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Dead Space First Day Impressions

Tuesday, January 20th, 2009

pippa-blood-drinking-thumbEven though I had to wait a whole extra day to get Dead Space from Gamefly — thank you very much, Dr. King — I think the wait was worth it. Oh, wait, no, the wait is never worth it, but I am dealing with it the best way I can.

Dead Space came out a few months ago, so it’s not like I was waiting for it on the first day of its release, so a extra day in honor of a great man and civil rights leader is just fine. Although, my boyfriend did try and tell me that Inauguration Day was also a feederal holiday and there would be no mail today either, but he said the look of abject horror on my face was enough to tell me the truth — eventually.

dead-space-isaacSo, first impressions…it’s a pretty intense game. I am playing it on easy, and I’m glad I did. I reminds me a little of Dead Rising in that once a zombie-like necromorph you struggle and have to press a button repeatedly to try and knock the damn thing off.

You play a guy named Isaac. You are a mechanic-kinda guy on the way to one of the largest mining ships in the, I don’t know, feederation or something. The mining ship, the Ishimura, has lost all communications — a communications blackout, if you will, and you are there to figure out what’s wrong and to fix it.

The problem is akin to Aliens. You have some expensive equipment rotting away in space, a -->lot of people are part of the mystery -->, and you show up ill-equipped to deal with the problem. And that is what makes a great video game.

Also like Dead Rising, you get objectives to achieve and a little map helps you get there. There are your teammates to tell you what to do as well. I am happy to have some direction…

The visuals are pretty amazing. The derelict hull is blood-spattered and graffiti-ed out. Abandoned luggage is everywhere, so you know those on the Ishimura were in a hurry to get the hell away from something. Maybe this guy…

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F.E.A.R. 2 Demo Coming Soon to Xbox Live

Saturday, January 17th, 2009

A demo version of Project Origin/F.E.A.R. 2 Project Origin is coming next week on January 22. Xbox 360 users can download the free demo on Xbox Live.

First, they give you a taste and get you hooked, then they jack up the price.

FEAR 2: Project Origin will be released to the public for general consumption February 10th. Europe has to wait a few days for their fix.

Originally, he he, the name for the FEAR sequel was only going to be Project Origin (which was the name chosen in an online contest), but there was this merger see, and the name went with the merger. Thus the new name. But then someone, Warner Brothers who owns Monolith Productions, the creator of F2PO, thought better of going forward without the name of the original celebrated brand, I mean, name attached.

FEAR 2: Project Origin will follow the previous overall story of FEAR. There’s a vengeful, psychic little girl, there are -->things to shoot -->, there’s the mystery of it all. It’s survival-horror in a paranormal universe after a city is destroyed.

The character you play is a special forces guy named Beckett, and you are dropped off in the middle of the city thirty a half-hour before the first FEAR ends. You are sent into this city to arrest Genevieve Astride from FEAR.

The website gives some good teasing visuals, lots of blood and robots, but of course, it doesn’t really tell us too much. You can log on to Xbox Live next Thursday for your first taste.

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Friendly Reminder: WE WANT TO LEAVE, ALREADY!

Wednesday, October 24th, 2007


Hi, boys and girls. It’s just me, your friendly neighborhood JW, here to remind you all that we’re currently looking for people to replace us here at Xbox 360 Rally. All you have to do is go HERE, fill out the form, and wait to hear back. It’s really not that hard.

So, get to it already — so Paco and I can get to the NEW site!

Saints Row 2 - EGM Scans Showing New Images + Info

Saturday, September 29th, 2007

Die Harry Potter!

After the extremely lame announcement that went across the Xbox sites that a “Saints Row 2″ website had been launched (not all the Xbox new sites fault, just the publishers fault for throwing out such a tease and lack of content for the site, bastards!), not much further has been shown to us from the THQ camp, that is until French site Xbox-Gamer.net posted scans of the EGM issue with a preview of what is to come. Check the screens below for new images and info (scans are large enough where you can actually read the text, woo!):


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We want YOU! …to replace us!

Wednesday, September 19th, 2007


Ok, people, here’s the deal — Paco and I are on our way out. We’re taking over at 1PStart.com in an effort to restore it to it’s former glory. …that, and I just plain want to write about another game every once in a while, is that so wrong?!

