Month: May 2010

Review – Red Dead Redemption

I’m not one for Westerns, nor did I have any interest in playing Red Dead Revolver the original title in the series. This one did kind of catch my interest knowing that it was basically GTA in the Wild West but I still wasn’t so sure. I knew I was interested, but not to the degree that I was about to drop $60 on it on day 1 – No I would probably have waited until I could get it used in a few months. Then the game hit shelves and a huge majority of my buddies online were playing it and telling me that I was a fool to not get the game so I checked into it more. Now I had to get this game. Fast forward more than 30hrs and here I am reviewing the game. The game puts you in the shoes of retired Outlaw John Marston who is trying to track down some of his old gang mates in an effort to save his wife and child who are being held by corrupt government officials (who knew right? Gov employees…Corrupt? That’s impossible). As far as the story goes, that’s as much as I’ll tell you to avoid spoilers. The gameplay mechanics are almost identical to those found in the Grand Theft Auto Series. As the protagonist, you have certain goals and rely on the...

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Review – Alan Wake

As one of the first titles announced for the Xbox 360, some began to wonder if the title would ever see the light of day. After 5 long years, Alan Wake has finally made his way home. As usual, there are no spoilers in this review so feel free to read on. The game is set in a small sleepy rural town in the mid North Western USA, Bright Falls. Complete with vibrant landscapes and wildlife, the town features some very quirky characters and unapologetically takes its cue right out of the cult classic TV series of the early 90s, Twin Peaks. You play the part of title character Alan Wake a best-selling author suffering from writer’s block who’s on vacation with his wife. When his wife Alice goes missing, it’s up to Alan to find her through the pages scattered throughout Bright Falls of a manuscript he doesn’t remember writing. He comes to the realization that a dark presence is at work and it’s up to him to save the woman he loves. The game’s narrative is much like a book. As Alan completes certain tasks or reaches checkpoints, Alan narrates certain aspects to the gamer allowing for the story to progress much like a living book. The graphics are beautiful. The town and environments are just as beautiful in the dark(sometimes more so) as they are in...

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NPD sales for March 2010

Industry Sales March 2010 Video Games: $1.52B Video Game Hardware: $440.5M Video Game Software: $875.3M Video Game Accessories: $206.8M Top 10 VG Console/Portable SKUs March 2010 Title Platform Publisher Units Rank Last Month GOD OF WAR III* PS3 SONY 1.10M ** POKEMON SOULSILVER VERSION NDS NINTENDO OF AMERICA 1.02M ** FINAL FANTASY XIII PS3 SQUARE ENIX 828.2K ** BATTLEFIELD: BAD COMPANY 2 360 ELECTRONIC ARTS 825.5K ** POKEMON HEARTGOLD VERSION NDS NINTENDO OF AMERICA 761.2K ** FINAL FANTASY XIII 360 SQUARE ENIX 493.9K ** NEW SUPER MARIO BROS. WII WII NINTENDO OF AMERICA 457.4K 2 BATTLEFIELD: BAD COMPANY 2 PS3 ELECTRONIC ARTS 451.2K ** WII FIT PLUS W/ BALANCE BOARD* WII NINTENDO OF AMERICA 429.6K 9 MLB 10: THE SHOW PS3 SONY 349.2K ** Top 10 PC Game SKUs / March 2010 Title Publisher Rank Last Month PC The Sims 3: High-End Loft Stuff Electronic Arts 1 PC The Sims 3 Electronic Arts 3 PC Dragon Age: Origins Awakening Expansion Pack Electronic Arts ** PC Command & Conquer 4: Tiberium Twilight Electronic Arts ** PC World Of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King Expansion Pack Blizzard Entertainment (Activision Blizzard) 8 PC Supreme Commander 2 Square Enix, Inc. ** PC The Sims 2 Double Deluxe Electronic Arts 9 PC Napoleon: Total War Limited Ed Sega of America ** PC Warhammer 40,000: Dawn Of War II: Chaos Rising Expansion Pack THQ...

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May’s Most Wanted

Nope I didn’t stutter when writing this – Nintendo fans know what they want and it’s the same as last month… Not one new title in the most wanted list this month, it’s the same – the EXACT same as April’s list. However I did pickup a Pokémon DS title (SoulSilver) – stay tuned for my review. WII: New Super Mario Bros. Wii Wii Sports Resort Mario Kart Wii Wii Fit Plus Endless Ocean: Blue World Punch-Out!! New Play Control! Mario Power Tennis Excitebots: Trick Racing Super Smash Bros. Brawl Animal Crossing: City Folk NINTENDO DS: Pokémon HeartGold Version Pokémon SoulSilver Version Glory of Heracles The Legend of Zelda: Spirit Tracks Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Explorers of Sky Professor Layton and the Diabolical Box Mario & Luigi: Bowser’s Inside Story Style Savvy Fossil Fighters WarioWare:...

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Splinter Cell: Toronto

Today Ubisoft announced the first title to be produced right here in Toronto will be the next instalment of Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell. With the success of Splinter Cell Conviction Ubisoft is eager to get working on the next iteration of the series. Jade Raymond, managing director of Ubisoft Toronto had this to say: “Building our studio around both AAA brands and original IP has allowed us to attract an all-star team to Ubisoft Toronto. We’re really happy to be able to tell the world that the Toronto studio’s first big franchise title is the next Splinter Cell game. Splinter Cell has become synonymous with innovative gameplay, great design, and one of the most beloved characters in games,” With an ambitious development schedule Ubisoft is looking to fill a number of positions here – find out more at...

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