WHAT IS HAPPENING?

WHAT IS HAPPENING?

The sun glinted off the top of the tanks, sand swirled lazily, birds tweeted in nearby trees. It was so beautiful, so calm, so un-planetside 2. If you have ever played this game, you will know it’s bonkers. I was part of the Terran Republic, an imperialistic, controlling faction, and we were losing badly. Planetside 2 is marketed as an mmo fps but it is really just a huge shooter […]

Metal Gear Solid and the Courage to be Weird

Metal Gear Solid and the Courage to be Weird

(As a heads-up, this post contains spoilers for several previously-released Metal Gear games, but none for The Phantom Pain.  Still, read at your discretion.) There’s a dark, bitter part of me that wonders if the high scores that Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain have earned are the result of extenuating circumstances.  The review event is one of them, and the mess with series mastermind Hideo Kojima — wherein […]

Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 5 Shows New Look and Skaters

Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 5 Shows New Look and Skaters

The Tony Hawk games may have seen some ups and downs over the years, but that won’t stop its developers from trying to capture the spirit of skateboarding.  It’s no surprise, then, that Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 5 is due for release in the coming weeks — and while it’s got plenty of skaters to show off, it’s also got a visual style that’s noticeably different from what was first […]

R. Mika Wrestles Into Street Fighter V

R. Mika Wrestles Into Street Fighter V

Street Fighter V is set to take lessons from all of the franchise’s earlier installments, but it’s hard to deny that there’s been a strong lean toward the Alpha series.  One of the first characters teased for return was Nash, and Birdie is on his way back after a similarly-long absence.  Now another veteran has entered the ring, almost literally: R. Mika is the latest confirmed fighter. Both a trailer […]

The Witcher 3 Crosses Six Million Copies Sold

The Witcher 3 Crosses Six Million Copies Sold

Up to its release, The Witcher 3 earned plenty of hype as well as goodwill.  The game promised plenty of good content, but its developers at CD Projekt RED made it their mission to support the consumer in whatever ways they could — up to and including the promise of free content.  Now that the numbers are in, the good karma they’ve cultivated has shown just how well-rewarded both the game […]

Just Cause 3 Gets an Actual Island Pre-Order Bonus

Just Cause 3 Gets an Actual Island Pre-Order Bonus

Pre-order bonuses and collector’s editions have had some interesting perks over the years.  Some of them are pretty sensible, like art books or soundtracks; more recently, Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain allowed die-hard fans to own a bionic arm.  But Just Cause 3 is looking to take its madness to the real world as well as to the next level — because those who pre-order have a chance […]

Rock Band 4 Gets New Tracks, Legacy Adapter

Rock Band 4 Gets New Tracks, Legacy Adapter

It’s been a good while since music games ruled the roost, but Harmonix is looking to change that with the upcoming Rock Band 4.  Anyone with a set of plastic instruments tucked away might want to consider pulling them out of the closet and dusting them off, because the latest update details both new songs and peripheral compatibility. As expected, Rock Band 4 is set to include more than sixty […]

Rise of the Tomb Raider Gets Stealthy with New Footage

Rise of the Tomb Raider Gets Stealthy with New Footage

Gamescom may have come and gone this year, but there’s still a wealth of information to sift through.  That applies to gamers and developers alike, in the case of Crystal Dynamics.  They rolled out a Rise of the Tomb Raider trailer on the Microsoft stage that showed off some gameplay, but some had a negative reaction to the violence on display.  Luckily, the dev team has opted to show off […]

Super Mario Maker, Nintendo, and Winning Strategies

Super Mario Maker, Nintendo, and Winning Strategies

I have to start with a confession: when Super Mario Maker was first revealed, I didn’t think too much of it.  I didn’t hate it or anything, but at the outset it didn’t seem like anything to be excited about, or the savior of Nintendo’s flagging Wii U.  It looked to me like a diversion — a fun toy to play with, and nothing more.  But as the footage rolls […]

Street Fighter V Beta Will Receive Regional Stress Tests

Street Fighter V Beta Will Receive Regional Stress Tests

It’s been rough for Capcom and Street Fighter fans alike.  The company touted a beta for the upcoming Street Fighter V as a major event in the franchise’s history — and it managed that for all the wrong reasons.  Error messages locked out all but the luckiest players, and doomed them to stare at a mocking title screen at best.  But almost a month after the debacle, it looks like […]