Archive for March, 2011

29
Mar
11

Huge price cuts on Xbox Live games and DLC with Extreme Shopping sale

Microsoft just launched their Extreme Shopping sale, which will be running until April 4. The sale includes discounts up to 50 percent off Xbox Live Arcade games, downloadable content and Avatar items.

Right now the half-priced items include “Monkey Island 2” and “Darwinia+” for 400 points, or $5, and “Costume Quest” for 600, or $7.50. The full “Red Dead Redemption: Undead Nightmare Collection” has also seen a hefty reduction down to 1,000 points, or $12.50. If you haven’t yet taken the plunge into this zombified DLC, there’s no longer any excuses.

Check out the official sale page and stay tuned for their special one-day sale on April 1. Hopefully, this has no correlation to April Fools’ Day. Click through to see the full list of games and prices.

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24
Mar
11

Crysis 2 single-player impressions (PC Version)

crysis2Since the success of “Modern Warfare,” the most recent string of first-person shooter games have been plagued with copy cats and stale performances. Developers have been waiting in line to try their hand at becoming a breakout success in the genre.

Coincidently, these past few years have purposed me to believe that shooters had nothing left to give and that graphics where at an all-time best. Then developer Crytek comes along and releases their sequel to the PC shooter “Crysis.” I was already prepared for the game to be good, but I never expected to be utterly blown away from what I thought was an exhausted genre.

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21
Mar
11

“The Arrival” — Mass Effect 2 DLC confirmed

Mass-Effect-2-DLC-BioWare-Unveil-3-ArrivalThe final “Mass Effect 2” DLC, titled “the Arrival,” was confirmed by EA on March 18 and will be ready for download on PSN, XBLA, and PC on March 29. If you have been itching to get back into the Normandy, or if you want to discover more about the reaper’s conspiracies, then you don’t want to miss this next expansion.

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20
Mar
11

Experience the 3DS early with Nintendo’s 3DS demo kiosk finder

We may be just a week away from the official release of the Nintendo 3DS, but if you can’t wait to see what all the hub-bub is about for yourself, Nintendo has you covered. Behold the Nintendo 3DS kiosk locator, which helps you locate your closest Nintendo 3DS kiosk and give the system itself a try with your own hands and, of course, eyes.

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19
Mar
11

Minecraft to get canine companions

With every Minecraft update comes something new and unexpected, and Beta update 1.4 is certainly going to be no exception.  While the 1.4 update isn’t out yet, Notch revealed on his blog that a new mob is in development: wolves!

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18
Mar
11

Catherine receives North American release date and easy mode update

catherine - playwisegaming.comUpdate Easy mode to make it “Super Easy” then send it to North America?

Atlus has unveiled plans to bring “Catherine” to North America starting July 26, 2011 through two sales giants, Amazon and GameStop.

An update on March 9 that added “Super Easy” mode stirred up talks if “Easy” mode really needed to be made easier. The full update is detailed below.

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18
Mar
11

Five minutes of Fez

fez - playwisegaming.comFez” sports creative puzzle-platforming with a 2-D plane-swapping action a la “Super Paper Mario.” It’s difficult to describe that 2-D/3-D plane-switching ability without seeing it, but luckily the game’s developer, Polytron, has provided us with a beefy, five-minute trailer full of gameplay, which you can find after the jump.

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17
Mar
11

Gritty new Batman: Arkham City trailer

Things are getting crazy in the brand new trailer for “Batman: Arkham City.” Hugo Strange seems to think that Batman is the cause of his own troubles, and Batman seems to think there’s nothing wrong with Joker.

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16
Mar
11

Ubisoft attempts to resuscitate music gaming genre with Rocksmith

Just when you thought music gaming was dead in the water, Ubisoft announces a brand new title coming out this Fall for Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 that the developer thinks will revolutionize the genre. So what makes “Rocksmith” different? For starters, it’s a game that doesn’t come with a controller.

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15
Mar
11

Quick and dirty giveaway: Get your SOCOM 4 beta from playWISE NOW!

SOCOM4beta - playwisegaming.com

UPDATE: We are officially out of betas. Thanks to everyone who commented. We’ll try to do this again with another beta so stay tuned!

The kindhearted gentlemen of Zipper Interactive were generous enough to give playWISE a few “SOCOM 4” multiplayer betas to hand out. The first handful of people to comment on this post will receive a beta code via e-mail. It doesn’t get much easier than that. Let the comments begin!

