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Sony reports fiscal year losses

News; May. 26, 2011; Channels: Video Games; By Kyle James Hovanec

Sony reports fiscal year losses In anticipation of its upcoming end of the fiscal year earnings report, Sony has released a revised financial forecast claiming that the company has lost $3.2 billion. The loss was recorded from the past 12 months, ending March 2011. Sony claimed the hacker intrusion incident was not included in these numbers but commented on the estimated cost of the result of the incident. "As of today," Sony reps said, "our currently known associated costs...

Select PSP Titles to Appear on PS3

News; May. 25, 2011; Channels: Video Games; By Kyle James Hovanec

Select PSP Titles to Appear on PS3 Sony has recently announced a new line of games to be released on the PS3. The PlayStation Portable Remaster Series will re-release select PSP titles for the PlayStation 3. The games will come with a variety of upgrades, including HD graphics, control pad support, 3-D visuals, online mutiplayer and exclusive new content. Save data will also be cross compatible allowing players, in theory, to take their games on the go or play at home on the...

Octodad Review

Review; May. 20, 2011; Channels: Video Games; By Kyle James Hovanec

Octodad Review Innovation should be rewarded in gaming. In an age when games are being created as dollar magnets instead of as a means of creative expression, it is a joy to come across something that is simple yet charming and relies on pure game play instead of a bullet point list of gimmicks. Click the image to view game screenshots Octodad is that game with a price that simply cannot be beat: free. Octodad was made by students at DePaul University and was...

Ubisoft Forms Movie Studio

News; May. 20, 2011; Channels: Video Games; By Kyle James Hovanec

Ubisoft Forms Movie Studio Known for famous franchises such as Assassin's Creed, Splinter Cell and Ghost Recon, Ubisoft is preparing to expand those properties to the big screen. Ubisoft Motion Pictures is the newest studio to be introduced under Ubisoft Digital Arts. Combined with the 2008 purchase of Hybride Technologies, the studio behind the effects for 300, Ubisoft hopes to bring big screen versions of its most famous recent titles with the aim of not only...

New Batman FPS Announced: Gotham City Impostors

News; May. 17, 2011; Channels: Video Games; By Kyle James Hovanec

New Batman FPS Announced: Gotham City Impostors Not only is the caped crusader getting a sequel to the critical and commercial hit Arkham Asylum with the upcoming Arkham City, another Batman-themed game was announced today: a multiplayer-focused FPS called Gotham City Impostors. The game is being developed by Monolith Products for PC, PlayStation 3,and Xbox 360. It plays similarly to the class-based multiplayer Team Fortress 2. In it, two factions -- the Batz and the Jokerz -- are customized...

PSN is Back Down Again in Japan

News; May. 17, 2011; Channels: Video Games; By Kyle James Hovanec

PSN is Back Down Again in Japan After nearly an entire weekend of active PlayStation Network service, PSN is once again down for maintenance due to a rejection from the Japanese government. According to a Dow Jones report, an official from the Ministry of Economy's Media and Content Industry department has confirmed that the Japanese government has not given full approval for Sony to relaunch the PSN and its associated services. “As of May 13, Sony was incomplete in...

Rumored: Nintendo's Project Cafe's Leaked Game List

News; May. 15, 2011; Channels: Video Games; By Kyle James Hovanec

Rumored: Nintendo's Project Cafe's Leaked Game List According to several gaming sites, blogs, and forums, a list was leaked containing details of first- and third-person titles for Nintendo's upcoming console, codename “Cafe.” The list originated at NeoGaf and is supposedly a preview of what is to be revealed at this year's E3 and up to the release of the upcoming console.  Nintendo has not yet commented on the validity of the list.  The following games were included: First...

PSN is Back

News; May. 15, 2011; Channels: Video Games; By Kyle James Hovanec

PSN is Back After weeks of downtime, the PlayStation Network is finally back in business. It will be rolled out in phases, country by country, in the following order: The Americas Europe Australia New Zealand Middle East This will begin the recovery stage which will finally result in a full restoration of PSN with all of its included services at the end of May. Sources: http://blog.us.playstation.com/2011/05/14/play-on-%E2%80%93-psn-restoration-begins-now...

