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E3 2011: Centipede: Infestation First Impressions

Jun. 8, 2011; Channels: Video Games; By Jenner David Cauton

E3 2011: Centipede: Infestation First Impressions If there was ever sound effects from a classic arcade game that would get stuck in my head, it's the ones from Centipede. Atari has resurrected the arcade classic with Centiped: Infestation. Instead of an archer, players take on the role of an action hero with a space blaster. The demo level involved a grassy field consisting of a significantly smaller space than before. This worried me at first until I saw just exactly how the game was played....

E3 2011: Gamma World First Impressions

Jun. 8, 2011; Channels: Video Games; By Jenner David Cauton

E3 2011: Gamma World First Impressions Atari plans to bring the D&D Gamma World series to video game form. Gamma World takes place in a post-apocalyptic setting, not unlike other games such as Borderlands or Fallout. The game is cel-shaded, is meant to have a off-humor tone, and doesn't take itself seriously. Players can customize their character from a variety of different origins, such as "Radioactive Man" and "Yeti," which can alter the player's different properties (i.e.,...

E3 2011: Twisted Metal First Impressions

Jun. 8, 2011; Channels: Video Games; By Ryan Goodman

E3 2011: Twisted Metal First Impressions When it was announced at last year’s E3, Twisted Metal had me very intrigued. Being a fan of the original two games in the series, I was hoping for something similar, along with more modern features, such as online multiplayer. So, when I stepped up to play it one year later, expectations were high. Thankfully, the short time I had with it met most of those expectations. Attendees lined up at Sony’s booth to play the game were taken...

E3 2011: The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword First Impressions

Jun. 8, 2011; Channels: Video Games; By Ryan Goodman

E3 2011: The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword First Impressions The biggest weapon in Nintendo’s Wii arsenal this holiday season is definitely The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword, due for release this holiday season. The game is, of course, at E3, prominently displayed near the front of the Nintendo area. I got the chance to put in some game play time with the highly anticipated title. The demo starts with three choices: skydiving, dungeon, or boss battle. The demo allows time only for one, so I...

E3 2011: Minecraft & Building With Notch

Jun. 8, 2011; Channels: Video Games; By Jenner David Cauton

E3 2011: Minecraft & Building With Notch On June 7, Notch, the creator of Minecraft, was at the Sony Experia Ericson PLAY booth at E3.  Attendees were invited to join Notch in a session to see what they could build alongside him in Minecraft: Pocket Edition on the Sony Ericsson.  We'll upload what we can. Steve, live and in person. Wait a minute.... Notch builds the house "he always builds." A leak creeps in, but Notch can fix it.

E3 2011: Brothers in Arms: Furious 4 First Impressions

Jun. 8, 2011; Channels: Video Games; By Kyle James Hovanec

E3 2011: Brothers in Arms: Furious 4 First Impressions Brothers in Arms: Furious 4 sounds like it's part of The Fast and the Furious franchise, and after seeing some behind-the-scenes play time, it may be just as over the top and silly. Furious 4 moves away from the realistic and gritty tone of the previous Brothers in Arms titles and instead returns as a stylized squad-based FPS set in a fictionalized World War II. The series protagonist, Matt Baker, is still the lead, but this time, he's...

E3 2011: Metal Gear Solid First Impressions

Jun. 8, 2011; Channels: Video Games; By Kyle James Hovanec

E3 2011: Metal Gear Solid First Impressions The Metal Gear series is my favorite gaming series of all time. I have played every one numerous times to the point of exhaustion and could easily beat some of them from memorization alone. Out of all of the titles, Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater was easily my favorite. Engaging plot and characters, cool natural environments and epic boss battles made this an amazing title to play and one of the most memorable from the last generation of games....

E3 2011: Ninja Gaiden 3 First Impressions

Jun. 8, 2011; Channels: Video Games; By Kyle James Hovanec

E3 2011: Ninja Gaiden 3 First Impressions Ninja Gaiden 3 was like previous Ninja Gaiden titles going at warp speed. The game -- more specifically, the combat -- felt like it was faster, more fluid and more violent than previous titles. In the demo, Ryu is tasked with taking down a terrorist attack on London. As the level started, it was clearly noticeable that the game still looks gorgeous, sporting realistic environments and highly detailed characters. One new game play move was Ryu...

