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E3 2011: Forza Motorsport 4 Preview & Impressions

Feature; Jun. 12, 2011; Channels: Video Games; By Robert F. Ludwick

E3 2011: Forza Motorsport 4 Preview & Impressions The realistic racing genre can be summed up in two game series: Forza Motorsport and Gran Turismo. Microsoft's latest entry in the battle, Forza Motorsport 4, had three drivers seats available (one of which was a massive contraption that felt like an air fighter simulator) as well as a few consoles with controllers available to play. After standing in three separate lines for quite some time, I got my hands on one of the two "lesser" driver...

E3 2011: Sonic & Sega All-Stars Racing for iOS Impressions

Feature; Jun. 12, 2011; Channels: Video Games; By Robert F. Ludwick

E3 2011: Sonic & Sega All-Stars Racing for iOS Impressions Sonic launched his own kart racing game to battle the multitude of kart racers on the market, once again chasing his rival Mario for a video game crown. Unfortunately, his appearance on Apple's iOS leaves a bit to be desired. Namely, anything memorable. Sonic & Sega All-Stars Racing is your standard kart racing game. It also uses your standard driving controls on iOS -- you tilt the device left or right to steer left or right. There are on...

E3 2011: Otomedius Excellent Impressions

Feature; Jun. 12, 2011; Channels: Video Games; By Robert F. Ludwick

E3 2011: Otomedius Excellent Impressions Konami deployed Otomedius Excellent to Japan in November 2008. The arcade shooter was playable at the Microsoft booth at E3, and I got some time with it. Otomedius Excellent is inspired by Gradius. It's been available in Japan for quite some time, and Konami has decided to release the game this July 19. The first thing I noticed -- of course! -- about Otomedius Excellent were the anime women in the game. You must choose a pilot for your ship...

E3 2011: Bioshock Infinite Preview & Impressions

Feature; Jun. 11, 2011; Channels: Video Games; By Robert F. Ludwick

E3 2011: Bioshock Infinite Preview & Impressions 2K Games was kind enough to give me a look-see at Bioshock Infinite, the third game in the Bioshock series . The first Bioshock was one of the biggest games of the current console generation, with its intense environment, morbid characters and massive, mind-bending twist near the end of the game. Bioshock 2 was a good game in its own right, but it didn't hold a candle to the way the first captivated our imaginations. It just didn't improve on...

E3 2011: Star Wars Kinect First Impressions

Feature; Jun. 11, 2011; Channels: Video Games; By Robert F. Ludwick

E3 2011: Star Wars Kinect First Impressions Star Wars Kinect is one of the new Kinect titles covered at E3 this year, getting a spot in Microsoft's press conference as well as at its booth. If you watched Microsoft's press conference, you will have seen the E3 demo of Star Wars Kinect in its entirety. Fortunately, Microsoft also allowed boothgoers a chance to play that demo for themselves. Star Wars Kinect is an on-rails first-person game where you take control of Jedi in the Star Wars...

E3 2011: Majesco 3DS Roundup First Impressions

Feature; Jun. 11, 2011; Channels: Video Games; By Robert F. Ludwick

E3 2011: Majesco 3DS Roundup First Impressions Majesco has a number of 3DS titles in development, and we've got a look at three of them for you: Face Racers: Photo Finish; Pet Zombies; and Nano Assault. Face Racers: Photo Finish Face Racers: Photo Finish is a kart racing game, plain and simple. The feature that sets this game apart from other kart racers is that it uses photos of the players' faces for use in-game. There have been a few arcade titles in the past that have used this kind of...

E3 2011: BloodRayne: Betrayal First Impressions

Feature; Jun. 11, 2011; Channels: Video Games; By Robert F. Ludwick

E3 2011: BloodRayne: Betrayal First Impressions During my Majesco booth tour, I got to see two levels of BloodRayne: Betrayal getting played through. Before E3 2011, I wasn't even fully aware that a BloodRayne game was coming. After having seen a woman in BloodRayne's outfit (and obviously, this excellent demo), I can now say that BloodRayne: Betrayal is on my to-get list this fall. BloodRayne, everybody's favorite dhampir, must return to her old ways when the vampire-hunting Brimstone...

E3 2011: Take Shape First Impressions

Feature; Jun. 11, 2011; Channels: Video Games; By Robert F. Ludwick

E3 2011: Take Shape First Impressions Take Shape is a Kinect-enabled game coming Oct. 15 from Majesco. In the game, the player will attempt to form his body into shapes represented on the screen in a variety of methods: filling a shape, mimicking a shape and even teaming up with a partner to create even more complex shapes. Click the image to view game screenshots Take Shape's menu's are controlled by moving your body to the menu option you want to select. Actually, your body is...

