Monthly Archives: June 2011

  • Call of Duty XP 2011

    The newest installment in the Call of Duty series, Modern Warfare 3, has already created an enormous buzz throughout the gaming community. I am among those who are counting down the days till we can get our hands on a copy of the game, and get right down to business, CoD style. The new Call of Duty Elite system, along with the release of the new title are going to revolutionize the first-person shooter experience and the hype surrounding the game grows with every passing day.

    Activision has recently announced that they are offering an exclusive event that allows gamers to be among the first to have a hands on experience with Modern Warfare 3. Call of Duty followers have the opportunity to travel to Los Angeles, CA and pay $150 for entry to Activisions Call of Duty XP 2011 exclusive event. The event is scheduled for the 2nd and 3rd of September, and as a gamer, this is a once in a lifetime opportunity to play MW3 two months before the November 8th release date.

    Once at the event, gamers will be able to get a first experience with Modern Warfare 3s multiplayer and spec ops modes, and a bracketed multiplayer tournament is being held for all attending. Without any of the other attractions and activities, this is enough to make me want to go, just for the simple pleasure of being among the first to experience the new game play of MW3. They are also offering live paintball matches, in arenas modeled after MW2 multiplayer maps, and I would be interested to see how my own online strategies transfer over to a live match on the MW2 map.

    Another awesome part of Call of Duty XP 2011, you know, beyond getting to play and experience MW3, is that Activision is allocating all of the proceeds from the event to the Call of Duty Endowment. This program is dedicated to help transition veterans back into civilian life, and I would be honored to help out that cause.

    Overall, the entire event looks amazing, and I would love to have an opportunity to go. Seeing the new game play, CoD Elite, the life-size MW paintball maps, and all the extra activities is an amazing opportunity for $150, and I think it is well worth the expense. So keep an eye out for more information regarding Call of Duty XP 2011, and do not waste any time securing your spot at the event.

  • Xbox Live releases Summer of Arcade details.

    The details of this year's Summer of Arcade is officially announced!

    Summertime! Yep, it's here! What does that mean to you when you hear that word? No school? Trips to the beach? Grilling delicious and fattening cheeseburgers on that charcoal grill? Those are great things about summer but Xbox Live wants you to remember another thing, great deals on their hit games on Xbox Live Arcade!

    Just recently announced, Microsoft is kicking off the Summer of Arcade on July 20, 2011. And they will be starting that with the Action-RPG game Bastion selling for only 1200 Microsoft Points.

    Following that, on July 27th Another World creator Eric Chahi's God game From Dust, will be only 1200 Microsoft points.

    Following week on August 3rd, Insanely Twisted Shadow Planet will bring its 2Dside-scrolling action adventure action for only 1200 Microsoft points.

    Kinect will be getting some summer love as in the following week, Fruit Ninja Kinect will be available onAugust 10 for 800 Microsoft Points. So there's something for you Kinect fans to do during those hot summer days!

    Afterwards, for only 1200 Microsoft points you can get your hands on Toy Soldiers: Cold War on August 17.

    And finally, as a bonus, if you pay all 5600 points (that's about $70) on all five games, you get a free co-op copy of Crimson Alliance (on it's own, 1200 Microsoft points) on September 7th.

    So in the end, if you are looking for great deals on arcade games for Xbox Live, then this is the best time to get in on the action!

  • 3DS vs PS Vita

    Summer is now fully underway, and most gamers have sunk their teeth into whatever they can get their hands on. Here is a quick rundown of observations I have made of the current gaming world. E3 released lots of exciting news and at the forefront for me, is the battle between Modern Warfare 3 vs Battlefield 3, and exactly how cool is PS Vita going to be? As graphically appealing as Battlefield 3 looks, I still cant help but shake the feeling that what it boils down to is a preference in gameplay, and Call of Duty has become just too familiar for most gamers to let go of just yet.

    My neighbors across the hall have been playing way WAY too much Dirt 3, but Im sure that will end when Forza 4 comes out. If PS Vita was cool enough to make me not feel so bad about skipping out on the Ocarina of Time remake that exploded onto the 3DS. I mean that as a serious game title to compete against, and nothing in PS Vitas lineup looks as impressive as perhaps Street Fighter X Tekken. Call of Duty Vita wont be out for quite sometime, so for now I am going to steer clear of handhelds. The most intriguing thing I can say about the PS Vita is that the graphics are stunning to hold in your hands and the touch pad on the back looks like it will make for a unique gaming experience.

