Monday, 23 November 2009

Steampunk Willie

Sometimes you come across some information that just makes you go 'HOLY FUCK'. I'd like you to now experience one of those moments now....

Disney is set to release a new game as of yet we only know by the codename 'Epic Mickey' for this game the following concept art was released:


sadly the bad news is the game is to be released for Wii and this ( is what theyve done to that beautiful concept art. *weep*

Monday, 2 November 2009

Assassins Creed 2

Well if you read my last review you'll know that I attended this years Eurogamer Expo in Leeds. At the event i was able to get my hands on the new Assassins Creed 2 GDC demo. The new game had dramatically improved graphics the textures and lighting were realistic yet remained stylistic to the theme of the game. AC2 had the wealth of new features we've all been waiting for. Of course the hidden blade returns along with a twin brother, handy for double assassinations. Other new items in your arsenal are smoke bombs and poison your also able to perform assassinations from almost anywhere.

There's also a new weapon system that allows you to use any weapon on the game and your not short of choice. You now have the ability to disarm and use a weapon against your enemy using the much improved fight system sporting a whole variety of deadly moves. No longer will you revert to blocking and countering when fighting large groups of enemies you could even throw a smoke bomb and escape in a flurry of confusion.

A new economy system works using monetary awards for completing assassinations for clients. This of course means you can buy things such as upgrades and supplies, extra smoke bombs and poison but also weapon and costume upgrades including dyes and armor. The game has a new weapon selection menu that pauses the game as it displays a wheel bases menu reminiscent of the Mass Effect. Overall the the gameplay has been improved, feels faster and more natural and promises to be an entertaining game.

Eurogamer Leeds

This week i embarked on a trip to Eurogamer Expo at Leeds, this is the first time a Eurogamer Expo has been at Leeds. The event was more of a demo event of recent and upcoming games than your traditional expo with developer booths. The event was small but got quite packed in the mornings. There were a few games that have been out for a while (Need For Speed: Shift, Batman: Arkham Asylum, Uncharted 2 and Wet to name a few) but many of the games there were still unfinished. Some highlights of the event were the GDC Assassins Creed 2 demo which exceeded in expectation, the inventively controlled Heavy Rain which used QTE's effectively to portray multiple story lines and Tatsunoko vs Capcom: Ultimate All Stars which although only available on the wii shows that 2D can be transferred to 3D/2.5D effectively and without loss of gameplay. A few points about the event though, the size of the of the TVs where inconsistent and uncalibrated. lode to the guy on the 32" uncalibrated Samsung sat next to a spot on 50" 1080p Sony. And then there's the "career fair" that resided in a small area of cubicles inhabited by 3 universities, Ubisoft and Team 17. Overall the event was, i feel was well worth the £6-a-day entry fee. It was enjoyable and there were some good games on show although the career fair was a bit of a wet biscuit it didn't spoil the day.