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May 2012

The Backlog Volume # 10- Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon: Future Soldier Review

May 30, 2012 // 2 Comments

Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon: Future Soldier (Playstation 3 [reviewed], Xbox 360, PC) Publisher: Ubisoft Developer: Ubisoft Paris, Ubisoft Red Storm, Ubisoft Romania Genre(s): Tactical Shooter Released: May 22, 2012 ESRB Rating: M-Mature Hello all and welcome once again to The Backlog. Today we’ll be taking a look at the latest Tom Clancy offering from Ubisoft, Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon: Future Soldier. I have not played a Tom Clancy game for several years. The last one I played was HAWX, and Advanced Warfighter before that. Both of those games were fun to play and fairly easy to [...]

WWE ’13 & Beyond: How WWE Games Could Learn From MLB The Show and UFC Undisputed 3

May 29, 2012 // 12 Comments

156. That’s the number of MMA fighters that were available to use in UFC Undisputed 3, developed by Yuke’s and released by THQ on February 14, 2012. 78. That’s the number of WWE Superstars, Divas, Legends, and Announcers that were available to use in WWE ’13, developed by Yuke’s and released by THQ on November 22, 2012. Fans of wrestling continuously get ripped off when it comes to games, and not just on the roster, but modes and unnecessary limitations as well. Consider this, it is 2012 and we still can’t have more than six wrestlers in the ring at one [...]

Atelier Meruru: The Apprentice of Arland Review

May 25, 2012 // 1 Comment

I suspect there are many male (and female) gamers in America, a majority even, who are completely like I was prior to receiving Atelier Meruru; totally oblivious to the Atelier franchise of JRPG alchemy games. And I suspect many would see the cute characters and the animation, and the fact that you play as a girl and immediately write the franchise off. Personally, that’s how I was. I’ve never been big into Japanese games, particularly because I don’t like turn-based games all that much. My only experiences with Japanese role-playing games have all been pleasant though, but [...]

The Backlog Volume # 9 – Game of Thrones Review

May 21, 2012 // 3 Comments

Hello all and welcome to another edition of The Backlog. For the first time since we talked about Mass Effect what feels like ages ago, we will be venturing into the RPG world and discussing Game of Thrones. For those unfamiliar with Game of Thrones, here is a quick summary: A Game of Thrones is the first book in George R. R. Martin’s successful series of fantasy books, A Song of Ice and Fire. The made for television adaptation, Game of Thrones premiered on HBO on April 17, 2011 and has been award winning and popular with critics and viewers alike. The books, television show, and the [...]

Review: Max Payne 3

May 21, 2012 // 8 Comments

It’s been over a decade since the first Max Payne game hit the market, and if you played it way back then odds are you still remember it. Not because it was some utterly amazing game, although it was great, but rather because Max Payne was rather unique and memorable with its dark story, noir narrative, comic cut-scenes, and of course the ability to enter bullet time. The game received a sequel about two years later in 2003, but Max Payne fans have been left waiting for more Max ever since. Six years later, we were in luck as Rockstar announced Max Payne 3 in 2009 for a Winter 2009 [...]

Review: Predator Nation

May 18, 2012 // 2 Comments

  You may know Charles Ferguson as the director and writer of the 2010 Academy Award winning documentary Inside Job, which examined the financial crisis from 2007-2010.  If you watched that documentary and liked it and agreed with it, then this book is for you. Predator Nation is essentially a book follow-up/extension to Inside Job. It’s also a book the left will love and eat up as gospel, so if you’re a liberal then you should buy this book as you’ll definitely enjoy it. There are a few ways I could take this review; I could use this as an opportunity to speak against [...]

Review: Sniper Elite V2

May 15, 2012 // 5 Comments

This is the anti Call of Duty/Battlefield game. It’s also technically a third person shooter except for when sniping, which is what the bulk of the gameplay involves. If you’re itching for something completely different, and arguably the opposite of those types of first person shooters, then I can wholeheartedly recommend Sniper Elite V2 on the platform of your choice. If you’re only interested in first person shooters like Call of Duty and Battlefield and other run and gun types of games then avoid this like the plague because you’ll probably hate it. As you might [...]

TVE’s Grand Theft Auto 5 Wishlist: The Evolution of the Open World

May 15, 2012 // 5 Comments

The Grand Theft Auto series has been one of the pioneers of the third person open-world/sandbox genre, and with the upcoming GTAV, these are some things I hope to see implemented that would help push the franchise and the genre to a new level. Since the game is rumored to possibly be released this year, these also apply to future titles as well if they’re not in GTAV. Editor-in-Chief Gary’s Wishlist: 1.) Real World Simulation GTA4 was a serious crime game, and I’d very much like to see GTA5 be more of the same in that respect. There’s a place for over-the-top insane [...]

Review: Starhawk

May 14, 2012 // 4 Comments

When Starhawk was first announced and the details starting coming out, it immediately grabbed my attention in part because it was a space-western but also because it seemed like an ambitious and unique concept. As the spiritual-successor to a popular online only game, Starhawk has some pretty big shoes to fill. Now I’m not familiar with Warhawk to try and compare the two, but then there really isn’t that much to compare. Starhawk took the combination of third person shooter and vehicular combat (including aerial dogfights) and expanded it into something fresh and unique that is a [...]

Spec Ops: The Line Demo Impressions

May 8, 2012 // 10 Comments

The demo for Spec Ops: The Line is available now on PSN and XBLM (for Gold members, regular LIVE members will get May 15th), and I’ve played through it and now I’m ready to give my impressions on the demo and what we can expect from the game. First off, I was surprised at the length of the demo; it’s easily 30 minutes, more or less depending on how you play. It starts with a message letting you know that the demo showcases events not in order; this is very much a cut up version and you really have little context. That’s okay, as the demo does its job of giving you a [...]

Review: Shooter

May 7, 2012 // 0 Comments

A former marine sniper, Bob Lee Swagger (Wahlberg) was living more of a solitary mountain life until he is visited by Colonel Isaac Johnson(Glover) who had received a threat on the President’s life. Reluctantly pressed back into service for his country, Swagger must figure out the assassin’s plan for attack and in which city it will occur. Trouble for Swagger is, he’s the fall guy for a coup to kill a visiting dignitary and he must now uncover who is behind the elaborate plot. Chaos and action ensue as Swagger always seems to stay one step ahead of the FBI and other law enforcement [...]

Review: K-PAX

May 6, 2012 // 0 Comments

Kevin Spacey shows why he is the man in this adaptation of the 1995 book by Charles Brewer. Spacey stars in this drama as Prot, a mental institution patient who claims to be a visitor from the planet K-Pax. Prot falls under the care of Dr. Mark Powell (Jeff Bridges), who immediately dismisses “Prot” as delusional. Throughout the course of the movie, several “miracles” happen around the mental hospital, as Prot’s presence seems to calm everyone. Dr. Powell becomes intrigued by his latest patient, and begins to wonder that maybe Prot is who he claims to be; after Prot reveals [...]