Spy Hunter Released

Warner Brothers Interactive announced this week that the launch of a rebooted Midway classic – Spy Hunter – is now available for the PS Vita and the Nintendo 3DS.

1983 Spy Hunter
1983 Spy Hunter
2012 Spy Hunter
2012 Spy Hunter


Gamers that remember the 80’s will be familiar with this title that mixes racing and high tech gadgets. Agents will get behind the wheel of the G-6155 Interceptor supercar to travel the globe and prevent a world wide terrorist organization from succeeding in their plans for world domination. Switch from a street racer to an off-road assault vehicle complete with up-gradable weapons, technology and gadgets to assist your missions.

Some new features included in Spy Hunter include new crash animations, slow motion camera capabilities and an unmanned drone to assist and amp up your destruction levels to 11.

Players will also recognize the familiar sounds of the Peter Gunn Theme getting a reboot. The Music of Spy Hunter soundtrack, composed by none other than Toronto Native and Grammy nominated composer Ryan Shore, is now available from WaterTower Music.

Watch the Announcement Trailer now:

PlayStation 2012 Holiday Event Video Report

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JoystickUnicorn’s PlayStation Holiday Event 2012 – Toronto, Oct. 3, 2012

Because the idea of opening new video games on Christmas morning always filled me with a childhood sense of wonderment, let’s take a look at the Sony PlayStation 2012 Holiday Event through a child’s eyes…literally.

On Oct. 3 2012, Sony and many leading developers showcased new and upcoming PS3 game titles for the holiday season.  Paige and I made our way to the Palais Royale on Toronto’s Waterfront to see what we could expect from PlayStation over the holidays.

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Paige was instinctively drawn to Skylanders Giants from Activision and Square Enix.  Out on Oct. 21st, Skylanders Giants lets you switch out your figures on the fly during gameplay as its the figures that store the individual stats.  More game modes have been added along with more advanced difficulty modes and a fun co-op.

LittleBigPlanet Karting available on the PS3 on Nov. 6th blends the kart racing we all know and love with the creativity typically found in games with LittleBigPlanet in the title.  We raced a few laps using the PS Move Steering wheel in this title from United Front Games and Media Molecule.

Paige with the Sony WonderbookThe Sony Wonderbook, set to be released in December was on display with their launch title, Book of Spells.  This interactive, AR experience is set prior to the events of the Harry Potter movies, but Paige loved seeing herself in the environment, conjuring magic.

The Unfinished Swan was a delightful surprise.  This innovative game is available for download on the PSN Oct 24th.  You use the PS Move to traverse a blank white canvas, painting the environment as you go.  The controls were simple and intuitive.

Sly Cooper 4: Thieves in Time from Sanzaru Games and Sony Entertainment picks up after Sly Cooper 3. It includes a new costume system used to give Sly abilities like additional defence and more.  It’s out Feb. 5th, 2013

Paige and I faced off in Injustice: Gods Among Us.  She as Harley Quinn, me The Flash.  The over-the-top power moves and gameplay was fun for me, but not so much for my 6 year old daughter.  Injustice: Gods Among Us is out in the Spring of 2013

PlayStation All-StarsWe checked out Assassins Creed III and the naval battle mode.  I thought the ship moved well through the water.  This is another title geared more for me.  Check it out yourself on Nov 20th.

Playstation All-Stars Battle Royal out Nov 20th provided a ton of fun.  While Paige wanted to exclusively play as Fat Princess, we had the chance to see a few different fighters in play.

As for the PS Vita, we checked out FIFA 13 and Sound Shapes.  I Thought the Vita controls worked well for Sound Shapes especially.

Stay tuned for more from the Sony Holiday Event as we talk with developers from LittleBigPlanet Karting, Skylanders Giants, Book of Magic and PlayStation All-Stars.

Sony PlayStation Holiday Event 2012

PlayStation Holiday event 2012

Yesterday PlayStation Canada hosted there annual Video Game holiday event to showcase new and upcoming titles.

PlayStation Logo

Diving in to the games as soon as we arrived I jumped right into the Navel battle demo of Assassins’ Creed III. While I didn’t get a solid view of the player movement that we have experienced in past AC games I did get to feel how the boat battles will progress. Needless to say Ubisoft got it right with the wide turns, the need to be aware of firing lines and the addition of multiple cannon ball types to make your time at see feel realistic.

Next up I showed off my lame fighting skills, along side @tehflakes, with a close battle between Injustice’s NightWing and Batman. Fantastic graphics and a button mashers dream… I’m kidding… or maybe not… I may not be great at fighting games but this is one I could see myself taking the time to play and really enjoy.

