Plagued by delays and shortcomings, 2012 was an up-and-down year for video games. We saw triumphant returns to form, fantastic new IP’s, and some tragic farewells throughout the year, as well as some big games coming out of small developers. And as the window closes for the current gen consoles, we at HST celebrate the year that was and prep ourselves for whatever can come out of 2013. [Read more...]
One thing that Mass Effect 2 was known for was its great DLC added to the campaign. Kasumi wasn’t as praised as the rest, but there is no doubt that Overlord and The Shadow Broker DLC will remain my favorite added content for a long time to come. Too bad the same can’t be said for what has come out for ME3. [Read more...]
Whether you were a fan of the ending of Mass Effect’s trilogy or not, it’s hard not to be excited for the campaign DLC that this series has had to offer (need I remind you about Lair of the Shadow Broker?). Yet that was before the series had come to an end, begging the question if this DLC is even necessary. [Read more...]
For many people, video games are a getaway from all of your worries and problems. They transport you to different worlds, and tell magnificent interactive stories that entangle the viewer(s) into place of unforeseen wonder and beauty. Not only have they introduced main media to such characters as Mario, Master Chief, and Donkey Kong, but they have also become the fastest growing media of all time, with games selling up to and past one billion dollars worldwide.
But in some people’s eyes, including Kathy Lee Gifford of the Today Show, this love of gaming is just “weird.” When a viewer sent in a letter asking for advice about her 30 year old…I’m assuming husband…and if it’s ok that he (and millions of others) to play video games when they reach that age, Gifford’s response was priceless…and I quote, “That’s weird. Xbox.” Firstly, I would like to congratulate her on knowing what an Xbox is. For the fact that people who work Teleprompters RARELY have a one word sentence, she must’ve come up with that fun fact all on her own. [Read more...]
Here’s a little thought about console exclusiveness. When a game is released solely onto one console (I’m ignoring PCs cuz I’m a Mac person and PCs scare me) it sucks. Boasting ensues, lines are drawn in the sand and suddenly we’ve got a full on battle over which console is the best among the fans. For those of us claiming to be Switzerland and not donning the uniform of either the XBOX 360 or Playstation 3 more money must be doled out to add whichever console is not already plugged into our home entertainment system. I know personally I wasn’t going to be able to survive without playing the Uncharted series. Besides, the PS3 can be written off as a Blu-ray player, making that purchase a pretty smart investment in my book. Unfortunately, not everyone can do this. [Read more...]
Throughout the Mass Effect series there have been many elusive presences in the galaxy, none more so than the Shadow Broker (the Illusive Man falls short on a spelling technicality). Thankfully with the new DLC for Mass Effect 2, titled Lair of the Shadow Broker, we are finally getting some answers about this mysterious character. [Read more...]
Going the Distance Trailer – A romantic comedy about a couple (Drew Barrymore and Justin Long) who fall hard for each other even though she will be leaving in 6 weeks. That ho. Which brings on the long distance relationship. So basically it is Dear John – Nicholas Sparks – the war + more comedy. Okay, so it’s probably nothing like Dear John. Check it out here.
Life As We Know It Trailer – Another romantic comedy about two people (Katherine Heigl and Josh Duhamel) who are forced to take care of their mutual friends’ baby when they are killed in an accident. Check it out here.
Morning Glory Trailer – Rachel McAdams plays the producer of a morning news program in which Harrison Ford and Diane Keaton star as the co-hosts of the program who are incapable of getting along. Check it out here.
A few years ago BioWare opened my eyes to what RPGs could really be like with the first Mass Effect, a game that wasn’t hard to love. It created a massive universe with humans as the babies of the species still needing to prove themselves among a broad group of alien races that were all fleshed out with histories, cultures, and lives of their own. Putting our best foot forward with a military man named Shepard, he hunted the galaxy in the search to better integrate our species into this vast universe, fighting off a major, life-altering threat in the process. With the release of the greatly improved second game in the series Shepard is back, proving that it takes much more than death to keep him from standing at the helm of another larger than life adventure.
Following an epic battle to save the Citadel at the end of Mass Effect, the Normandy deserves a little pleasant “tra la la” time out in space. Instead, the crew is spending their time searching space for the reason behind why other ships are going missing. Thinking it to be a simple mission, things quickly travel up the intensity scale when a giant ship comes out of nowhere and attacks them. With the hull being torn apart around them, Shepard orders the evacuation of the crew, staying behind to help Joker escape, who he eventually manages to get to an escape pod. [Read more...]
Below you will find a Q&A between Lauren and myself in which we had a casual conversation over Mass Effect 2 and what we liked and disliked about the game, or expectations going in, and our outlook on the future of the series. So take a look if you are a fan of the series or gaming after getting pumped with one of the best video game trailers in recent memory.