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Dead Space: Extraction

January 12, 2010

Worst. Boxart. Ever.

Available on – Wii

Visceral Games have also done – Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, Dead Space, the upcoming Dante’s Inferno, and Dead Space 2

Not the norm

Lightgun shooters are often fast paced arcade jaunts through curious locations, shooting hundreds of bad guys with little or no consequence besides a score numbering in the thousands and a multiplier of times awesome. Extraction on the other hand, is an emotive story driven first person ‘experience’ in which your shooting prowess moves the journey from one plot point to the next, creating a nail bitingly intense seven hour story with plenty of satisfying shooting.

Anyone who has played Dead Space, or seen the gratuitously sweary ‘Downfall’ anime will know what’s happened, but for the uninitiated a mining operation has discovered a mean, ominous looking ‘marker’ on a planet that some religious types take a keen interest in. Before long an intense case of rabid dementia breaks out amongst the mining crew and eventually they start turning into gribbly space zombies, or ‘Necromorphs’ (sounds rude).

What unfolds is an entertaining plot that sits alongside the anime and full game as a side story of potentially huge importance for anyone looking forward to 2010’s Dead Space 2, playing mostly as McNeill the P-SEC officer (intergalactic FBI) you buddy up with bad ass Gabriel ‘one liner’ Weller and ‘Is she underage?’ Lexine as they attempt to escape the infestation alive. All of the characters present great voice work and convincing progression through the game with some genuinely well scripted events, it makes a welcome change to the usually solitary video game horror scenario.

BLAMMO!

But what’s really important is how entertaining the combat is, dismembering necro’s in Dead Space was fun but Extraction sends far more enemies at you with a remarkable amount of visual prowess for the little white box, and the weapon selection is deliciously visceral and pleasantly diverse whilst the scarce ammo will have you swapping around them depending on situations, slowing enemies down, hurling explosive barrels at them, tearing them up with saw blades, burning them in cleansing fire, and blasting them back with pure force whilst limbs and claret scatter around the grimy, intricately detailed locations. Welding mini games also break up the killing, or cause additional sweat inducing pressure whilst fending off a never-ending wave of opponents.

All guns have two modes which you hold the Wii mote normally or on the side to activate.

It must be said though that whilst the combat is brilliantly brutal it won’t come frequently enough for some people, be prepared to sit back and enjoy some conversation or to plod down a quiet corridor with nothing happening as this is primarily a story driven horror game and far from the arcade action of the more immediate House of the Dead or Ghost Squad.

Challenge rooms on the other hand, unlocked through playing the main game, simply ask you to off waves and waves of the gangly limbed monsters intent on munching your face simply in the name of score. The lack of online leaderboards is a hindrance as to the appeal of this mode, but as a means to simply enjoy the relentless combat the mode is appreciated.

For those willing to give it the time Dead Space: Extraction offers one of the best looking, most satisfying experiences on the Wii, or on any platform for that matter, and a potentially important chapter in one of gaming’s most interesting new franchises. That and Weller is an absolute bad-ass whom you must meet, “man up, sweetheart”.

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Remote waggling is kept to a minimum, with only the glow worm (torch) being a little irritating.

For your consideration: Dead Space: Extraction is now cheap, like £15 cheap, and really shouldn’t be missed. It would also really suck if anything about Dead Space 2 spoils the plot of this game, so go play it now!

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Trailer of the week 9/1/10 – Shuryuken!

January 9, 2010

Every Saturday I’ll be posting my favourite trailer of the week! Considering most studios tend not to release trailers at the weekend it, you know, seems like a good time to do so.

And this week the winner is…

SUPER STREET FIGHTER IV EXCLUSIVE FEATURES TRAILER

Trailer first aired – 6/1/10

bit of a mouthful, but the trailer is anything but. Just a barrage of pure awesome new features including Mecha Zangief, intense ‘drama’ between Ryu and Ken, lots of Rufus jiggling, an aztec Dan, a nice lack of T.Hawk, and the best looking Shuryuken ever.

