By Mike Bracken on April 25, 2009 - 7:02am.
I'm really looking forward to the BioShock
movie for a number of different reasons. First off, I love the game to death–it's creepy, it's got an engaging story, and it was a blast to play. Second, I'd really like to see a movie based on a videogame that turns out to be good. I think this is the property that could give game movies the same sort of legitimacy that comic films now enjoy. Finally, I got the impression that maybe Universal understood the potential of what they had and were going to pull out all the stops to make a great movie. They hired an interesting director, Gore Verbinski, and they appeared ready to spare no expense in bringing his vision to the screen.
By Brad Gallaway on April 24, 2009 - 9:04pm.
I finished Uncharted: Drake's Fortune last night, and although I took copious notes and intended to dress it down in a formal review, after a good night's sleep, I realized I just don't care enough to make the effort.
Overall, it was a shallow, trite game that brings absolutely nothing new to the table. Even worse, it swipes wholesale from other sources. The thin exploration and puzzle elements are reminiscent of Tomb Raider, although nowhere near the same level of intricacy or design. The gunplay feels a bit like a Gears of War lite, and there's far, far, far too much of it. The story and setting crib from Indiana Jones (or perhaps The Librarian instead), yet the generic white-guy main character doesn't have a tenth of Indy's charisma, not to mention the half-baked plot never comes together.
By Brad Gallaway on April 22, 2009 - 2:12pm.
The cluelessly misguided sequel to a fantastically frightening game
HIGH The new and improved forensics procedures.
LOW The laughably bad plot.
WTF Practically everything good about the first game is bungled here.
By Brad Gallaway on April 22, 2009 - 9:40am.
Playing Naughty Dog's Uncharted: Drake's Fortune on PlayStation 3 right now.
I played it for a bit when it first came out, but it rubbed me the wrong way and I tossed it aside. I was quite surprised to have that reaction, really. I was a big Crash Bandicoot fan when ND was still producing it, and had a very good time with the Jak & Daxter series. I expected great things from Uncharted, and at the time I felt like it really didn't deliver. Didn't even bother finishing it.
While skimming through Metacritic the other day I came across the Uncharted breakdown and was a bit surprised to see it that rocked an 88. Now, although I will be the first to admit that my taste doesn't always run parallel to the majority, that number seemed a little high to me, and being the Naughty Dog fan that I am, I felt like I should give it another shot. Maybe I just wasn't in the right frame of mind, or perhaps Saturn was out of alignment, or something. Who knows?
By Mike Bracken on April 22, 2009 - 7:26am.
Kotaku is reporting that Electronic Arts' anticipated horror-themed God of War-clone Dante's Inferno is now headed to the PlayStation Portable as well as the PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, and PC.
The title, which finds players guiding their character through a videogame version of the nine circles of Hell, sparked an intense Hollywood bidding war for the film rights before it was even officially announced. Early buzz for the actual game has been largely positive and it's one of numerous titles I'm actually looking forward to trying out in 2010.
So far, there are no details about how the portable version might differ from its bigger brothers, but EA is saying that it will release on the same day as the console titles. Cool news for those who don't have a PS3/Xbox 360/Gaming PC, but I'd have to wonder who would actually want to play it on the PSP if they had the option to play it on a television screen or PC monitor. I guess maybe people who have lives and occasionally leave their house, which disqualifies me completely.
By Brad Gallaway on April 20, 2009 - 3:14pm.
Spent a fun couple of hours playing PomPom's Astro Tripper on the PlayStation 3. A download available for $5, it's a colorful, slightly abstract shooter similar to one of my favorites on 360 Arcade, Mutant Storm Reloaded.
By Brandon Erickson on April 16, 2009 - 8:25pm.
My wife bought me the PlayStation 3 Collector's Edition of Resident Evil 5 on the day it came out. She knew that I hadn't yet decided which system I wanted the game for, and that I might end up trading it out, but she figured it would be a nice surprise to bring it home on release day anyway. The crux of my indecision came down to deciding between better graphics on a crappier system or slightly worse graphics on a more reliable system.
By Brad Gallaway on April 13, 2009 - 5:05pm.
An Outdated Roller Coaster That's Still a Good Ride
HIGH Co-op is a great addition to the Resident Evil formula.
LOW The controls are way out of touch with current standards.
WTF A half-naked tribesman drops grenade rounds? Where were they hidden, exactly?
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