The Saboteur Trailer and Gameplay footage

Many of you know last week we all experiences the San Diego Comic-Con (some of us only via Twitter – Hoping to go in person next year). During the show many Gaming studios release new footage, trailers and news. Pandemic Studios released these on the Saboteur official home page for those of you that missed out on seeing the official reveal at SDCC.

Videos:

Official home page of The Saboteur

Review: God of War: Chains of Olympus

I have to admit, I went into this game with the bar set very high. God of War:COO after all was proclaimed to be the game to sell PSPs. An all new adventure for the unreluctant hero Kratos. I have to admit it met my need for fast paced action and then some.

Kratos is once again on a his revenge kick to combat the Gods. Visuals are as good as you’re going to get on the hand held, and that’s not a knock on the hardware at all, just the opposite. It’s one of the best games I’ve seen on the system to date. It’s right up there with the Socom series (also by Sony, coincidence, hmmmm…).

Gameplay is much like its PS2 counterparts. The only change in the gameplay is of course is the non-use of a right analog stick to dodge roll. Instead you simply depress both top triggers and roll by using the left stick, minor change. Some new magic abounds and it all just feels right. I especially love the edition of the shield trinket thingy you get along your travels. It comes in handy when you can’t find a bit of cover to save your heavenly hide in some pretty awesome heated battle. Speaking of battles, you’ll especially like the introduction of all new enemies, creatures, etc.

It truly is a new experience and one fans, as well as curious newbies, of the series should somehow maybe pick up a PsP for if you don’t have one already. Yup, it’s that good! For the budget conscious gamer, it doesn’t hurt that this is now a ‘Greatest Hits’ title that you can pick up for $20!My only gripe is this, like many other PsP games, it sounds way better in headphones. Every clank of weapons clashing, Kratos’ grunts, you name it, sound so much better in headphones when not drowned out by background noise. Eh, minor.

Bottom line…buy a PsP, then buy this game!

Pros:

* Everything, except..

Cons

* …sound could be a tad louder without the need to use headphones.
* Still having to wait for GoW 3 on PS3 (March 2010)

Feed Your Console gives God of War: Chains of Olympus : 9.5/10

Platform: PsP
Developer: Sony

On The Horizon: Mafia II

I have to admit, I’m one of those that felt I couldn’t get into the first rendition of the Mafia series because it just seemed overwhelming and appeared more geared to the PC crowd in design. But Mafia II, since the first trailer dropped sometime in early ’08 had me following this title every step of the way to date. In this On The Horizon segment I bring to you Mafia II as a gamer and non-PC gamers alike need to keep an eye on. It’s scheduled to be released sometime in Spring 2010.

The story so far is you’re Vito, an Italian-American trying to do what’s right, well sort off from a crime family’s point of view [grin]. Set in the 1940s this it’s reported to have an all new game engine allowing free roaming and some pretty hot shoot out missions ala Gears. Check out some in-game footage, and be sure to pick this bad boy up come 2010!



Platform: PS3, XBOX 360, PC

Review: Transformers Revenge of the Fallen

Platforms: Xbox 360 (reviewed), PlayStation 3, PC, Wii, PlayStation 2, Nintendo DS, and PSP

After a somewhat disappointing movie, yeah I said it I had issues with the movie – but that is another site at another time, Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen The Video Game brought it. Following the movie storyline but without all the fluff and the extended and unnecessarily ling battle scenes, you will traverse the globe and battle over the remaining fragments of the All Spark. The hardest decision is choosing to Save the planet, as the Autobots, or try to destroy it, as the Decepticons.

Play as one of four Transformers, depending on the side you are playing as, and head out into the world. Complete challenges where you will protect (or destroy) key locations and race against time and battle it out with your enemies. Tackle your missions with speed and efficiency, while finding the Autobot/Decepticon tokens. Earn energon rewards for killing your enemies and completing the bonus mission tasks, these bonuses are worth the time and investment. Use energon to upgrade your team; more health, stronger weapons, faster drive boots and recovery times. Also unlock original G1 cartoon episodes – yes sir the original 1980’s Transformers episodes – FANTASTIC!

Where I was disappointed with this game was the length, a common problem for movie games. Most missions are 10 minutes or less, even completing all the side quests takes no time. However I’d say this was mu only beef with the game. Game play was easy to grasp – transforming and driving (or flying) is done with ease and switching between your primary and secondary weapons is as simple as pushing a button.

