Seems that after two and a half years, my time as the editor of MTV Multiplayer has come to a close. It has been a privilege to attempt to give you some insight into the world of video games and technology. Whether you came to the blog every day, every week, or just whenever it popped up on Twitter, I hope you enjoyed your time here. I certainly have.
There have been several regular contributors throughout my time here at Multiplayer, and they have my utmost admiration. These are gentleman who deserve considerably more than a mention in a farewell blog post but, for now, this will have to do: Jason Cipriano, Matt Clark, Brian Warmoth, Brad Nicholson, Nick Akerman, and Adam Rosenberg.
I'd also like to thank Stephen Totilo, Tracey John and Patrick Klepek for building such an incredible audience. It was a true honor and a monumental task to fill those shoes.
As for me, you can still follow my ramblings on Twitter (@RussFrushtick).
Since I'm terrible at goodbyes, let me just leave you with an epic fishing battle between me and Sway. (Actually, I'll save you some time. I totally won.)
The Joker may not be the main bad guy of "Batman: Arkham City," (that honor goes to Professor Hugo Strange), but he does play a pretty crucial role in the game, now that he's running around loose in the streets of Gotham City. We secured this trailer, which focuses on some of the Joker's crew, while also giving some of his backstory.
Reinventing a franchise can be tricky business. Sometimes it's better to just reinvent part of a franchise, taking an element that fans enjoyed and twisting it on its ear a bit. "Burnout Crash" accomplishes this by focusing on just one mode from the "Burnout" franchise, Crash mode, and coming at it from a brand new angle. Specifically a top-down one.
Despite the fact that Blizzard has shown "Diablo 3" to press plenty of times, last night was the first time I was able to sit down and play it. Yes, after getting word that I had access to the beta, quickly dashed to my computer, thrilled about playing the game I had been waiting 10 years for. Fair warning: This is a very different "Diablo."
Every single "Ninja Gaiden" game (and yes I'm counting the '80s originals), has been really, really difficult. I'll freely admit that I was forced to dial down the difficulty to sub-Normal for 2008's "Ninja Gaiden 2," and that was supposed to be one of the easier ones! Clearly there's an audience of hardcore gamers who are willing to die on the game's first boss 16 or 17 times, but I am not in that audience. No, I'm outside, trying to score a lower difficulty setting off the nearest scalper.
It appears that the departure of Tomonobu Itagaki from Team Ninja has heralded a new age for the franchise, as Team Ninja has decided to include a mode in "Ninja Gaiden 3" for people like me.
In "Gears of War 3," there are plenty of multiplayer modes to keep you occupied, but few have gotten a bigger upgrade than Horde. Horde 2.0 now allows 5 players to take on waves of enemies and, as an added layer of complexity, you can now upgrade strategic defenses scattered about the map to help your odds of survival. Way better than making ridiculous shield walls in "Gears 2," right?
GEARS OF WAR 3 COMPLETE UNLOCKABLES LIST
Here's the thing, though. Even with five people, and even on the easiest difficulty setting, getting through 50 waves of Horde mode is a true challenge. Which is why I'm here to offer some tips which may help your odds of survival.
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Just because one of the biggest multiplayer games of the year is coming out today doesn't mean "Gears of War 3" is your only option for online madness in the coming weeks. Yes, it seems that EA is dead set on taking people away from Epic's chainsaw-heavy series with the long-awaited launch of the "Battlefield 3" beta. The publisher revealed the release dates and the contents of the beta today.
You'd have a hard time trying to find a bigger fan of "Worms" than me. I've been playing the turn-based "Artillery"-style strategy franchise since "Worms 2" released back in the '90s. Unfortunately, not all "Worms" games are created equal. In 2003, Team17 experimented with trying to bring the franchise into a new dimension with "Worms 3D." While not an all-out failure, it didn't come close to capturing the magic of the original, 2D games. With that lesson learned, the developer took the franchise back to its roots with an XBLA release of "Worms" and "Worms 2: Armageddon," both of which were solid entries. But Team17 isn't giving up on 3D just yet.
Closing the book on a trilogy can be hard. We've seen plenty of instances with trilogies ending in disaster: "Godfather 3" and "Matrix Revolutions" spring to mind. "Gears of War 3" steps into this challenging territory, attempting to give a satisfying conclusion to fans while offering features to bring new or battle-scarred players into the fold. And, for the most part, it succeeds swimmingly. For the most part.
Yesterday we posted a giant guide to getting all of the unlockables in "Gears of War 3," including weapon skins, playable characters, executions and mutators. One of the unlockable characters is Aaron Griffin, the head of an Imulsion pumping corporation who plays an important role in the "Gears of War 3" campaign. More noteworthy is the fact that Aaron Griffin is voiced by actor/musician/life coach, Ice T.
Unlocking Griffin through the game is actually pretty tough, and would require playing hundreds of waves of Horde mode to earn the required cash for the onyx Big Money medal. Alternatively, there's a way to unlock him in about 5 minutes, but it requires some social networking.