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Physical Warfare = GET!

Originally posted Posted by Sharon On September 4th, 2011 at Undisclosed

I will openly admit that I haven’t played a Battlefield title since 1942. Alright perhaps it was 2002 for most people but on the battlefield it was 1942 and co-op was alive and well on my PC.
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After an over saturation of WWII games hit the market I was done with the genre and done with the very fact that WWII FPS’s had become a genre at all.  So when the new video for Battlefield 3 (Let’s Get Physical) came across my desk the initial reaction to recreate Olivia Newton John’s musical stylings quickly faded and I started to rethink the franchise I had dismissed 9 years ago.
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Don’t believe me? Have a look for yourself. What you will find is a trailer with super refined graphics, really engaging weapon specs, and a slick presentation.  One can only hope that the actual gameplay is as intriguing as this trailer (something tells me it will be).  And hey, you never know, you just might find me on the battlefield once again making a formidable attempt to shoot something other than myself in the foot.
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Battlefield 3 is set to release October 25.
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Great Games for your Family Library

Originally posted by   MYASHARONA  at GamerFitNation

 

 

So you just picked up Gears of War 3, or you’ve been playing through Dead Island, OR you’re waiting patiently to add Saints Row: The Third or Assassin’s Creed Revelations to your library. Why not expand your family gaming library by adding some of the games that you can enjoy with your kids.

Have a peek at just some of the titles available starting now and throughout the next few months.

Face Racers: Photo Finish

System:Nintendo 3DS

No. of Players:up to 4 players

Category:Sports, Racing

Publisher:Majesco Entertainment

ESRB: E For Everyone (contains comic mischief)

Available: Now

Start your turbo-charged engines and blast into the outrageous arcade racing game, Face Racers: Photo Finish, with photo customizable 3D racers that put YOU in the game! Available on the Nintendo 3DS, Face Racers delivers unique, in-your-face gameplay, with dangerous obstacles that come to life in 3D right before your eyes! Take photos with your 3DS camera and place them on the face of your custom 3D racer, billboards and power-ups. Take on friends in multiplayer mode for a true photo finish in Face Racers!

Features include

• Use your photo to customize your racer, billboards, and power-ups!
• Challenge up to 3 friends in local and online multiplayer.
• Take control of the wheel with 3DS tilt-steering.

 

Kirby Mass Attack

System: Nintendo DS

No. of Players: 1 player

Category: Side-Scrolling, Real Time Strategy

ESRB: E for Everyone

Available: Now

The evil Necrodeus uses his magic staff to split the heroic Kirby into 10 copies of himself. Players must help Kirby return to his original form and save planet Popstar from darkness by guiding him on a quest through worlds fraught with enemies and obstacles. Players start with one Kirby and add more Kirbys to their crew by gobbling up fruit. With unique touch-screen controls, players can then use the stylus to flick Kirbys to break through obstacles, tap on enemy attackers to swarm them with Kirbys or gather Kirbys together and draw a line to carefully maneuver them in a mass. If Kirbys are knocked out, players can simply gulp down more fruit to rebuild their numbers.

“With 10 Kirbys to control, players can expect 10 times the fun,” said Ron Bertram, Nintendo of Canada’s vice-president and general manager. “As consumers start thinking about games for friends and family members to enjoy this holiday season, Kirby Mass Attack is another great experience available only on Nintendo systems.”

 

Happy Feet Two – The Video Game 


System: Nintendo Wii, Xbox 360, Playstation 3, and soon to Nintendo DS

No. of Players: 1 player

Publisher: Warner Bros.

Available: Autumn 2011 for PS3 Wii Xbox

November 2011 for 3DS & DS

“In Happy Feet Two – The Videogame, kids will not only love playing on their own, they will have even more fun playing side-by-side cooperatively with friends and family members, or compete in penguin dance showdowns and belly sliding races,” said Samantha Ryan, Senior Vice President, Production and Development, Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment. “The game’s all new, controller-based dance system uses the player’s rhythm to enhance the dancing competitions, and the gameplay lets kids interact with their favourite characters from the film.”
In the game, new dangers are threatening the penguin nation, and it’s going to take everyone working – and dancing – together to save them from extinction.  Players use dance moves to recruit penguins with unique abilities that help advance the adventure, stun opponents and enemies, as well as manipulate the environment around them to solve co-operative puzzles.
For the ultimate experience, players can dance their Antarctic adventure in 3D.  The game will be available in full 3D for the Nintendo 3DS.  In the Xbox 360 and PlayStation versions, the game is made specifically for stereoscopic 3D TV sets with the ability to disable 3D functionality at any time.  The Wii and Nintendo DS versions feature traditional 2D.

