Ghost Recon Alpha

Ubisoft’s Ghost Recon Future Soldier is only a little more than a week away and to celebrate the series’ impending return, they’ve put together a small prequel movie called Ghost Recon Alpha.

It crams more story in the twenty minutes it runs (25 if you count the credits) than some shooters do and it does get bloody, so be warned. This goes to the mat with bad guys and bullets.

Ghost Recon Future Soldier releases on the PS3 and the Xbox 360 on May 22nd. PC is getting its own copy June 12th.

Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 Reveal

As if you didn’t know that this was coming out.

It looks like the new Black Ops is going to take place in 2025, the world having survived past 2012 to live in a future wonderland filled with drones and walking tanks.

It’s due out November 13th of this year, just in time to put the crunch on your holiday wallet and dominate your online fun. And that’s also a week after Halo 4 is supposed to come out which will make things very interesting on the Xbox 360. Which side will you pick in this battle? Call of Duty? Master Chief? Or both at the same time?
 

Mass Effect 3 gives “Femshep” her own trailer, stuff blows up

This is a couple days old, but I didn’t get a chance to post BioWare’s new Mass Effect 3 trailer until now.

This is the first trailer from the Mass Effect trilogy to feature a female Commander Shepherd, commonly known “Femshep” among many of the same fans who call the male version of the game’s protagonist “Broshep.” Anyone who has played Mass Effect or Mass Effect 2 know that the game allows players to build a custom male or female character. Anyone who has not played a Mass Effect game should check them out, since the franchise is this writer’s favorite series to debut during the current console generation.

“Femshep” is voiced by Jennifer Hale, who is widely regarded as one of the premier voice actresses in video games. Watch her and her allies blow stuff up in space in the new trailer:

Grand Theft Auto V trailer released today

Here it is, Rockstar Games’ first trailer for Grand Theft Auto V:

Thoughts:

1. Rockstar doesn’t seem to able to fail when it comes to recreating cities. Los Santos looks like it will be so close to the real Los Angeles that I will be able to recognize actual neighborhoods and landmarks.

2. The shots of laborers and windmills in places that resemble the real-life Central Valley and Coachella Valley make me wonder if the “state” of San Andreas will be back in some way. If memory serves, Rockstar only introduced San Fierro/San Francisco when first promoting GTA: San Andreas, and then revealed Los Santos and Las Venturas/Las Vegas much later.

3. The recession and foreclosures appear to be a theme in the game. This should be interesting given that GTA, for all its violence, could be interpreted as a moralistic satire of American greed and excess. (Then again, parts of the games just seem to be about ridiculous levels of mayhem.)

4. Recent Rockstar John Marston (Red Dead Redemption) was introduced in the game as a reformed criminal, who despite the events of his storyline, didn’t want to kill anybody. I wonder if GTA V’s lead character will similarly be more sympathetic than past leads.

4.5. I’ve read rumors that GTA V will feature multiple protagonists, which again makes me wonder if more than one city will be featured in the game.

New Skyrim trailer teases gameplay

Out today is a new trailer from Bethesda Softworks for the next major chapter in their Elder Scrolls series: Skyrim.

This time, it has gameplay that drops more than a few hints on what would-be heroes can look forward to when this open-world RPG arrives on November 11th. Players on the PC, Xbox 360, and the PS3 will all have a chance to save Tamriel, though if the previous games were any indication, they’ll have to set some time aside for this one. Oblivion, its predecessor, literally had a hundred plus hours of gameplay to it especially when you factor in the add-ons.

Now the bigger question is: will my PC be able to actually run this thing?

Your world. MEGAFIED.

The retro risks that Capcom had taken with Mega Man as downloadable games on both Live and the Playstation Store seem to have paid off as the Blue Bomber is coming back for another adventure. But hints from the trailer below, created through a collaboration between iam8bit and Buddy System Studios, seem to indicate that he won’t be alone. Either that, or he’ll be inheriting some new powers with Capcom’s history serving as the source for each one.

The implications are pretty huge, but I’ll just let you enjoy the trailer instead and make your own guesses as to what Mega Man Universe is going to bring to your world when it arrives. And in keeping with the retro fever that Mega Man is sweating under, the trailer uses stop motion animation with a few effects thrown in, to give this presentation the feel of an old-school commercial. Can’t wait to hear more on what Capcom has planned for this one!

Trailer for Gears of War 3

Cliff Bleszinski of Epic Games dropped the trailer for Gears of War 3 during his appearance on “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon.”

I’m having trouble embedding this one, so this link is going to have to do for now.

Note the tentacled Locust creature as well as the presence of a female Gear soldier, something that’s been missing from the first two installments. Before this, the only females I can remember were Anya, the communications / intel officer and the Locust Queen. I guess you can sort of throw Dom’s wife in there, but … I’m not sure she counts. The game, according to the trailer, should be coming out around this time next year.