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Cooking Mama: Breaking Bad

Posted: August 2, 2012 by diablo343 in Funny, Gaming
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Ever wanted to know what it’s like to make meth?

Love Breaking Bad?

Love gaming?

Then check out the newest version of Cooking Mama, the Breaking Bad edition. Hopefully it won’t be “temporarily unavailable” like it was last time I tried to play.

Tomb Raider Reboot Skipping Wii U

Posted: January 26, 2012 by Matt Nawrocki in Gaming, News
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Lara Croft in the 2012 Tomb Raider reboot

According to Crystal Dynamics global brand director Karl Stewart, Tomb Raider fans looking to play this fall’s heavily hyped reboot of the series will have to do it on Xbox 360, Playstation 3, or PC.  He stated there are currently no plans to port the game for the Wii U launch or any other Nintendo platform.

The reason given for no port was that if they did make one, Crystal Dynamics would want to approach it differently and build it to take advantage of the unique functionality of the Wii U.  Whether that’s polite PR-speak to keep from burning bridges or a sign that the generational tradition of third party developers abandoning Nintendo consoles has already started before the Wii U could even launch, we’ll have to wait and see.  At any rate, it’s tough news for Nintendo fans that like Tomb Raider.

No word yet on an exact release date for the new Tomb Raider aside from the general “holiday season” but we should learn more about that as well as the games that will be on Wii U as we approach this year’s E3.

Resident Evil 6 logo

We knew Resident Evil 6 was coming but now we have a trailer and release date.

Seemingly out of nowhere, Capcom unveiled a new trailer for Resident Evil 6 and announced a release date of November 20th of this year.  The release coming so soon was a bit of a surprise considering we’re already getting Resident Evil:  Operation Raccoon City on March 20th.  While RE:ORC is a mutiplayer tactical shooter made by former SOCOM developer Slant Six featuring a non-canon “what if” style story set between Resident Evil 2 and 3, RE6 is a full fledged sequel working from and building upon 15 years of story from the last five games.

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Scribblenauts Remix is an iOS remake of a Nintendo DS game that easily became the best iteration of the series. The game felt like it could have been originally designed for the iOS platorm and the $0.99 price insured that the maximum amount of people would play it. It came with only 25 levels, which is a little less then I would have expected, given other iOS games like Angry Birds, Cut The Rope and Where’s My Water? initially started off with many more levels then that. But who am I to complain. I paid less then $1 for a better experience then I would have paid $30 for brand new or $17 on Amazon right now.

Today I heard there is a DLC pack with 20 more levels on it. But wait, it’s DLC, that means I have to pay more money for more levels. Something you rarely see in iOS games.

I enjoyed playing the first group of levels in Scribblenauts Remix, I even have $40 worth of iTunes cash from Christmas waiting to be spent. I, however, will not be purchasing the new levels. There are plenty of free games and free content updates out there that I don’t want to be supporting a new trend I hope doesn’t catch on.

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Max Payne seeks revenge on video game forum posters making "This game is being developed in bullet time" jokes.

Just two months from its intended release, Take Two Interactive announced today the planned March launch of Max Payne 3 has been pushed back to May.  No specific release date is announced yet, just the month.  The cause for the delay is to “ensure quality,” which is presumably PR spin for “Holy crap, this game has way more bugs than we expected.”  Kind of scary in an industry where even Skyrim’s troubling glitches didn’t hurt sales and PR too much but at this point, delays seem like standard operating procedure for Take-Two Interactive and Rockstar Games.

In fairness, a two month delay is pretty much nothing seeing as Max Payne 3 was previously expected to release at the end of 2009.  Considering the long development time and bold changes, it’ll be interesting to see how this game stands up to the original two classics in the series.  While the bullet time mechanic returns, the game leaves the dark and gritty noir atmosphere of New York City in favor of São Paulo, Brazil.  Rockstar is hyping innovative technology developments for the game and specifically mentions their new Natural Motion physics and Rockstar Advanced Game Engine.  If nothing else, it should be fun to see how these work.

However, in the “glass half empty” department, the timing of this delay hints at significant problems.  A May release pushes Max Payne 3 out of the current fiscal year, which ends April 1.  Take-Two Interactive’s revenue expectations drop from $1 billion to $770-790 million, which would actually give the company a net loss in 2011.  This could spook investors and lower the company’s stock price.  They wouldn’t take this kind of risk unless the game’s delay was absolutely necessary.  Whether there’s major cause for concern or Rockstar releases another classic in the acclaimed Max Payne series, hopefully we find out in May without even more additional delays.

I wrote game reviews for a few years for multiple different websites, unfortunately it’s been about a year since my last one, so bear with me if this is bad. The nice thing about having my own blog is I can do this review in whatever format I want, so I give you a list of Pros and Cons for NFL Blitz.

Pro:
Excellent gameplay. The fast paced action is just the right speed for a football game. A huge improvement over the Madden franchise, which seems like it can take forever to play a single game. In Blitz they keep the game moving, quickly jumping between plays.

Con:
No individual stats. At the end of each game you get team stats, but no individual players. Seemed kinda strange, but it’s not a huge surprise from a download game.

Pro:
7 player lineups. No cluttering the field with the normal amount of players. Each offense gets a quarterback, three offensive skill players and three linemen. The offensive skill players consist of the three most popular players from each team. Most teams have one running back, one wide receiver and one tight end, but a couple times I have seen two WRs or two RBs or a fullback. Then defenses consist of two or three linemen, two or three line backers and two or three deep backs. Once again the most popular seven players on defense.

Con:
Gameplay slowdowns. It doesn’t happen a lot, maybe once every three or four games, but it happens randomly when someone is getting tackled. The game slows down to about 1/4 speed for three or four seconds, then it’s fine. Not a huge problem, but it does take you out of the game.

Pro:
Extras. Fun little things like different colored footballs, individual players or entire teams full of things like horses or lions, power-ups or boss battles (against the teams of horses or lions). Also, no more “instant touchdown” plays, those stupid power-ups that guarantee you score or get a turnover.

Con:
No career mode or create a player. It’s completely understandable that they would leave things like this out to cut down on the game size, but I would still like some kind of season or career mode.

All things considered, it’s a good game for a budget, $15 title.
I give it three and a half Tebows out of five.