In the most life threateningist podcast ever, GaR survives an attack from a potato that very nearly ends his long running spot on the BMP. Then there is the sleep deprivation, lots of Uncharted 2 and some slapping simulator action.

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Secret Files 2: Puritas Cordis is the sequel to Secret Files: Tunguska, a game which was released in 2006, but not in New Zealand as far as I am aware. Both the original and sequel are available for Wii, DS, and PC, and both are traditional point-and-click adventure games with German developmental original. The game’s main protagonists are retained from the first game, and the plot follows on from Tunguska, but prior knowledge of the series is definitely not required nor necessarily an advantage.

The world is coming to an end (hmm, original plot?), signaled by an African deadly infectious disease pandemic, magnitude 8.0 earthquakes in Japan, volcanic eruptions in South East Asia, burning oil fields in the Middle East, and civil war in South America. Experts are running around trying to work out the cause behind these events, with a UN General Assembly being called in New York to allow formal pontification about these disasters.

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Lair of the Leviathan, or ‘The Manatee Episode’ as I like to call it, is the third chapter of Tales of Monkey Island. You can also find reviews for chapter one and chapter two. It is pretty hard to review an episodic game when they generally remain consistent episode to episode. Maybe I’m just easily surprised but this chapter came quite unexpectedly. I was thinking it would run along the same lines as the previous two but it really sticks out as the highlight of the series so far.

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A few weeks ago Ninja Theory and NamcoBandai teased that there was game in the works from the developers of Heavenly Sword. The new title is called Enslaved and is destined to be released in 2010 on both the PS3 and Xbox 360. Past the break is a description of the games post apocalyptic setting and its two main characters (no, that isn’t Nariko) along with some screenshots.

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Did you love the first game or was it not quite your cup of tea? Were there perhaps some elements that tainted your experience? The great thing about Uncharted, is that almost everyone has an opinion, I know I did when I reviewed it, and for the record I loved it, not in a creepy, unwanted homoerotic stalker fan fiction kind of way that the review might have hinted at, but like a fat man loves cake. Understandably I was excited when the review code found its way to my doorstep, 5 hours later I realised I was still wearing my pyjamas and hadn’t showered, eaten, or brushed my teeth when my ride arrived. Sounds like its going to be a good game right? Either that or I have decided that personal hygiene simply isn’t my bag.

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If there is one American sport (when I say American, I don’t suggest the game was invented there) that is well and truly misunderstood in little old New Zealand, it would have to be Ice Hockey. Hell, I teach sport for a living and I have no idea about the majority of rules in the game. However, the sport (or game) seems to enjoy quite a cult following in Aotearoa.

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My Dad was never really into music, but one story he told me from his youth was that he happened to be on the second story of a double decker bus, when he noticed a group of four men with mop tops step out of a side door of a club into an alley, slyly bypassing a frightful mob of fans. He later found out that it was The Beatles. This brief anecdote of disinterest hopefully explains how I was almost oblivious to one of the most important musical acts of the last century. I do love Rock Band though, so if reviewing a band themed game is an excuse to strum away on a paddle, hit plastic toms, or annoy my neighbours with my cruel mockery of singing, then I’m down!

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localsearchcopyA source of much disgruntlement amongst Call of Duty 4 fans in the Oceania region (as well as our forums) has been the lack of a “Local Search” option.  Such an option allows you to limit your search to hosts in your territory, thus dramatically reducing lag. Due to our location we get lumped with a fair amount of lag when matched with American players regardless of our internet speeds. Many rejoiced when COD: World at War included local search functionality, and many assumed that it was a no brainer that it would be included in COD: Modern Warfare 2, easily one of the most anticipated games of this year. But much salty fanboy tears were spilt when Infinity Ward community Manager Robert Bowling (aka FourZero Two) posting the following tweets:

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Now here is a game with Flair, Rick Flair! Yes, everybody’s favourite Nature Boy makes an appearance to bark out orders as Commander Hill. More pleasing to the eye is the inclusion of Jodi Lyn O’Keefe, better known as the psycho Company assassin, Gretchen, in Prison Break. So with the FMV Commander sequences taken care of, how does the largest XBLA download stack up with other titles?

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