Monthly Archives: September 2013
Hollywood just can’t stay away from the world of video games. Yesterday the first official trailer for Need for Speed hit the internet. The movie is an adaptation of EA’s racing franchise and stars Breaking Bad’s Aaron Paul in the lead role. While a behind-the-scenes look was shown at this year’s E3, I don’t ever consider a movie official until a trailer has been released. Now that a Need for Speed movie is official, and set to release on March 14, 2014, it’s become the topic of debate among gamers.
Splinter Cell: Blacklist is a servant of two masters. The first master is the ever-expanding action genre dominated by Call of Duty and Battlefield. The other master is the dying stealth genre; where Splinter Cell once ruled the land along with Metal Gear Solid and Hitman. Ubisoft is able to please both of its masters fairly adequately, however it’s a master of neither. Somewhere in Blacklist there’s a decent stealth game, however it is dogged by a mediocre action game and a forgettable story.
Last week Nintendo unexpectedly announced a new portable gaming console; the Nintendo 2DS. No need to check your calendar, this is actually a real thing. The Nintendo 2DS is essentially a Nintendo 3DS with the 3D functionality removed, it plays all 3DS and DS games and has the same features. Notably, it is a slate-style handheld, meaning it doesn’t fold like the Nintendo DS, which is first the Nintendo handheld console unable to do so since the Game Boy Micro. The 2DS will be released October 12th at a launch price of $129 in North America. There’s a lot to discuss, but the general reaction among the gaming public has been negative.