GGF#57: Exciting fun games coming up!

[Gamer Girl Friday]

I thought this week I’d talk about upcoming games because New Era Games Day on Tuesday got me excited over many titles.

New Era, as we all know, is a large distributer of games (and other software) in the region. Very large.

There are babes also. Navigate to them through the table of contents, which I’m sure nobody ever uses because you all love GGF and read every word from top to bottom.

Right??

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Table of Contents

  1. Scribblenauts
  2. F1 2009
  3. Risen
  4. CSI: Deadly Intent
  5. Tropico 3
  6. DJ Hero
  7. Assassin’s Creed II
  8. Tony Hawk: Ride
  9. New Era babes (and hunk)
  10. Raven Squad: Operation Hidden Dagger

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Scribblenauts

Platform: DS
Developer: 5th Cell
Publisher: Warner Bros
Genre: Puzzle, Action
Release Date: Sep 15, 2009

Scribblenauts

Every once in a while, a game comes along and redefines the way we play videogames. I think Scribblenauts is one such.

The gist of it is that you have obstacles between you and your goal, so you type out any number of items you think could help you, and the game gives the items to you. As the tagline says, you can “Write Anything. Solve Everything”.

If you don’t watch any more videos for the rest of the year, you must watch this demo.

A shotgun-wielding, skateboard-riding God! Anything is possible, apparently.

It wonder what the game will do if you can’t spell.

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F1 2009

Platform: PS3, PSP, Wii
Developer: Sumo Digital
Publisher: Codemasters
Genre: Racing
Release Date: Sep 25, 2009

F1 2009

I’m not really into racing games but since Singapore is hosting F1, the game becomes kinda special, I guess. You’ll get to see the Singapore skyline in the Marina Bay Street Circuit.

Other than that, I don’t really have anything else to say about it.

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Risen

Platform: Xbox 360, PC
Developer: Piranha Bytes
Publisher: Deep Silver
Genre: Action RPG
Release Date: Oct 2, 2009

Risen

I’m interested in this game because there’s mystery, ancient temples and tough choices. You’re shipwrecked on a mysterious medieval island which you realise you can’t escape from because the ruling Inquisition forbids anyone from leaving. Spooky.

Risen has been in the news for quite a bit. For one, some famous names have been roped in to provide voiceovers, the most notable being Andy Serkis (Gollum in Lord of the Rings) and John Rhys Davies (Indiana Jones).

For another, the game has been banned in Australia for “sexual activity and drug use related to incentives or rewards”.

The graphics looks pretty good, too.

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CSI: Deadly Intent

Platform: Xbox 360, PC, Wii, DS
Developer: Telltale Games
Publisher: Ubisoft
Genre: Adventure
Release Date: Oct 13, 2009 (Xbox 360, PC) Oct 20 (Wii, DS)

CSI: Deadly Intent

I’ve never played any CSI games, nor have I watched a single episode of CSI. But I’m very interested in them. I just never had the time to watch or play them.

This installment of the game features the cast of CSI Season 9 and allows you to play detective, finding and analysing evidence.

The DS version (titled CSI: Deadly Intent – The Hidden Cases), will include additional cases that makes interesting use of the touch capabilities of the handheld.

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Tropico 3

Platform: Xbox 360, PC
Developer: Haemimont Games
Publisher: Kalypso Media
Genre: Simulation
Release Date: Sep 24 (PC) Oct 16 (Xbox 360)

Tropico

I was bored to death watching the teaser video for this game because it just featured an endless montage of cartoon people enjoying idyllic holiday destinations.

But I think I might still give the game a chance because, after all, Tropico 1 and 2 were pretty successful and the gameplay is really more interesting than simply watching families play ball at the beach.

It’s basically a simulation game where you play a dictator of a sunshine island, building the city for your people’s enjoyment. There is also humour in the game, which is always nice!

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DJ Hero

Platform: Xbox 360, PS3, Wii
Developer: FreeStyleGames
Publisher: Activision
Genre: Music
Release Date: Oct 27

DJ Hero

I was really, really, really excited about DJ Hero. And then I saw the video and I became really, really, really fearful.

