Archive for February, 2011

25
Feb
11

FortressCraft coming to Xbox Live Indie Games, looks eerily similar to Minecraft

Independent studio Projector Games is developing “FortressCraft” for the Xbox Live Indie Games platform, but the game looks like something we’ve seen before. But if you can’t play “Minecraft” on your computer — or if you just want to get that “Minecraft” experience on a console — then perhaps “FortressCraft” is for you.

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24
Feb
11

Video and text review — NightSky (PC)

“NightSky” is a new game from independent game studio Nicalis, best known for their work on the WiiWare version of “Cave Story.”

Those familiar with their version of Pixel’s masterpiece likely won’t find much familiarity in the world of “NightSky,” a puzzle-platform hybrid that demands mastery of the physics of a rolling ball.

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24
Feb
11

Okamiden demo available on Nintendo Channel

okamiden- playwisegaming.comCapcom’s second release in the Okami series, “Okamiden,” will be available for the Nintendo DS on March 15, but you can play it today. The well-hidden Nintendo Channel on the Wii holds the key to unlocking this painterly pearl of a DS demo.

Although the demo is disappointingly short, it certainly captures the essence of the game. It seems extremely similar to the PlayStation 2 version, but hopefully when the full game is released, there will be a few new gameplay elements to satiate even the strongest celestial-brush desires.

The full process for downloading the demo is detailed below.

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23
Feb
11

72-inch painting celebrates 25 years of Zelda

zelda25 - playwisegaming.comBelow is an incredibly detailed 72-inch Zelda painting by Japanese artist Ag+. It was released just in time for the 25th year anniversary of the Zelda franchise, and it contains just about every major character from the series.

It’s worth taking a moment to pick out all the intricately woven details of the piece in remembrance of all the years of gaming  Zelda has provided over the years. After admiring the details, you can see the entire construction of the piece in the included video. All of the characters in the image are listed below; can you find them all?

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19
Feb
11

playVIEWS — Game tester says he does have “real” job

Obliterating hordes of goblins with mana bombs, spike blockades and lightning towers is serious business.

Just ask Marc Singer, 21-year-old quality assurance lead for Gainesville, Fla., game studio Trendy Entertainment. He’s currently working 60 hours a week to squash the bugs and iron out the glitches in Trendy’s latest title, “Dungeon Defenders,” through a process known as playtesting.

It’s Singer’s job to play videogames and report to the development team any problems he finds, but he initially had a hard time convincing his parents that he had an actual job at all.

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17
Feb
11

Nintendo 3DS will not be accepting Nintendo Point Cards, still wants your money

With the Nintendo 3DS launching in a little over a month, you might be thinking about stocking up on some Nintendo Points, the Nintendo currency that can currently be used to purchase content for the Wii and the DSi.  You might want to re-think that idea.

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17
Feb
11

PlayStation Phone is Xperia Play, requires repurchasing PSN content

This week, Sony finally unveiled its PlayStation phone, called Xperia Play.  According to a Sony Ericsson press release, “XperiaTM PLAY combines a PlayStation-quality gaming experience with the very latest Android smartphone technology.”  While the list of features is extensive, Xperia Play does have one disappointing feature.

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14
Feb
11

Vote for your favorite games to be featured in new Smithsonian exhibition

You have played games since you were a kid, so only you would know just what games are museum quality.  That’s why, for a limited time, the Smithsonian is asking you to vote for the games it will feature in its upcoming exhibition, “The Art of Gaming.”

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11
Feb
11

Cave Story is being remade for the 3DS

No, the headline is not a typo. According to creator Daiskue “Pixel” Amaya, “Cave Story,” a 10-year-old game that has aged as gracefully as a fine wine, is currently being remade for the 3DS.

This certainly isn’t the first remake “Cave Story” has seen; its WiiWare release in 2010 featured improved graphics and character designs.

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09
Feb
11

Activision pulls the plug on the Guitar Hero franchise

Massive layoffs and the termination of development on two major titles were announced in a press release from Activision this evening. Taking the biggest hit is the “Guitar Hero” franchise, which will come to an end after over five years.

