Sometimes, when playing a game, I have to sit back and scratch my head because I suddenly realize that my weapon is not only absurdly overpowered, but is also a little bit on the ridiculous side. Like, laugh out loud ridiculous. Like, laugh out loud, point at the screen, call my pals and dish ridiculous. So I gathered some of my favorites and compiled a list of my 10 Overpowered And Ridiculous Video Game Weapons for all of you. Check it out below and let me know if I forgot any! READ MORE
The Verge has posted an in-depth article, including video, on their visit to Dead Space composer Jason Graves‘ home studio. The video shows Graves talking about many of the instruments he uses, the random objects that he creates unsettling sounds with (the chicken wire on a trash can lid that is bowed is especially awesome in my book), as well as the technology that backs up his entire system. If you’re into creepy sounds and audio recording at all, this is a very worthwhile video to watch and article to read. Check it out below! READ MORE
On Oct. 12th, at the New York Comic Con, there will be a panel that I’m quite upset I won’t be able to attend. Titled “Maestros Of Horror & Sci-Fi Music”, the panel will feature video game composers Jason Graves (Dead Space), Kevin Riepl (Gears Of War, Aliens: Colonial Marines), Sascha Dikiciyan (Mass Effect 3), Cris Velasco (Mass Effect 3), Sam Hulick (Mass Effect trilogy), Tom Salta (Halo: Combat Evolved), and Nile Rodgers (Halo soundtracks album producer).
The panel will be discussing composing for the horror and sci-fi genres as well as the art of scoring for blockbuster videogames. The panel will be held at the Javits Center in Room 1A01 from 12:15pm to 1:15pm.
I’m a huge fan of most of these composers. If you’re going to the NYC Comic Con, do yourself a favor and attend this event. I’m 99.99% sure that it will be incredible. READ MORE
One of the most successful action/horror series to come out in the past several years is EA’s Dead Space franchise. While every entry is not a winner (I’m looking at you Ignition), the series has been, overall, pretty damn solid. Part of the terrifying immersive experience is Jason Graves’ fantastic score, which consistently gets rave reviews and high praise.
Now, Graves has released several tracks that were originally used for consideration on the first Dead Space game. Some of the tracks were later take from the original demo material and were given some live elements to be used for in-game.
The tracks are a great representation of the terrifying atmosphere that Dead Space permeates. Check ‘em out below and creep yourself out a bit! READ MORE
Have you ever had that moment where you’re blissfully mowing down Necromorphs with your plasma cutter or literally mowing down zombies in Dead Rising, only to come across that part of the game that almost ruins everything? Pretty much every game has it, but that doesn’t lessen the blow when you finally find it. It’s like when someone violently shakes you while you’re sleeping, ruining the amazing dream you were having about that saucy minx who works at the Starbucks near your work. You go there every day–even if you don’t want a coffee–just to see their face. If you’re feeling extra brave you might pretend to forget your usual order, just to see if they remember you. Then when they aren’t there or they don’t remember you, you’re struck by a wave of sadness that only a Mountain Dew Pitch Black and a hug from TJ can soothe. Oh, and you should definitely check out the ten games that came close to ruining everything after the break. READ MORE
We all know it’s coming, it’s really only a matter of time. EA has confirmed a new Dead Space that’s in development and set to come out by Spring 2013. Then there’s the matter of the chilly new logo that was leaked yesterday, adding fuel to the fiery rumor that EA will officially unveil Dead Space 3 at E3 next week. Dead Space 2 only came out last year, but it feels like it’s been much longer than that and I’ve since been struggling with an itch that only Dead Space can scratch. If you’re also looking to get your fix I highly suggest checking out the very cool animated graphic novel that can be found after the break. It looks great and introduces some new elements that may or may not appear in the upcoming game.
It looks like E3 just got a lot more interesting. During its investor call earlier today, EA confirmed there is a new installment in the Dead Space series coming during the 2013 fiscal year, or by March 31. No word yet on whether this will be the highly anticipated Dead Space 3 or the third person adventure or shooter spin-off that have also been rumored to be in production, but there’s a very good chance we’ll have our burning questions answered at E3 next month. I’m putting my money on Dead Space 3, though I’d be happy with really anything that includes me strategically dismembering Necromorphs. I desperately need my Dead Space fix. How about you?
