Oh Canada! What a night for gamers

Oh what a night indeed, one that saw the Canadian gaming community join forces and put aside their console of choice in order to recognize the great things that we produce right here in our own backyard. Mix in a generous helping of representatives from major Canadian gaming development studios, a number of indy/student and social gaming companies and add a healthy sprinkling of gaming fans tossed if for flavor. It was delicious!!! A major feast for your senses.

Victor Lucas
Victor kicking the night off

 

Video Games Live played a major part in the nights festivities, treating the audience to the sounds of your favourite games including: Streetfighter II, Mass Effect, Assassins Creed 2 and Tetris (with full opera sing along), Uncharted 2, Halo: Reach, and an amazing Zelda inspired flute solo in full Link costume performed by Laura Intravia.

Shaun Hatton presenting at the CVAwards

Without any further delay here are the big winners from the Canadian Video Game awards:

  • Best Visual Arts: Assassins Creed: Brotherhood – Ubisoft Montreal
  • Best Technology: Kinect
  • Best Downloadable Game: Deathspank – Hothead Games/EA
  • Best Audio: Assassins Creed Brotherhood – Ubisoft
  • Best Writing: Mass Effect 2 – Bioware/EA
  • Best Game On The Go: Osmos for iPad – Hemisphere Games
  • Best Social/Casual Game: Pocket God (for Facebook) – Frima Studio
  • Best Game Design: Mass Effect 2 – Bioware/EA
  • Best Student Developed game:WOMP! Xneh?/Center for Digital Media
  • Best Innovation Award: Modnation Racers – United Front Games/SCEA
  • Best Console Game: Mass Effect 2 – Bioware/EA
  • Game of the Year: Mass Effect 2 – Bioware/EA

Congrats to all the winners and nominees, and thanks to the Electric Playground team for hosting the night and the after event party, and a big thanks to Reboot Conferences for sponsoring our attendance.

Laura and VGL's Tommy Tallarico topped off the show by hosting a sing along of Portal's <em>Still Alive</em>.

A 60-minute special on the Canadian Videogame Awards is scheduled to premiere on G4 Canada on
May 29. The CVA’s are sponsored by in part by Kinect for XBOX 360, G4 Canada, Sony PlayStation,
Pricewaterhouse Coopers, Bioware, EA Sports, Nintendo 3DS, Relic Entertainment, The Georgia Straight
and the Entertainment Software Association of Canada.

* Photos courtesy of Canadian Video Game Awards.

Wii 2 video leaked

Is this really the Wii 2 or just a lost leader.

Check out this video taken in a developer meeting with Nintendo showing what could be the next Wii. Xbox like Remotes with digital displays and a new case are shown on the screen…

But is it a hoax or is it real? You decide.

Review – L.A. Noire

Rockstar is one of those companies that announces games and people immediately sit up and take notice. L.A. Noire, the joint effort from Team Bondi and Rockstar is no different. As one of the more highly anticipated titles this year. Noire hopes to leave an impression on gamers and quite an impression it is.

Set in the backdrop of LA in the 1940s, L.A. Noire puts the gamer in the shoes of a young and ambitious war hero turned LA Police Officer, Cole Phelps. His first real call is to the scene of a murder where the player is shown the basics of how to move and perform detective work. Knowing that this could be his big break he along with his partner immediately set out in search of the perpetrator. This sets Phelps up for a fast tracked career amongst the ranks of L.A.’s finest police officer.

The detective work is done by searching crime scenes for clues all of which will give Cole other options when it times comes to  interrogate suspects and question witnesses. When searching for the clues the controller will jolt ever so slightly in your hand letting you know that something is nearby that requires investigation and an ominous musical score plays gently in the background and will stop once all the clues have been found letting the player know that they can move on. Not all “clues” have bearing to the overall outcome of the particular case but you do get ranked at the end of each case based on how thorough your interrogation/question skills and detective work was.

When interrogating suspects or witnesses, Cole has 3 responses Lie, Doubt and Truth. All of which will have illicit different responses. The player has to really pay attention to who they’re talking to as they NPC will display certain tells if they’re giving the truth, unsure or full of it. All I can say is pay attention to their eyes they tell a whole lot. If you’re completely unsure, you can go back and look over the evidence and notes before making the decision or your detective’s intuition. Using intuition uses a point to remove one answer giving the user a 50/50 shot at making the right guess but don’t use your intuition points carelessly because you won’t get it any back until you level up.

The game plays just like Grand Theft Auto but much tighter and more refined. When getting into the drivers seat, Phelps opens up his trusty note book and decides what location is going to be his destination. The customary “GPS” Style navigation then pops up in the corner. En-route to these destinations, you will hear calls out for police assistance, provided you’re driving a Police Car, and can then either respond or ignore the call which turns into a side mission. The side missions vary from something as routine as stopping someone from committing suicide to putting an end to a hostage taking. They’re tonnes of fun and a nice distraction from the overall story – another thing to note about the side missions is they help raise your rank in the police force thereby opening up more intuition points which do come in handy with some of your more formidable Suspects.

Graphically this game floors me. I am completely enamored with the graphics in this game and am still amazed that developers are able to up the ante graphically with this aging technology. The voice acting is very good and the musical score is fantastic.

For those of you who love searching for items and collectibles, there is no shortage of that here. There are 13 papers all of which have a video sequence telling a story, a variety of true to life Landmarks from LA in the 1940s and the never ending search for all the different cars from the era. This is sure to please the completionists out there.

