Activision really knows how to drive franchises into the ground. From X-Men, to Tony Hawk, to the genre-defining Guitar Hero, the developers keep pushing sequel after sequel every year, hoping that the fan bases continue to hand them your money. But once fatigue starts to set in, the franchises get old and played, making each other game that comes out becomes rather irrelevant. Once Guitar Hero added other instruments (basically stealing from Rock Band (who stole from Guitar Hero)), it was a downhill slope from there. [Read more...]
This past week, I’ve been playing the widely successful Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3, the newest in the long list of CoD games. While I’ve been having a great time playing with some of my internet friends, I decided to stray away from them and to go level up on my own. After some good rounds of Free-For-All, I decided to easy myself into a lobby for Mercenary Team Deathmatch (for those who don’t know, it’s Team Deathmatch without any clan support). My side of the team (who eventually lost) was relatively quiet – besides the snickering of one player who seemed to die as fast as he spawned. Once the game was over and done with, we re-entered the lobby, and then all hell broke loose.
Around four or five different players – each of them sounding not of age to play this game – started throwing insult after insult to one another. One of the top players of the game then chimed in and threw some racist, homophobic, and derogatory insults at that one person until the next match started. I wish not to upset any of the readers of this article, so I will not post what this kid (about 15 years of age, according to his XBOX Live profile) had to say. [Read more...]
For years games starring superheroes were kind of a joke, hardly giving the player an adequate experience to live up to the hype of the character. Then Batman: Arkham Asylum came along and showed how it should be done. While Spider-man: Shattered Dimensions might not live up to the Caped Crusader’s game, it is still far above most of what has come before.
When Spider-man runs into Mysterio in a museum they commit a big no-no by knocking over one of the displays, shattering the object. Though everything in the room is priceless, this object happens to have a little more to it. Known as the Tablet of Order and Chaos, this tablet is connected to keeping the order of the universe in concern to time, spaces, dimensions, and all that jazz. Now, in order to restore order Spider-man must search out the different pieces and put them back together again, or else the world’s destruction is far more imminent than expected. [Read more...]
In Prototype, Manhattan’s fate looks pretty grim. There has been an outbreak of some sort, and it is continuing to spread at an alarming rate, basically changing the population into zombies. You take the role of Alex Mercer, a man who avoids becoming one of the mindless masses, but is still affected in an unexplainable and monumental way by this same virus.
Though this set up is a solid foundation for many games and films that have come before, it still holds up throughout the game, remaining both intriguing and unpredictable for the most part. [Read more...]