SSFIV cannot come soon enough.

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The 2009 gaming checklist (aka the alternative GOTY awards).

January 8, 2010

2009 is over, finished, kaput, but did you sample the very best of gaming from last year? Well before 2010 gets into full swing (yes Bayonetta is awesome but it is only one game) you should make sure you check off the following essentials!

L4D2 – Boot to the Head.

I knew I needed to include something from the seminal Left 4 Dead 2, but it was a throw up between several things, the Hard Rain chapter, fending off the hordes during a metal concert, but in the end I settled on something that never gets old, smacking ten shades of claret out of zombies with blunt and or sharp objects.

From the first clang of the frying pan to the juicy slice of the katana L4D2’s melee is brutal, gory, and above all effective. In fact it’s currently being considered as a new dictionary definition of the word satisfying.

Insert sound: Thwak

HotD: Overkill – Play it with the Handcannon.

Gamers are split into two groups, those who have played House of the Dead: Overkill, and those who have not. Those who have played it are split into a further two, people who killed the undead limp wrested with a pathetic wii remote, and those that grew a pair and wielded the official Handcannon.

This is not just any piece of plastic, it’s a perfectly weighted piece of finely molded bad ass for you to give your wii remote the pleasure of sitting in, it turns an already amazing lightgun game into the real deal. Once you’ve used it, there’s no going back. It  beats that rubbish excuse for a lightgun Nintendo released any day, then again putting the wii remote inside a banana skin makes a better lightgun than that thing.

The Handcannon, brilliantly modelled by yours truly in blur-o-vision.

Halo: ODST – Vidmaster Endure.

Halo 3 ODST was a fun expansion pack and Firefight was fun, if a little long winded. However that first time you get endure, which coincidently wil probably be the last time you play firefight, is a real struggle. You and three friends figure, it’ll be easy to get that score! Until after an hour you begin to realize how long it’s going to take. The closing minutes of this two hour struggle are some of the tightest in a game in 2009, and the experience is best shared with others who don’t have the achievement as the elation felt afterwards is like a simultaneous ejaculation. Trust me, try it.

Firefight lasts far too long compared to other 'survival' modes, but it's still a blast.

Uncharted 2 – That Train Level.

I don’t have a PS3, and I have not played Uncharted 2. But I have been told by a reputable source (my mate Dave) that the train level is the best bit.

This is Nathan Drake, from Uncharted, in Shadow Complex.

Plants vs Zombies – F***ING BUNGEE ZOMBIES!

The third zombie enhanced game on this list and something everyone should have played, if only so you too can scream at the bungee zombies. By the roof levels any player of PvZ will be confident in their horticultural powered undead slaying abilities, until the bungee shows up for the first time.

‘YEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEAH!’ It screams as it hovers above your prized watermelon catapult, before yoinking it from before your very eyes.

And you will scream.

But then, as with a new vegetarian girlfriend, you’ll adapt or fail, as that’s what drives the perfect difficulty curve of PvZ.

FUUUUUUUUUUUUUU

Monkey Island: Special Edition – Something Old, Something New.

Every once in a while an element of gaming turns around, smacks you in the chops, and reminds you how far we’ve come in a short space of time, reliving Guybrush’s first adventure was one such smack.

So to fully appreciate this effect in full motion, press the button to swap the graphics and sound between old and new.

And do it again.

And again.

Addictive isn’t it? And if you’re playing on PC you can then say to yourself ‘how if the presentation is better, can they make the inventory and actions more awkward?’

Two steps forward, one step back.

If I wasn't so lazy, I'd have

merged these pics.

Street Fighter IV – HADOUKEN!

Like an old war veteran given a submachine gun, giving a gamer in their early to late twenties a copy of Street Fighter IV and a stick (or competent D-Pad) will induce flashbacks to a simpler time, a glorious time, possibly a treasured time, and then the nostalgia really kicks in.

