Action RPG


The Metal Gear Solid franchise has always been known for creating a captivating atmosphere that originated in Metal Gear Solid: Twin Snakes. At that time Hideo Kojima development work was the hallmark of game design and video game storytelling. But much has changed since then and with Snake’s storyline wrapped up in Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots, it's time for the series to move in a new direction. They’re for, a new development team and a new main focus is the story behind Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance.


For the longest time, we’ve waited for the ideal South Park gaming experience…and never really got it.  Sure, some games came close to getting the style of the series down (like the recent Tenorman’s Revenge), but didn’t really live up to the potential of gameplay.  And don’t even get us started on those crappy Acclaim games – even the creators of the series, Trey Parker and Matt Stone, couldn’t stand them.  But with The Stick of Truth, Obsidian Entertainment’s latest project for THQ, we could very well be seeing a turnaround.  Even if it just plain wrong in spots.  But that just means the team is doing it right.


Earlier today, Ubisoft announced that one of the premier video games franchises in the industry will soon be making it’s way to the PlayStation Vita. Assassin’s Creed III Liberation will be released on October 30 exclusively on the PlayStation Vita.


Halo 4 is without doubt one of the biggest games of the year and is expected to sell well during the holiday season. As we approach fall, many retailers are starting to update their store catalogues to show store specific pre-order bonuses.


Diablo III has already sold through millions of units, meaning that both PC and Mac owners have no trouble getting into the game and slaying monsters for hours at a time.  With that, you’re occasionally going to need to talk to fellow players just to make sure you’re on the same page with your strategies.  While some of you may feel comfortable using a $15 headset to get the job done, SteelSeries has a pricey – yet very cool – piece of gear that’ll make you feel more like a bad-ass.


Now that Diablo III is officially raiding millions of homes, PC users are probably wearing down their equipment like crazy clicking on their characters and moving things around.  With that, you might want to consider a high-performance piece of tech to get you through these battles, rather than a cheapy $15 mouse that breaks after just a few hours of play.  SteelSeries may have just what you need with its Diablo III mouse, which was introduced on the same day as the game.


While news continues to circulate around the possibility of Kingdom Hearts III for new consoles, Square Enix is busy promoting another title in the series, the upcoming Kingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop Distance for Nintendo 3DS.  Though not the "epic" sequel that many gamers will be hoping for, it will nevertheless be a great new game for the handheld, featuring another wonderful adventure that combines the universes of Square and Disney almost seamlessly.  And we've got some great new details on the game, via a video interview.


The IOS market has been around for roughly six years and has helped revolutionize everything tech related from movies, music and games. It has given artist and developers a new platform to communicate and speak directly to audience and that’s exactly what Aoineko Studios is doing.


Recently, I was lucky to partake in the very first Guild Wars 2 beta and what a thrill it was. I haven’t played the franchise before, but all I have heard were great things and it’s one of the most risking IP’s on the market. Unlike most MMO’s, Guild Wars isn’t a subscription service and depends solely on in game player purchase. Besides the subscription model, the development team at NCSOFT is making a number of key changes to the MMO format that makes it immediately intriguing.


Last year, Orcs Must Die! from Robot Entertainment (consisting of prior employees from Ensenble Studios, the makers of Halo Wars) really shook things up on both PC and Xbox Live Arcade, with players getting into the bloody, strategic action of killing hundreds of orcs using melee attacks and various gut-busting traps.  Now, the team is at it again, bringing Orcs Must Die! 2 to the front this fall with two-player co-op action, more traps and, of course, more dead orcs.  Who could ask for anything more?


Star Wars: The Old Republic is definitely garnering a huge audience for both Electronic Arts and Bioware, but it's about to get a whole lot bigger.  The company recently announced a new Legacy expansion that would take the popular online PC hit in all new directions, one that would keep players addicted for years to come.


You’ve played one Final Fantasy game, you’ve played them all, right?  Hardly.  This July, Square Enix will be providing a different twist on the genre with a game that relies just as much on music and rhythm cues as it does adventure.  Theatrhythm Final Fantasy is an upcoming 3DS game where you’ll have to tap and drag along to pre-set music themes while traveling, building energy for fights and eventually facing large enemies.  And it’ll stem from memorable themes taken from Final Fantasy themes over the years.  It’s as good as it gets for nostalgic fans.


For all those times we praise certain series for making changes, there are also those instances where we’re wondering why a developer made such changes in the first place.  As great as some of the previous Final Fantasy games have been, many have been hunkering for the classic days of SNES releases like Final Fantasy III and so forth, rather than the big-budgeted Final Fantasy XIII.  Namco, thankfully, hasn’t changed too much when it comes to its Tales franchise, and the latest entry in the series, Tales of Graces F, clearly shows that.  It’s old-school love like we seldom get anymore.