Monthly Archives: January 2014
There are few games that have entranced me as quickly as The Wolf Among Us. In mere minutes I became fully immersed in the world of Fabletown. There’s a dramatic weight to this episode that few games have come close to achieving. To call this game a breath of fresh air would be an understatement, The Wolf Among Us is a gust of wind in a desert wasteland of sequels, reboots and remakes.
Sly Cooper is coming to a theater near you. A trailer for a movie based on the Sly Cooper games was released Tuesday. The movie is set for release in 2016 and is being made by Blockade Entertainment, who are currently working on the Ratchet & Clank, which is scheduled to hit theaters next year. Much like the teaser trailer for Ratchet & Clank, the trailer is a few minutes and length and likely unrelated to the actual plot of the movie. The trailer for Sly Cooper can be viewed below:
The opening notes of Guns N’ Roses “Paradise City” greet you at the main menu of Burnout Paradise. It’s a welcome introduction and a moment of gaming bliss that sets the tone for one the finest open-world racing games ever made. You’re then immediately flung into a tutorial and introduced to the most annoying video game character since Navi from Ocarina of Time. This is stumble out of the gate in what is an otherwise nearly flawless game. Burnout Paradise is quite simply one of the greatest open-world games ever made. It does for racing games what The Elder Scrolls did for fantasy games. If you have any inclination to play a racing game, you owe it to yourself to buy this right now.
Batman Arkham Origins is by no means a terrible game but it’s a by-the-numbers affair that fails to live up to the high standards set by it’s predecessor. Arkham Origins is a prequel to Batman Arkham Asylum and it’s sequel Batman Arkham City. It was developed by WB Games in place of Rocksteady Studios, who developed the previous Arkham games. Arkham Origins has a few interesting ideas but for the most part, it’s a decent but uninspired experience. There’s nothing this game that does that other games haven’t done better.
The thing you have to understand is this, the Splinter Cell series that you knew is dead. During the five years that Splinter Cell: Conviction was in development, it was always going to go in a different direction from its predecessors. The Splinter Cell games are among the most popular stealth games ever made. Splinter Cell prominently featured realistic lighting effects and hiding in shadows as a central game mechanic. The first four games shared this commitment to a realistic depiction of espionage. However, Splinter Cell: Conviction is a dramatic departure from previous games. Despite these differences, Conviction is a fully satisfying experience.
The console wars (god I hate that term) just got complicated. Software giant Valve Corporation officially unveiled their Steam Machines at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES), Tuesday. Managing Director Gabe Newell walked on stage and announced several variations on Valve’s new gaming console, each planned for release later this year. Valve is partnered with 14 other companies (that’s right 14), most notably Alienware, each offering their own model of Steam Machine. Each model will vary in size, technical specifications and cover a range of prices from $500 all the way up to $6,000.
Happy New Year my dear reader. 2013 is now over, so a great way to start any new year is to discuss what one is looking to forward to most. As far as video games go, there’s plenty of games to be excited about though my TV schedule is filling alarmingly quick. My lack of a next-gen console means that there are some games coming out this year that I should be more excited for, however there’s a game that scratches a certain itch that no other game planned for this upcoming year will be doing. I have to admit, I’m surprised I would be talking about this gmae as I played it very late last year. My most anticipated game of 2014, is none other than Telltale Games’ newest point-and-click adventure series, The Wolf Among Us.