February 29, 2012

Nexuiz review: Frenetic fragging

Note (2/26/2013): In the wake of the dissolution of THQ, the multiplayer servers for the XBLA version of Nexuiz have been shut down. If the game sounds fun, there’s always still the PC version, which is still functional as of this update.

Nexuiz, the third title in Microsoft’s “House Party” 2012 promotion on Xbox Live Arcade, is an arena-based first-person shooter which initially began life over a decade ago as a freely available quake mod. This new commercially released iteration from Illfonic may be gussied up to match modern technical expectations, but the game’s lineage is immediately felt the moment you jump into a match.

Intense and fast-paced, Nexuiz’s design sensibilities are clearly rooted in a bygone era. One where there was no sprint button because your player character already moved quite swiftly in the first place and where the word “gib” was an everyday part of a gamer’s vernacular.

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February 28, 2012

Contest: Win Shank 2 (XBLA)!

Well, looky what we have here. The wonderful folks over at Klei Entertainment (@Klei) were kind enough to give us three Xbox Live Arcade codes for Shank 2 for us to pass along to you, our dear listeners and readers. If you haven’t heard my thoughts on the game yet from VGH #42, I’ve gone ahead and embedded a video version below. How convenient is that?!?

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February 24, 2012

Weekend Hangover: ‘Upgrade potential detected’ edition

It’s Friday! I’m excited (if you couldn’t tell). I’m gonna jam some fancy, futuristic tool into this weekend’s eye socket and extract all the awesome goodness that it has to offer. It feels good to be playing new games and even better to have my new video capture device to play around with and make fun little videos with (Like my Syndicate first impressions video, for example).

In case you missed any of it, this week brought VGH #42 – Comedic Levels of Violence, an awesome Warp figurine giveaway (that ends on Monday), and a new episode of Matt Makes His Wife Play Games. If you missed out on any of those, be sure to check them out and leave us some feedback!

But enough about us, what are you playing this weekend?!? Something new or putting a dent in that backlog? Drop us a comment below and let us know.

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February 23, 2012

Matt Makes His Wife Play Games – Rayman Origins

I love games, but my wife doesn’t.

Every now and then, I sit her down, stick a controller in her hand and ask her to play something, hoping that one of these days she’ll change her mind.

Last time we chatted about games, my wife decided that the demo for Rayman Origins was her game of the year for 2011. I finally picked up a copy of the full game, so I decided to make a video of the two of us playing it together.

February 20, 2012

Contest: Win a Warp figurine!

You know what time it is? Yup, it’s time to attempt to win something rad while also helping us to shamelessly promote VGH! Two birds, one stone.

The fine folks over at Trapdoor, Inc. were nice enough to send us two figurines of the character ‘Zero’ from their new downloadable game, Warp. The packaging indicates that only 1,000 of these little bad boys were made, so it’s really pretty special. Check it out! (first photo, credit: @Syruponbutter on Twitter.)

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February 17, 2012

Weekend Hangover: ‘House Party’ edition

Microsoft has kicked off their ‘House Party’ promotion on Xbox Live Arcade this week, with the release of Warp from Trapdoor, Inc. From what I played of the demo, it seemed pretty fun. Check out the video I recorded when I checked it out.

On the Sony front, PlayStation Vitas (and games) are making their way into people’s hot little hands (including Randy’s!), with the ‘first edition’ bundle hitting this week.

Read on for a full rundown of what the VGH crew are planning to play this weekend.

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February 10, 2012

Weekend Hangover: ‘Kingdoms of Darkness 2: The Shankening’ edition

For the first time in a couple months, a number of us at VGH HQ are actually playing some brand new games (keep an eye out for our impressions in the coming week or two). Things are steadily picking up in terms of new releases during this period that I like to affectionally refer to as “second fall”. It’s always nice to have cool new games to play, even if I know there’s never enough free time (or money!) to actually play them all.

While I’ve got you here, have you listened to VGH #40 and watched the lastest installment of ‘Matt Makes His Wife Play Games’?

What are the VGH crew playing this weekend?

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February 8, 2012

Matt Makes His Wife Play Games – GOTY 2011

I love games, but my wife doesn’t.

Every now and then, I sit her down, stick a controller in her hand and ask her to play something, hoping that one of these days she’ll change her mind.

One night when we were hanging out together, I decided to ask her what her “game of the year” was and this was the result.

February 3, 2012

Weekend Hangover: ‘Superwhat now?’ edition

We’re not exactly sports buffs here at VGH, so that title screen there is about as close to sports coverage as you’re going to get from us. Perhaps some of you will be watching the “big game” this weekend, but most of us will probably be doing something far more productive with our time: playing video games.

