Ex: Human Revolution – The Missing Link Launch Screens

Square Enix has announced that the new “The Missing Link” DLC pack for its popular action-RPG, Deus Ex: Human Revolution, is now out for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and Windows PC platforms. Additionally, they released some launch screenshots to accompany this news. Enjoy!

“We are thrilled to bring DEUS EX: HUMAN REVOLUTION – The Missing Link to fans,” said David Anfossi, producer of DEUS EX: HUMAN REVOLUTION at Eidos-Montreal. “This unique DLC provides an enhanced DEUS EX: HUMAN REVOLUTION experience with deeper insight into the conspiracy, visual improvements, new characters and enemies, and a twist on gameplay elements.”


Sinister Pointe Review

Tucked away in a large warehouse located in Brea, CA the Sinister Pointe crew has made a new home for themselves in the Southern California haunted attractions community. You may recall their work from last year’s Queen Mary Dark Harbor, the Diner of the Dead, and even the Silent Hill Haunted Attraction from a few years ago. In fact, the Sinister Pointe crew has been in the haunted house business for about 14 years! This year, they present to us a macabre look at a house occupied by all manner of inbred folk who just can’t wait to sink their teeth and claws into you.

Sinister Pointe’s talent did a great job of committing to their roles and got a lot of good scares in the group I traveled with. There was a good mix of makeup and mask characters to keep their looks interesting and fresh – from overall-clad farmers to creepy “little girls”. Also of note is that the Sinister Pointe crew has pushed the envelope in their attraction with a couple of great gimmicks that this reporter has not seen in a haunted house before. One of these unique gimmicks was so cool, one of our party members asked that it be reset just to get another look at it in action. The overall design of the maze was well-detailed and the interior facade of the creepy old house guests walk into is a real work of art. The thing appears to be a life-size facade and the quality is very apparent.

Sinister Pointe is known for being somewhat interactive in its haunted maze experience and this year is no different. Throughout the experience, groups will be able to experience different routes based upon which fork in the road they choose to travel. Additionally, there are group challenges to be had where going forward in the haunted maze is entirely in their trembling hands. This added immersion of participating in the experience is welcome, and something that not many attractions are doing at the moment. On the audio front, local musician Jon Autopsy strikes again (he also scored The Empty Grave and the Winchester Mystery House this season) with a moody score full of creepy tones, shrieks, and creaks.

Ticket pricing for Sinister Pointe is very reasonable, with the bare bones (no pun intended) admission only costing $15 dollars. You can also get multi-entry passes as well as front of the line admissions as well for additional cost. The value is high, as the overall maze experience takes quite a while to get through. The queue line is somewhat lengthy, mainly because they only let small groups in at a time to allow for maximum effect of the gimmicks, characters, and decor. While some might be irritated by the increased line-waiting, trust us: It is worth it.

Jeff Schiefelbein, mastermind of the Sinister Pointe crew, told us that their plan is to keep the large facility open year-round, renting space out to various events like weddings, corporate parties, makeup demonstrations, and a lot more. Additionally, they are planning to do a whole set of seasonal haunted events, beginning this holiday season with a Christmas-themed maze (think killer Santas and more)! We at GamingShogun loved this haunted attraction and hope you guys get a chance to check it out.


You can find ticket info, dates, and more over at the official Sinister Pointe Website.



Off-Road Drive Quick Review (PC)

1C Company has released their Off-Road Drive, an off-road racing simulation with a lot to offer the kind of people who like to go driving their trucks across hazardous landscapes and terrain. The game allows virtual drivers to utilize all manner of off-road technologies such as 4-wheel drive, locking differentials, tire pressure, low gears, winches, and more. The game features a very nice physics system which gives vehicles realistic “feel” and terrain response.

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What We Liked:

  • Numerous off-road vehicle controls.
  • Above-average visuals.
  • Interesting courses and terrain to deal with.
  • Fun physics modeling.
  • Inexpensive price point.


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What We Thought Sucked:

  • Sometimes the visuals take an unexpected dip (no pun intended) in terms of terrain deformation.
  • Many of the terrain types can be crossed by simply going into 4-wheel drive mode and popping vehicles into a low gear.
  • Sometimes annoying implementation of winch system.

[/wpcol_1half_end]Overall, 1C Company’s Off-Road Drive features a ton of high-quality off-road content for PC driving game fans. It is definitely not an experience like F1 2011 or GRID, but that is the whole point of the off-road simulation. At its current price point, racing game fans owe it to themselves to branch out and try some mud bogging with Off-Road Drive.


Air Conflicts: Secret Wars – Quick Review (PC)

In Air Conflicts: Secret Wars, players take on the role of a young girl – a smuggler pilot, who finds herself in the middle of World War II. Her quest: To find out the fate of her father, a pilot who took to the skies over the battlefields of World War I. Over the course of the game, players will fly a multitude of aircraft, ranging from transports to fighters as they engage the Luftwaffe.


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What we liked:

  • Passable graphics and sound.
  • Interesting mission objectives.
  • Easy to pickup controls.
  • Two control schemes (arcade and simulation).
  • Inexpensive price point.


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What we thought sucked:

  • Far from sim-quality flight modelling, no matter what flight mode you select.
  • Depressing storyline.
  • So-so graphic novel style cut-scenes.
  • No manual landing sequences.
  • Auto-replenishing, unlimited ordinance.
  • AAA is unrealistically-accurate.

[/wpcol_1half_end]Overall, Air Conflicts: Secret Wars is one of those middle-of-the-road titles which has a lot going both for and against it. If you are looking for an inexpensive arcade combat flight game, then you could do worse.


Syndicate Executive Search Walk-through

Electronic Arts has released a very cool gameplay walkthrough video from the Executive Search level of their upcoming action-RPG/shooter, Syndicate. The demo was first displayed at the last Vegas Game Show.


Batman: Arkham City Launch Trailer

Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment has released the official launch trailer for their upcoming Batman: Arkham City, which is due out on October 18, 2011 for the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 platforms. The Windows PC version is said to be released later this year.

Launch Trailer