Following another zombification epidemic Deadlight takes us along for the ride with Randall Wayne, a tortured survivor seeking out his lost family. The narrative picks up as he is separated from a small group of survivors and the actual mission of the game is spent reuniting with them. Taking account of its roots the game fondly brings to mind such classics as Flashback or Prince of Persia, a flick screen platform driven game where you navigate pretty much from left to right or occasionally up and down.

Deadlight is a beautiful game there is no way around that, the animation is fluid and the environments reek of atmosphere.

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I love it when a game blindsides me. I knew of Spec Ops although I had not paid much attention to it, I didn’t even know it was a third person shooter until I fired it up. That was when I got very pleasantly surprised, for once we are looking at a war based shooter with some sense of magnitude, a game that makes you think about your actions and delivers more than its fair share of sombre moments. It is also not often I feel the need to fully complete a game before committing to a review, but this time – I just had to know. Continue reading

The dashboard update came out last week, adding some behind the scenes ‘stuff’ that will allow a future dashboard update to be smoother, but for New Zealand and Australian 360’s, we received something that we’ve been missing for a while: the ability to perform Bing searches without a controller. I wanted to make sure that I’d put it through some basic tests before posting about it, since understanding English is hard enough for most humans to do, let alone a machine. It is surprisingly functional, from my experience, though. I assume it does some kind of comparison to library items so that words that aren’t strictly words will be recognised. Like the “Virtua” in Virtua Fighter 5, flawlessly recognised. Of course, shouting gibberish at your Xbox Kinect is still amusing, though it’s often reluctant to recognise that it has been addressed, kind of like it’s ignoring your attempts to troll it. At one point, I managed to shout some ridiculous word, which it actually ended up recognising as three, the last of which appeared as “****”. So perhaps there’s some kind of allowance for swearing? The subsequent barrage of “Xbox Bing” followed by a string of obscenities, however, failed to catch my Xbox’s attention. 

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At an after-hours event at the Microsoft Xbox E3 booth, I was allowed in with a group of others to take a look at Halo 4 and play a match of the revamped multiplayer. The presentation was cool; and similar versions of it are available via YouTube. If you haven’t seen those however, it features the UNSC Infinity, which has been decommissioned and is off on some sort of Star Trek-ian “seek out new worlds and civilisations” voyage, and runs afoul of some bad voodoo. Continue reading

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The playable DOA5 demo here at E3 is significantly more than the four characters, single stage of the demo that was released via download code in the collector’s edition of Ninja Gaiden 3. I had told an old acquaintance from the 2006 World Cyber Games in Monza, Italy, Emmanuel “Master” Rodriguez that I would meet him at the booth  He’s there thanks to his ridiculous skill and the IGN Pro League. He and his friends there (all with history in the CGS) are clearly excited for DOA5, and it’s hard not to see why. The long coming sequel is dynamic, visually distinctive from previous games, while retaining the pace and feel that the fans love. Continue reading

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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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.