Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Deus Ex Human Revolution: What’s Your Favourite Weapon?

The votes have been counted and verified. Phone lines are now closed. The most popular weapon in Deus Ex HR is...


The freedom to choose how you carve a path through Deus Ex’s cyber-punk cities is without a doubt the game’s greatest strength. With the exception of those god-awful boss-battles, it is possible to complete the entire campaign without committing a single act of murder; a minor miracle for an FPS with over 25 hours of gameplay. So then, which persona did you choose to adopt? The cold blooded assassin or the angel of mercy? Personally, I dabbled in a little of both; an opportunist if you will...

Picture the scene: a secluded back alley in the heart of the city slums. I approach a dishevelled hobo, hoping to glean some information about the lay of the land. Disgusted by my prosthetic augmentations the rat-faced vagrant threatens me with violence. Bad move. Before he has the chance to guzzle another mouthful of booze from his can of Special Brew I unleash a flurry of brutal aug-enhanced blows to the head. One less bum on the streets of Detroit.



But the freedom to choose how you deal with any given scenario would not have been possible without the right set of tools. Thankfully, Deus Ex delivers. The ability to mod your weapon of choice empowers you to tackle crims in a way that suits your particular style of play. Some people I know operate manually, refusing weapons in favour of hand-to-hand combat. Others like to pick off their targets from a distance with a sniper rifle. And if stealth isn’t your thing, a couple of explosive rounds from a revolver will get the job done.


My personal weapon of choice? Easy. A fully modded pistol with ALL the trimmings: sound suppressor, armour-piercing system, laser sight, as well as increased damage output, ammo capacity and reload speed upgrades. It’s fucking lethal.

And being the curious kinda fella that I am I tweeted a question to all my lovely followers: what is your modded weapon of choice in Deus Ex Human Revolutions? Here’s how they replied:

Silenced 10mm with all three upgrades (AP+Silencer+Laser) and fully tricked out statistics mods. LOVE IT.
Sabin Figaro

The silenced pistol. It's a headshot machine and quieter than the supposed stealth takedowns in my experience
Dhomochevsky Static

Weapons? Who needs weapons!? Take down all the way, with the help of a Stun Gun if absolutely necessary…
Josh Gardner

Love the revolver with explosive rounds, crossbow and the laser rifle. The taser makes bosses a cinch though, so I’ll go for that.
Ryan

I'm quite the fan of the Combat Rifle, although never really used it since I was playing non-violent. So Tranquilizer it is.
Ryou Takeshi

I like the stun gun but the ammo is scarce. I've upgraded the pistol and put a laser sight on it, which is handy too.
Games Asylum


So far it is the laser sighted combat rifle, but the 10mm is pretty nifty as well.
Vask

I like the heavily modded assault rifle, silenced, damage mods, rate of fire, reload speed, laser sight ;)
Jason Susvidge

I'm actually a fan of the AR silencer and as much hand-to-hand as I can manage. I'm playing this Ghost Recon Style.
Andy Lunique

Revolver, Explosive Rounds!
Henry Tsang

I'm a pistol kinda guy when I'm not using my bare hands. Not found the silencer yet though :( I want!!!
Marc Davies

Stealth Pistol with silencer, laser and armour piercing. For hilarity, revolver with explosive bullets :D
John Pawsey

I've put every weapon mod into the 10mm Pistol so far. I love that gun.
Chris

I’m a PEPS man myself.
Bobby Graham

Pistol mainly.
Chris Pengilly

A fully souped up 10mm and revolver. 10mm for silenced kills, revolver for FUBAR moments where its explosive mod is king.
Alexander Lai

My weapon of choice is the silenced pistol. Gets the job done : P
Sonny

Quite simply, the pistol. Laser and silencer make life so much easier and the ammo is cheap.
Thomas

The Pistol with everything on it. The Combat Rifle with the heat seeking upgrade is also pretty good.
Jesse Curtis

I love hacking security and siccin’ the bots and turrets on the guards.
Sarcasm

Later on in the game the revolver is the only gun worth having, One shot kills anywhere on the body. BOOM!
Craig Armstrong

AND THE WINNER IS...


