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Lives and Death: A Quick Peek at Alternate Realities

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With many (many, many) games taking the safer route to development – sequels, HD remakes, re-used ideas – it’s always great to see a team standing up to try something different. Over on our sister site, XBLA Fans, we’re given a bit of a look into a game that’s sure to make some brains ache. Lives and Death is a film noir-esque experience coming from Frima Games, who were recently at the Games Developer Conference in San Fransisco. Speaking with XBLAF, we were given some information as to what the game is about and how it aims to give gamers something completely different.

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Starhawk Beta Impressions

Let’s face it; there’s a distinct lack of space westerns out there. Firefly, Cowboy Bebop, Borderlands… and now Starhawk. The spiritual successor to the cult hit Warhawk, Starhawk is a welcome iteration to the online-only multiplayer dog-fighting shooter that excellently captured frantic aerial combat in its time. So how do you improve on a game that already offers third-person shooting, driving and aerial dogfights?

Starhawk features a bevy of new tricks, such as the new “Build & Battle” mechanic that allows you to build turrets, bases, garages and launch pads on the fly (no pun intended) much like an RTS game. In addition to this is the popular level-up system found in most online competitive games these days to add value to your efforts. Oh, and now your hawks can transform into mechs. Mechs, people.  Read the rest of this entry »


I Am Alive video preview

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The fine folk over at Gamespot have posted a video preview of Ubisoft’s upcoming post-apocalyptic survival game, I Am Alive, and we’d like to share it with you, our readers.

I Am Alive is an upcoming post-apocalyptic survival video game developed by Ubisoft Shanghai and published by Ubisoft. It will be released on thePlayStation Network, and Xbox Live Marketplace. It is set to be released Q1 2012.

The game takes place in the fictional American city of Haventon, one year after the Event, a worldwide cataclysmic event that wiped out most of the human civilization and left the world in ruins and barely inhabitable, with the ground now covered by a toxic cloud of dust and ash. I Am Alive focuses on facing the permanent insecurity of a now decaying and hazardous world, and humanity’s darkest inclinations.


Asura’s Wrath Preview

Terms like “over the top” and “high octane” are thrown around with reckless abandon when referencing many of today’s most popular titles. Modern Warfare 3’s campaign would be nothing without its insistence on scripted events that force the heart to skip a beat, and like any great adventure, Uncharted 3 features scenes of heroism that take the player’s breath away. Each year,  developers up the ante, testing just how far a gamer’s jaw can drop at any moment. In 2012, the early award belongs to CyberConnect2 and Capcom’s Asura’s Wrath. Read the rest of this entry »


NBA Jam: On Fire Edition Preview

This preview was originally intended to be a podcast at our sister site XBLAFans.com. Unfortunately, unbeknownst to us, the recording software crashed mid-podcast. Instead we’ve put together a preview based on that podcast. Apologies and enjoy — and special thanks to NBA Jam: On Fire Edition producer Cody Sawatsky for taking the time to talk to us.

Is there honestly anyone out there that doesn’t have fond memories of NBA Jam? It’s part of every adult gamer’s past, whether pumping quarters into an arcade machine or playing some late night Tournament Edition with a friend on the Super Nintendo. Over the years the game has evolved, with several iterations in the 90s, a solid last-gen release in 2003, and last year’s retail release. But perhaps the biggest jump in innovation comes in On Fire Edition, available on PSN.

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Journey hands-on preview

A brief demo of Silent Hill: Downpour was stressful enough. Then Metro: Last Light… I mean how loud can a private demo be? And don’t get me started on the military shooters — Really? A truck and a train exploding at the same time? Read the rest of this entry »


Papo & Yo hands-on preview

Papo & Yo

Pretend is a comfortable setting for video games. The light-hearted silliness endemic to interactive media (see the “Halo Hump,” friendly fire) muddles efforts by game designers to add “realism,” cramming more pixels into alien facial textures and apocalypse scenario explosions. Read the rest of this entry »

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