Oh yes people. Bethesda, who are the developers of the Elder Scrolls games, has let out that their most recent installment, entitled Skyrim, may be coming to the Wii U at launch. So by saying this, there’s a very good chance that Skyrim will be on the Wii U. Skyrim joins an already impressive list of big name games that will be available on the Wii U when it launches, consisting of: Darksiders 2, Assassins Creed and Batman Arkham City.
Even though Nintendo has kinda gone down in the dumps as of late with the poor 3DS sales and recent news of a potential lawsuit over the Wii sensor technology, but news of all of these big name titles coming to the Wii U could be what Nintendo needs to get out of it’s funk when the Wii U comes out.
Till next time! Happy gaming!!
Remember on this weeks episode I mentioned a video that featured clips of Nicolas Cage movie segments of him going nuts? Well here it is.
Hey guys. A Roosterteeth crew member just posted this in their blog. An independent film crew made what seems to a movie based on the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles character Casey Jones. For those who don’t know, Casey Jones is an ex hockey player turned masked vigilante who preys upon the wrong doers of New York City. The only difference between Casey and the Ninja Turtles is that Casey likes to take his form of justice a little to the extreme. This short film shows the origin of Casey Jones and his first meet up with the Foot Clan and the Ninja Turtles. Here it is. Enjoy!
I thought it wasn’t all that bad. The acting was sub par, the fight sequences were rough and the over use of quotes from the original movies got a little annoying, but the overall movie itself wasn’t bad. I mean, it this is a sneak peak at what the new live action movie will be like, I’m looking pretty forward to it. What do you guys think?
So, I just read a little bit of news that there’s a rumor going around that GameStop will soon be selling Apple iOS products. So in the near future, you will start seeing iPods, iPads, and even iPhones in stock at your local GameStop locations. In fact, some stores have already started accepting trade ins for iOS products for store credit.
This actually doesn’t come to me as much of a surprise. Apparently, Apple has been looking for more third party outlets to supply their products. And seeing as the iPad, iPhone, and iTouch all have gaming capabilities, it makes sense even though everything is digital download for those devices, but so was the PSP Go, and they sold those in GameStop stores.
But the real question is, will GameStop carry the iPhone 5 when it comes out? If so, I will be trading in my 3GS for store credit and upgrading to the 5 when it comes out. And also, since GameStop will start carrying iPhones, will that mean that they will also begin dealing with AT&T for supply data and phone plans for the phones? I’m not sure, but I guess we will see in the near future.
So what do you think about Apple selling it’s iOS products at GameStop? Do you think it will increase sales for the video game store?
Here’s the video of Roosterteeth at this year’s PAX Prime Halo Fest event. In the video, they showed Episode 10 of Red vs. Blue Season 9, which is amazing! Then they did something really cool, they did a table read for a miniseries they are going to have on Halo Waypoint a little later this year. The video is about an hour long so if you wanna watch it, make sure you have some time on your hands.
As you may have read in fellow OMBG blog writer Josh Massie’s latest blog post, “The Inner Nerd Strikes Again,” Josh posted a number of videos made by some of our favorite video makers that used video games either as their medium or as the basis of their subject. As Josh mentioned in his section on Roosterteeth, he and I attended the first ever RTX community event and got to take part in one of their live action short series, Immersion. As Josh said, we tested the video game theory that two people could fend off a horde of zombies. Now, what Josh didn’t do was post the video we were in. So here ya go!!
You can actually catch quick glimpses of Josh and I at some point in the video. Hope you enjoy!
Well guys, the time has come. It’s time for my very first game review on the OMBG site. I know I originally said that I would post reviews at the end of the month, but I lost track of time. : / Sorry. So lets just have me post a review on the start of each month! Sound better? Cool! Well, lets get going!
L.A. Noire is Rockstar’s latest release and takes place in 1947 Los Angeles. You play as Cole Phelps, a WWII veteran who returns home to his wife and family and becomes a police officer in the LAPD. Throughout the story, you work your way through the ranks from a street cop to a detective in the LAPD’s Vice desk by gathering evidence, interviewing suspects, and making arrests.
