PlayStation Canada Launches Lounge Downtown Toronto

Last Friday Sony Computer Entertainment Canada (SCEC) announced the launch of the PlayStation Lounge in downtown Toronto location.

Designed from the ground up, the lounge will be located on the upper level of the EB Games’ downtown location at 267 Yonge Street in Toronto, Ontario (Yonge and Dundas area). The goal of the PlayStation lounge is to provide customers with a one-stop shop for all their PlayStation needs.

This weekend marks the official PlayStation Lounge Grand Opening event, and we are all invited, details below:

      Sunday, November 13, 2011
      2-5 PM
      267 Yonge Street, Toronto
      Luke Schenn signing 2-3:30 PM / Naughty Dog signing 3:30-5 PM

Special guests will include Luke Schenn from the Toronto Maple Leafs and Robert Cogburn, Game Designer from Naughty Dog, the creators of the Uncharted® franchise.

The first 100 fans to line up will receive autographed hockey pucks from Schenn and autographed Nathan Drake scarves from Cogburn.

So join PlayStation Canada for the grand opening of the lounge, have your picture taken with Ratchet from the award-winning Insomniac franchise, and pick up some autographed swag too!

Forza 4 Review

For gear head’s there are two thing’s that they love racing and car show’s. Forza 4 Motorsport open’s up
with the BBC’s Top Gear host Jermey Clark talking about how this game is for car enthusiast’s and not people who are concerned with how many miles to the gallon a car gets and how environmentally friendly a car is. This is because we don’t care! we want the raw power, we want to hear the noise of the engines screeching as we take that corner a little fast and most importantly we want to feel a live.

Players will notice a quicker push to level 50, which was the maximum level in Forza 3 that’s gone now. In Forza 4 the maximum level is 150 to reward those die hard Forza fan’s. As I write this I’m already in the mid 40’s and the fact that I’m now given a choice of car’s as a reward time I level is fantastic. I really enjoy the fact that I get to choose my reward. After hitting level 50 the car rewards are gone and replaced with credit bonus’s ranging from 100k to 350k. Car manufacture affinity rewards you to being loyal to your favourite car manufacture. Love Ferrari? only drive Ferrari? levelling your car manufacturing affinity gives you bonuses like free parts, badges and titles for your player card.

You’ll notice in the early stages that the AI is quite different then in Forza 3. In Forza 3 they removed power from the AI to make slower on easier difficulties. This isn’t the case in Forza 4 what they do is reduce there confidence when there in corners. What this does it makes the AI brake earlier into corners which is where you as the player can out break them and slip in front of them. The moment the AI it’s the apex in the corner they will be flat out regardless of the difficulty level.

The key to beating them on the straight’s is to block them down the straights. What I’ve found so far is that this is producing closer, better wheel to wheel racing and I’ve actually lost a few races to the AI. This is a great improvement as generally there really isn’t much of a contest from the AI.

The team over at Turn 10 partnered with Pirelli tires with new data which mean’s the tires in Forza 4 behave exactly as they tests indicate on real tracks on the real cars. Hardcore racer’s will notice that car’s behave a bit different and that’s because Turn 10 made some changes to their steering model, let’s be real not all track’s are smooth and are there some bumps along the way, so expect to see a bit of track bumpiness as well. These changes truly impact the way the car’s handle very different from Forza 3 and for me make it a bit harder to handle with most of the assist’s turn offed.

One of my favourite little features to Forza that is completely separate from the overall in game experience is the ability to navigate the menu’s using my voice and the power of Kinect. When I first discovered this I played around about 5 minutes going Xbox, My Garage. Simple use of Kinect but so very convenient.

Turn 10 has also gone a head to implement the ability for racers to drive with there arms. Gas and Braking are controlled by the game for the gamer and all the racer need’s to do is steer using there arms. I’m not a huge fan of this to be honest and this is suppose to be a sim racer and well this portion of it isn’t but I understand that it’s trying to get the family together. I appreciate that but would rather they hadn’t.

Autovista is a new feature that integrates Kinect into the Forza experience. Imagine your own personal automotive showroom that allows you to fully explore supercars like the Ferrari 458 Italia, Lexus LF-A, 1993 McLaren F1, 2008 Lamborghini Reventon the 2006 Koenigsegg CCX. With Kinect this allows the player to walk around the car, open doors, sit in the car, turn the engine on and most importantly hear what gear head Jeremy Clark has to say about these cars. This is a really cool feature but it’s not available on all cars.

So should you buy Forza 4? that’s the question and since it’s notably the best in the franchise you should. The visual upgrade isn’t significant but the changes to the physics, AI and community are sure to make this game worth your dollars.

We’ve Got Call of Duty Fever!

Can’t get enough of the Moder Warefare hype? Then catch the Official Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 – The Vet & The n00b trailer featuring Sam Worthington, Jonah Hill and Dwight Howard.

Will You Answer Today’s Call?

It’s Call of Duty Day 2011 and things are getting crazy around here. From $1 Million dollar heists of today’s Blockbuster release in France, our Review of the Game and all the news for the major launch parties all over the country.

GameStop‘s flag ship location at 267 Yonge St, Toronto is promising to be a major blowout with COD Prizes and giveaways ranging from Consoles and games, to hoodies and Touques, and a special appearance by Call of Duty Modern Warfare Developers. Tonight’s events run from 6 pm to 1 am.

Can’t make it to Toronto? Fear not, GameStop is running events at 274 of their stores, find your nearest location here (Quebec residents go here).

