There’s no denying that Grimlock has been one of the most popular Transformers ever since his metallic Tyrannosaurus tail first appeared way back in 1985. He’s the Transformer that fans want to see most in a Transformers film and he is finally coming to a videogame in Transformers: Fall of Cybertron and you can checkout the trailer below.
I got a chance to get a look at Tera Online, a new MMORPG that’s coming out next week. While I’m not the biggest fan of MMORPGs I have to say I really like what I saw. There’s a dynamic combat system that is quite a bit different than you see in other fantasy MMORPGs, as well as a nice set of classes and races. I think it will be a winner!
IN THE NEWS THIS WEEK
Konami releasing patches for Silent Hill Downpour/HD Collection
Konami. announced that online patches for both Silent Hill Downpour and Silent Hill HD Collection are currently in development and will be released soon. Understanding the issues some users are experiencing, development teams are currently creating online patches for both games, which will fix the frame rate issues, the audio-synching in Silent Hill HD Collection, and the Auto-Save issues in Silent Hill Downpour. Players have voiced their concerns, and solutions to these issues will be fixed and launched in the coming weeks.
Patches for Silent Hill Downpour and Silent Hill HD Collection will be made available on both XBOX®Live Arcade and PlayStation®Network.
Xbox360 infringes on Motorola Patents
Well this kind of story is never good news…A U.S. International Trade Commission judge has ruled that the console infringes on four patents held by Motorola. Worst case scenario? It could result in a blockade of Xbox 360 consoles imported to the U.S. The judge's findings next go to a full commission board, which will review the case and announce a final ruling in August. Separately, Motorola has also demanded a 2.25 percent royalty on any products that make use of the patents. To put that in perspective, Microsoft's entertainment division, which includes of the Xbox, had global sales of $8.9 billion during the last fiscal year.
Microsoft disputes Motorola's right to the patents, arguing they cover aspects of an industry standard. Microsoft further it believes it will be vindicated when the full commission reviews the case. The two companies have been debating the patent issue for a while now. In 2010, Microsoft filed a separate suit in the matter, accusing Motorola of seeking "unreasonable royalties" for the Xbox 360.
Activision reveals 007 Legends
To celebrate the James Bond franchise's 50th anniversary, Activision will launch gamers back through time to relive a selection of Bond's most iconic and intense undercover missions from the popular Bond film franchise with 007 Legends.
A first-of-its-kind Bond video game, 007 Legends features an original, overarching storyline tying together six classic Bond movies, concluding with this year's highly-anticipated 23rd installment - SKYFALL - to offer the most diverse Bond gaming experience yet! As with the feature films, 007 Legends equips players with state-of-the-art spy gadgets, an arsenal of weapons, including Bond's signature Walther PPK, and sleek vehicles as they jet off to exotic locations and utilize Bond's quick wits, class and style to take down notorious villains and their brutal henchmen, perform impressive stunts, and of course...mingle with gorgeous Bond women.
"To honor 50 years of the world's top secret agent, 007 Legends offers a collection of his most famed moments in the smartest and most treacherous Bond game yet," said David Oxford, Executive Vice President at Activision Publishing, Inc. "Creating a video game storyline that ties together six popular, yet very different, Bond movie narratives can be challenging, but together with EON Productions, our developer Eurocom, has pulled it off to create an homage that we think will be a unique and highly entertaining Bond video game."
In addition to 007 Legends' main story, the game will feature the return of fan-favorite single-player Mi6 Ops Missions, which debuted in GoldenEye 007: Reloaded and challenges players to complete extra missions ranging from all-out action to stealth and gadget-based gameplay and compete for the highest online leader board scores. For the first time ever, players will be able to participate as one of Bond's cohorts or villainous foes, reliving the missions through their eyes, as well as 007's. The robust James Bond multiplayer experience includes local four-player split-screen game modes and online competitive gameplay with new maps, weapons and characters derived from Bond's 50 year legacy. With more gadgets, deeper stealth and spy investigation gameplay, gamers will have every opportunity to truly feel like the world's favorite spy.
Transformers: Fall of Cybertron Grimlock Trailer
The successor to the highest-rated Transformers game of all time and in development by the acclaimed team at High Moon Studios, Transformers: Fall of Cybertron allows players to experience the darkest hours of the war between the AUTOBOTS and DECEPTICONS as they vie for control of their dying home world. Fans will fight through both sides of the Transformers' most epic battles that culminate in their legendary exodus from Cybertron. With the stakes higher and scale bigger than ever, fans will embark on an action-packed journey through massive, war-torn environments designed around each character's unique abilities and alternate forms, including GRIMLOCK's nearly indestructible T-Rex form and the legendary COMBATICONS combining into the colossal BRUTICUS. Taking the franchise's competitive multiplayer to all-new heights, Transformers: Fall of Cybertron lets fans go head-to-head in blistering AUTOBOT vs. DECEPTICON matches after creating their own unique characters with the most in-depth, advanced customization ever before seen in a Transformers game.
Risen 2 Release date
Deep Silver announced new release dates for Risen 2: Dark Waters on consoles. The pirate RPG will now board store shelves on July 31, 2012 in the USA and Canada and on August 03, 2012 in European countries. Console versions will be released on the Xbox 360 and the PlayStation3.
Additionally, the console versions of Risen 2: Dark Waters will now offer extra content on both platforms. They contain the episode “The Air Temple” which features several hours of additional gameplay. In this sub-plot the hero embarks on a quest to discover the lost temple, source of air magic. When he hears rumors that his old acquaintance Eldric has been seen in Antigua the hero knows that he needs to pick up his trail in order to find Storm Island, where the Air Temple is located.
