Monthly Archives: March 2014
The BioShock games have never truly connected with each other in terms of narrative. It’s curious then, that the last piece of the BioShock series spends a lot of time tying together, the old with the new. BioShock Infinite: Burial at Sea Episode Two is the last bit of downloadable content to be produced by Irrational Games, who are closing down. It’s a mostly successful swansong from the studio. The narrative heads in completely unexpected directions and establishes connections between BioShock and BioShock Infinite. The stealth-oriented gameplay results in a unique experience that contrasts previous games. For the most part, Episode Two accomplishes what it set out to do. It’s unfortunate that it couldn’t have aimed higher as it falls just short of being a masterpiece.
The Oculus Rift just went social. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced Tuesday on his profile that the social networking company has acquired Oculus VR, the company behind the Oculus Rift, for US$2 billion. Zuckerberg wrote that Oculus VR will still be operating independently within Facebook.
Sony is throwing its hat into the virtual reality ring. Sony unveiled a virtual reality gaming peripheral named Project Morpheus during their press conference at the Game Developer’s Conference on Tuesday. Project Morpheus will be integrated with the Playstation 4 and will feature a screen with a 90 degree field of view and 1080p resolution.
2007 will be remembered for many things as far as video games are concerned. It was a year that saw the release of Halo 3 and Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare, two of the most influential first-person shooters ever made. Both of these games emphasized online multiplayer and though they may have defined the first-person shooter in the years to come, a little game studio called Irrational Game (known then as 2K Boston) perfected the first-person shooter with BioShock.
On Monday night it was a tale of two games. In one corner, the massively hyped futuristic first-person-shooter from Respawn Entertainment, the team that popularized the military shooter with Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 in 2009. In the other corner was Dark Souls 2, the newest installment in the absurdly difficult fantasy game franchise created by Japanese game developer From Software.
It all begins with a woman in the dark confines of Booker DeWitt’s office. BioShock Infinite: Burial at Sea is a wonderful trip down memory lane for anyone who played BioShock. For everyone else, it’s a well executed introduction to the underwater city of Rapture. While this first episode is a bit short, it’s a perfect marriage of everything that makes BioShock and BioShock Infinite great games.
A new Batman game is coming later this year. The game was officially announced by Game Informer in their cover reveal for the April issue. The game will be titled Batman: Arkham Knight and the cover art prominently features the Batmobile. Arkham Knight will continue the Arkham series of Batman games which received a prequel last year in Batman: Arkham Origins.
The Metal Gear Solid series ended with Metal Gear Solid 4, except that it didn’t. While Solid Snake’s story is over, there are plenty of gaps in Big Boss’ life to fill and this is exactly what Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker sets out to accomplish. After a dismal wreck of a previous game, Peace Walker is a revitalizing breath of fresh air. It continues Big Boss’ story and advances his character in a way that brings him closer to the antagonistic figure of Metal Gear.