As you can see, the modded pistol seems to be the average gamer's weapon of choice. If you disagree, leave a comment below and tell me what really gets your kill-juices flowing...

Assassin's Creed II Review



Assassin's Creed II Review

Assassin's Creed II ReviewThe significantly improved sequel takes on a bloody romp through Renaissance Italy. Read the full review at xbox360.ign.com

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood Multiplayer Trailer - E3 2010



Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood Multiplayer Trailer - E3 2010

Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood Multiplayer Trailer - E3 2010An online experience like no other.

Monday, August 29, 2011

Assassin's Creed Fan Film - Bird Of Prey



Assassin's Creed Fan Film - Bird of Prey

Assassin's Creed Fan Film - Bird of PreyThe year is 1192. In their effort to undermine the Third Crusade, the Assassins have extended their operation westward to Europe.

Videogames: The New King Of Entertainment

Gamers have known it for years. But it's time to bring the rest of the world up to speed. Here's why videogames are THE ultimate entertainment media...


Real life sucks. Ever since evolution saddled us with self-awareness, we’ve been wallowing in a mire of existential angst. Why are we here? What does it all mean? What’s the fucking point? Life is complicated enough without the added burden of unanswerable questions plaguing our every thought. Add to that our inherent ability to feel guilt, shame and paranoia and you begin to wonder how we ever make it through the day.

So then, how to cope with the problem of being a living, breathing human being? The answer, of course, is videogames. Of all the brightly coloured baubles we have to distract us from our slow slide into the grave, videogames are the most consistently engaging. Sure, HBO has been a worthy contender – The Sopranos, Curb Your Enthusiasm, Boardwalk Empire, The Wire, Band Of Brothers – but it’s videogames that are the true king of entertainment. And here’s why:

Achievements and trophies provide a digital library of every gaming triumph you’ve ever accomplished. You simply don’t get that with films. Managing to quash an awkward boner when Jessica Rabbit saunters into view is surely deserving of some kind of accolade? But no, all I’m left with is a nasty pang of self loathing. Rubbish.


Mario will never place a shotgun in his mouth and pull the trigger at the thought of his music becoming part of some bland corporate mechanism. And it's highly unlikey that Master Chief will ever be accused of child molestation. The iconic videogame characters who we love and cherish will never disappoint or disgust us like their real-life celebrity counterparts. Apart from Rayman. He’s a total cunt.


“If you don’t play games, you’re not just missing out, you’re wilfully ignoring the most rapidly evolving creative medium in history”


Ignore the naysayers. Videogames bring people together. And not just to shoot each other’s faces off in Call Of Duty. Bejeweled Blitz, Pokemon, Boom Blox, Animal Crossing – these are just a tiny handful of games whose creativity has enchanted all ages and crossed cultural divides. Videogames are even challenging the assumption that art is a passive experience for the audience. Beat THAT Tate Modern.


In no other medium can you realise your geekiest fantasies with such heart-pounding gusto. Every niche is catered for, from the heady heights of saving the universe (Halo), all the way down to your run-of-the-mill fishing simulator (Sega Bass Fishing). Wish fulfilment has never been so accessible.


Despite its rise in popularity, gaming is still a relatively esoteric pastime. Every cunt has an opinion on The Godfather, but only gamers can tell you why Beyond Good & Evil is an essential purchase.


One of the last and most explosive bastions of anti-videogame ignorance in the UK, The Daily Mail has often demonised gaming culture. But it’s okay. It really is. Being reviled by the Daily Mail has become a badge of honour. At least Ricky Gervais seems to think so...


Assassin's Creed Brotherhood Dev Diary Part1 [North America]



Assassin's Creed Brotherhood Dev Diary Part1 [North America]

Assassin's Creed Brotherhood Dev Diary Part1 [North America]Across the centuries, Assassins and Templars wage a hidden war. One side fights for freedom, the other for control. The fate of humanity hangs in ...

Friday, August 26, 2011

Assassin's Creed 2 - TGS Trailer



Assassin's Creed 2 - TGS trailer

Assassin's Creed 2 - TGS trailerAs seen on assassinscreed.com. Learn more about Ezio's past and what drove him to become the next Assassin

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Assassin's Creed 2 - Commented Walkthrough Video



Assassin's Creed 2 - Commented Walkthrough Video

Assassin's Creed 2 - Commented Walkthrough VideoAs seen on www.assassinscreed.com. Discover Assassin's Creed 2 variety of gameplay commented by Jean-Francois Boivin Production Manager on AC2.