L. A. Noire was an amazingly fun game to play. With a compelling story and a revolutionary new 3D character model creation, it’s certainly one of my picks for game of the year. With that said, L.A. Noire receives the score of a 4.5 out of 5.
Body of Review:
L. A. Noire pretty much plays like any other Rockstar game. So basically, if you are familiar with the game engine of Red Dead Redemption or GTA 4, you’ll catch on to L. A. Noire pretty fast.
Look of the Game:
The game featured state of the art motion capturing cameras that filmed the voice actors faces while they did their lines to capture the actor’s facial expressions. So for the first time that I’ve ever seen in a game, the character models in the game are actually based off of the actors who play them. This is easily the coolest thing in a video game that I have ever seen. Like I said earlier, your character is a police detective and the main objective is to interrogate suspects in order to arrest the culprit. In order to do so, you have to be able to tell if a suspect is lying or telling the truth. This is where the 3D motion capture comes into play. With this new technique, you can see facial expressions, shifty eyes, and uncertain looks on the suspects faces. All of which can be used to determine if the person being questioned is telling the truth or not. To be completely honest, it can be a little creepy because it’s so lifelike.
But perhaps L. A. Noire’s biggest star is the city of Los Angeles itself. It’s almost like Rockstar went back in time to 1947 L.A. and copied every part of the city and put it in the game. The landscape is awesome to say the least. One part of the story requires you to go around to famous landmarks in the city and each one is found exactly where they actually exist in real life. Rockstar really went out of their way to ensure the players were actually in Los Angeles.
Overall Game and Story:
The overall story of the game was really good. You start out as a street cop working traffic and eventually work your way up in the ranks by solving crimes until you get to the homicide desk. Then you solve murders until you get promoted to the Vice desk, which deals primarily with narcotics. Then at the end of the second act Cole Phelps goes through a character downfall in which you get demoted to the arson desk where you spend act three trying to redeem yourself as a police detective and a person. All the while you see flashbacks from when you were in WWII and find out what happened to Cole Phelps in the war and how he becomes a decorated war hero.
The game was very fun to play, especially the parts where you are looking through crime scenes gathering evidence, examining murder victim’s bodies and interrogating suspects. The amount of detail the bodies had when gathering evidence was pretty cool if you ask me.
Each desk you get assigned to will give you a different partner. Which comes in pretty handy when you need to go somewhere in the city. Unlike GTA or Red Dead, LA Noire won’t allow you to set a way point to your destination, and the city streets of LA can be pretty confusing. Luckily, your partner always know which way to got. You can either drive the car yourself and ask your partner for directions or you can just hold down the Y button, which is used to get in and out of cars, and your partner will drive to the destination. If there is some dialogue that needs to be said during the ride, it will be said and then you will skip to your destination. I really liked this option because I’m a horrible driver in both real life and in video games. The only time you can have your partner drive is when you are in a high speed car chase though.
Something that was really different about this game compared to other Rockstar games is that it’s not as open as Red Dead or GTA. It’s a very linear game. A mission, or case in the matter of LA Noire, goes like this: get your orders from your CO, go to a crime scene, gather evidence, determine person(s) of interest, interrogate said person(s) of interest, and finally make an arrest based on the evidence you’ve gathered. That’s pretty much it. You can choose to solve a street crime during the main case if you want to, but if you don’t, it won’t change anything about the outcome of the game. Another thing is that you can’t harm civilians. You are a good guy the entire game. You can’t even hit pedestrians with your car, they will just run or dive out of the way. That actually kinda bums me out, because I thought that was one of the better parts of Red Dead and GTA. But what can you do?
All in all, LA Noire was an amazing game. The new motion capture technique along with the story that was told was wonderful. I would not be surprised at all it LA Noire ends up being named game of the year by one the video game outlets.
Well that’s it for my first game review. If you have suggestions for my next review, please let me know. If not, I’ll let ya’ll know what next months game will be. Thanks guys!!