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Looks like a pretty tasty Spring coming up…

…and by that I mean video game wise. Although by this point I’m ready for Spring weather wise as well. (thankfully out of the major recent snow storm areas atleast…for once Buffalo pulls some luck)

First things first, I’m quite excited that Alan Wake FINALLY has a release date. It was recently announced for May 18th this year. Another game that I had been following for god knows how long (atleast as long as I had been waiting for RE5, probably longer). I also took a look at the Collector’s Edition today and it looks quite tempting I must say. Not that it’s that hard to tempt me with them, as I’ve always been into the collector’s editions. Also coming out this day will be Lost Planet 2, which should serve up some good ol’ co-op action if the demo was any indication of the final product.

Even earlier in April, Splinter Cell Conviction will finally (I say finally because this one was also delayed quite extensively) will be hitting stores on the 13th. The most interesting thing to me about the newest installment is the co-op prologue campaign, which you can currently grab a trailer of as well. Hope they get it right. Closing out April will be Red Dead Redemption on the 27th which, if you’ve been watching the trailers as I have, might just have you as excited as I am for it.

In the meantime we have the first Resident Evil 5 add-on this week (YAY!), Heavy Rain next week (demo out now if you didn’t go for the pre-release one), Perfect Dark for the XBLA sometime in March (thank god…remember the winter ’09 release estimate? I do), and another RE5 add-on in early March (double YAY!) to look forward to as well.

– DGM-payne


Riskening’s Most Anticipated – Part 3c : The last of the list! (but certainly not the least)

This is it, the final part of our Anticipated series for this year (and a good portion of next year I’m sure) in video games.

Don’t worry though, this is only the start of many things to come in the rest of the year.

So without further ado, let’s start ‘er up!


  • Alan Wake game consoles : Xbox 360 – This psychological thriller has definitely been long in the making, considering it’s first announcements back during E3 2005, but we’re finally seeing some good details and sneak peeks surfacing. Alan Wake (seen above) as you may know already is the author character that you play as, who travels to a small town to try and spark up his writing career once again. That is, until his wife disappears and he’s plunged into a nightmare of a story. Light is the main driving point of the gameplay from then on out. Not too long ago I was watching a demo from E3 showing some gameplay in which the flashlight was the primary weapon disintegrating shadowy types of enemies with a pistol and shotgun to finish them off. The demo also featured flares and other types of light traps to keep the enemies at bay. The game has a day/night cycle with researching the town during the day and the enemies coming out at night. Right now Remedy is focusing on a Xbox 360 release first, but a Windows version will also probably release later. I’ve been a big fan of Remedy’s work on the Max Payne series so you can probably tell I’m quite excited for this release as well (slated for a spring 2010 release at the moment).


  • Bioshock 2game consoles : Xbox 360 , PlayStation 3 , Windows – The second game in the series will serve as a prequel to the events of the first game, set 10 years before. In this one you will get to play as a prototype Big Daddy of the enemies seen in the first game. This time around in addition to using the usual plasmid abilities the player is also able to use the drill and rivet gun (with different types of ammo) thanks to the Daddy’s suit. Also new to the series is the ability to dual-wield plasmids and weapons AND explore the sea floor (thanks to the diving suit again). Being a Big Daddy this time around you’ll still be looking for the Little Sisters but this time around instead of having the option of rescuing them you’ll have the option of adopting them to help you harvest the sweet sweet ADAM you desire (or just harvest the ADAM from the Sister after you capture her if you prefer). While getting to the Sisters involves dealing with other Big Daddies of course, these aren’t the only ones you’ll be facing. Meet the Big Sister (pictured above) who, after defeating a certain amount of rival Daddies, will appear and being much leaner and quicker than the Daddies will stop at nothing to harvest YOUR ADAM and collect the Sisters to turn them into something like her. If you adopt some Little Sisters they will give you a bit of forewarning when a Big Sister is about to appear, so that’s pretty nice of them atleast. In addition of single player, there will also be multiplayer this time around involving a civil war between plasmid test subjects. The first game was a unique experience and I have good hopes that the second will up the ante. Originally slated for a fall release this one has also been postponed to early 2010.


