Archive for October, 2011
Blizzard seemed desperate to make sure their 20th anniversary is something to remember with Blizzcon 2011. I think they pulled it off, with 26,000 people at attendance, along with over 60,000 who purchased online virtual tickets to watch!
Blizzcon opened up with the president and co-founder Michael Morhaime discussing how Blizzard has grown in the last 20 years with its original games, and also revealing that with the help of loyal gamers, Blizzard has donated more than 2 million dollars to the Make a Wish Foundation this year alone!
After announcing many more great things about Blizzard, Michael Morhaime opened with the collector’s edition of Diablo III, and surprising the entire crowd by telling them that if they buy a World of Warcraft annual pass, they will get the FULL version of Diablo III when it launches, whenever it launches anyway. I am guessing that this offer was a limited time only thing for Blizzcon, so I believe that this offer is over now, but if you are a WoW player, keep a look out for this deal on any of Blizzards websites, because that is definitely a great deal!
Chris Metzen, senior VP of creative development came out after this big announcement to reveal more about Diablo III, and to tout Blizzards basic motto for games (especially when it comes to Diablo), “the games will be done when their done.” Chris then brought out the trailer for the new interesting game from Blizzard, “Blizzard DOTA (Defense of the Ancients). This little game looks very interesting, but I believe that it just wont be good as a Real Time Strategy game, it would be a lot more fun if it was a 3rd person shooter type game. Ill give Blizzard credit where its due though, it looks like an interesting game to try out.
Chris next brought out the Big Kahuna with a new trailer for Starcraft II: Heart of the Swarm. This is the game I’ve personally been waiting for ever since finishing Wings of Liberty for the first time (I’m close to finishing my 12th campaign play-through, by the way) The trailer looked incredible, with cut-scenes for the game as well as hinting at the new units for multiplayer. The story does look a little iffy to me at this point, it looks like no more than letting Kerrigan regain control of the swarm and using it to destroy Mengsk. Those who play Starcraft already know about the bigger plot that’s out there at the moment, but, having said that, this is only the second trailer being released for HotS, so I am not going to make any assumptions yet, unlike many of those starcraft trolls out there. Now, I would love to go over the new units for starcraft, but I think it’s best if you look them up yourself, most of them look downright AWESOME! Here is a link that gives a decent description on the new units for HotS. http://us.battle.net/blizzcon/en/blog/3768748/StarCraft_II_Multiplayer_Panel_at_BlizzCon_2011-10_21_2011#blog.
Ok, before I have a huge nerd-gasm, I’d better move on to the World of Warcraft expansion: Mists of Pandaria. You read that right, Pandaria. WoW has gone “Kung Fu Panda” on us. Chris shows us a trailer for the new land that will be released to Warcraft soon, a land that had been apparently lost to the world for thousands of years, the very china-esk land of peace and pandarens. This new land brings several new things to WoW, including the Pandaren race, which, upon watching the trailers, look like they can fight for both the Alliance and the Horde. A new class will also be added, the Monk class. I’m actually kind of surprised this rank hasn’t made it into the WoW world yet, but it definitely seems like the right time to introduce them. A new challenge mode: the Dungeons, was introduced, along with the characters level cap being increased to 90, something I’m sure all WoW players will love.
All of this was revealed in just the opening ceremony! Pretty awesome, right? I don’t think I will be able to go through all of Blizzcon’s awesomeness without have a few more nerd-gasms. Throughout the rest of Blizzcon, all three franchises were discussed in heavy detail, along with having the gamers duke things out for themselves in the many tournaments played during Blizzcon. Through the kindness of their hearts, Blizzard has many videos spanning many, many hours showcasing everything online at http://us.battle.net/blizzcon/en/live-stream/#player-top. Unfortunately for us, they only opened up their hearts part-way. If you want to see everything that had to do with Blizzcon, you will have to buy a virtual ticket. Blizzcon will be available to watch all the way through November 20th, so if you read this and want more, you can go to the site above and purchase a virtual ticket for yourself. Now, if you don’t want to buy that ticket, that’s fine, because the best parts, such as the tournaments for Starcraft and Warcraft, are available to watch for free, again, only until the 20th.
The one thing I must say I’m disappointed about for this year’s Blizzcon; there were no release dates for any of Blizzards upcoming games, including Diablo III and Starcraft II: Heart of the Swarm. I know Blizzard waits until everything is perfect for their games until they release those super awesome games to the world. That is one of the best things about this company, they make sure everything is done right. But sometimes the wait is just a dang KILLER! I am very eager for Starcraft II: Heart of the Swarm to come out. Luckily, some of Blizzards leaders did mention that Starcraft will be ready to release in months, not years. That I can live with.
If you want to take a peek at any of Blizzards websites, head to http://us.battle.net/blizzcon/en/ to get started. Enjoy all the trailers I brought for you!
Welcome to Halloween! I doubt the media from this week will scare anyone, though. Tell you what, image that you are getting DaGeDar for Christmas. That should scare you!
Zumba Fitness Rush Release Date Announced
Zumba Fitness Rush will be hitting the Xbox 360′s Kinect in February of 2012.
Army Corps of Hell Announced
Square-Enix has announced Army Corps of Hell for the PlayStation Vita in 2012.
