With the coming year just around the bend, I for some reason have become intrigued with some DS titles coming. One just recently released (according to the Nintendo Channel) and the other coming around some time in 2009.

Moon




Moon is an action adventure title with a first person view. Set in the year 2058, the player is an investigator of sorts and lands on the moon to investigate a new area found. The game is supposed to play out somewhat like Metroid Prime Hunters and has eight weapons for use. Developed by Renegade Kid, the title is also supposed to have some "horrorish" roots to the story.

Unfortunately, the game has no multiplayer or wifi. Definite put off for me at this point.

C.O.R.E.



This game seems to have all my attention as of late, yet all that many details are available (nor is the profile which I requested yesterday when I found out about the game :o). The game is confirmed to feature 4 player DS download play for you and your friends (that means only one game cart needed) as well as 4 player wifi options :) and according to IGN is coming out December 16, 2008. :)

The game seems to be shaping up nicely after at least eleven months in development and a multiplayer video has been released. While playing you can jump around and shoot, aiming with a single white dot reticule, enemies in generally dark areas. When shot the top screen flashes with a blood splatter border and a brief "grh" sound from the character.

The addition of multiplayer to a gripping story and great graphics which seem to push the boundaries is just another reason to look into this game.

For more information, visit the site at corethegame.com


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With the coming year just around the bend, I for some reason have become intrigued with some DS titles coming. One just recently released (according to the Nintendo Channel) and the other coming around some time in 2009.

Hope these titles can satisfy us "hardcore" gamers :)

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Champions Online publisher, Cryptic Studios, is offering for a while longer, a closed beta for the MMO.

quote Champions Online Forums
Los Gatos, CA – October 10, 2008 – Cryptic Studios™ announced today that players can now sign up for a chance to participate in the first closed beta for Champions Online™, an action massively multiplayer online game (MMOG) slated for release in the spring of 2009. This PC specific beta begins in mid-November 2008 and players sign up by visiting http://www.champions-online.com/preview_application.

“This closed beta is an exciting step in the evolution of Champions Online,” said Jack Emmert, chief creative officer for Cryptic Studios. “All of us here in the Cryptic offices have been playing the game for a while now, and we’re excited to invite others in to have as much fun with Champions Online as we’ve been having internally.”

Champions Online gives players the power of total customization for their hero experience while they explore a vast comic book universe. Gamers create their hero’s name, back story, costume, powers and abilities as well as design their own personal nemesis and his or her back story, which will guarantee a truly unique experience.

Champions Online is being developed by Cryptic Studios as a cross-platform project including PC and current gen console systems, and is published by 2K Games, the publishing label of Take-Two Interactive Software, Inc. (NASDAQ:TTWO).


To participate with the beta, users must register to the Champions Online site and apply for the beta.



This game is being published by 2K Games and will appear "exclusively" on the 360 and PC platforms. The game used to go by "Marvel Universe Online" and is in competition with the Sony exclusive, DC Universe Online, which will be released on the PC and PS3.

My personal presumption is that the initial name was dropped and "canceled" to gain some popularity for the idea and dredge up some more attention for Microsoft. Now they are potentially gaining the upperhand over DCUO by released the beta before SCEA can.

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Mhm. This holiday season seems to be packed with zombie related releases, at least to me. One of the must buys though, was Left 4 Dead (PC and 360). With an amazing co-operative experience, it is hard to leave this game once you start playing. Up to four players can join together and assume the roles of Zoey, Louis, Bill, and Francis. These players then can roam across 20 maps and take on hordes of zombies, some very stupid and straight forward when it comes to dispatching them (the standard one), but others very tough and take a few shots to destroy (the tank).

When it comes to the single player experience, it is still fun. However, the teammates are a bit "slow" and take time to respond in situations when you are overwhelmed which can be a bit of a pain. The graphics, enemies, weapons, and controls make up for that.

With ten weapons:

  • Pump shotgun
  • Submachine gun
  • Assault Rifle
  • Auto shotgun
  • Hunting rifle
  • Pistol (dual mostly)
  • Molotov cocktail =D
  • Pipe bomb (has a nice flashing red light which attracts the horde like flies and kills them all)
  • Tanks (allow you to shoot them to burn through certain obstacles)







    Three game-play modes:

  • Campaign
    1. No Mercy
    2. Death Toll
    3. Dead Air
    4. Blood Harvest
  • Single-player
  • Versus

    The Infected:

  • "Common Infected" - The regular zombie that is just standing around, leaning on a wall, crying in a corner...
  • The Horde - The typical zombies...in large groups. These guys attack when you enter a certain area or trigger an event. When attacking they sprint towards the player and being slashing and pinning the player in the corner.
  • The Boomer - This big guy vomits on players when it attacks. This vomit attracts the Horde and blocks the screen temporarily. To destroy, knock back and shoot.
  • The Hunter - An agile zombie that crawls around on hands and feet and swiftly attacks the Survivors, pinning them to the ground. When pinned, if you are not saved, you lose your head!
  • The Witch - One of the stronger zombies, the Witch can sustain many gun shots and can quickly kill the Survivors with one hit. The Witch is provoked by gun fire and flashlights. Also provides a bit of fun when playing with friends :D
  • The Smoker -
  • The Tank - The largest of the infected. This guy hulks around and throws objects around trying to kill the Survivors. Only one or two usually appears per campaign.

    Mods are soon to arrive:

  • Left 4 Winchester

  • Ground Zero Mod - Tentative title
  • Additional campaigns
  • Many new maps
    1. Dawn of the Dead Mall
    Sadly for those 360 owners out there, you guys get nothing :P. Mods are only for the PC counterpart which upon inserting the disc automatically begins installation of the Valve program, Steam (See "The Revolution to PC Gaming").

    For the extreme gamer


    There is even a ladder for Major League Gaming which can be found here.

    Some other titles discussed this year

  • House of Dead: Overkill
  • Resident Evil 5
  • Dementium - The Ward
  • Dead Space (sorta?)

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    For those of you who are not so tech weary or into PC gaming at all, Steam by Valve would be the tool to get you interested. Steam allows for users to download the application free from the "Steam Powered" site. This application allows for:

  • Finding new games
  • Watching trailers
  • Trying demos of hundreds of games
  • Plenty of discount prices
  • AAA titles easily accessed
  • Incredible packages with incredible savings
  • Increased multiplayer functionality
  • Support forums

    As said by Jesh, Steam is like the Xbox Live of computer gaming. Initially Steam was a small program for Valve developed titles but lately it has grown larger than that and harbors many "Game of the Year" titles such as Call of Duty 4, Half Life 2, Bioshock, Fallout 3, and many other expansive titles.

    With an easy to use interface, Steam allows for even the un-tech savvy to enjoy gaming at their desktop. If you are still unsure if this is right for you, plenty of "indie" titles are around for the more casual gamer with hits like Trackmania, Bejeweled, and Audiosurf (personal favorite).



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