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E3 2011: Prototype 2 First Impressions

E3 2011: Prototype 2 First Impressions Robert, Jenner and Kyle got a tour of Prototype 2 at E3 2011, so we thought we'd share our thoughts. Prototype 2 takes place 14 month after the original title. New main character Sgt. James Heller returns to a virus ravaged New York City to find his daughter and wife have been killed by the first game's protagonist, Alex Mercer. Heller, after gaining the same abilities as Mercer, sets out to claim his revenge. Heller is a different character...

E3 2011: Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 First Impressions

E3 2011: Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 First Impressions Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 is the juggernaut followup to the highly successful 2009 prequel Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2. The game takes place immediately following MW2, after the initial attack by the Russians on Washington D.C. New York, along with other cities and even countries, is under the threat of military attacks, and the whole world stands on the brink of World War III. Following the traditional system of playing as multiple...

E3 2011: Aliens: Colonial Marines First Impressions

Feature; Jun. 13, 2011; Channels: Video Games; By Kyle James Hovanec

E3 2011: Aliens: Colonial Marines First Impressions Aliens: Colonial Marines is a sci fi shooter developed by Gearbox Software and produced by Sega. The demo was shown behind closed doors, or rather the closed doors of a colonial marine drop ship in a dark, enclosed room. The lead developer Randy Pitchford himself was there to demo the game, saying that this game would be the “true sequel” to the James Cameron film, Aliens, picking up a few months after the events shown there. The...

E3 2011: Inversion First Impressions

Feature; Jun. 13, 2011; Channels: Video Games; By Kyle James Hovanec

E3 2011: Inversion First Impressions Inversion is an upcoming third-person shooter developed by Saber Interactive and produced by Namco Bandai Games. Players take on the role of soldier Davis Russel, who, along with his teammates, must fight an unknown enemy utilizing only the power of gravity. The demo had me playing through a ruined city space, utilizing the usual third-person shooter mechanics: Shoot here; run until you find cover there; hide behind said cover until your health...

E3 2011: Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon: Future Soldier First Impressions

Feature; Jun. 13, 2011; Channels: Video Games; By Kyle James Hovanec

E3 2011: Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon: Future Soldier First Impressions Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon: Future Soldier is the next chapter of the popular Ubisoft third-person tactical shooter series. This time, the game takes place in the near future, utilizing technology such as optic camouflage and pinpoint tactical missiles. The demo I played was a single-player level through a swampy village. The main ghost commando I controlled was able to sneak through a heavily guarded village using stealth camo to take out...

E3 2011: Sonic Generations First Impressions

E3 2011: Sonic Generations First Impressions Robert and Kyle got their hands on a version of Sonic Generations at Sega's booth. Robert took on the 3DS version, and Kyle took control of a PlayStation 3. Read to the end for some game play video. 3DS Version Honestly, I thought the execution of Sonic on the 3DS was weak overall. I know the game is still in development, but there's definitely work to be done. For the most part, the core game is there and level design seems to be pretty good....

E3 2011: Brothers in Arms: Furious 4 First Impressions

Feature; 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

Feature; 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

Feature; 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

Feature; 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

Feature; 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: 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: Star Fox 64 3D First Impressions

Feature; 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: 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:...

E3 2011: Nintendo Press Conference Liveblog

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

E3 2011: Nintendo Press Conference Liveblog Check back here regularly for our Liveblog of Nintendo's E3 2011 press conference. We'll keep you updated.   10:13:27AM Show is ending.  10:12:02AM 4 official Nintendo systems: DS, Wii, 3DS and Wii U. 10:11:04AM EA games is telling how their games will fully use the Wii U  10:07:33AM Slew of third party titles shown including Assassins Creed. Ghost Recon Online, Aliens: Colonial Marines, Ninja Gaiden 3, and Darksiders II. 10:04...

E3 2011: Sony Press Conference Liveblog

E3 2011: Sony Press Conference Liveblog Check back here regularly for our Liveblog of Sony's E3 2011 press conference. We'll keep you updated. Please note: We're experiencing issues with Google Chrome refreshing. Please bear with us.  6:58:17PM Trenton is on stage again. Show is coming to a close.  6:56:46PM Two models will be released. Wi-Fi and 3G Wi-Fi for $250 and $299, respectively. Will release this holiday season.  6:55:26PM Video montage of upcoming titles...