Anyways, here is what we’re looking for: A competent, capable writer with a love for all things Xbox. Now, by competent writer, we mean someone who spells “you” correctly, and knows when to capitalize. If you can do that, you’re a shoe-in. So, CLICK THIS DAMN LINK, do the required stuff, then get paid to play video games and write about stuff.

…hell, Mike and I did the hard stuff already, and YES, the GTA4 Banner contest will continue, and I will still give you a copy of GTA IV… or something. So, hop to it.

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The Most Comprehensive Fallout 3 Preview, Period

Tuesday, August 28th, 2007


No Mutants Allowed is known as one of the most loyal, knowledgeable, and respected groups of Fallout fans on the planet Earth. By me. Others as well, but since I’m writing this it’s my opinion that matters. But I digress.

This Fallout 3 preview from No Mutants Allowed is, without a shadow of a doubt, the most comprehensive, in-depth preview yet. However, it’s not entirely a positive preview of the game.


Halo Wars - First Video Released! 10 Minutes of What is to Come

Monday, August 27th, 2007

Not only is HaloWars.com hooking us up with a nice 10 minute long video showing many aspects of the game, but we get commentary on it all as well. I am not an RTS man, nothing against them, just never really tried them out, so as we wait on official word if a demo is really going to come out for this, I think here is the best we are going to get as far as getting a taste of this title. Want just a little more, make sure to check out the 45 second clip that was posted just yesterday.

Keep an eye on Gamersyde for a 720p version of this video if your computer can handle the HD.

Assassin’s Creed - 11 Minutes of Game Play

Monday, August 27th, 2007

Too many good titles coming out lately. God bless RockStar for pushing back GTAIV, otherwise I think gamers worldwide would have to quit their jobs just to enjoy some gaming. As of today a brand new video showing off a good chunk of game play was released for Assassin’s Creed. The first time I was impressed by this game was because of a video that used DJ Shadow as the background music (link), but that video really just showed random clips of things happening. This video brings you the goods of what you can expect, which is awesome level design and good fights as you take on multiple enemies, expect this title in November. Enough talk, roll the clip!

Halo 3 - 18 Minutes of Game Play - Spoiler Altert and a Half

Sunday, August 26th, 2007

Watch campaign footage that hasn’t been shown before. Watch the video playback function in action, see alien blood in mid air as you pause during playback, take a screenshot and save it to your hard drive, share with your friends. Graphics are easily better than the Halo 3 Beta that was out. Streaming quality not your thing, how about a 1.2 gig 1280 x 720 torrent to view this in. This is all thanks to the great work of BlimBlim at Gamersyde from GC07. Enjoy.

A quick note about the above video and torrent file, like said above, they are provided by BlimBlim of Gamersyde, on top of the torrent file I have linked from this post, they offer at this page MP4 and AVI links to this video to make sure you can view the file in the format you wish. So make sure to head over there to check out what more they have to offer as well, they keep up on some of the most up to date news on all systems. Thanks again Gamersyde!

Fear and Loathing in Bomberman - Preview of an Update

Saturday, August 25th, 2007

this is bat countryThose lucky bastards at DESTRUCTOID have got a glimpse of what is to come with the great Bomberman Live on XBLA. New costumes are arriving (and I have hopes for new game play types), but for now, just a taste of what is to come was given.this is bomb country Yes, our favorite Bomberman is now sporting the Johnny Depp character written by Hunter S Thompson for the movie Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (Great film, not for the kids though). Just give me some Big Lebowski Bomberman costumes and I can die a happy man, for now though, this is one completely bad ass costume for Hudson to make for this game. I wish I could say more on this subject, but this picture is the only thing sent out, but as far as I am concerned, it is enough.

Nyko - Wireless Guitar, Actual Good Alternative to Rock Band/Guitar Hero’s Guitars

Wednesday, August 22nd, 2007


I got sent a fact sheet from Nyko, then corresponded back with them to make sure I had all the details right, and after further examination, I think it might be a good idea to pick up Nyko’s guitar and buy the Rock Band and Guitar Hero games separately. Here is a quick fact sheet on the new “Frontman Wireless Guitar”:

