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 [...]

Atelier Meruru: The Apprentice of Arland Review

May 25, 2012 // 1 Comment

Atelier Meruru: The Apprentice of Arland (Playstation 3) Developer: Gust Publisher: NIS America Genre(s): Role-playing (JRPG) Released: May 29, 2012 (US), May 25, 2012 (EU), June 23, 2011 (Japan) ESRB Rating: T – Teen 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, [...]

The Backlog Volume # 9 – Game of Thrones Review

May 21, 2012 // 3 Comments

Game of Thrones (PC, Playstation 3, Xbox 360[reviewed]) Publisher: Atlus Developer: Cyanide Genre(s): RPG Released: May 15, 2012 ESRB Rating: M – Mature 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, [...]

Review: Max Payne 3

May 21, 2012 // 8 Comments

Max Payne 3 (Playstation 3 [Reviewed], Xbox 360, PC) Developer: Rockstar Games Publisher: Rockstar Games Genre(s): Third Person Shooter, Action Released: May 15, 2012 (PS3, X360), May 29, 2012 (PC) ESRB Rating: M – Mature 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 [...]

Review: Predator Nation

May 18, 2012 // 2 Comments

Predator Nation: Corporate Criminals, Political Corruption, and the Hijacking of America Author: Charles H. Ferguson Publisher: Crown Business Hardcover: 384 pages ISBN: 978-0-307-95255-4 Released: May 22, 2012 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 [...]

Review: Sniper Elite V2

May 15, 2012 // 5 Comments

Sniper Elite V2 (PC [Reviewed], Playstation 3, Xbox 360,) Developer: Rebellion Publisher: 505 Games for consoles; Rebellion themselves for the PC Genre(s): Shooter Released: May 2, 2012 ESRB Rating: M – Mature 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 [...]

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 GTA5, 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

Starhawk (Playstation 3) Developer(s): LightBox Interactive, Sony Santa Monica Publisher: Sony Computer Entertainment America Genre(s): Third Person Shooter, Vehicle Combat Released: May 8, 2012 ESRB Rating: T – Teen 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 [...]

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 [...]

Quick Movie Review: Shooter

May 7, 2012 // 0 Comments

Shooter Starring: Mark Wahlberg, Danny Glover, Kate Mara, Michael Pena, Rhona Mitra Director: Antoine Faqua Writer(s): Jonathan Lemkin, Stephen Hunter Studio: Paramount Pictures Runtime: 2 hours 6 minutes Released: March 8, 2007 Rated: R 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 [...]

Quick Movie Review: K-PAX

May 6, 2012 // 0 Comments

K-PAX Starring: Kevin Spacey, Jeff Bridges Director: Iain Softley Writer(s): Charles Leavitt Studio: Universal Runtime: 2 hrs. 1 min. Released: October 26, 2001 Rated: PG-13 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 [...]