I typically enjoy gaming on a console more than a handheld platform but @tehflakes insisted I try Call of Duty: Black Ops Declassified Multi-player on the PS Vita and it was very impressive. I’m glad he pushed me to play it. My beef is not with the game but more so with the Vita’s thumb-sticks and how they work with a fast moving shooter like COD – likely this is my issue having limited time playing the Vita. If you like portable gaming and the COD franchise I’d add this to your wishlist.

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Other impressive titles where we didn’t get hands on time at the event include; Lego: Lord of the Rings, Sleeping Dogs, PlayStation Heroes, and Hitman Absolution.

PS3 and PSV owners have a lot of great games to look forward to this season.

Skyrim: Hearthfire DLC Coming Sept 4

Have you ever wanted to have children or build your own home in Skyrim? A place you can hang up your armor and relax in? On Sept 4th you can with the newest DLC chapter titled Hearthfire.

Hearthfire DLC

As demonstrated in this just-released video, Hearthfire allows you to purchase land and build your own home from the ground up – from a simple one-room cottage to a sprawling compound complete with armory, alchemy laboratory, and more. Choose your land, customize your house, guard it from unwanted visitors, and turn your house into a home by adopting children.
Hearthfire will be available for download for 400 Microsoft Points on Xbox LIVE® on September 4. For more information on The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim or Hearthfire please visit www.elderscrolls.com

Fan Expo Toronto 2012 Report

Fan Expo Toronto 2012 THQ Booth

Feed Your Console Presents:

JoystickUnicorn’s Fan Expo Toronto 2012 Report

Please enjoy parts one and two of our Fan Expo Toronto 2012 Report.  From August 23rd to the 26th, the Toronto Metro Convention Center was swarmed by all types of heroes, villains, anime stars and other unworldly creatures.

Part 1 – Our Floor Report:

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Part 2 – Our Gamer Report:

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Paige and I took a look from the perspective of a 6 year old gamer girl and her aging gamer Dad.  We just had to take a look at everything from the latest in comics, Sci-Fi and the newest in video games.

The Highlights:

  • Xbox360 had Halo 4 on display and the line to play nearly wound around the block.
  • Ubisoft featured many of their core titles. Just Dance 4, Assassin’s creed 3, Rocksmith and ZombiU
  • WB Games highlighted the upcoming fighting game, Injustice Gods Among Us as well as Lego Lord of the Rings and more.
  • Disney Interactive had a display for Epic Mickey 2 and featured Disney Artists.
  • Disney also presented a cool FrankenWeenie display for the upcoming Tim Burton flick out Oct. 5th
  • We sampled Dual Play glasses and display from LG.  It allows 2 players to use the same screen and not see the others gameplay.
  • A Dancing Jedi!

In the 3rd Part of the JoystickUnicorn Fan Expo Toronto 2012 Review we’ll take a look at our favorite Cosplay from Toronto Fan Expo.

The Ouya and Kickstarter – An Industry Wake-up call?

The Ouya Console from Boxer8

Is the Ouya “the little Android box that could”?

If we take a look at the outstanding success of their recent Kickstarter campaign that might certainly be the case.  Just last week, the Boxer 8 Kickstarter campaign for the Ouya had concluded.  Saying that this campaign was a success would be an unbelievable understatement.

Ouya Kickstarter CampaignBoxer8, lead by Julie Uhrman was able to raise nearly $ 8.6 Million while their goal was to raise $ 950 000.  This was actually the 2nd most successful Kickstarter campaign to date and shows a desire from many in the community to see change or a move forward in terms of console evolution and opportunities for smaller developers.

The concept of the Ouya is to provide a more cost-effective gaming experience while allowing smaller and independent game developers more access to TV or living room gaming.  The system is set to run about $99USD when launched.

Recently, gamers have had to look to IOS devices and other mobile platforms for some of the more unique and innovative games out there.  Because the Ouya runs on the Andriod OS, it provides a familiar playing field and more flexibility for both developers and gamers.

Will the Ouya console be a wake-up call for the big boys in the gaming industry?

Let’s look at what we know so far about this system:

  • It’s set to release in March of 2013. You can pre-order on the Ouya website as of now.
  • The Ouya has 1 GB of ram and 8 GB of internal flash memory “under the hood” running on a Tegra3 Processor.
  • The Ouya controller is wireless, keeps the player within familiar territory.  It’s beautifully designed and it is reported to sport a small, 3” touch screen.
  • The Base system comes with one controller, additional Ouya controllers will go for about $30USD.
  • Boxer8 has accessibility on their minds for both the players and for smaller, independent developers.  The system supports, mods or hacks depending on what term you like to use and the circles you run with.
  • The Ouya console is small in size…a bit larger than a Rubik’s Cube…pretty cool eh?

