Gears of War Judgment EB Event

This evening EB games Canada hosted an invite for 75 lucky winners to check out Gears of War
Judgment and go hands on with Free for All with chances to play OverRun and be one five lucky
individuals get to play the single player campaign.

The event started with recruits being asked to sign in and declare any positions as they wouldn’t be able
to take them to their last meal, game play and your trial. Next up recruits were ordered to report for
mug shots before heading upstairs to trial.

Once upstairs COG recruits where offered there last meal which was a variety of meats on a stick
because as you know COG’s didn’t abide by food rations like the normal citizens because they needed
their strength to fight the Locust.

Upstairs a green screen was set up for patrons to have their own customer Gears of War Judgment box
art created. Recruits had their choice of lancer and retro lancers available.

Next up recruits had to fight to survive in a game of Free for all which was played on the Library map.
Library only supports Free for All, Domination and Execution game moods. This library was home to
Alexiy Desipich and housed some of the most important documents to him. If your unaware of whom
he is he was responsible for the basis around the Collation of Ordered Governments revolving around
eight guiding principles: Order, Diligence, Purity, Labor, Honor, Loyalty, Faith, and Humility. Having only
a brief single play session before being eliminated from the tournament I can tell you it’s a good sized
map and where the centre of the map also features a long shot sniper rifle which conveniently keeps an
eye on the beloved Boom Shot. I was told by our hosts that there were shortcuts on the level that had
powerful weapons and short cuts to help you escape from being killed. I wasn’t able to find these short
cuts but they sure would have saved me from being killed and finishing in 3 rd place in my heat and being
eliminated from the tournament.

 

 

 

 

 

Review – Tomb Raider

Once the queen of gaming, Lara Croft has fallen from the graces of many games but she hasn’t been forgotten. Crystal Dynamics and Square Enix hope to change that the newly rebooted title in Lara Croft’s life aptly named “Tomb Raider”. We will do our best not to divulge any spoilers so come along with me while we take a look to see if they were successful.

The story features a much younger Lara Croft before becoming a world renowned archaeologist as she embarks on an expedition aboard a ship called “Endurance” with friends a TV production crew and an already well known archaeologist. This isn’t the Lara Croft we all know from games of the past. On the way to their location, a violent storm destroys the boat and leaves them stranded on an island and separated from one another.

The game feels very similar to Uncharted but with a much darker tone to the surroundings and overall feeling to the dialogue. No witty banter between characters, no light-hearted moments either. While traversing the island’s various locales, Lara will find animals to hunt which can be used to salvage parts and earn experience points, she also will come across weapon upgrade pieces and will occasionally uncover hidden locations that need to be explored to discover artifacts in usual Tomb Raider style by solving puzzles to get to the payday. I found the puzzles to be far less engaging and much simpler than I remember from the original series. One thing I was truly thankful for was that the timed switch style puzzles were omitted from this title.

When not spelunking or raiding tombs, Lara finds herself in heated gun battles with the islands mysterious inhabitants. The gun battles are fierce and fast paced but can be slowed down a little by using an automatic cover system that while isn’t as good as the one you would find in Uncharted or Gears of War is more than serviceable and helpful. Killing enemies will also earn you Experience points that accumulate to allow Lara to learn a new survival skill. Not only do the enemy kills net you experience, but if you go through their pockets, you’ll find ammo (copious amounts of ammo in the game. you’ll never actually run out) and salvage parts which can be used to build upgrades for

Lara’s various weapons. The sound and the graphics are gorgeous. These days everyone is talking next gen this and next gen that, but, while playing this game, I couldn’t help but wonder if we really need another generation of gaming console yet. This game looks about as next gen as I could imagine and it’s available on our tired old boxes already in my living room.

The team at Crystal Dynamics have done exactly what the series needed – They took the concept, made it their own and gave it a fresh yet familiar feel without straying too much from what made Tomb Raider so good so many years ago. A survivor may have been born but the Queen reclaimed her crown.  Lara Croft is back and she’s better than ever.

Feed Your Console gives Tomb Raider a 9 out of 10

Pros:
Simply stunning graphics
Great atmosphere
A title worthy of carrying the Tomb Raider title – Extremely enjoyable
Great balance between Tomb Raiding and gun battles

Cons:
Simple puzzles – Beef it up next time
Cover System needs work

Rockstar Announces Grand Theft Auto V Gets A Launch Date

Los Santos, CA, you better get ready the streets are about to get bloody as Grand Theft Auto V is heading your way officially in the Spring of 2013.