E3 2011: Championship Jockey Interview

Jun. 8, 2011; Channels: Video Games; By Kyle James Hovanec

E3 2011: Championship Jockey Interview Today I was given the chance interview Akihiro Suzuki, the senior manager behind one of the upcoming titles from Tecmo Koei Games, Championship Jockey, a horse racing title for release on all three major consoles. Horse racing titles haven't seen very many releases or popularity in North America, but they have experienced moderate success in Japan. In fact, Championship Jockey is a merger of two other horse racing games: G1 Jockey, previously...

E3 2011: Renegade Ops First Impressions

Jun. 8, 2011; Channels: Video Games; By Kyle James Hovanec

E3 2011: Renegade Ops First Impressions Renegade Ops is a top-down shooter from Avalanche Studios, the developers behind the Just Cause series. In it you control up to four different vehicles, each with different abilities as you traverse different environments and take down enemy vehicles, soldiers and buildings. Similar to the Just Cause games, Renegade Ops will allow the player to cause a huge amount of destruction -- nearly every structure is destroyable. Players can use their...

E3 2011: Luigi's Mansion 2 & Ocarina of Time 3D First Impressions

Jun. 7, 2011; Channels: Video Games; By Jenner David Cauton

E3 2011: Luigi's Mansion 2 & Ocarina of Time 3D First Impressions Luigi's Mansion 2 Dr. E. Gadd is once again working with Luigi in Luigi’s Mansion 2. Once again, Luigi is left exploring mansions and sucking up ghosts for points. Unfortunately, the demo didn’t last very long. All I ended up really doing was sucking up coins, cash, and a few blankets. I never got to see a ghost; the demo unit crashed twice before one ever appeared. The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D Ocarina of Time seems to be...

E3 2011: Ubisoft Presser: Our Thoughts

Jun. 7, 2011; Channels: Video Games; By Ryan Goodman, Robert F. Ludwick

E3 2011: Ubisoft Presser: Our Thoughts OMGN had two of our flock at Ubisoft's E3 2011 press conference at the Los Angeles Theater yesterday. Robert and Ryan have put their impressions together for your enjoyment.   What game most excited you? Why? Robert: Ghost Recon: Future Soldier. I played Ghost Recon 1 and 2 and liked them quite a bit. GR: FS is looking pretty solid with the updated drone and squad interfaces. The graphics and the interface look quite good. Ryan: Rayman...

E3 2011: Nintendo Presser: Our Thoughts

E3 2011: Nintendo Presser: Our Thoughts OMGN's E3 team's impressions of Nintendo's press conference at the Nokia Theater:   What game most excited you? Why? Robert: Even though they didn't show any screenshots or game play, Smash Brothers was announced for the Wii U, and that's my choice. The idea of being able to use the Wii U controller in a Smash Brothers game environment intrigues me greatly. I've always liked the Smash Brothers games. Ryan: While I would love to say Smash...

E3 2011: Super Mario 3DS First Impressions

Jun. 7, 2011; Channels: Video Games; By Ryan Goodman

E3 2011: Super Mario 3DS First Impressions After seeing its impressive debut at the Nintendo press conference, I was very optimistic to check out the new Super Mario game for the Nintendo 3DS. I was given the option to play one of four levels. I chose the level that featured an old favorite from Super Mario Bros. 3, which especially caught my eye during the presser: the Tanooki suit. The demo starts with the Tanooki suit in your inventory. The first thing I immediately noticed about the...

E3 2011: Star Fox 64 3D First Impressions

Jun. 7, 2011; Channels: Video Games; By Kyle James Hovanec

E3 2011: Star Fox 64 3D First Impressions Star Fox 64 3D is based on the 1997 N64 title Star Fox 64. I was able to play one level through a volcanic planet with flaming enemies and fireballs emerging from a a molten sea below. Everything that made the original title so fun was present. The smooth controls translated perfectly to the 3DS with the shoulder triggers controlling barrel rolls and the analog nub controlling the Arwing. I haven't played the game in a few years, but within...

E3 2011: Mario Kart 3DS First Impressions

Jun. 7, 2011; Channels: Video Games; By Robert F. Ludwick

E3 2011: Mario Kart 3DS First Impressions Mario Kart on the 3DS plays just about as you'd expect for a Mario Kart title. You pick one of eight characters and select your kart. New to the game is the tire selection, allowing you to outfit your racer with lighter or heavier wheels to give you more options in a race. Players also get to use a hang glider in this version. The hang glider allows you to float down from ledges and other drop-offs, giving more distance than before when...