Re-playability is also an issue for the game, how many times can you save/destroy the world and not get tired of it? But do not worry multiplayer is here to save the day! Deathmatch (solo and team), Control (the bases), VIP (kill the team leader) and Shard battles (Capture the Flag). Find yourself on the world leaderboard and participate in the Global Battle matches to help your side of the war win.

Autobots Transform!

Pros:

* Better than the Movie
* Play as your favourite Characters
* Unlockable G1 Transformer episodes
* Multiplayer extends playable life.

Cons:

* Single player is short
* Limited Reply value, out side of multiplayer

Feed Your Console gives Transformers Revenge of the Fallen: 8.5 out of 10.

Publisher: Activision
Developers:
Luxoflux – Xbox 360, PlayStation 3
Beenox Studios – Microsoft Windows
Krome Studios – Wii, PlayStation 2
Vicarious Visions – Nintendo DS
Savage Entertainment – PlayStation Portable

Borderlands Gameplay Trailer

Gearbox Software has just release the first trailer for their upcoming four person co-operative Role Playing Shooter – What you get when you cross a first person shooter and an Role Playing Game – Borderlands.

The footage looks sweet, and the song is fantastic. A Mad Max world crossed with Starship Troopers appears to be your setting.

Publisher: 2K Games
Developer: Gearbox Software

Review: Fight Night – Round 4

Long before UFC graced my television, I was big time into boxing. I played all the major boxing titles from Mike Tyson’s Punch Out! right through EA Knockout Kings to the Fight Night series. I used to love watching the old classics featuring Mohammad Ali, Joe Frazier and George Foreman, then I got really into Iron Mike Tyson. The man was an animal and I always wondered what it might be like to if Tyson and Ali could fight and EA has finally delivered that dream matchup.

Fight Night round 4 is the latest in EA’s wildly successful pugilism series. If it feels like it’s been a long time since you stepped into the squared circle, it’s been 3 long years since the last release and I really think the extra time off paid for itself in dividends.

Not only does this game look sweet and move with incredible fluidity, the actual gameplay was tightened up a little too. Now you really need to try and calculate your punches and blocks – gone are the days of button mashing thanks to the exclusive total control scheme which uses the thumb stick to execute punches and combos.

The game features 48 of the best boxers from today and years past including, Mohammad Ali, Mike Tyson and the recently deceased Arturo Gatti (who was taken far too young). Each of the boxers models are so painstakingly drawn out, it’s truely incredible. They move and fight just like their real life counterparts.

Creating a Fighter is the same fanfare as before – Not much has changed on that front but the amount of detail you can get to in creating the face is pretty incredible as evidenced by the online community where you can upload and share your created fighters. “Legacy Mode” has been marginally improved where your popularity can help build you up and get you those big prize fights.

With all the different weight classes, coupled with Create a Fighter and the online tournaments, you have alot of options to help keep the game fresh and exciting for a long time. If you’re a fan of realistic fighting and boxing as a whole, this is a title you must own.

Pros:

* Graphics
* Over 40 real boxers
* Control mechanics
* Online options

Cons:

* Not overly accessible to the casual gamer

Feed Your Console gives Fight Night Round 4: a 9 out of 10

Review: NCAA 10

I love me some football – Especially of the college variety. The game just seems to mean so much more to these guys. They’re playing for their hopeful professional futures, their schools and pride – not the next big contract or the millions of dollars in endorsements. This is what really draws me to college ball.

It’s been about 2 years since I picked up NCAA Football, so I wasn’t sure what to expect this year having read nothing about it. Immediately I jumped into the “Road to Glory” (previously known as Campus Legend) and created myself a player. From there, they put you in the shoes of your player in the midst of the State championships tournament where you have to put on your best show for the college scouts.

After that’s done, the very hot Erin Andrews from ESPN talks about you and your play during the tournament speculating where you may decide to go. Once the decision has been made, it’s up to you to work your way up the ladder to the starting position by practising and performing events that include studying (keep that GPA up or you’ll be suspended) and training.

Further to that, 2 other features that really stand out are the Team Builder modes that easily and effectively puts you in charge of building a team via a website (for ease of use) and the “Season Showdown” mode which is really just a big online football pool where you pick a team and try to score the most points in a season. This sound interesting to me but not having any friends who are into NCAA, I might have some difficulty keeping up with the Joneses.

The presentation of the game is awesome – the stadiums are always full, the sounds is great with the Marching Band music that goes hand in hand with College ball games, the Mascot dances and the over atmosphere almost makes it feel like you’re there.