BestBuy will also be hosting Major events in the Toronto and Vancouver areas tonight: Launch parties at Cambie and Bay & Dundas:

  • First to play opportunity with Xbox Street Teams
  • Green Screen photo opportunity embedding you into the game
  • Meet two of the game developers (only at Cambie)
  • Line up to be entered to win a Hardened Edition copy of the game
  • Dress up for your chance to win an additional Hardened Edition copy

Launch Parties:

  • Toronto – 65 Dundas St. West (Bay and Dundas) – being at 9 p.m. on Monday, Nov 7
  • Vancouver – 2220 Cambie St. (Cambie and 6th Ave) – being at 9 p.m. on Monday, Nov 7
  • Doors open at all midnight opening stores* on Tuesday, Nov 8 at 12:01 a.m.

Other BestBuy Promotion/notes tied to CoD:MW3 –

  • Pre-order Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 in advance and get 800 Reward Zone bonus points ($10 value)
  • Trade 3 games and get credit for the full value of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3
  • Free t-shirt for the first 100 customers in line at each store
  • Guaranteed 15 Hardened Edition copies at every store

*stores in Quebec and Sudbury will open at 8 a.m. on Tuesday, November 8

And not to be out done Future Shop will be kicking out the jams at THREE locations (it’s only fitting for MW3).

Future Shop’s midnight release and release day offers include:

  • Opportunity to win a grand-prize draw for a LG 47” Cinema 3D home theatre package (a $2,099 value) at above locations
  • Trade-in two used games from qualifying list for a new copy of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3
  • Receive $10 credit for any future gaming purchase in December with purchase from Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3. (Games must be priced $19.99 and over.)
  • The first 75 customers purchasing the game at each store location will receive a free Modern Warfare Collection SteelBook case (Shown Right), exclusive to Future Shop.
  • Line up early for your chance to get cool MW3 stuff!

Advance Modern Warfare 3 gameplay from 9:00 p.m. – midnight (local time) at the following three downtown locations:

  • Toronto, ON, 325 Yonge St. (at Dundas)
  • Edmonton, AB, 10304-109th St. N.W. (at 103 Ave. N.W.)
  • Vancouver, BC, 798 Granville St. (at Robson)

* Stores in Sudbury, ON and Quebec open earlier on November 8, 2011 at 8:00 a.m. local time.)

Have Fun and Game on!

Review – Modern Warfare 3

Another year and another instalment of the ever popular Call of Duty franchise – Modern Warfare 3, which aptly takes place during World War III. In customary fashion to our policies here at Feed Your Console, we will do our best to NOT divulge any major spoilers as we want you to experience it the way the game was meant to be enjoyed.

in Spring of 2010, reports came out of issues between Infinity Ward’s founding members and Activision and subsequently a mass exodus by members of the team leaving many to speculate what would become of the series. I can say with 100% certainty, that the series’ integrity is fully intact complete with some awesome new ideas.

The game starts off exactly where the previous one left off – with Captain Price and Russian informant Nokolai caring for an injured “Soap” Mactavish while on the run after killing off a rogue US Army Lieutenant General Shepherd and the bombs falling across the globe. It’s here that the gamer is immediately thrust back into the action and the action is fierce, intense and incredible over a campaign that spans about 3.5-4hrs total.

During the course of the game, players will take control of a variety of people fighting in different parts of the world from New York City, London England, Paris and the Middle East (some new and some old) while telling a story that both excited and frightened me to various degrees. The levels are absolutely beautiful. Some of them left me speechless and slack-jawed while others had me wide-eyed with excitement. I haven’t yet had much time with the new multiplayer modes as of the writing of this but I can say that everyone who loves the CoD: MW multiplayer experience will be more than happy here, my personal favourite, being the “Kill Confirmed” mode which requires the player to collect a set of dogtags from their kill before it’s counted — Something tells me that the low-life campers won’t be playing this mode too much and for that I’m truly Thankful. Spec Ops is back and it’s just as fun as always(WOW!!! My buddy and I are awful at Spec Ops)

In the end, this appears to be the final instalment in this iteration of “Modern Warfare” series and it’s all wrapped up into a nice neat little package that’s sure to make most happy though there’s always that contingent that’s never happy with anything…

Vince Zampella and Jason West who?!? Keep up the good work IW.

Feed Your Console gives Modern Warfare 3 a 9 out of 10

Pros:

  • Great story
  • Incredible Environments
  • Locales Look Great
  • Confirmed Kill Mode
  • The Return of Spec Ops

Cons:

  • Short Campaign (3-5-4hrs total)

Grand Theft Auto V Trailer


So the new Grand Theft Auto V trailer is out and Fan boys are gushing all over… Am I the only one thinking – Hey look new graphics engine, same story and gameplay.

Here is what I get out of the trailer: Guy wants out of [gang/mob/crime] life style after making enough money to retire to a luxury condo in San Andreas, but he just can’t seem to shake the gangster life style.

I’m really hopping that future information and video from Rockstar Games proves me wrong about this being the same game as the last GTA’s with a new location and graphics engine on the standard 2 to 3 year release cycle.

TechVibes: Canadian Gaming Industry Infographic

TechVibes recently released this infographic describing the Gaming Development industry here in Canada.

A few of the more interesting stats include:

  • Studio size – Studios with less than 50 employees make up 72% of the industry in Canada
  • Ottawa has the largest number of companies building games – Who knew?
    (I’m going to have to kick KanedaGallon to start talking with some of these organizations – If you are out there drop us a line we want to hear from you!).
  • A growing number of developers projected over the next two years (even in this economy)

Canadian video game facts infographic

* Infographic thanks to TechVibes – click for original article.