  • Starcraft 2game consoles : Windows – Here’s another one that, like Alan Wake, has spent quite awhile in development. Originally it was planned to be a single game but pretty recently (atleast in the grand scheme of things) has been announced to be released as a trilogy instead. Although all three of the usual races (Terran, Protoss and Zerg if you need a refresher) are going to be available for skirmish and multiplayer battles from the first installment onwards, each game of the trilogy will deal with a separate race in it’s single player campaign. The first of the trilogy is titled Wings of Liberty involving the Terrans, followed by Heart of the Swarm with the Zerg, and ending with Legacy of the Void with (you guessed it) the Protoss. Most units and structures from each race in the first game will be returning with a few new ones here and there and some of the old ones tweaked to spice things up (check out the official website if you want to see them all). Some familiar characters like Jim Raynor, Kerrigan and Zeratul from the Terran, Zerg and Protoss races respectively will also be returning. In more recently it was announced that they would not be including LAN into their multiplayer portion, the reasons they say to make people use Battle.net and fight piracy. Luckily this has caused a bit of outrage and petitions in the community and they’re starting to decide other options it would seem. All I really have to say on the matter is that it would greatly missed by me atleast if they don’t include it, considering how much my brother and I used to LAN the first game. Right now it’s slated for a early 2010 release BUT as you probably already noticed their release dates can (and have) changed alot due to their “It’s done when it’s done” motto and depending on what else Blizzard is working on (*cough* World of Warcraft and Diablo 3 *cough*).


  • Postal 3game consoles : Windows , Xbox 360 , PlayStation 3 – This is kinda one of those guilty pleasures. Sure, the series has never been critically acclaimed or anything like that but it’s always provided me with that sort of wacky and stress relieving fun that I love (and I’m sure many of you do too). The latest game in the series is no different and they’ve come a long away from their humble isometric shooter beginnings of the first game that was banned in several countries. Take for instance the badgersaw weapon (seen above), a quite literal badger chainsaw of sorts seen in some gameplay footage so far. Another weapon that has been hinted at but not seen is a lab monkey that reacts to a laser pointer. This is just a taste of the over-the-top-itude that makes the Postal series lovable to play (and I’m sure there won’t be a lack of gimps and Gary Coleman as well). Don’t worry, the gas can and matches from Postal 2 are also returning. This time around it’s a third person shooter instead of first person like Postal 2 and uses Valve’s Source engine instead of Unreal’s engine. It’s also the first time that the series is hitting consoles as well instead of just Windows/Mac/Linux, which might also explain for the longer development time (considering they’re also planning a port for PlayStation 3). No official release date yet but I’d expect we’ll probably see this one sometime in 2010.


  • Bayonettagame consoles : PlayStation 3 , Xbox 360 – Think of this one as Devil May Cry to the next level, featuring some of the same type of melee and weapon combat that made that series. Only as Bayonetta though, you’ll be dealing with alot more shape-shifting, spells and a greater number of firearms. As you may have noticed already she has quite long hair, this is where the spells and shape-shifting come in. As crazy as it may sound, she actually transforms her hair into the different magical spells against enemies. Not only this, but her costume is also made up of her hair and deteriorates (to a certain degree) and regenerates as she uses these attacks. As far as firearms go you may have also noticed that she has four pistols by default, one for each limb, that adds to the crazy and blisteringly fast fights that are quite entertaining to watch at the very least (check out some of the preview videos for a taste). This is only the start of a whole array of weapons that includes other firearms as well as a katana and whip. This one is slated for a October release in Japan but we’ll have to wait until January 2010 to get a crack at it.


  • Dead Rising 2game consoles : Xbox 360 , PlayStation 3 , Windows – You love zombie games, right? This one takes place a few years after the first game with a new main character and new fictional city to fight through, Fortune City (modeled after Sin City itself, Las Vegas). Enter Chuck Greene, a former motocross champion who finds himself in a casino during the major outbreak and slew of zombie hordes. In addition to the zombies, the psycho characters and survivors to rescue (or not) are back once again. What’s not returning this time is the photography portion, sorry Frank West. Oh, but there’s more zombies and an assortment of new objects to fight them with now also (roulette table seen above). It’s been confirmed that there will be a new multiplayer component in addition to the usual single player game but no details have been released yet as to what it will involve. As opposed to the original which was Xbox 360 exclusive, this one will hit PlayStation 3 and Windows as well. Also being developed by Blue Castle Games and only published by Capcom this time around, but some of the original team members are returning to work on the sequel. This one’s expected to release sometime spring 2010 in case you were wondering when you can get a piece of mass-zombie action once again (may I recommend Nazi Zombies in the meantime?).