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09
Feb
11

Seedy underbelly of L.A. Noire’s gameplay exposed in lengthy new trailer

LA Noire - playwisegaming.com

After viewing Team Bondi’s recently released trailer for the upcoming detective action-adventure title, “L.A. Noire,” very little investigating is needed to decipher what exactly this game is all about.

The video does an incredible job of detailing all the minutia of the game, from chasing criminals down a dark alleyway to full-on interrogation of suspects. Continue reading to see the three-and-a-half-minute video orientation in action.
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09
Feb
11

Kinect to get Gears of War on-rails shooter

Rumors of a “Gears of War” title being developed for Microsoft’s Kinect are true.  A source familiar with the project has confirmed the existence of the title, which will be an on-rails shooter.

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08
Feb
11

Mostly gore-free yet entirely beautiful concept art of Dead Space 2

Dead Space 2 Concept - playwisegaming.comBelow are just a few of the over 50 concept art images created by Joseph Cross for survival-horror game “Dead Space 2.”

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07
Feb
11

Is EA reaching for the stars? Star Wars MMO needs 500,000 players to turn profit

Star Wars TOR - playwisegaming.comBioWare’s “Star Wars: The Old Republic” is expected to release Q2 of this year and needs a staggering 500,000 subscribers to turn a mediocre amount of profitprofit.

During a call to investors, Eric Brown, the Chief Financial Officer of Electronic Arts, said that any number of subscribers over 500,000 would be “substantially profitable, but not the kind of thing [EA] would write home about.”

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07
Feb
11

The Wild West meets modern L.A. in Call of Juarez: The Cartel

Ubisoft has announced the next installment in the “Call of Juarez” franchise, subtitled “The Cartel.”  In this next iteration, the game trades in the dusty plains for the dirty streets.

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07
Feb
11

Sony officially reveals PlayStation Phone as Xperia Play

Xperia Play - playwisegaming.comAfter months of leaked images and videos, Sony has finally officially revealed their PlayStation Phone with its real title of Xperia Play.

A strange commercial for the device was aired during the Super Bowl on Feb. 6 giving very little information about the phone other than its existence. You can check out the horrifically creepy teaser below.

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06
Feb
11

A reason to buy PlayStation Plus? Free download of Stacking and exclusive Killzone 3 demo


PlayStation Plus subscribers will be receiving the brand new downloadable adventure game, “Stacking,” as well as an exclusive single-player “Killzone 3” demo for free on Feb. 8.

While the “Killzone 3” demo is nice, the free download of “Stacking” is a promising addition to the discouragingly low amount of free, quality content that PlayStation Plus subscribers are entitled to.

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06
Feb
11

Castle Crashers gets cute and compassionate new character

Move over, guys, there’s a new knight in town, and fair warning: he’s precious.  The adorable Pink Knight will be available for “Castle Crashers” on Tuesday, just in time for Valentine’s Day, with proceeds going to help fund Breast Cancer research.

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03
Feb
11

playCAST Episode Six: The Showdown – PSP2 vs. 3DS

In the left corner, we have the son of the current reigning champ, weighing in at a 230 grams and sporting a glasses-free 3-D screen — it’s the 3DS! In the right corner, we have the underdog toting an additional analog stick and a back-facing touchpad — give it up for PSP2…er…NGP!

Ben Wade and Jeremy Lloyd are back in action and joined by the inimitable Jake Woodard. Tune in to hear them duke it out over which new handheld will be crowned gaming champion. Let’s get ready to portable!

Music Credit: Pseudo Kids

Listen to the podcast in iTunesDownload the episode directly

03
Feb
11

playVIEWS — Are you the Hero?

Are you the hero - playwisegaming.comThe clock reads 11:59 p.m., and I’m the only one left awake in the house. As I glance down from my TV at my controller, I notice that my palms are sweaty. Moving my eyes back to the screen, the choice is still there, staring me in the face.

Will I save this evil reaper technology that’s been plaguing the galaxy for millenia, or will I let it all be destroyed?
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