Microsoft's newest console was finally unveiled today; the strangely named “Xbox One”. The announcement of any new console by a major company is enough to draw a crowd but Microsoft endured a feverish amount of speculation and not without good reason. There is a very tense, cold war being waged between used games, pirates, developers, and console manufacturers that is about to get incredibly hot this generation. There has been a flood of reports and rumors saying that the Xbox One would or would not have Always-On DRM built into the console.
Star Trek: The Next Generation's Data (Brent Spiner), Worf (Michael Dorn), La Forge (Levar Burton), and Tasha Yar (Denise Crosby) came together on the opening night of MegaCon to reminiscent and answer questions from fans. What followed was equal parts weird and funny.
As a heads up, I would like to apologize for the camera work. I forgot the tripod the first day and as a result, this is a rather shaky and sometimes blurry video but the audio survived and it's well worth a watch if you're a fan.
Hotline Miami is a hard game to describe. On the surface, it’s a particularly difficult, retro-style, top-down shooter. However, while all that is there, Hotline Miami can also be compared to works such as Nicolas Winding’s Drive, Mary Harron’s American Psycho, Rockstar’s Grand Theft Auto, Alex Proyas’ Dark City, and the works of David Lynch. Of all the comparisons that could be made, one that I would most like to make is Yager Development’s Spec Ops: The Line.
MiniBoss Studios, an independent Brazilian game company, made a major announcement this afternoon in regards to their critically acclaimed game Out There Somewhere. They have partnered with Stairs Studios to distribute Out There Somewhere to a variety of new platforms. Find out some more details after the jump.
Star Wars Detours has been announced for a little while now with the trailer just about everywhere. However, we'd like to bring you the full panel for those who enjoy hour-long videos. It's rather entertaining hearing the plans, development, and stories by Seth Green and friends with plenty of footage of Detours. And, of course, the surprise appearance of George Lucas himself.
B.U.T.T.O.N. (Brutally Unfair Tactics Totally Okay Now) is first and foremost a party game. This is a game that relies on at least one other person in the same room as you. The graphics are minimal but stylistic. I cannot review this game by the standards I have for my previous games. The question, at the end of the day, is if B.U.T.T.O.N. is a fun party game. Is it? Sort of.
Lionsgate is moving forward with a film adaptation of Dead Island. Dead Island is a game that was completely carried by its first trailer. Everyone remembers that trailer that, not just by video game trailers but all trailers, was amazing. It was truly remarkable, artistic, and one of the most popular video game trailers of all time. The game, as it turned out, received reviews that were far from great (Metacritic may say 72% but you should actually read the reviews).
Do you remember I Am Alive? That one game that had that one amazing trailer that one year at E3 and then fell off the face of the planet? Well, it turns out I Am Alive is pretty far along in production as the ESRB have announced their rating; M for Mature. I Am Alive received the M rating for "blood, intense violence, sexual themes and strong language". The ESRB also released their standard summary which hints at a few interesting gameplay choices, most notably the choice between knocking out enemies or killing them with "finishing moves".
Ill be the first to admit that Nintendo has lost me completely over the years. I have the same complaints most PS3/Xbox owners have....the Wii was just too gimmicky to dedicate myself to. Sure by not buying a Wii i missed out on Mario and Star Fox and Zelda, but it just seemed to me that Nintendo wanted titles such as Mario Party to be bigger than a story driven Zelda game. I miss Nintendo, even with the how much i enjoy these next gen systems i continue to beleive N64 was the greatest system of all time.