The Lego Pirates Are Coming


Live the adventures of our favourite pirate, Captain Jack Black, and the join the crew of the Black pearl as you journey through the movie franchises that made “swabbing the deck” something fun to say again.

LEGO Pirates of the Caribbean will be incorporating storylines and characters from the first three films Pirates of the Caribbean Films as well as the upcoming fourth film, “Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides.”

Bring on Davy Jones’ Locker!

Those Lego guys are into everything… Space, Brands, Adventure and now the high seas.

Toronto: It’s On Like Donkey Kong

Donkey Kong Country ReturnsThat’s Right Toronto This weekend come on down to the Donkey Kong Country Returns Launch Event!

Nintendo is going bananas! with Professional eater “The Tsunami” Takeru Kobayashi, the king of competitive eating, as he takes on the Donkey Kong Country Returns banana eating challenge.

Cant wait to get DKCR in your hands then head on down and get some hands on time with the Big Ape and his little sidekick, Diddy, as they launch their latest adventure this Saturday (November 20, 2010) between 1pm – 4pm… and make sure you stick around for the the Banana Eating Challenge with Takeru Kobayashi: 3:00 pm (sharp). See you there!

I almost feel like I need a Banana joke here…

This is certainly an event that will aPEEL to all ages

groan… it is early, give me a break 😀 Think you can do better – leave me a banana joke in the comments.

WHERE:
RioCan Yonge Eglinton Centre
Upper Plaza Level in front of Toys ‘R’ Us
20 Eglinton Avenue West
Toronto, ON M4R 1K8


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Review – Call of Duty: Black Ops

The Call of Duty franchise is the very “Defacto standard” by which all war games are measured up to and strive to emulate. None have ever been able to reach the level of praise and distinction that the Call of Duty name has associated with it. In what seems to be an annual series release by Activision, this year Treyarch takes the helm once again from Infinity Ward (Modern Warfare 1 and 2) to take us back to the front lines of war with their own unique story in Black Ops.

The story is told from the vantage point of a few different characters in the game through flashbacks and an interrogation room but the focus is primarily on game protagonist Alex Mason. Instead of using WWII as the backdrop for the story, we jump ahead to the 1960s in the role of Special Forces Operative Alex Mason.

The game starts off with Alex Mason and 2 other operatives during the “Bay of Pigs” invasion of Cuba as a part of “Operation 40” as they try to infiltrate a Cuban stronghold with direction to assassinate Fidel Castro. After the apparent successful assassination, Mason is left behind to protect the extraction plane as it takes off. He’s then captured by Castros troops and handed over to the Russians as a sign of good faith in the new alliance the 2 countries shared where he is then taken to Russian prisoner camp Vorkuta.

The game runs off the same engine that Treyarch used for World at War and I can honestly say that the game looks amazing. The lush jungles of Vietnam to the cold dreary Arctic Circle and the Vorkuta prison all look and feel incredible. The multiplayer maps vary in size with my personal favorite Nuke Town. Treyarch really spared no expense on the sound front. They hired some incredible voice talent in the form of Sam Worthington(Avatar), Ed Harris (Apollo 13), Gary Oldman (Bram Stokers Dracula) and Topher Grace (That 70s Show) to name a few. Couple that with some licensed music by the Stones and Creedence Clearwater Revival and you’ve got a blockbuster.

Fear not, the game doesn’t end there either. Zombie Mode is back and better than ever and of course the multiplayer matches are back but this is where I have a problem. The online match making was more than a little aggravating.

