The Game Guy

Resident Evil: Revelations - review

Tuesday, 07 February 2012 01:11 AM Written by

The Resident Evil series has gone through a turbulent journey.  It began with a slew of survival horror games for the Playstation 1 and 2.  Following its early success, there have been Resident Evil games for nearly every console.  Some have been multiplayer-based like Outbreak and even one that used a light gun called Dead Aim.  Then, the series took a detour from that convolution with Resident Evil 4 for the GameCube, a game that is still widely regarded as the best in the series. Since then, the RE franchise has been more about action than scares.

Its most recent chapter, Resident Evil: Revelations for the 3DS, is the series’ first game for the handheld that is considered official RE canon.  It was said that this game would return RE to its survival roots, which is true for about the first 30% of the story.

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Curt Schilling is best known for throwing strikes in four World Series, winning three of them, and for creating a bloody sock that currently resides in the Baseball Hall of Fame.  Today, his passion lies elsewhere, far away from a baseball diamond.  Curt has become a major player in the world of video games and it may come as surprise that his video games have nothing to do with sports.

Curt is the founder and chairman of the video game development company, 38 Studios, formerly known as Green Monster Games.  His new team is on the brink of their first major release in the action/RPG “Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning,” which hits stores on February 7 for the Xbox 360, Playstation 3, and PC.

His transformation from throwing heaters from the mound to helping a massive team of game developers and artists create a completely original fantasy world is fascinating.  I caught up with Curt to talk about his new life away from sports.

I was able to get insight on his interest in gaming, building his company from the ground up, controversial online passes, and what he thought were the best baseball teams he played for.

His demeanor was down-to-earth, while conveying an attitude and mindset that is attuned to the culture of the gaming world.  He kicked off the interview with praise for his favorite football team.

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Soulcalibur V - review

Monday, 30 January 2012 11:47 PM Written by

Fighting games are becoming a reflection of themselves.  Much like the competitive, dramatic fights that take place on the screen, the genre itself is equally competitive.  Players latch onto a single character like fans favor a particular series.

Now, enter a new chapter in one of the genre’s most beloved franchises in “Soulcalibur V.”  While 2D fighters have made a comeback, “Soulcalibur V” sticks to its 3D roots and works to perfect its recipe.  Series’ purists will appreciate that this recipe hasn’t been completely remastered, but certainly has its share of new features and tweaks.  While this fighter feels like previous installments, the advanced fighting mechanics and details set the combat apart from its predecessors.

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Xbox Live's Microsoft Points must go

Thursday, 26 January 2012 05:43 PM Written by

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rumors are flying that Microsoft plans to ditch Xbox Live’s Microsoft Points by the end of the year.  If true, this is a wise move by the software giant.  The axing of MS Points would fit into the company's family-friendly plan for Xbox 360 and I’ll describe why with an anecdote.

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Zynga's Scramble with Friends - review

Monday, 23 January 2012 10:33 PM Written by

I’d like to see the total number of professional working hours that have been lost due to Zynga’s “Words with Friends,” and the lesser known-but still popular-hanging with friends.  Zynga’s mobile addictions are more than the average casual game.  They provide a new social connection between friends and family.  I’m even in the middle of “Words with Friends” games with people I’m loosely acquainted with.  These games appeal to such a broad audience and they’re perfect for picking up whether you have a couple minutes of free time, or you’re buried in work.

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The 2012 Video Game Power Rankings

Thursday, 19 January 2012 05:45 PM Written by

The year 2012 is here, and if the world doesn’t end this could be a suitable follow-up to the incredible video game lineup of 2011.  There’s already plenty of buzz about this year’s hottest games.  Most of them we know next to nothing about, while others don’t even have a release date.  But we can always speculate.

Since speculating on the industry is part of my job, I decided to form power rankings for the 2012 lineup.  The power rankings rank the most highly anticipated games of the year by order of their potential quality.

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Handheld gaming is dead

Friday, 13 January 2012 05:31 PM Written by

Why the 3DS and the PS Vita are the end of an era

 

Think back to handheld gaming’s early history.  Recall the original Game Boy, the Game Boy Advance, and Sega’s Game Gear.  Handhelds used to be the bright new frontier of gaming.  For a while, it looked like that was the direction every gaming company was headed.  Nintendo hit huge success with the original DS, and Sony had big plans for its PSP.  It seemed as if consoles would be left in the dust while gamers wanted to game on the go.

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Journeying from console to PC

Tuesday, 10 January 2012 06:15 PM Written by

Getting acquainted with a video game console has always been simple.  There’s no worrying about hardware specs, game installation isn’t a prerequisite, and the controller has buttons that my fingers are all too familiar with.  That’s why throughout my long and semi-illustrious gaming career, I’ve always leaned towards console gaming.

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