Those of you looking for balls to the walls high paced action may be disappointed as LA Noire is really about the atmosphere, Story and the homage being paid to the movies this game so heavily draws inspiration from. L.A. Noire has managed to find the perfect balance between Detective work and action. This is one o those rare games that tries to do something a little different than the norm and succeeds. This is a must buy game. If I had to gripe about anything it would be the fact that there are  absolutely no Multiplayer options. I think it’d be fun to solves cases with friends and play the Good Cop Bad Cop sort of roles.

Pros:
Graphics are extremely impressive
Sound – Great music and voice acting keep the Story moving along
The Story – Pays a great deal of respect to the films it’s inspired by

Cons:
Little Replay Value
No Multiplayer Option

Feed Your Console gives L.A. Noire an enthusiastic 9.5 out of 10

Survivor Wrap Up

Well another season (#22) on Survivor comes to an end and we have a newly crowned Sole Survivor – After four tries “Boston” Rob Mariano is finally the Big money winner. Taking top spot over Former Special Agent (?) Sheppard, and Survivor’s youngest player Natalie.

Also in a not so surprising announcement Matt and Rob went head to head for Sprints People’s Choice player with Boston Rob coming out on top of a very close voting tally (Rob – 40%, Matt – 36%, others – 24%).

Congrats to Boston Rob – winner of $1.1 M in Survivor 21 “Redemption Island”.

Also another Survivor benchmark – relationship number 4 springs to life with Dave blindsiding former Survivor Carolina Eastwood, of season 18 “Survivor Tocantins” (2009), with a surprise proposal (and an assist from Jeff). I think that is a better record than the Bachelor and Bachelorette put together!

Stay tuned for the upcoming 23rd Season “Survivor: South Pacific”, based in Upolu, Samoa. The Redemption Island game style looks to be here to stay and will be returning to the next season.

Modern Warfare 3 Teasers

I go to bed and all is normal I wake up and suddenly we have our official confirmation that Modern Warfare 3 is on it’s way out including a supposed release date of November 8, 2011 according to Kotaku. Apparently the game takes place just moments after the MW2 ends and will have the player taking control of various men in the forces from the featured teasers countries. I expect we’ll see more at E3. From the looks of this trailer, we’re going to Germany, France, America and England and the shit is truly hitting the fan.

Fallout New Vegas: Honest Hearts DLC

It feels like it’s been forever since I’ve explored the Wastelands of Fallout 3 and New Vegas but in truth, it’s only been a few short weeks but that doesn’t make me any less excited for the newest DLC to hit next week. The trailer for the Lonely Hearts DLC has finally hit and it gives us more information on what to expect.

An expedition into the unspoiled wilderness of Utah’s Zion National Park goes horribly wrong when your caravan is ambushed by a tribal raiding band. As you try to find a way back to the Mojave you become embroiled in a war between tribes and a conflict between a New Canaanite missionary and the mysterious Burned Man. In Honest Hearts, the decisions you make will determine the fate of Zion.

Don’t forget – Lonely Hearts will be available on Xbox Live and Steam Tuesday May 17th and PSN as soon as it’s possible. Poor Playstation users – Even when the DLC is set to release alongside everyone else, you have to wait.

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2

I know this is not a new trailer but watching this just gives me chills… Having read all of the books and watched all of the movies I’m not sure I’m ready to view the ending of Harry Potter and his friends adventures… Until then here is the trailer.

Fast Five – or The Last Hurrah?

Mobile Move Minute 175 goes completely off the rails (see the movie and you’ll know what we mean) as we race to the finish with Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, Dwayne Johnson and hottie Jordana Brewster. Can you believe this thing has turned into a chick flick? The action is all guy town, but the women love that Vin. What am I missing here?

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Except for old ladies, this movie fits the bill, with 5 full-on bags of Oh-Vinnie popcorn (even from Cindy) for this non-stop-makes-no-sense action flick. See it, and rent the first, Fast and Furios. Bye, y’all. Eh?

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PSN: It’s Coming Back!


Today Sony Announced the return of the new and improved – more secure – PSN, along with a thank you gift for all PSN members.

Tokyo, MAY 1, 2011 – Sony Computer Entertainment announced they will shortly begin a phased restoration by region of PlayStation Network and Qriocity services, beginning with gaming, music and video services to be turned on.

First services to be reactivated include:

  • Restoration of Online game-play across the PlayStation®3 (PS3) and PSP® (PlayStation®Portable) systems
    • This includes titles requiring online verification and downloaded games
  • Access to Music Unlimited powered by Qriocity for PS3/PSP for existing subscribers
  • Access to account management and password reset
  • Access to download un-expired Movie Rentals on PS3, PSP and MediaGo
  • PlayStation®Home
  • Friends List
  • Chat Functionality

Sony beefs up security

On a more serious side Sony is also beefing up their security with the addition of the position of Chief Information Security Officer, directly reporting to Shinji Hasejima, Chief Information Officer of Sony Corporation. Sony is also rolling out several new security measures, like:

  • Added automated software monitoring and configuration management to help defend against new attacks
  • Enhanced levels of data protection and encryption
  • Enhanced ability to detect software intrusions within the network, unauthorized access and unusual activity patterns
  • Implementation of additional firewalls

In addition, PS3 will have a forced system software update that will require all registered PlayStation Network users to change their account passwords before being able to sign into the service. As an added layer of security, that password can only be changed on the same PS3 in which that account was activated, or through validated email confirmation, a critical step to help further protect customer data.

And now the Good news!

Central components of the “Welcome Back” program will include:

  • Each territory will be offering selected PlayStation entertainment content for free download. Specific details of this content will be announced in each region soon.
  • All existing PlayStation Network customers will be provided with 30 days free membership in the PlayStation Plus premium service. Current members of PlayStation Plus will receive 30 days free service.
  • Music Unlimited powered by Qriocity subscribers (in countries where the service is available) will receive 30 days free service.