When Call of Duty first set out to take on EA’s Medal of Honor series in 2003, few would have guessed at the time that the ‘me too’ WW2 shooter would not only go on to trounce its rival but evolve expectations on what an FPS can deliver – especially online. Reinventing itself as Modern Warfare, the series then became something of a benchmark by which any contender to the throne purchased with the pixelized blood of countless Nazis and enemy mercenaries would be graded against.
But that didn’t stop EA from resurrecting the Medal of Honor series with a reboot, one that ripped its content from today’s headlines by taking players to Afghanistan against the Taliban and Al Qaeda as a Tier 1 Operator. For longtime fans, that’s not so far from when it had started out as Allied Assault on PCs years ago before devolving its formula into boss characters and floating icons. Continue reading →
Day Three was a relaxed day for us. Only a handful of appointments and the crowds were a little thinner as quite a few people decided to head home once they’ve gotten their fill of news. I don’t blame them. My feet at this point were turning to mush from all of the standing and walking, but the end was in sight. Almost. Today was a catch up day for anything interesting that I wanted to see for myself so we weren’t under any pressure to run from one booth to the other.
Then again, the Lakers were defending their title at the Staples Center that evening making getting out early something of a priority. When Angelinos tell you to go home instead of hanging around to see burning taxis win or lose, it’s probably good advice. Continue reading →
The VGA show on Spike has come and gone, dishing out trophies and face time with a number of stars. With a big gaming show, you can also expect it to stage a few surprises of its own and it didn’t disappoint by revealing several trailers promoting new titles slated to appear next year.
One interesting thing about each of these announcements is how they’re all sequels, or spin-offs to already existing series. Not that it’s necessarily a bad thing. After all, I’m definitely looking forward to another Batman game. And it’s not like there aren’t any new ideas out there, either, but it would have been nice to see a few of them featured during the VGAs as well (such as id’s Rage, Funcom’s upcoming MMO, The Secret World, or Quantic Dream’s Heavy Rain)
So sit back, relax, and take a look at what else is coming out next year right after the jump. Continue reading →