I’m not sure how well NCAA Football sells in Canada, but for all you fans of Football in Canada, you owe it to yourself to give it a try. For everyone else, this is a damn fine game that’s sure to keep you entertained if even until Madden comes out in August.

GO HURRICANES!!!!

Pros:

* The Atmosphere
* Road to Glory Mode
* Online gameplay, create-a-team and tournaments
* Erin Andrews – Hello – It’s Erin Freaking Andrews! Oh ya and her updates on your progress

Cons:

* Some computer play calls are frustrating (ie: Kick a FG on the 1yd line with 20 seconds to go)

Feed Your Console gives NCAA 10 an 8.5 out of 10

Review: Tiger Woods 10

It’s that time of year again – the time of year when EA practically dominates the release schedule with their onslaught of the new generation of their popular sports franchises. NCAA 10, Fight Night Round 4, Tiger Woods 10 and next month Madden 10. As an armchair athlete, it’s my duty to play all of these titles and bring to you my verdict. Without further ado, I bring you Tiger Woods 10.

As someone whose only played golf a handful of times, I can’t even call myself a casual fan but something always drew me to this series. The 1st version I ever purchased was back in 2003 on the original Xbox and I was instantly hooked. The game kept me entertained for hours prompting me to get out and golf again (IRL) – I failed miserably and bent one of my new clubs in frustration. I’ve yet to play since.

Tiger Woods 10 kind of feels like that day back in 2003. It’s beautiful, it’s fun, yet extremely frustrating. If you’re a veteran of the series, you can rest assured that the very precise and comfortable controls haven’t changed at all which is a very good thing. They have however, changed up the putting a little. Now you actually get a meter that better allows you (in theory) to gauge the distance/power needed to make that long putt. I’m either doing something very wrong, or this has actually made it more of a distraction from the guessing of the previous few versions (which I actually liked).

That said, the game has so many features and options, novices and pros alike can find something they’ll enjoy in this game. Tiger Woods 10 features 16 of the most recognizable PGA courses, online tournaments that coincide with real life tourneys, USGA (US Golf Association) rules, Tournament challenges and even some wackier arcade-like things (pink bunny suits, over the top drives and attribute enhancing clothing).

Playing through a season with a created golfer (Using EA Gameface is an option) is enjoyable but don’t expect to win too much. The real pros will whip ass in this game much like they would in real life and that can also be frustrating. At one point, I was in the lead by 3 strokes and out of nowhere, Tiger gained upon me and ended up winning by 5 strokes. When playing tournament, you’ll often hear cheering in the distance and the commentators will notify you of what’s happening with an updated ticker at the top of the screen.

One of the coolest things I’ve ever seen in a game was the real time weather provided by The Weather Channel. While playing the game, as weather in your area changes so does the weather in game. For example on Saturday, it was storming out and in the game the same thing was happening. As the day brightened up and clouds disappeared, so did the game. Something small but still pretty cool.

All in all I would have to say that Tiger Woods 10 is a damn good game despite the frustrating moments and what I found to be off balance difficulty levels. I hear that this game is a huge success on the Wii with the new Wii Motion Plus. I’d be interested to play that one next and hear what any of you have to say about it.

Pros:
Graphics
Controls
Online Touraments
Real time Weather
Number of playable courses and real golfers

Cons:
Unbalanced difficulty levels
New putting meter is distracting resulting in many missed putts

Feed Your Console gives Tiger Woods 10 an 8 out of 10.

Naughty Dog Sets Uncharted 2 Release Date

Nathan Drake is back with Uncharted 2: Among Thieves.

Kotaku is reporting that confirmed dates have been set for Naughty Dogs next installment in the Uncharted Series. Mark your Calendars folks – Drake is back on October 13, 2009.

This has also been confirmed via the twitter account for Evan Wells, Co-President of Naughty Dog, who linked to the article this afternoon.

Pre-order details as follow:

BestBuy: Golden Barettas and golden AK-47s in multiplayer
Amazon.comExclusive UNCHARTED 2 Treasure Map
Game Crazy – Exclusive Currency Multiplier for multiplayer online use
GameStop – Exclusive first access to the Multiplayer Demo and the downloadable Revenge Attribute

Xbox Live Preview Program

Today Major Nelson announced that Microsoft is looking for a few thousand people to sign up for the upcoming “Xbox Live! Update Preview” from all you gamers from around the world. This could be your chance to test out some of those cool new features they were talking about at E3 – On Demand Movies, video rental sharing, Music streaming et all.

All you need to do is provide some information includding your Xbox serial number and Live! ID.