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

The Evolution Of Mario



The brilliantly named YouTuber "AnOrangePikachu" has uploaded a video compilation entitled "Evolution of Mario" which shows the iconic plumber in over 100 games he's appeared in over the years.

It's a staggering work of editing, and I suspect even the most devoted Mario fan will see some footage that's new to them. Enjoy! I know I did.

Make You Bleed (Assassins Creed 2 Rap) By TEAMHEADKICK



Make You Bleed (Assassins Creed 2 Rap) by TEAMHEADKICK

Make You Bleed (Assassins Creed 2 Rap) by TEAMHEADKICKwww.youtube.com Click here to watch Aliens VS Predator Rap by TEAMHEADKICK Make You Bleed (Assassins Creed 2 Rap Music Video) by TEAMHEADKICK ...

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Portal Mini-Movie Is Mindblowing



Filmakers, take note: THIS is how you make a movie based on a videogame.

The film - titled No Escape - is directed by Dan Trachtenberg. Dan premiered this short film at Comic-Con and, quite rightly, received a standing ovation. The film brings a grounded realism to the whimsical sci-fi concept of portal-hopping.

Some interesting facts about No Escape:

The movie stars Danielle Rayne, who has been working on tv for the last two decades, including a regular stint on All My Children.

If the strong female action character reminds you of Sarah Conner, it isn’t a coincidence — Rayne played Conner in the Terminator 2: 3D show at Universal Studios Hollywood.

Some of you might recognize director Dan Trachtenberg from his appearances on the /Filmcast. More people know Dan from his highly successful internet television show the Totally Rad Show.

Diggnation/TRS host Alex Albrecht has a cameo as one of the masked guards.

The film is scored by Mike Zarin, who is probably best known as the composer of the first Inception trailer (listen here). While Zack Hemsey gets most of the credit with his trailer song “Mind Hiest”, Zarin was the composer responsible for the now infamous “BRRRRRRRAAAAAWWWWRWRRRMRMRMMRMRMMMMM!!!” which not only the other Inception trailers built upon, but went on to influence Hans Zimmer’s approach for score for the film.

Dan’s brother David Trachtenberg edited the short. David has edited episodes of HBO’s “Funny or Die Presents…” and is currently working on the upcoming Will Ferrell/Gael GarcĂ­a Bernal comedy Casa de mi Padre.

Visual Effects Supervisor Jon Chesson has worked on the television series V, True Blood, Falling Skies and the upcoming film Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol.

*Snigger* If you pause at 1.54 you get to see a particularly well-toned bottom. *tee-hee*


Assassin's Creed Brotherhood - Trailer - Unkle - Burn My Shadow Away [Europe]



Assassin's Creed Brotherhood - Trailer - Unkle - Burn my shadow away [Europe]

Assassin's Creed Brotherhood - Trailer - Unkle - Burn my shadow away [Europe]Check out Ezio's new killing moves in this fantastic new gameplay video featuring Unkle's song - Burn my shadow away.

Sunday, August 21, 2011

Assassin's Creed 2 - Launch Trailer



Assassin's Creed 2 - Launch Trailer

Assassin's Creed 2 - Launch TrailerThe wait is finally over, it is time once again to follow the creed this time living the life of Ezio Auditore, a young man whose life will be ...

Saturday, August 20, 2011

Assassin's Creed Hidden Blade (Dual Action)



Assassin's Creed Hidden Blade (Dual Action)

Assassin's Creed Hidden Blade (Dual Action)My version of the Assassin's Creed Hidden Blade from AC2/BH I designed it in SolidWorks and made the parts with an Eden 350 printer Based on a ...

How do the soldiers of Iraq and Afghanistan unwind? Vidoegames of course!


During his time as a soldier in Iraq, Captain Stephen Machuga (pictured above) received a care package full of second-hand romance novels donated by a library. In a matter of minutes those very same novels were used by his unit for target practice test-firing captured small-arms. Captain Machuga realised that, while people had their hearts in the right place, they were clueless as to what the soldiers really wanted.

