Gaming News March 2009

Eve Online: Apocrypha

You Gamers :: Wednesday, March 25, 2009
“Iceland is these days probably best known for the epic failure of their banking sector, but they also have a game company, CCP. Working out of a renovated old fish processing plant(!) in Reykjavik, they run a sci-fi themed MMO, EVE Online. EVE has been around since 2003 and EVE Online: Apocrypha is the tenth free expansion published to the game. It features several big additions to the game – a new class of ships in the form of modular Tech 3 Strategic Cruisers, a completely reworked exploration and probing game mechanic and the addition of approximately 2500 unexplored star systems only accessible through unstable wormholes.”

Watchmen: The End is Nigh
IT Reviewed :: Friday, March 20, 2009
“Watchmen: The End Is Nigh is a gut-punching but derivative combat game. It’s not the most imaginative in terms of gameplay, and you may tire quickly of button bashing against 20 or so enemies on screen at once. But it sports excellent graphics (lighting in particular is awesome), animations and cut scenes inspired by the film. It also has rock solid audio, thanks to impressive voice acting from the film’s cast and upbeat background music. Thanks to numerous combos, finishing moves and no shortage of thugs, you’ll certainly get your combat fix. However, the downloadable-only game is expensive at 1600 points (around £12) considering it’ll only take you around 3 hours to finish and there is no online co-op mode for longevity. As a consolation you can play locally alongside a friend, and there are Achievements and Trophies to unlock. More levels and characters (no Silk Spectre II) would have made this a better value game. As it stands, Watchmen: The End Is Nigh manages to capture the essence of the renowned comic sweetly, but the experience is just too short lived.”

Brothers in Arms – Hell’s Highway
Gamepyre :: Friday, March 20, 2009
In this game not only do you control your own destiny, but you are responsible for your men as well. Every action has a consequence and the games does an excellent job of letting you know that you’re in control. Who do you sacrifice? When do you sacrifice them? Do you have to sacrifice at all? I found myself playing the same mission several times in order to see if I can keep everyone alive. The movie files, the sound and the game itself made me feel like I actually know my fellow brothers in arms and I found myself getting emotional if one of them bit a bullet. Now that’s more then I can say about a lot of other games. And with three levels of difficulty and even multiplayer modes, this game should have something for everyone (assuming that they enjoy very hard and realistic WWII games). As for our heroes, for all the people who bleed and died for us, please rest in peace; you are respected and will never be forgotten. Our debt to you can never be fully repaid.

Five Fighting Games for St. Patrick’s Day 2009
Futurelooks :: Monday, March 16, 2009
Even though it’s not really considered a major holiday around these parts, there are a lot of ways for you to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. Chances are that there is a pub in your area that will be serving green beer in celebration of the Irish holiday. Maybe you want to go hunting for four-leaf clovers and pots of gold. Maybe you just want to wear a little more green than usual. Then again, you may prefer to take on the spirit of the fighting Irish.

Silent Hill Homecoming (Xbox 360 and PS3 review)
Gaming Heaven :: Thursday, March 12, 2009
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Silent Hill Homecoming Review
OCaholic :: Thursday, March 12, 2009
Cold and soft dust touches you softly. It is night. Afraid you’re looking for clues which could explain your brothers disappearance. Every hint, every small thing could be important. Afraid of all noises and pursued by monsters you start your trip to Shepherd’s Glen and afterwards Silent Hill.

Tom Clancy’s H.A.W.X. reviewed
IT Reviewed :: Monday, March 09, 2009
“H.A.W.X. is the best flight game so far this generation, and a worthy addition to the best in the Clancy stable. While it’s quite often entertaining and challenging, it can often be frustrating and boring as well – especially when you crash into the ground or a building and you have to restart from a checkpoint. With its outstanding presentation (the integration of satellite imagery with detailed plane models combine to great effect), some innovative gameplay, fast-paced missions, fantastic set pieces, and the overall lack of competition, H.A.W.X. is the best game in its genre – it even surpasses the excellent Ace Combat series, upon which its core gameplay and design ideas are based. Who doesn’t want to soar 40,000 feet above the earth destroying dozens of enemy planes and ground troops?”

Resident Evil 5 reviewed 
IT Reviewed :: Friday, March 06, 2009
“Resident Evil 5 is one of the most polished to date. It looks and sounds fantastic, and the animation of characters (enemy included) is almost lifelike. There are plenty of different gaming environments too, so unlike F.E.A.R. 2 you are not restricted to rummaging around dark and derelict buildings with a flashlight. It’s also an action feast for two playing co-op and gives the game second wind once you’ve played through the single-player campaign. For all its plus points, Resident Evil 5 is not without its flaws. The most annoying is that the main character is slower than the goddamn zombies and you never really feel in total control – at least not compared to other third-person games like Gears of War or Dead Space. Reloading can only be achieved by aiming and standing still, and not being able to melee with a selected weapon is unrealistic (you have to use a knife). You can only melee when standing still, too, which is a pain, and discarding a weapon sticks it up your ass instead of throwing it on the floor for weapon caching. Get over these annoyances (and you will) and you’ll love every minute of this fantastic game.”