SlayerAgamon’s Letter to Santa

Dear Santa,

Has it been almost 365 days already? So many good games released in 2010, so little time to play them all..and let as I have a stack of games still waiting to be played. I’m obsessed with buying more..or rather asking for a few gems this season and a few minor wishes.

1. It’s been over year and yet still I can’t get the imagery and shakes brought forth from playing Dead Space to cease. Please make Dead Space 2 just as deliciously horrifying and this time with some single player DLC that the first could’ve had. PS: with the addition of multiplayer, don’t suck solo campaign, please don’t suck or be hindered because of it.

2. Loved the Clash of the Titans game with its 5 DLCs packs (some with 3 solo missions each) that keep it so enjoyable thereafter and worth every penny. I ask you please put this under many gamers’ trees so that they get a chance to enjoy this game. It was unfairly slammed as mediocre and sub par. So not true. I’m glad it’s to be reviewed on Feed Your Console’s special Holiday Review round up!

3. Please lower the price of the Kinect. 🙂

4. Please revert the new Dashboard’s look on the 360..way too N64 blocky, square and just plain slower..yuck!

5. Allot me more time to not only play more games, but review more for the Console Readers who deserve to know what they should invest in, and what to totally poop on.

6. Please let the EA team behind Dead Space work on a Walking Dead game modeled after the new TV series. 3rd person view!!!

7. James Bond: Blood Stone was sooooooo good. A guilty pleasure if ever. Finally a Bond game where you can SEE your body. It’s Daniel Craig and it’s bloody darn good action all the way through!! Uno mas por favor Activison!!

8. Make sure my buddy, and fellow writer Josh gets everything he desires, like DLC for Fallout Vegas this xmas. Also, he’s just an awesome friend, so hook him up with some Vivid Entertainment bits on Netflix.

9. Ico and Shadow of Colossus combo game in April. Please be exactly what I always dream of visually. Some dreams do indeed come true.

10. Lastly Santa, please ban the creation of anymore GI JOE or Transformers games based on solely NOTHING!!! aka the ones made to tie in with the equally terrible movies.

Thanks Santa, you always deliver!
Keep gaming, you FeedYourConsole writer,
slayerAgamon

Sad Day – Leslie Nielsen Passes Away

Leslie Nielsen, bets known for his roles in Airplane and the Naked Gun series passed away this weekend at the age of 84. He passed away peacefully in his sleep due to complications from pneumonia.

This Canadian born actor has played more than 220 characters in over 100 movies and 1500 TV shows and even has a star on the Hollywood walk of Fame. This guy was just hilarious and comedy just seemed to come naturally to him as evidenced in the below blooper from an interview. I’ve also found a really good compilation of some of his funniest work from the Naked Gun and Airplane series. This is sad news indeed

RIP Leslie

Rumor – Halo Nemesis?

While trolling the internet, I came across a post in a forum that posted a supposed leak from what 343 Industries is working on. Interestingly enough the top corner says “Halo Nemesis”. Further to that point, it’s in 3rd person perspective. If this is a new Halo, I think that could be neat but something tells me this is BS. What do you guys think?

VGA Rumor – Resident Evil, Mass Effect and Bioshock?

Well as some of you might have seen, I posted my annual Wishlist to Santa Claus and in there some may have noticed few snippets and wondered “a new Resident Evil game and Mass Effect?”. I can say with all certainty that an unnamed source has confirmed to me 2 guaranteed announcements and 1 they weren’t positive on but were certain that it existed but possibly wouldn’t make it to the VGAs.

  1. Mass Effect (2.5?) is to be announced at the VGAs. My source tells me it was originally planned to be released as DLC but soon ballooned to a size that was worthy of a full retail release to tide us Mass junkies over until 3 comes out at some undisclosed time. I don’t have a problem with the idea but we all saw what happened with Halo ODST – Sure it was entertaining but it felt like it should have been nothing more than a $15 DLC or perhaps multiple downloadable chapters. This will happen Dec 11.

