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The following is a list of all entries from the Journalism category.

I’m Afraid You May Have Consolitis

This is a repost of a previous article written.

With the persistence of the current generation and promises from the likes of Microsoft and Sony that their current generation platforms will have a ten year cycle, it comes to question if games are being held back by conforming to the current standards.  Let’s face it – video games seem to have reached a plateau where technical specifications have been similar for several years.  It can be said that the real issue here is whether or not games are being hindered by developers conforming to said plateau.

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Review: Stormrise

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This is a repost of a previously published article.

From announcement to release, Stormrise has been in the interest of many as The Creative Assembly try to make a great RTS console experience possible.

The first trailer released for this title showed us how you would have free command of a battlefield where you’re no longer restricted to an isometric view, making me think we were on the verge of something new for Real Time Strategies.  On that note, I have followed this game diligently via screenshots and videos as they became available.  Through the clever use of this media, obviously aimed at the target audience, The Creative Assembly did indeed manage to keep the audience hooked in, curious as to how this game would perform.  Only in March 2009 did I manage to get my hands on this, the first in what the team hopes would be a new IP for The Creative Assembly and SEGA.

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Gears of War 3: Ashes To Ashes Trailer

This is a repost of a previously published article.

It was recently discovered that the lead writer for Gears of War 3 is none other than Karen Traviss, the very person that was pinned to write the Gears of War novels. This, I assume, means that the story should make perfect sense to those that have read said books.

Considering I’ve read the books myself, the trailer first seen during Cliff Bleszinski‘s appearance on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon does indeed make a lot of sense to me.  To those that have not read the books, but played Gears of War 2 the trailer might seem a little confusing, but alas I am here to fill you in.  Just know that I am not going in chronological order, but in order of what seemed most significant to me.

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E3 2011 Baby!

This is a repost of a previously published article.

Well it’s that time of the year again, that time where nerd and gamer alike come together in order to celebrate what is regarded as the Mecca of gaming – the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3)!  After the mindnumbing event that was E3 2010, this year is shaping up to be even more drool-worthy with a staggering 138 titles confirmed to be on show in some capacity whether it be as part of the conferences or on exhibition on the show floor.  In fact, to show what I mean, here’s a list of the titles that have been confirmed to be present at the 2011 show:

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E3 Roundup

This is a repost of a previously published article.

So, the week has passed and the powder keg that is E3 graced us with a slew of news, with highlights including the Wii U, Halo 4, the focus on Kinect titles, a Bioshock project on the Playstation Vita (formerly NGP) and lots of games.  As you can see, besides the already known announcement of a new console, E3 2011 was a little short of excitement especially when compared to the massive free-for-all that was E3 2010.

In short, E3 was a bit of a disappointment.  Most of the things that came out of it were already known or leaked beforehand, including Nintendo’s new console.  Therefore, it is indeed acceptable for one to feel a little “jipped” when trying to sum up the events of E3.  On the other hand, this year was full of gameplay demos showing everyone not just little teasers of what is to come, but giving some real demonstration as to what they will be playing.  This includes relatively long gameplay clips of titans such as Battlefield 3 and The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim.  Alongside that, we saw some more Gears of War 3 gameplay, quite a lot of demos from games coming to PS Vita, and some big-publisher titles like EA’s Need for Speed: The Run, and Ubisoft’s Ghost Recon: Future Soldier.

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