A sad day in comic book history….

August 24, 2007

The comic book world has lost one of it’s great artist recently, Mike Wieringo to an apparent heart attack at the age of 44. Although some of you may not have heard of him, you def’ have seen his style especially on such popular books as spider-man and fantastic four. He was one of the heavy hitter artists at marvel comics. It’s sad to hear news like this and his slick animated style will be missed. You can check out his memorium page at marvel.com for a glimpse at some of his past work and sketches. Rest in peace Ringo.

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HD DVD vs Blue Ray..and the plot thickens!

August 24, 2007

So after the announcment that Paramount and Dreamworks were going the HD DVD route, Micheal Bay of Transformers fame had gotten upset and and posted a comment on his blog about not doing a Transformers 2. After talking with Paramount about their choice in format, he reposted on his blog a new statement.

Last night at dinner I was having dinner with three blu-ray owners, they were pissed about no Transformers Blu-ray and I drank the kool aid hook line and sinker. So at 1:30 in the morning I posted - nothing good ever comes out of early am posts mind you - I over reacted. I heard where Paramount is coming from and the future of HD and players that will be close to the $200 mark which is the magic number. I like what I heard.

As a director, I’m all about people seeing films in the best quality possible, and I saw and heard firsthand people upset about a corporate decision.

So today I saw 300 on HD, it rocks!

So I think I might be back on to do Transformers 2!

Michael Bay

Now I can understand where he is coming from as a film director, but what I find even more interesting is the fact that HD DVD players around the $200 dollar mark will be releasing soon onto the market. If anyone with enough sense knows, $200 is the sweet spot for consumers on the edge. This could ultimately change the outcome of the format wars as we know it! Sony, if your listening, you better bring out a cheap Blue-Ray player quick because PS3’s are not selling fast enough to support the format. When that cheap HD DVD player drops on the market, it’s gonna sting pretty bad.

Hot Madden Tip

August 23, 2007

Sure, it’s Madden 07, but can be used in ‘08.

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Not enough Bourne in the World …

August 23, 2007

… So they decided to make a new Bourne game. I have admit, though low end on the graphics side [its due next year], this title looks promising and seems to have gotten the all around combat, gun play style that makes Bourne who he is - one bad-ass anti-hero. Check out the trailer below -

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A Night in Rapture

August 23, 2007

I got a chance to download the Bioshock demo tonight for my PC [vista enabled 5gb dual core *2, 512mb nvidia GC rig] . I will pick up the full game later this week so I can loose myself in it over the weekend after being teased by this demo. Below you will find my general impressions and some screens that I took while playing.

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Besides the obvious fact that this game looks good, it plays just as well. There was an interesting difficulty setting in the game called “You played a lot of Shooters!” that was not selectable. I was very annoyed by this as my brethren are aware of my love for taking on an impossible challenge. That must be the insane setting because playing it one difficulty lower will be challenging enough for most players. Even though that’s the case the game still plays well, rewarding you just in time so that the difficulty does not appear to be too harsh. While playing I had a heighten sense of all the objects in the game, and this is a must if you expect to survive.

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If dirt was the leading elemental character in Motorstorm, then water takes the spot light in Bioshock. Mind you the game is running on limited settings. Though I was able to max out the settings on my PC, there were few options that were not made available in the demo, specifically shadow highlighting and all that volumetric mama-jama nerds go gah-gah over. But looking at the above picture, with the game running at a mere 800*600 resolution, do you really need it? Then again I was running it on Vista, so take note.

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The entire feel of this game is something to talk about, from the audio, characters, and the themes used to get a design point across, this game is top notch. Though the default PC control layout was questionable, once you have it set to your liking, everything works beautifully. It’s tough to get an FPS to feel right, and this game ebbs a level of smoothness that I haven’t felt in a FPS for quite sometime. The default sensitivity is a little high for my tastes but this is adjustable as well. A key setting that should be adjusted as you will have several foes attacking you at once. During the insanity of switching between plasmids, and weapons, and dealing with the roster, the game maintains a solid frame rate. My hat’s off to 2K for this game as I haven’t been impressed by a demo this much in a long time. Expect my full review soon, Click “more” to check out extra screens.

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MGS4 - NEW ENEMIES REVEALED

August 22, 2007

And the only game ever to live up to untold amounts of hype continues to tantalize us with more footage. Below you will find new enemies, [bosses???] and just how terrifying they’ll be.