  2. Resident Evil (multiplayer) Spike TV has been airing their ad spots and if you look carefully, a 1 second frame that’s easy to miss (image below). My source tells me that the guys behind the last few less than stellar Socom games, SlantSixGames are poised to showcase a new Resident Evil title. It’s no sequel though – No sir, this game is a multiplayer game that takes place during the events of Resident Evil 2 (my personal favorite in the series). My source is more than a little accurate with previous information I’ve received and the images below sure add some credibility to what they tell me. The 1st image below states “Stay Alert, Stay Alive, Report Symptoms” and the 2nd image showcased says “Infected?Report it!” with a silhouette of a couple zombies with a big red circle and bar through them. Just the kind of posters you would see at the beginning of the Zombie pandemic.I really hope that this title lives up to what it could be but the previous RE multiplayer game failed to impress anyone and SlantSix isn’t exactly known for their great track record so take from that what you will. This is a sure fire announcement
  3. Bioshock 3 – We all know about the forthcoming Bioshock Infinite and we all know that much like Fallout New Vegas, this isn’t a true sequel to the series. So what about Bioshock 3? Well the game is deep into develoment and the rumor says that it may make an appearance at the VGAs but there’s alot of work to do in a short amount of time to ready it for an official announcement. My source tells me that while it’s possible that they’ll make the needed deadline, it’s looking more and more unlikely.
  4. Gears of War AnnouncementThe latest trailer from Spike TV for the VGAs showcases Cliffy B from Epic games stating that they’re going to show off some new Gears game footage “…it’s not what you’re expecting”. Cool – We can only speculate as to what this means at this point but all signs point to some form of Kinect support either in the actual game, a separate game mode or maybe a completely different game.

This years VGAs are shaping up to be a pretty sweet event – remember, when the first 2 or 3 rumors above come true, you read it here first. Now bring on the haters or lover. I’m ready to discuss.

Dear Santa

Dear Santa,

Looks like that time of year is on us already so I’m sending along my Christmas Wish list to you nice and early with the hopes that you can help me out. Last year I asked for some new controllers because I’ve had a problem with them becoming airborne – I can safely say that it wasn’t as much an issue this year as it has been previously, however, I admit that recently I’ve experienced them feeling the need to once again spread their wings while I play Call of Duty: Black Ops. At any rate, here’s my list – I look forward to your visit in just a few short weeks.

1.) This year at the VGAs on December 11 a Mass Effect multiplayer game is being announced to tide gamers over until Mass Effect 3 comes out – Please don’t let this feel like Halo: ODST where it could have been told and done through a series of downloadable chapters. The Mass Effect series is one of my favorite and I’m hopeful that this isn’t the beginning of them creating a more “multiplayer experience” for subsequent Mass Effect games unless we get the ability to make sweet sweet love to another user’s character…perhaps a Krogan could be fun?

2.) Resident Evil 2 is one of the best in the series and soon we’ll all know about a new Multiplayer game during the events of Resident Evil 2 according to one of my sources. My source also told me that SlantSixGames, the guys responsible for 3 Socom games are developing this title. I hate Socom (they’re brutal and very poorly made) and am more than a little concerned that Slant Six is going to destroy my favorable memories of RE2 – I want this title to succeed so give them the ability to create a good game – by and large, they don’t make very good games and tend to be a little on the lazy side.

3.) Recently Call of Duty: Black Ops came out and it’s chock full of gaming goodness except when it comes to matchmaking. There is so much fail in that aspect of the game that often I find myself in a room full of people who are ranked much higher than me that my controllers feel the need to fly. PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE bring Treyarch programmers who are capable of building a proper matchmaking system. Not only would I enjoy it, I’m sure millions of others would benefit from it as well and you could save many controllers lives from being unjustly/prematurely ended from botched flight attempts.

4.) I love my new NetFlix account – I would like their selections to be more current and up-to-date listings. Releases from Vivid Entertainment are also welcome! =)

5.) This was a good year for DLC. Mass Effect 2 had some incredible chapters, Dragon Age was more than a little active because of DLC and Red Dead Redemption had some incredible content. I love well designed worthy DLC – More epic DLC for “Triple A” titles would be greatly appreciated.