Sometimes I get really bored. I’m only human, and like the rest of you, there are times when I need a little entertainment. During one of my recent fits of boredom where I was lying naked on the floor of my room in a sticky puddle of dried up Mountain Dew while staring up at the ceiling wondering what wordsmith came up with the word ‘orange,’ I decided to come up with a little game — something to fill my time so I didn’t have to finally concede to what the voices in my head were telling me to do. For the unaware, at Bloody Disgusting lies a mythical creature known as a Jonathan Barkan. He runs the music section on BD with a tyrannical fist and a sweet moustache. If I were reviewing Jon, his Baby Factor would go something like ”If Albert Wesker and a Big Daddy got together to make sweet, sweet love inside a record store, Jonny B would be their musically inclined offspring.”
All that is a long-winded way of saying he knows his music, and he also happens to share my love of video games. So let’s get back to the game I was teasing earlier. I gave Jon ten video game franchises and asked him who he thought would be best suited to score the soundtracks for that series. For example, if Akira Yamaoka had never joined Konami to craft the incredible scores the Silent Hill series is known for, who could’ve taken his place? Find out whom he chose for Silent Hill, as well as nine others, after the jump. READ MORE
Smell that? That’s the unmistakable aroma of humanity’s nearing doom, having opened its box of death and broken promises all over you. Don’t move. Let it love you, just as you let me love you on a daily basis. So it would seem no one at Planetary Resources Inc. has sat down with Dead Space, because if they had they wouldn’t be bringing humanity closer to realizing the events in that terrifying game with their ambitious new project. You’re probably wondering what I’m going on about, so let me take a minute to explain. Earlier this week a group of billionaires got together to announce the first asteroid mining company ever. Something like this has never existed and there’s a pretty recent horror game that offers a pretty damn good reason for that. Head past the break for more. READ MORE
Two of the biggest players in the action/horror genre are Dead Space and Resident Evil. One’s been around for the better part of two decades and inspired dozens of games, the other’s has, in a quarter of that time, managed to find a near-perfect balance between action and horror, and proved that a horror game doesn’t have to control poorly to be scary.
At first, this might not look like the fairest of fights. I mean, how do you compare two franchises when one of them has outsold the other by tens of millions of units, spawned dozens of installments, and inspired a series of successful films? Easy. We’re looking at quality over quantity. Which series is trying new and different things? Which do we most look forward to playing? And more importantly, which series has the brightest future?
A few months ago we reported on EA’s desire to expand the Dead Space franchise by branching it off into other subgenres. This included the possibility of a FPS, flight sim, and third-person action game (similar to Uncharted) all set in the Dead Space universe. Now, a recent job listing posted on the EA site could be hinting at at least one of these ideas coming closer to fruition.
From the listing, “EA is looking for a lead multiplayer designer to help create a thrilling online action shooter game. This is a unique opportunity to contribute to a bold new franchise which is a cornerstone for a new EA Games Studio.” So Visceral Games is looking for a multiplayer designer for an online action shooter game. Could this be the Dead Space FPS, and more importantly, is this something you’d be interested in? READ MORE
Most games can cover up their flaws with jaw-dropping visuals, slick combat, or boobies, but horror games don’t have it as easy. In fact, for a game in this genre to succeed there’s one thing it always has to have, and that’s a powerful atmosphere. An atmosphere is a compilation of a bunch of different things that makes the game stick with us long after we’ve played it. It’s also a little different for each person since everyone experiences their games differently from the next.
For me, atmosphere is how the game looks, sounds, and feels. For example, if I’m walking down the rusted, broken halls of a long abandoned down mental institution with only my flashlight to illuminate the path in front of me as I instinctively jerk the beam of light toward what I could’ve swore was a shadow or the sound of footsteps – that’s an experience I’m not going to forget any time soon. It’s the atmosphere, or all the little details that sets the game apart from the rest and helps immerse you into the experience. So head past the break to see the 13 most atmospheric games I’ve ever had the pleasure of playing, and remember, these aren’t in any particular order, so please don’t freak out if your game is #5 while an obviously crap game made #3. READ MORE
This is a two-parter, so you have not one, but two things to be happy about. The first is the news that EA’s currently on the hunt for three senior positions related to the Dead Space franchise. On the Gamasutra job board they’re asking for an Audio Director, Senior VFX Artist, and a Senior Development Director. Obviously, Dead Space 3 is a given, it’s only a matter of time, but this might be something else, perhaps an Extraction-like spin-off?