Whew…lemme catch my breath for a second. The last six can be found after this short break.

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Red Dead Redemption trailer, OH YEAH!

I don’t post about single games much but this debut trailer gives me hope…

Anyone else excited for this title? The first Red Dead was quite underrated IMO and I’ve been patiently waiting for the next. How about Max Payne 3 as well? Granted it’s being developed by Rockstar instead of Remedy this time around but I trust it in their ever capable hands. Atleast Remedy’s working on something… (but will Alan Wake ever come out? Please let us know something soon before this becomes another Duke Nukem Forever.)

Am I right?


Riskening’s Top 5 anticipated in Gaming

This one’s gonna be a bit text heavy, but bare with me…I’m not used to the whole blogging thing yet.

  1. Resident Evil 5 – My god…I’ve been watching every trailer patiently for a year now and I can’t even begin to explain how much I’ve been waiting for the newest installation of the resident evil series. Even covering the origins of the original virus, I just hope the story lives up to it’s expectations.
  2. Alan Wake – The next major title by developers Remedy Entertainment, the guys behind the Max Payne games, bring us a “psychological action thriller” about a writer fighting the nightmares that haunt him and the search for his missing fiancee. From the details I’ve gathered so far it sounds like a mind-fuck on par with the likes of games like Silent Hill 2…me likey.
  3. Red Alert 3 / Starcraft 2 – This ones a bit of a split. I’ve been quite the RTS fan ever since I’ve even started computer gaming and these are two titles of long running series that are bound to pack a punch. Sure, the C&C series has been a bit flaky since EA got in charge but C&C 3 ended up suprisingly better than I expected. They’re kicking up the stakes for the third in the red alert series with a new division besides the original allies and soviets…the Empire of the Rising Sun (Japan). I’m sure Starcraft 2 will also be nothing short of brilliant. If it’s anything like the original, I’m bound to be playing it years after release ( I enjoy the occasional LAN game with my brother with the original to this day).
  4. Castlevania : Order of Ecclesia – Igarashi continues the series of hit castlevania games with the newest iteration on the DS since Portrait of Ruin. With plenty of new locations (20 in all, with a overworld map) and a new magic glyph system, bringing in all castlevania fans alike. Also connects with the new Wii game (see below).
  5. Duke Nukem Forever – This one’s kind of a joke…but NOT really. There isn’t much more that I’d love to see in the gaming industry other than my old pal Duke Nukem to make a triumphant return (other than maybe another Max Payne game… *wink, wink* *nudge, nudge*). Duke Nukem is the original bad-ass and the wait for a new title has been EXCRUITIATING (to say the least…). I’ve been playing some Bionic Commando ReArmed recently on the live arcade and that bastard starting reminding me of who other but Duke Nukem. I mean, mainly by appearances mostly. He’s no where near the same bad-ass-itude or catchy one-liners that makes Nukem so lovable.

Honorable Mentions of the Moment:

Gears of War 2 – What can I say? The first one was pretty epic. Including a tough as nails Insane difficulty only rivaled by games like the Ninja Gaiden series. I just hope the campaign of the new one has enough story to keep me hooked again.

Lego Batman – Played Lego Star Wars: Complete Saga. Loved it. Just finished Lego Indiana Jones. Loved it. Legos…just all around love them. One of my favorite superheroes + legos = Win freaking win!

Tiberium – New C&C (Command and Conquer) first person shooter that supposedly takes place after the third tiberium war (C&C 3 and Kane’s Wrath). The last C&C foray into FPS-dom was kinda a flop (Renegade), but we can only hope that this time around it actually has some story behind it.

Banjo-Kazooie : Nuts and Bolts – The first banjo-kazooie adventure since the N64 days and a low $40 price tag? Sold. Now if only there was a new Conker game… 😉

N+ – (No, that’s not a plus minus…) The freeware ninja game that originated for the PC comes to the DS and PSP after hitting the xbox live arcade. Collecting gold, fighting against the ticking clock while avoiding deadly traps…what’s not to love?

What?!?! Moments:

Castlevania Judgement – Konami’s announcement for a castlevania-based fighting game to hit the Wii exclusively was shocking to say the least. Can be connected with the new DS game to unlock content and will be using full advantage of the Wii’s motion controls for combat. Seeing all the old characters of the series duke it out in fighting style will be INTERESTING indeed…

So there you have it…Any questions?

– DGM-payne

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