As I’ve stated on a few occasions here at SQ, I’m not a huge fan of zombie shows, games, movies, etc. I’m not saying I hate ’em, but I’m not borderline obsessed with the genre like much of ‘Merica is these days. I missed the Walking Dead season 2 finale recently (hell, I missed the entire season), and apparently I also missed the first game play trailer for the upcoming zombie and PS3 blockbuster, The Last of Us. To give you the bottom line up front: The Last of Us looks absolutely awesome. Everything about this trailer seems very well put together, and I realize it is only a trailer, but this looks like its going to be a must-buy. The acting and voice overs look and sound great, which is rare in a video game, and most importantly the game play looks phenomenal. I haven’t been excited about an upcoming game for a while now, but I’ve got June 14th (official release date) marked down on my calendar.
In just under two weeks, the Darksiders video game brand may very well be back home with its original development team, who at the time programmed under the Vigil Games flag. Crytek USA, the team’s new home, is most famous for its graphically stunning, hardware maxing FPS series, Crysis, which is now 3 games deep. Just last week Crytek USA CEO David Adams tweeted his emphatic desire to re-land the Darksiders IP:
GameStop continues to get dragged down financially by its physical retail presence, even as it continues to shift towards digital markets. Hardware, software, and even used sales all declined in 2012, and the only business category to show growth was GameStop’s “other” category, which covers those digital markets.
Leeroy Jenkins holds a special place in all of our hearts, whether you’re a gamer or not. Since his hilarious introduction almost 8 years ago in 2005, Leeroy has found himself mentioned on Jeopardy, on just about every news station, and still rocks Internet search requests today. Just recently here on SQ we featured an editorial on the stellar military reality show, “Inside Combat Rescue“, in which Leeroy Jenkins makes regular appearances. So with that being said, we thought it would be a perfect time to showcase some of the best photochops and memes from some of Leeroy’s biggest fans. Hit the link below for the best Leeroy Jenkins pictures!
Mass Effect 3 will stand in the upper echelon of greatest RPG’s of all-time for generations to come, even if Bioware’s next franchise blows it away, and even with an arguably substandard ending. Yesterday everyone’s favorite game developer released a very cool infographic detailing worldwide Mass Effect 3 player stats, from choices, to general player patterns and trends. There are a ton of great talking points here, but one really stood out to me. Caress the link below to check the stats out, and see what caught our Slightly Qualified eye!
I’ve been historically late to Blizzard games. In the late 90’s, this guy was obsessed with anything on store shelves with a “Command & Conquer” label, so Diablo 1 & 2 never made it on to my hard drive. Once Diablo 3 launched, I decided to buck the trend and grab a digital copy online, only to realize that my laptop may not make it a worthwhile purchase. Bummer. Thankfully, Starcraft 2 is fucking amazing, so I’m pretty happy about that one. Regardless, I’ll be picking up a copy of Diablo 3 for my PS3 the day or week it gets released, which to the best of my knowledge and Interweb research ability is still TBD. The footage looks awesome, and according to Blizzard, it “sizzles”! Hit the link below for the Diablo porn, and stay tuned to SQ for more Diablo 3 goodness!
The fabled Mass Effect team up in Edmonton (eh, hoser!) is back to work, although this time they’re building an entirely new franchise. The exciting news came from the team’s Executive Producer, Casey Hudson, who stated the team is “building something new”, and the franchise will be based on “a whole new universe”. The news dropped just yesterday during a panel at the PAX East games conference in Austin, MA. Or was it Boston … ?
Quick, someone sell me on the PS Vita. Anyone? Bueller? After taking a new 9-5 gig this past fall, I have found myself on the road for work as many as three weeks out of the month, meaning I wake up in a Holiday Inn Express (baller!) about 12 times per month on average. Some may call it depressing, others would also call it depressing. In reality the job is great, but I miss my PS3 (and my fiance, of course!). I am a pretty stubborn handheld gamer however, as the only system that I have ever stuck with was the original Nintendo Game Boy. For those of you reading this at the local Applebee’s after getting shot down for attempting to sneak into that rated-R movie tonight, I’m talking about the old school, black and white Game Boy that was about the size of a brick. The Game Boy with the color screen? That was still a few years out in my day. My only other foray into handheld gaming was the Sony PSP, which I actually owned on two occasions. My dilemma then is the same issue I put forth to you today: is the Vita worth it? Much like the Vita, the PSP had so few worthy games that justified the hefty purchase price. Once I beat the only good games in the library, and there was nothing new on the release list, it was back on the used hardware shelf at GameStop faster than you could comment below on how awesome my Photochop is. Welcome to SQ btw.
Playstation has the best commercials, period. Kevin Butler carried the Sony flag for a while, and has some priceless commercials that are still funny to watch on YouTube. This new guy Sony has plugged into its new MLB 13 The Show commercials is arguably just as good with what we’ve seen so far; I am definitely looking forward to more commercials with this guy in the future!
My favorite quote: “You’re a video game.”
Demon’s Souls is the shit. Yes, I am aware that this game has been out for like three years now, but between the Marine Corps, a deployment, moving a few different times and getting my PS3 stolen, and getting engaged, gaming has sadly been put on the back burner. Demon’s Souls however has always been at the top of my list of games to play, because the insane challenge the game presents flat-out just lured me in. And lure you in is just what this crazy game does; the designers know how you think, and the way they have set this game up to f*ck you up is pretty genius.
After moving down to Houston, TX, this past Fall, I have already bought a bad ass pair of cowboy boots, and even witnessed (no, experienced) my first rodeo, to include an entertaining round of Mutton Bustin‘. I also managed to somehow survive the epic Houston DMV (that’s what we Illinoisans call it); let’s just say that if moving to Houston was a video game, the DMV would be the final boss. No joke. What I have yet to experience however is a massive event that takes place just two and a half hours to my west in Austin, TX, otherwise known as SXSW, or South by Southwest for my acronym haters out there. Originally starting as a ginormous music festival, SXSW has now morphed into something bigger with film, gaming, and technology industries setting up shop. The festival almost always produces a good time, whether you’re lucky enough to attend in person (they do serve beer there), or virtually through the via this fine tool we call the Interweb. The festivities also produce headlines, as gaming companies and tech startups like to either announce new shit, or simply stir the proverbial pot. Enter Michael Pachter, who works as a research analyst at Wedbush Securities, who just recently dropped a price point nuclear bomb that has reverberated off the gaming industry’s online message boards like a pin ball.
Have you finished Starcraft II’s campaign yet? No? Well don’t feel bad, because neither have I. Let me clear the air here before I get bombarded with hate mail from the two of you who actually read SQ: I love Starcraft II. Free time has not been on my side as of late, but I fire up SC2 every chance I get, even though I still Continue reading “Starcraft II Expansion in 7 Days”