And so Operation Supply Drop was born.

This selfless organisation donates videogame care packages for deployed troops in high threat provinces in Afghanistan and Iraq. Everything from Portal to Peggle is shipped over to the beleaguered soldiers to help keep them entertained during their downtime.

The photos below show just how awesome these care packages are. You can pledge your support for Operation Supply Drop by following them on Twitter.











Friday, August 19, 2011

Assassin's Creed Revelations - Teaser Trailer



Assassin's Creed Revelations - Teaser Trailer

Assassin's Creed Revelations - Teaser TrailerMore info on: www.facebook.com The new Assassin's Creed game has been revealed: watch the teaser trailer to find out more!

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Assassin's Creed: Generations



Assassin's Creed: Generations

Assassin's Creed: GenerationsA young man seeks revenge against the corrupt DA responsible for tearing his family apart. Anthony Trigilio, Anthony Mecca. Directed by Tom ...

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Assassins Creed 2 Video Preview



Assassins Creed 2 Video Preview

Assassins Creed 2 Video PreviewA new hero in a new age. Heres all you need to know.

Is November 2011 set to be the greatest month in videogame history?


Typical! You wait an eternity for a Triple-A title to come out and then seven of them are released in the same bloody month! Yup, November 2011 is set to decimate the bank accounts of dedicated gamers as publishers choose the lucrative run-up to Christmas as the ideal period to release their games.

Among the treasure trove of titles set to hit retail outlets this November are three console exclusives: Uncharted 3 (PS3,) Halo Anniversary (Xbox 360), and Skyward Sword (Wii). Staggeringly, every single one of the highly anticipated games listed below is either a sequel or a revamp. Still, when the quality on offer is this good, it's hard to complain. So then, you’d better start saving your pennies 'cos here's what's hitting the shelves in November 2011:

Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception - November 1st 2011


Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 - November 8th 2011


The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim - November 11th 2011


Assassin's Creed: Revelations - November 15th 2011


Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary - November 15th 2011


Saints Row: The Third - November 18th 2011


The Legend Of Zelda: Skyward Sword - November 18th 2011

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Assassin's Creed Brotherhood Multiplayer Trailer [North America]



Assassin's Creed Brotherhood Multiplayer Trailer [North America]

Assassin's Creed Brotherhood Multiplayer Trailer [North America]With richly-detailed maps and a wide variety of unique multiplayer modes and characters, you'll never fight the same way twice

[BETA] Little Big Planet 2 - Community - Assassins Creed



[BETA] Little Big Planet 2 - Community - Assassins Creed

[BETA] Little Big Planet 2 - Community - Assassins CreedA very nice example how will work the sackbotLBP LBP2 BETA MATERIAL EARTH GO KART BUBBLE PRIZE STIK MOON PIDGEON GRAPPLING HOOK CREATINATOR ...

Monday, August 15, 2011

Five Bastard Hard Videogame Moments


I consider myself a hardcore gamer. You’ll never catch me sobbing like a spanked child when faced with a challenge. Nope, not me. My dinkle twitches into life whenever I’m confronted with an awkward Xbox achievement. Cheating is unthinkable; the last refuge of a coward. Fuck you for even thinking about it.

Still, even gaming gods have their off days. And sometimes, on those super rare occasions when a videogame is, you know, a little too devious for its own good, I sometimes, but very rarely - almost never in fact - consult the internet, just to make sure I’ve covered all my bases. But I’m not cheating. Perish the thought. I’m simply moving things along. I’m a busy man and my time is precious. Yup, busy busy busy.

So then, below are five occasions when I’ve had to consult the internet for a quick information fix. Because I’m a busy man. Not because I’m shit at games.

Braid
Insanely bewildering, like a Kafka novel come to life. A super intense workout for the brain, guaranteed to have you weeping blood in frustration. The time altering mechanics coupled with some truly masochistic level design makes for a double hard bastard of a game.

Breaking point: Fickle Companion, World 4-7. Keys unlock doors, right? But what if the key you need has a mind of its own? How exactly do you unlock the door when the key you’re holding suddenly, and without warning, leaps from your hand and fucks off to the other side of the level? What then!?