Watch as their eyes scan the character select for their old flame; who will be there unless they’re mentally retarded (T. Hawk is shit), and the match starts. Chances are, they chose Ryu or Ken, chances are the first thing they will do is throw a Hadouken. And watch the smile spread across their face.

Still got it.

You’re not a real gamer until you can do these consistantly

Team Fortress 2 – Throw Piss on Someone.

Team Fortress 2 is a miracle in modern gaming, it stays a constant force in the minds of gamers thanks to Valve’s commitment to updates, and in 2009 we were given the best yet. The Jarate.

Playing as the sniper you now have the privilege of slam dunking a glass container of your liquid waste all over some helpless sap on the opposing team, watching it slowly drip off as your friends pummel them into the ground for being covered in pish. Yep, in 2009 Valve let us re-enact the best part of a night out in Glasgow.

Some call it gross, I call it effective waste recycling.

Trials HD – Getting past ‘that’ bit.

Trials is full of so many ‘that’ bits I couldn’t possibly name one, and everyone will find a ‘that’ bit in Trials that I daren’t say mine for fear of someone on the big bad Internet calling me a pussy. But anyway Trials HD is a hard game but it’s so quick to try again that we do, we try again, and again, and again, until on the eighty fourth attempt we get it, we cheer, we run around, we down the last of our beer, we start to question that twitching on our temple, we down another beer, we think the twitch is gone, or we can’t feel it, good enough.

And then the next bit is harder.

We degenerate into a caveman like dialect of grunts and splutters.

*gulp*

Borderlands – LUK AT MA GUNZ!

Borderlands is a game about guns. Big ones, small ones, some as big as your head, all tools of killing. Most fall into the category of mundane but every once in a while you’ll find a gun that makes you impersonate a monkey and you will need to show it off. In all honesty, Borderlands is a pretty average game but the ability to hop online with friends and say ‘watch my triple rocket launcher that electrocutes people and saves a starving African child every time I fire it’ is a joy no other game can match. God bless loot.

As fun a game as Borderlands is, these four have as much personality as a Cream Cracker. They leave a similar taste in the mouth as well.

Those are my ten moments that made 2009 a great year in gaming, apart from one from a reputable source (Dave), but if you think you’ve got any more why not share them here! Oh and make sure you actually, you know, go and do those ten. They’ll improve your life and maybe even make you a better person.

It’ll help you survive a zombie apocalypse anyhow.

2009 is over, finished, kaput, but did you sample the very best of gaming from last year? Well before 2010 gets into full swing (yes Bayonetta is awesome but it is only one game) you should make sure you check off the following essentials!

L4D2 – Melee.

I knew I needed to include something from the seminal Left 4 Dead 2, but it was a throw up between several things, the Hard Rain chapter, fending off the hordes during a metal concert, but in the end I settled on something that never gets old, smacking ten shades of claret out of zombies with blunt and or sharp objects.

From the first clang of the frying pan to the juicy slice of the katana L4D2’s melee is brutal, gory, and above all effective. In fact it’s currently being considered as a new dictionary definition of the word satisfying.

HotD: Overkill – Play it with the Handcannon.

Gamers are split into two groups, those who have played House of the Dead: Overkill, and those who have not. Those who have played it are split into a further two, people who killed the undead limp wrested with a pathetic wii remote, and those that grew a pair and wielded the official Handcannon.

This is not just any piece of plastic, it’s a perfectly weighted piece of finely molded badass for you to give your wii remote the pleasure of sitting in, it turns an already amazing lightgun game into the real deal. Once you’ve used it, there’s no going back. It  beats that rubbish excuse for a lightgun Nintendo released any day, then again putting the wii remote inside a banana skin makes a better lightgun than that thing.

Halo: ODST – Vidmaster Endure.