 

uDraw SpongeBob’s Surf and Skate Roadtrip

System: Nintendo DS, Xbox 360

Available: 08/11/2011 for the DS and November 8th for the Xbox 360

Publisher: THQ

No. of Players: 1-2 players

ESRB: E for Everyone

Hit the sand and surf with SpongeBob and his best pal, Patrick, for some super boarding escapades! Ride mondo waves and winding waterways, and skate gnarly seaside streets and ramps for hours of challenges that’ll test your awesome boarding skills.

SpongeBob’s Surf & Skate Roadtrip is non-stop action featuring 2 modes of play” Story and Challenge. In Story Mode, SpongeBob and Patrick relive their crazy road trip to the beach through slideshows leading into arcade-style play. Freestyle your way through Challenge Mode as you, SpongeBob and his bodacious Bikini Bottom buddy explore a brand new never-before-seen world.

Key Xbox 360 Kinect Features:

  • For the first time ever, you can BE SpongeBob
  • Augmented reality—move your hand through the water and watch it splash!
  • Compete and play with friends – show off your awesome tricks and mind-blowing stunts in head-to-head play (2-player split-screen)
  • 12 awe-inspiring environments – 6 for each sport—and unlimited ways to perfect your board skills
  • 7 different challenges including Flag, Timed, Score Runs
  • Express yourself with a variety of righteous boards – earn even more awesome boards, the better you ride
  • Strike a pose: use your camera to show off gnarly moves and tricks

Key DS Features: [call out BONUS LEVEL for DS]

  • Surf and Skate across more than 24 maps
  • 2-player multi-play with Single and Multi-card gaming
  • Grab some air in 5 different victory conditions –  Score, Collectible, Combo Mayhem, Win the Race, Untouchable
  • More than 150 ways to play for unlimited hours of boarding action
  • Customize your boards with colors, stamps, wheels, fins and decks
  • Bonus Sport: Full Snowboarding level with 10 maps unlocked upon game completion

 

 

Super Mario 3D Land

System:Nintendo 3DS

Release Date:Nov 13, 2011

No. of Players:1 player

Category:Action, Platformer

Publisher:Nintendo

ESRB: E for Everyone

Get Ready for a New Spin on a Familiar Tail

Super Mario 3D Land reinvents everything fans love about Mario™ gaming with the first platforming environment in true 3D, without the need for special glasses Players will experience an exhilarating new sense of depth, distance and speed while running, jumping and stomping on enemies throughout the levels.

  • Tanooki Mario returns! The fan-favorite Tanooki suit makes its first appearance on the Nintendo 3DS. Use the Tanooki suit’s tail to attack enemies or float gently down from great heights. These abilities help players move through the 3D environments with more confidence.
  • 3D visuals make it easier for players to judge the depths and distances in their environments. Players can more accurately judge the jump to the next platform or how far Mario is from a question block.
  • New and familiar abilities add unique game-play strategies to the adventure. Mario can perform a rolling somersault attack or run fast with a dash move.
  • The Circle Pad gives players complete control to confidently move Mario through fun and challenging environments.
  • New enemies include Goombas with tails, tall stacks of Goombas and a Piranha Plant that spits ink to obscure a player’s view.

 

Lego Harry Potter: Years 5-7

System: 3DS, DS, PC, PS3, PSP, Wii, X360, PSV

Available: 18/11/2011 for 3DS, DS, PC, PS3, PSP. Wii, 360 and during Q4 for the PSV

Publisher:Warner Bros.

LEGO Harry Potter: Years 5-7 builds upon the magical gameplay, lessons and potion-making skills learned in LEGO Harry Potter: Years 1-4 to equip gamers with the tools necessary to challenge a host of new foes and some familiar ones (including He Who Must Not Be Named).  The upcoming title is action-packed from start to finish, including loads of new lessons, spells, and bonus content for hours of family friendly gaming.

LEGO Harry Potter: Years 5-7 takes players through Harry Potter’s heroic adventures in the Muggle and wizarding worlds.  From Privet Drive in Little Whinging to Diagon Alley, Hogsmeade and Hogwarts – plus new locations including Grimmauld Place, the Ministry of Magic, and Godric’s Hollow – players will encounter new faces, new challenges and new magic, preparing them for the ultimate face-off against Lord Voldemort™.