The game uses the touch screen on the PS Vita to select and lead armies of Orcs as the King of Hell tries to reclaim his throne. The game looks interesting as an Action-RTS title, but it should be taken for what it is: a launch title.
Rock of Ages Halloween Special
Atlus’s Rock of Ages is getting some spooky DLC with a Jack-o-lantern Rock.
The DLC is 25% off until today (Halloween-duh!).
New Heroes of Ruin Trailer
Quantum Conundrum Media
Square-Enix plans to release this downloadable game to PC, PSN, and XBLA sometime in February of 2012.
Jaws: Ultimate Predator Media
Back in the days of the NES, Jaws hit the consoles as a survival horror/fishing sim. It was terrible.
The player would man a small fishing boat and hunt for Jaws. Periodically, a buzzer would sound, and the player had to dive under water and kill the sea life. There were many smaller sharks, causing gamers to wonder if a mistake had been made and multiple Jawses were programmed into the game by mistake. If a player continued long enough, he would finally discover Jaws, the largest shark in the game. There was nothing profound about the game.
Still, I’d rather play that than this dribble hitting the 3DS and the Wii.
Twister Mania Launch Trailer
Final Fantasy Tactics, I’d like you to meet World of Warcraft.
Some time in the next year, I’m expecting you to produce a child named Wakfu!
H.G. Wells’ The War of the Worlds has seen many different movie versions and rip-offs. And the games have always followed the movies.
Isn’t it about time we start to see more games based on books?
Other Ocean’s The War of the Worlds hopes to convince players that books can make great video games.
And I hope they’re right!
Voiced by Sir Patrick Stewart (Captain Picard!), the tale of Arthur unfolds as players navigate through attacking aliens.
WarpZone Show received a review code of this game. There will be a video review!
FINAL WORD: Interesting
The Xbox 360 Kinect comes with a copy of Kinect Adventures.
But what if you want for people to play at the same time?
Enter Motion Explosion, a minigame experience for the Kinect, available now.
For families or parties of four, this will be a good experience with several new minigames.
The only issue with Motion Explosion is that it costs money. Sure, it’s a shallow complaint, but if Kinect Adventures is free with the Kinect, why buy a game that is mostly similar to it just for two more players to play?
FINAL WORD: Pass (unless you are sick of taking turns during family night)
Have you ever wanted to blast your way through viruses in the human body in order to stop a potential pandemic?
Yeah, me neither.
But this premise doesn’t seem so bad for Nano Assault, coming to the 3DS on Nov. 22.
Players will fight through 32 stages fighting the virus.
But the most intriguing part is the self-adjusting difficulty. The game will change the challenge level based on the player. It remains to be seen as to whether this change will include stronger enemies or intelligent AI. My money is on stat adjustments.
FINAL WORD: Interesting
StarHammer Tactics was previously released as a PSN Mini. However, Black Lab Games has touched up their game and are releasing the final version on the iPad this November.
The game features a long and fleshed out campaign for single player, but iPad gamers will appreciate the updated graphics and touchscreen controls.
The game is free-to-play, but this is not my favorite F2P version. A quarter of the game is available for players for free, and the rest can be purchased in game.
While this will give players a competitive edge in multiplayer matches, I believe this form of micro transactions discourages play more than anything. Black Labs would have been better to make the game completely free to play and up the difficulty to encourage giving gamers the extra edge.
FINAL WORD: Interesting
If you are as excited about the PS Vita as I am, you should be aware of a few setbacks in the final release of the portable before you get the nerd giggles. For starters, the WiFi model is set to run at about $249.99 and the 3G/WiFi model will run at about $299.99, so you’ll be shelling out the price of a regular console. The 3G model doesn’t even include the price of a data plan. On top of that, it was just revealed that certain games such as Uncharted: Golden Abyss, Dream Club Zero, Disgaea 3, Hot Shots Golf 6, Monster Raider, and Ridge Racer will require the addition of a memory card. They will not be supported by the on board memory. The following memory cards will be available: 4GB memory card (US$29), 8GB memory card ($42), 16GB memory card ($72), and 32GB memory card ($124) (Kotaku). So if you want a hefty chunk of memory, and 3G speed for optimal online gaming, you could be spending about $425 plus a $15-$25 data plan. That’s a lot of dough, and if you ask me, other portables are better and more popular.
If the Vita comes built in with a nice os with an app store on par with Apple or Android, it could hold its own, but the popularity in the iPhone and Android phones are their accessibility and popularity among a huge demographic that conventional gaming consoles never dreamed of. iPhones are popular among young and old. I’ve seen many elderly addicted to Angry Birds, and my mother in law in particular (who is not into gaming at all) has several slot-machine and gambling-type games on her Android-run, T-Mobile myTouch. I thought this was a strength in the Xperia play, a playstation phone released by Sony, but it too seems to be missing something; it is as popular as Rebecca Black at a Metallica concert.
I’m not sure if I want a Vita anymore. Although I am a die hard Uncharted fan, I would be more interested in borrowing someone’s Vita for a weekend to play Golden Abyss, and invest my money in other console games. The Vita could turn out to be an outstanding piece of hardware, but that will have to be proven with its release. What are your thoughts on portable devices? Am I an utter imbecile? What innovation could make it for the PS Vita? Let me know in the comments.