Episode #45: ASPCA For Consoles

Posted by jeffp2662 on October 10, 2011 in Episodes tagged with
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Amy Wants To Hold Your Hand
Amy is a game with zombies in it, but don’t leave just yet. I know we’re oversaturated with them, but that doesn’t mean we should be jaded about every upcoming game that involves the shambling nonliving. It’s still possible to use them in interesting ways and, for me at least, even just shooting them in the head isn’t boring quite yet. Amy’s doing something very different though. Set in an infected city of the near-future, it’s a game about survival and companionship. It would be easy to describe what I’ve seen so far as urban Ico with zombies, so that’s what I’m going to do. There’s new footage below, with developer narration to describe how infection will destroy you and how it can be staved off. It’s not the most whizzbang stuff but it’s certainly piqued my interest.

Dragon Age: Better In Pixels Than Reality
Dragon Age: Redemption, the first of whose six parts kick off online on October 11. “The series tells the story of Tallis, an Elvish assassin, who gets a last chance at redemption when she’s sent to capture a rogue Qunari mage intent on wreaking havoc in the world.”

Tallis – and Felicia Day’s voice – will also appear in the next Dragon Age II DLC, Mark of the Assassin, which arrives on the same day as Redemption. Here’s how that looks (hint: much less awkward, thank you very much).

My Goodness, The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword Deserves to be Called an RPG
November’s The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword looks almost nothing like the old Nintendo Entertainment System Zelda II, but now that I’ve finished the new Wii game’s first dungeon, I can say that, folks, after more than 20 years, the wait is over. We can finally call a Zelda a role-playing game again.
The last time I think the Zelda series deserved to be called an RPG was in 1989, maybe 1990, when I was playing Zelda II in my parent’s house, black Nintendo player’s guide at my side.

Dick Grayson fans, it’s looking like your prayers will be answered. According to sister site Kotaku Australia (via ArkhamCity.co.uk), some of the trophies for the Bat-sequel point to the fact that the man who was once the Boy Wonder will be a playable character in the game.

Like the current version of Robin who’s also playable in the game, it seems like Nightwing won’t be player-controlled in the campaign, doing his brand of acrobatic ass-kicking in the game’s Challenge maps. Nightwing-themed items are also available in the Xbox Avatar Marketplace, too.

PS Vita Hands-On Editor Roundtable
1up.com recently visited Sony for a Vita press event where their goal wasn’t to reveal information, but to allow media to spend more time with many of the same builds that were at last month’s Tokyo Game Show. So after we each spent a couple hours of hands-on time — spread across Uncharted: Golden Abyss, Resistance: Burning Skies, Wipeout 2048, Hot Shots Golf, Gravity Rush, Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3, Reality Fighters, and Little Deviants — we sat down and had a chat about what we liked and disliked.

Dead Island – Mods might make it worth the money for me…

Comcast, Verizon & HBO Coming to Xbox Live
Microsoft has signed on an impressive roster of 40 TV and entertainment partners to Xbox Live, as the service evolves from a gaming hub into a full-range multimedia center.

In the U.S., Bravo, Comcast, HBO Go, Verizon FiOS, Epix and SyFy will be joining existing partners Netflix, Hulu Plus and AT&T in offering content to Xbox Live subscribers. BBC, Channel 4, Channel 5 and Lovefilm will come to Xbox Live in the UK; Antena 3, RTVE and Telefonica in Spain; Televisa in Mexico; DF in Germany; and MediaSet in Italy.

The amount of content these new partners are offering varies, however. Verizon is extending its full range of live TV channels and on-demand videos to Xbox Live, and Comcast is only making its VOD library available. HBO is bringing its HBO Go streaming service to the console, which will make all episodes from its original series library available, as well as a number of movies from Warner Bros., Universal Studios and Fox Searchlight.

Big Changes to Cryptic’s Neverwinter
Dungeons & Dragons fans likely rejoiced at the news that they would soon be jumping back into the Forgotten Realms city of Neverwinter (where it is assumedly always warm), but we’ve now learned that the title will be delayed, and the structure drastically changed. You might recall Perfect World Entertainment acquiring developer Cryptic a while back . Cryptic’s new owner — or “Sugardaddy” as I like to say — has had a lot of experience in the free-to-play world. They also primarily develop and publish MMOs, like the recently-launched Rusty Hearts.

This new home for Cryptic has allowed the developer to continue their MMO-development tradition with Neverwinter. That’s right, Neverwinter is shifting from the co-operative multiplayer game that was announced last year and into full-fledged, free-to-play MMO territory. In fact, it’s shifting towards the action end of the MMO spectrum. Transferring a Dungeons & Dragons universe into an action setting might sound strange to D&D veterans, but it’s been done before with some of the Baldur’s Gate games. The 4th Edition of D&D also has some new rules that lend itself well to action games, which is exactly why Neverwinter is using 4th Edition as its ruleset.

Bethesda Offers Tips To Get RAGE Running On Your PC
Earlier this week, Bethesda Softworks released their much-anticipated first-person shooter, RAGE. Unfortunately, a number of PC users experienced some performance issues with the game as they got started playing. In the world of PC gaming there is such a wide array of system setups that it is difficult for developers and publishers to ensure that everyone will have a smooth experience out of the gate.

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