E3 2011: Microsoft Presser: Our Thoughts

E3 2011: Microsoft Presser: Our Thoughts OMGN's 4 E3 representatives were in attendance for Microsoft's E3 2011 press conference. Here's our thoughts.   What game most excited you? Why? Kyle: For me, the game that had me most excited was Ghost Recon: Future Soldier. The use of the Kinect to customize your weapons by using your hands to manipulate gun parts along with the ability to test fire the weapons with simple hand gestures seemed very streamlined and very intuitive. It had...

E3 2011: Sony Presser: Our Thoughts

E3 2011: Sony Presser: Our Thoughts OMGN's 4 E3 representatives were in attendance for Sony's E3 2011 press conference at the LA Sports Arena yesterday. Here's our thoughts.   What game are you most excited about? Why? Robert: Dust 514, hands down. EVE Online is a great game, and Dust looks to be more of the same. The game seems to have a great amount of detail from the smallest battles and territories to the grandest galactic scale. That kind of scope excites me. Ryan:...

Uncharted 3's multiplayer: Does the audience have too much say?

May. 13, 2011; Channels: Video Games; By Tyrone M. Cato

Uncharted 3's multiplayer: Does the audience have too much say? About midway through the campaign of the 2009 game Uncharted 2: Among Thieves (UC2), the player is tasked with traversing an enemy-filled moving train as it passes through the forests of Nepal into the mountains of Tibet. If you play it, there will be moments where you’ll have to decide between shooting your attackers, diving to hang off the side of the train car you're on to avoid overpassing signs, or doing a combination of both at the...

Star Wars: The Old Republic Preview

May. 9, 2011; Channels: Video Games; By David Telfer

Star Wars: The Old Republic Preview BioWare is no stranger to making great RPGs, with an impressive catalog of games including the unmissable Baldur's Gate, Neverwinter Nights, Jade Empire and Mass Effect – to name a handful. Few developers can boast an incredible ability to craft stories that capture the hearts of their audience and build the game play to support them, but BioWare is definitely one of them. So when one of the biggest RPG developers announced its plans...

The NGP

Apr. 26, 2011; Channels: Video Games; By David Telfer

The NGP Overall, the tradition of naming consoles is fairly straightforward. There are a few exceptions; i.e., Nintendo post-SNES – how do you go from Gamecube to Wii? It follows no set pattern. So when Sony announced the next generation of PSP, one automatically thought, “Ah! It must be the PSP2.” But, no, Sony defied all logic and went for "Next Generation Portable” instead. Catchy, right? It's as if Sony's saying to Nintendo, ...

Jaffe vs Cage: A polarized discussion of gaming

Apr. 19, 2011; Channels: Video Games; By Tyrone M. Cato

Jaffe vs Cage: A polarized discussion of gaming David Jaffe knows what games should be like. Jaffe is the head of game developer Eat Sleep Play and director of the upcoming PS3 game Twisted Metal. In a blog post from last month, he discussed the concept of “games as art” and the maturation of the gaming industry as a whole. In his post (and the part he added at a later time, where the majority of his points lie), he asserted that by saying, assuming and purporting the...

Liberty City: The Place That Never Was

Mar. 30, 2011; Channels: Video Games; By Tyrone M. Cato

Liberty City: The Place That Never Was I recently watched this video. It reminded me of the hype leading up to the release of the game. Take 2 and Rockstar raised expectations, survival being an important aspect to the game play. I thought of and expected gritty believability in a living-and-breathing world. There's a rumor going around that that GTA V will be announced soon, so I take this opportunity to ask: Why wasn’t the game the masterpiece those previews said it would be...

Dragon Age 2 Demo Preview

Mar. 4, 2011; Channels: Video Games; By Edward Kaczynski

Dragon Age 2 Demo Preview The Dragon Age 2 demo is very impressive, but that isn’t really a surprise.  Bioware, in recent years, has really managed to step it up. The storytelling has always been superb, but the game design usually managed to wobble on that razor thin line between good and merely acceptable. This, of course, doesn’t apply to all Bioware's titles. The Baldur’s Gate series was impeccable in every respect,...

PS3: My First Sony System

Mar. 4, 2011; Channels: Video Games; By Robert F. Ludwick

PS3: My First Sony System In late January, I became the owner of a brand-new slim PS3. For me, this was a particularly momentous occasion. For most people, adding a new video game console to their collection is significant but not momentous. It's not like I got a PS3 on launch day or anything, and even then I'm not sure if you could classify that acquisition as momentous. No, this was momentous for me for one reason -- the PS3 is the first Sony video game system I've...

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