“In LEGO Harry Potter: Years 5-7, we are giving gamers a truly epic conclusion to the most successful movie franchise in history with delightful gameplay for fans of all ages,” said Tom Stone, Managing Director, TT Games. “We have built upon the first game and are giving fans even more magical abilities, puzzle solving and exploration, in addition to our distinctive brand of hilarious LEGO humour and charm.”

“LEGO Harry Potter: Years 5-7 offers Harry Potter and LEGO fans an immersive experience that is fun and accessible for players of all ages,” said Samantha Ryan, Senior Vice President, Development and Production, Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment. “With this game, TT Games captures everything fans love about the Harry Potter universe – and adds a distinct LEGO twist.”

“This game is a game of magic! LEGO Harry Potter: Years 5-7 distils the drama and action of Harry Potter‘s magical world, and then gives players the chance to immerse themselves in their favourite characters and environments, where they can discover new adventures and have great fun,” said Lisbeth Valther Pallesen, Executive Vice President, LEGO CED. “TT Games has successfully combined a deep appreciation of the Harry Potter story with signature LEGO humour and superior production capabilities in another fantastic LEGO video game.”

 

The Penguins of Madagascar Dr. Blowhole Returns Again!

System: Nintendo DS, Wii uDraw Xbox 360 Playstation 3

Available: Now!

Publisher: THQ

ESRB: E for Everyone

Dr. Blowhole is out to take over the world and only Team Penguin can foil his diabolical plans. Jump into an all-new adventure with 3 unique game episodes and over 12 exciting levels. Lead Skipper, Kowlaski, Rico and Private as you commence super-secret missions in, under and outside of the zoo, culminating in the grand finale in Dr. Blowhole’s Lair.

Features

  • Brand New, Original Story
  • Dr. Blowhole, the diabolical dolphin, is back with his lobster minions and a new plan for world domination and it’s up to Team Penguin to stop him from his wave of destruction.
  • Solve perilous puzzles, build crazy contraptions, nimbly navigate hazards and rescue Marlene, Mort, and the rest of the zoo crew in your mission to save the world.
  • Penguin Power!
  • Utilize each penguin’s unique abilities to overcome obstacles and solve puzzles. Use Skipper to assemble the team, Rico to regurgitate explosives, Kowalski to build devices and Private to squeeze through tight spaces – the possibilities are endless!
  • Mini-games
  • Play through a multitude of wacky mini-games, including Ninja Knock-Down, Mort Bowling and even a dance-off with everyone’s favorite lemur, King Julien.
Have a great title in your family library that everyone in your family loves? We’d love to share it with our GamerFitNation. Be sure to leave us a comment about the family friendly titles that get extra attention in your house.

Runespell: Overture Review

Originally posted BY MYASHARONA at GamerFitNation.com  

How many game types can you hybrid together seamlessly to create a satisfying PC experience? The folks at Mystic Box have been working hard to bring you the answer in Runespell: Overture. Runespell: Overture is a puzzle(ish) roleplaying game combining Poker/Yahtzee mechanics with Power ups and Collectable cards.

Runespell: Overture  takes you to an alternate medieval Europe. Creatively linking historical characters with Norse mythology the player takes on the role of ‘The Changeling’, the son of a monster god, in search of his nemesis. While the story and the art can be quite compelling at times, the dialogue seems odd at times during the cut scenes and battle intermissions. Easy to use controls help the combination of solitaire, yhatzee, and poker in the combat system run smoothly. While this ultra-hybrid title may not be for everyone the puzzle, rpg, and card playing combination is married nicely enough to warrant a gander.

Gameplay – 7.5/10

There is a lot going on here but it never seems overwhelming. Your linear narrative experience will have moving through the story to encounter key plot points revealed sometimes in dramatic cut scenes. The cut scenes are a series of stills and text as opposed to animated sequences. Our story is just interesting enough to propel you forward and many characters are met along the journey that are equally as interesting.

During the course of your game you will meet characters, friends and foes who have something unique to offer. Allies who travel with you will be included in your combat defense and offence and can be used just like specially earned ability cards. Ability cards will help you in battle when the poker hand dealt to you just isn’t enough.