Crysis 2 Review

Review; May. 11, 2011; Channels: Video Games; By Kyle James Hovanec

Crysis 2 Review Is there room for another FPS? In a market crowded with a million selling juggernauts and an online community that puts in hours rivaling that of Facebook, new titles have to offer not only solid game play and multiplayer options but enough new features to make them stand out. Click the image to view game screenshots Crysis 2 is that stand-out title. In an age in which FPSs are beginning to become derivative and an emphasis on multiplayer is...

Blizzard Announces Diablo III beta later in 2011

News; May. 10, 2011; Channels: Video Games; By Kyle James Hovanec

Blizzard Announces Diablo III beta later in 2011 Blizzard Entertainment announced today that a beta for its upcoming title Diablo III will be available sometime during the third quarter of this year. “The game is looking great,” said Blizzard head Michael Morhaime during Activision's financial results conference call. “A third quarter target would have beta testing for Diablo III launching sometime between July and September of 2011." Currently, Blizzard Entertainment has...

Rumor: Xbox 360 Dashboard Update Coming Soon

News; May. 10, 2011; Channels: Video Games; By Kyle James Hovanec

Rumor: Xbox 360 Dashboard Update Coming Soon Hot off the release of the recent Hulu Plus application for Xbox 360, it is rumored that Microsoft will be releasing its next dashboard update May 19. According to documents sent to the website Joystiq, the new dashboard update will be released in six separate stages from May 19 to May 30 with a separate download on May 27 for an update titled “Avatar Kinect.” The 360 update will also offer support for a new unspecified disc format...

Call of Duty to enter the micro-transaction market

News; May. 10, 2011; Channels: Video Games; By Kyle James Hovanec

Call of Duty to enter the micro-transaction market The multimillion dollar FPS franchise Call of Duty is planning on making the jump to the MMOFPS (massive multiplayer online first person shooter) market with the release of Call of Duty for PC. The Call of Duty series has been released for PC before, but not in the micro-transaction format planned for release for the Chinese gaming market. Activision president Bobby Kotick talked about a title in the franchise based on a subscription model in...

Bulletstorm Review

Review; Apr. 19, 2011; Channels: Video Games; By Kyle James Hovanec

Bulletstorm Review Bulletstorm is a love letter to old shooters. The Duke Nukems, the Serious Sams, and the Painkillers. This game is crude, crass, and juvenile. It lacks subtlety and contains some of the most unlikeable protagonists I have ever played. It is everything that keeps video games from being considered a serious art form, and yet it's still a ton of fun to play. Bulletstorm isn't concerned with K/D ratios, customizing weapons, or $15 map packs. It's...

James Bond 007: Blood Stone Review

Review; Mar. 30, 2011; Channels: Video Games; By Kyle James Hovanec

James Bond 007: Blood Stone Review Your liking of James Bond 007: Blood Stone* entirely depends on how much you liked Splinter Cell Conviction and the last two James Bond films. If you found enjoyment from these two things and you can put up with mediocre graphics, wonky driving controls, and tepid voice acting, Blood Stone might be for you. Click the image to view game screenshots To clarify, despite some criticism from fans of the game, I heartily enjoyed Conviction, and...

Stacking Review

Review; Mar. 11, 2011; Channels: Video Games; By Kyle James Hovanec

Stacking Review If you had told me a few months ago that I'd soon be playing a game consisting of dolls, I'd have called you crazy. Yet here I am: controller in hand, guiding my little doll around the screen, searching for the train conductor to take me to the cruise ship. For a game involving dolls -- for crying out loud -- Stacking makes one hell of a charming and engrossing title. Click the image to view game screenshots Stacking is the latest from Tim...

Marvel vs Capcom 3: Fate of Two Worlds Review

Review; Feb. 28, 2011; Channels: Video Games; By Kyle James Hovanec

Marvel vs Capcom 3: Fate of Two Worlds Review The hyper combos, the tag team assists, the mango-colored Sentinels. They’re back again. Marvel vs. Capcom 3: Fate of two Worlds is finally here to show the fighting game world just how crazy and kinetic a 2-D fighter can be. MvC3 plays similarly to MvC2 but only on a basic level. You take control of a three-person team and battle others as you utilize your character’s special attacks and team combos to fight your way to victory....

