The first of five planned episodes of The Walking Dead recently became available on PSN, PC and Mac earlier this week and we now know when it’ll be making its way to Xbox Live. Tomorrow gamers will be able to jump onto Xbox Live and download The Walking Dead Episode 1 for an easy 400 Microsoft Severed Zombie Limbs, or $5. In case you missed it, you should definitely head past the break for the launch trailer! READ MORE
TJ and I really dodged a bullet with our co-op review of Alan Wake’s American Nightmare. I mean, had we not liked the game Mr. Scratch himself probably would’ve skinned us alive. Thankfully, the game rocks and there’s very little not to like about it, unless you’re not a fan of pure, undiluted awesome. I can’t think of a time when a character from a video game has responded to the reviews the game he’s in received, but that’s what just happened with the video you can find beyond the break. Just beware, there’s some sort of fourth wall stuff going on here. It’s freaky. READ MORE
Until now we have only had a chance to see some screenshots from Deadlight. A side scrolling zombie game, where you are a single man trying to survive as he makes his way across North America. There have been quite a bit of new side scrolling games via Xbox Live Arcade and the Playstation Network in recent years. The gameplay video you can check out past the break shows you side scrolling in a whole new light. While still keeping things dark, dingy, and gritty just how a zombie game should be. Check it out past the break and expect to see Deadlight exclusively on the Xbox Live Arcade this summer.
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
It’s been too long since we’ve been able to enjoy the pure, sexual gratification that comes from penetrating the darkness of an unsuspecting Taken with a flashlight’s beam and watching it burst into an explosion of sparks and dispelled dark energy. But finally we can, and even though American Nightmare is of a considerably smaller scale than its predecessor, it’s still quite a bit of fun.
Six years. That’s how long it took for Ubisoft’s I Am Alive to arrive, from announcement to release. For many, this amount of time builds up insane amounts of hype. After all, doesn’t the wait make something taste that much sweeter? For some, yes, yes it does. For others?
Well, they just couldn’t give two damns about the length of time a game takes so long as it’s good. So how do Adam and Jonny feel about this game? Was the wait worth it or should this be another XBLA/PSN title that you just happily avoid? READ MORE
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Screens past the break. Counter-Strike GO will be available this summer for the PC, Mac, Xbox 360 via XBLA, and Playstation 3 via PSN. READ MORE
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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.
After being in development for five years, Alan Wake launched in May of 2010 to moderate success exclusively on the Xbox 360. Despite sales figures officially showing it sold around 1.4 million copies, only 500,000 of those were actually in stores. An estimated 900,000 download codes for the game were bundled with Xbox 360 consoles during that year’s holiday season, which padded the numbers quite a bit. Regardless of how it was received, though, Alan Wake is still a creative, unique game that stands as one of this generation’s most ambitious efforts. See why in my video below.
Platforms: Xbox 360, PC. Price: $19.99 (Xbox 360), $29.99 (PC) Alan Wake’s American Nightmare will be out tomorrow exclusively for the Xbox Live Arcade for 1200msp. If you have a game you’d like me to check out, or just some feedback, tell me! [email protected] READ MORE
Alan Wake’s American Nightmare will be out this Tuesday, probably around 5am my time, so I won’t be able to play it until I wake up. I’m too damn excited for them to hold out on me like this. The launch trailer below is very reminiscent of the Twilight Zone, and gets my blood boiling over with excitement. Just watch it!
From what we have heard and seen so far, it would seem like Mr. Scratch is like Alan Wake’s evil half. It also seems like he is coming out in a big bad way in American Nightmare. Well, the exclusive to Game Trailers video below shows Mr. Scratch being bad.
Alan Wake’s American Nightmare is coming exclusively to Xbox Live Arcade on February 22nd. READ MORE
Earlier this week we learned more about the upcoming Alan Wake’s American Nightmare through the first in a series of developer diaries for the game. Today we’re introduced to the mood, inspirations, and story, and it’s all looking incredibly cool. What I’m most excited about American Nightmare is Remedy’s willingness to try something different with the series. In many ways this is going to look, play, and feel like an Alan Wake game should, but the mood, atmosphere, and story are all going to be much different.
I love the idea that Alan Wake wrote several episodes of Night Springs, the Twilight Zone inspired TV show from the first game, so you’re playing through an episode that Wake wrote. This also means that if American Nightmare does well, we could get more episodes in the future. The game releases on XBLA on Feb 22, check out the new dev diary after the break. READ MORE
Alan Wake is a busy man this month. With the first game coming to PC on the 16th and American Nightmare due out the following week on the 22nd, fans are getting plenty of thrills and psychological action this month. While those two games are definitely worth getting excited about, I’d really like to have even more Alan Wake, wouldn’t you? I know you would, and thankfully, Remedy knows this too.
Joystiq had the opportunity to speak with Remedy about the series, and it sounds like there’s a very bright — and potentially digitally distributed — future in store for Wake and friends. “Hopefully, we’ll have one or two surprises. I don’t know, I’m loving the digital [distribution] side and we’ll see how that evolves, but just being able to give people quick access to bite-size chunks of gaming” said Remedy CEO Matias Myllyrinne. READ MORE
Xbox Live’s House Party is coming up this month. It aims to bring us a new XBLA title every Wednesday, and the roster of titles is pretty exciting. The event begins on Feb 15 with Warp for 800 MSP, and continues with Alan Wake’s American Nightmare on Feb 22 for 1200 MSP, Nexuis on Feb 29 for 800 MSP, and concludes with I Am Alive on March 7 for 1200 MSP. Those four games cover a wide variety of genres, from puzzles, to horror, to shooters, and survival/action.
Head past the jump for some pointers that could very well end up saving your life when the nukes drop, the dead rise, or the aliens invade. READ MORE
I’m bubbling with the forces of light and dark inside me constantly because I’m so ridiculously crazy pumped excited crazy for Alan Wake’s American Nightmare. What I’m most excited for is getting a crazy high score in the FIght Till Dawn mode and rubbing it in Adam Dodd’s smug beautiful face. Below is a sweet developer diary, pay close attention to what’s going on behind the developers.
Past the break for some new screenshots. February 22nd can’t come soon enough. READ MORE
According to the cheevo list for Alan Wake’s American Nightmare, we can expect a happy ending, to rewrite reality (multiple times), and another manuscript scavenger hunt. Wake’s next adventure is less than a month away (Feb 22), and while it might not have the same scale as its predecessor, it’s still packed with enough content to keep even the most hardcore Wake fans happy.
March might look pretty great with its trio of Silent Hill games and Operation Raccoon City, but February doesn’t look too shabby either. We all known about Resident Evil: Revelations that’s prepping for its Feb 7 release on the Nintendo 3DS, and now both Alan Wake for the PC and American Nightmare have been given release dates as well. Mr. Wake’s finally making his way to PC sometime next month and the more bite-sized American Nightmare is releasing on Feb 22. Now all we need is another Alan Wake to be announced with a 2012 release date and we’ll have three Silent Hills, three Resident Evils, and three Alan Wakes. Wouldn’t that be amazing?
To help you make the tough decisions of what to buy and what to wait on, I’ve included a handy list of all the upcoming horror games coming out over the next couple months. No need to thank me, it’s my job. But seriously, you better thank me. READ MORE