In each battle you will have 3 turns per round. During your turn you can sometimes use your abilities cards and travelling allies or  you can use your three turns to create the best poker hand by stacking your cards (including the ability to steal your opponent’s cards) or simply use attacks you may have been collecting. Each player’s shield and health points are displayed beneath the character so you always know how much more damage is required to take down a foe. The enemy progression does not feel, well, progressive and sometimes the jump from an easy enemy to a difficult one can come suddenly.

Controls 7/10 – easy to use ‘click here’ control

The controls are simple, point and click. As a laptop user I found it much more useful to get out and use the mouse than the touchpad so if you are packing Runespell: Overture as a game to travel with, keep that in mind. Your click will be your ultimate device driving you from place to place on the map, interacting with the various quest giving characters, and helping you compile the very best poker hand for use in your combat battles.

Graphics 8/10 – lots of detailed artwork with a slight graphical hiccup on my Windows7 lenovo

Being an artist myself I always enjoy a good peek into the graphical development of a game. In Runespell: Overture the artwork is very well rendered. Characters,graphic elements, and environments were given the greatest of care.

Here you can see some of the concept art. I’m not sure if the concept are was so good it went to final or if our peek at the ‘concept’ art doesn’t include the thumbnails, sketches, and doodles every aspiring concept artist likes to see but regardless Mystic Box has done a great job with these renderings.

http://www.flickr.com/apps/slideshow/show.swf?v=104087

Unfortunately for some reason my laptop created some hiccups that took away from my experience in the game. With no current graphical requirements, at the beta stage, my advice would be to ensure that you check the requirements that are specified at launch to avoid the following problem:

Sound – 7/10 –appropriate sound effects and ‘epic’ style music.

The music and sound effects are well developed but be warned, loud. I lowered the computer’s levels and still found it to be a tad loud. While everything is appropriately fitting to the theme, environments, and overall schematic of the game I mainly played the game sans the music and enjoyed the sounds of the stacking cards, the achievement like sounds for creating an attack hand or using an ability card.

Key features:

1.Innovative Mythic Poker system using Poker/Yahtzee mechanics to battle your opponents
2. Unlock Power ups and special attacks available as collectable cards in the game
3. Combine your skills in short bursts of active play or long sessions of questing and battles
4. Defeat more than 30 monsters types each with a unique card set and attack style
5. Defeat enemies and make them your pets or allies
6. Unlock new battle locations through questing
7. Mix of beautiful hand painted backdrops and evocative 3d characters
8. A compelling and original story set in an alternate medieval Europe
9. Local leaderboard and achievements available (Online: Steam)

Overall

Runespell: Overture (RSO) is a Hybrid between RPG, Collectable Cards and Poker gameplay. By combining casual and core mechanics, RSO allows for short bursts of active play or long sessions of questing and battles. With a well-established and polished art style, epic music and sounds, and easy navigate quest and battle elements RSO is a fomidible addition to the genre of… well… a hybrid genre all of its own.

Runespell: Overture will be available on Steam starting July 20, 2011 at 10AM Pacific Time. The price for Runespell: Overture will be $9.99
In mainland Europe the price will be set to €8.99. In the United Kingdom players will pay £7.99.

“We hope these prices reflect the differences per currency best”, one of the producers of Mystic Box, Barry Hoffman, states.

Next to this Mystic Box will offer a further 10% discount during the first week after release. Still not sure? There will be a public demo available via Steam upon release of the game to allow potential players the chance to test the game before buying it.


GFN Spotlight: Mumble Server Host

Originally Posted BY MYASHARONA at GamerFitNation.com

GFN Spotlight: Mumble Server Host   MumbleServerHost.com

It’s time to start yelling at your friends!

We all do it, some better than others, some with laugher, others with rage but all with excited dedication and ferocity. I am of course talking about online gaming. Playing online multiplayer games has become such a huge phenomenon over the past 20 years that, well, it is no longer a phenomenon. And if you’ve ever found yourself in a situation where another player in your game was trying to chat with you, and all while you are exerting your best efforts to frag the n00b or lead the raid by way of keyboard, acronyms, and text interfaces, then you aren’t doing it right.

Mumble Server Host believes that communication is key to serious gameplay. After all, your games have evolved, your rig has evolved, so why hasn’t your voice chat client?

“I think communicating via VOIP while playing computer games can help the mental status of many gamers.  If you are sitting in a room alone for hours and never speak to another soul….well that can really destroy your social skills over time.” Says MumbleServerHost founder Tim Ross.