GTA-V

If you forgot about the announcement here is a refresher on the GTA V Trailer from November 2011:

Get your pre-order on starting next week November 5, 2012, more news as it’s released.

More info: Grand Theft Auto V

Review – Borderlands 2

I was a shade late to the party with the original Borderlands when it hit consoles in 2009. Most of my friends had already moved on and no one wanted to play but still I found myself strangely compelled by the game as I played through it on my own. What I found was a game that was low on a quality story but extremely high on fun factor. At the time I had vowed that Borderlands 2 would be in my console the day it hit shelves.

Borderlands 2

Taking place 5 yrs after the events of the original, Borderlands 2 takes us back to Pandora with a 5 new characters (4 at launch with the Mecromancer coming a month later as DLC).

  • Maya – The Siren uses phaselock and abilities similar to Lilith from the original
  • Salvador – The Gunzerker who takes the role of insane tank over from Brick but can actually dual wield weapons as his special ability
  • Axton – The Commando, resembles Roland and uses Auto-Turrets
  • Zer0 – The Assassin who can create decoys of himself to distract enemies
  • Gaige – The Mecromancer who was not available at the time of release and arrived about a month after the game’s release DLC (free to those of us who pre-ordered). Gaige has a pet Robot who she can deploy to dispatch some serious hurt on enemies.

Much has changed in the short time since the original game. Since the original Vault Hunters defeated the Destroyer, a new valuable mineral called Eridium has begun invading Pandora’s crust resulting in a Hyperion Corporation’s employee known as Handsome Jack seizing control of this new mineral and using it to take over the planet and ruling with it’s citizens with an Iron Fist. Rumors had begun spreading through the galaxy of a larger more valuable Vault on Pandora bringing in Vault Hunters from far and wide in search of these riches only to be killed by Handsome Jack and thus begins the journey through Borderlands 2.

Borderlands 2 takes the gameplay from the original title and build upon it. Just like the original, players start off by picking their character class, and taking on new missions/quests given to them by job boards and by speaking with other NPCs in the world. As the player gains experience and levels up, they can decide which of the 3 specialities they want to assign the points to. 4 Player Co-op makes a triumphant return resulting in loads of laughs, gun play an hours upon hours of social gaming.

The enemies by and large haven’t changed much but there have been some new interesting and challenging additions to the portfolio of endless baddies. Their AI is improved upon to some degree but I mostly found them to be rather mindless. It’s the sheer number of enemies and their attacks that tend to put people on their backs.

All in all Borderlands 2 is just a whole lot more of what the original title brought. Guns, Explosions, treasure hunting, guns and more guns. Hardly a bad thing. The story was still a little to be desired as I found myself just not caring and wishing I could skip past the story moments in favor of just getting on with the looting. I’ve now finished the game 3 times, with 2 different character builds. The Gunzerker and now the Mecromancer. I just can’t seem to get enough of the social aspect of this title because I’m rarely if ever in a game with any less than 3 other people and we all help each other complete missions, Bad Ass challenges or just farming areas for the best loot. I’m now well over 400hrs into this game and while I still have about 5 more games that need to be finished, I keep coming back for more as more and more of my friends get the game and want to play or ask for help. It’s rare that a game can captivate me the way this one has.

This is a must have for any gamer.

Feed Your Console gives Borderlands 2 an enthusiastic gun toting 9.5 out of 10

Pros:

  • 4 player Coop makes for some great social gaming marathons
  • New variants on familiar character classes and the new Mecromancer
  • Keeping the basic recipe for gameplay the same

Cons:

  • Weak story – I just couldn’t bring myself to care about it

Psy Gangnam Style is coming to Just Dance 4

Today Ubisoft release news that South Korean Music sensation Psy’s Gangnam Style will be available as DLC for Just Dance 4. Now unless you’ve been under a rock or living with out electricity for the last couple of months you’ve either seen, heard or watched Psy TV or the internet. Gangnam Style has ranked up over 480 Million (yes 480 Million) views on YouTube and the video have launched parodies and covers from the likes of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, the Oregon Ducks Marching Band and the Stratford Festival Casts of 42nd St and Pirates of Penzance.

Psy was quoted in the Ubisoft release as saying “Gangnam Style and Just Dance 4, I can’t wait to see all the YouTube videos”.

