Author - Jerry Paxton

Buy Your Very Own Weighted Companion Cube

Joystiq is reporting that the Valve store if prepping to sell plush Weighted Companion Cubes (from the excellent puzzle game Portal). For those that don’t know, Portal is a single-player first-person action/puzzle video game developed by Valve. The game was released in a bundle package known as The Orange Box for PC and Xbox 360 on October 10, 2007, and will be released for the PlayStation 3 on November 23, 2007. The Windows version of the game is also available for download separately through Steam. The game consists primarily of a series of puzzles which must be solved by teleporting the player’s character and other simple objects using the Aperture Science Handheld Portal Device (the ‘portal gun’). The goal of each puzzle is to reach an exit point. The ‘portal gun’ and the unusual physics it creates are the emphasis of this game.

Google’s Android OS Early-Look SDK Available Now

Engadget is reporting that an ‘early-look’ version of Google’s Android OS SDK is now available. The Android OS, of course, will be the operating system used in any company’s Google Phone that is produced. The SDK will allow that OS to be largely customizeable while keeping the common OS for compatibility.

I myself am … strange and unusual

MSN Movies reports that Winona Ryder has been cast to play young Spock’s mother in the upcoming JJ Abrams Star Trek movie.

We can only hope the cast and crew of the movie take daily inventories of the equipment in light if Ms. Ryder’s light fingered history…

GameSpot Hellgate: London Review

GameSpot has posted it’s review of Flagship Studio’s Hellgate: London and given it a 7.0 out of 10. This game was highly-anticipated for it’s procedural levels and enemy layouts but the actual execution is less-than-stellar.

From the article:
Hellgate: London is a likeable action role-playing game that answers the question ‘What would happen if you took all the loot lust from Diablo and fit it into a first-person shooter?’ OK, maybe you weren’t asking that question, but Hellgate is an interesting game. It will probably come into its own after a few more patches, but right now, it has almost as many issues as strengths.

1up Battalion Wars 2 Review

1up has posted its review of Battalion Wars 2 for the Nintendo Wii, giving it a surprising 6.5 out of 10 rating. The generally anticipated game is a more action-oriented game (as opposed to Advance Wars) and, according to 1up, lacks the charm of its console predecessor and handheld cousins.

From the article:
The root of the problem stems from its simply failing to work the various personalities into the game well — this begins with the flat, cartoonish cut-scenes used to introduce each mission. The few attempts at humor come off as forced, but worse yet, much of the time they become little more than matter-of-fact presentations. You won’t be able to ignore them, though: On the dividing line between funny and disastrous, most of the exaggerated voice work falls on the painfully bad side.

Gamespot Super Mario Galaxy Review

Gamespot has posted its review of Super Mario Galaxy for the Nintendo Wii. It ranked the highly-anticipated title with a 9.5 out of 10 Editors Choice and tout SMG as ‘the Wii’s game to beat and one of Mario’s greatest adventures yet’.

From the article:
Here is the game that Wii owners have been pining for, a game that has tons of appeal for both the less experienced player and the longtime gamer. A game that deftly combines accessibility and challenge, all wrapped up in a package that’s both deep and addictive. Super Mario Galaxy is all of this and more. It is simultaneously one of Mario’s best adventures and a game that doesn’t require fandom of the portly plumber’s previous engagements to appreciate. The sheer quality of Mario Galaxy’s wonderful level designs, tight controls, and brilliant presentation is the sort of thing that just about anyone who loves gaming should be able to appreciate, and that many will fall head-over-heels for.

Bungie Hinting About Halo 3 Downloadable Content

Joystiq is reporting on the downloadable content planned for Halo 3. According to the article, Bungie has hinted that there are several maps in the works. Though some are earlier in the development process than others. The first is ‘O.K. Corral,’ an asymmetrical medium-sized map that Bungie’s Luke Smith says has kind of a sunset feel with plenty of catwalks and alleyways. In addition to the briefly mentioned ‘Purple Reign’ and ‘Jodrell Bank,’ we’re also excited about ‘Vandelay,’ described as the
simplest map the company’s ever done, which has been crafted to show off the possibilities of the Forge system.

God of War 3 Confirmed for PS3

Gamespot reports that God of War III has been officially announced for the PS3 and is being developed in SCEA’s Santa Monica studio. However, this announcement comes along with news that Cory Bartlog, the game’s Directory, has left the company’s Santa Monica studio and , perhaps, the company altogether. There has been no official reason given for this, nor any reason given on his personal blog.

From the article:
Unfortunately, the God of War III announcement was tempered by some bittersweet news. SCEA has confirmed Barlog himself no longer works at the company’s Santa Monica studio. ‘We are grateful for his work and creative vision for the critically acclaimed God of War franchise,’ the company said in a brief statement in which it expressed faith in the remaining members of the GOWIII and God of War: Chains of Olympus teams.

From God of War II:

Gamespot Dementium: The Ward Review

Gamespot has posted their review on Dementium: The Ward for the Nintendo DS giving it a 7.5 out of 10.

From the article:
Is it possible to be legitimately spooked by a handheld game? Console games have been designed to make use of the home field advantages of having a large screen and complete control over lighting to enhance the experience for years, but when you’re playing on a tiny screen on the bus, can the experience compare? The answer, as proven by FPS-with-a-dash-of-survival horror Dementium: The Ward, is a resounding yes, though its inherent flaws prevent it from truly becoming that which it aspires to be.

Personally, I am looking forward to picking up a copy of this soon.

Gamespot Call of Duty 4 Review

Gamespot has posted their review on Call of Duty 4 for the PC, giving it a solid 9.0 out of 10 with Editor’s Choice rating.

From the article:
The single-player campaign is over in a flash, but the high quality of that campaign and its terrific multiplayer options make Call of Duty 4 a fantastic package.

From Wikipedia:
Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare is a first-person shooter developed by Infinity Ward and published by Activision for Windows, PlayStation 3, Nintendo DS, and Xbox 360. It will be the eighth installment in the Call of Duty video game series (including expansions), the first not to be set during World War II, and the first to be rated ‘M’ for Mature by the ESRB. It was announced on April 25, 2007. It was released on November 6, 2007 in North America, and in Australia on November 7, 2007. It will be released on November 9, 2007 in Europe. The game will also be available on Steam on November 12, 2007.