E3 2011: Sonic Generations First Impressions

E3 2011: Sonic Generations First Impressions Robert and Kyle got their hands on a version of Sonic Generations at Sega's booth. Robert took on the 3DS version, and Kyle took control of a PlayStation 3. Read to the end for some game play video. 3DS Version Honestly, I thought the execution of Sonic on the 3DS was weak overall. I know the game is still in development, but there's definitely work to be done. For the most part, the core game is there and level design seems to be pretty good....

E3 2011: Binary Domain First Impressions

Feature; Jun. 8, 2011; Channels: Video Games; By Robert F. Ludwick

E3 2011: Binary Domain First Impressions The premise of Binary Domain is an interesting one: Humans have developed robots to serve them, and some crackpot sets forth an army of said machines. Your job: Take them down. OK, so maybe this kind of story has been done in a similar fashion many times (and they'll be back for more stories in the future). However, I'm sure many of those stories don't have the capability for the machines to become impregnated and to produce children. Yeah....

E3 2011: Ubisoft Presser: Our Thoughts

Feature; Jun. 7, 2011; Channels: Video Games; By Ryan Goodman, Robert F. Ludwick

E3 2011: Ubisoft Presser: Our Thoughts OMGN had two of our flock at Ubisoft's E3 2011 press conference at the Los Angeles Theater yesterday. Robert and Ryan have put their impressions together for your enjoyment.   What game most excited you? Why? Robert: Ghost Recon: Future Soldier. I played Ghost Recon 1 and 2 and liked them quite a bit. GR: FS is looking pretty solid with the updated drone and squad interfaces. The graphics and the interface look quite good. Ryan: Rayman...

E3 2011: Nintendo Presser: Our Thoughts

E3 2011: Nintendo Presser: Our Thoughts OMGN's E3 team's impressions of Nintendo's press conference at the Nokia Theater:   What game most excited you? Why? Robert: Even though they didn't show any screenshots or game play, Smash Brothers was announced for the Wii U, and that's my choice. The idea of being able to use the Wii U controller in a Smash Brothers game environment intrigues me greatly. I've always liked the Smash Brothers games. Ryan: While I would love to say Smash...

E3 2011: Mario Kart 3DS First Impressions

Feature; Jun. 7, 2011; Channels: Video Games; By Robert F. Ludwick

E3 2011: Mario Kart 3DS First Impressions Mario Kart on the 3DS plays just about as you'd expect for a Mario Kart title. You pick one of eight characters and select your kart. New to the game is the tire selection, allowing you to outfit your racer with lighter or heavier wheels to give you more options in a race. Players also get to use a hang glider in this version. The hang glider allows you to float down from ledges and other drop-offs, giving more distance than before when...

E3 2011: Microsoft Presser: Our Thoughts

E3 2011: Microsoft Presser: Our Thoughts OMGN's 4 E3 representatives were in attendance for Microsoft's E3 2011 press conference. Here's our thoughts.   What game most excited you? Why? Kyle: For me, the game that had me most excited was Ghost Recon: Future Soldier. The use of the Kinect to customize your weapons by using your hands to manipulate gun parts along with the ability to test fire the weapons with simple hand gestures seemed very streamlined and very intuitive. It had...

E3 2011: Sony Presser: Our Thoughts

E3 2011: Sony Presser: Our Thoughts OMGN's 4 E3 representatives were in attendance for Sony's E3 2011 press conference at the LA Sports Arena yesterday. Here's our thoughts.   What game are you most excited about? Why? Robert: Dust 514, hands down. EVE Online is a great game, and Dust looks to be more of the same. The game seems to have a great amount of detail from the smallest battles and territories to the grandest galactic scale. That kind of scope excites me. Ryan:...

E3 2011: Sony Press Conference Liveblog

E3 2011: Sony Press Conference Liveblog Check back here regularly for our Liveblog of Sony's E3 2011 press conference. We'll keep you updated. Please note: We're experiencing issues with Google Chrome refreshing. Please bear with us.  6:58:17PM Trenton is on stage again. Show is coming to a close.  6:56:46PM Two models will be released. Wi-Fi and 3G Wi-Fi for $250 and $299, respectively. Will release this holiday season.  6:55:26PM Video montage of upcoming titles...

Rumor: Microsoft's Next Console with EA, at E3?

