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“Crysis 2 Trailer is Full of Irony” or “Mission MetLife”

June 28, 2010 Leave a comment

The latest trailer for Crysis 2 is here and it shows off quite a bit of gameplay. Unfortunately if you have seen the E3 presser, the gameplay isn’t terribly different from the giant robot fight; except that it shows you getting to the giant robot and then escaping post-fight.

The trailer is full of irony though, the MetLife building crumbles like a deck of cards towards the end. I have to admit, despite my reservations about the first game, I am quite excited about the urban jungle presented in the second iteration. Hopefully Crytek will move past the endless repetition and transition into something more innovative and unique in its mission structure.

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BOOM! Headshot: “Crysis 2 Beta” or “Space, Soldiers and The Mafia”

June 18, 2010 Leave a comment

Here is a hodgepodge of information I came across this week regarding some of the shooters I am most interested in.

All that is cover is as follows; you can find additional details on each bullet point below:

  • Crysis 2 Beta Access
  • Star Wars: The Force Unlesahed II Piles On the Pretty
  • Mafia II ‘Made Man’ Trailer
  • Dead Space 2 Trailers are Disgusting
  • Call of Duty: Black Ops Remix Trailer Capitalizes on Eminem
  • Ghost Recon: Future Soldier Screenshots Are Nothing New To Look At
  • I Am Alive Trailer Attempts To Defy Irony, Fails Miserably

Crysis 2 Beta Access

Go here. Hurry.

Nomad fighting his way to the Crysis 2 beta! I know that's a lame joke. It's late. Leave me alone.

Star Wars: The Force Unleashed II Gameplay Footage

I would be lying if I said I wasn’t frothing at the mouth after watching last week’s trailer for Star Wars: The Force Unlea – OK, that is too long a title, we will call it SW: TFU2 from now on. There was a also a very small (think: gameplay trailer equivalent of ‘The Truth’ video segments in Assassin’s Creed 2) gameplay video that shows what the final product may look like. In 33 seconds, you see the protagonist rip through the battalions of Storm Troopers with all the skill and grace we have come to expect from him in the first game.

And that may precisely be the problem with the second game, it feels too much like the first game, except with slightly improved graphics. For die hard fans looking for additional avenues to explore Skarkiller’s journey and be an all-round bad-ass, this may be the perfect setup. For a lot of others, we may see a similar backlash when Left 4 Dead 2 was revealed.

Several screenshots also accompanied the gameplay trailer, and they can be viewed below. I particularly like the giant spider bot, one of which Starkiller ripped apart in the spectacular trailer.

Mafia II ‘Made Man’ Trailer

Meet Vito Scaletta. Sicilian. Soldier. War hero. Family Man. This is a story about his fall from grace, and his rise to power in the Empire Bar crime syndicate. I think I am one of very few people who played the original Mafia from start to finish, completed the game, and craved more. That was 2002. Eight long years later, I will be awarded my wish.

Dead Space 2 Trailers are Disgusting

Fair warning: the first of the two trailers below is fairly average, showing Isaac Clarke battling it out against multiple necromorphed antagonists in. But the second trailer got to me. It is gut-wrenching, vile and downright disgusting. Watch at your own risk.

Call of Duty: Black Ops Remix Trailer Capitalizes on Eminem

When they released the launch trailer for Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2, Eminem’s ‘Till I Collapse’ shot up to the most sold song on the iTunes store, despite being, well, ancient. It seems Activision is going to milk this formula for all that it has got. They took the last trailer for Call of Duty: Black Ops, Eminem’s ‘Won’t Back Down’, put them in a blender and the result is this trailer below:

Ghost Recon: Future Soldier Screenshots Are Nothing New To Look At

The new screenshots released by Ubisoft aren’t anything special if you have already seen the gameplay footage for Ghost Recon: Future Soldier from E3 2010. If you have, skip to the I Am Alive trailer at the end. If you have no, they maybe worth a look.

The game looks great, although some might call the cloaking technology a direct rip-off from Crysis. Not that Crysis nanotechnology was a revolutionary novel concept, but GRFS features futuristic soldiers equipped with advanced gardware and armaments, including the ability to effectively turn invisible to the naked eye. Nomad is probably suing Ghost recon as we speak.

I am anxious to see how the game plays out overall.The new tactical display which identifies the tangos on-screen looks slick, as well as the holographic overlay which displays important information about your target, in a seemingly intelligent manner. Couple that with the ability to turn invisible at will, and you have the makings of a true Ghost Recon sequel. I do wonder, however, if the aforementioned perks will make the game too easy. But if the gameplay from E3 2010 is any indication, if you get into the thick of things, invisibility or no invisibility, you bleed just like everyone else.

I guess we’ll wait and see!

I Am Alive Trailer Attempts To Defy Irony, Fails Miserably

I Am Alive trailer proved that I Am Alive is, in fact, alive. *facepalm*

“Crysis 2 Wallpapers” or “Maximum Screenshots” III

June 16, 2010 1 comment

EDIT: Older screenshots here and here.

Crysis 2 is shaping up to look pretty damn impressive. Which really shouldn’t come as much of a shocker to anyone who played the first game. The storyline was intriguing, but not mind-bending, the gameplay was fresh, but the repetition rendered it a tedious chore. The one thing that always served as the saving grace for Crysis was how incredible the world looked, even on medium settings.

Crysis 2 was showcased at E3 2010 this week, and a new gameplay video was shared with the audience which is embedded further below. There are also some screenshots, you can click them to view the larger 1920×1080 high-resolution images.

