Archive for December, 2010

31
Dec
10

playCAST Episode Four: Christmas, 3-D gaming, Tron, PS3 Mass Effect 2 Demo

Finally after a month of waiting, the next episode of playCAST is here! Once again, Ben Wade and Jeremy Lloyd are here to deliver their thoughts on the most recent happenings in the gaming realm. In episode four, you can hear their thoughts on Christmas gifts, Steam sales, 3-D gaming, “Tron: Legacy,” movie games and the PlayStation 3 demo of “Mass Effect 2.”

The end of the year articles mentioned in the episode can be found here: biggest disappointments, hidden gems and staff picks.

If you want to treat yourself for the holidays, then listening to this episode is the best Christmas present you could ever get yourself, especially since it’s free. Tell us what you think in the comments.

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31
Dec
10

Staff picks of 2010 – part one

2010 staff picks one - playwisegaming.comIn order to celebrate this year in gaming, playWISE has been featuring several articles detailing the most memorable games of the year. So far we’ve talked about both our biggest disappointments and the best hidden gems of 2010.

It was hard to narrow it down, but each of us has selected two games that were released in 2010 that are our favorite for whatever reason. You can find the first group of picks below and read more about why these incredible games were chosen.

Check back on Saturday Jan. 1 for the second group of staff picks.
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29
Dec
10

Review — Donkey Kong Country Returns (Wii)

DKCR art - playwisegaming.com“Donkey Kong Country Returns” marks the revival of Nintendo’s immensely popular, vine-swinging, barrel-blasting, side-scrolling platformer. The game was developed by Retro Studios, which is quite a surprise considering they’ve been making first-person Metroid shooters for the last 12 years. After his 14-year hiatus, does Donkey Kong blast out of retirement with a vengeance or merely slide out of his rocker and break his hip?

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28
Dec
10

playWISE’s hidden gems of 2010

hidden gems of 2010 - playwisegaming.com In order to celebrate this year in gaming, playWISE will be featuring several articles in the next few weeks detailing the most memorable games of the year. So far we’ve talked about our biggest disappointments of 2010.

With hundreds of videogames being released year after year, it’s difficult to find out about all of them, let alone get a chance to play them. Below are some of our favorite games of the year that were either overlooked by many gamers or were quite literally hidden.

Read onward to learn about the best games of the year that you never heard of.

Check back on Friday Dec. 31 to see our picks for top games of 2010.

 

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24
Dec
10

playWISE’s biggest disappointments of 2010

Disappointments of 2010 - playwisegaming.comIn order to celebrate this year in gaming, playWISE will be featuring several articles in the next few weeks detailing the most memorable games of the year.

2010 saw the release of some of the best gaming experiences to date. Unfortunately, these great games did not come without their share of black-sheep brethren.

Below are a few of the playWISE staff’s biggest disappointments of 2010. Keep in mind that we’re not saying all of these games are 100 percent terrible, but rather, they were created in such a way that left us desiring more from these well-known franchises and developers.

Check back on Tuesday Dec. 28 to see our opinions on the best unknown games of 2010.

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23
Dec
10

Trendy Developer Diary — Dungeon Devenders First Wave (iOS)

This is the first in a series of videos playWISE will be producing documenting the features of several games by Gainesville-based developer, Trendy Entertainment.

This video is a brief look at the mobile version of their latest action-RPG tower-defense title, “Dungeon Defenders: First Wave.” Let us know what you think of our video in the comments. Thanks for watching.

23
Dec
10

Super Meat Boy meets World

Super Meat BoyA new chapter entitled “Super Meat World” is just the tip of the iceberg of new and improved features coming to the PC version of the extremely popular indie game “Super Meat Boy” in its mid-January update.

IGN has the full list of improvements, which also include a fully supported level editor.  After the update, players will be able to create their own levels with almost anything already existing in the game and upload them to a newly created level portal.

Continue reading for the full list of updates.

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23
Dec
10

Valve, EA work out distribution deal for Portal 2

It’s pretty much understood that “Portal 2” is one of the most anticipated games of 2011.  Yesterday, Valve announced an official release date for the title and a finalized distribution deal with EA.

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22
Dec
10

Delay imminent for The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword?

Skyward Sword In a recent interview with Pocket-lint, a UK tech site, Zelda creator, Shigeru Miyamoto, stated that the next title in the series is “over half complete.”

This could indicate a delay for the game, which is currently slated for a first-quarter release in 2011. This news comes as somewhat of a surprise since Miyamoto himself told gaming magazine Nintendo Power in July that the basis for the game was “very, very solid.”

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22
Dec
10

Hidden Gems — Flight

Mid-flight in FlightThe simple joy of folding a piece of paper and creating your own personalized flying craft is embodied perfectly within “Flight” — and injected with a heavy dose of steroids.