Runescape Announces Mad May
Jagex, makers of RuneScape, the World’s most popular and multi-award winning free-to-play massively multiplayer online adventure game, today announced their plans for Mad May, a month long series of community events, offers and competitions. RuneScape players old and new will be able to benefit from a host of Mad May offers for everyone who remains a member throughout May. These promotions include additional bonus spins for the Squeal of Fortune, the new light-hearted game of chance which was introduced to RuneScape last month, offering players even more chances to win from a wide variety of in-game prizes.
As an additional bonus, all those players who remain a member for the whole of May, will also receive 5,000 Loyalty Points to spend on numerous rewards including a vast array of new costumes, titles of nobility, exclusive emotes and perhaps most exciting of all, an arsenal of gameplay-enhancing auras. What’s more, all eligible players will receive up to a quarter of a million bonus XP on the 1st June.
If the free spins, loyalty points and XP weren’t enough, the RuneScape team will also be hosting Wild Weekends throughout May. Full details of each Wild Weekend will be posted in advance on the RuneScape website. For more information about the game and to take advantage of RuneScape’s May Madness, simply visit www.RuneScape.com and create your account today.
DUE OUT NEXT WEEK
Sniper Elite 2 (505 Games) Rated M PS3, Xbox 360
The sequel to Rebellion's highly-acclaimed 2005 game Sniper Elite, Sniper Elite V2 continues to offer gamers the most authentic World War II sniping experience by putting them in the middle of war-torn Berlin amidst the frenzied final battle between German and Russian forces. With an emphasis on learning to handle the anticipation and pressure of the hunt, players are forced to use skill, patience and cunning to achieve their missions as they find themselves facing life-altering choices. The celebrated "bullet cam" from Sniper Elite makes its return and will be more gratifying than ever. Skillful shots are rewarded with a slow-motion sequence of the bullet running its full trajectory from barrel to target as well as featuring graphic detail of the effects of the bullet entering and destroying a target.
Tera Online (Atari) Rated M PC
Tera is the first MMORPG featuring true action combat, providing all of the depth of an MMO with the intensity and gratification of an Action game. Players fully control their characters using the game's dynamic battle system. Player actions can change the balance of power in a world threatened by dark powers as seven allied races try to work together to protect their lands from marauding monsters, underworld dwellers, and evil scheming gods.
Set in a breathtaking world conjured by two dreaming primal gods, your explorations will take you over rugged mountains, across searing deserts, and through hazardous jungles. Take your place as a soldier for the Valkyon Federation and fight alongside other races to forge a new future while healing the mistakes of the past. There's no time for factions in Tera - all seven races and eight classes must cooperate to wrench destiny from the gods themselves. Arm yourself, gather your allies, and take control of your fate. Fighting prowess, guild rankings, and social dynamics come together as you find yourself vying for political control of the world itself in Tera's unique endgame.
Birds of Steel (Konami) PS3, Xbox 360
I’ve always been a fan of console and PC games equally but one area where the consoles have always been lacking is in flight/combat simulators. Birds of Steel takes me back to the days of playing games like Their Finest Hour and Battlehawks 1942 on my old Amiga 500 computer. This is a true throwback…a World War II flying/combat sim that is more about the sim side of things than arcade action and I enjoyed every minute.
First off, the game features over 100 authentic aircraft representing seven different countries. Included in this lineup is the P-51D Mustang, B-17G Bomber, F6F Hellcat fighter, The infamous Japanese Zero, The German BF109 Messerschmitt, and the Russian Yak-1. The list of aircraft includes all of the true workhorse fighters, dive bombers, torpedo bombers, and long range bombers, as well as many others that had very limited roles in the war such as the BF110. You really have to credit developer Gaijin for their attention to detail here. This is a game that is going to attract a small, niche market of gamers and for them to include so many different aircraft is truly a testament to their desire to put out a good game. The planes themselves also show an incredible attention to their accurate modeling and detail.
Your missions take you to some of the most memorable and important battles of WWII including: Pearl Harbor, Wake Island, Guadalcanal, Midway, and The Coral Sea. You can take on either single missions or an entire campaign. Missions include a variety of fighter battles, bombing runs against both land and sea targets, torpedo bombing, etc…Gaijin has seen fit to try to appeal to all skill levels of gamers with a plethora of options. You can play a strict arcade mode that basically gives you unlimited fuel and ammo and is essentially a point and shoot type of experience. Or you can go pretty much for full realism where you are responsible for all of the ships controls and maneuvering. These settings are customizable so you can reach that happy middle ground that suits your play style.
The battle visuals and sounds are outstanding and you can literally be overcome by the chaos around you. Enemy aircraft buzz by you firing their guns, ships and artillery units below bombard the air with flak. It gives you at least a little bit of a sense of what these courageous pilots had to endure, especially when you are playing full on simulation. The combat effects are fantastic and only the somewhat less-detailed designs of the terrain, and the constant and repetitive radio chatter brings the grade down a notch. One nice effect is replaying a mission from a different viewpoint which allows you to watch the action unfold in a cinematic-like experience.
There is multi-player support for up to 16 players and 4 player co-op but honestly the lobbies were sparsely populated owing to the game’s niche appeal. Options these days for flight/combat simulators, especially on consoles, are few and far between so when you find one you have to jump on it. Birds of Steel is a gorgeous looking game with a huge array of aircraft and options that up the replay factor. While it might not have the true big war feel of some of the computer games of the past, it still makes for a refreshing break from the same old first-person shooters. Grade B+
Tim Janson is a columnist and reviewer for Mania Entertainment. He writes Level Up, the weekly look at videogames and the horror dedicated column, Tuesday Terrors. Tim has written for Fangoria, Newsarama, City Slab Magazine, Twitch Film, and Cinefantastique. He is a member of the Horror Writers Association (HWA). Be sure to follow him on Facebookand Twitter.
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