6.) I’m really enjoying my Kinect and think there are some real interesting concepts or ideas that could make this “the must have peripheral” for hardcore gamers like myself. Have someone make an awesome game that doesn’t require me to stand up but will allow me to use my hands to control something as well as my voice and maybe throw in the actual controller in there for good measure. Please stop making games that tell me I’m fat and/or overweight. I’m well aware of what I need to do to fix this and am well on my way despite the complex I seem to be developing.

7.) We’ve had a breakout year here at Feed Your Console with tremendous growth and readership. I love interacting with our readers and would very much like to have the opportunity to play games and have discussions with them more than I do now even if they do call me names or think ill of me.

8.) On the topic of the website, could you please give Jay more time to write for us? We kinda miss the guy and sometimes worry that he’s fallen off the face of the planet much like some of the other “reviewers” seem to have done. I guess we could use some contributing reviewers but let’s make sure they don’t just up and disappear on us.

9.) My Xbox is now 5yrs old and my PS3 is 4 – I know they still have a lot of life left in them but I’d like to get real concrete evidence of the new systems that we all know are well into the R&D stages but, I still want the games released on media. I’m not good with the whole “streaming”, “cloud” or “digital download” gaming concept. It’s fine for DLC but for some people like me with extremely limited internet bandwidth, this just won’t work with my affliction to downloading… AHEM – “Cuddle Films”

10.) Lastly, everyone seems to be all over the 3D craze and I can honestly say that I love it. More and more games are coming out and supporting 3D but I don’t ever get the chance to enjoy them in that format due to my lack of 3D viewing options. So if you could find the room, I’d love to get a 47” or bigger LED 3D television and a set of shutter glasses – I don’t care how dorky some of them look.

That’s all I got for now Santa – Thanks for taking the time to read my list as I know you’re very busy at this time of year.

From your friend,

KanedaGallon

Review: Sly Cooper Collection – The Thievius Raccoonus

Before Infamous, Sucker Punch was best known for it’s quirky platform series Sly Cooper. With it’s cell-shaded graphics, slick level and character designs, Sly Cooper quickly became a premiere title for Sony. Sadly for me, I missed the boat on the series back in the day and not because I wasn’t interested – I was too busy and never seemed to get around to it.

Luckily for me and everyone else, Sony just re-released the series in the same fashion as the God of War series. All 3 original titles in one remastered were recently released in time for the Christmas/Holiday season.

For those of you not in the know, the series is your typical platformer with jumps, switches, puzzles and enemies that you dispatch.

In the first game, players take on the role of Sly Cooper, a mischievous raccoon who must retake a family heirloom called the “Thievius Raccoonus”, a book listing all the special thieving skills his family has collected over several centuries. Meanwhile, Sly and his gang must keep ahead of Interpol Inspector Carmelita Fox, who promises to one day capture Sly and put him away for his crimes.

There are even Move mini-games that are unlocked by completing the games and challenges. It’s a fun game that’s is also a nice change of pace away from the standard FPS titles chock full of explosions, swearing children and gunfire with great production value. Sadly I fear that amid all the triple A current Gen titles, this reissuing will be forgotten and ultimately miss it’s opportunity to receive the high praise and accolades it deserves. I assure you that this is a great series and a fantastic re-release worthy of your time and money. Be sure to put this under the tree at Christmas even if it hasn’t made anyone’s list – They’ll thank you for it later.

Pros:
The remastered graphics look spectacular
Nice change of pace away from war
Tight responsive controls
A true homage to the classic platform titles of yore

Cons:
Enemies can be a little “Too dumb” and linear in their reactions
Some levels still feel a little short

Feed Your Console gives Sly Cooper Collection: 8.5 out of 10

Happy Yanks Giving Day!

Well – Seems it’s that time of year again. The holiest of all days in the USA…No I’m not talking Christmas, it’s Thanksgiving. The time where everyone comes together and eats a crap load of turkey, over indulges on afternoon football and everyone runs out to get in line at their favorite stores to get in on some of those disgusting sale prices. We’re going to try our best to find the best gaming deals and post them here – If you know of any or see that we’ve missed something, let us know.