News; May. 6, 2011; Channels: Video Games; By Robert F. Ludwick

Rumor: Microsoft's Next Console with EA, at E3? A new rumor has hit the web today via the UK video game magazine Develop. According to the report, Electronic Arts already has an alpha build of Microsoft's next video game console, housed inside a Dell PC case. It is common practice for initial console development kits to be housed inside a PC case with all of the console's hardware included. Cases are usually designed later in the console development process. While Nintendo has already...

Sony's Woes Continue: SOE Hacked Too

News; May. 3, 2011; Channels: Video Games; By Robert F. Ludwick

Sony's Woes Continue: SOE Hacked Too In another discouraging development for Sony regarding its online security, Sony Online Entertainment confirmed it was also the recipient of a cyber attack on its network. Early yesterday, May 2, 2011, SOE shut down its servers in much the same manner as when Sony shut down the PlayStation Network when it first learned of the hacking attack against that network. Sony confirmed that the SOE network, while separate from the PSN, suffered a similar...

Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit Review

Review; Mar. 7, 2011; Channels: Video Games; By Robert F. Ludwick

Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit Review The Need for Speed series has seen a decline in quality and sales since critically- and gamer-acclaimed Need for Speed: Most Wanted. Each iteration of the NFS brand after Most Wanted saw sales decline and reviews drop. Electronic Arts then decided to split the NFS series into a brand with different game types available: realistic racing, arcade racing and MMO racing. Thankfully, this decision has paid off with arcade-style racing getting a big...

PS3: My First Sony System

Feature; Mar. 4, 2011; Channels: Video Games; By Robert F. Ludwick

PS3: My First Sony System In late January, I became the owner of a brand-new slim PS3. For me, this was a particularly momentous occasion. For most people, adding a new video game console to their collection is significant but not momentous. It's not like I got a PS3 on launch day or anything, and even then I'm not sure if you could classify that acquisition as momentous. No, this was momentous for me for one reason -- the PS3 is the first Sony video game system I've...

Target Welches on $40 PS3

News; Jan. 17, 2011; Channels: Video Games; By Robert F. Ludwick

Target Welches on $40 PS3 Yesterday, Target accidentally listed the PlayStation 360GB console at $39.99 on its website. This was reported on several websites, such as Nukezilla. I'm not spending any money right now, but this was too good to pass up. $40 for a PS3? The one console I don't own? Hell yes! Speculation then followed across the web as to whether or not Target would simply cancel orders or actually uphold the accidental price. Unfortunately today, we got...

Kinect & Kinect Adventures Review

Review; Jan. 16, 2011; Channels: Video Games; By Robert F. Ludwick

Kinect & Kinect Adventures Review Nintendo's Wii console had been a big hit for a very long time after release. Its Wiimote controller was revolutionary in getting people off the couch and to play games in a very uncharacteristic manner - using movement instead of simple button presses to play. This system appealed to gamers across the entire spectrum, from casual to hardcore. Well ... Maybe not quite hardcore gamers. But given the Wii's immense success, both Sony and Microsoft...

RISK for iPad Review

Review; Dec. 28, 2010; Channels: Video Games; By Robert F. Ludwick

RISK for iPad Review RISK is one of the longest-serving strategy games still in existence today. From its humble beginnings as a board game, it has progressed to making appearances on virtually every major computing platform. The Apple iPad is no exception, clocking in with Hasbro's latest iteration, brought to you by Electronic Arts. Click the image to view screenshots The basic premise of RISK is simple: the world is divided into territories, and the players are...

Dead Space Review

Review; Dec. 21, 2010; Channels: Video Games; By Robert F. Ludwick

Dead Space Review The survival horror genre really came into its own when the first Resident Evil came out. What followed was the likes of Silent Hill and Condemned hitting the market. Thankfully, Dead Space was released in 2008 to provide the survival horror genre an excellent new franchise to build upon. If you haven't played Dead Space yet, then now may be the time to acquire it, especially with Dead Space 2 coming out January 2011. Click the image to view...

2011 Games Preview, Part 1

News; Dec. 20, 2010; Channels: Video Games; By Robert F. Ludwick, Jason Winstanley

2011 Games Preview, Part 1 Nobody can deny that 2011 will be a great year for gaming. Every year is a great year for gaming, mainly due to technological advancements or developers learning new skills and getting better at what they do -- but the titles being released this upcoming year are especially noteworthy. So, with 2011 looming ever closer, let's take a peek at the games already announced for release next year. This isn't a complete list; look for more 2011...

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