Saturday, March 31, 2012

Trials Evolution Trailer

One of the very best XBLA games is getting a proper sequel in a few weeks.

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Ridge Racer Unbounded

UPDATE: Gamespot video review added

I'm in the minority - I love Ridge Racer. This? This is not Ridge Racer as I know it, but it is crossing into Burnout territory. I know, I know... this game is trying HARD to be a Burnout/Need for Speed lovechild. But, who knows, maybe it's worth a shot. It has a track/city creator that looks fairly impressive and seems to play a lot like Revenge. It was also developed by the studio that created the FlatOut series.

Maybe one day a racing game will come along that will partially fill the void left in our hearts by the abandonment of Burnout 3. This might not be it, but it can't hurt to try it out.

Release date: March 27th, 2012

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Dead or Alive 5 - Alpha Gameplay Footage

Some early footage of DOA5 shows a minimal GUI and the new power moves, which essentially amount to quick time events. Between these powerful moves and some serious environmental damage, this game looks like it will be a more high variance fighting game rather than the finely tuned precision fighter we saw in DOA4. DOA was never quite as nuanced as something like Street Fighter or Tekken, but Tecmo and the newly revamped Team Ninja appear to be making some serious changes to the formula for both this and the newly released Ninja Gaiden 3, the latter of which has been met with a tepid critical response - at best.

Sunday, March 18, 2012

Building a Better Apocalypse

From The New York Times - Original Article

These days, there are those on the left — Occupiers, say — and also on the right — ammo-hoarding, gold-burying believers in peak oil — who harbor the suspicion that America is more or less an interlocking network of overburdened, unsustainable systems, from energy to transportation, finance to food production. The question is: once they reach that conclusion, then what?

Mr. Hackett has a what. He recently looked over a 1918 arc welding patent filed by a Wisconsin inventor, and determined that all an amateur, stranded by calamity, needs to make his own welding rods are coat hangers, some silica gel, some lye and a newspaper. “If civilization and supply chains collapse,” he wrote in Make magazine about this process, “the anti-zombie fences will still get built.”

“When I read ‘The Road,’ ” he said, referring to Cormac McCarthy’s post-apocalyptic novel, “it got me thinking: ‘O.K., so there’s all this stuff lying around. How do you recreate civilization?’ I did some research and figured out the two most important things you’d need are car batteries and Drano.”

Mr. Hackett likes to joke about anti-zombie fences, but the truth is he has thought about how to reassemble modernity in a serious way. Electric power? “Any motor cranked in reverse is a generator.” Tanned hides? “Drano works great.” Weapons? “Primer is the hard part. I’m working on it.”

This makes sense at a moment when most Americans don’t know how to change their spark plugs, let alone tan their own hides. When Mr. Hackett talks earnestly about growing hydroponic crops or mischievously about making explosives with oxygen, acetylene and bong water, he is really speaking of a fabricator’s self-reliant pride.

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Super T.I.M.E. Force Debut Trailer

Your Super Nintendo would have exploded in a giant ball of fire. Release TBD 2012.

Friday, March 9, 2012

Mechwarrior Online GDC Dev Interview

This PC only revival of the Mechwarrior franchise will arrive sometime in late 2012. Its free to play and is multiplayer only, and Im hoping it becomes a modern classic.