Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Borderlands 2 preview

When Borderlands 1 first came out, I was the first of my friends to buy it. A few days later, my shining endorsement of it compelled my friends to buy it as well. Borderlands was a very entertaining game, especially for those who like to occasionally take a step back from the hardcore role playing, strategy games, etc. and just kill stuff. Lots of stuff. Then take all the loot that they can find. Borderlands was surprisingly very good at this, despite a shoddy story.

Now, Gearbox has decided that Borderlands 2 would be a much better idea than another failed reboot of an outdated game (*cough* Duke Nukem). A trailer was recently released, revealing the new characters and classes. The game once again takes place on Pandora, presumably some time after the events of the first game. It appears to have maintained the elements that made the first game great, and perhaps even improved upon some. Apparently, as if "870 gazillion" guns wasn't enough the last time around, Borderlands 2 will feature even more guns. But hey, I'm not complaining. 4 player co-op will be included, as well.

Here is the trailer for those of you who haven't seen it




Thursday, February 16, 2012

Malukah does it again -- Cover of Skyrim's Age of Oppression

Malukah, who I wrote an article about earlier for her work on a "The Dragonborn Comes" cover, has released a new cover for the "Age of Oppression". She also previously released a cover of the "Age of Aggression" as well. I'll post both up here.




Age of Oppression:




Age of Aggression:







Mass Effect 3 demo review

The Mass Effect 3 demo was released on Tuesday, February 14, and it did not disappoint.

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Playstation Vita

Sony is giving the handheld industry another try, with the release of the Playstation Vita. While not having a Vita myself, I have read about the new features it supposedly brings the handheld consoles.

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Skyrim Creation Kit released

Today, Bethesda released the Skyrim Creation Kit on PC. The CK is the toolset used by Bethesda to make the game, and can be used to make mods. As a semi-active modder, I am quite pleased with how the CK looks and feels, though it can be a bit on the slow side. Bethesda also released a free high-res texture pack alongside the CK.

Bethesda and Steam got together to create the Steam Workshop, which is basically a way to host your mods on Steam, but I would recommend against it. Instead, I would recommend third-party sites like Planet Elder Scrolls, TES Nexus, and The Holds of Skyrim, hosted by Great House Fliggerty. These sites have stood the test of time, from the time of Oblivion and Morrowind mods, and I would trust them much more than Steam.

Bethesda also conveniently released a CK tutorial. It's quite a handy guide for newbies and experienced modders alike.


Monday, February 6, 2012

The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind 10th Anniversary



Some may remember Morrowind. To me, it is THE best role playing game of all time, and certainly the best Elder Scrolls game.

Mass Effect 3 demo coming February 14

Mass Effect 3 is only a month away, hitting stores on March 6, but you don't have to wait that long to play. The Mass Effect 3 demo is coming out February 14. User with an Xbox Live Silver membership who download the demo will temporarily have their accounts upgraded to Xbox Live Gold. The demo will feature some heavy action missions to give the player a feel for the game.

I'll play the demo when it is released and write my review for it.

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Will Apple try to break into console gaming?

Apple could possibly be looking to break into the console market. According to this website, Apple has hired former Xbox Product Marketing chief Rob Burrowes and named him head of App Store Marketing. The article then goes on to talk about Apple's mobile gaming market, but I believe they may be looking to do even more. And with the rumored Apple iTV, this looks to be possible in the near future. Some say that Apple and their casual gaming market will eventually end the age of consoles, and that games like Temple Run will be the only types of games available. This is a possibility. But the possibility that Apple may just throw in their lot with the other console developers should not be ignored. With the next generation of consoles quickly approaching, Apple may be looking to make some waves in the console market, and challenge the Wii U, Xbox 720 and Playstation 4, bringing the console war to a four-way struggle.

I'm not saying that this is for sure, but recent events may suggest that Apple is making a move against consoles, one way or another.

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Game review: Saints Row: The Third

I had been looking forward to this one since the day I finished Saints Row 2 for the third time. It took Volition 3 years, but they came out with the game I had been hoping for.