Medal of Honor Review

Review; Feb. 13, 2011; Channels: Video Games; By Kyle James Hovanec

Medal of Honor Review Medal of Honor is not as bad as you’ve heard. It’s not an amazing game by any means, but as far as bad first-person shooters go, it could be worse -- a lot worse. Instead, Medal of Honor stands as a competent but utterly average FPS in a sea of other alternatives -- in most cases, better alternatives. Like the slew of Call of Duty and other similarly themed military titles before it, Medal of Honor tries to set itself apart by using...

Lost in Translation: The Dream to Be a Game Translator

Feature; Feb. 3, 2011; Channels: Video Games; By Kyle James Hovanec

Lost in Translation: The Dream to Be a Game Translator I think it’s a common dream for anyone who has ever played video games to have some part in the video game production process at some point. To make a video game you would want to play and work in an industry where your job is to make products for your lifestyle. It’s a dream many of us wonder about but few of us ever pursue. Marlee Clark is working toward that dream. Not content to just sit around and watch the industry pass her by,...

Mass Effect 2 Review

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

Mass Effect 2 Review Mass Effect 2 is sequel that takes nearly everything that didn’t work about its prequel and fixes it. It’s a sequel that not only builds upon the framework set by the original, but makes the first relevant by enriching it with what was already a large and robust universe made even bigger. This is one of the first video games I’ve ever played in which the number 2 in the title is truly justified. This is an integral part to the...

Mass Effect Review

Review; Jan. 21, 2011; Channels: Video Games; By Kyle James Hovanec

Mass Effect Review Not many reviews exist for games which have already come out, ridden the wave of hype and had time for people to really analyze their opinion of the game. Upon its release, Mass Effect was already receiving critical hype and acclaim but not only because it was an exclusive title for the Xbox 360 as well as PC, but because it was billed as a true interactive trilogy. It considered the actions taken by you and your crew and carried them on into...

Green Day: Rock Band Review

Review; Jan. 14, 2011; Channels: Video Games; By Kyle James Hovanec

Green Day: Rock Band Review After the release of The Beatles: Rock Band, the announcement of Green Day: Rock Band had my interest from the beginning. As I've been a fan since the band's Dookie days and enjoyed the three-songs-long list available for Rock Band 2, I've often thought Green Day would be a perfect fit for the game. Yet, while the songs fit extremely well in the Rock Band format, the game itself is, sadly, a disappointment. Click the image to view screenshots...

The Beatles: Rock Band Review

Review; Jan. 11, 2011; Channels: Video Games; By Kyle James Hovanec

The Beatles: Rock Band Review Before playing The Beatles: Rock Band, ask yourself two questions: Do you like The Beatles, and do you enjoy Rock Band? If you answered yes to either question, then this game is for you. At first glance, it appears The Beatles: Rock Band is an expansion to the Rock Band franchise in the same way that Guitar Hero: Aerosmith and Guitar Hero: Metallica are to the Guitar Hero franchise. And perhaps from a cosmetic standpoint, that's true, but it...

Sin & Punishment: Star Successor Review

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

Sin & Punishment: Star Successor Review The Wii needs more games like Sin and Punishment: Star Successor. The hardcore should build a shrine for this game and burn candles day after day. It’s not too often games like this are released, much less released in North America -- much less on the Nintendo Wii. Sin and Punishment: Star Successor is the sequel the N64-only (later released on the Wii’s Virtual Console) Sin and Punishment: Successor to Earth. This game plays very...

Goldeneye 007 (2010) Review

Review; Jan. 4, 2011; Channels: Video Games; By Kyle James Hovanec

Goldeneye 007 (2010) Review Goldeneye 007 is one of those pieces that gamers know by name. All you have to do is mention the name, and a flurry of excited voices talking about their greatest kills in multiplayer and their favorite weapons and levels will erupt. It’s safe to say that Goldeneye 007 is one of those legendary games, the one that nearly everyone has played and from which nearly everyone has some treasured memory. It’s a sacred game, up there with...

Battlefield: Bad Company 2 Vietnam Review

Review; Dec. 28, 2010; Channels: Video Games; By Kyle James Hovanec

Battlefield: Bad Company 2 Vietnam Review OK, DICE and EA, I give. What’s your game? With the release of Battlefield 1943, all of the free (for VIP members) Bad Company 2 content and now a full expansion Battlefield: Bad Company 2 Vietnam, there has to be something up. Modern console FPSs simply don’t offer you this much content for such a reasonable asking price. I’ve been around the bush, played my fair share of FPSs, and I know for a fact that the Call of Duty&rsquo...

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