Yep, more busyness to report -- last week we released our PC & Console Gamer Holiday Guide 2010 as you probably know (definitely check it out if you haven't though -- I enjoy it as a buying guide and a retrospective). Staff has been harder at work than ever, I think. This week is definitely a breath of fresh air, not that there's any shortage of interesting things happening or coming up.
Since it's been another while since the last report, I'll do my best to deliver only the essentials.
Upcoming reviews: Arcania, Gothic 4 (waiting on a performance patch), Gran Turismo 5, Fist of the North Star, Dragon Ball 2, Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood (should get this early), Call of Duty: Black Ops (PS3 review then PC-centric review), Beat Hazard Ultra (early next year), Donkey Kong Country, Marvel Superhero Squad, Majin and the Forsaken Kingdom, Sonic Colors, Marvel stuff from Sega, Epic Mickey.
Making lots of progress with Konami (loved our Lords of Shadow review, big contest incoming), Capcom (loving my mod and tweak guides and also LP2 review -- very gratifying as a fan, fulfilling as a writer), Bethesda, Microsoft, Sony, MTV, Nintendo -- 2011 will be the year of Neoseeker!!! No really, it should be huge, though. :)
Upcoming features/contests: New Vegas playthrough -- I'll be documenting my playthrough accompanied by screenshots and gampelay videos. I'll make it fun, don't worry. Might pair it with a contest -- readers share their best stories for New Vegas swag. Besides that we've got six New Vegas Steam codes to give out, Lords of Shadow copies and maybe other stuff, Lost Planet 2 codes...and a bunch of other stuff I can't even keep track of at the moment. Also it's the last day for our Black Ops contest.
Wikis: The Fallout: New Vegas wiki is getting lots of love from user Paradox and myself, and will be getting even more this week. The entire staff basically is obsessed with the game, to be honest. If you have the PC version (or will be getting it from our upcoming contest..), you'll be very interested to check out the mod guide I've drawn up. I've seen every guide like it I think so far and I honestly believe it's the definitive resource for the community's best at the moment, and I intend to keep it that way by updating compulsively.
All of the really noteworthy reviews are in the holiday guide, so here's the news:
It's been almost a month since my last report -- rather busy, indeed. I'm going to make an effort to have these up weekly as originally planned.
Let's get to it.
Upcoming reviews: Castlevania: Lords of Shadow, Lost Planet 2 (PC), Medal of Honor (PC), Kirby's Epic Yarn (probably), Vanquish, God of War: Ghost of Sparta (should be published very early -- this is pleasing), Gran Turismo 5 (probably), Need for Speed Hot Pursuit, Arcania. Unfortunately LucasArts has declined us again this year, but we're working on it.
Quite a bit of stuff happening this week and in the future in Neoseeker land.
- Dany and Lydia will be attending the Call of Duty: Black Ops preview event September 1. - Mafia 2 feature/interview thing. - Sega contest. - Fable III interview. - Razer + Nyko peripheral coverage. - CPU cooler review. - More Guild Wars 2 wiki love. - Metroid: Other M preview. - Alien Breed wiki has been canceled. :( - Our news recruitment drive has been going okay. For now we've got Dom back on the team...we will see how that works out. - Possible changes to our review score system. Feel free to leave feedback here on what you'd like to see.
Confirmed reviews: Ivy the Kiwi, Ys: The Oath in Felghana, Mafia 2, Monday Night Combat, Sam & Max Season 3, Quake Live (probably), Kane & Lynch 2 (probably).
In the second installment of what I'm calling the Neoseeker report, I'll again be going over what you can expect in the near future from the staff.
- Aksys reviews (BlazBlue, Deathsmiles, Record of Agarest War) - More Elemental hands-on coverage (part one is here) - Need for Speed World review tomorrow (sorry, numerous things have delayed it) - Metroid: Other M preview (leochan and I will be heading to a hands-on event and chatting a bit with Nintendo about the game this week) - Frictional Games interview about "unfun" games (they created the awesome, scary and upcoming Amnesia -- our preview) - Mafia 2 feature/Q&A - Guild Wars 2 wiki love - Dragon Age 1 + 2 wiki love - At least three hardware reviews this week - Starcraft 2 features/editorials
We're also looking for a news writer on the east coast or in Europe/the UK. If you know somebody or are somebody, get on it. :)
This is the first in a series of weekly updates I'll be doing, updating you on the latest Neoseeker happenings from the editorial staff. For those of you who don't know me, I'm the Managing Editor for Neoseeker. Let's get started. :)
Our staff has undergone some changes and rearrangements and whatnot lately, so everything is a lot more streamlined and efficient, and the quality of our news and reviews is I would say now standardized and of high quality. Very pleased about this. Besides higher quality and consistent writing, there will be more of everything happening: contests, reviews, giveaways on Facebook and Twitter and forums, and so on.
There's also the usual hardware reviews (a big mouse review and an SSD review this time).
On the wiki front, we'll be working on Guild Wars 2 and Dragon Age and Dragon Age 2. Of course, these are community-fueled, so you are more than welcome to contribute.
As you may have heard, we're also working on a radical redesign of the homepage to make everything more pleasant and efficient. It's still in the early stages, but already we're pleased with it.
That's all for this week. Feel free to leave questions, feedback, or ideas for coverage we may not have thought of (keep in mind we have a pretty good eye on everything, but there's always that underground gem we'll happen to miss).