For those of you who like to play your games on a computer and haven’t yet experienced the terrifying orgasm of blood and flailing limbs that is the Dead Space series, Steam has some fantastic deals for both Dead Space and its sequel as a part of their summer camp sale (it ends tomorrow!). You can get Dead Space for $9.99, Dead Space 2 for $14.99, or get them both for $19.99. But really, if you haven’t played these games yet than you’re obviously certifiable, I mean, come on, they’re just so good. READ MORE
Good video game trailers are a dime a dozen, but truly incredible ones are pretty rare. A good trailer gives you the bullet points of the game it’s advertising and looks good while doing it. Then there are trailers that manage to stick with you long after you watched them, they’re the videos you’re anxious to show everyone who might’ve missed it.
These are pretty rare, but every once in a while a spectacular one manages to surprise us all and more importantly, builds up hype for its game. These are the ten trailers that brought out the kids in us; the ones that made us mark the game’s release on our calendars and the ones that we’ll remember for a very long time. READ MORE
Destructoid Visceral Games the masterminds behind the Dead Space series will be auctioning off some quite excellent stuff. I got a chance to see that plasma cutter in person when I went to see the original Dead Space in California. It was quite amazing, and one of the developers (his name escapes me at the moment) made it himself. In his free time. He also made Isaac’s classic helmet and it lit up as well.
For many of you this may sound like a crazy question. How could a brand new series compete with one that’s been around for 15 years, sold over 45 million copies, spawned an incredibly successful series of films and is a worldwide recognized brand? Easy, because the Resident Evil brand is changing. Regarding the games, it’s tough to maintain an argument that they’re still “horror.” Granted, this genre is huge and covers a variety of sub-genres like survival horror and action horror. But in the end, what’s so scary about this franchise?
Did Resident Evil 5 scare you at all? Did you jump a single time? Does it have a foreboding atmosphere that makes you dread what awaits beyond the next corner? Was there ever time that you didn’t feel like an overpowered badass? This argument’s been beaten until it resembles a rotting zombie’s brain but with the critical and commercial success that is EA’s new Dead Space franchise, I feel there may very well be a new competitor for King of the Horror Hill. If you don’t agree, read on so we can talk this through, plus you know you’re going to have to click that little Read More button if you want to call me all sorts of names for even bringing up such blasphemy. READ MORE
So, about two weeks ago, I got an iPad as a gift. Talk about one hell of a gift, right? The intended use was for readings, notes, etc… However, one of the first things I did was buy a couple of games, mainly Secret of Mana (my childhood in a nutshell), Infinity Blade (awesome game) and, being the horror nerd that I am, Dead Space. I was eager to know if the Dead Space experience could translate to a mobile device, even one large enough as the iPad. So, how does the game fare? Check after the jump my fellow Unitologists!
I’m going to break this review down into four main parts: Story, Graphics, Sound/Music, and Gameplay. This will make it easier for me to focus my thoughts and easier for those of you who want to skip around and get to the part you care about the most. READ MORE
Speaking with the BBC, Dead Space co-creator Ian Milham discussed the planned film adaptation of the horror franchise. Historically, films based on videos games have been notorious for being absolutely horrible, I can name a few of the dozens I would even deem watchable. I’m not the only one, when news comes out that a game is getting a movie two things are certain: the film will be panned by critics and the series’ fans will be in an uproar at the blasphemous thought of one of their favorite games being raped by Hollywood.