One of my biggest complaints in the CoD franchise is just how difficult it can be to play online with most users if you don’t start playing right away and for hour after hour at a time. The leveling system is annoying because with higher levels, the better the options are for loadouts for more powerful weapons and better perks. This can be extremely annoying because the game doesn’t match player levels very well or even at all. There I was a lowly level 1 in a game full of people level 30+. I was thoroughly annihilated with 4 kills the entire round. By the end of the weekend, I clawed my way to level 7 and was ranked in the top 3 for at least 1 round so it’s not to say that I totally suck at the game. Normally I can hold my own but with the cards stacked against you, it’s a tough uphill battle that will leave many frustrated in the end. No doubt I had a bunch of negative feedback due to my incessant swearing and not realizing that my Kinect was set to “On” for game chat – DOH!!!

Did I mention that it seems to me the best way to win any round is to be a camper? Another major annoyance for me is the amount of camping and sniping that goes on in this game. I’m a huge proponent of some sort of camp timer or handicap that says you can only be in the same spot for a finite amount of time before everyone in the round is given your location on the map or something to that effect. One other quick complaint is the omission of online co-op story mode. It would have been nice to play through with a friend or 2.

Despite the issues I’ve heard about for PC users, what we have here is a solid performance by the Treyarch team. They’ve taken the Call of Duty name and added their own stamp to the franchise much like Infinity Ward did with the “Modern Warfare” series. I really enjoyed the dark tone to the story, and LOVED the Zombie mode. Treyarch has stepped out from the Infinity Wards shadow with this title. Well done.

Feed Your Console gives Call of Duty: Black Ops 8.5 out of 10

Pros:

  • Beautiful environments
  • Zombie mode is back and just as fun
  • Great voice talent
  • Intriguing (though somewhat predictable) story

Cons:

  • Unbalanced multiplayer matchmaking
  • Too much camping/sniping

Nintendo is Seeing Red

Mario is turning 25 and Nintendo is celebrating with a hot Red console lineup including a new Red Wii console, a new remote and a new Red DSiXL bundle.

Wii Red Bundle

The special edition lineup of products is now available and includes:

  • Red Wii Bundle: a new limited-edition console in beautiful red to bundled with New Super Mario Bros. Wii and a new red Wii Remote Plus controller, Wii Sports and a red Nunchuk controller.
  • Red Nintendo DSi XL Bundle: features three iconic Super Mario Bros.-themed graphics. Packed with Mario Kart DS, a pre-loaded software version of Brain Age Express: Arts & Letters, Brain Age Express: Math and Photo Clock.
  • Wii Remote Plus: a new all in one controller combining the original, iconic Wii Remote™ controller combined with a built-in Wii MotionPlus.*
  • FlingSmash Bundle: This new Wii game combines the hands-on fun of tennis with the nonstop action and instant gratification of pinball, bundled in with the new Wii Remote Plus controller.

DSiXL Red Bundle

* Wii Remote Plus will become the new standard Wii controller, and will be available from now on in all Wii hardware packages and bundles.

Nintendo Holiday Event 2010

Nintendo Holiday EventTonight I had the pleasure of heading down to see Nintendo’s Holiday Lineup and get my hands on the latest titles coming to the Wii and DS for all you Nintendo Gamers out there.

I have to say Nintendo holds the keys on home party games for the whole crew, with Wii Party your going to be the host with the most at your next party.  So many mini games and team challenges your guests will be laughing and entertained all night long.  Mix in a few adult sodas and your guests will never want to leave.

Perfect for causal gamers and Family friendly.

Maybe you are more of a puzzle gamer, looking for the next riddle to cross your path?  Well take heart, Professor Layton is back with his third title “Professor Layton and the Unwound Future“. Use your skills of deduction and riddle solving to help Luke and the Professor solve a mystery, a mystery from the future…

Perfect for puzzle and portable gamers.

Artists and those just learning to draw will want to get there hands on Art Academy. A step-by-step learn to draw program that lets event the worst artist (thats me) to draw a work of art. Just look at the tree I was able to draw following the instructions provided by the in-game art Tutor.


