Microsoft

03.29.12

Even though not every Kinect game is what I’d call “user friendly”, I do have to admit that Microsoft has done a great job reaching out to make games that are accessible for all ages.  Kinect Star Wars arrives next week, bringing plenty of racing action and Jedi-powered action with it; and Disneyland Kinect Adventures turned out to be much better than I gave it credit for, and a decent alternative to visiting the real park.  Sandwiched between the two is Kinect Rush: A Disney Pixar Adventure, a game that features mini-games based on some of the team’s best films.  While slightly flimsier than what Disneyland had to offer, I can’t think of a kid who wouldn’t enjoy this effort.

03.26.12

Every once in a while, an independent game simply demands attention, mainly because it’s so different from the norm.  We’ve gotten a lot of these over the years, stuff like Limbo, Braid, and so many others like it, and they’ve gone on to great success for the studios that made them, giving them the attention they deserve.  Joining these ranks is Fez, a retro-style platformer that’s been in the works for several years over at Polytron.  Originally announced for a release in 2010, the game has been stuck in development for some time.  However, some recent good news points the way towards a release…and it isn’t far off.

03.25.12

Back in 2009 RedLynx released Trials HD during Xbox Live Summer of Arcade. Packed with endless amount of content and thrills. It was the surprise hit that people are to this day. Even though it was great game no one, not even the developers imagined the game would be a smashing success. It has sold two million units to date and is regarded as one of the best XBLA games on the market. Now after three years, Red Lynx has returned to give you everything you liked in Trails HD, while introducing new features that make Trails Evolution a more complete game.

03.16.12

Following on the heels of Sony's announcement that a PS4 won't be seen at this year's E3 Expo in June, Microsoft is now saying that we shouldn't expect to see the next generation Xbox at the E3 Expo either. There had been much speculation that Microsoft might show a next generation console at the E3 confab and that it might be a rumored disc-less console code-named Durango. Bloomberg News reporter Dina Bass tweeted otherwise and Microsoft then issued a full statement about its E3 plans to Kotaku.

03.16.12

Jennifer Hale is a long time voice actress, who has appeared on more mediums than you probably thought. From voicing big roles like Commander Shepard in the “Mass Effect” series to voicing Naomi Hunter in the “Metal Gear” Solid franchise. Her voice has made multiple jumps to TV and movies playing such roles like Disney’s "Cinderella" and Cartoon Network's "Powerpuff Girls". I recently got the chance to ask her a few questions about her time with the “Mass Effect” series and what the future lies ahead for voice acting.

03.16.12

Seeing this game from the outset I know what you are thinking, an underwater Gears of War that is “reloaded” with features that you have already seen before. You would happily be mistaken as “Deep Black Reloaded” has successfully found its way to develop its own nitch off the developmental work that the team at Biart did.

03.05.12

It’s been nearly five years since fans last saw Master Chief helm the "Halo" saga, but things have sure changed since then. Bungie, the original creators of the franchise, are no longer working on the game. 343 Industries is now helming the project and is shaping the next generation of "Halo" saga with all the games shifting from the Forerunner saga to the Reclaimer saga.

03.05.12

The 2012 Game Developers Conference is just about ready to kick off, and while it won’t quite be the equivalent of the Electronic Entertainment Expo, there’s no question that several exciting game projects will be revealed.  But the hype may have began just a wee bit early, as a Microsoft racing project called Forza Horizon has started to make its way across the Internet.

03.05.12

With Game Developers Conference kicking off this week, many game companies are making announcements regarding new projects.  Lionhead Studios, headed up by Peter Molyneux, is no exception.  And while the company is expected to talk about its new Fable project for Kinect, it’s also ready to ramp up Fable Heroes, a game that was unveiled on the Xbox Live Marketplace this week.  But don’t go expecting just an ordinary Fable adventure.

03.05.12

The 2012 Game Developers Conference is just about ready to kick off, and while it won’t quite be the equivalent of the Electronic Entertainment Expo, there’s no question that several exciting game projects will be revealed.  But the hype may have began just a wee bit early, as a Microsoft racing project called Forza Horizon has started to make its way across the Internet.

02.28.12
If you went ahead and looked at the release schedule for 2012, you would notice that the entire year follows one particular theme - comeback. Franchises that haven't seen the light of day for years or even entire genres are making their way back for at least one more foray before this console generation concludes. We've already seen Twisted Metal bring the car combat genre into the fray, and even today marks the return of SSX. While it is nice to see these games come back after a long hiatus, there are other genres that could also use a comeback of their own.
02.07.12

Kinect Star Wars’ road to release has been a bumpy one.  The project was first hinted at a while back, featuring a wild Jedi battling segment and the promise of full interaction with George Lucas’ universe.  Since that time, we’ve seen bits and pieces of it, mainly a cool podracing segment that features full 3D support.  But what about the rest of the game?  Relax, Force users, you won’t have to wait long for it, as it now has an official release date – as well as a…dance-off?