When I took the plunge and bought a Kinect sensor over a year ago I was initially impressed with the clever little piece of kit and must have played Kinect Adventures non-stop for a couple of days, which led to some of the funniest moments I've ever had whilst playing video games. Then the novelty factor started to wear off, it began to collect dust, and I'd almost completely forgotten about it until Child Of Eden came out which whilst good was disappointingly short. Since then none of the games that have been released for Kinect have really utilised it's full potential, instead the developers seem to just want to dumb things down and play on the motion controls gimmick. As a result I'd pretty much given up on Kinect and a few months ago I sold my sensor because I really didn't see the point in holding on to it anymore. That is until curiosity got the better of me as to what exactly was being shown in the Steel Battalion: Heavy Armor booth at MCM and I ventured to say. Needless to say that my faith has at least been partially restored.Click here to read more!
Whilst I was most excited about seeing Aliens: Colonial Marines going into the MCM Expo this year, I think I came out being equally excited about Sleeping Dogs because I can see it becoming a celebrated game that'll easily hold its own against some of the classic action games we've all got tucked away in our collections. For those of you who aren't aware Sleeping Dogs is the game formerly known as True Crime: Hong Kong , which Square Enix have been developing since they picked it up from Activision last year. Luckily for all of us who were at the show, the game's producer, Dan Sochan, was present to talk us through some of the game and there was a booth where we could actually play the game.
The game's premise is a simple one that you should be familiar with, you're a cop who's currently undercover with the Triads, and there are plenty of elements present that you'd expect to see in martial arts films, which is hardly surprising considering the game's been influenced by the films of John Woo, Jackie Chan, Jet Li, as well as Infernal Affairs. However, this isn't a copy of popular movies a great deal of research has been done to ensure that the game is as realistic as possible, for example members of the development team went to Hong Kong and interviewed real undercover police officers as well as actual members of the Triads (described as terrifying!). Not everything is perfect though; the layout of the streets have been changed to improve the gameplay, but the major landmarks of Hong Kong are still present. Also, most of the audio is in English, but some of the characters do speak real Cantonese and they'll be subtitled.Click here to read more!
How do you follow up the best selling Lego game ever? Well, the answer's simple, you create an outstanding sequel, which is exactly what Traveller's Tales seem to have done. Usually the first time I take a look at a new Lego game I'm impressed with just how much care has gone into recreating the worlds I'm meant to be roaming around in, then the novelty and comedy factors wear off following which the game starts to gather dust on one of my shelves. However, this time around the more I saw and heard from Phil Ring, the game's producer, the more excited I became.
Traveller's Tales set out to push Lego games both technically and gameplay wise with Lego Batman 2 as well as addressing issues that let the first game down, for example regular Lego scenes are good when you have a point of reference but feedback from Lego Batman 1 was that people didn't know what was going on, as a result this is the first Lego game to feature full voice acting for all the mini-characters. Whilst the scripting has been adapted to come up with Lego versions of the various characters, you can expect them to say silly things in an attempt to make you smile, a real effort has been made to preserve their serious side too. Veteran voice actors have also been called upon to reprise roles that they've played in the past, for example Lex Luthor is voiced by Clancy Brown.Click here to read more!
I've said this before and I'll say it again, MMOs really aren't my cup of tea, but I've got to admit that I'm more than a little bit interested when it comes to Transformers Universe, although I'm still a tad wary considering the last few games and movies have been decidedly average or just plain awful. However, things look like they're shaping up nicely when it comes to this one and I'd certainly like to see more after hearing a few details at a sit down with Project Lead, Kris Jones, Principal Writer, Kelly Vero, and Community Manager, Eddy Dew.
Jagex definitely have a history when it comes to MMOs seeing as they've been running RuneScape for approximately 10 years now and their aim with this one is to provide the best possible experience to fans of the franchise in conjunction with their partners Hasbro. Transformers Universe will be a free to play, browser based game and the developers are hoping to get millions of people playing, who'll be able to enjoy the experience provided for over a decade, well that's the plan anyway.Click here to read more!
After reading the line up for the MCM Expo this year there was one game that I'd circled multiple times because I knew I couldn't miss out on seeing even a tiny glimpse of it yet again; that game was Aliens: Colonial Marines. Walking up to the game's booth was easy enough, then I turned the corner looking for the entrance and walked straight into the path of a real life colonial marine who was walking around with his squad mates and a terrifyingly realistic xenomorph. After muttering a brief apology I sidestepped the odd band and joined the queue to play the game, but more about that later.
Before I really get going I'll get something out of the way quickly now so that this article doesn't end on a disappointing note, those of you who are big fans of this game, or saw Carl's news post at the end of last month, will know that the release date has been set back once more to 12th February 2013, which Gearbox seemed to want to remind everybody at the Expo seeing as it was slapped on pretty much every video they were playing.Click here to read more!