Halo 3 ODST was a fun expansion pack and Firefight was fun, if a little long winded. However that first time you get endure, which coincidently wil probably be the last time you play firefight, is a real struggle. You and three friends figure, it’ll be easy to get that score! Until after an hour you begin to realize how long it’s going to take. The closing minutes of this two hour struggle are some of the tightest in a game in 2009, and the experience is best shared with others who don’t have the achievement as the elation felt afterwards is like a simultaneous ejaculation. Trust me, try it.

Uncharted 2 – That Train Level.

I don’t have a PS3, and I have not played Uncharted 2. But I have been told by a reputable source (my mate Dave) that the train level is the best bit.

Plants vs Zombies – F***ING BUNGEE ZOMBIES!

The third zombie enhanced game on this list and something everyone should have played, if only so you too can scream at the bungee zombies. By the roof levels any player of PvZ will be confident in their horticultural powered undead slaying abilities, until the bungee shows up for the first time.

‘YEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEAH!’ It screams as it hovers above your prized watermelon catapult, before yoinking it from before your very eyes.

And you will scream.

But then, as with a new vegetarian girlfriend, you’ll adapt or fail, as that’s what drives the perfect difficulty curve of PvZ.

Monkey Island: Special Edition – Something Old, Something New.

Every once in a while an element of gaming turns around, smacks you in the chops, and reminds you how far we’ve come in a short space of time, reliving Guybrush’s first adventure was one such smack.

So to fully appreciate this effect in full motion, press the button to swap the graphics and sound between old and new.

And do it again.

And again.

Addictive isn’t it? And if you’re playing on PC you can then say to yourself ‘how if the presentation is better, can they make the inventory and actions more awkward?’

Two steps forward, one step back.

Street Fighter IV – HADOUKEN!

Like an old war veteran given a submachine gun, giving a gamer in their early – late twenties a copy of Street Fighter IV and a stick (or competent D-Pad) will bring back flashbacks to a simpler time, a glorious time, possibly a treasured time, and then the nostalgia kicks in.

Watch as their eyes scan the character select for their old flame; who will be there unless they’re mentally retarded (T. Hawk is shit), and the match starts. Chances are, they chose Ryu or Ken, chances are the first thing they will do is throw a Hadouken. And watch the smile spread across their face.

Still got it.

Team Fortress 2 – Throw Piss on Someone.

Team Fortress 2 is a miracle in modern gaming, it stays a constant force in the minds of gamers thanks to Valve’s commitment to updates, and in 2009 we were given the best yet. The Jarate.

Playing as the sniper you now have the privilege of slam dunking a glass container of your liquid waste all over some helpless sap on the opposing team, watching it slowly drip off as your friends pummel them into the ground for being covered in pish. Yep, in 2009 Valve let us re-enact the best part of a night out in Glasgow.

Trials HD – Getting past ‘that’ bit

Trials is full of so many ‘that’ bits I couldn’t possibly name one, and everyone will find a ‘that’ bit in Trials that I daren’t say mine for fear of someone on the big bad Internet calling me a pussy. But anyway Trials HD is a hard game but it’s so quick to try again that we do, we try again, and again, and again, until on the eighty fourth attempt we get it, we cheer, we run around, we down the last of our beer, we start to question that twitching on our temple, we down another beer, we think the twitch is gone, or we can’t feel it, good enough.

And then the next bit is harder.

We degenerate into a caveman like dialect of grunts and splutters.

Borderlands – LUK AT MA GUNZ!

Borderlands is a game about guns. Big ones, small ones, some as big as your head, all tools of killing. Most fall into the category of mundane but every once in a while you’ll find a gun that makes you impersonate a monkey and you will need to show it off. In all honesty, Borderlands is a pretty average game but the ability to hop online with friends and say ‘watch my triple rocket launcher that electrocutes people and saves a starving African child every time I fire it’ is a joy no other game can match. God bless loot.

Those are my ten moments that made 2009 a great year in gaming, apart from one from a reputable source (Dave), but if you think you’ve got any more why not share them here! Oh and make sure you actually, you know, go and do those ten. They’ll improve your life and maybe even make you a better person.

It’ll help you in a zombie apocalypse anyhow.