E3 2011: Microsoft Press Conference Liveblog

News; Jun. 6, 2011; Channels: Video Games; By Ryan Goodman, Kyle James Hovanec

E3 2011: Microsoft Press Conference Liveblog Check back here regularly for our Liveblog of Microsoft's E3 2011 press conference. We'll keep you updated. Liveblog done! 10:57:01AM Closing to the show. Halo 4 is officially announced. 10:52:55AM Harmonix is on stage. Dance Central 2 is announced with voice mode and new songs. All original songs can be imported.  10:49:25AM' Kinect Sports Season 2 announced in-game voice, Kinect gestures, and new sports including football and golf. ...

Dear Esther Prepares for a Commercial Release

News; Jun. 3, 2011; Channels: Video Games; By Kyle James Hovanec

Dear Esther Prepares for a Commercial Release In 2008, University of Portsmouth's Dan Pinchbeck created an interactive horror story called Dear Esther. The story utilized art assets and the source engine from 2004's Half Life 2. After gaining success and acclaim from the gaming community, Dear Esther is in line for a commercial release. The game is being funded and published by Indie Fund. (Indie Fund is an alternative funding/publishing option for independent games and their developers.)...

Rainbow Six to Return

News; Jun. 3, 2011; Channels: Video Games; By Kyle James Hovanec

Rainbow Six to Return One of the premier tactical shooters on the PC and one of the most popular early shooters for the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 is expected to make a comeback. The Rainbow Six series is rumored to be on the verge of entering the shooter market again; this time, it's going back to its heavily tactical origins rather than its cover-based Rainbow Six: Vegas series. The game will also feature larger set pieces and a more epic scope and story than...

Activision Announces Call of Duty Elite Subscription Service

News; Jun. 1, 2011; Channels: Video Games; By Kyle James Hovanec

Activision Announces Call of Duty Elite Subscription Service The Call of Duty series prepares to enter the next phase of providing content to its fanbase via a new online service, “Call of Duty Elite.” This service will allow fans of the FPS franchise to access extra content not available on the disks and will allow users of the service to chat and communicate with other members through a social media application. The service will also allow users access to player's tools that, according to...

New Threats Aimed at Sony

News; Jun. 1, 2011; Channels: Video Games; By Kyle James Hovanec

New Threats Aimed at Sony The culprits behind one of the largest hacking incidents in video game history have announced their attacks on Sony are far from over. LulzSec, the group that took responsibility for the attack on Sony's PSN, attacked the PBS website this weekend, posting a fake story about rapper Tupac Shakur being alive. After the attack, the group updated its Twitter account, claiming the next wave of attacks on Sony are to begin soon. “We're working...

PSN to be Fully Up and Running By End of Week

News; Jun. 1, 2011; Channels: Video Games; By Kyle James Hovanec

PSN to be Fully Up and Running By End of Week Sony has announced that the PlayStation Network will be up and fully functional by the end of this week. Two regions, Hong Kong and South Korea, will not be 100 percent restored by the end of the week but should follow shortly after the other areas are up and running. This Friday will see the return of all of PSN's features including the PSN online store. Sony CEO Kaz Hirai has released an official statement: "We have been conducting additional...

Conduit 2 Review

Review; May. 27, 2011; Channels: Video Games; By Kyle James Hovanec

Conduit 2 Review For the record, I liked the original Conduit. Despite the flaws, I found it to be a great-looking and great-playing game. Add that to the fact that the Wii featured few quality FPSs to be found, The Conduit was a semi-flawed diamond in the rough. Click the image to view game screenshots Conduit 2 is not a diamond. It's not even a flawed diamond -- it's simply flawed. Extremely flawed. And the areas that aren't flawed are simply mediocre. In...

Square Enix will announce third MMO by the end of next April

News; May. 27, 2011; Channels: Video Games; By Kyle James Hovanec

Square Enix will announce third MMO by the end of next April Despite Final Fantasy XIV's recent release and Final Fantasy XI remaining online, Square Enix CEO Yoichi Wada has announced that a third MMO will be announced during the current fiscal year. No specific details or dates were given, but given the length of Square Enix's fiscal year, it should be announced anytime from now until next April. Source: http://www.joystiq.com/2011/05/25/square-enix-to-reveal-new-mmo-by-april-2012/

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