Head in the Clouds: 10 Questions about Starhawk [Preview]

Monday, December 19, 2011 at 4:30 pm
Starhawk is a lawless frontier, or something like that.
The expansive third-person shooter Starhawk lands on the PS3 scene in mid-2012, but its multiplayer mode is heating up in a private beta.  As of today, the beta has team-based Capture the Flag and Team Deathmatch, centering on conflicts between Rifters and Outcasts, or spacemen and aliens, respectively. Developed by LightBox Interactive, it has a motif similar to its predecessor, Warhawk, and to this gamer, it takes cues from SOCOM 4. The gameplay, however, is out of this world - in more than one way.

Because I'm talking beta here, I'm going to limit the rest of my comments to questions for any players and developers.

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All Zombies Must Die! Preview

Friday, October 28, 2011 at 4:00 pm
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It's almost Halloween, which makes today an excellent time to look at something called All Zombies Must Die. The downloadable shooter from Doublesix Games will be out later this year through Steam, the PlayStation Network, and Xbox Live Arcade. Joystick Division recently played an unfinished early version of the game on the Xbox 360. Like the name says, you'll slaughter your way through arenas full of zombies, earning experience points and discovering new weapons along the way, with up to three friends joining in. Don't expect an overhead version of Left 4 Dead, though; the campy tone and cartoonish style of All Zombies Must Die couldn't be further from Valve's co-op survival classic.

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Elemental Monster Worth Every Penny - Impressions

Monday, September 26, 2011 at 12:00 pm
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All for one dolla'
Collectable card games are a dime a dozen these days.

Scratch that. They're actually quite a bit more expensive than that. Starter decks cost about 10 bucks and booster packs are another $4 apiece. If you want to get into a decent CCG, or stand a chance in any actual duels, you can usually expect to drop quite a chunk of change on all those cards.

Not so for Elemental Monster, an online CCG that quietly released on the PlayStation Network a couple of weeks ago. The title is a remake of a DS game that has somehow managed to fly completely under my (and I'm guessing your) radar until now.

Seeing as the core game cost a single dollar, I figured I had to at least check the title out. If nothing else, I wanted to see what the catch was.

I thought that, at only a dollar, there was no way this game would be very good, right? Or, if nothing else, I figured that dollar would only get me a few cards and a handful of matches, with the rest selling piece meal at a premium.

I was wrong on both counts.

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Hands on with Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword and Super Mario 3D Land

Friday, September 23, 2011 at 11:00 am
Nintendo has been fond of driving around the country with an Airstream trailer and dolling our quick demos of its holiday lineup in recent years. This time around, they had a reasonable selection of 3DS titles, but Super Mario 3D Land is clearly the most important of them. As for the poor little Wii, Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword is set to be the system's swan song, but it will have a lot to live up. More >>

Resistance 3 Multiplayer Beta is Gun Crazy

Friday, August 12, 2011 at 5:00 pm
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Humans and chimeras still hate each other.
With crashes and patches aside, the Resistance 3 multiplayer beta is a beautiful depiction of an ugly, ugly war. Humans are once again fighting Chimeras, a horde of infected beings who dominate with their face-searing, high-tech weapons. Players side with one faction and loadout for "Team Deathmatch" and "Chain Reaction," a game of "capture the locations," if you will.

When I played the beta, I saw lots of hedgehog bombs, shrapnel grenades and shotgun blasts to the face. And much more.

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Uncharted 3 Beefs Up its Online Offerings - Beta hands-on

Thursday, June 30, 2011 at 12:00 pm
Get ready for some crazy action
If Uncharted 2's multiplayer was a pepperoni pizza, then the online portion of Uncharted 3 is a supreme.


When I first heard about all the extra modes, customization options and tweaks developer Naughty Dog would be adding to the formula, I'll admit I was a little skeptical. I loved U2's online for its simplicity, and the list of additions for U3 was about a mile long.


The Uncharted 3 online beta launched Tuesday evening and, after pouring several hours into the new offerings, I'm feeling pretty damn good about what the final product will have to offer. In this particular case, it looks like all those extra toppings will result in a more delicious pie.

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New Star Trek Game Looks Out of this World

Friday, June 17, 2011 at 12:00 pm
It takes two, baby.
Are you ready for a shocker? A new Star Trek game is en route. That part wasn't the shocker. The surprise is that the title has already been in development for a year and a half and actually looks really, really good.


Not only has the upcoming Star Trek game had a longer development cycle than most movie tie-ins, but it also doesn't exactly "tie in" to any particular movie. While the universe is that of the new J.J. Abrams films, the story is brand new.


Find out why developer Digital Extremes' new project looks to break the mold just after the break.

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Amy Could be the New Face of Survival Horror

Friday, June 17, 2011 at 10:00 am
Meet Amy. You'll wanna keep her alive.
It looks like survival horror has a new name, and that name is Amy.


Coming from Lexis Numerique, the team behind Flashback and the more recent Red Johnson's Chronicles, Amy is a PSN exclusive set for release this August.


During my final day at E3, I had the opportunity to speak with LN's Marketing and Business Development Director Djamil Kemal at a small table set up off to the side of the L.A. Convention Center's South Hall. It was a humble setup for a game that pretty much stole the show for me.

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F1 2011 Looks to be Firing on All Cylinders

Thursday, June 16, 2011 at 2:00 pm
Buckle up for another lap
Codemasters' F1 2010 received quite a bit of praise when it was released last year. Unwilling to leave well enough alone, the team has spent the past year adding to that winning title, fine tuning the nuts and bolts and strapping on some additions that should put a smile on any racing fan's face.


During the F1 2011 E3 showing, the developers made it clear that they were not out to cash in on a yearly racing title.


"It has to be more than just an update with new tracks," said Codemasters' Stephen Hood. "We wanted to squeeze as many features into 2011 as we could to persuade gamers that the new title would be worth their time and money."

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Bodycount Has the Guns, but Little Bang

Thursday, June 16, 2011 at 10:00 am
Bodycount: "All about the guns"
Before introducing the small room of games journos to Codemasters' Bodycount during last week's E3 event, the developers stated that the game, set for an August release, is "all about the guns."


If this tagline sounds familiar, it's because it's the same one used for 2006's Black, which was pretty much built by the same group of guys.


After a brief demonstration and taking on two of the game's levels myself, I feel less inclined to agree with such a statement when it comes to Bodycount. Everything, from the guns to the story to the levels, felt a bit too generic.

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