Friday, July 27, 2012

"The" trailer is here

The always reliable Rely on Horror (yes, I will always say that), brings us the first view of the trailer for Silent Hill: Revelations 3D outside of Comicon. Go view the details, but if the link to the video is broken (and it was last I looked), if you Google around a bit, you might find it.

So far, it looks promising. I love the returning cast.

Friday, July 20, 2012

The ESRB gives us a little Jakks tease

Yes, I do have an unhealthy obsession with this game. The latest news around the interwebs is that the ESRB has set the Content Rating for Jakks' The Walking Dead TV Game. As you might suspect, its been toned back to a Teen rating:

Content descriptors: Blood, Violence

Rating summary: This is a first-person shooter in which players must rescue urban survivors from a zombie apocalypse. Players use shotguns, rifles, and crossbows to kill waves of zombies that lurch toward the screen; enemies emit green splashes of blood when hit. Bonuses are awarded for successful headshots (e.g., “Try to get 10 headshots in a row”), and players lose points for shooting/killing unarmed civilians. Red blood effects appear on screen when players' character incurs damage. 

Of special note, is the ESRB's "multiplayer" descriptor, meaning the game will continue the tradition started with Jakks' Big Buck hunting games and come in single player (1 light gun) and multiplayer versions (2 light guns). I wonder if both versions will release at the same time, or if Jakks might get a little tricky and delay the single player edition for a month or two and collect the windfall available from a higher price point.

BTW, you can order it at Toys R Us right now. They claim its "In stock for shipping," but I seriously doubt it. I'll still be driving by TRU on the way home after work though.

Square Enix speaks out against longer console generations

... and the rest of us say "wha?"

I often find myself agreeing with Jim Sterling, a lot. And, I completely agree with his assessment of Square-Enix's latest PR line on the negative impact of a longer console generation:
If anything, the bloated development costs of games forced many developers to think smaller, and I think that a new generation will only make that worse, not better.
I think the upgrade to HD has hurt more than helped the industry, as the corpses of once venerated developers and publishers are easily found along the roadside as evidence. You could argue that this is the cost of doing business in the games industry, and bad developers should be squashed, but there is little arguing that the HD shakeout has killed innovation in the console arena, as evidenced by the smaller number of games being released, and the lack of innovation.

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Spain's abandoned airport

UK Newspaper The Daily Mail supplies us with a sneak peek of the world after man, with a photo essay on Spain's recently abandoned airport and nearby ghost town. Click over for more great images from this abandoned place.

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Lonely love

If your still not convinced of the brilliance of Lone Survivor, Chris Waldron at Nightmare Mode definitely has a thing or two to say about this game's brilliance.

Monday, July 16, 2012

What Would CJ Do?

I love people like CJ Melendez. They spend far more time thinking about Silent Hill than the rest of us, and then write insightful essays to delight us.

CJ's latest thoughts center around the future development of Silent Hill, and who could be the best partner to move the franchise to its next step for Konami. Click on over to read what he thinks the future may hold for us.

Saturday, July 14, 2012

Sony finally tries to make some tracks... hopefully not too late

Looks like Sony is finally taking the competition seriously. The Escapist translates for us what  Tecnoblog wrote about a new slimmer PS3 rumor.

If Sony's smart, they'll bring this in under $200, and give hold outs (like me) an excuse to finally upgrade. The Wii and XBox 360 are at price points that makes it a no brainer to pick up new hardware for Xmas and birthdays, but the PS3 not so much. Despite what the media reports, there are still a lot of consoles to be sold to late adopters, or folks who already have another platform and are cross-platform curious. I'm sure Nintendo is still selling the hell out of some Wiis, and despite what many game journalists are saying, the 3DS is outselling the original DS, putting a lot of hardware into people's hands. EDIT: Nintendo also just announced 5 Million in sales in the US.

If Sony can deliver at a cheaper price point, they can make up the loss with Blu-ray license fees and higher game sales. The current offerings for Playstation Plus subscribers means they could bypass the brick and mortar stores with downloadable games more easily, and all that DL revenue is pure profit, without the middle man.

Sony better do something quick, before Microsoft swallows up Activision, otherwise, they'll be dead in the water if Call of Duty ends up an XBox exclusive. Nintendo can handle that kind of pressure, Sony can't.

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Not my child!

Alex at BitMob has been playing TellTale's The Walking Dead, and he has run into something I thought was a little familiar--parental instinct driving his game play.

I felt a lot of those same emotions he was feeling while playing the original Silent Hill. When I played the original game in 1999, my child was barely two, and the game's tug on my base fears as a parent was strong. It definitely gave the game a bigger emotional impact for me, and left a long lasting impression.

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

The skinny on Slender

Another great new indie horror game is making the scene: Slender.

Picking up a meme that's been making the rounds for a couple of years, Slender feels a little like a modern day version of the text game Hunt the Wumpus. Slender is a short game, in which you wander through the woods, finding clues, as you are being stalked by the mysterious Slender Man.

Creeping paranoia is the rule of the day in this game. Unfortunately bandwidth issues have brought the game's site down, but both Rely on Fear and In the Game's of Madness have the details you want.

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