Imagine this in your living room – maybe with a few less Horses…

Oppa Gangnam Style!

Gangnam Style will be available in November 2012. Download details and pricing will be similar to previous Just Dance DLC. For the latest information on Just Dance 4, please visit: www.justdancegame.com.

Gangnam Style

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.

Review – Transformers: Fall of Cybertron

Transformers: Fall of Cybertron is a great title with alot of the same from the original but lacks a little “spark” the previous title “War for Cybertron” had so let’s transform and roll out as we take a look at the latest title in this highly anticipated sequel. As usual, we continue to stride to avoid as many spoilers as possible.

Fall of Cybertron immediately follows the the events of the wildly popular and successful title from 2010 Transformers: War for Cybertron as the Autobots and Decepticons wage war with one another in the final epic battle for supremacy of their home planet. We begin with the final stand of the Autobots vs the Decepticons as they prep for their final jump to our solar system. After some gun play and tutorials, we see the story take a step backwards by 6 earth days and thus begins our journey.

The graphics engine stayed EXACTLY the same as the previous game which disappointed me as it’s age really shows during the cut scenes. That’s not to say the game looks bad, just a little dated.

The game play is by and large still fully intact from War for Cybertron. We still have the 3rd person perspective, and all the base control schemes stay the same as they did very little to tweak or fart around with the original. Hey if it’s not broken don’t fix it right? Excellent. Some minor tweaks to the gameplay include purchasing weapon upgrades and perks through upgrade stations using points earned by dispatching your enemies. Further to the upgrades and perks, you will come across weapon loadout stations which allow you to purchase new weapons.

True to the previous instalment, FoC put the gamer in control of a variety of popular characters from the series across the 13 chapters. Every character feels and plays differently as they lead you through the story to the epic conclusion (my personal faves included Jazz, Megatron and Grimlock). One thing to note was that a few of the characters felt insanely over powered for his levels. An absolute cakewalk for me on Normal. I had no sense if urgency using these characters which can be both a blessing and a curse at the same time.

One of the things that really stood out to me while playing through Fall of Cybertron was that, despite the feel of urgency that many of the levels had, I never once felt that I was under the gun for time or overly stressed out because the gunfire was getting to be too much. See, the problem, was that I honestly felt like I had far too much time to breathe in between battles. It was almost as if the moments of balls to the walls action were far shorter than the moments of story telling…which in turn resulted into a slightly stunted campaign experience of approximately 9hours from start to finish.

***Edit*** In my haste, I somehow missed the Multiplayer portion of the review when I copied it over.

Keep with the theme of “if it aint broke don’t fix it” High Moon has opted to keep much of what everyone liked about the multiplayer with a few tweaks. The classes have been renamed as  Infiltrator, Destroyer, Titan, and Scientist. In FoC, the player can add their own personal touch by picking and choosing the various body parts  Head, Chest (the chest also determines your vehicle) Shoulders, Arms, Legs, Wheels, Tank Barrel, Wings, and Decals to create their own unique machine.

With 10 levels at launch the team Death Match and free for all modes are fast, frantic action chock full of chaos. Cooperative Escalation mode(my personal favorite) is back and just as fun as it was 2years ago. I spent a fair amount of time playing multiplayer when War for Cybertron hit and just abruptly stopped for some odd reason. Fall of Cybertron is everything I liked 2yrs ago. I don’t know why I even stopped playing it. I suspect this title is going to be in my system for a good long while.

High Moon Studios and Activision had a bona fide hit with this series. They told a great story, and keept to the basics without mucking around too much with the recipe that made War for Cybertron so special. Despite the few missteps this time around but that hardly made this a bad game.

Pros:

  • Great Story recounts the final days of Cybertron
  • The base recipe of War for Cybertron remains intact
  • Added RPG element with weapons upgrades and perks
  • 10 well designed multiplayer maps and escalation mode.

Cons:

  • Some characters felt over-powered
  • Campaign felt short

Feed Your Console gives Transformers: Fall of Cybertron 8 out of 10

Assassins Creed III – Naval Warfare Trailer

Just published today, Ubisoft presents the Navel Warfare Trailer for Assassins Creed III. Watch as Connor takes to the sea and battles with all cannons blasting. Board your enemies ships and lead your crew to the decks for some salty-wet hand to hand combat all along the Eastern Seaboard of Colonial America.

Every time I see a new trailer I get more excited for launch October 30, 2012 – which can’t come soon enough.