This last weekend has given me a lot to write about. Here is a list of topics/article ideas that I am either currently in process of writing or at the very least mulling around.
- PAX East – General thoughts on the convention and why I will definitely be going back next year
- Review of God of War III (almost finished, just wanna shoot some video before I post)
- My PAX impressions on Crackdown 2 and why I’m not entirely sold (this is in a rough form at present)
- Mulling around some sort of backlog segment giving some coverage to older games that I am just now getting around to such as Red Faction Guerilla
- Trying to come up with more ways of incorporating video into the site (I might be buying a capture card so I can record straight off my game systems)
If you have any ideas on content you would like to see please hit up the comments section and let me know what you would like to see.
One of the games that I was fortunate enough to get some time with at PAX East in Boston this past weekend was Split/Second. Developed by UK based Black Rock Studios, which is itself a division of Disney Interactive. Black Rock previously developed and released the ATV stunt racer Pure in 2008. Split/Second is an upcoming arcade-style racer set for release on May 18th, 2010. I got to play through the single race, single track demo that was on display twice. With the game releasing in just over a month and a half I feel pretty confident in saying that we were being shown close to final code for the game.
Those of you that follow this blog may recall that I also gave some beta impressions for another soon-to-be-released arcade racing game called Blur which is set to release on May 25th. For those that remember the third person character action game throwdown between Prototype and Infamous in 2009, you may already be asking yourself what differentiates Split/Second from other arcade style racers such as Blur, especially considering their close proximity of release. While Blur can easily be boiled down to Mario Kart, but with real cars, Split/Second offers us something different.
If you are at least as old as I am then you should be able to think back and remember the late 90’s with relative ease. Release in North America in 1997, Mario Kart 64 was arguably one of the most fun kart racing games ever released. Playing four player split-screen games with friends was some of the most fun you could have on the console. Skip ahead 13 years. Bizarre Creations, creators of the venerable Project Gotham series of racing games, has taken its mind to creating a power based action racer. March 8th marked the beginning of the semi-public multiplayer beta on Xbox Live. If you remember Mario Kart fondly, then Blur is going to be right up your alley. Continue reading
The end of summer is not typically where gamers find AAA titles being released, but this year we have a somewhat of a rarity in the form of Batman Arkham Asylum. UK-based developer Rocksteady has delivered a truly outstanding game easily worthy of Game of the Year consideration. The game opens with Batman bringing the Joker back to his padded cell on at Arkham, and within minutes of the Joker’s arrival he is on the loose and the phrase “the inmates are running the asylum” comes to pass in short order. Those familiar with the fiction it is based on will be happy to know that the best villains in Batman’s rogue’s gallery are here to menace the Caped Crusader as well. Some of these appearances are more memorable than others for certain, but overall each villain is used effectively and makes sense in the overall plot. Perhaps most importantly, those familiar with Batman The Animated Series will be happy to know that Kevin Conroy and Mark Hamil reprise their roles as Batman and the Joker in the game. Hamil’s performance makes playing the game a pure joy, whether its listening to the Joker berate his henchman over the asylum PA, or taunting Batman directly, the Joker is perfectly played. Continue reading