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And you thought the warz were done …

August 21, 2007

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Remember hearing someone say that BRDVD and HDDVD warz were over? Well think again. Everyone is now in the - “lets pick sides” mode “and throw snow ballz at each other come this winter.” With that in mind, Fox and MGM have officially pledge exclusivity to BR. That’s just the way the executives want it - competition. And that’s perhaps good, because maybe HDDVD sales will catch up, but several of us know that may never happen. I heard about discs that can play on both players a while back, no word on that, but it would surely shatter the idea of a media war right about now.

Two Freebies - Upshift StrikeRacer and Rumble Fighter

August 21, 2007

Two more freebies for fellow Game Headz, imported from the East Side.

First one is called Rumble Fighter. In this casual-based online fighting game, you basically create a character with a “class” and fight against others online like the old school Double Dragon style. Cool thing about it, besides teamplay and RPG-like levelling, is you can morph your guy in the fight to get special abilities like insane kicks or harpoons. It’s not a bad game for something that is free.

Next game is called Upshift StrikeRacer. This online car combat game could use a bit of work and some tweaks, such as better controls, but the big hook about this is the team combat and the close battles. So many ways to catch up to your foes and weapons especially targetted for the first place runner, the game manages to keep the racing tight with no “runaway leaders” like many other racing games. Again, it could use a bit of work, but it’s still worth a try.

Crytek’s Slap to Ubisoft

August 20, 2007

If there is one thing we love here at TrueGameHeadz, it’s smacktalk. Whether it’s about crappy movie games or whiny developers, we just love to spotlight the drama in the gaming industry.

Our newest player is Crytek’s CEO, Cevat Yerli, informing GI.biz that EA has provided a better publisher experience than Ubisoft ever did. After Far Cry, who wouldn’t blame them?

“Everything’s just bigger. From a business point of view, we have more support from EA and superior distribution and marketing power behind us, more freedom,” Yerli said.

However, he added, Crytek is also enjoying more freedom thanks to success of its first game, which was published by Ubisoft. “It comes after Far Cry, too; that [game] established us in a different position,” he explained.

Crytek is now working on PC shooter Crytek, which will be published by EA on November 16. According to Yerli, the experience of working with the publisher has been a highly positive one: “We can dictate more, and at the same time we can ask for more support. [EA delivers] more, because we both want this to be the best game.”

Irate Gamer!

August 19, 2007

Ever since last year when Angry Video Game Nerd showed his face on YouTube with his series of “reviews” on old school games and plenty of trash talk, many middle aged gamers with a camera are trying to mimic his styles for some quick easy success. Most sucked, while some are worth mentioning. Irate gamer is one of better ones out there.

He just started a few months ago, but actually shows a bit of promise. To be honest, ever since the Nerd went to GameTrailers.com, he hasn’t been as good as his early videos.

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Team Fortress Featurette

August 17, 2007

If you’re into 3D Design and software then the following video posted by the lad’s over at VALVE will tell all you need to know on how to make your models look like those in team fortress; well that and a lot of hard work and sleepless nights. This game could not come out any sooner. Valve shows us how simplicity can have a solid impact in visual flare and style - nice job guys, I am thoroughly impressed.

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JERICHO BECKONS

August 17, 2007

Ahh Jericho, the other title that I must own for my PC. The only thing preventing me from getting this title for my PS3 is the fact that I know a shit load of of FEAR PC buds are getting it and we’re gonna tear it a new one when it’s released. I love the simplistic plot made for this game [did I say that] and what’s more, I like the way it looks. Though the recent trailer showed off some lip sinking issues, you’d have to wonder if they are going to spoil the fun for me and release it too soon. I think a cake, like this one, should taste like Tira Misu from Junior’s Bakery and served with a healthy dose of Gordon’s Extra Dry. Well, that’s just me at least.

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6-AXi Controls that Don’t look Half Assed

August 17, 2007

I hear by claim the term 6-AXi. A lot of us feel that some games [with the exception of Flow, Blast Factor, and Super Rub Dub] have 6-AXi thrown on it like a dirty wet towel. The thing is, dirty wet towels don’t smell or feel right. Take a peek at this new GRAW 2 trailer for PS3 where the 6-AXi input appear to make perfect sense in this imperfect gaming world ours -

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I’ll let you know when I pick up this title later this month. *Sigh* Gotta actually beat RB6 to buy it though … damn I hate that game.

Sengoku Intro Looks intense …

August 17, 2007

Just thought I share this video with you guys on how much effort the Japanese put into their arcades and games overseas. You will not believe what game this intro is for, nor will you believe what system it runs on - LoL. Take a peek -

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