The Game Guy

You’re going to want to keep an eye out for “Guacamelee,” the new platformer beat ‘em up from Drinkbox Studios. This upcoming downloadable title blends elements from “Metroid” and “Castlevania,” adds hand-to-hand combat, and throws in drop-in/drop-out two-player co-op. In other words, it’s pure fun in game form.

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“Dishonored” is about to get its first batch of DLC. Rather than continuing the story of Corvo, you’ll play as Daud, the assassin responsible for the murder of The Empress. This new storyline takes place within the same timeline of “Dishonored.”

The narrative explores the psyche of Daud. He reflects on his actions, asking himself if his decision to murder was the right one, or if he has gone to far. Call me a humanitarian, but the answer to that seems like a no-brainer. Dishonored would benefit heavily from having more story depth. I thought the plot was the game’s biggest flaw.

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“Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag” was one of the most popular games of the show. The series is a sales powerhouse, and the recent decision to make it a yearly release adds to its popularity.

“Assassin’s Creed” trailers have fooled me before. Truth be told, I didn’t care for “AC III” and I thought the Ezio-centric games grew stagnant after “ACII.” Since playing “III,” I told myself to err on the side of skepticism when watching “AC” trailers. That newfound philosophy was promptly thrown out upon seeing the new footage from “AC IV: Black Flag.” This game looks like a genuine leap in progress for the series.

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Ubisoft is working on a free-to-play downloadable title for Xbox Live Arcade and PSN based on the Starz series “Spartacus.” “Spartacus Legends” blends the fighting and RPG genres, and like the series it is based on, the combat is brutally violent.

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PAX Preview: New MMORPG "Wildstar"

Saturday, 23 March 2013 04:10 PM Written by

“Wildstar” is a cartoonish MMORPG from Carbine Studios that at first glance looks like “World of Warcraft” meets “Ratchet and Clank.” It’s nearly impossible to show all of the intricacies of an MMO an in hour-long presentation, but the developers made a persuasive argument for why we should look forward to “Wildstar.”

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PAX East coverage begins Friday

Thursday, 21 March 2013 12:47 PM Written by

PAX East (Penny Arcade Expo) kicks off from Boston on Thursday and I’ll be on-site to check out all that the show has to offer. I have hands-on time scheduled for games from Ubisoft, Bethesda, Capcom, Deep Silver, Volition and more!

 

Each game I play will get its own preview post as soon as possible, but be sure to follow me on Twitter (@GameGuyPGH) for up-to-the-minute PAX East updates from the show floor.


This is my first journey to PAX East so I'll be tweeting away about the games I see, as well as the show’s sights and sounds. If you have any questions about the show or the games, shoot me a mention on Twitter. I’ll do my best to respond.

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'Gears of War: Judgment" - Review

Thursday, 21 March 2013 11:49 PM Written by

Move over “God of War: Ascension.” There’s another blockbuster March release with the “GoW” initials that’s also a prequel… and a console exclusive… and is technically the fourth console release in the series (who says there’s no originality in video games?). The wait is over for Epic Games’ and People Can Fly’s “God of War: Judgment.”

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'God of War: Ascension' - review

Friday, 15 March 2013 12:53 AM Written by
(SPOILER ALERT FOR STORY ELEMENTS IN ALL ‘GOD OF WAR’ GAMES EXCEPT ‘ASCENSION’)

Anyone who has played the three console “God of War” games knows the essential stories of Kratos, The Ghost of Sparta. If your biography read, “Killing Zeus” somewhere in its text, it’s likely that there aren’t going to be any events that trump that achievement. Herein lies the biggest risk in crafting a prequel. We already know the story of Kratos. What could possibly be more exciting than taking down the gods of Olympus? And if there was something else seriously noteworthy in his life, why are we only hearing about it now?

The story takes place a decade before the events of the original “GoW.” Kratos had just recently been tricked into slaying his wife and child, and he remains bound to Ares, the God of War, by the blood oath he swore to him. His anger with Ares comes to a head after the murder, and he begins his journey to break the blood oath. That act doesn’t jive with The Furies, a trio of mystical beings whose sole purpose is to torture and punish those who break a blood oath with a god. “Ascension” follows the actions of Kratos as he attempts to defeat The Furies and break his bond with Ares.

Santa Monica Studios wasn’t quite able to succeed in the impossible task of upping the ante for the series, but that doesn’t mean “Ascension” should be skipped. “God of War III” remains one of my favorite games for the PS3, and “Ascension” comes close to matching that greatness.

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