I absolutely adored the first Valkyria Chronicles on PS3, and felt guilty that I didn't play it in time to praise it on my top ten last year. After being reminded by a reader of that particular oversight, I figured I should probably get to the sequel this year to make sure I didn't make the same mistake again.I'm extremely early in the game so I can't speak on it definitively, but what I've seen so far is quite a mixed bag.
Game Description: Two fast-paced and beloved arcade shooter games take you to the skies above some of America’s most well-known locales. Up to two players control achineguns on two flying battle vehicles to destroy an android terrorist invasion. First, combat android invaders in New York City with your Gunblade helicopter gunship. Then, climb aboard a futuristic hovering gunship to battle a new force of android enemies in Los Angeles and West Coast locales such as Alcatraz, Yosemite and Las Vegas. Wii Zapper compatible and a host of added Wii features like online leaderboards for worldwide ranking and Wii Remote vibration complete the experience.
A week or so back, I posted some good news about Sega's upcoming Aliens vs. Predator game: Lance Henriksen was not only doing voice work for the title, but he'd be appearing digitally in the game as well.
A few days ago, we got our first opportunity to hear how he'll be utilized in the title courtesy of this new story trailer for the title. Henriksen narrates as only he can—meaning with a cool, gravelly voice that makes even the most innocuous of statements sound incredibly menacing and intimidating. Henriksen's carved out a nice niche for himself in the game voice-over market, but seeing him return to a franchise like Alien is even more special to this fanboy.
Check out the trailer below. The title will debut on the PC, PS3, and Xbox 360 sometime in the first quarter of 2010.
I haven't posted anything about Sega's upcoming Alien vs. Predator game in awhile, but that changes today. Here's the latest trailer for the title, this one featuring a distinctively Alien perspective. The trailer looks good–now let's all cross our fingers and hope the finished game not only features decent graphics, but is actually fun to play as well.
Contrary to popular rumor, the Best of Community feature I've been plinking away at is still alive and kicking. I had to shelve it for a little while for various reasons, but I have two reviews that need to be posted tonight, and once those are in the can then I'm going to focus my full attention on getting the first installment of Best of Community up and running.
In other news, I never saw this one coming but the PlayStation Portable's Phantasy Star Portable has been getting the majority of my playtime lately.
One reason is that I've been on the go much more than usual lately, so the "portable" aspect has a lot to do with it. That aside, it's been a while since I played a good level-grinding loot-fest, so this one is fitting the bill. It's not one of the genre's best and it's certainly not as good as it could be, but it definitely has a certain charm.
My brain tells me that I should be guardedly optimistic about the prospects of an Aliens vs. Predator game (the movies haven't exactly managed to take advantage of the awesome potential of this idea…), but my heart—well, my heart's already convinced this is the greatest thing since porn.
Sega and developers Rebellion showed off the game at E3 yesterday and you can have a gander at it below.
Players will be treated to three campaigns in the game—one as a human, one as an alien, and the third as a Predator. Naturally, each race will have its own strengths and weaknesses and class balance would seem to be a key issue (if the aliens and Predator aren't fun to play, this game will not do well). Players will take control of each faction at different points in the narrative (which involves an alien temple with an angry queen, space marines, and a Predator hunting expedition).
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