"Resident Evil" as a series has been on the ropes for last couple of years. With a main numbered entry that was an affront to humanity, a smaller portable title overshadowed by its bigger brother, and a 3DS launch game that skimped on content, it was surprising to see that some fans were shouting for an HD port of the admittedly overlooked and somewhat meandering "Resident Evil: Revelations." Whie Charles was thoroughly unimpressed, I decided to dive in the HD rerelease to see if maybe the few additions would make it worth another trip.
I'm surprised, given the amount of bashing, that "Resident Evil: Revelations HD" is actually pretty OK -- threatening to even be good at times.
The web series follows the action as masked crooks "Dallas, Hoxton, Wolf and Chains descend on Washington D.C. for an epic crime spree," according to developer 505 Games. The series of shorts is from director Demian Lichtenstein who was responsible for the Elvis-themed crime flick "3,000 Miles to Graceland" and is directing the big screen adaptation of "Payday: The Heist."
Meanwhile, the retail sequel for the PS3-exclusive "Payday: The Heist," "Payday 2," is coming to the PC, 360, and PS3 in August.
Ok, for some reason I forgot about the zombies in "The Last of Us" until last week. Were there zombies at Sony's E3 press conference last year? I suppose the consumer in me, having thoroughly enjoyed Naughty Dog's Uncharted series, imposed an unconscious media blackout for the last year. Yet, Sony had other ideas as they recently sent over a preview code that featured two of the game's settings. Aside from this reintroduction of zombies, here 9 other things I learned from playing "The Last of Us". Read More...
It sucked being a soldier in Russia's Red Army during WWII. In spite of its impressive size, the Soviet Union's fighting force was made up disproportionately of the tired, the poor, the uneducated, and the hungry who had to rely on dwindling supplies (one apocryphal story claims that it was one bullet to a rifle at one point) in order to repel Germany's northward assault.
And this is the perspective you get to see in Relic's trailer for "Company of Heroes 2," their RTS sequel out this summer from publisher SEGA for the PC.
The last time I wrote about "Shelter," the new stealth game about baby badgers from Swedish outfit Might & Delight, I mentioned that I would have a full-on come-apart if any of my cubs were harmed. This is, predictably, exactly what happens in this new gameplay trailer.
"Behold," Might & Magic seem to say. "Behold the dangers that await your precious cete of badgers: starvation, fox attacks, forest fires, the talons of a swooping eagle!" The ESRB warns that this "Shelter" trailer "may contain content inappropriate for children," which is true: watching a badger cub be snatched up by some hungry raptor is the worst thing I've seen all day. Zombies notwithstanding, this is survival horror.
Luckily, our mustelid matriarch has a mean headbutt: smash a tree to make fruit fall out; smash a fox to make him leave your cubs alone.
In any case, nature's cruel indifference to the suffering of cute, squeaky things is the kind of gutpunch that I look for in games, so you better believe I Greenlighted "Shelter" with all deliberate speed.
"Shelter" will be available on Windows and Mac sometime this summer.
One of the attractive things, I think, about 4A Games' "Metro: Last Light" is how different it is from other first-person shooters. Where "Call of Duty" is bombastic and jingoistic, "Metro" is atmospheric, tense, and reserved. It's about hardscrabble refugees instead of over-muscled soldiers, about dire oppression more than empowerment.
"Metro: Last Light" falls in lockstep with its big-budget brethren when it comes to business, though: publisher Deep Silver have announced a crop of downloadable content and a season pass for the recently released title.
Are you done groaning over that dumb headline? Yes? Great.
So what was all that exposition about wolf packs and laws of the jungle have anything to do with robots on the moon? I hate to break it you, Gus, but there aren't any jungles on the moon or Mars. Also, wolves don't live in jungles. I mean, maybe a panther? Right? They're jungle cats. But I don't think panthers have packs -- listen I'm getting away from the cool visuals. Just watch the video and you can make up your own mind about what it means. Read More...
Until I can purchase a spiky, foam, blonde wig for cosplaying Cloud or an officially licensed Besaid Aurochs Blitzball then I have absolutely no use for the grand opening of Square Enix's online store. But if you're interested in the fantastic plastic figures from the awesome Play Arts Kai series or adorable Chocobo plushies, then you'll find them in one convenient location.
"Animal Crossing: New Leaf" is one of those games that's extra hard to put down, because there's always new stuff to do every day. Whether it's a temporary shop that you need to check out, a fishing tournament, or a performance by K.K. Slider, every time you open the game you're going to be busy - and not with just paying off your loans from Tom Nook. It's an open-ended world where you can do as much, or as little, as you want, since you're the Mayor, and in control of your humble little burg. Read More...