Rockstar Games has been a consistent source of truly gritty gaming experiences over the years. Grand Theft Auto, Red Dead Redemption, Max Payne — they’re all ultra-violent story-driven games that aren’t quite like anything else out there. They were undeniably dark, yet they pale in comparison to the controversial stealth horror Manhunt series. It never really found the critical or commercial reception required to become a successful series, but that didn’t keep it from finding a substantial cult following.
Soon, you’ll be able to sneak up behind and suffocate more unsuspecting goons with plastic bags when the original Manhunt re-releases on the PS3′s PlayStation Store on May 14th for $9.99. No word yet on whether or not its sequel will be making the same transition. READ MORE
If DreadOut doesn’t satiate your appetite for hunting down those pesky ghosts with a camera than you’re more than welcome to re-experience the horrifying game that was Fatal Frame II: Crimson Butterfly when it releases on PSN next Tuesday. This was, in my humble opinion, the best game in the series, so I’m crazy excited to get my hands on it again. How about you, what was your favorite Fatal Frame? READ MORE
PSN is having an insane sale right now that includes deals on Soul Calibur: Broken Destiny, Thomas Was Alone and essentially the entireResident Evil franchise. The deals end on April 30th, so if you fancy the idea of getting Resident Evilon the cheap, this is the time.
Seriously, if the Merchant were here, he’d look at these deals and promptly have a stroke. Check them out after the jump. READ MORE
Siren scared the hell out of me back in 2004. It was terrifying. Even its gimmick, Sightjack, which gave you the ability to hijack the eyes of nearby enemies so you could see the surrounding area, was designed to terrify you. I remember hiding behind a wall, thinking I’m safe enough to use Sightjack — it leaves you helpless so you have to be our of harm’s way to use it — to see my escape route. As I’m sorting through the various “channels,” I see myself. One of the enemies was in the process of sneaking up on me so he/she/it could do awful, terrible, horrible things to me while I thought I was being clever. I’ll never forget that moment, and if you want memories like that (or if you’d like to relive them!), I highly suggest buying Siren when it releases on PSN as a PS2 Classic on Jan 15. READ MORE
Releasing ToeJam and Earl on the same day as Halo 4 was in my opinion, DUMB. So once I come down off my Halo 4 high horse I will definitely be getting the ToeJam and Earl collection. In case you didn’t already know, it’s out today in North America on the Playstation Network. Tomorrow in Europe on the PSN, and globally on Xbox Live Arcade. It includes the original game, and the 2nd game ToeJam & Earl: Panic on Funkotron. Supposedly the Playstation Network will sell them at 5 bucks each, and XBLA will have them bundled together for 800 Microsoft Funk Bucks. Screens past the break.
Sony’s really pushing its digital download offering next month as they’ve unveiled eight major releases that will be available to download the same day they become available at retail. This is part of a new program dubbed “PSN Day 1 Digital” and it’s good news assuming you have enough free space on your PS3′s hard drive. The list of games includes the highly anticipated Resident Evil 6, as well as the remastered Doom 3 BFG Edition, Dishonored, and Assassin’s Creed III. Check out the full list after the jump. READ MORE
If you haven’t already experienced The Walking Dead game yo may want to give it a shot. I’ve got to say, it’s weird and not like any game I’ve ever played. But it’s definitely fun and will mess with your nerves. If you do play it, never let your guard down because that’s when you’ll get wrecked. Below you can check out the accolades trailer where a bunch of sites say nice things about the game and give it some damn good reviews.
Tony Hawks Pro Skater HD came out yesterday and the timing couldn’t be more perfect. It’s been raining quite a bit in Chicago/Chicagoland the past couple days. Don’t get me wrong, I’m ecstatic about it because we’ve pretty much been going through a drought followed by random high humidity heat waves. When I play most Tony Hawk games I want to go out and skate afterwards. But I can’t, so I’ve been inside playing more Tony Hawk instead. Upon the release of the game, it was also announced they are working on even more levels for DLC. The maps in THPS HD are taken from the 1st and 2nd game, the 1st DLC will contain maps from THPS 3. Check out this video as Tony Hawk tells you all about it.
Hopefully the game will do well enough that they will keep releasing new maps as DLC. If you head past the break you can check out a new trailer, tons screenshots, and game features.
The single game that made me buy a Sega Saturn? Nights. Why? Because back in the day flying was a big deal. Now we have tons of games where you fly around like it’s no big deal. But back in the days of the glorious Sega Saturn, a game like Nights opened up the minds of young gamers like myself to glorious new worlds. Well, coming this fall to the PC, Playstation Network, and Xbox Live Arcade NiGHTS Into Dreams will be re-released in HD. Wondrous HD. Lots more past the break!
Alien Fear is an upcoming first person shooter that’s running on Unreal 3. It’s coming out for the Playstation Network, and Xbox Live Arcade and looks damn good for a downloadable game. It’s pretty amazing to see how far games are coming year to year. Alien Fear looks as good as a lot of full price games that are out there. I don’t yet know if there will be much to the story, but you and other commandos are on a sabotage mission. It sounds like non stop action with friends just going to town on aliens. Alien Fear is looking to be released this fall.
I used to skate many a year ago. I was never any good at it. But when I see Tony Hawks Pro Skater HD assets, I just want to grab my board and go hurt myself. The full soundtrack was announced which you can check out past the break. But I have to say I’m quite disappointed that there is only 1 song from THPS1 on there. It’s Goldfinger, and I love me some Goldfinger, but seriously that 1st games music as by far the best. Tony Hawks Pro Skater HD will be out sometime this summer, no official release date yet for the Xbox Live Arcade and Playstation Network. The game will run you 15 bucks, which I will happily pay for. Screens, soundtrack, and game info past the break.
