Eurogamer ’11 – Metal Gear Solid HD Collection MGS2/MGS3/Peace Walker

December 8, 2011 at 3:38 am | Posted in Articles, Eurogamer Expo, Events, Preview, XboxLiveAddicts | Leave a comment
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With all the HD remakes coming out at the end of this year, it was surprising to see only a handful of HD remakes playable at Eurogamer. With only the Shadow of Colossus/Ico collection and Metal Gear Solid Snake Eater/Peace Walker, it was a little empty on the re-release side.

If anything that definitely made me want to get in on the HD remake action, having not played Ico and Shadows of Colossus before, I turned to more familiar ground, the Metal Gear Solid series.

That said, I never actually got to play Snake Eater when it originally came out. Nor Peace Walker. But I used to play Metal Gear back in the day, so that definitely counts. Right?

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Eurogamer ’11 – Battlefield 3

December 8, 2011 at 3:37 am | Posted in Articles, Eurogamer Expo, Events, Preview, XboxLiveAddicts | 2 Comments
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A floor stealer for me this year was definitely Battlefield 3, partly because I enjoyed it a lot, and partly because they had a ton of the consoles running it. It literally stole the floor. Alongside Modern Warfare 3. These two games generated an insane amount of activity and the queues for both were incredibly long. The only other game generating THAT much attention would have been Skyrim.

Available at the show was both single player and the multiplayer. The single player was a short excerpt from level Operation Guillotine, a night time level set on storming a city complex. The level didn’t show off a great deal of what we can expect and even though the TV’s settings were ridiculously dark, it still boasted some incredibly good graphics for some vibrant and effective firefights. The city area didn’t show off the games immersive sound all that well, but with all the background noise of the show, it was sometimes hard to tell.

Eurogamer ’11 – Ghost Recon Future Solider

December 8, 2011 at 3:36 am | Posted in Articles, Eurogamer Expo, Events, Preview, XboxLiveAddicts | Leave a comment
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Finally, Ghost Recon Future Solider in a playable form. I don’t know about any of you guys, but as good of a game as Splinter Cell Conviction was, I’m only really holding onto it because of the promise of the beta for this game. It’s a little saddening to say we probably wont ever get round to that beta, but it’s about damn time we got to get our hands on this title.

Eurogamer ’11 – SSX

December 8, 2011 at 3:35 am | Posted in Articles, Eurogamer Expo, Events, Preview, XboxLiveAddicts | Leave a comment
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My time with SSX hit two things home for sure. First, SSX definitely does look good. It’s got some great visual effects which really resonate throughout the mountain scope, from dark and treacherous mountain faces, to more upbeat light hearted early dawn runs down a playful freestyle section, not to mention everything in between. SSX does well in creating some nice scenes. What it didn’t do so well, is handle. At all.

There’s something a little not quite right with the handling of our rider. Turning became quite sporadic and when hurtling down a mountain at high speeds, it’s not that all easy. Its possibly the speed that created the issue, there seemed to be this hidden gruelling force of gravity forcing you to go down the mountain as quickly as possible. Granted, gravity IS what’s usually causing you to go down a mountain, but it seemed that someone had pushed the gravity button on full, so rather than a gentle slide down the mountain, you’re being viciously pulled. There was almost no time to really stop or slow down and you just seemed to go in the general direction you were being made to rather than chose. I often found myself fighting the pad to get my rider to turn where I wanted them to go, and if they didn’t, it was usually off a cliff, or into something which got me stuck, which was also something very easy to do.

Eurogamer ’11 – Joe Danger The Movie

December 8, 2011 at 3:32 am | Posted in Articles, Eurogamer Expo, Events, Preview, XboxLiveAddicts | Leave a comment
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Joe Danger was the answer to the Playstation Networks lack of Trials HD. Whilst in no way as serious or as hard, Joe Danger, everyones favourite comic bike riding stunt man managed to give Playstation 3 owners a good taste at some fun and addictive stunt bike gaming. Now, Joe Danger has returned, with a movie!

