Wednesday, November 21, 2012
The hottest games of the season have been released, and Black Friday can help you get them for cheap with deals better than last year.
This time of year finds pretty much every gamer with multiple gaming-related items on their holiday list: the hot new game, the console they didn’t buy yet, that sweet accessory that will make playing all the more enjoyable. In turn, retailers at big box and gaming specialty stores turn the faucet on and offer a bunch of amazing deals so you can get someone that special gift or give yourself a little present. In many cases—especially on game purchases—offers are a few bucks better than last year’s deals! As usual, ads for Black Friday sales have been available via both official and unofficial channels for a while. Here’s some of the better deals distilled into one place so you can more easily cross those gamers off your list: Best Buy (…
Tuesday, October 16, 2012
Effective use of music in all sections of videogames always adds to the gaming experience
It wasn't so long ago that all sounds and music in videogames were very 'tinny' and metallic sounding, as cartridges could only hold the barest essentials to make music. And without the ability to store music, there was little need for systems to have the ability to output quality sound. Today, that's all changed. DVD-based games can store dozens of full-length songs in addition to the game's code, with franchises like Grand Theft Auto taking full advantage of that capability. Over the years, there have been a number of awesome and/or interesting choices made when syncing action up to music that create memories that last long after the game's been traded away or donated to a friend: Jaguar XJ220 – When the Sega CD add-on for the Genesis …
Tuesday, September 25, 2012
The successor to Nintendo's wildly popular Wii comes out November 18. Here's what games to expect with it.
Anyone who's considering buying a new console will tell you that one thing is important above all else: the games available for it. The Wii U is set to be ready for purchase on November 18. With the console being released so close to Christmas, companies are set to capitalize by offering great popular franchises and hoped-to-be-hot IPs: Jeff is currently playing Silent Hill: Downpour; follow him on Twitter at JKLugar
Tuesday, September 18, 2012
Spyro and the Skylanders return to consoles in October with some plus-sized friends
Last October, Activision released a Spyro the Dragon sequel with a novel concept. Called Skylanders: Spyro's Adventure, you had the ability to purchase characters in toy stores as figurines, place them on a Portal of Power and import them into the game. Kids around the world saved allowances, begged for more chores, and hoarded birthday card cash in a quest to collect all 32 characters and their rarer metallic variants. And that led to a smashing financial success, with Activision on track to make a half-billion dollars in sales this year. So a sequel was pretty much inevitable... Skylanders: Giants will be available for purchase on Oct. 21. To get the obvious out of the way, Giants is part of the title because there will be more than 40 …
Tuesday, September 11, 2012
Head "Back to the Multiverse" in this videogame loosely based on the "Road to the Multiverse" episode.
It seems to me That all you see Is violence in movies And sex on TV… If those lines are the intro to one of your favorite television shows, then you've a treat in store at the end of the month. Family Guy: Back to the Multiverse will be available for Xbox 360 and PS3 on September 25. Originally airing from 1999–2002 and then revived in 2005 and airing to this day on FOX, Family Guy has been a consistent source of outrageous, shocking, gleefully politically incorrect humor for ten seasons. With comedy that ranges from juvenile to surprisingly subtle, its range of characters and age of fan base make it a not-too-surprising choice for a videogame adaptation. Centering on the Griffin family that lives in Quahog, Rhode Island, much like The …
Tuesday, September 4, 2012
A return to Pandora, an annual soccer game, and a Kirby compilation are set to hit your systems this month.
After a fairly lackluster year that has seen fewer blockbuster games than other recent years, things are starting to improve. Led by the anticipated sequel to 2009's Borderlands, September ushers in a final flurry of games to help make 2012 a good year for gamers. Borderlands 2 – Set five years after 2009's original Borderlands, much of the setting is the same, the story links to the first story, and the characters are all new. The credit for the original vault hunters' deeds has been co-opted by a man named Handsome Jack. And surprise, surprise—he's evil. He wants to wipe out the colonists on the planet and make it his own industrial empire. Upgrades from the first title include enemies that frequent or avoid areas based on time of day…
Tuesday, August 28, 2012
The trend of companies becoming unwilling to patch flaws in bargain games threatens their attractiveness to consumers.
When the PS3 and Xbox 360 came out, both came with a hard drive to store downloaded items: game enhancements, avatars, music, video, dashboard changes. But perhaps the best thing hard drives allow storage for is patches to remedy bugs in games. No longer was the game you bought at GameStop or Best Buy relegated to being exactly what you bought—and no more—in perpetuity. You didn't have to hold your breath that a bug you read about on a forum would crash your game, leaving you to restart a save, or perhaps even the entire game. You knew that games could be fixed so that a bug that once may have stopped you in your tracks forever might be fixed in short order, allowing you to keep on your quest. But now a few companies have thrown in the …
Tuesday, August 21, 2012
Still on the fence about getting either a Sony Vita or a Nintendo 3DS (or neither)? Here's a guide to help steer you in the right direction.
The 3DS has been out for almost a year and a half; the Vita has been available for about half a year. Maybe you've been hemming and hawwing about which you might want to get. You're thinking about upgrading from that DS or PSP, or maybe getting your first handheld system ever. You're wondering if you need one in addition to your current console(s) and its (their) backlog. The good news is that no matter which you choose, you're getting a true marvel of modern technology. Neither system could possibly be called bad, and they both do a tremendous amount of amazing things in addition to gaming. However, before deciding which to get, you first need to decide if you need, can afford, and can fit playtime into your schedule. As to the systems …
Tuesday, August 7, 2012
The annual release of EA Sports' John Madden NFL series hits stores at the end of the month.
As fall slowly comes into view, football fans can count on both the return of real football on Sunday afternoons and the release of Madden NFL 13 to pop into their consoles and handhelds. And as usual, the team at EA Sports has been busy the past year bringing their A-game to provide the best football experience possible. Whether making new advances, or improving upon ones made in Madden NFL 12, there's a plethora of tweaks to enjoy from your couch. Two changes are immediately apparent on the front of the game box. The minor change is the new cover player, Detroit Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson. The bigger change is the banner touting Kinect support for Xbox 360. Kinect will now allow voice control when running the offense and defense…
Tuesday, July 31, 2012
Super Mario, Cooking Mama, and Death give this month a wide variety of genres ready to pop into your gaming systems.
If you're a student or teacher, you've got a month left of extended gaming time before summer ends and it's back to school. This month, the Super Mario and True Crime series roar back to life, Death rears his ugly head, and an eclectic music-based platformer waits to join your Vita collection. Jeff is currently playing Dragon Quest IX: Sentinel of the Starry Skies; follow him on Twitter at JKLugar.