Milham told BBC’s Newsbeat the film is still in the works and assured us it will not be rushed. According to him there’s been plenty of discussion on the topic but that they’re foal was not to disappoint fans. Take this with a grain of salt people, but it’s always nice to hear that the people responsible for the film’s direction are keeping the gamers in mind. After all, we’re the reason it’s getting a movie, right? Assuming this thing gets done, what do you want to see in it? Feel free to toss me your concerns so we can talk about them. It’ll be fun, like group therapy. READ MORE
Well, while I’m completely sure those of you who aren’t paying your on iPhone bill because your parents do probably don’t have much money. And those who are paying it don’t have much money either because your cell bill is outrageous.
That also means Dead Space 2 isn’t in your future until it’s a discount title. But there is a silver lining for you Apple freaks. Dead Space was released on the 25th as well, but for the iPad, ipod touch, and iPhone. This is NOT the original Dead Space. You can check out some screens past the break and the story line behind this Dead Space 2 prequel, and download it now for $6.99. READ MORE
The PSP2 has been unveiled and it’s looking like more than a worthy contender to the Nintendo 3DS. Its 5″ OLED touch screen, rear touch panels, Six Axis, 3G/Wifi functionality and snazzy look leaves little complaints to be had. Well, it is slightly larger than the PSP 3000 so I’m sure that’s disappointing to a few people, but other than that the future is looking bright for Sony’s next handheld.
Good looks and impressive tech will only get you so far though, so the NGP’s developer and publisher support will be crucial to its success. Lucky for us, if the list below shows how strong third party support for the console is. With companies that have major stakes in the horror genre included in the list (check out the full list after the jump) my head is buzzing with all the possible horror games we could see on the platform. Here are the most exciting games we’d like to see make it to the NGP. READ MORE
Screw villains, they get all the glory. What about the grunts? You know, the hundreds of generic bad guys you have to shoot/frag/slice/photograph/dialog with between boss battles? Being a grunt has to be the toughest job in a videogame, yet their faces so rarely lead a marketing campaign. It’s a pity really.
This article is dedicated to them, but I’m not just talking about every faceless grunt you’ve fought over your gaming career, because that would take a very long time. This is for more than the plethora of featureless baddies that do little more than stand between you and the evil dude you spent a majority of the game trying to reach. That’s just not enough to make this list, instead you’ll find the grunts that actually managed to frustrate, or worse, embarrass gamers by killing us when we make the deadly mistake of underestimating them. This is for the little guys that caused big problems. READ MORE
Last year was pretty good to horror fans, pretty good indeed. It gave us Amnesia: The Dark Descent, a game that would’ve scared my pants off if I had been wearing pants while I played it. What? Don’t you play all your horror games without pants? After coming close to soiling myself during late night Dead Space marathons I’ve learned the virtues of playing games while my loins are in the comfy embrace of a thick adult diaper. It keeps me from having to do laundry so I can save my quarters for more important things like soda and snacks for said half naked gaming marathons.
But enough about me and my bizarre gaming habits, let’s talk about this year and what’s lurking in the shadows, waiting to satiate our endless appetites for all things twisted and horrifying. If the following thirteen games are anything to go by, this year might just be the best one yet for fans of the genre. READ MORE
If you’re the type of person who’s constantly on the move and in need of some entertainment to make those long commutes less dull than I do believe I’m about to make your day. Next month Capcom will be giving us a dose of mobile zombie kickassery with the release of Resident Evil: Mercenaries Vs. for Apple’s iOS devices (iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad). In Mercenaries Vs. you and a friend (or random stranger) go up against two other players in what I can only guess will be incredibly frantic duels where you each take turns trying to get your enemies to stand still so you can shoot them. Seriously, give us strafing Capcom.
Not your cup ‘o zombie flavored tea? That’s understandable, so why don’t you sit back and let me serve you some Necromorph seasoned news to quench your thirst for horror on the go. It looks like EA is bringing Dead Space to the same platforms as Mercenaries Vs. at the same time as Dead Space 2 (that’s January 25th people, mark your calendars). Head past the jump to see Dead Space in action! READ MORE
Dead Space: Ignition is out and it would very much like to get you hyped and excited for the upcoming Dead Space 2. Ignition is an interactive comic that offers four unique endings depending on the decisions you make along the way, and once you complete it you’re rewarded with content Isaac can use in the upcoming sequel.