Walmart (Online Sale):
Xbox 360 Value Bundle: Includes a 4GB Xbox 360 Slim and your pick of 2 games from a list of 23 – $249.99
Play Station 3 Starter Bundle: 160Gb PS3 Slim, An extra controller, your choice of an extra accessory, your pick of 2 games from a list of 19 – $349.99
Nintendo Wii Bundle: Includes a Nintendo Wii with Wii Sports and Wii Fit and balance board – $249.99

Target:
WiiFit Balance Board: $67
PSP 3000 Bundle: PSP 3000, 1GB Memory stick, The Karate Kid (UMD) and little Big Planet – $127
Nintendo Wii, Xbox 360 or PS3 Contoller – $39
Xbox 360 console 4GB: $199 + $50 Giftcard
PlayStation 3 Console: System, Controller,  Prince of Persia (BluRay) and Star Wars: The Force Unleashed 2 – $299

Kohls:
30% off all Nintendo Wii and DS stock

Amazon.com
Halo Reach (Xbox 360) – $35
Fable 3 – $39.99
Resident Evil 5 (PS3) – $14.99
Logitech Racing Wheel – $99.99
Resident Evil 5 (Xbox 360) – $14.98

Best Buy

Nintendo DS
Animal Planet Vet Collection (Nintendo DS) – $9.99
Cooking Mama 2 Dinner With Friends (Nintendo DS) – $9.99
DreamWorks 2-in-1 Party Pack with Shrek’s Carnival Craze and Madagascar Kartz (Nintendo DS) – $9.99
Nintendo DSi w/Mario Party – $149.99
Tinker Bell Lost Treasure (Nintendo DS) – $9.99

Nintendo Wii
Babysitting Mama w/Doll (Wii) – $34.99
Cabelas North American Adventure w/2 Guns (Wii) – $34.99
Dance On Browadway (Wii) – $16.99
Madagascar Kartz w/Custom Wheel (Wii) – $16.99
Marvel Ultimate Alliance 2 (Wii) – $16.99
Medieval Games (Wii) – $9.99
NHL Slapshot Limited Edition With 2 Sticks (Wii) – $39.99
Nintendo Wii w/Wii Remote Plus, Nunchuck, Wii Sports & Wii Sports Resort (Black) – $169.99
Nintendo Wii w/Wii Remote Plus, Nunchuck, Wii Sports & Wii Sports Resort (White) – $169.99
Tetris Party Deluxe (Wii) – $16.99
The Beatles Rock Band (Wii) – $16.99

PC
Bejeweled 2 – $9.99
Bejeweled Blitz – $9.99
Bejeweled Twist – $9.99
Fallout New Vegas (PC) – $39.99
Lego Universe w/Free $30 Gift Card – $39.99
World of Warcraft w/Free $5 Gift Card – $14.99

Playstation 3
007 Blood Stone (PS3) – $34.99
Battlefield Bad Company 2 Ultimate Edition (PS3) – $29.99
Def Jam Rapstar (PS3) – $34.99
Fallout 3 (PS3) – $9.99
Fallout New Vegas (PS3) – $39.99
FIFA Soccer 11 (PS3) – $34.99
inFamous (PS3) – $16.99
Madden 11 (PS3) – $34.99
Mafia II (PS3) – $29.99
Major League Baseball 2K10 (PS3) – $16.99
Medal Of Honor (PS3) – $34.99
Metal Gear Solid 4 – Guns of the Patriots Greatest Hits (PS3) – $9.99
MMA (PS3) – $34.99
Modern Warfare (PS3) – $29.99
Mortal Kombat Vs. DC Universe (PS3) – $16.99
NCAA 11 (PS3) – $34.99
Need For Speed Hot Pursuit Limited Edition (PS3) – $34.99 *
NHL 11 (PS3) – $34.99
Playstation 3 160GB Console w/2 Games & 1 Blu-ray Movie – $299.99
Ratchet & Clank Future Tools Of Destruction (PS3) – $16.99
Sims 3 (PS3) – $34.99
Star Wars Force Unleashed (PS3) – $9.99
The Beatles Rock Band (PS3) – $16.99

Sony PSP
Ace Combat X (PSP) – $9.99
Cars Race O Rama (PSP) – $9.99
Marvel Superhero Squad (PSP) – $9.99
PSP-3000 System Bundle – $129.99
PSP go Game Traveler Case – $7.99
PSP go System (Black) – $149.99
PSP go System (White) – $149.99
RocketFish PSP Travel Kit – $9.99
SpongeBob Square Pants Truth or Square (PSP) – $9.99