    I am simply a high maintenance gamer who loves to find something to criticize. So until something takes my breath away I am going to stick with Black Ops; only one prestige away from Gold Gun! Are you guys interested in picking up either the 3DS or PS Vita in the near future?

    -Evil Nick

  • DICE: Battlefield 3 will be what FPS Gamers want.

    Studio claims that Battlefield 3 is what FPS Gamers have been asking for.

    In a recent interview with Playstation 3 magazine(found here on Gadgets and Gizmos), the head of Digital Illusions CE (DICE) Patrick Bach stated that every first-person shooter fan craves for their upcoming title, Battlefield 3. Bach went on to say it has everything that a FPS shooter should have, including vehicles and destruction.

    Something I hear a lot from people who havent actually played Battlefield is that theyd love a modern day, first-person shooter with everything you have in other games, but with vehicles and proper destruction...they say, that would be awesome! In other words, this is the game everyone claims they want…

    After making these claims and talking more about Battlefield 3, Bach was asked about the game's rivalry with Modern Warfare 3 from rival Activision. He said that while everyone wants to have some kind of fight and tension between the two companies and their games, he said the word "fight" isn't appropriate for the tension between the two. In a sense, he was stating there is no fight and people are assuming the companies are "competing at the same sport".

    Bach stated that Battlefield 3 has many things thataren'tin Modern Warfare and it all boils down to the gamer and their personal taste. He also told PSM3 that EA and Activision arent competing at the same sport.

    So what does this mean? In this Ambassador's opinion, I'm thinking EA doesn't want to go into a mudslinging match with their rival, Activision. Which is good. They want to make a decent game and gather a great reputation. Earlier this year EA made some harsh marketing against Activision and Call of Duty with their Bulletstorm campaign (so harsh to the point they made a parody game of Call of Duty called "Duty Calls"). Bulletstorm was a good game but wasn't enough to bring COD down. In the end, EA doesn't want to make rivals. They're here to make a great game and what you choose is up to your personal gaming taste buds.

  • Master Chief in Halo 4

    Master Chief in Halo 4: Differences across the board.

    There is a huge rue of excitement surrounding the debut of Halo 4s trailer at E3 2011. It marks another installment to an already amazing track record for the Halo franchise, and here at Evil, we are very captivated by the new games possibilities. In an interview with former Halo franchise director, Frank OConnor makes note of the noticeable changes to Master Chief in Halo 4s trailer.

    The most notable difference from the trailer is the altered armor that Master Chief is wearing. There are gaps in the armor, and it is more evident that a man is behind the famed Spartan armor. OConnor said this about the noticeable differences, There's some story behind his new look... There are specific reasons why he looks the way he does and why some of his behaviors have changed. We'll see in good time.

    This leads me to think that the changes are not only to the armor, but also more importantly to Master Chief himself. Halo 4 is set to expand the franchise with a new storyline, and accordingly it seems that Bungie has updated the Master Chief character to better fit the new title. This is not a disappointment at all, and actually, I am even more excited to get a copy and start playing it.

    Will Master Chief still be John-117, or is this another super soldier, the likes of which the gaming community has not encountered before? How will the new Master Chief attributes tie into the game? All questions will be answered in due time, and my anticipation for Halo 4s release is growing every day. Keep gaming, and look for more information surrounding the new Halo title, and the updated Master Chief.

    -Andrew Waterhouse

  • Modern Warfare 3 Survival Mode

    Modern Warfare 3

    There have been some rumors surrounding the new Modern Warfare titleregarding a new game type called survival mode. Recently, however, it seems thatthese rumors have been confirmed and the new gameplay mode is in its beta stage.Survival mode will basically be a wave defense gameplay type that will take theplace of zombies in MW3. In my mind, I picture something similar to horde modein the Gears of War series, and if this is the case I am really excited to get to try it out.

