November 10, 2011

VGH #29: Recharted

VGH #29: Recharted

In this week’s episode we chat about Uncharted 3! Spoiler alert, we chat about Uncharted 3, and only Uncharted 3.
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November 10, 2011

Contest: win Sideway: New York!

In case you missed it, we just posted our review of Sideway: New York this week. I really liked the game, giving it a 4 out of 5, so I thought I’d share the love. VGH is giving away a PSN download code for the game to one lucky winner. There are multiple ways to enter, so read on for instructions on how to enter.

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November 9, 2011

Sideway: New York review: Play it, don’t spray it

The hip, graffiti-themed universe of Sideway: New York was born as the result of a collaboration between “advertainment” agency Fuel Industries and W!ldbrain Entertainment, the proprietors of the eccentric children’s television show Yo Gabba Gabba! While this dynamic duo of marketing spawned the game’s world, the game itself was developed by Playbrains, whose previous console outing was a Madballs-licensed game for Xbox Live Arcade. With all these puzzle pieces aligned, it seems to paint a picture of a concerted effort to create a cross-media, kid-friendly entertainment franchise. Whether or not Sideway gains enough traction to be spun off into a Saturday morning cartoon remains to be seen, but I found the game itself to be a surprisingly fun platformer.

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November 8, 2011

Preview: Stealth Bastard

Sure, there are some pretty big games out this week, but it’s also nice to take a minute and see what awesome new things are kicking around in the indie space from time to time. In a world littered with modern war-faring and the rimming of skies, it can be pretty refreshing to see some of the big ideas being dreamed up by little teams. Enter Stealth Bastard: Tactical Espionage Arsehole (you probably didn’t see him come in though.  You know, because he’s stealthy).

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November 8, 2011

Play More Games: The Postmodern Warfare World

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3

By now, you probably don’t need to be reminded that we’re in the middle of the holiday release season. (Your smoldering or about-to-be-smoldering bank account is probably enough reminder of that.) You can tell the storm’s reaching its peak when a new Call of Duty shows up, though. That is this week. Hold onto something while we go over that and some other stuff coming out.

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November 7, 2011

Rochard gravitates toward Steam Nov. 15th

Finnish developer Recoil Games has just announced that the gravity-bending Rochard will be arriving on PC by way of Steam on November 15th. This should be welcome news to PC gamers, as we had a heck of a good time with the game when it first hit PSN back in September. Rochard won’t weigh too heavy on your wallet either – the PC counterpart will still sport the reasonable $9.99 price tag that it does on PSN.

Source: Rochard website

November 4, 2011

Weekend Hangover: Twister Mania edition

What the hell is going on in this screenshot? Is that a lobster?!?

I occasionally take part in the House Party promotional program, where participants are sent a free product and in return, they agree to have friends over to try it out and take pictures of the event, etc. I’ve been sent a copy of the Kinect-enabled Twister Mania, so now I have to subject a group of my friends to it this weekend. If it ends up sucking, we can always switch to Fruit Ninja Kinect or just play some Rock Band 3 instead.

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November 4, 2011

PSN indie hit Joe Danger heading to XBLA

When Joe Danger hit the PlayStation Network last summer, it was universally loved, or at least universally liked. The Hello Games-developed title appeared to be a simple, Excitebike-like side-scrolling motorcycle racer at first blush, but in reality turned out to be more of a platformer-on-wheels. Charming humor, vibrant color, and challenging mechanics made for a rather enjoyable experience. A year and a half later, Hello Games has announced that the game is coming to Xbox Live Arcade in the form of Joe Danger: Special Edition, with Microsoft Studios signed on to publish it.

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November 4, 2011

Two is the loneliest number – Sony cracks down on PSN account sharing

The party is officially over for cost-conscious “game sharers”. Sony has just announced changes to their PlayStation Network usage policies regarding how many unique PS3 consoles can make use of purchased content. Effective November 18th, each individual PSN account may only utilize purchased content on two activated systems, a decrease from the current limit of five systems. The only positive note is that purchases made prior to the 18th are not retroactively affected.

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November 3, 2011

VGH #28: Layton-Assisted Suicide

VGH #28: Layton-Assisted Suicide

The first official trailer for Grand Theft Auto V prompts a conversation about our hopes, dreams and fears for the next installment of one of our favorite gaming series.
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November 3, 2011

New Alan Wake, new Bioware game to be unveiled at 2011 Spike VGAs

First things first: I do not like the Spike Video Game Awards. I think they are a bombastic, overblown, and ridiculously over-hyped display of most, if not all, of the things I like least about gaming and gamers.

But… those sweet, sweet EXCLUSIVES!!!!

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November 2, 2011

Batman: Arkham City review: Fists are my shark repellent

Batman AC Concept Art

Back in 2006, British film maker Christopher Nolan revived the ailing Batman film franchise with the brilliant Batman Begins. The rest, as they say, is history. In 2009, British developer Rocksteady took the video game industry by storm with their incredible Batman: Arkham Asylum and created the greatest superhero game of all time. Conclusion: the British know something about Batman that the rest of the world clearly does not.