Ice Mario
Mario in Ice
 

Mvern78 talking with
Nintendo Canada

On Location:
Trush Holmes Empire

A great event all around with so many titles we just couldn’t get to them all… But based on what we saw, Nintendo Gamers are going to have a long very wishlist this holiday season

The Lord of the Rings: Aragorn’s Quest – Voice Over Talent

In The Lord of the Rings: Aragorn’s Quest, players become the legendary Aragorn and embark upon a quest reliving the hero’s most valiant battles from The Lord of the Rings trilogy. Wielding a sword, shield, bow and spear, players will battle enemies and journey through a colorful and fresh rendition of Middle-earth where they can switch between spear and sword on horseback, taking down evil foes in a truly action-packed gameplay experience. Two-player co-op gameplay featuring Gandalf allows kids, families and friends to work together in the heart of the action on the PS3 and Wii.

The video features Sean Astin (The Lord of the Rings, The Goonies), and John Rhys-Davies (The Lord of the Rings, Indiana Jones) as they talk about their involvement as voice talent for the game, the engaging gameplay and their thoughts on the legendary character Aragorn. The Lord of the Rings: Aragorn’s Quest is a family-friendly game which, for the first time, allows gamers of all ages to experience the extremely popular The Lord of the Rings franchise using the Wii remote and the PS3 Move technology.

The Lord of the Rings: Aragorn’s Quest will be available for the PS3, Wii, DS and PSP next Tuesday, September 14.

Nintendo 2010 E3 Line-up Media Event

Guest post by: Scott Cochrane (@DarthAlbertIII)
Location: Toronto, ON

In a complete reversal from Nintendo’s now infamous 2008 E3 press conference, where core Nintendo gamers were not the target audience, 2010’s E3 line-up is the complete opposite.  This fall and holiday season, Nintendo is bringing back the classics with broad appeal and loyal fan followings.

Kirby's Epic YarnKirby’s Epic Yarn presents a unique medium for what is sure to be anothertimelessside-scrolling platformer.  Pop Star has literally been transformed into a sprawling tapestry and its denizens have been converted into bits of yarn.  In the new environment, Kirby can pull, swing on and unzip various objects to reveal new paths.  Living in a world made of yarn has its benefits as Kirby can drastically change his shape to confront enemies on a larger scale.  In co-operative mode, players work together to battle enemies, collect gems and reach new heights.  The difficulty level is nearly non-existent which ensures that young and casual gamers will have ample opportunity to explore the world with little in the way of frustration.  Kirby’s Epic Yarn is scheduled to be released for the Wii in Fall of 2010.

Donkey Kong Country Returns

Donkey Kong Country returns in the aptly named Donkey Kong Country Returns.  Retro Studios revitalizes the series through clever usage of the Wii motion controls.  Elements and actions from previous Donkey Kong games are present but new features have also been added such as the ability to move from foreground to background in certain levels.Once again, Donkey Kong provides the brute muscle, preferring to attack his enemies at close range with ground pound and barrel roll moves while Diddy attacks from afar, gliding on his jetpack and firing his peanut gun.  Players can traverse DK Island alone or with a friend in co-operative play.   Donkey Kong Country Returns should hit shelves in time for 2010’s Holiday season.

GoldenEye 007 is a reboot of the N64 classic.  The story has been re-imagined and updated to modern day by Bruce Feirstein, the original author of the GoldenEye film.  The single player campaign will provide new challenges and objectives to fans of the original game.  Daniel Craig lends his voice to James Bond while Mr. Craig’s stunt double performs for the motion capture.  In all regards, this is the Bond people know and love today.  Characters and weapons remain the same but there have been great improvements to graphics, control and playability.  The result is a first person shooter that stands up to today’s standards.  Up to four players can compete in split-screen deathmatches as well as battle online against others around the world.  GoldenEye 007 is slated for a Holiday 2010 release.