As a gamer himself Tim developed MSH when his Bad Company 2 clan (No Fly Zone – NFZclan.com) needed a new chatroom provider. “I decided to try hosting my own Mumble VOIP chatroom instead of going to with the same old Ventrilo providers we had used in the past.  I could not believe how easy it was to setup a Mumble server and how little bandwidth it used so I decided to start a hosting service.”

And with that a new option emerged.

“We service guilds and clans that play most of the popular MMO’S and first person shooters.  MSH runs servers in the United States and Europe and offers full 128kbps bandwidth to its customers.  All of our Mumble servers come with a web site based control panel for easy web based server administration.”

But what makes MSH truly unique is that it is run and used by the exact same people who subscribe to the service. “We are gamers who love Mumble and how crystal clear it is compared to Ventrilo.”

“The Mumble Server Host software was designed mainly for interactive gaming but, it can also be used by businesses and corporations to hold off site meetings.”

Mumble is similar to popular VOIP programs such as Ventrilo and TeamSpeak but with lower latency and innovative features such as live overlay and positional sound. And they continue to strive for more. Knowing what the gaming community wants MSH recently released a website widget that allows customers to display that current status view of their Mumble server on their website. You can see an example of this widget in action.


MSH is also working on an Android app to allow its Mumble server admins to view and manage their servers via their Android based phones and tablets.

You’ll also find MSH supports the gaming community by way or regular contributions to Child’s Play Charity , a game industry charity dedicated to improving the lives of children with toys and games through over 60 hospitals worldwide.

Bred out of the gaming world itself, BY gamers and FOR gamers, Mumble Server Host is our newest GamerFitNation Spotlight. Keeping gamers connected, interactive, and engaged both mentally and verbally with one another, we say  Thank You to Mumble Server Host for taking the time to talk to us about their gamer created service.

If you’d like to sign up or learn more about Mumble Server Host have a look at these extrodinary features and then head on over to the official website.  MumbleServerHost.com

Service Features Include

• FREE 7 Day trial.
Cancel anytime during your 7 day trial and be charged nothing.
 
• You server will be located at a custom domain name.
myserver.mumbleserverhost.com
 
• Web based Mumble Server Control Panel.
Set and change your server passwords.
Kick users and manage your user bans.
View who is currently on your Mumble Server.
 
• Voice quality at 128 kbps for extreme clarity.
Mumble uses the high quality CELT codec for crystal clear voice clarity.
Mumble’s extreme clarity blows away similar progams such as Ventrilo and Teamspeak.
 
• Customizable Web Script
Place your Mumble Server on your Guild Web site or Forum..
 
• $ 0.25 a month per user.
We accept Paypal.
 
• Instant Setup After Payment!
Start gaming together in minutes.
 
• 99.9% Server Uptime.
Server located on Tier 1 Networks.
 
• No Bandwidth Limitations.
Game together as often as you like.
 
• Professional Support
Experienced network technicians.
 
• Overlay support for games
See who is talking while in game.
 
• Online server control panel.
Manage your Mumble server from the site.

I am playing TOO MANY games!

…at the same time.

I like to believe that my use of interactive entertainment  is not all that different from how ‘mainstream’ masses use but the truth is I have no idea. What I do know is that I currently have a slew of games that are either half played, just started, or otherwise need my attention.

My immediate attentions are being diverged among:

Assassins’s Creed Brotherhood – 360

I LOVED the second game in this franchise and part of the reason, I suspect, is because over the course of a few months I played this game every night for approximately 1-2hrs.  This wildly enjoyable bedtime routine had me dreaming the world that was AC2 and changed the way I look at old church towers and haystacks. Currently in Brotherhood I am stalled. I have hit a challenging part in the game. I am at a mission that requires timing and stealth and for the life of me I can’t get past it. I play and die about 10-15 times and then walk away from the game only to return with fresh eyes a week or so later. Wash, rinse, repeat.  The only thing that keeps me from giving up all together is how great I am going to feel when i finally get past it (it’s still at an early part in the game) and this kick ass story that I know is waiting for me on the other side of this tricky spot.