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February 2, 2012

PlayStation Store update sneak peak – 2/7/12

Here’s a sneak preview of what will be hitting the PlayStation Store on February 7, 2012, courtesy of this week’s episode of the Official PlayStation Blogcast.

PSN games:

Shank 2: $9.99
Gotham City Impostors: $14.99, demo available
The Simpsons Arcade Game: $9.99 (free for PS+ members), demo available

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February 2, 2012

The VGH crew plays the Syndicate co-op demo

EA released a new 4-player co-op demo for the upcoming Syndicate this week on PlayStation Network and Xbox Live. We decided to get the entire crew together and take it for a spin.

If Syndicate looks like it’s up your alley, you can pre-order it from Amazon right here (there’s even a $20 credit thrown in!).

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January 27, 2012

Weekend Hangover: ‘Unlock the box’ edition

Starting yesterday, you have the chance to win a Playstation Vita from Taco Bell when you buy a specially-marked $5 box. Sure, a fancy new portable console would be wicked awesome, but how much is your health worth to you? What’s that? It’s worth $300 to you? The same amount as the Vita’s MSRP? Oh, well then by all means, be our guest.

While you’re stuffing your face, why not listen to VGH #38 and watch ‘Matt Makes his Wife Play Games‘?

Enough about video game/fast food promotions, what are the VGH crew playing this weekend?

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January 25, 2012

Matt Makes His Wife Play Games – Uncharted 3

I love games, but my wife doesn’t.

Every now and then, I sit her down, stick a controller in her hand and ask her to play something, hoping that one of these days she’ll change her mind.

This time, she tries out the online multiplayer in Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception.

January 20, 2012

Weekend Hangover: “We killed SOPA” edition

January 19, 2012

Contest: win Zack Zero! UPDATE: Round 2!

The new action-platformer nobody’s ever heard of, Zack Zero, just hit the Playstation Store this week. I was fortunate enough to get my hands on a copy for review and came away pleasantly surprised with it. If you haven’t had a chance to read the review, go ahead and check it out (or if reading words sounds like too much work, go watch the video review).

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January 18, 2012

Zack Zero review: Last action zero

Zack Zero review

If you’re anything like me, you probably had zero idea what Zack Zero was a week ago. The game seemed to materialize out of nowhere and appear on the PSN release list. In my experience, this tends to be a bad sign, but it turns out that this is actually a pretty solid 2.5D platformer.

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January 14, 2012

Weekend Hangover: ‘VGH’s got playing’ edition

After a seven month-long hiatus, 30 Rock is back! The Office and Parks and Recreation are back too, but it’s only been about month since we last saw those. So, I’ll definitely be making time to watch those. How ’bout you?

Also, don’t forget, it’s Mario Kart 7 game night tonight! Race with VGH at 6 Pacific/9 Eastern! Just add the VGH community: 20-7403-9734-6418.

What are the VGH crew playing this weekend?

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January 12, 2012

Early look at PSN store update for 1/17/12

Release dates and pricing subject to change, but here’s an early look at the PSN releases for next week (1/17):

PSN Games:
Amy – $9.99
Zack Zero – $12.99 (Check out the trailer)

Exclusives:
Starhawk public beta for Playstation Plus users (and private beta users who kept their save data)

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January 10, 2012

Matt’s Top Ten Games of 2011

There were some really, really great games in 2011. Here are a bunch of my favorites, followed by others that I also liked, just not quite as much as these top ten.

Assassin’s Creed: Revelations

I want to be mad at Ubisoft for annualizing Assassin’s Creed and simply tweaking and enhancing the previous game, but it’s hard to get upset when I like the core game and its storyline so much. Revelations is, for all intents and purposes, more of the same. They’ve added a couple of things like bombs and the tower defense-style ‘den defense’, but really you’re mainly getting a new city to scamper around in and the continuation of the modern-day saga of Desmond. As the title implies, things are revealed, so if you’re a fan of the series you should definitely get caught up and play this latest iteration through to the end.

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January 7, 2012

Weekend Hangover: something something 2012 edition

2012

We’re back! 2012 is in full swing, what with our new episode this week and everything. In it, we run down our top 5 favorite games of last year, but we’re also posting our full top ten (or more!) to the site over the next few days. Randy kicked it off today with his top fourteen. Keep an eye on the blog Monday through Wednesday for everyone else’s lists. The only thing we’re missing to really complete this 2012 motif is John Cusack driving a limo away from a wave of destruction.

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