OnLive is pledging their support so right away players will be able to play streaming PC games plus both Vevo and TwitchTV have committed to providing more of the media content.   Square Enix and Namco Bandai have announced games upon release and expressed interest respectively.  A ton of independent developers have already voiced an interest in the Ouya and consider this a new opportunity share their games.

There will be freemium titles to play right away but in all honesty, part of me fears dealing with cash shops within cash shops.  This being said, if this is the evolution of gaming and represents how a large portion of gamers want to game and pay for their gaming experiences then I’m sure a balanced approached will be implemented.  Another common concern that pops up is how easy it is to mod or hack the Ouya and what that could mean for online play.  This in my opinion, isn’t much different than PC mods and should not detract from the overall fun.  I’ll need to try it out to be sure.

I have high hopes for what this could mean for home console gaming, but I am skeptical…either way I’m looking forward to a little “shake-up” in the gaming industry.

To see more on the Ouya head on over to their website at http://www.ouya.tv/

 

 

Halo 4: Forward Unto Dawn – Shooting the Warthog Chase – Behind the Scenes

The Team behind the Live action Halo 4: Forward Unto Dawn videos put together this great behind the scenes footage showing the Warthog in Action while on site in Vancouver British Colombia. Seeing the production process in action gives you a small indication of exactly how much work the production team puts into a scene like this.

Contains comments from Stewart Hendler (Director), Enisha Brewster (April), Daniel Cudmore (Master Chief) and Peter Osbourne (Warthog Technician)

Halo 4: Forward Unto Dawn will release in the fall of 2012.

Review – The Walking Dead Episodes 1 and 2

I’m not much of an XBL Arcade guy, but I can’t get enough zombies let alone The Walking Dead so this series was a natural fit for me. After burning through the first 2 episodes, am I still ravenous for more? In short…YES!

The wizards at Telltale Games had the dubious task of putting players into the world that Robert Kirkman and Charlie Adlard crafted and they did so by building an Episodic game that puts the player in the role of Lee Everett, a man who we’re introduced to as he’s being hauled off to prison after being convicted of murder a state Senator. In usual fashion, we won’t go into too much detail on the story so as to preserve the integrity of the game for those of you who haven’t yet ad the opportunity to experience it.

The games mechanics are simple but somehow feel refined in a way that lend themselves well game. Simply put, move the character around with the thumb sticks, press the correct button over hotspots that pop up  in the on screen target and pick your responses to character dialogue scenes. As a kid in the 80s, choose your own adventure books were a staple in my house, what Telltale did was take that concept and turn it into a videogame which works amazingly well and lends to the need for multiple play throughs as your dialogue decisions can directly affect the way the story plays out and how people will react to you as a character.

The graphics feel as though they were lifted directly from the pages of the comic books which in my opinion is incredible. I loved the  overall feel of the package from the graphics, to the moody sound editing and overall feel of desperation and fear that came with the game. I’m of the opinion that Capcom can learn a thing or 2 from this series and the story telling that goes along with it – or just hire Telltale to do a proper Resident Evil game.

Much like the TV and comic series, at the end of each episode, I found myself clamoring for more. So much so that I started Episode 1 over again when I finished Episode 2 just to see how different things can play out with different decisions.

Pros
– Graphics
– Multiple choices can directly change the outcome of the game
– Much moodier and more exciting than the last 2 Resident Evil games
– Sound Editing was fantastic

Cons
– I would like for the episodes to be longer

Feed Your Console give The Walking Dead Game a 9 out of 10

EVENT: PS Vita meet-up

The Mysterious group behind the G-List are hosting a PS Vita meet-up this weekend in Toronto and Vancouver.

The Misters are giving the first attendees, who are also members of the G-List, free copies of Resistance: Burning Skies – Note proof of membership is required.

Following the giveaway, a multi-player tournament will take place with amazing prizes to be won from PlayStation.

DON’T Forget your PS Vita!

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Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim – DawnGuard DLC Available TOMORROW!!!

The first official Add on for Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim launches tomorrow on Xbox Live for 1600 MS Points.

“The Vampire Lord Harkon has returned to power. Using the Elder Scrolls, he seeks to do the unthinkable – to end the sun itself. Will you join the ancient order of the Dawnguard and stop him, or will you yourself become a Vampire Lord?

Featuring an all new faction questline, new locations, weapons, creatures and more; the ultimate choice will be yours.”

I for one have been itching to get back to Skyrim but have had so many other games on the go…Now it looks like I have no choice. I can’t wait to play this.