It’s look really hard! I suppose, with practice, anyone could get into it (Easy Mode, at the very least), but it still looks a lot harder than any other music games I’ve seen (and I play a lot of them).

Here’s the video. The producer of DJ Hero (Will Townsend) demos the game on Easy, Medium and Hard modes.

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Assassin’s Creed II

Platform: Xbox 360, PS3, PC, iPhone
Developer: Ubisoft Montreal
Publisher: Ubisoft
Genre: Action Adventure
Release Date: Nov 17

Assassin's Creed II

Following the wild success of the first Assassin’s Creed based on Knights Templar legends, this sequel has as its central character another ancestor of the captured bartender, Desmond Miles. The new character is Ezio, who is a descendant of the previous character, Altair.

Of course, this won’t make sense to you unless you’ve played the first game, which I recommend you start with because it’s a great game with a great storyline.

AC2 features an open world with nonlinear gameplay, as well as the added ability to drive small boats and drown city guards. Your character will even meet Leonardo da Vinci and get the chance to ride in his flying machine.

Nice!

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Tony Hawk: Ride

Platform: Xbox 360, PS3, Wii
Developer: Robomodo / Buzz Monkey
Publisher: Activision
Genre: Extreme Sports
Release Date: Nov 17

Tony Hawk: Ride

I don’t play sports games but I thought I’d mention this one because it comes with an interesting controller — an actual skateboard!

Okay, it’s not a real skateboard. It’s just a thing that looks like a skateboard with has infrared sensors that detect your movement on it. You can apparently turn, leap and hop on it.

With the way things are developing in the gaming world, we’re all going to find ourselves listing the top priority in house shopping as “having a very large living room”.

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New Era babes (and hunk)

Once every quarter, the media is invited to New Era Games Day to check out upcoming game titles. Invariably, there will be four cosplayers, each dressed in a costume representative of one game.

It’s kinda cool!

New Era cosplayers

(Left to right)
Cosplayer: Michael, Jasmin, Chloe, Kit

Can you guess what upcoming game each player represents? That’s kinda part of the fun, isn’t it?

Okay, here are a bunch of photos. I’ll tell you the answer at the end.

New Era cosplayers

New Era cosplayers

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New Era cosplayers

New Era cosplayers

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New Era cosplayers

Michael has a dagger hidden on the underside of his forearm. I like!

New Era cosplayers

New Era cosplayers

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Okay, that’s all!

And the answer…

(Left to right)
Assassin’s Creed II, Modern Warfare 2, Football Manager 2010, Star Wars: The Clone Wars – Republic Heroes

How many did you get right?

Oh, here’s one last photo with one additional cosplayer…

New Era cosplayers

… cosplaying Sheylara!

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Raven Squad: Operation Hidden Dagger

Raven Squad: Operation Hidden Dagger

This RTS-FPS hybrid has received really bad reviews on multiple gaming websites. In fact, it’s really hard to find a good review, so I’m going to give you one, here.

Seriously.

I made the Goonfather review this game for me because it’s his kind of game and, surprisingly, he loved it. So, here’s what he said:

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Raven Squad: Operation Hidden Dagger

My first impression of the game was good because the screenshots reminded me of one of my favorite games, Frontlines: Fuel of War. Then, I read that it was a combination of FPS and RTS and my enthusiasm dropped. I have never liked RTS.

By the way, It took me some time to understand how to work the controls because I skipped the tutorial. Tip: Don’t skip the tutorial mission.

Raven Squad allows you to switch between FPS and RTS modes at any time. Understandably, I played through the missions in FPS mode more than 70% of the time. I didn’t enjoy RTS mode until I realised at later missions that it’s useful in getting your squads strategically positioned, especially when you’re controlling more than one squad.

Raven Squad: Operation Hidden Dagger

Also, you get a bird’s-eye view of your objective and enemy positions, which makes you start to appreciate the mode.

Achievements (on Xbox 360) are easily attained in this game. Every mission completed gives you one achievement, at least. Helps to keep achievement whores motivated.

I was enjoying Wolfenstein before playing this and was always disappointed at how completing missions didn’t give me any achievements.