Borderlands – 360

Now this game I love. Oddly enough I have not had the opportunity to play this game extensively despite my instant like of it (glitches and all). As of right now I am playing very casually with a friend (maybe once or twice a month)and I can’t wait to play with her again. Rarely do I ever want to participate in multiplayer games, as I prefer most single player campaigns, but for some reason this one really strikes with me. I probably should level up a new character so that I can jump in with others or just play on my own but part of the fun, I find, has been going through this game with a friend.

Mortal Kombat – PS3

For the record I am quite partial to the Mortal Kombat world; so much so that I am willing to deny the existence of some of the less stellar releases that have made their way into my hands over the years. I am slowly working my way through the story mode in an attempt to practice and become familiar with the mechanics once again. Let’s just say I am not ever going to compete professionally with my (lack of) skills in Mortal Kombat, but a deep rooted history and a strong desire to challenge some friends online, and this game is still in my so called regular rotation.

War 2 Victory – Mobile

I’m working on a review of this game so I won’t tell you too much about it other than the fact that I have been playing it for about 3.5 weeks now and I think I am about as far into it as I am going to get. This  MMO strategy mobile game is one that I have put to the test and will tell you all about in an upcoming article.

Trino -PC

This contest wining game indie game is so much better than I expected. So far I have only put in about an hour and twenty minutes of game time but it has a fantastic marriage of simplicity and complexity complimented with a really compelling soundscape. I am determined to find a way to use my USB gamepad to play this because I just know that I will have infinitely better success. With leader boards, achievements and all, I am looking forward to getting the controls mastered and kicking some butt with this one.

Pokemon White – DS

Yep, I am STILL working my way through my first ever adventure into the wacky world of Pokemon. When I first purchased this game I spent the better part of 3 or 4 days with my DS attached to my fingertips. Later I found myself catching pokemon before bed or with my morning tea, as one would with a good book, and now I find myself battling my way through the subway system about once a week. I have not given up yet. I have one more gym badge to obtain and then from there I hear the story really opens up.

Terraria – PC

This game did not catch my attentions at all when I first took a  peek at it. After doing a bit of research and reading some reviews I decided that the low price was about all my budget could currently afford me(actually beyond it, but I digress) and that it might keep me entertained for a while. Very quickly this game has become one of my favorites and I haven’t even begin to scratch the surface of it’s capabilities. Within the first 48 hours of owning this game I have played 18hrs (do you see a Sharon pattern emerging? I do!) and if I didn’t have other worldly obligations I would probably continue at that pace until I leveled up far enough to jump into some online play. YES multiplayer! I can not even wait to try that out.

Also in the works:

  • NES Challenge #2 & #3

  • Uncharted 3 Beta

  • Darkest Hour

Yeah… so I am playing too many games at once. It might be time to focus and bang these out one at a time or at least until the next shiny thing pulls me in a distracted new direction.

What are YOU playing these days?

Electronic Arts E3 Press Conference: A Summary

Electronic Arts E3 Press Conference: A Summary

 

As we started into the Electronic Arts E3 Press Conference today there were a few things many of us were anxious to learn about. The anticipation, for me, centered around Battlefield Bad Company 3, Mass Effect 3, and SSX. As the conference began we soon discovered so much more in the works from EA.

 

The conference began with EA & BioWare’s Mass Effect 3 Presentation.  Casey Husdson spoke of  how Mass Effect was “designed to be a trilogy” and continued to say that  “longtime fans of the franchise will see how all of their choices have lead to the breaking point.” “ This is ALL OUT GALACTIC WAR.” He said.  In the demo Shepard attempts to destroy a reaper base. The game play was really compelling, high action, and included large scale action combat. Casey then showed new gameplay trailer “Fall of Earth”

Mass Effect 3 will see release on March 6 2012

 

EA then went on to discuss that should expect new games and new services over the next year.

Origin.com  was announced as the new service for viewing and downloading exclusive EA content.

 

NFS The Run was presented by Jason DeLong. Like previous Need for Speed titles, The Run centers on a race across the country, From San Francisco to NYC. This year the Autolog feature is weaved into the story so that every second of every race counts towards your development. Unlike previous NFS titles a new component of the game takes you out of the car and put you on foot.  NFS The Run will include foot chase gameplay.  EA then presented a NFS Demo. The foot chase portions of the game, while they looked awesome, are still a large enough departure from NFS that it seemed less cohesive.

 

Star Wars Old Republic was discussed briefly by Greg of Bioware. No news for this title was released but EA did show a trailer.   This trailer appeared to be included out of obligation and not because there was anything new to offer.