Disney Epic Mickey

Disney Epic Mickey represented one of the few brand newfranchises at the event.  Mickey Mouse, through events untold at present, has found himself in a dark world called the Cartoon Wasteland, whichacts as the antithesis of Disney’s Magic Kingdom.  Cartoon Wasteland is home to characters and locations that have been forgotten or rejected over time from the world of Disney.  Mickey must use paint or paint thinner to create or destroy the environment as per his needs; an element that forces gamers to keep an eye out for new or hidden paths.  When transitioning between regions, Mickey travels via 2 dimensional platforming events set in classic Mickey Mouse cartoons such as Steamboat Willie.  Quests can be solved in a multitude of ways and some can be skipped altogether.  Developers have also implemented a morality system wherein the game will track Mickey’s actions and change his appearance accordingly.  Disney Epic Mickey is due to be out by the 2010 Holiday season.

Sadly lacking from the event were the revolutionary new 3DS, a handheld system with glasses-free 3d effects, and the new Legend of Zelda title.  Both of these products will not be released before 2011.  That said, many other games were available to play, with most of them being sequels of previous titles.Names and projected release dates are as follows:

Wii

Samurai Warriors 3 September 27, 2010
Wii Party Fall 2010
PokeParkPikachu’s Adventure Holiday 2010
EA Sports NHL Slapshot September 7, 2010

DS

Professor Layton and the Unwound Future September 20, 2010
Mario vs. Donkey Kong Mini-Land Mayhem! Holiday 2010
Dragon Quest IX Sentinels of the Starry Skies July 11, 2010
Pokemon Ranger Guardian Signs Fall 2010
GoldenSun Dark Dawn Holiday 2010

Gamers asked and Nintendo listened.  With a strong showing of titles, both new and old, the end of 2010 is sure to be filled with gaming delight for both the Wii and the DS. 

Thanks to Nintendo for hosting the event and for inviting Feed Your Console to attend.

Review: Dance on Broadway

Ever wanted to Dance the Time warp? Or maybe you couldn’t get the song Aquarius out of your head? Or what about finding a way to use the ridiculously long word supercalifragilisticexpialidocious? Do you even know any of these songs?! (If your my age you do ;))

Ubisoft’s newest dance title “Dance on Broadway” lets you shake a tail feather to more than 20 of the best Broadway show songs to ever see the stage.

The simplicity of this game will make it appealing to all ages – there is really not a whole lot to it… Simply hold the Wiimote in your hand and your off and ready to Dance the night away. So get your friends together and live out your fantasy of dancing on a Broadway stage. As easy as you think this game will be without Rhythm your going to have some serious challenge with this game.

Graphically your presented with a stage, much like the show would have, four dancer and a series of dance moves you follow along with. I recommend the tutorial to first timers – It’ll probably help you get the hang of things quicker. This is a true party game for adults and will likely appeal to a younger female demographic.

Pros:

  • Easy Game play
  • Playing with friends is ultimately the best way to enjoy this game.
  • Kid friendly Game

Cons:

  • Not easy for the Rhythmically Challenged
  • Limited number of songs
  • Limited Replay value

Feed Your Console gives: Dance on Broadway: 8 out of 10

* Thanks to Ubisoft for supplying the review copy.

June’s Most Wanted

Most Wanted

The people have spoken and they can’t get enough of the Wii top 10 – for a forth straight month the Wii titles have held strong and the Top 10 seems locked in.

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

From the DS side after months we finaly have a newcomer to the group – Making it’s DS debut in the Number 5 spot Picross 3D, a puzzle challenge sequel with enough oomph to push “Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Explorers of Sky” right off the list!

NINTENDO DS

  • Pokémon HeartGold Version
  • Pokémon SoulSilver Version
  • Glory of Heracles
  • The Legend of Zelda: Spirit Tracks
  • Picross 3D
  • Professor Layton and the Diabolical Box
  • Mario & Luigi: Bowser’s Inside Story
  • Style Savvy
  • Fossil Fighters
  • WarioWare: D.I.Y.