Monthly Archives: December 2012

In Metro: Last Light’s Russia, there are no Sundays

A weary Russian voice reading the opening to ‘Genesis’ isn’t the usual soundtrack for a game trailer, but it sure works for Metro: Last Light. I’m itching to step back into Artyom’s shoes, and this trailer doesn’t help. Metro 2033 is one of the more underrated games of the past couple of years; let’s hope that Last Light can polish up that legacy a bit. Speaking of which, I’d be remiss if I didn’t inform you that you can snag yourself a free copy of Metro 2033 simply by liking this Facebook page. (and I highly recommend you do so!)

Bonus reading – over on Kotaku, Jason Schreier’s written an article titled ‘Thirteen Things You Should Know About Metro: Last Light‘. One of his observations made me laugh out loud, and I’m going to quote it here in the hopes that it’ll convince you to head on over and have a look:

8. In the bar, your character can sit next to a homely, somewhat overweight woman. As you drink, she’ll get skinnier and more attractive. Classy!

And finally – how about that box art, eh? I quite like it!

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I mustache you to watch this GIF

 

First, I’d like to apologize unreservedly for that title. Secondly, isn’t that a glorious display of masculinity? Sadly, it comes (to my attention :P) too late for Movember, but Dotcore‘s conversion of Sam Aono’s original video is still a sight to behold.

What I thought about the VGAs 2012

VIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIICCCCTTTTOOOOOORRRRRRYYYYYYYYYYY!

A picture of Johnny Drama’s gotta be worth at least a billion words, but I shall try to elaborate nonetheless. Here’s what I thought about:

The Walking Dead winning Game of the Year

See above picture. Seriously, if XCOM wasn’t it, this is the only GOTY winner I’d have been happy with. It’s a testament to the sheer quality and emotional impact that Telltale managed to pack into their stellar game. To put this victory into perspective, here’s a list of the publishers of the last 3 winners – Bethesda Softworks (subsidiary of ZeniMax Media), Rockstar Games and Sony Computer Entertainment, I think it’s safe to say that those are some pretty big fish.  Telltale made and published The Walking Dead, all off their own bat; and now, their name’s up on that list, deservedly so. For this achievement, they also won Studio of the Year, and I don’t think anybody would begrudge them that.

XCOM Enemy Unknown winning Best PC Game

XCOM was my personal pick for Best PC Game and Game of the Year, so I’m pretty happy that it picked this one up. I’m glad it’s gotten the recognition it deserves, even if it hasn’t quite managed the appropriate sales yet. Still, Take-Two’s happy, calling it a ‘commercial success’; and, if that means a sequel, so am I.

More after the break.

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Spike Video Game Awards 2012 – and the winners are…

There’s always a certain amount of skepticism about the Spike VGAs, as there will be about any gaming awards that try to blend recognition with as much spectacle as this. And I don’t think anybody besides Spike themselves would disagree that the world would be a better place with fewer celebrities pretending to be obsessed with games. (It’s just awkward for everyone, really.)

I’ve been skeptical myself, but not this year. Why?

Because The Walking Dead won Game of the Year.

Once you recover from your shock/happiness, click on past the break for the full list of winners. Trust me, you’ll want to.

 

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Everything you need to know about Far Cry 3

I’m currently waist-deep in Far Cry 3’s single-player campaign, and I’m loving every second of it. If you’ve yet to be convinced, however, Ubisoft’s latest trailer should get you off the fence. Clocking in at just over 10 minutes, ‘Revealed’ brings you up to speed on just about every aspect of Far Cry 3’s gameplay and story.

For those of you who prefer to head into a game with no knowledge of the setting or what might be in store, you should steer clear of this one. Those of you looking to get some info on Rook Island before you dive in, you’ve come to the right place.

Cyberpunk + awesome electronic music = Stealer

Where did that come from? Well, from a man known as Winged Doom over in Russia, who’s apparently got quite the reputation among the indie developer crowd. And, on the basis of the above trailer, it’s easy to see why! While there isn’t too much hinting as to how Stealer is actually going to play, a trailer that looks this pretty – mind you, for a game that’s still more concept than concrete – deserves to be applauded. And watched, and rewatched. Seriously, that music.

And ‘awesome electronic music’ is not a phrase I tend to use often.