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.

October 25, 2011

LittleBigPlanet 2 Special Edition and Move bundle unveiled

Sony today unveiled a new OHMYGOD look at that adorable little Nathan Drake Sackboy! HOW CUTE!

Oh, sorry. Anyway, in addition to announcing that new Sackboy outfit, they also announced a new ‘Special Edition’ version of LittleBigPlanet 2 today. This new release includes the main game, along with the new Move-enabled story level pack, the Toy Story level pack, and a handful of costume packs. I’ve played some of the levels in the Move pack myself and they were a ton of fun.

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October 25, 2011

Be Advised: Play More Games

Enemy boat spotted

Battlefield 3 is out today and it’s a big one. Developer DICE is calling it the successor to 2005′s Battlefield 2, which is to say it’s not a new entry in the Bad Company offshoot series that featured slightly scaled-down Battlefield gameplay and (rather successfully) introduced destructable environments. Destruction does return to some extent in BF3, along with series staples like jets, squad leaders, and 64-player Conquest games played over expansive maps–although the latter is exclusive to the PC version. No matter which version you pick up, though, you can expect the same world-class, team-based FPS gameplay that DICE has engineered down to a science since Battlefield 1942 nearly ten years ago. That’s provided you can ride out the launch week server woes and patches, of course. I’ll be making an effort to play it, in one form or another.

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October 25, 2011

Sales Hangover: Arkham City becomes fastest-selling game to feature shark punching

Editor’s note: I didn’t actually do any fact-checking on that whole “face punching” thing.

The latest game to chronicle the exploits of the “World’s Greatest Detective”, Batman: Arkham City, is performing pretty well, evidently. Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment announced today that the game has shipped 4.6 million units worldwide in its first week on the market, with the LA Times following up with a report that says actual sales have already hit 2 million units.
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October 25, 2011

Rockstar Games announces Grand Theft Auto V

Rockstar Games has announced Grand Theft Auto V, quietly updating their home page and directing people to it on their Twitter feed. The site offers no other info, featuring simply a logo and a note that a trailer would be unveiled on November 2, 2011.

So, GTA V is coming. That’s the good news. The bad news is that we only have one short week left to wildly speculate upon what will be in the upcoming sequel. Me? I think it’s set in space. On the moon. “Grand Theft Auto: Lunar City”. You heard it hear first.

October 24, 2011

Crysis review: Consolation prize

Crysis

I have a confession. I’m a Mac user. That has very little to do with Crysis, but it does mean that when the gorgeous, PC-only shooter first arrived in 2007, I was severely ill-equipped to experience its visual splendor. Not only was I not in the same ballpark, I wasn’t even in the right zip code. This veritable feast for the eyes was so resource-hungry that there were plenty of Windows users whose systems couldn’t quite cut the mustard either when it came to running it at a desirable quality and framerate. Thankfully, Crytek has seen fit to come to our rescue. No longer will you have to live in fear, worrying that you may find yourself in an awkward conversation, forced to sheepishly admit that you’ve never played Crysis because your computer couldn’t hang with those other, more powerful PCs. Yes, ladies and gentlemen, Crysis has arrived on consoles.

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October 21, 2011

Weekend Hangover: Spooky detectives edition

Editor’s note: Randy had a really great Professor Layton-based idea for our weekend post, but I had trouble with fleshing it out. Instead, I wasted close to an hour creating that abomination you see above (it’ll make a little more sense when you finish reading the post).

There’s a distinct chill in the air, Halloween is getting closer, and we’re ankles deep in the fall game release onslaught. What’s everyone playing this weekend (when not carving pumpkins or sipping on hot apple cider)?

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October 21, 2011

BGM Mode: In the year 20XX

Mega Man

With this week’s Lore in a Minute retelling the history of Mega Man, I’ve had the Blue Bomber on my mind lately. So, what better time to showcase some music from one of the biggest game series–in fact, the biggest–of all time? I’ve already extolled the virtues of Magnet Man’s theme in VGH Episode 8, so I’ll spare you this time. (Although really, you should go listen to it anyway.) But, I’ll still kick things off with some Mega Man III.

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