LA Noire Review.

We can’t stand lengthy reviews so we’ll keep this breezy and brief. Simply put buy or rent this amazing game from Rockstar if you have even a passing interest in the crime noir genre.

It’s open world format doesn’t exactly achieve the heady heights of previous sandbox titles such as Grand Theft Auto but this is a different kind of gaming experience, one which involves a little more brain power, a little more attention rather than just a furious mashing of buttons and the senseless slaying of innocent pedestrians with your car.

This is very much an adult game with adult themes throughout and the main storyline does get a tad dark for a video game, (with the inclusion of anal rape and child molestation), but hey that’s what detectives have to deal with and if you want to solve the crime you need to know every sordid detail.

Without ruining anything LA Noire has to offer just trust us when we say you are unlikely to play a game like this again…unless of course Rockstar make sequel.

NB. Still not convinced? Just look at the realistic pants inertia the game has to offer below.

Check out the realism in those scants!

 

What Time Is It? It’s Burger Time!

Do you remember this arcade classic from the late 80s where you played as chef Peter Pepper in a delicious little platform game called Burger Time?

If you do then look out your gaming napkin as the title is back and it’s been redeveloped into what looks like a glorious 3D experience for the Xbox 360, Nintendo Wii and PS3. The original title had you scrambling up and down ladders and platforms avoiding hot dogs, pickles and eggs along the way:

When Peter Pepper walks the length of an ingredient (bun, meat patty, tomato, etc.), it falls one level. If it lands atop another ingredient, the latter in turn falls one level. A burger is completed when all vertically aligned ingredients have been dropped out of the maze and onto a waiting plate. Once all burgers are completed, the level is finished.’

The new and much improved Burger Time HD, which will be released in the summer, remains faithful to the original premise but puts a much needed 3D spin on the game. Apparently players will be able to play as The King from Burger King in a special DLC add-on feature, as seen below.


 

Avast! Prototype 2 Trailer.

We never got the chance to play the sci-fi, futuristic open world game Prototype when it was released in 2009 but we might be tempted to give the sequel a go simply based upon the game’s trailer above.

There’s something quite relaxing and cathartic having the ability to throw virtual people for miles, releases the pressures of the day like a safety valve. You could even go so far as to imagine the pixelated character who you’ve launched through the air is your boss, irritating neighbour, wife , husband, sister or brother.

Dead Island Trailer Ain’t For Kids

If you’ve just watched the trailer below for Techland and Deep Silver’s zombie survivor horror game Dead Island then you may be in need of strong cup of tea or coffee. This has to be one of the most creative and disturbing trailers for anything we’ve seen over the last few years. According to the developers the game is a mash-up of different styles, ranging from first-person shooter to RPG as well as having online multi-player co-op options. Seriously though back to the trailer, put your hands up if the room started to get a little smokey?

And here’s how it plays out in standard chronological order, thanks to the ever vigilant people over at IGN.

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The Abuse Female Gamers Have to Deal With.

If you play video games online then you’ll be no stranger to the amount of hate speech that happens during a session. From racism to bigotry, from homophobia to general verbal bullying the gaming world can be a very ugly and unforgiving place. With a steady rise in female gamers and those women who have become addicted to the world of gaming it was only a matter of time before the sexist insults, creepy behaviour and degrading suggestions started.

Website Fat, Ugly or Slutty is run by three female gamers who felt that it was about time to collect all of these outrageous comments female gamers receive on a daily basis and post them up on the Internet for everyone to see. Their agenda wasn’t to deliberately name and shame but instead to poke fun and laugh at the idiots who felt the need to send private insults following a game. In their own words:

“If having these messages posted online makes someone think twice about writing and sending a detailed description of their genitals, great! And if not? We’ll all have another submission to laugh at.”

But it’s not all light hearted abuse, the majority of the stuff featured on their website is dark and disturbing, from the Iraq war veteran who promises to hunt a female gamer down to kill her, to the creep who sent three separate audio messages on a girl’s Xbox live account asking to hear her voice.

Ironically the girl’s are now receiving abusive comments online through their website about posting abusive comments online from the female gaming community on their website. Hollywood couldn’t write this shit.

Avast! Zip-lines In New Call Of Duty DLC.

It’s that time again when gaming companies start to turn the vice and squeeze as much money out of your wallet as possible. The first downloadable map pack for last year’s highly successful first person shooter Call Of Duty: Black Ops is gearing up for release on February 1st. It will probably mark the first of three pieces of downloadable content for the game and just like before they’ve included some tempting new qualities which they hope will hook you into buying.

Avast! Rockstar’s LA Noire Trailer.

Following on from their highly successful Western themed sand box game Red Dead Redemption, gaming giants Rockstar have proudly unveiled the first official trailer to their highly anticipated new title LA Noire. Set in the city of Los Angeles in the 1940s , drawing obvious inspiration from the likes of LA Confidential, Chinatown and other film noir from the same era, the game is centred around a young detective and his efforts to crack a series of mysterious murders. The game was announced over six years ago and fans have been in a state of anxious anticipation since then. Obviously, with all of their titles, it will be a well researched game giving players that specific feel of authenticity Rockstar are known for.

One thing we did notice was how the lead character looks uncannily like actor Aaron Staton, whose most famous role to date is that of Ken Cosgrove in the excellent 50s drama series Mad Men. What do you think?


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