The premise of this free, browser-based game is simple: click on a paper airplane and toss it by sliding your mouse swiftly and then unclicking. But, Krin, the game’s creator wasn’t content to just leave it at that.

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21
Dec
10

Dragon Age II: hack-n-slash or pause-n-play — you decide


Dragon Age II” will be completely playable in real-time or in a more strategic pause and play fashion according to BioWare, the game’s developer.

The original “Dragon Age” was supposed to be playable in either fashion as well, however, this was simply not the case. With balancing issues left unchecked, the real-time game was left rather stunted making this play style virtually impossible on the higher difficulty settings.

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21
Dec
10

24 thousand years spent in Halo: Reach

Halo: Reach stats small
Halo: Reach” has been out for only 98 days and already people have played 1.3 billions games, earned 900 trillion credits and killed 24 billion covenant. Bungie created an extensive infographic listing many of the statistics from the game thus far. Check out the entire graphic below.

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21
Dec
10

Final Fantasy IV gets a final fantastic remake

In the world of RPGs, “Final Fantasy IV” is legendary. Success in its first iteration has led to even more sales and great reviews for its re-releases. In “Final Fantasy IV: Complete Collection,” Square Enix brings the title and its sequel, “The After Years,” to the PSP.

This latest, and perhaps last, incarnation of “Final Fantasy IV” features the return of the 2-D sprites that were replaced with 3-D graphics in the Nintendo DS version. These are no ordinary sprites, though; they utilize the high-resolution capabilities of the PSP in a detailed, though slightly cartoony, way.

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19
Dec
10

Slugging It Out in the DC Universe Online Beta

Immovable Rock vs. Unstoppable Force

The heroes and villains realized within DC’s comic books are some of the most popular and recognizable icons throughout the world. There have been many attempts by various developers to create videogames based on some of the most well-known among these characters, the most obvious being Batman and Superman.

Generally, these projects culminate in less than stellar results, with only a few bright stars shining through. Now, Sony Online Entertainment is gathering all of these heroes and villains and releasing them in one big MMO universe where players will traverse the iconic locations alongside them with their own player made characters. Welcome to “DC Universe Online.”

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19
Dec
10

Introducing playBACK — a videogame news show for playWISE

You can view our brand video series, playBACK, above, which details gaming news from Dec. 10 to Dec 17. We plan on doing these episodes every other week in order to give people a video overview of recent gaming news. Please tell us what you think of all the hard work that went into making this video a reality by posting in the comments below. Thanks for watching.

18
Dec
10

playWORLDS — Cataclysm: goblin adventures in Kezan

GoblinThis is the third in a series of articles detailing the adventures of both goblins and worgen, the newest races in “World of WarCraft: Cataclysm.” You can find the first article here and the second article here.

Now that you have a firm understanding of what “Cataclysm” has to offer, let’s get into the nitty-gritty of leveling up your new goblin so you can explore the lands now in chaos.

Kezan, the goblin homeland, is a very industrial town due to the goblins’ chosen economy and trade. While searching for NPCs to speak to so you can start your questing, you will notice huge smoking factories spewing out smog, oil refineries and even highways — all built by the ever-so-smart goblins.

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17
Dec
10

Square Enix postpones Deus Ex, slashes sales expectations 92 percent

December has not been a kind month for video game developer Square Enix.  The company, known for its Final Fantasy franchise, has been facing criticism and low sales numbers during the holiday season leading up to both the delay of “Deus Ex: Human Revolution” and a 92 percent reduction in earnings forecasts for the remainder of the year.

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16
Dec
10

Technology behind facial animation in Rockstar’s L.A. Noire

For the last five years, Australian game developer Team Bondi has been working with the technology behind Rockstar’s latest third-person detective game slated for 2011, “L.A. Noire.”

Rather than animating the facial features of the game’s characters with computers, Team Bondi has been using optical cameras to capture real actors playing out the scenes from the game. The videos are then translated into a digital image and placed on the characters in the game.

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15
Dec
10

playWORLDS — World of WarCraft: Cataclysm (new areas and professions)

Worgen from Cataclysm

 

Editor’s note: This is the second installment in the playWISE feature series called playWORLDS. Follow our MMO specialist, Jared Ubriaco, through the various landscapes of online games, starting with “World of WarCraft: Cataclysm.” The previous article detailed some of the world changes and gave a brief overview of the new classes. Read onward for the next installment.

Now, let’s take a look at where you will be leveling your new goblin or worgen.

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14
Dec
10

Get $85 worth of gaming for whatever price you want

The Humble Indie Bundle
Games like “Braid” and “Machinarium” are worth every penny, and right now you can choose just how many pennies you put toward them when you buy the DRM-free “Humble Indie Bundle #2.” However, don’t let that be an excuse to short-change the developers; the proceeds from this limited-time offer will go toward two very deserving organizations: the Electronic Frontier Foundation and Penny Arcade’s Child’s Play.

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