  • 80 hours of play from just three AA batteries
  • Play up to 25 ft. away
  • If doing , it works with the original Wired Guitar Hero guitar
  • Has the tilt sensor and whammy bar
  • Very responsive fret buttons
  • 3 changeable pick guards with some stickers included (but you know you are going to use your own)
  • D-Pad design is better and easier to use

dongleNow, some clarification on that little box that looks like an amp or an effects pedal, that is basically what makes the device wireless. Seeing as how Microsoft is sort of dicks on how they handle giving out their information on how to make controllers Wireless, that little box will plug into any USB port on the 360, then you need to plug in one of your regular controllers into the amp/pedal box. Presto! Now you have wireless technology without Microsoft’s help, kudos to Nyko for figuring this out. The guitar will then transmit the keys pressed to the box which then uses the code from the wired guitar in order to communicate those key presses to the 360 (so simple!).

pink, yayNow, the 3 pick guards (seen in the black, pink, and transparent) are there to help customize your guitar. Then they include the 3 stickers for customizing further. Keep an eye out on people who are going to use the transparent guard, as that is going to allow you to put your own graphics/photos underneath. I am expecting Forza 2 customizations type action will be shown once this is released.

There you have it, personally not a fan of all Nyko products controller wise, this one is actually looking to be not only well designed and durable, but possibly better than the official ones that Harmonix has put out themselves (ie more customizing + wireless). So far the release date is listed as October 1st and will retail at $79.99 so look for it.

BioShock - The Bestest Game Ever Created Ever - Find it Cheap

Monday, August 20th, 2007

most overused picture on therally

Bioshock, the highest rated game on just about every web site created for games, getting perfect 100% scores with Official Xbox Magazine, EuroGamer, Game Informer, 1UP, Gamespy, 360 Gamer Magazine UK, Game Chronicles, Games Radar, GamePro,and my favorite review of them all from the “Sony Defense Force” (Note: Sony review is for lulz only, it got a 5/10, but still worth a read). Since the GameStop pre-order for the limited edition is over, lets see where else BioShock can be had for a cheaper price instead:

Circuit City: $49.99 + Free ’standard’ Shipping = $49.99 (Of course you can just pick this one up in stores)

Buy.com: $59.99 - $10.00 (w/first time Google Checkout users) + Free Shipping = $49.99

Family Video: $52.99 + 99 cent shipping = $53.98

Amazon: $49.99 + Free Shipping = $49.99 (NOTE: This deal has ended! Back to retail price)

A quick note about the Circuit City offer, Best Buy and Sears do price matching (I believe with 10% off the difference as well). I can confirm Best Buy price matching works, as that 1600 MS Points card deal Circuit City had not too long ago, I just went into the store, grabbed the store ad that is right by the front door, and went right up the street to Best Buy where I was able to purchase the cards. So depending on what store you want to support and/or if you want that extra 10% off, that is the way to go.

Let us know of any other deals you spot out on the internets and we will update this page with your name on this page, haven’t you always wanted to be famous!?

Call of Duty 4 - Exclusive Multiplayer Footage - Looking So Sweet

Sunday, August 12th, 2007

Too Opinionated Gaming has up some exclusive Call of Duty 4 footage showing the multiplayer in action, keep in mind this is some hidden cam quality video, where 2opgaming was invited by Infinity Ward and Activision at an event held in Hollywood, CA specifically to check the game out. I love this quote from the site, “(CoD4 is) one the deepest and funnest MP games ever to grace gaming. Forget what you’ve seen in the videos or read on the net. Nothing compares to playing the game first hand. The quality of gameplay, visuals, and sound are so well done that Call of Duty 4’s multiplayer on the field is going to define what next-gen multiplayer gameplay is all about.” Check out the grainy video, and if this isn’t your thing, after the break a brand new clip from CharlieOscarDelta themselves:


Technical Difficulties

Wednesday, August 8th, 2007

The servers are melting. Paco spilled his cola on the keyboard. JW’s out back trying to wrangle the horses. In short, we’re all kinds of FUBAR, so we may not be able to update as much as we’d like today.

Sorry, peeps. We’ll be back soon.

SEGA Rally Revo Technical Demo

Tuesday, August 7th, 2007

I’m a big fan of Rally racing. I consider Rallisport Challenge 2 the best racing game on the original Xbox (which people give me a lot of crap for). So when I first heard that SEGA was working on “SEGA Rally Revo” for the Xbox 360, PS3 and PC, I was understandably excited.

Here is a nice video for SEGA Rally Revo — it’s little more than a tech demo (part 2 after the jump) but it shows the game off quite nicely.

Now, obviously it’s far from done, but it’s already looking nice, and the physics promise to make this a racing experience that will not be duplicated. I can hardly wait.


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