    This new game mode in Modern Warfare 3 is going to be awesome, becauseinstead of mindless zombies chasing you through extensive maps, you will bebattling intelligent bots that actually shoot back. This provides the gamer with awhole new challenge, and the strategy involved will be massively different from therun and gun style zombies. It is going to be a whole new experience with theModern Warfare gameplay, and personally I am glad to see this new addition to thefranchise.

    Unfortunately at the moment it does not appear that any gameplay fromsurvival mode has been released, but we will keep our eyes and ears pealed for newinformation. Anytime something new gets added to titles such as Modern Warfare Iget excited because the game developers have already created an amazing title, andsubsequently the addition of survival mode can only be for the better.
    By - Andrew Waterhouse
  • F.E.A.R. 3 Preview

    Evil Ambassador Copiozo on: F.E.A.R. 3

    The heavily influenced by Japanese horror movies FPS game is back thanks to WB Games. And while it is under design by a new studio called Day 1 Studios, they claim to be working closely with the game's original developers of the first F.E.A.R. game, Monolith. With this much backing and work being done on the game, it's probably no question that F.E.A.R. 3 will be a horror-fps game that will make you jump in fright (before retaliating with your arsenal of weapons).

    Plotwise the game seems pretty well done since the game's story and cinematics will be looked over by horror movie legend John Carpenter (known for the "Halloween" series) and graphic novel horror writer Steve Niles (known for his work on "30 Days of Night"). The story goes that F.E.A.R. 3 takes place around nine months after the first game and the protagonist (the no-named Point Man) with the remaining members of F.E.A.R. must rid Fairport of all evidence of what has happened. Unfortunately his mother Alma is pregnant and causing a massive wave of fabric rips in time and space while his brother is back from the dead and refuses to leave. It seems like chaos mixed with horror, which is what the F.E.A.R series is all about.

    The gameplay we saw so far via released footage is chilling and makes you want to play the game even more. What got me interested in F.E.A.R. 3's gameplay is its variety of different styled multiplayers. The variety of multiplayer modes includes "Soul King" (a competitive mode on who can gather the most souls of fallen enemies), "Contractions" (a mode like Horde in GOW2), a being chased survival mode called "[censored] RUN!", a co-op story mode, and my favorite "Soul Survivor" a survival last-man standing which includes a player turning a F.E.A.R. member into aspecterand controlling all the enemies to hunt down his former teammates.

    F.E.A.R. 3 is trying to step away from the scripted horror events of previous titles of the game and other games in the genre by introducing the "Generative Scare System" which means that jump scare moments will randomly appear. So even if you play the game over again, don't expect the same scary events to happen when you expect them. It's kind of random. Kind of like clicking on random links on the internet hoping for them not to it turn into a screamer.

    All in all it seems like WB Games & Day 1 Studios know what they are doing and are giving us a great to play and be frightened of. I'm looking forward to this game a lot. If you want to know more, click on this link here to know more about about F.E.A.R. 3.

  • Game Remakes and Favorite Moments

    There is a trend in 2011 game releases that has us very excited. This being the debut of refurbished classic gaming titles, which feature updated graphics, and improved game play that is consistent with the original titles. Two of the most prominent remakes are Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary and Legend of Zelda:Ocarina of Time 3D, both of which are poised to be excellent new additions to the already highly popular originals.

    In light of these classic remakes, I have been going back over the original titles and I have been reminded of some amazing gameplay moments that deserveto be recognized. Starting with my favorite game of all time, Legend of Zelda:Ocarina of Time is an instant classic in its entirety, but there are some moments in the game that stand above the rest. Firstly, attaining the Master Sword for the first time in the game is not only a confidence boost to the player, but it completely changes the fighting strategy as you move forward in the game. More damage quicker, and somewhere deep inside you know that wielding the Master Sword means you are definitely on the path to completing the game. Another awesome moment from Ocarina of Time is the first time you travel through time and emerge as adult Link. The idea alone is progressive, and the time travel aspect of OoT gave the gamer a completely different interaction with the games world.

