Gaming News January 2009

Guitar Hero: Metallica (preview) 

Gaming Heaven :: Thursday, January 29, 2009
Metallica are one of the biggest rock bands on the globe and are basically an institution in the USA. Their hordes of fans have been clamoring for a Metallica Guitar Hero for the last year. Their wish has come true because the title ships in a couple of months. We were asked along to Activision to sample the head banging delights with the newest edition to the Guitar Hero franchise.

Sims 3 Preview 
Gaming Heaven :: Friday, January 23, 2009
Many people aren’t even aware of the development of Sims 3 because everything relating to the game seems to have been kept relatively hush hush. Developer Maxis also handed the project over to EA Redwood Shores recently. It is actually quite a shock to learn that this title has been in development for around four years now. I was lucky enough to get a look at The Sims 3 when it was announced but recently I managed to spend some time in the new Sims town courtesy of EA.

Skate 2 Review (PS3 & Xbox 360)
Gaming Heaven :: Thursday, January 22, 2009
The original Skate was a phenomenal success when it was released in 2007 – it sold twice as many copies when compared to its competitor Tony Hawk. This was in part due to the fresh approach it brought to the genre and also because of the Flickit control system which proved a massive hit with the gaming community. Today we take a look at the much awaited followup to see if it recaptures the magic of the first.

21 First Person Shooters you shouldn’t have missed
Tech Spot :: Monday, January 19, 2009
The first person shooter genre is indisputably one of the most popular among PC gamers and has been for well over a decade. Whether it is for the technological leaps that a game has brought with it, the unseen interactivity for its time or just the plain fast-paced action that is fun to play, every couple of years there is at least one such great title that makes people drool incessantly until it’s finally out there for public consumption.

Yet, unfortunately with the staggering number of games that get released year after year, it’s not hard to miss the target and never come to play some of the best games this genre has to offer. Even some titles that have been critically acclaimed for some reason just don’t click with consumers and their fate inevitably leads to becoming one of those hidden gems of yesteryear, likely to never surface again.

We have come up with a list of 21 first person shooters that any serious FPS player shouldn’t have missed. The usual suspects obviously had to make it, but you’re also sure to find some other oldies that you either didn’t give a fair chance or just missed in the process. Simply put, we are going to take you on a stroll down FPS memory lane.

CES 2009 – Checking Out Video Game Console Accessories
Futurelooks :: Tuesday, January 13, 2009
While some people may attend the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas to check out the biggest HDTVs on the planet or the most amazing home theater systems, there is also a sizable part of the trade show that is dedicated to the world of video games. Designing, manufacturing, and selling video game accessories for prominent systems like the Xbox 360, Playstation 3 and Nintendo Wii has become more lucrative and popular than ever, especially since video games are just as much a part of the mainstream as movies and music.

Electronic Arts Mirror’s Edge Reviewed
IT Reviewed :: Monday, January 12, 2009
“From the makers of the amazing Battlefield franchise comes a first-person action adventure unlike any other. Available for next-generation consoles and the PC (that’s what we like to see – Ed!), Mirror’s Edge definitely takes risks. Moving the first-person game in a totally new direction, DICE, an Electronic Arts studio, has done something radical with the traditional established mechanics of first-person movement. What’s makes Mirror’s Edge special is that it changes the way that players are able to move in first person. No more restrictions, no more being blocked by simple barriers such as walls and fences. In Mirror’s Edge you can move like a real person (albeit a very flexible one!), with the ability to run, jump, vault and slide in a way that has never been seen before in a first person game. Mirror’s Edge is also special because it introduces a strong iconic videogame heroine called Faith who, predictably, is very hot.”


Rock Band ACDC Trackpack review
Gaming Heaven :: Monday, January 12, 2009
AC/DC Live is a standalone version of Rock Band which is being sold for around the 25 quid mark and it contains 18 tracks from AC/DCs Live at Donington album. This is effectively a track pack and was marketed as such in the USA a while ago. You are able to import all your music into your Rock Band Library with an included code.

21 First Person Shooters you shouldn’t have missed
Tech Spot :: Monday, January 19, 2009
The first person shooter genre is indisputably one of the most popular among PC gamers and has been for well over a decade. Whether it is for the technological leaps that a game has brought with it, the unseen interactivity for its time or just the plain fast-paced action that is fun to play, every couple of years there is at least one such great title that makes people drool incessantly until it’s finally out there for public consumption.

Yet, unfortunately with the staggering number of games that get released year after year, it’s not hard to miss the target and never come to play some of the best games this genre has to offer. Even some titles that have been critically acclaimed for some reason just don’t click with consumers and their fate inevitably leads to becoming one of those hidden gems of yesteryear, likely to never surface again.

We have come up with a list of 21 first person shooters that any serious FPS player shouldn’t have missed. The usual suspects obviously had to make it, but you’re also sure to find some other oldies that you either didn’t give a fair chance or just missed in the process. Simply put, we are going to take you on a stroll down FPS memory lane.

CES 2009 – Checking Out Video Game Console Accessories
Futurelooks :: Tuesday, January 13, 2009
While some people may attend the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas to check out the biggest HDTVs on the planet or the most amazing home theater systems, there is also a sizable part of the trade show that is dedicated to the world of video games. Designing, manufacturing, and selling video game accessories for prominent systems like the Xbox 360, Playstation 3 and Nintendo Wii has become more lucrative and popular than ever, especially since video games are just as much a part of the mainstream as movies and music.

Electronic Arts Mirror’s Edge Reviewed
IT Reviewed :: Monday, January 12, 2009
“From the makers of the amazing Battlefield franchise comes a first-person action adventure unlike any other. Available for next-generation consoles and the PC (that’s what we like to see – Ed!), Mirror’s Edge definitely takes risks. Moving the first-person game in a totally new direction, DICE, an Electronic Arts studio, has done something radical with the traditional established mechanics of first-person movement. What’s makes Mirror’s Edge special is that it changes the way that players are able to move in first person. No more restrictions, no more being blocked by simple barriers such as walls and fences. In Mirror’s Edge you can move like a real person (albeit a very flexible one!), with the ability to run, jump, vault and slide in a way that has never been seen before in a first person game. Mirror’s Edge is also special because it introduces a strong iconic videogame heroine called Faith who, predictably, is very hot.”

Rock Band ACDC Trackpack review
Gaming Heaven :: Monday, January 12, 2009
AC/DC Live is a standalone version of Rock Band which is being sold for around the 25 quid mark and it contains 18 tracks from AC/DCs Live at Donington album. This is effectively a track pack and was marketed as such in the USA a while ago. You are able to import all your music into your Rock Band Library with an included code.