Monday, August 27, 2012

Syndicate for the PS3 and 360

Let us talk about Syndicate. What, you’ve never heard of this series? Well, you should be ashamed! I mean, seriously, you must be the biggest idiot known to man! Okay, I admit, I didn’t know about Syndicate either. I then decided to do some research and find out for myself about this series. The first game released in 1993 was an isometric shooter with some real-time tactics mixed in, made by a company called Bullfrog Productions. It was well received even though its violence brought up some controversy, since back then you really couldn’t have a violent game and not be known for its violent parts (looking at you, Mortal Kombat). It was critically acclaimed at the time for its top-notch presentation (for back then, of course) and adult story with themes of violence and drugs. An expansion was made for the game, and then a sequel called Syndicate Wars was released in 1997 for the PC and Playstation 1. After that though, the series died off when others rose to power. In 2006, the producer of the original series wanted to go back and make a new one, but from what I could tell, it was a bit of a stretch to make a sequel or a reboot for a series that did well when it was released, but was now forgotten by gamers and time. Now we come to Starbreeze Studios who worked on the first Darkness game for the PS3 and 360 along with the Chronicles of Riddick video game, which was highly praised for being one of the best movie-licensed games of all time. They are here now here to show us the reboot of the series simply known as Syndicate! While this could be a good thing to bring back a franchise that was long forgotten by the gaming mass, this could also be a total and utter disaster. For example, Shadowrun, a point-and-click RPG was a cult favorite gem of a game. Then, in the 2000’s, a company decided to bring it back as a multiplayer-centric-shooter. The result of all this? The game bombed and was considered to be utter garbage, and the result of that was FASA Studio, the developers’ company, shutting down, and the servers for the game not even staying up for an entire year. So, how does this game turn out? Let us find out. 

Monday, August 13, 2012

Binary Domain for the PS3 and 360 review

There is always that one game that you think would be one thing, but then is surprisingly different and is better than what you expected. Today’s game is a good example of that situation. It looks generic on the outside, but is actually more unique on the inside. This game is made by the team behind the Yakuza games, and yeah, on the outside it might look generic. You got the buff white guy, the big black guy with the big gun, the snobbish British guy, the uptight Asian girl, robots, themes of Blade Runner, Terminator, and other themes that we might have seen once before. However, Yakuza producer, Toshihiro Nagoshi puts his own spin on it and is much more investment-worthy than other shooters like Slant Six’s Resident Evil Operation Raccoon City or EA’s Syndicate. I am just going to get on with it and announce today’s review, Binary Domain. Again, you might think you have seen this before, but you really shouldn’t pass this up. Of course, the American gamer can be stupid and go with something more generic and unneeded like the two shooters I listed above or go with the overrated and slowly dying in popularity, Call of Duty series. Let’s begin, shall we?

Friday, August 10, 2012

360 Backtrack Part 4: Sesame Street Once Upon a Monster for the Xbox360 Kinect review

Hello, and welcome to another installment of the 360 Backtrack. I am about to lose all of my dignity as a man and say I really liked this game based off of Sesame Street. It is amazing since this is based off an educational television series that has been going on for over 40 years now. That is unbelievable, but hey, it’s still a popular kid’s show. Heck, I watched it when I was a kid and it was basically the first show I ever watched, next to Thomas the Tank Engine. Anyway, let’s move into my next topic, Double Fine productions. I think this company and Twisted Pixel are the new Rare, due to their creative and great games and stylized sense of humor. However, this review focuses on Double Fine, one of my favorite companies of all time. I love their games like Psychonaughts and Brutal Legend, which happen to be two of my favorite games of all time. This review will focus on their most recent game and their first licensed game, Sesame Street Once Upon a Monster for the Xbox360 Kinect. When I first heard about this, I had some concerns and I didn’t really think it would work out due to the lukewarm reception to the Kinect line-up that it has right now. Basically, the only games you could and would want to get for the Kinect were Dance Central, Kinectimals, and Gunstringer. Good news for you all with little kids and a Kinect, you should get this game! It is actually not bad. Once again, Double Fine does a great job bringing us a creative license game.