Read onward for all the specific details on this beta.

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14
Mar
11

The Aftermath: Saying goodbye to PAX

Goodbye PAX - playwisegaming.comThe exodus has occurred. As the throngs of vehement gamers and passionate players trudged their way through the revolving doors of the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center on Sunday evening for their final treks to countless busses and trains routed for various airports and highways, it dawned on me. Never in my life have I witnessed such a fervent living body of humans gather in adoration and rally over a common bond.

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13
Mar
11

playCAST PAX special — Episode four: L.A. Noire, games galore and out the door!

PAX East 2011 end - playwisegaming.com

Hear my thoughts on “L.A. Noire” and the rest of the best, and worst, from the final day of PAX east 2011 and overall impressions of my very first PAX experience.

Thanks for bearing with me through these strange amalgamations that I’ve been labeling podcasts. It’s been quite an experience, and hopefully if I go next year, I’ll have a better system worked out.

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12
Mar
11

PAX log — Saturday/playCAST PAX special episode three

PA makes a strip - playwisegaming.comInternet access has been sparse on this fine Saturday of PAX. Therefore, I bring it to you all in one lump sum of greatness. Enjoy the pictures, podcast and accompanying links all found after the jump.

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11
Mar
11

playCAST PAX special — Episode two: Mega64, Firefall, 3DS hands-on and more

Mega64 Rocco - playwisegaming.com

I got a chance to talk with Rocco of Mega64, chat with lead designer for upcoming massive online shooter Firefall and check out the 3DS in person. Check out the episode above and a moment of fiero below.

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11
Mar
11

PAX log — Friday part two

PAX aerial - playwisegaming.comLines, 3DS, Joystiq Podcast, SOCOM 4, Firefall and more

If I learned anything from my first day at PAX, it’s that people like to line up for the panels early…very, very early. Unfortunately, I missed four seperate talks that I was planning on attending because I didn’t get to the line early enough.

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11
Mar
11

The cosplayers of PAX

PAX cosplayers - playwisegaming.com

Straight from PAX east, here are a few cosplaying images for your viewing pleasure. Check out the gallery for some well-known and some not-so-well-known — but coincidentally no Unown — real life replicas of gaming and anime characters.

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11
Mar
11

PAX log — Friday

PAX East 2011 - playwisegaming.comToday is the first official day of PAX! I awoke from a “refreshing” four hour nap at 7 a.m. I wouldn’t exactly call it sleeping, but it was better than nothing.

There are a reported 70,000 people attending PAX this weekend, and the lines are proof of those numbers — I waited in line for about an hour to get into the opening keynote, which was given by Jane McGonigal.

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10
Mar
11

playCAST PAX special — Episode one: cold, Boston, buildings and anticipation

Ben Wade, PAX East correspondent here. I’m attempting to create an episode of playCAST for each day I attend PAX East. Episode one is above for your listening pleasure.

While no one else from playWISE was able to join me for PAX, I am briefly joined by UF’s Ubisoft campus representative for this episode, and there is a likelihood he may join me for further episodes. I’ll admit it; the podcast is a little unconventional, given it’s recorded in pieces and not quite as professional sounding as our regular episodes due to time constraints, but we hope you guys enjoy it nonetheless.

Click through for a few accompanying pictures, including a weird leaning trash building — how can you resist that?

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10
Mar
11

PAX Log — Thursday

Terminal outside - playwisegaming.comI’ve arrived at the Jacksonville Airport with my travelling companion, UF Ubisoft rep Jay Jordan Uy, and we’re patiently awaiting our plane’s arrival. There probably won’t be much to report from PAX today, since it doesn’t officially start until Friday.

I’m pretty excited about getting to PAX and checking everything out though, mostly because I have no clue what to expect having never been to any gaming conventions before.

 

Anyway, while you wait for more eventful posts, enjoy these exclusive and enthralling behind the scenes shots of our airport trip. By the way, we only got slightly raped by the TSA.

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10
Mar
11

PAX East Daily Log

pax east - playwisegaming.comPenny Arcade Expo East has arrived, and I’m here to bring you all the action.

I’ll be the only member of playWISE able to attend PAX East over the next few days. Rather than try to get every single little detail from the show onto the site, I’m going to be keeping a running log of the things I encounter firsthand while at the show.

This means it won’t all be breaking news, but it will be your front-row seat to the gaming goodness of PAX. Stay tuned from the 10th to the 14th to see all the action I can gather. Thanks for reading!




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