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There’s no doubt about it, I’m ten times more excited about Battlefield 3 than I am about Modern Warfare 3. However, my favourite part of Modern Warfare 2 was the two-player spec-ops missions where you got to fight masses and masses of enemy AI soldiers, and of course, where would the newest installment to the series be if it didn’t include a similar or even better rendition of the same feature… Well goody goody gun-drops, look what we have here! The following trailer for MW3 Spec Ops mode gives plenty of explosive and bullety footage of a TON of cool things happening during a lengthy battle between players and AI bastards who simply won’t leave you alone. Also, how clever are they, spelling WW3 with an upside down M; they’ve definitely used their smarts right there.
This morning I had immense road rage, but it was totally justified. One guy was inches away from driving out in front of me at a roundabout, and at least four others changed lanes in front of me suddenly, without indicating. This makes me angry, and in my pure rage I recalled the following scene from the brilliant action-comedy, Shoot Em Up. If only I could dispatch ignorant drivers in the same way. One can only dream!
The Humble Indie Bundle has returned! Get your hands on 5, count em, FIVE glorious indie games for however much you want! That’s right! Want to pay 1 singular dollar? Do it! There’s no strings attached. You can even decide how much of your contribution to the developers goes to who. Think the developers deserve all the money? Make it so! Prefer it if amazing children’s charity Child’s Play gets it all? Go for it. It’s your donation, and a pretty freakin’ sweet reward for giving. Seriously, all five games work on PC and Mac, so unless you’re reading this on your mobile, you have NO excuses to not take part in this amazing offer. We already have, and I’m playing the hell out of Cogs, and there’s still Hammerfight, And Yet It Moves, VVVVVV, and Crayon Physics Deluxe to go. What a score!
Those Eidos and Square Enix bastards have been drip feeding us constant nibbles of Deus Ex 3 goodness in the form of screenshots, videos, and fictional web sites ever since it was announced, but now the drips are getting bigger, tastier, and even a little crunchier (the good kind of crunch, where you realize that chocolate you bought has biscuit in it). I couldn’t be looking forward to Deus Ex 3 more than I am, and seeing this video makes me wish I could fall into a sleep-induced coma for the next 44 days (though this would involve missing my birthday – a worthy sacrifice), wake up on release day, and get stuck in.
As gamers, we all like to imagine at one point or another what the characters and events in our favourite games would be like in the shape of a live-action production, whether it be the Halo movie that Peter Jackson was going to direct before it died on its arse, or the strong possibility of a Mass Effect movie, which by all means could still flop around on the floor like a dying fish out of water. But, isn’t that precisely what almost all big-budget video game movies are? Fortunately, there are always individuals who are willing to make unlicensed, short indie films based on the games we know and love, entirely for fun and not for the sake of making millions. Outside Aperture is a great example, and entirely worthy of your time.
Terraria is, as many people might describe it, a 2D Minecraft. Some would argue that it’s nothing at all like Minecraft, despite being about digging for materials, crafting items, fighting monsters and exploring, but sure, I know what they mean.
Oh Em Gee! It’s finally coming! Planetside… TWO!! (No longer being referred to as Planetside Next) I played the original to death back when I was about 15, and I distinctly remember my dad had to cancel my subscription because I rarely did anything else, (even play other games). It was probably the best thing for me at the time, and looking back I escaped an incredibly addictive drug of gun-totin’, fighter-jet-flyin’, tank-drivin’, base-capturin’ awesomeness.
Finally! According to Notch’s latest post about the state of Minecraft once the 1.7 update has come around – implementing new piston blocks for creating even more ridiculous and complex systems of awesomeness – there may very well be NPC towns, something that has been hinted at and half-promised well before Minecraft hit beta last year. There is also mention of ‘new combat mechanics, a new lighting engine, and some experimental new gameplay ideas’, and not to mention ‘more interesting farming, [and] bigger incentives to explore’. Could we start to see an inkling of item shops and friendly AI companions for creating armies of doom with? I hope so! Notch promises more details between now and then.
I. Can’t. Wait.
Once more unto the breach, dear friends, once more – literally. Red Faction: Armageddon takes us back into the mines, back into the tunnels that were the familiar setting of the original Red Faction, the one that stole our hearts, blew endless chunks of rock out of our walls, and killed mutated freaky things that wanted to eat you alive. Yes, to me it feels kind of like a journey back to the start of it all, but sadly there were a few things missing.
It took me a while to notice this, and while RPS posted a link to a fan edited video of some of the same Hitman: Absolution gameplay clips, I wasn’t aware that there was an official video on the Absolution tumblr blog showing an E3 interview between one of the related chaps and IGN. Just in case you shared my fate, the aforementioned video is right here.
It’s a thundering, rainy evening. I pull up to a crime scene with my partner, the tyres of the car squelching to a stop in the wet mud. I take a step out of the car and make my way past the reporters and flash photography, up to the cordoned off area to speak with the officer on duty about the situation. I’m given the details, and find myself right in the middle of a murder investigation. There’s a body, some footprints, and a variety of possible clues scattered around the area. A shocked witness sits nearby beneath an umbrella, ready for questioning. It’s time to get my hands dirty and solve another gruesome case. This is LA Noire.
Now, whilst there is in fact a slow motion scene of an as-yet-unknown naked lady showering, the sexiness I speak of actually stems from the absolutely awesome action going on with our friend Mr. 47 while he attempts to break into said naked-lady’s home and then flash his weapon at her.