Solution:


Saw 2: Flesh And Blood
Plunging your hand into a toilet full of used syringes in order to retrieve a rusty nail is just one of the ridiculous, counter-intuitive mini-games in this sordid world of torture porn. But pain, frustration and death are to be expected from a Saw game – it’s the franchise’s raison d'etre. Just don’t expect me to grin and bear it when nasty design flaws are the cause of my suffering.

Breaking point: Those fucking balancing beams. Yup, believe it or not, walking along a plank of wood proved this game’s toughest challenge. Following the onscreen prompts to push the trigger buttons only seemed to hasten my demise. Having fallen to my death for the 156th time I was convinced the game was broken. But no, after consulting the internet I found that as well as the trigger buttons, which moved my character forward, I also had to use the L-Stick to balance. After another 47 fruitless attempts at walking across that cunting plank the game took mercy on me and crashed.

Solution: Fuck knows; I shattered the disc into a million tiny pieces with a hammer.

Halo Reach
Completing the campaign on legendary is hard, but achievable. Trying the same feat with all skulls turned on and without help from a fellow spartan is truly a test of one’s gaming mettle, but still achievable. It’s only when trying for a 100% achievement record that I became unstuck.

Breaking point
: For a developer with such a fond regard for its fans, it makes it doubly unpalatable that Bungie created such a painfully hard achievement. I’m talking, of course, about the ‘If They Came To Hear Me Beg’ achievement, where the player is asked to ‘perform an assassination against an Elite to survive a fall that would’ve been fatal’. And yes, it’s as hard as it sounds.

Solution:


Just Cause 2
For my money the best open world game on the Xbox. A massive, gorgeous game-space bursting with real-time potential. See that snow capped mountain looming in the distance, begging to be climbed? Well, you can climb it. And then you can jump off it, free fall for an age, and in what is surely one of gaming’s greatest moments, deploy your parachute and glide gracefully onto the sandy beach below. Magical.

Breaking Point: Trying to find the Vanderbildt Leisure Liner (VLL). In order to complete the ‘Try Everything Once’ achievement you have to drive all 104 vehicles. But guess what? The sodding VLL doesn’t actually exist! A glitch in the game code means that the vehicle never spawns!

Solution: I had to buy the ‘Black Market Aerial DLC pack’. The additional vehicles included in this package helped me hit the magical 104 mark.

New Super Mario Bros Wii

Roping in a couple of playmates is never a problem when you mention the ubiquitous Italian chubster. Faces light up and eyes mist over with childhood nostalgia. That mystical Mario allure has yet to wane after all these years. Sharing power ups, boosting a chum to reach a Star Coin, piggybacking a weaker player over tricky terrain - all these wonderful moments of teamwork are integral to the happy, shiny, let's-be-friends feel. Until, that is, you reach THAT level.

Breaking point: World 9-7. Lurking beneath the candy-coated exterior is the very essence of Satan himself. The pixel-perfect jumps required to navigate the level will cause many to self-harm and may even induce cancer. The icy terrain poses a twin threat. Not content with being a slippery bastard, it also has the infuriating habit of disintegrating under foot. Add to this the fiendishly placed Star Coins and you have all the ingredients for an aneurism. Trust me, this makes The Lost Levels look like a trip to Alton Towers. Not fun.

Solution:

Assassins's Solid



Assassins's Solid

Assassins's SolidUploading April 1, 2008.

Sunday, August 14, 2011

Assassin's Creed: Beautiful Lies



Assassin's Creed: Beautiful Lies

Assassin's Creed: Beautiful LiesSong is "Beautiful Lies" by B-Complex Who's the better Assassin?! Not too much to say about this one. I really loved the song and the Assassin's ...

Saturday, August 13, 2011

Assassin's Creed: The Excitable Guard!



Assassin's Creed: The Excitable Guard!

Assassin's Creed: The Excitable Guard!CLICK MORE: While playing Assassin's Creed I found a knight with a ...questionable idea of public relations. Ubisoft shows its AO side! I now have ...

Is It Finally Gameover For Nintendo?


Who remembers the Gamecube’s unique selling point? If you’ve forgotten, let me remind you: it had a handle. So you could carry it.

