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Killzone Joins PlayStation Collection Series

Lately PlayStation has been on a bit of an HD collection binge.  In fact, a good deal of the characters that will appear in PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale have had one of these collections released.  With Jak & Daxter Collection, The Sly Collection, God of War Saga, InFamous Collection and  Ratchet & Clank Collection, what could possibly be missing from […]

Beyond Good and Evil 2: Still an Awesome Possibility! (Shakycam Video)

There are only two sequels I have ever wanted to materialize: one of them is Shenmue 3, and the other is Beyond Good and Evil 2. Shenmue 3 is a dream at this point,  but if this footage gives me hope that there could be a sequel to BG&E.

"Twisted Metal" Demo Reigns Insanity At E3

It’s been a long time coming, but Twisted Metal is back, and this time it’s as nasty and raw as it wants to be.

At the Sony booth at E3 I managed to get in an early line to try out the online multiplayer  mode in Twisted Metal, with a set up that was similar to capture the flag. In it your team had to destroy the statues of your opponents before the time ran out, and then proceed to protect your statues in the second round. The team with the highest score in the end wins. While it sounds like your run-of-the-mill battle mode, it’s far from it in the world of Twisted Metal.

Players were able choose from a massive foray of vehicles, ranging from Sweet Tooth’s ice cream truck to a helicopter. For this demo I chose what I believed was called the Meat Grinder, but it was basically a run-down version of the Ghostbusters vehicle. Each of these vehicles came with their own special tricked-out weapons. Mine came with a crazed man strapped on a rocket-powered wheelchair. Once everyone’s vehicles had been chosen, the chaos began.

From there everyone started driving around destroying everything around them, hitting every pedestrian they could see and blowing up their opponents. All the gamers around me were laughing maniacally as they were spreading mass carnage around the city. The excitement from them was indescribable, as they were having what seemed like the time of their lives. Nostalgic vibes came off Twisted Metal, as I have been a huge fan of the series since it began back in the 90s.

Everything we loved about the title was right here, only bigger, badder and looking realistic. The graphics in Twisted Metal were outstanding, as every smash, crash and boom was captured in all of its glory. Its gameplay is as insane as ever, and its core structure was at the peak of its upmost greatness. The controls took a bit to figure out, and I didn’t know how to reverse my vehicle, but once I was thrown into the game I just went gun-crazy and tried to blow up everything that moved. (Granted I wound up killing some of my teammates, but I was in the moment!)

In the end my team wound up winning 4-2, and I managed to get a fair amount of kills to earn a few extra points. The overall feeling with every gamer in that booth was mutual: from what we saw in this demo Twisted Metal is going to be everything we could want in this title. When it finally hits the PS3 on October 4th you can bet highly that gamers new and old will be battling away on what might be one of the best games of 2011.

Sony NGP, Thy Name Is Vita!

Sony has announced its successor to the PSP, and from the looks of things it could have a chance at stealing Nintendo’s handheld crown.

Called Vita (meaning “life” in Latin) the new handheld device from Sony will be packing PS3-quality graphics, touch screen capabilities, in-game chat and a few other goodies. As of now 80 titles are in the works, including Vita editions of LittleBigPlanet & ModNation Racers, the brand-new title Ruin and Street Fighter X Tekken, the latter which will have Cole MacGrath from inFAMOUS as a playable character. There will be two versions of the Vita: one with Wi-Fi and the other with an AT&T-run 3G network. According to the Sony press conference the release date for Vita will be sometime at the end of 2011, with a price tag of $249 for the Wi-Fi version and $299 for the 3G one.

Keep your eyes peeled here and on the ESH site for upcoming previews of some of these Vita titles during our E3 coverage!

In "Pursuit" Of "Speed"

Hell yeah, EA has brought back one of the most awesome Need For Speed games, and it’s just awesome to be playing the series again. The demo version of Hot Pursuit is just to hard to put down, considering I’ve been playing it for the past 12 hours!

The demo gives you the option of playing as a police officer or as a racer. For the cop section they give you the old-style Ford Crown Victoria police cruiser (BLEH!), and the second one is a Nissan 370z (a sexy car right there). For the racing portion they give you the Porsche Boxster Spyder (sweet car) and the BMW Z4 S-Drive 3.5 (not one of my favorites, but another fast car) and the civilian version of the Nissan 370Z Roadster. (In the game it says the top speed is classified, so either it’s so fast that they don’t want the public to know it or it’s just that new of a car.) Along with that I admire the effort that was put in for the information to tell how fast the car is, what year it’s from, whether it’s front or rear-wheel drive and it’s capability of going from 0 to 60 in so many seconds. You can also pick the car, and it actual gives you a full written/narrated speech about the car itself. I love vehicles, so I always want to know more about what’s under the hood and how much torque and BHP (Brake Horse Power) it has.

Look how sexy these cars are!

When you’re the police officer you’ve got an awesome selection of weapons to use against the racers, including spike strips (get in front of the car, deploy them and watch the magic happen), road blocks (calls to set up a police road block about a half mile up from it, slowing down the racers) and the helicopter. I can only imagine what that helps with, although I believe that it can assist you with spike strips and other things to take the racers out.  When you knock out the racers watching them car flip or crash out of control is an awesome feeling, and it’s one of those games that gives you the adrenaline and the thrill of taking out the “bad guys.” On the other side of it if you like the thrill of running you can fulfill that desire as well. Oh yeah, I forgot to mention they have NITRO BOOSTING!!!

