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Review: Wii Sports Resort

In Game Reviews on July 29, 2009 at 4:36 pm

wiisportsresort_2 Wii Sports returns to give gamers another go at sports stardom. This time around you’ll find yourself competing at the resort of WuHu (get it?…). Does this sequel hold up to the original?

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"Batman: Arkham Asylum"'s Scarecrow revealed!

In Gaming News on July 27, 2009 at 3:57 pm

Batman: Arkham Asylum” is shaping up to be pretty damn spiffy.  Both Derk and I have played the PS3 demo of the game, and found it to be a lot of fun and just gorgeous to look at.  The delay for the game really sucked, but fortunately it’ll be out in a just a few short weeks (Currently, the release is slated for August 25th).

Last week, GameStop let slip an exclusive look at their pre-order challenge maps, and with it came a look at the game’s redesigned Scarecrow.

The Scarecrow in Batman: Arkham Asylum

The Scarecrow in Batman: Arkham Asylum

Now, I’m not entirely sure what’s up with the Freddy Krueger styled glove with hypodermic needles…I just know YEESH!  As someone who hates needles, that’s terrifying.  An interesting redesign that obviously doesn’t touch the classic, but certainly keeps in line with what we’ve seen of the game so far.

Source: Arkham Asylum’s Scarecrow Design Is Bioshock Creepy [Kotaku]

No DLC For "Mortal Kombat vs DC Universe"

In Gaming News on July 7, 2009 at 6:37 pm

Ed Boon confirmed via his Twitter account that DLC for last years Mortal Kombat vs DC Universe has gone the way of the Dodo.  The worst part is, it appears they were almost finished with two characters, MK protagonist Quan Chi and The Joker’s main squeeze, Harley Quinn.  Boon posted the accompanying image of Quan Chi, as a “look at what could have been”.

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Quan Chi

While it ultimately does suck, the team is hard at work on the upcoming 9th entry of the Mortal Kombat franchise, which is likely to get a snazzy subtitle soon.  There’s no set release date, but I think we can all agree that we’d rather have a new, proper MK game. Moral Kombat 9 is set to be a sequel to the last true game in the franchise, 2006’s Mortal Kombat: Armageddon.

And yes, it has been that long since Armageddon came out. Feel free to light up the comments with what you want to see in the next game and what you hope they leave out.

REVIEW: Ghostbusters: The Video Game (XBox 360)

In Game Reviews on June 17, 2009 at 4:24 am

Ghostbusters: The Video GameI was born 4 months after Ghostbusters hit theaters. I grew up somewhat addicted to the series. I had the toys, from action figures to the giant plastic Proton Pack, I watched the series religiously, and I still to this date have a Sta-Puft plushie. So when word of a new Ghostbusters game came out, needless to say my reaction was somewhere along the lines of leaping in to the air grinning and screaming with joy. Well, the game is here. And I just finished it.

And I’m still leaping in the air grinning and screaming with joy.

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FIRST IMPRESSIONS: 1 vs 100 (On XBox Live)

In First Impressions on June 8, 2009 at 10:00 am

Let me get this out of the way: I am a huge, huge, HUGE trivia nut. And I’ve been ridiculously enthused about this game to the point that I’d wager Derk is plenty sick of hearing about it. But, I run a geek-media website, and this is a new video game, so he’ll just have to endure a little bit more.

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So, in short, 1 vs 100 is the trivia game from a few years back popularized by the “illest man to ever wear a cardigan”, Bob Saget. The premise of the game is simple enough: you have a player (The One) who is pitted against 100 other individuals (The Mob). The goal is for The One to answer questions correctly, with any Mob member who answers incorrectly being eliminated and The One receiving cash for every Mob member eliminated. But if The One gets a question wrong, then the remaining members of The Mob split all the winnings.

The series itself hasn’t been on the air for quite some time, but XBox Live has chosen it as the first of its new line of “PrimeTime” games. The basic premise is a series of XBox Live community games, where the Live users are the contestants, airing in “seasons” during the evening several days a week. Currently, the only title available is “1 vs 100”, which is in a free Beta to all XBox Live GOLD subscribers.

The game is pretty fun as it is, especially if you’re a trivia junkie. You take one of three roles in the game, either as The One (Which you can be once per season), a member of The Mob (which you can be once per episode), or playing from the crowd. Rather than cash, the final version will offer up to 120000 Microsoft Points (A $125 value), though the Beta is only for bragging rights and chances to win a lottery at the end for some Zunes, a Laptop or a full Theater set-up. When you’re playing from the crowd, you’re only getting to play for fun and for chances in to the lottery (You get one entry for every correct answer), you do get to play against 4 other players in your party.

There’s plenty of other live aspects to the show. The full Live edition on Friday and Saturday features host Chris Cashman during interludes, where he’s speaking with guests or interviewing the players, and the players in your party can change at a drop of a hat. As for the questions themselves, they start out ridiculously easy, but there’s been quite a few that will boggle your mind.

In short, I’m really enjoying the game. The Extended Play shows are daily, with the Live show during the weekends, but every question answered during any show is a free chance at the prize lottery at the end of the season. Its a blast to play, even if you’re just trying to beat the three other guys next to you (and that’s a lot harder than you’d think sometimes!). Even if you’re not as big a trivia nut as I am, this is a fun game just to see how truly stupid some of the people playing are. “1 vs 100” is currently in a free Beta for XBox Live GOLD subscribers only, but the current word is that it will become available for free to everyone in the final version, though SILVER members won’t be able to compete for prizes. Its still a lot of fun, and the price is right, so if you’ve got a GOLD subscription sitting around, fire the game up and give it a shot. I highly recommend this one.