Arkham Asylum hit so many high notes with its perfect blend of engaging hand to hand combat, tense stealth set pieces, a fully fleshed out game world, and an interesting narrative. Rocksteady showed a masterful hand with their interpretation of Batman’s universe and it was my game of the year in 2009.

Arkham City has finally arrived. The bar has been set quite high; did Rocksteady do it again?

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November 2, 2011

Grand Theft Auto V trailer careens onto Internet, mows down 7 pedestrians

In a move that has become uncomfortably common, last week Rockstar Games announced the announcement of Grand Theft Auto V. They essentially only confirmed the game’s existence (which was a no-brainer for a series of this popularity), offering zero details, other than stating that the game’s trailer would be released on November 2nd.

Well, today’s the day and here it is – feast your eyes on the GTA V trailer.

So, what do you think? Drop us a line in the comments and let us know!

October 31, 2011

Clever girls (and guys) get Jurassic Park for free with 1 year of Playstation Plus

God creates dinosaurs. God destroys dinosaurs. God creates man. Man destroys God. Man creates dinosaurs… Sony creates savings opportunities!

Sony has just announced that anyone who purchases a one-year subscription to PlayStation Plus will receive the PSN version of Telltale Games’ forthcoming adventure, Jurassic Park: The Game, for free. One year of PS+ will run you $50 and the game will be priced at $29.99 when it releases on November 15th, so the deal definitely has teeth.

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October 29, 2011

Contest: Win Alan Wake!

Boo! Just in time for Halloween, VGH is running a surprise contest and giving away a spooky game. One lucky winner will get one of Randy’s favorites from 2010, Alan Wake. Up for grabs is a download code for the full Xbox 360 game (from the U.S. marketplace).

To enter, head over to the Video Game Hangover Facebook page and like us, then like this post. We’ll pick one winner by the end of the day on Sunday. This contest is a little short, but that’ll give the winner the chance to play Alan Wake on Halloween, if they so desire.

UPDATE: This contest has ended.

October 28, 2011

Weekend Hangover: Premature Deception edition

Drake came early! Everyone at VGH HQ got a copy of Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception this week. We’re not trying to brag or anything. Well… maybe a little bit. But hey, as we mentioned in VGH #27, that was kind of the entire point of going to the AMC / Uncharted theater events, so just let us relish this special feeling for a moment. Besides, the game is really good and well worth a couple more days of waiting. But yeah…. we’re playing it this weekend.

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October 27, 2011

VGH #27: Bat-curious

VGH #27: Bat-curious

Everyone is a little bat-curious, right? In this week’s show, we’re talking about the Uncharted 3 theater events, our favorite scary games, and Batman: Arkham City. We’ve also got Aliens, Creepers, psychics, headcrabs and a Last Call that goes OONTZ.

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October 27, 2011

Dress-up time – Saints Row: The Third’s Initiation Station now available

I had a blast playing dress-up last night. No, not with my actual dolls – those are in storage. I was mucking around with the newly-released Initiation Station for Saints Row: The Third. After fiddling around for about 10 or 15 minutes, I ended up with the depraved individual you see before you, whom I’ve oh-so-creatively named “Matilda.” The standalone application/demo lets you pick from a fairly impressive list of features, hairstyles, clothing, accessories, taunts, tattoos, and even underwear. With all these choices at hand, you’ll be able to create everything from a well-dressed, well-groomed, attractive dude to an intensely disturbing, half-naked, red-headed pervert.

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October 26, 2011

RAGE Review: Still Just a Rat in a Cage

My relationship with first-person shooters has been a somewhat tumultuous one.

If pressed to come up with a list of my favorite video games of all time, titles like Quake, Perfect Dark and Half-Life 2 would probably be on it.  I’m one of those weird people who actually buys the Halo and Call of Duty games so I can play through the campaigns.

Over the last year or so, my taste for the genre has soured, though.  Chalk it up to evolving interests or a lack of developer innovation but my recent attempts to play Crysis 2, Killzone 3 and Call of Duty: Black Ops were aborted after only a few hours.  It was with a fair amount of trepidation then that I approached RAGE, the first new game from id Software (makers of the aforementioned Quake) in almost 7 years.  Would this long-in-development shooter be another victim of my changing tastes?  Or could id, a developer who more or less invented the modern FPS, successfully renew my love for the genre?

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October 26, 2011

Arkham City Nightwing DLC trailer released

Warner Bros. Interactive and DC Entertainment released the above trailer today for Batman: Arkham City’s upcoming Nightwing Bundle Pack DLC. The new pack features Nightwing, playable in all the game’s challenge rooms and also adds two additional challenge rooms, ‘Wayne Manor’ and ‘Main Hall’.

The add-on is scheduled for release the first week of November on Xbox Live and Playstation Network and will be priced at 560 MS points / $6.99, respectively.