It’s always a beautiful thing to see a Dodge Viper chase after a Porsche.

With the racing you are put up in a six-car race in the demo, where they have you race the windy roads. The graphics are a step up from what I have seen in the past couple games. The crashes do its own little cinematic setup where it show’s you the minor devastation of a crash, but still this game gives you the pulse-lifting adrenaline that is needed for racing games. In the demo, though, when you’re racing I didn’t come across the cops to see what they do in a high-speed chase situation, so I can’t comment further on the A.I. of the police. I can bet that the guys from Criterion Games put the best effort to make the cops really hard to escape.

Lambo VERSES Lambo!

I want to get my hands on this game, and give it the full review when I get the chance. Thanks Criterion Games for bringing back one of my favorite games from when I was younger, and revamping it to this sexy beast of a demo you have right here. I know racing isn’t everyone’s cup o’ tea, but I think from playing this demo right now it’s made me want to pursue this game to play the amazing exotic cars it has to offer. Click Here for Car List (it’s DAMN GOOD!!!).

The newest McLaren’s pretty sick!

Need For Speed: Hot Pursuit takes place on a place they created called Seacrest. You can either race on it or patrol it with the Seacrest Police Department. They also have an awesome line up for things to do in the game: Co-op, 1-8 online, multi-player Versus, and much more.

So if you like what you see here, go and download the demo for Xbox 360, Playstation 3 or PC (off the website), and tell us what you think about it; and if you like it that much, go and slap your money down on the pre-order because I think it’s definitely worth it.

Need for Speed Website: Click Here

Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit is on the shelves November 16th, so put your money down soon!!!

"Mafia 2" Demo Too Short For Its Own Good

First things first: I loved the first Mafia game. Second I have been waiting a long time for this sequel to come out (I believe I found out about it back in 2007, so I was wondering why it took so long to get to this point.) But it’s finally here, yet it seemed that 2K Games wasn’t giving people the chance to really play the game before its release date. When the King and I were at the PAX East we were lucky to play the game, but of course we got screwed because it was at the end of the day of the convention, so we got kicked out before we could finish the demo.


(I love this video! It will make you laugh, unless your a vegan, then sucks to be you!)

The Mafia 2 demo is set up so you can run around for a little bit to check out the area. The graphics are a hell of a lot better then the first game from the look of the demo. The movements are pretty good, but sometimes it does take a little bit to get used to how to maneuver the character around in third-person mode. It seems that the driving is very touchy, but I did have fun slamming those old big-assed cars into one another. I also pissed off the cops really easily, which is good because it shows that the police in Mafia 2 are a little bit smarter in the A.I. field.

The issue I felt with this demo was that 2K went a little to far of keeping things Secret Squirrel. It’s like when the King and I were there their staff had us wait in an unofficial line waiting to see the Mafia 2 game, along with a sneak peek at Civilization V (another game that looked amazing, but couldn’t get any pictures or recordings of that game due to them being so secretive.)

So besides all the shenanigans the Mafia 2 demo was pretty good, but it was too short for my taste. Although they didn’t really give you the capability of roaming around, it still made me want to play more of the game. So if you’re looking for a title where you can run around and shoot ’em up gangster style, then Mafia 2 might be up your alley.

Mafia II
Console/Platform:  Xbox 360, Ps3, PC
Company: 2k games
Gameplay: Action/Crime
Website
**** (out of five)

My PS3 is in a Coma

It's not dead, it just in a Supercoma

PlayStation 3 owners, remember when we used to laugh and laugh at our buddies who had the dreaded “Red Ring of Death?” Well, that was all hilarious until word of the Yellow Light of Death arrived.

Does this look familiar to some of you? The YLOD is not impossible to fix on your own, as long as you have the proper tools. The most popular amateur method is the “reflow method” which involves a heat gun and a new coat of thermal paste.

I'll save you, PS3-kun!

It’s a dismantling that no average Joe/Jane wants to do, because there are so many damned screws and parts you have to separate before you get to the juicy motherboard center. I successfully reflowed the PS3, but my Blu-ray drive was still not taking in disks properly; then the worst happened.

The PS3 completely died out. No more YLOD for me, because no lights came on at all! So now my power supply, the heart of the ps3 gave out after I successfully got its brain working. Just dandy.

inside my PS3

This is a view of the PS3 that you NEVER want to see.

When I put all the parts together, everything was just fine, until my PS3 decided to have this heart attack. You know a movie where someone dies suddenly, and all the friends think it’s all a joke- until they realize the terrible truth? That’s me in a nutshell. I have never experienced this before, and I think that very few PS3 users have.

Still broken

It's in perfect(ly broken) condition!

The last savior of my console is a new power supply. Until then it’s me and my PC. Ahh, my PC. Even though I neglect it as a gaming machine, it does so much for me. Don’t you die on me too, PC!

Episode LI: Life’s a Beach!

For almost a year her name has been spoken of, but no one knew if she truly existed. This week she makes her grand debut, making it the first time ever the five original Bastards are in the same episode.

Pink Taco (FINALLY!!!) joins the B3 crew, as they touch on such topics as Slash’s solo album, the highlights of this year’s E3, an “Oh For Fuck’s Sake!” dealing with the cutting of librarians in the school system and a quick week in sports. Also there’s an ice cream truck playing in the background somewhere.