Xbox 360
007 Blood Stone (XBox 360) – $34.99
Battlefield Bad Company 2 Ultimate Edition (XBox 360) – $29.99
Def Jam Rapstar (XBox 360) – $34.99
Fable III (XBox 360) – $39.99
Fallout 3 (XBox 360) – $9.99
Fallout New Vegas (XBox 360) – $39.99
FIFA Soccer 11 (XBox 360) – $34.99
Halo Reach (XBox 360) – $39.99
Madden 11 (XBox 360) – $34.99
Mafia II (XBox 360) – $29.99
Major League Baseball 2K10 (XBox 360) – $16.99
Medal Of Honor (XBox 360) – $34.99
MMA (XBox 360) – $34.99
Mortal Kombat vs. DC Universe (XBox 360) – $16.99
NCAA 11 (XBox 360) – $34.99
Need For Speed Hot Pursuit (XBox 360) – $34.99
NHL 11 (XBox 360) – $34.99
Sims 3 (XBox 360) – $34.99
Tekken 6 (XBox 360) – $9.99
The Beatles Rock Band (XBox 360) – $16.99
Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell Conviction (XBox 360) – $16.99
WWE Smack Down Vs. Raw 2011 (XBox 360) – $29.99
XBox 360 4GB Console w/LEGO Star Wars, LEGO Batman & LEGO Indiana Jones – $199.99

Xbox Live

Cineplex gets digital downloads

Late last week Cineplex announced the launch of a new digital download services for both Download To Own (DTO) and Video on Demand (VoD) movie purchases. Now shoppers will have the options to purchase the DVD, Blue-ray or an immediate Digital copy of your favourite movies.

SCENE members will also be able to collect points for their purchases and be further rewarded with redemptions towards the purchase of DTO titles, movie tickets, Cineplex gift cards, DVD, and Blu-ray movies.

As a bonus to celebrate the launch of this new download service, Cineplex Entertainment is offering a BOGO promotion, until December 31, 2010, where customers who purchase any regular-priced DTO movie will receive a second movie of equal or lesser value free.

Cineplex’s services will be expanding in 2011 with a digital Locker for your downloaded content, making access possible from almost any internet enabled systems including; TVs, PCs, game consoles, smartphones and tablet PCs. Cineplex will stand alone as the sole Canadian-based retailer and motion picture theatre exhibitor to be a member of the Digital Entertainment Content Ecosystem LLC (DECE).

More information can be found at the Cineplex Store at www.cineplex.com

Full release: Marketwatch

5yrs of Xbox 360 – The Memories

Happy Birthday Xbox 360! The 360 officially turned 5 yesterday and I had to think if that was right and sure enough it really was. If you don’t mind, I’m going to take a trip back in time an reminisce

I had pre-ordered my system from EBGames near where I lived and was informed that I would not be getting a system on launch day by some jagoff employee mere days before the launch. When I asked why not, he told me that the inventory levels were really poor and I wasn’t on the list of initial people. I was more than a little enraged. Fast forward 2 days and the store manager called me to ask what time I’d like to book myself in for my “private shopping experience”. I told him what I was told and he asked me the employees name to which he replied with “Ya…He doesn’t work here anymore – You’re one of our best customers”. Damn I felt good (clearly when EB Games/Gamestop still had some semblance of customer service but that’s another story). My then girlfriend/now wife dutifully went in for me that day because I was on a plane home from a trip to Nova Scotia I was on with with Much Music (Canadian MTV).

Man it sure was exciting to get that sexy new machine with sleek curves and a snazzy white finish. I played and dominated almost every launch title and got a little excited with each achievement I earned. I still use my Xbox 360 almost daily but it hasn’t always been a honeymoon. No I’m on my 6th system and I fear that my current machine that I use for all my games is fast approaching it’s  death knell. I must hand it to MS though – They came through for me every time.

