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!
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.
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.
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.
The crew here at HMS Friday have been religiously putting in the hours playing Call Of Duty: Black Ops and haven’t so far been disappointed in the latest addition of the first person shooter franchise. But one thing which has soured our experience is the noticeable rise in the number of online players with swastika flags for their clan tags and gaming cards which show up etched onto their weapons during play.
The two pictures above clearly illustrate how some players have hand designed the Nazi flags using the customisable options Treyarch have built into the multi-player section of the game. Yes, you could argue the swastika is everywhere on the Zombie Maps and has popped up on numerous occasions during single player campaigns in previous Call Of Duty games, but for a player to actually spend time and effort creating a replica Nazi flag, either to be deliberately controversial or worse, is offensive for gamers like us who see it as a representation of Nazism. Should developers Treyarch enforce a ban on those responsible? What do you think?
UPDATE: You Tube has some videos where players have uploaded instructions on how to make and design swastika flags for Call Of Duty: Black Ops. Here’s two examples:
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?