    Moving on to one of the most popular titles in Xbox history, Halo: Combat Evolved changed the way we view first-person shooters, and subsequently isriddled with awesome gaming moments. For myself, the final sequence in which you are escaping The Pillar of Autumn by way of Warthog is the most epic gameplay Ihave ever experienced. You are dodging the flood and covenant troops alike in a lastditch effort to escape the Halo ring; not to mention the fact the ship happens to beself destructing all around you, making this more a special effects scene from a Michael Bay movie than a scene from a video game.

    With the release of these updated classic titles I hope you are inspired to go back and play some of your favorite gaming classics. When you do, let us know what some of your favorite gaming moments are, and we can all share in the nostalgia together. Game on, and remember the roots that allowed us to play the awesome titles of today.

    By Andrew Waterhouse

  • Time Magazine explains itself on its Modern Warfare 3 promotion.

    Time Magazine-Gamestop Promotion under stress of its reception

    While TIME magazine doesn't seem to be the magazine for gamers (I'm more a US News & World Report person myself), the magazine is getting some news from its Gamestop poster/promotion which I talked about back in mid-May. While it seems like it is getting some attention, some of it not what Activision wanted.

    According to the New York Times, TIME magazine supported the art direction of the promo and also approved of Activision's take on a TIME magazine cover set in the Call of Duty world. Readers of the New York Times didn't take kindly to the depicted magazine cover.

    "I'd be surprised if a single member of this valuable demo went out and bought a TIME magazine after seeing this poster in a GameStop...this whole thing is consumerism and advertising at its worst, thinly veiled by the bogus guise of 'reaching an untapped demographic."

    ~Anonymous New York Times reader

    Call of Duty's targeted audienced wasn't all that thrilled either about the promotion. A number of game websites have added in with not so great enthusiasm for the poster.

    That demographic doesn't seem too thrilled, either, as readers of game sites chimed in with not-quite-ringing endorsements.

    "I've lost a lot of respect for TIME magazine...It's a news magazine, not an advertisement tool."
    ~Anonymous Gamespot reader

    "Print media desperately grabbing for relevancy by selling out to a lowest common denominator blockbuster...this is gross"
    ~Anonymous Giant Bomb reader

    Though not all comments are bad. A fan on Giant Bomb added the following:

    "I would love to have [the poster] as a collectible....I just hope Time doesn't do this all the time with games and this is a one time thing."

    In the end, TIME Magazine's promotion was unique. And it also managed to stir a lot of attention some bad and some good. Maybe because the poster design was more unique that what most people are used to in swag, it was going to get some attention with a hint of backlash. However, isn't that what Call of Duty is all about? Giving you something good that can make you irk? Doing something out there is what Activision is known to do. All in all TIME and Activision didn't do anything wrong. They were just thinking different that their norm.

    You can read more about the Time/Gamestop promotion here.

  • Microsoft: Halo Anniversary with Kinect

    Microsoft announces the Kinect will support the Halo Classic

    While Microsoft is keeping a tight lip on the remake of Halo: Combat Evolved (which is to be released later on this year on November 15, 2011), they did drop a bit of news as the Halo anniversary remake will have Kinect Support. The Vice President of Microsoft's (Phil Spencer) told sources that the Kinect will be important to all genres of games from racing games (like Forza) to combat games (like the Halo Anniversary remake). That being said, we have an idea that all games will have Kinect integration.

    Some doubt was made about Halo and it being integrated into the game. To answer those doubts, Microsoft added another statement to settle the doubts(that statement can be read here). While they won't tell us specifically what the game and Kinect will do together (like voice control, gesture control, etc.) they stated the support will not compromise the quality of the game.

    They released the following:

    "It's no surprise we're exploring ways Kinect can enhance game experiences in authentic and meaningful ways. The Kinect features we're exploring with 'Halo: Anniversary' are additive and will not affect the core gameplay experience or alter our mission of delivering a faithful recreation of the original game. That said we have nothing else to share just yet."

    So with that being said, the Kinect will not interfere with your gameplay. This meaning while you are avoiding sniper fire in Blood Gulch in Capture the Flag, you won't need to flail your arms and legs like a mad man to dodge them. However this brings something to my mind. What does Microsoft have in store? Could it be something like what we saw with Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon: Future Soldier at E3? If so, customizing the Needler would be even more awesome than using it.

    Only time will tell.

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