Sadly, it’s been downhill for Nintendo ever since.

Advocates of the Wii are wrong. It's a terrible console, perhaps even worse than its purple predecessor. The initial excitement generated by the idiot-proof Wii remote soon turned to apathy and eventually hatred. In its current state, motion-controlled gameplay lacks the sophistication and accuracy enjoyed by those brought up on traditional control pads.

In short, it’s shit.

Rare glimpses of genius – most notably Mario Galaxy – were smothered beneath an avalanche of cheap and nasty third party titles. Only the prospect of another Zelda title - Skyward Sword - is keeping the Wii from total redundancy.

But it’s too little, too late.

With the Wii U on the horizon and - at last! - the promise of a full-on HD Zelda, anticipation for Skyward Sword has waned, even among the hardcore. But let’s not get ahead of ourselves. Before we jump on the fanboy bandwagon, let’s have a look at just what Nintendo’s next console is all about.

The unveiling of the Wii U at this year’s Electronic Entertainment Expo was a total balls-up. Even the tech-savvy journos that comprised the audience let out a collective ‘eh?’ after the Wii U was revealed. The source of confusion was Nintendo’s barmy decision to show only the controller. The actual console was nowhere to be seen. In an attempt to placate the bewildered attendees, Satora Iwata hastily tweeted a pic of himself holding both the console and the controller.

It gets worse.

Nintendo's share price hit its lowest value in five years following the Wii U’s calamitous unveiling. "There were high expectations from the new version of the Wii and this fell far short," said analyst Yusuke Tsunoda.

In fact, the Wii U is looking less appealing with each passing day. The console’s “unique” tablet-style controller will feel like yesterday’s news when it finally makes an appearance in 2012. Nintendo’s new console will be born into a world where tablets have already successfully established themselves as alternative gaming platforms.

It’s time Nintendo had a serious fucking reality check. Console sales used to make up 80 percent of the industry as recently as 2000. Today that percentage has halved due to the proliferation of ipads and mobile phones. The revolution is here. Unfortunately, Nintendo seems to be floundering in its wake rather than leading it.

The 3DS is a perfect case in point. Mere months after it launched Nintendo instituted one of the deepest and swiftest price cuts in its history. A whopping third of the retail price was lopped off to counter disappointing sales figures. Nintendo released the 3DS into an intensely competitive market – a market where the iOS platform is growing as a gaming destination at an exponential rate.

Times are changing and Nintendo needs to sit up and take notice or drown in the coming tide. Gamers can pick up their ipod, download several fun, high-quality games for free, almost every day. Nintendo continues to flog us shite like Xevious – originally released in 1982 – for over a fiver. It’s a total fucking shambles. Unsurprisingly, Japanese fund managers and investors have called on Nintendo to move, or buy, into smartphones.

Japanese newspaper Nikkei is reporting that Nintendo is set to report losses as much as ¥100 billion (£823 million/$1.32 billion) for the first-half of 2011.

So then, is this the end for the almighty Nintendo? Will the Wii U go the way of the Dreamcast?

I certainly hope not. My heart sinks at the thought of a world without Mario, Link and Samus. Come on Nintendo, pull your finger out and give us gamers what we want: an end to gimmicky peripherals and a Zelda game that finally tops Ocarina of Time. Preferably in HD. Cheers.

Friday, August 12, 2011

Assassins Creed In 3 Minutes



Assassins Creed in 3 Minutes

Assassins Creed in 3 MinutesEverything you need to know about the story so far. See more IGN videos at video.ign.com

Assassin's Creed Brotherhood Story Trailer [North America]



Assassin's Creed Brotherhood Story Trailer [North America]

Assassin's Creed Brotherhood Story Trailer [North America]Cesare Borgia tells his story: "Through the years, I have watched the city of Rome. I have studied, trained, and killed within its walls. And in ...

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Assassin's Creed Brotherhood Singleplayer Commented Walkthrough [North America]



Assassin's Creed Brotherhood Singleplayer Commented Walkthrough [North America]

Assassin's Creed Brotherhood Singleplayer Commented Walkthrough [North America]This Singleplayer Commented Walkthrough of Assassin's Creed Brotherhood offers a glimpse into the experience of playing as Ezio, the now legendary ...