Obviously, it’s pretty easy to assume Joe Danger is now the stuntman for a series of scenes/movies. What this instantly does is allow Joe Danger to try his hand at different means of transport. Available at the show was Mine Cart Joe, Snowmobile Joe, Police Bike Joe, Ski Joe and Jetpack Joe. Those aren’t his official names, but I made them up for easy reference. What’s cool about all these new ‘vehicles’ is that the game play, and in most cases the controls don’t change and still remain such a breeze to play.

Eurogamer ’11 – Ninja Gaiden 3

December 8, 2011 at 3:31 am | Posted in Articles, Eurogamer Expo, Events, Preview, XboxLiveAddicts | Leave a comment
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I was weary when deciding to play Ninja Gaiden 3. Having not actually finished #2 and also having broken a laptop in a fit of rage because of it. You can begin to see why I was a little nervous to pick up the pad. For mine and electrical goods safety.

Though something wasn’t entirely right with NG3, whilst it still remained quite hard, it seemed to be slipping a little in both visuals and the combat. Visuals wise, the game appeared to be very fuzzy around edges and blurry around fast moving characters, which in our case was Hayabusa. Perhaps the developers are taking a little less gory route this time as we’d cut through 10 people and they still kept all their limbs. Blood a plenty however someone at the design office seemed to have toned things down a little this time. The almost crazy sense of style and comic approach to casual dismemberment and gore has almost gone.

Eurogamer ’11 – Rage

December 8, 2011 at 3:31 am | Posted in Articles, Eurogamer Expo, Events, Preview, XboxLiveAddicts | Leave a comment
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Rage has been a hard one these past few months. It’s tried so hard but just hasn’t brought it the audience it needs. Its major issue is that of being classed as too generic.

That may sound a little bit harsh but this was my general opinion regarding Rage before I even picked it up. After playing it, the game didn’t grab me and give me a memorable enjoyable experience. Sure the game does well in looking good. It’s presentable and gives a nice variety in weapons and settings but it just doesn’t scream out for players to try it.

Eurogamer ’11 – Lord of the Rings: War in the North

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It’s been a long time since a Lord of The Rings title has done well. I remember back when the RPG style action combat games, Two Towers and Return of the King were at the top of their game, drawing in big crowds of not just LOTR fans, but fans of good fighting games with a comfortable sense of RPG elements to them. So what happened?

We had a fair few new attempts at the franchise, but none really stepped it up on the winning combination that the previous titles had, so here we have War in the North. LOTR’s new actions combat role playing game. Wayhey???

Eurogamer ’11 – Ridge Racer Unbounded

December 8, 2011 at 3:15 am | Posted in Articles, Eurogamer Expo, Events, Preview, XboxLiveAddicts | 2 Comments
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Ridge Racer Unbounded definitely made a lasting impression on me at Eurogamer, sadly they weren’t impressions of good things, or fun for that matter. The build was clearly an early alpha build, instantly meaning that a lot of the bugs or issues should be taken on the chin. A lot of people at the show probably aren’t aware of the state of the build, which has probably done more damage than good, but I continued to play through the demo at hand.

Old Ridge Racer fans will be sad to know that Unbounded has definitely left its roots behind in the smoke. Fans of such games like Split/Second and Burnout Paradise should probably prepare to be impressed…and then let down again.

Eurogamer ’11 – Ace Combat Assault Horizon

December 8, 2011 at 3:12 am | Posted in Articles, Eurogamer Expo, Events, Preview, Reviews, XboxLiveAddicts | Leave a comment
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There’s really not enough flight combat simulation games these days. Well, in fairness, there never really has. But Ace Combat has always been at the forefront of it since day one. The series has been innovative and ever improving. Yet it’s been a little while since we last got our hands on the AC series…what’s changed?

In some areas, a lot. Yet in others, not much. It’s strange to say but they’ve added plenty to the game play. With new ‘dog fighting mode’ the game will take over control of the craft for you to allow you to zone in and take the enemy down with deadly precision. Additions like these are welcome, even if it does make the game a tad bit easier than normal.

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