Ok, no more time for stupid reviews. Go get a copy and try the game.

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*groan*

I think he likes the game primarily for the ease of earning achievement points.

Raven Squad: Operation Hidden Dagger

Which isn’t necessarily a bad thing.

For me, when I tried the game, I actually played through most of it in RTS mode because I really don’t like FPS. I find it a bore sneaking behind conveniently-placed barrels and aiming the stupid crosshair at enemies while at the same time trying to avoid getting shot at.

RTS is so simple. Just click on the enemy and your people will do the boring stuff of aiming and firing.

In any case, I did find Raven Squad pretty fun in the few missions I played of it.

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By the way, if you like racing games, Forza Motorsport 3 is coming! I’ve uploaded some new videos which look really, really sweet. Watch them here!

Next week, I have a problem on my hands.

Games Convention Asia will be happening and I will be there to cover an event, which means I’ll have something to share on GGF next week.

But since I’m going to be busy being there, where am I going to find time to write GGF?

I need some clones!

[Gamer Girl Friday]

GGF#49: Next-gen gaming for the family

[Gamer Girl Friday]

Well, we’re a little late this week but it can’t be helped, can it? Better late than dead!

So, this week was E3 week, which obviously means that I got swamped with E3 material to sort through and report on, which kind of is a major bummer because I also received three brand new games to play (and review) since Thursday but haven’t even had time to free them from their wrappers yet.

It’s been a crazy busy week!

By the way, I am right now sitting at J.Co (Tampines 1) having a frozen yoghurt while working on this column. But that’s a long story which has no bearing on games.

So… onward with the goodies!

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Table of Contents

  1. Project Natal – Changing the face of gaming
  2. Facebook and Twitter on Xbox LIVE
  3. Xbox 360 exclusive games announced at E3
  4. More Xbox 360 games coming up
  5. Cute, mini PSPgo!
  6. Results of last week’s contest
  7. Win a silly looking mouse!!

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Project Natal – Changing the face of gaming

The most exciting announcement made at E3 (Electronic Entertainment Expo, June 2-4) this year came from Microsoft – the revolutionary Project Natal!

Now, this is very, very important. Natal is pronounced nuh-TALL. Please say it right because you don’t want to sound silly saying it wrong.

Utilising a sensor which combines a camera, depth sensor, microphone and custom processor, Project Natal is virtual reality as we’ve never seen it before. Without clunky equipment!

Project Natal

In layman’s term, Project Natal is playing video games without a controller because YOU are the controller.

Besides being able to detect full body movements and voice commands, the AI is so advanced that it can even detect changes in our facial emotions and respond accordingly. Cool, ne?

Project Natal

Watch the demo videos OMG OMG OMG watch them.

Steven Spielberg was at E3 2009 to present Project Natal.

“The next step in interactive entertainment is to make the controller disappear,” he said. “With ‘Project Natal’, we’ll see games that bring everyone together through technology that actually recognises us.”

Don Mattrick and Steven Spielberg
Don Mattrick, head of Xbox 360 (left) with visionary filmmaker Steven Spielberg

There is no ETA on a release date yet. Microsoft is keeping very mum.

But Project Natal pwns!

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Facebook and Twitter on Xbox LIVE

Social networking is coming to our TV screens!

Xbox LIVE has teamed up with Facebook and Twitter to bring both applications to the TV through the Xbox 360 console.

Seems like this is going to give us more reasons to be couch potatoes.

Twitter:

Twitter on Xbox 360

Facebook:

Facebook on Xbox 360

Facebook on Xbox 360

Facebook on Xbox 360

Should be happening by the end of the year!

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Xbox 360 exclusive games announced at E3

Alan Wake (Mar 2010)

Alan Wake

An intense psychological action thriller from the developers of the Max Payne series. Riveting plot, cinematic, engaging and suspenseful, twists, innovative combat, realistic environment. I’ve got my eye on this!! But it’s a darn long wait.

Crackdown 2 (2010)

Crackdown 2

Sequel to the award-winning Crackdown. Be the judge, jury and executioner for a vast, infected city. Multiplayer co-op and versus (up to 16 players) available and better than ever!

