After Infinite Undiscovery and Star Ocean 4, Resonance of Fate (also known as End of Eternity in Japan) is the third of recent RPGs by developer tri-Ace. It goes for a much more Western feel and look with more adult character, guns and trench coats.
The game offers some promise as its helmed by Takayuki Suguro who directed Valkyrie Profile 2: Silmeria and also worked Final Fantasy Tactics and Vagrant Story while at Squaresoft. But so far I’m not completely sold, we still haven’t any gameplay, the color tones feels bland and the mouth animation appears to be completely off.
We’ll have to see more before the end of year release to make a proper judgment though.
Do SO Want! NOW!
A few months ago it was announced that the long delayed Alan Wake would only be coming to consoles. Fans of Remedy, whose games like Max Payne had always started on the PC were pretty annoyed and forums started heating up.
In a recent statement though the developer said that they would “love to see a PC version” and that “plans are open” but it apparently falls to MicroSoft to make the decision. Which mean it may not be coming for a little while since MS likes to give it’s 360 some time to grab a few dollars before releasing games in the piracy-prone PC.
In any case we’ll see how it develops and how the console version feels when it finally comes out.
Here’s the full statement:
“It is accurate that we are currently working exclusively on the Xbox 360 version of Alan Wake,” the statement reads. “PC plans are currently open, and therefore it’s safe to say that at least a simultaneous launch with the Xbox version will not happen at this late stage. Remedy has a deep heritage in PC gaming and would love to see a PC version available to its PC followers, ultimately however this decision lies with our publisher.”
For some reason my DVR didn’t record the last episode of GTTV so I had missed it until now. a real shame too because it’s feature was Dante’s Inferno, a game I wanted to get more info on and am now eagerly awaiting!
The game is being developed by Visceral Games, the guys who brought us Dead Space last year, so you can expect good things.
The game looks truly amazing and if you’re interested I suggest you check out the full GTTV episode. But just to wet you appetite I’m posting the new trailer which plain rocks!
Now go to Hell!
If there’s one thing that the Internet has given us the opportunity it is to voice our opinions easily. It also allowed budding journalist (or people just wanting to rant) the opportunity to make video game reviews for the masses.
Most are forgettable but there are a few that stand out in there own right. One such man is Yahtzee, a crazy Brit (dare I say Rostbeef!) who lives in Australia and makes review in a very original way.
The appropriately called Zero Punctuation reviews are delivered at a rapid pace with no pauses whatsoever. They are also accompanied by some very nice simple animations to animate the video.
But I digress, we all know the big debate about which is the best game. inFAMOUS and [Prototype] came out very close to each other and both feature a sprawling open-box city with a hero who suddenly gains powers and must seek answers. There are obviously some differences but the similarities are also numerous and so it has spawned numerous debates, battles, wars…
Yahtzee reviewed both games and after his second reviews decided that the best game would be decided by getting a picture of the opposite team’s hero in a bra (drawn by the developers). Obviously this was a joke and no one expected much but Sucker Punch and Radical obliged, much to their credit.
Here are the results. Personally I prefer the inFAMOUS one made by Radical, it is more risky and really gives a good Drag Queen vibe. But Ben decided he prefered the other one, and to each his own obvisouly, so Sucker Punch won the contest and inFAMOUS was declared the better game!
Congratulations to Ben for his fun reviews and props to both developers for getting in on the joke and proving they are good sports.
While Max Payne 3 is being developed we are, as best as I can put it, cautiously hopeful. The game looks very different and developed by a new company so there is worry. But we shall wait until we actually play the game to pass final judgment.
If all else fails there is one game that could carry the torch. Necessary Force looks to be this game. I just discovered the debut trailer and it looks very promising.
The setting is very noir, looks to be set in a New York type town, featuring a gritty detective and even the music sounds very similar. It looks great and I will keep an eye on this one.
The issue being that is is developed by Newcastle, a Midway UK branch, who may go under soon…. Let us pray people.
The Max Payne series was known for a few things. The Bullet Time, the dark gritty New York ambiance and Max’s voice…among other things.
But this time things are different. Max is old, he’s not in NY but in Sao Paulo, Bullet Time has been done to death…. and we just learned that he had an operation on his vocal cords.
Rockstar announced that the actor who voiced Max to perfection int he first two games, James McCaffrey, will not be returning. The main explanation is that Max is older and so his voice has changed and the actor needs to reflects this.
Now I get the idea but I don’t know about you, my mom’s voice hasn’t changed dramatically in the 29 years I’ve known her… But let’s give them that.
What worries me is that Rockstar’s art director Rob Nelson stated that “All the Max Payne themes will remain intact – manipulation, betrayal, and the stuff that really made Max Payne“. But that’s not it! What Made Max Payne Max Payne was the noir ambiance, the NY setting, the moody soundtrack and of course Max’s thoughts being voiced by James McCaffrey.
I fear Rockstar will not be able to capture the feeling that Remedy gave to the series. But I will wait and hope.
Game Informer once again scores big, after Halo 3: Recon, Uncharted 2, God of War III, BioShock 2, Assassin’s Creed II and Modern Warfare 2 (Phew!) it’s now time for our favorite gritty cop (sorry Vic Mackey) to take center stage.
Taken from the cover story of their last issue we get the first few details of Rockstar‘s Max Payne 3.
- Max is bald (as we can see)
- He has become addicted to Pain Killers which will affect gameplay in some way
- The game will take place 10 years after The Fall of Max Payne
- It will take place in Sao Paolo with urban battles in the slums
- There will be Bullet-Time but it will be more violent
- There will be a night/day cycle
- You can destroy environments
- The game uses the RAGE engine (GTA IV, Red Dead Redemption)
- There will be a multiplayer mode
In this post I will post everything that impressed me that didn’t come from the Big 3 conferences. So this includes EA, UbiSoft and of course the various booths throughout the floor.
Let’s dive right in!
Star Wars: The Old Republic
OMG!!!!!! As soon as i saw all the Jedi walk in I knew it. But still the trailer blew me away. It is as high quality as a Blizzard trailer would be and that is the biggest praise I can give it. Watch and rewatch it!
The Secret of Monkey Island – Special Edition
Yes Yes Yes!! This looks and sounds amazing!!!!!! I’m a huge LucasArts and adventure games fan so this is just amazing. The instant switch between classic and special edition is truly impressive
Professor Layton and the Diabolical Box
Sweet trailer. I loved the first one and have been expecting this ever since so this is great news!
Final Fantasy IV: The After Years
Sequel to FF IV available through nine episodes on WiiWare
Castlevania: Lord of Shadows
Amazing trailer!! Potentially a great 3D Castlevania at last. Kojima Productions is working on it. It looks really polished and the gameplay looks nice.
Academy of Champions
This trailer caught my eye. I’m not a big sports fan but I like the Harry Potter meets Captain Tsubasa feel of the game.
Warhammer 40,000: Space Marine
Another Warhammer 40,000 another great trailer! And this game is an action-RPG so it’s more up my alley.