Archive for May, 2010
After the jump, I have a video showcasing the puzzle game, memory game and Solitaire from Grip Games’ upcoming minis title, 5-in1 Arcade Hits. Here’s hoping it’s pretty fun!
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*Be sure to read the section under the Scorecard for bits I had forgotten to mention in the review
Red Dead Redemption is one of those games that many of us have been anticipating since even when Red Dead Revolver was released. It has definitely been a long time coming, and now that it’s finally here, many of us have been able to sit down and enjoy it. But for those on the fence, you’re probably asking questions like ’Is it worth buying?’, ’How good is the story?’, etc. Hopefully this review will answer your questions and help you decide whether a purchase would be worth it or not.
Using a setting you rarely see in video games, the Old West, it’s a much needed change of atmosphere. Of course, these days, we’ve seen other Western titles this generation in Gun (which I think deserves a sequel), Call of Juarez, etc. but those titles, while some being good, don’t quite have that level of polish we’d be expecting from a Rockstar title, let alone, being as open as Redemption claims to be. The question is, then, does Red Dead Redemption meet those standards?
Soon there will be a completely different card to forget to bring to GameStop with you, as the retailer’s new PowerUp Rewards program goes into beta testing, featuring both free and paid cards packed with benefits that don’t entirely suck.
GameStop’s Edge card is on the way out. I’d say good riddance, but I haven’t been able to find mine for ages, relying on the store’s computers to bring up my 10% discount on used merchandise and 10% trade-in bonus. Both of those bonuses and a subscription to Game Informer are just the beginning of the benefits that come with the new PowerUp Rewards Pro card. More after the break.
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Naughty Dog has revealed a new set of Uncharted avatars for PSN.
The Avatars include Nathan Drake, Elena Fisher, Victor Sullivan, Chloe Frazer, Jeff, Tenzin, Karl Schafer, Zoran Lazarevic, Harry Flynn, and the Phurba dagger. The Avatars will cost $0.49 each or you can snag two bundles of 5 for $1.49 per bundle.
Multiplatform Comparison: Many sites have done video footage comparison between PS3/360. I’m surprised that no one has done any audio quality comparison on a decent home speaker setup. Why not?
Multiplayer Glitches: Even after the recent patches, I can’t play RDR for more than a minute or two before getting booted by a disconnect. The online is completely unplayable. Surprisingly, RDR was working perfectly for the first day. I’m sure this will get ironed out eventually, but it’s annoying. Other PS3 multiplayer games (like MAG) work perfectly for long play sessions, so the problem is clearly not my network or the PS3.
3:10 To Yuma: I watched the 2007 remake based on Rockstar’s movie recommendations. Everything from this movie looked exactly like the game: the towns, the saloon, the sheriff, the farms, the railroad, the weapons, the costumes. Many of the big action scenes from the movies are missions in the game: the stage coach ambushes, saving the horses from the buring barn, etc. These movies were clearly a strong influence.
Game is still great: The random encounters, the side missions, the in-game unlockables, and the characters; everything about this game is excellent and holding up very well.