“Achtung gave us no mercy as players, so we shall give it no mercy as reviewers.” World War 2 is no new theme to the RTS genre (or FPS, I’m looking at you, Treyarch), so how can Achtung Panzer: Kharkov 1943 make its dent in the war gaming universe? In short, it doesn’t.
One of the most mocked games in video game history, Shaq-Fu, has vowed to return to "prove its concept was strong," says a PR rep. EA announced that they are publishing a "secret project" on March 28th, and just a few days later, several leaks pushed the group to make an announcement:
"We have decided to fully disclose our newest title in the best interest of the gaming community." The PR rep continued, "...Due to the recent success of the television show Shaq Vs., we are moving to renew the Shaq-Fu title, published originally in 1994 by EA. We cannot make a commitment to any platforms for the time being. We are aiming for a holiday launch in 2011."
Next to the infamous Battletoads, Shaq-Fu is a common joke among gamers. If I were to review it today, I would make note of its corny dialogue, horrific gameplay, and degredation of Shaq's name. What do you think about this? Could it be a worthwhile venture for EA? Comment below.
The EA Store is currently hosting a promotional deal that can get you $20 off of any game over $40 (OK, fine, technically $39.95). By using the super-secret coupon code (PAXEAST842) you can get a nice discount. If you feel like buying more than one game, get them in separate orders and continue using the same code. The deal is likely to end around the time PAX East does. Need some help picking a game to use this for? I've done it for you:
BF:BC2 is already $10 off, so it works out to $20
ME2 on sale for slightly less than $40, so to get it you'll have to add something else. Cheapest is probably the $5 ME1 Pinnacle Station DLC, otherwise there are quite a few $10 games, you might be able to find one that's semi-decent to add.
Dragon Age: Origins
Crysis Maximum pack, if you feel like benchmarking.
There is a note in the EA store terms that says the ability to download only lasts a year. People who have bought games previously have confirmed that they can still download over a year later, however this may no longer be the case. It is recommended that if you buy something, you back-up the install files someplace safe.
Paying full price should infer that you receive a full game, no excuses.
The recent release of games like Bioshock 2 and Dragon Age: Origins have revealed a horrible truth: development houses are spending an increasing amount of time producing DLC pre-launch with each year. Content that would typically be included with the launch is being shelved for a rainy day. Get out your umbrellas.
The fact has recently emerged that publishers are including this DLC on the actual retail version of the main game, essentially selling activation codes as DLC instead of the actual content itself.
Most consumers would expect to have access to all aspects of the content which comes on the disc they purchased. Even the content which is flagged as future DLC. If it's on the disc, which they paid for, they should have it.
Imagine buying a new album only to find out that you can only listen to 10 out of the 12 tracks. It's unethical and should be unlawful to restrict content that was rightfully purchased, but this is not a first in the consumer electronics industry, Apple has been doing it for years.
~Martin 'CyberGrim' Baker
Successor to smash-hit Operation Flashpoint, the sequel (dubbed Dragon Rising) will be rising on Steam's top-sellers list this weekend. You will be able to find it for 75% off from now until Monday. Dragon Rising is produced by Codemasters and follows up on the original Operation Flashpoint, published in 2001. The original game was credited as being one of the most realistic shooters of its time. If you want to see the game before shelling out the $7.50 bones for it, you can always nab a demo from Steam.
For those who couldn’t tell by the big, red ‘2’ at the end of the title, Mass Effect 2 is the sequel to the highly acclaimed Mass Effect. Mass Effect 2 requires an unorthodox amount of previously existing knowledge in order to play through it – if you haven’t completed its predecessor, do so before starting ME2.
Bob Came in Pieces is probably ‘that game’ you don’t know much about, the one you’ve heard of but haven’t seen. If that’s true, it’s time to become acquainted with Bob. I was blissfully unaware of Bob and his crumbling spaceship, sitting over there in the small corner reserved exclusively for indie developers. As with most indie games, I'm glad to have discovered Bob Came in Pieces. It's not the best game in the world, it's not massively over-ambitious or glorious in any way, yet it somehow devoured entire chunks of my life like Homer Simpson would a donut.
Electronic Arts has decided to re-release the original three Command & Conquer series games for FREE download, originally made by Westwood Studios. The game pack includes Command & Conquer: Red Alert, Command & Conquer: Tiberian Dawn (the first game), and Command & Conquer: Tiberian Sun + Firestorm. The three are easily some of the best RTS games out there, especially for classics. Long live Westwood Studios!
You can find all of the games here.
Thanks to Tiberius for finding this story.
~Steve "Lelldorianx" Burke
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