I don’t mean to bring your day down, since I’m sure a majority of you are busy with Silent Hill: Downpour, or today’s releases that include Operation Raccoon City and the Silent Hill HD Collection, but I have some sad news. According to GamesIndustry, Dark Energy Digital has gone under administration, with one of the likely causes being the lukewarm reception of their recent Adventure Horror game Hydrophobia. Critic reviews were polarized, with most of them leaning toward the negative side. We didn’t review it, but after playing about an hour of the original (it was later re-released as Hydrophobia Prophecy for the PSN) I wasn’t terribly impressed.
Hydrophobia suffers from Alone in the Dark syndrome, in that it did something incredibly well — in this case, a stunning water physics engine — while everything else fell flat. Now, Manchester-based Dark Energy Digital looks to be closing its doors. What this means for the Hydrophobia IP is unknown, but it doesn’t look good. It always sucks when we lose a talented developer, but I hope the team finds a new home so they can continue giving us new and interesting games. READ MORE
The second of 5 episodes in Telltale Games The Walking Dead “Playing Dead” video series. You can check it out HERE at the official site. The game is out this spring on the PC, Mac, Playstation Network, and Xbox Live Arcade. Screens past the break.
I Am Alive is taking survival games to the next level. By that I mean they are making it incredibly real. Some would say the more real life you make a game the less fun it would be. I’ve definitely encountered people who have said things along the lines of “Whatever, that would never happen, it doesn’t make sense.” Well, technically that’s what video games are for. Giving us everything we can’t have in real life. Check out the video and draw up your own conclusion.
I Am Alive comes out Match 7th on the Playstation Network, and Xbox Live Arcade. READ MORE
In 2005, Christopher Nolan took the Batman film franchise out of the depths of mediocrity, wiped away some of the lingering stains left by Poison Ivy, Arnold Schwarzenegger, and hard nipple suits, and gave the Caped Crusader a gritty makeover. Three years later, when The Dark Knight came along, the memory of the campy, fun Batman that was the Pows! and Thwaps! of Adam West’s era had all but faded. Even though it doesn’t star the brooding anti-hero, Gotham City Impostors aims to take the series closer to its roots by giving us more zany gadgets, over-the-top action, and humor that made the Big Black Bat popular so many years ago. READ MORE
If you’re an original House Of The Dead fan, chances are you’re at a point in your life where you can afford a Playstation 3, and a Playstation Move. Well friends, you’re in luck. You can now download House Of The Dead 3 from the Playstation Network for $6.99. It’s fully compatible with your PS Move, and there are Trophies.
Later this spring you House Of The Dead fans can look forward to the release of the 4th game, which until now was arcade only. Exciting! Don’t you love technology!? READ MORE
Coming March 7th, 2012 on XBLA and PSN is Ubisoft’s action/survival horror game I Am Alive. Everyone I’ve spoken to regarding the game simply cannot wait to give it a shot (I’m included in that category), so any news just stokes the fire and gets us even more pumped up.
So, with that, below you can hear the theme to the game, which is composed by Jeff Broadbent (Transformers: Dark Of The Moon). Check out Dead Pixels coverage of I Am Alive here.
There’s a chance you missed All Zombies Must Die!, no relation to All Orcs Must Die!, since it came out at a fairly strange time for a zombie game. If you haven’t checked it out or aren’t familiar with it, this is a zombie shoot ‘em up with a cartoony art style, some light RPG elements, and 4-player co-op. READ MORE
Well, Amy the downloadable survival horror game we’ve all been waiting for is out. If given the opportunity I always get a demo first, JUST to be safe. I feel that in the case of sad little speechless Amy try before you buy was the right choice. The game definitely feels like an old school survival horror game, the controls are a bit wonky, and it’s a bit slow moving.
The combat reeks of early Silent Hill, I definitely felt threatened with every enemy I fought. Have we evolved to the point where games like this that used to grip up and leave us on the edge of our seat just don’t cut it anymore? Has anyone else attempted the demo? Anyone bought the game? Can someone convince me to shed the 10 bucks for it? READ MORE
I’m still not sure how I feel about the dramatic change in direction that I Am Alive has taken. I was definitely more interested in the original plot, and the games graphics definitely looked better. It also helped that the game took place in Chicago, and now I’m not quite so sure. The video below gives you an interview with one of the games creators, as he explains some key elements to the game.
If your wallet’s still hurting after all the Christmas gift-giving, an extra two bucks for the PSN version of Amy might be a big deal for you. Recently it was announced the game would be coming out next week for $12.99 on PSN and 800 MSP ($10) for XBLA. This caused a bit of confusion, so publisher Lexis Numérique clarified that the price difference is because of Microsoft’s wonky and totally pointless space currency.
Some fans of the game were a little upset that they were going to have to pay more for the game than their Xbox-based brethren, so now they’ve decided to leave it up to us, the consumer, to decide how all this is going to go down. You have two options: get Amy on Jan 10 for the original pricing, or have the PSN version’s price dropped but have the release postponed a bit. When you make up your mind how you’d like to have Amy, I suggest heading on over to the game’s Facebook page so you can partake in a poll. This is what democracy is all about people, so savor it.READ MORE
Yes, you read it right. Gotham City Impostors has been judo chopped back into the brisk cold of February. GCI is a 1st person up to 12 player all out battle game. Online multiplayer against other players via XBLA, PSN, or on the PC.
You’ll be able to pick it up February for $14.99 on the PSN and PC, and 1200 Microsoft Stick It To The Player Bucks on Xbox Live. READ MORE