 

The SSX portion of the presentation started with Trailer. EA spoke of  “reinventing the franchise” with an all new slogan: Own the Planet. SSX will be massively open world and will include “ridiculous amounts of content.”  With a new trailer for Kiori, a beloved SSX character, EA promised that a NEW character would be announced on the Facebook fan page before end of e3.  You can check out Kiori’s trailer at Origin.com

 

Head on over to GamerFitNation.com to see the rest of my summary and more great trailers. 

Finally a new Hitman?

Agent 47 is back, and this time it’s personal!

Take one part assassin, mix with one part Glacier 2 Game Engine, and what do you get? The result is the long anticipated 5th installment of the popular stealth franchiseHitman Absolution. Developed by IO Interactive A/S, a division  of Square Enix Europe, Hitman Absolutionhas recently been announced for release on the Xbox 360, PlayStation3, and Windows PC in 2012.

You might be asking what makes this new Hitman title so exciting?  Well my friends you are in for a treat! Showcasing IO Interactive’s new proprietary Glacier 2 technology, the game has been built from the ground up. Boasting a cinematic story, distinctive art direction and highly original game design, Hitman Absolutioncombines much-loved……..

Head over to GamerFitNation to read the rest and see the teeny tiny teaser.

On The Road to Review

Currently On The Road to Review:

Darkest Hour: A Hearts of Iron Game

Real-Time Grand-Strategy: a game genre that’s as complicated to say as it is to undertake but in the best possible way!

Paradox Interactive, a former division of Paradox Entertainment, are hitting 2011 hard with a HUGE list of releases. Among others you can expect to see Sword of the Stars II: The Lords of Winter, Pride of Nations, Salem, King Arthur II,  and this newly released title Darkest Hour.

Darkest Hour is a stand-alone Hearts of Iron game featuring a mixture of short and in-depth campaigns set across the darkest chapters of the 20th century, from the outbreak of the Great War up to the onset of the Cold War.” -Paradox Interactive

And when they say “in-depth” they aren’t kidding. Granted, it has been many moons since I fully immersed myself in any type of real-time strategy game, let alone a GRAND strategy wargame like the one here, however all of the time eating action and addictive concepts are seeping their way back into my gaming limelight. There is a steep learning curve, for me, being satisfied here and therefore the review of this April release may be a while still to come.

Gameplay features in Darkest Hour include:

  • Short and grand campaigns allow players to experience the darkest hours of the 20th century, from the Great War to the onset of the Cold War
  • New map, redesigned to offer greater detail as well as strategic and tactical opportunities
  • Dynamic diplomatic system giving the player greater influence on the course of events
  • New artificial intelligence capable of reacting to hundreds of different situations
For reconnecting me with an otherwise neglected love of the RTS genre, Darkest Hour is On The Road to Review. Be on the look out for my full review in the, very vague but not to distant, future.
In the meantime check out the trailer OR, even better, pick up a copy for your self available via GamersgateAmazon, or Steam.
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New Battlefield 3 ‘My Life’ Trailer and 12 minutes of Gameplay!

On Friday EA and DICE released their new Trailer ‘My Life’ for upcoming title Battlefield 3. The trailer features gameplay footage and gives us a quick peek into some of the action on the ground and in the skies.

Battlefield 3 It is to be released on November 2, 2011 for PC, PS3, and 360 and has been hyped because of the introduction of Frostbite™ 2, the next instalment of DICE’s cutting-edge game engine.

Battlefield has always had a strong multiplayer experience but adding to the single player mode (that I always prefer) this time a new animation system will allow players to “drag fallen comrades into safety and mount weapons on almost any part of the terrain”.

Update: You can also head on over to Battlefield.com to watch the 12 minute ‘Faultline’ trailer which gives you a more extensive look at gameplay or check it out below!



So tell me, will you be making the switch from your current FPS in November? 

CES ’11 – Alienware M17x gets a 3D upgrade!

Dell recently unveiled the newest version of the M17x laptop at this year’s CES!

Alienware, a name synonymous with pc gaming, has announced the M17x R3. A new version of the model that retains the sexiness that the Dell subcompany is known for with all the awesomeness you need to hack slash and slay but now in 3D.

According to the update to the Dell website the M17x R3 (revision 3 perhaps?) will bring the gamer:

:O  Want to know what it will bring you?

Hit the jump to read the full article at GirlGamer.com