Most Memorable Moments with my Xbox 360
1.) Opening and launching the system for the first time
2.) My 1st achievement – King Kong was a mildly entertaining game for about 3hrs.
3.) My 1st dead system (RRoD)
4.) The feeling of loss when I moved to the country and was informed there would be no high speed internet therefore losing my ability to play on Xbox Live
5.) My 2nd dead system (Disc Read Errors)
6.) Dead system 3-5 (RRoD)
7.) Halo Reach: My 1st Legendary completion of a Halo Game
8.) Left 4 Dead Taking down my first survivor as an infected
9.) Playing with Kinect – Say what you will, I think this is going to usher in some awesome experiences in the living room (I do enjoy watching the wife Dance)
10.) Trying NetFlix and really seeing the value in it – Now if only they’d get more current up-to-date listings like the US

Despite the roller coaster ride we’ve had together, we’re still buddies. Happy Birthday Big Guy! Here’s to another 5 years hopefully with fewer required replacements.

Battle Tag Now Available!

You read that right – Battle Tag is now Available exclusively at Zellers and personally I think it looks like alot of fun for kids of all ages. It takes whatever environment you’re in and turns it into a 300m playground complete with weapons, battle tag vest and ammo packs. I think this is a pretty hot item for the young gamer – it gets them off the couch and actively doing something outside in the summer of even a great rainy day toy. Regardless of how you use it, this is a pretty sweet looking product. More details below

UBISOFT LAUNCHES BATTLE TAG

Hybrid between video games and toys releases on November 22 exclusively at Zellers and on Ubishop.com

Montreal, CANADA – November 18, 2010 – Today Ubisoft announced Battle Tag will release in Canada on November 22, exclusively at Zellers and on www.ubishop.com

Battle Tag transforms your world into a real-life videogame: your living room and your backyard become your playground with a 300m range. Play alone or with your friends in teams. Using unique real world accessories, you will be able to recharge ammunitions and increase your life points. Discover all the fun of an immersive laser tag adventure!

THE WORLD IS YOUR PLAYGROUND!

2-Player Starter Pack: The starter pack includes 2 T-Blasters, 2 sensor vests, 2 T-Bases, 2 ammo boxes, the UbiConnect™ and the software.

Key Features:
•Plug and Play: Plug the UbiConnect™ directly into your PC. The PC will give you instructions & challenges, and act as your personal Game Master, tracking your scores and statistics. Follow pre-defined rules or invent new ones.
•Your PC is the Game Master: Uncompromising, the Game Master will be there to give you directions, challenge you and tally your results. You can’t fool the Game Master, it knows when you’ve been hit, or scored a hit!
•Up to 8 players in a Multitude of Activities: Play alone or with up to 8 players in a wide variety of adrenaline-filled activities and team matches, such as Team Frag, Free for All, Last Man Standing, Biathlon, Old Fashion Duel and more.
•Real Worlds, Real Objects: Take your T-Blaster and strap on the sensor vest. Reload your gun with ammo packs, increase your life points thanks to med-kits and go to your T-Base to respawn.
•Create New Free Content: Download new content or create your own and share with your friends and the Battle Tag community.

Also Available
•T-Blaster Expansion Pack: If you need to add friends to your game, the T-Blaster Expansion Pack contains an extra T-Blaster and sensor
·         Med-Kit Extension Pack: Need a medic while playing? The pack includes 2 med-kits and 2 extra T-bases for more fun and strategy.

“Battle Tag blurs the lines between toys and video games, and takes the experience of competitive and cooperative gameplay out of the couch and into the world around you”says Olivier Ernst, Ubisoft Canada General Manager. “We are thrilled to bring Battle Tag to the public in time for Holidays.”

About Ubisoft:

Ubisoft is a leading producer, publisher and distributor of interactive entertainment products worldwide and has grown considerably through a strong and diversified line-up of products and partnerships. Ubisoft has teams in 28 countries and distributes games in more than 55 countries around the globe. It is committed to delivering high-quality, cutting-edge video game titles to consumers. For the 2008-09 fiscal year, Ubisoft generated sales of 1.058 billion euros. To learn more, please visit www.ubisoftgroup.com<http://www.ubisoftgroup.com>.

You can’t tell me that you don’t think this looks and sounds like fun.