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Aaaand the trailer:

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BOOM! Headshot: “Trailer Mania” or “No Red Dead Redemption for the PC”

June 11, 2010 1 comment

Here is a hodgepodge of information I came across this week regarding some of the shooters I am most interested in.

All that is cover is as follows; you can find additional details on each bullet point below:

  • Vanquish Trailer
  • Call of Duty: Black Ops Screenshots and Preview
  • Deus Ex 3 Concept Art Wants George Bush
  • No PC Port for Red Dead Redemption?
  • Crysis 2 Release Date and Trailer

Vanquish Trailer

When I first heard of this game, and watched the inaugural trailer’s armored marine, I almost immediately groaned in dismay. Haven’t we done this to death? Aren’t we all tired of Mars facilities being overrun by forces of hell and off-world planets being attacked by inexplicably hostile alien forces bent upon the total annihilation of, specifically, the human race? Oh this is on earth? Well alright then.

In the new trailer, unlike the three primary colors of Gears of War (brown, grey and muzzle-flash), Vanquish looked a lot more vibrant. The world seems alarmingly full of color and life, and the action, while over-the-top in some cases, was somewhat reminiscent of Halo.

I am not convinced just yet, but it does have my attention now.

Call of Duty: Black Ops Screenshots and Preview

Den of Geek had a chat with Treyarch’s Mark Lamia and Josh Olin, and posted a detailed preview of the upcoming shooter. You can find this preview here. Their synopsis stated that Black Ops will “feature explosions, shooty-bangs and gruff males shouting codewords and epithets while saving the world.” Sherlock Holmes would be impressed!

The Treyarch-fueled next chapter in the CoD franchise also released 10 new screenshots as bait to generate some pre-E3 hype. I’ll bite!

Homefront Preview and Trailer

This is another recent shooter which managed to grab my attention in the recent weeks. The concept of Homefront not novel, it’s enemy is not a particularly surprising choice, and it follows a cookie-cutter backdrop for the “world in conflict, war comes home” scenario. Where Homefront shines is its alleged ability to give the player glimpses of the vestiges of a once preperous era, refugees huddled around small camouflaged communities, resisting, running surviving.

Both Kotaku and Joystiq have in-depth previews up today, just ahead of E3, and although a lot of the information is the same, they are both worth the read.

Deus Ex 3 Concept Art Wants George Bush

Yes I know DE3 is more of an RPG than an action game, but my list of stories for tomorrow Weekly MMO/RPG Crockpot is about to burst at the seams, so this is going in here. I am sure in time and with proper therapy, you will get over it.

No PC Port for Red Dead Redemption?

A Rockstar admin wrote on the company’s news site “As of now, there are no current plans to bring Red Dead Redemption to the PC platform. If that should change, we will let you know”. In the past, we have seen (enhanced and botched) ports of the GTA titles to the PC, so there is always hope. That being said, this ominous-sounding statement from Rockstar may imply a change in the pattern.

Crysis 2 Release Date and Trailer

MCV has a trade ad suggesting that Crysis 2 will be released this autumn. It has been said earlier that we should expect the sequel to land Q3, 2010. In other words, it seems Crytek will stick to its original plan of releasing the game before Christmas season 2010.

I am partial on this one. My entire Crysis experience can be defined as follows: “Ooooooh pretty… wait, not this shit again!”. I am hoping Crysis 2 will go beyond jaw-dropping visuals and technology and have some actual meat in mission variety and gunplay. The trailer is below:

  • Vanquish Trailer
  • Call of Duty: Black Ops Screenshots and Preview
  • Deus Ex 3 Concept Art Wants George Bush
  • No PC Port for Red Dead Redemption?
  • Crysis 2 Release Date and Trailer

“Crysis 2 Wallpapers” or “Maximum Screenshots” II

May 15, 2010 2 comments

EDIT: Older screenshots here. Newer screenshots here.

Two new screenshots were released over this weekend for the upcoming sequel to the 2007’s shooter that was simultaneously a contender for the “Ooooo Pretty” and “Mind-Numbingly Repetitive” categories. (I think it won on both counts).

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But you get to tear stuff up on the streets of the Big Apple, you get to do it in style, and you get to do it sometime in 2015 because your current computer would have a coronary at the very thought of having to run Crysis 2. Good luck with that.

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Some older wallpapers here.

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“Crysis 2 Wallpapers” or “Maximum Screenshots”

April 14, 2010 2 comments

EDIT: Newer screenshots here and here.

There is a good chance you will need a souped-up high-end PC just to view these wallpapers from the upcoming sequel Crysis. I enjoyed the first game, though I have remarked in the past about how I have had certain reservations about the repetitive nature of the missions and the general feeling of a hollow lot past the visually stunning experience.

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Whether you played the first game or not, you have to admit, the sequel’s in-game screenshots look breathtakingly gorgeous and meticulously detailed.

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Explosions. Aliens. A suit that allows you to perpetually clench your butt muscles. I’m sold!

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“Crysis 2 Takes a Bite Out of the Big Apple” or “Could We Get Some Butter With Those Buns?”

April 7, 2010 2 comments

Via Kotaku, here is a pretty decent shaky-cam footage of the premiere CGI trailer for Crysis 2, which, unless you are a shooter fan who has lived under a rock most of the last two years, is set in New York City. Crytek had tweeted about this yesterday, I guess this is what they had in mind. However, the website, S.O.S. New York, still has a clock ticking down to zero. At the time of writing this article, 2 days and 11 hours were left in the timer.

Times Square. Alien Invasion. Post-apocalyptic setting. A suit that makes your ass stick out more prominently than an albino at the space launch.

What more could one possibly want?

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