Friday, April 15, 2011

Just added a forum!

Hey guys, if you'd look up at the navigation bar you'll notice a new button... That's right, I've put in a forum! Go check it out, I hope you guys start using it soon. (Even though I'm computer savvy, HTML confuses me a little bit so that was difficult to put in!)

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Coming soon
Our downloads section!!!

That's right, we will soon have a downloads section of all the newest game related things for you to try out! Be on the lookout for this as I will be updating the site very soon! It's gonna be crazy! Demos and wallpapers and maybe even soundtracks and concept art everywhere! Holy crap!!!

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

SSX Deadly Descents

Some of you may remember the SSX Snowboarding video games that EA Canada pumped out a long time ago, but for those who have never heard of the series and don't have time to revisit classics, I've got some good news for you. EA Canada has announced that it is releasing a new SSX game, this time with a more realistic feel Imagine Shaun White's Snowboarding on crack. When I say realistic, I mean it has somewhat realistic physics and graphics, the whole snowboarding on the rim of a canyon just isn't something you should do. Unlike the previous SSX games, this SSX Deadly Descents offers plenty of mountains to snowboard down, the developers boast a googlemaps-like interface for finding mountain ranges to explore. With mountain ranges all over the SSX world, there are around 70 individual mountains for you to fly down at breakneck speeds.

The developers have also announced that they are planning on including new content such as the wing suit, which is essentially a base jumping suit, (like a flying squirrel) and pickaxe tools for climbing. With what seems to be one of the best high-end gaming engines backed behind this game, SSX Deadly Descents is sure to deliver phenomenal gameplay and plenty of adventures on the steep slopes of over 70 mountains. Be on the lookout for this groundbreaking installment in the SSX series sometime around 2012!

Monday, March 28, 2011

Red Faction: Armageddon

Fans of the Red Faction series will be pleased to know that there is a new sequel coming out! Coming out May 31st this year, I predict a huge rush of gamers grabbing up every copy of this Mars shooter, so pre-order today guys! Like the previous Red Factions, you can expect countless hours of gameplay.

While the main antagonist of the old Red Factions was corrupt corporations and government, this one is something much different. Mars has become uninhabitable due to a terraforming disaster and was hit by a meteor, forcing the population of Mars underground to form a civilization in the mines. The main character, Darius runs a business which is very successful, it involves mining, scavenging, and mercenaries, sounds pretty cool huh? He goes topside to scavenge and mine and gets paid to do it since no one else wants to, but on one job he's sent out on, something goes horribly wrong.

Darius is tricked into opening a mine shaft and releases a plague of monsters upon the underground network of Mars, killing everyone in sight. Almost instantly Darius is to blame and is attacked by the survivors. His only chance of saving his reputation, his life, and ultimately his planet, is to join the Red Faction.

Video Game of the Dead

I think it's only fair to say that Rebuild was a very fun game and deserves recognition! The game has literally hours of nonstop gameplay, and the strategic turn based dynamics of the game are almost identical to the game Risk. With various tasks such as training soldiers, scouring ruins for supplies, killing zombies and recruiting new survivors, you will always be busy having fun with this challenging zombie strategy game.

I started off on normal difficulty with the largest map size available and named my city "Zed Town" and the lead survivor's name was "Charlie Sheen", pretty cool right? Well, after customizing my game I got right into the action. I saw that I had about 4 squares of land and two of them were farm plots, one of them was a small housing structure, and the other was police station. So, farm land provides food, housing provides shelter and more room for survivors, and a police station is the guard outpost. I had a couple of soldiers, my mayor Charlie Sheen, some scavengers, two doctors, and a few regular survivors that essentially do nothing. Right away I sent out the two scavengers to scope out my surroundings as I had what appeared to be vacant farm land to the west, a gas station to the north, an apartment complex to the south, and a fast food restaurant to the east.

When my scavengers returned it turns out the surrounding area was not vacant at all, and I had to scour each plot with my soldiers before retaking the plots. It turns out sending my soldiers out all at once was not a good idea as there are random attacks on your base that require defenders to be positioned in the guard house! With my city essentially wiped out, I had to restart.

After I had learned the ropes of Rebuild a little better, I had a thriving zombie apocalypse metropolis! My fortress was impenetrable as I was constantly reminded of my first error and did my best to not let that downfall happen again. I'm gonna have to give this game a solid 9/10, the only reason it didn't get a full 10/10 is because of how hard it is for new users to get a good grasp on the rules of gameplay. Develop your own strategy and maybe someday you will rule the small city of "Zed Town" too!
Will you rebuild civilization in the zombie apocalypse? 

Call of Duty Modern Warfare 3!?!?!? (Just kidding)

So there's a video going around right now that's being mistaken for a promo to a new sequel to the Call Of Duty Franchise, and it's getting on my nerves when hardcore CoD fans shit their pants in joy over it. Don't know what I'm talking about? Take a good long look:

Made your heart skip a beat, didn't it? Don't you just wish that I was only kidding and that this was actually the promo for Call of Duty Modern Warfare 3? Yeah, well, it's not. Ha! The guys The Junction VFX spent a lot of time crafting that beauty, it's all live action too! With a cast and crew of 75 people they really put a lot of time into that video.

I've got to hand it to those guys, they really do know how to put on a show, with over 3,000,000 views on their video, I'm almost positive over half of the viewers literally shat themselves thinking it was an upcoming sequel. You can check out the website and see the video along with a behind the scenes shot of it here.

Just thought I'd address that little mix-up as it's quite annoying seeing updates on how "awesome the new CoD looks!11!!1"


Symphony of Destruction

Paving the way for the music genre of video games, Guitar Hero has certainly given many gamers what they desired, to be a rockstar! Whether you love it or hate it, Activision still sold 25 million units of this game worldwide and pulled nearly 2 billion dollars in revenue from sales. Giving gamers the power to rock was the first step to success with the Guitar Hero franchise, never before has a video game mastered the way of the virtual rockstar. After five sequels there was no end in sight, and competitors were quick to jump on the gravy train of the musical video game industry while it was at it's peak. Titles such as RockStar, Rock Revolution, and even the biggest titan of the genre, Rock Band, started popping up all over the place following the great success of Guitar Hero, everyone wanted in.

Like cocaine in the 80's, the musical genre exploded to life with the intensity of an atom bomb. The video game industry brought together two major forms of media and created one beautiful equation, musical ability mixed with the sheer nerd rage of video games. Combining the two created a vortex that pulled both music lovers and video game geeks into one common interest, multiplying their audience by astronomical proportions! What company didn't want in on this? Sadly, the path to success also lead to the path of downfall.

Over-saturation of the musical video game genre split up the sales between the countless companies pumping out Guitar this or Band that at alarming rates. Thus dividing the profit by millions of dollars that were needed to stay afloat during these tough economic times. With profits heavily divided and most companies taking losses instead of making profit, it was time to cut ties and move on.

Viacom sold off Harmonix, the developer of Rock Band, MTV Games has ceased publishing, and last but not least, Activision has shut the doors to the studios behind Guitar Hero and any other musical Hero that was in development. While the games were amazing and broke ground on new territory, their success was merely the first verse to a true symphony of destruction. The industry is to blame for the death of this amazing genre, but what can we say, they were just trying to make a buck.