Forza Motorsport 3 (Oct 2009)

Forza Motorsport 3

Drive your dream car in this definitive racing game that allows you to experience the most realistic racing experience ever. From an Audi R8 V10 to a Nissan 370Z, there’s a car waiting for every enthusiast!

Gears of War 2: Dark Corners (Jul 28, 2009)

Gears of War 2: Dark Corners

Expansion pack to the best-selling Gears of War 2, which has already sold over 5 million copies worldwide. Dark Corners features a new campaign chapter as well as seven brand new multiplayer maps.

Halo 3: ODST (Sep 22, 2009)

Halo 3: ODST

Experience the events leading up to the epic story in Halo 3 through the eyes of a special forces ODST (Orbital Drop Shock Trooper). Includes a brand new campaign and three new Halo 3 multiplayer maps.

Left 4 Dead 2 (Nov 2009)

Left 4 Dead 2

After the success of the critically acclaimed Left 4 Dead, this sequel looks set to raise the benchmark for co-op action games. Left 4 Dead 2 introduces a different set of survivors, new boss zombies and weapons, and melee combat.

Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell Conviction (Sep 2009)

Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell Conviction

Sam Fisher has been betrayed! And he must race against time to thwart a deadly terrorist plot! Well, that’s you. Expect improved features, interactivity, immersion and brand new multiplayer modes with this latest instalment of the multimillion selling franchise.

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More Xbox 360 games coming up

Final Fantasy XIII

Final Fantasy XIII

Apparently, this eagerly anticipated title will only be released in North America and Europe. What??!

Metal Gear Solid: Rising

Metal Gear Solid: Rising

MGS comes to the Xbox 360 for the first time! Woohoo. Welcome!

Modern Warfare 2 (Nov 10, 2009)

Modern Warfare 2

Sequel to the ever-popular Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare. Xbox LIVE gamers will be the first to get their hands on two MW2 map packs.

The Beatles: Rock Band (Sep 9, 2009)

The Beatles: Rock Band

The world’s leading music game meets the greatest band in history! Well, that’s what the official website says, anyway. I’m inclined to be very excited about this release.

Tony Hawk: RIDE (Sep 2009)

Tony Hawk: RIDE

This game uses a skateboard controller with full motion sensor so you get to physically do your skateboard stunts. Woo! Broken furniture, anyone?

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Cute, mini PSPgo!

Another delight unveiled at E3. The pocket-sized PSPgo is the next-gen PlayStation Portable which promises to make our gaming lives even more convenient.

PSPgo

For the download happy, the PSP’s UMB drive has been replaced with a 16GB flash memory to store all your digital entertainment needs, which can be downloaded from the PlayStation Network.

It’s smaller and lighter and has an easy sliding display panel.

PSPgo

The PSPgo will be available from Oct 1, 2009, at a recommended retail price of US$249. Comes in Piano Black and Pearl White. I don’t mind having a white one! =)

Hmm… but they neber gimme me peekture of the white one.

PSPgo

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Results of last week’s contest

Sorry for the overdueness of this, but we have two winners for the inFAMOUS postcards and posters!

inFAMOUS postcards

inFAMOUS poster

ahtiong wins himself an inFAMOUS poster AND a set of grungy postcards!

Sacrelicious wins a set of postcards!

Awesome blossom! Thanks for particpating in this giveaway. Please e-mail me to claim your prize, okay guys? =)

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Win a silly looking mouse!!

Well, you won’t quite believe this, but someone won this mouse last year but was too shy to collect his prize, so it’s been sitting around in my home for more than half a year now, looking silly.

Silly looking mouse

Recently, the winner requested to give it out as a prize again, so that’s what I’m doing.

If you would like to win this cute brinjal, please post a comment to sign up for the giveaway. A draw will take place and the brinjal will have a new owner.

It could be you!

Or not.

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In fact, what I’ve published today isn’t even half of what I’ve got for E3 but I’m not able to process everything, so maybe I’ll do a continuation next week.

Depends. Maybe no one will be interested anymore by next week.

Also depends on whether I have time to touch the new games I’ve got.

Life is so full of depends.

[Gamer Girl Friday]