Sony’s history of taking care of the attendees with food continues, as food trucks were awaiting us as we arrived at the Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena. I went with “Tato Tots” and “Cheezy Mac”, as I realised that I hadn’t eaten anything all day. Inside the press conference area there were several games being played on the main stage to help pass the time. Then, suddenly! It was all on with a montage.

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Speculation is piling up around Forza Horizon.  Will it be like the original The Need For Speed, but with modern Forza graphics, physics and cars, or will it be an Underground meets The Run sort of disaster of genericity?  Well, I don’t know.  But there’s a trailer after the break, so maybe watch that.

There’s also a trailer for the new Need For Speed: Most Wanted.  That’s a thing a lot of people are looking forward to.  Me, I’ve had my heart broken too many times by that once mighty franchise. Continue reading

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It’s always awful to hear about the closure of a studio, and the circumstances surrounding Big Huge Games’s demise (despite arguable merit and success of KoA: Reckoning) were weird and especially unfortunate. But there’s great news indicating that a lot of the staff are landing on their feet, and the biggest news regarding this is the proposed creation of a new studio under Epic Games. You can get it straight from the horses mouth at Epic Games, but it’s more of a statement of intention, and that intention is to expand and take on a large collection of talented individuals.

Red Faction: Armageddon (Xbox 360)

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Here is another Bargain Bin Breakdown. An uber-quick review of games purchased on sale for $25 or less. The idea is to give a fast verdict on titles that may have been skipped by gamers at the time of release. Possibly due to average review scores or cash constraints. So, do these games now offer value for money if picked up on the cheap?

Red Faction: Armageddon was released in June 2011 and was the fifth and final game in the Red Faction series. Publisher THQ have shelved the I.P, partly due to Armageddon’s poor sales. It received a positive review here on Button Masher and generally ‘average’ reviews worldwide. The current Metacritic score is 71/100.

Price- I grabbed it on a Mighty Ape Daily Deal for $15 on Xbox 360 and it included unlock codes for bonus weapons and character skins. Currently Price Spy have prices ranging from $15 – $109.

Single-player- A 3rd person shooter featuring unusual weapons and destructible environments. The 8-10 hour campaign is solid fun and is bolstered by some basic levelling and skill trees.

Story- There is a bad guy who unleashes some buried aliens. Stop him and kill the aliens.

Gameplay- THQ were berated  by many reviewers for not sticking with the ‘open world’ ideas from Red Faction:Guerrilla, and rightly so. Another corridor shooter was not really needed. However the excellent core gameplay did remain the same. Cool weapons, used to pull the environment and enemies to bits. Lets face it, environmental destruction is always fun.

Graphics- It looks pretty good overall, with  interesting contrast between the brightly coloured enemies and the moody subterranean Martian environments. Only downside is when you really start ripping buildings to bits and alien goo starts flying. The screen gets way too busy and even the games performance suffers.

Multi-player- There is no competitive multiplayer, which is a shame. The M/P modes and weapons in Red Faction:Guerrilla made it  bit of a cult hit, but Armageddon only has a Co-Op horde mode and a leaderboard based destruction mode.

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10680582-the-word-verdict-on-a-wood-block-with-a-gavel-beside-it-representing-the-final-decision-judgment-ansThe original Button Masher review was bang on and a year later its a great buy for $15! The magnet gun and destructible environments are a nice change from the other 3rd person shooters. Frankly, there is just something about dropping a building on an baddie that fills me with joy. Its a shame the series won’t see another outing.

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Nintendo has dropped a shot of a controller which doesn’t have a screen on it. I looks like a little like Xbox and Playstation had a baby and it was raised by the Wii. Which is probably good news for those interested in playing the more conventional games on the Wii U. So I guess this is essentially the classic controller for the new hardware; not essential, but pretty nice when the situation calls for it.

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The teased Game Informer cover showing recognisable Gears looking soldiers, one with a blanked out face and enchained has been de-mystified. game Informer intends to run the edition with two possible covers. In one the face of the blonde genius, Damon Baird. The other features the Cole Train himself. Exactly what this means in terms of setting time-wise is unclear, as it’s pretty much dashed the theory I had that it was Marcus in chains and this was going to be the much talked about prequel that would go into detail about the events learing up to his incarceration. Presumably we’ll hear more about the title, subtitled Judgement at Microsofts E3 confernce, or wait until Game Informer goes to print.

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It must be said I had a little niggling doubt about there being any more car packs after last week’s massive Porsche expansion was released.  My fears were groundless however, as Turn10 have just announced the Meguiar’s Car Pack, which is due on June 5th for the usual 560 points, and will contain the usual ten cars.

After the break is the full… er, breakdown.  And also the full list of cars included in the Porsche pack.

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No, it’s not set in the 14th century (okay I can’t definitively say one way or the other, I’ve just always thought “a long time ago” meant several millennia); the 1313 refers to “Level 1313”, a “ruthless criminal underground deep below the surface of the planet of Coruscant”. Players will take control in third person of a bounty hunter, using some exotic weaponry and gadgets (no force shenanigans!) to take down targets and uncover some kind of criminal conspiracy. The press release promises a “never-before-seen dark and mature world” to debut at this E3, though to be honest the biggest news for me is that this has apparently been in develop internally at LucasArts itself, rather than farmed out like every other Star Wars game of late.