Full Motion Video games are a bit of a fascination of mine; specifically for me it is the PC adventure genre of FMV games that excites me the most. Combining the asinine and obtuse puzzles of PC adventure games with limiting full motion video graphics and often terrible writing and acting is something I can earnestly enjoy. Let’s not get ahead of ourselves though, let’s start with defining what exactly an FMV game is.
Saints Row: The Third is the evolution of Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas. If there was an alternate reality where Rockstar decided not to take a more serious tone with Grand Theft Auto IV, this is where I feel they might have ended up. It’s crude, violent, hilarious, and it has a pacing that most open world games can’t manage.
At this time since Friday night when I picked up the game, I have put about maybe 28 hours into The Elders Scrolls V: Skyrim. After putting that much time into the game I decided it might be neat to write a journal from the point of view of my character. I made a Khajiit named C’ain and I set out to do just that. In about 30 minutes of gameplay I was left with a grand adventure to tell. It’s not exactly an article, but I thought it would be an interesting way to write about the game.
The recent throwback to last-generation games got me thinking of other games I loved in my childhood while I was growing up. Then I remembered my first game that was in 3D, as in you could move in three dimensions. Bugs Bunny: Lost in Time – it’s time to jump back in to see if time has served the game well.
As if we didn’t already see it coming, Blizzard has announced that Diablo III will be delayed into the next year. It isn’t too surprising that they are delaying it considering Blizzard always makes sure their game are top notch before release. Luckily they are going to be extending their Beta of the game that is currently ongoing and inviting more participants to play. I look forward to hopefully getting in cus I opted in like a year ago.
Today THQ not only announced that there will be a Homefront 2, but that original developer Kaos Studios isn’t in charge of making it. That honor goes to none other than Crytek- who will most likely use their award winning in-house Cry Engine to power the game.
“Homefront‘s unique setting and storyline captivated gamers the world over,” THQ’s Danny Bilson said. “With Crytek’s industry leading technology and legendary experience in the FPS genre, we’re supremely confident that the next Homefront will deliver that AAA-quality experience that players demand.”
Crytek CEO Cevat Yerli believes that his studio can turn Homefront into a “truly blockbuster game.”
With THQ desperately wanting the next Call of Duty, and pouring a truly massive marketing budget into the original, they must want results desperately if they’re willing to give the title to a third-party developer. On the other hand, this is definitely a game worth keeping an eye on…
Have you been hiding under a rock for several years? Perhaps I can suggest you play the fantastic PC/Mac Puzzler Portal, because it’s free now. Atleast for the next 4 days you can pick up Portal on Steam for absolutely free. In case you don’t have Steam you can get it here and not only are you on your way to an amazing puzzler, but you also finally have the best way to buy PC games.
Portal 2 is also available for 30 dollars and just as fantastic and even funnier than the first game so if you like what you see with Portal 1 then you need to pick it up.
As many a PC zombie killer has already discovered; the developers of the newly released game Dead Island, Deep Silver, have made a huge mistake in their release of the game on Steam.
Instead of shipping the final product for the digital download service, they accidentally sold an early development build of the Xbox 360 version, incomplete and sporting multiple glitches and bugs, as well as no-clip mode enabled by default and toggled with a simple press of the “Y” key.
“We deeply regret that an incorrect version of Dead Island was inadvertently made available to players on Steam launch in North America,” Deep Silver confirms before adding: ”We are very sorry for any issues you may have experienced while playing the game-the correct, patched version will be made available to North American players ASAP. Other territories are not affected by this situation. The fully patched game will be available on Friday as announced.” It takes guts to admit that the switch was merely on account of human error, and they’re working hard to make it right.
Considering in the North American territories that new games are released on Tuesdays, this is the start of a recurring series which will try and keep anything from slipping into store shelves under the radar.
This week is a big one, easily able to drain the wallets of many a PS3 owner as well as those wanting to sport a flaming hot new handheld.
So without further ado, here’s the new releases for September 6th, 2011:
- Dead Island (360, PS3 and PC)
- Warhammer 40K: Space Marine (360, PS3 and PC)
- Resistance 3 & Doomsday Edition Move Bundle (PS3)
- Disgaea 4: A Promise Unforgotten & Premium Edition(PS3)
- Rise of Nightmares (360/Kinect)
- Driver: San Francisco (Wii, 360, PS3 and PC)
- Driver: Renegade (3DS)
- Camping Mama: Outdoor Adventures (DS)
- 1001 Touch Games (DS)
- Pinball Hall of Fame: Williams Collection (3DS)
- Rugby World Cup: 2011 (360)
- Uncharted: Greatest Hits Dual Pack (PS3)
- Tiger Woods 12: The Masters (Mac)
- Sony Wireless Stereo Headset (PS3)
Oddly enough, this week there’s a few titles that decided that they didn’t want to share the spotlight with the rest of the games coming out, so they’re being released on the 9th and are as follows:
- Star Fox 64 3D (3DS)
- Get Fit with Mel B (Wii)
- Flare Red Nintendo 3DS
Well there you have it, this week’s shopping list- find what you want and get to playing it already!
Fresh from the mind of Portal creator Kim Swift comes a new first-person physics-based puzzle game: Quantum Conundrum. You play as a child left on your uncle’s doorstep, your new guardian being an inventor who’s let his laboratory spread to the rest of his manor.
Following an unexplained explosion, you find your uncle missing and a strange glove on your hand that lets you change dimensions at will which aids you in your quest to find your uncle.
Quantum Conundrum is set to be released on PSN, XBLA, and PC early 2012 and after seeing the trailer below, I can hardly wait.
EDIT: Due to WordPress refusing to co-operate, I’m unable to post the really cool gameplay trailer here, but it’s available over at the source link.