Review – Madden 13


 

I have played Madden since Madden ’97. I love football and that is rare for a girl. I love the strategy and intelligence that the game is. I love the Madden series for one reason. I can get on the game and play as my team and make the decisions of the franchise. From Coach mode to Superstar mode the game offers a wide variety of opportunity. Online play and online careers are optional but add a little variety to the same old dance. Of course there  are a ton of poor sportsmanlike  conduct. People will do anything to get you to quit to save their precious record.

I love superstar mode, but when I saw the achievement list for this game I had a Forza 4 flashback and just held back the tears of a completion nightmare. Online achievements are easy if you have a friend to help. Their are guides to help you achieve them without the grind of playing with random people.

The game is a huge improvement, but like anything EA does it has much missing that fans have requested for a long time. Someday the NFL monopoly will end and someone will give us a NFL game we want.

I give this game a 7.5/10 for a good game that has addressed some issues, but didn’t give the fans what they wanted completely. I recommend the game to fans of the series or NFL, but don’t go into the game expecting the holy grail of football.

God of War: Ascension is Playstation 3’s Ticket to Interesting Xbox 360 Fanbase


I am so excited for God of War 4. This game is a long time overdue. It seems like so long ago that beloved franchise went quiet. However the noise is back and better than ever. With a exclusive title like God of War Ascension. The Xbox 360 Fan base will blow the dust of their PS3’s and use the jaws of life to get power to a dormant creature commonly known as the PS3. I already have been teasing my PS3 with God of War III and My PS2 has been teased with the first and second of the series. My only question is….When When When!!!

A Response To the Rumors Regarding no Disc


Late last night a rumor started floating around that the next Xbox would not have a disc drive. Instead, games would be digitally downloaded, or would be available on a solid state interchangeable card/drive. I was about a minute from posting this rumor, when I sat back and thoroughly thought about this idea for a minute. The idea of the Next Xbox not having a disc tray is absolutely ridiculous.

There are many flaws with this logic. Now I am not saying that this will not happen. What I am saying is that if Microsoft wants to keep a lot of Xbox 360 fans content, then Xbox 720 will undeniably  have a disc drive.

Let’s take a look at the big plus for Microsoft in this rumor. No disc drive means less chance for piracy, which is without a doubt is a marvellous thing. The Xbox 360 is one of the easiest systems to hack. Since it uses  standard dual layer DVD’s, which are available at most large chain stores, a simple DVD drive hack is all that is required to make your Xbox 360 play burned games. It is something Microsoft has tried battling, but hackers always find a way to burn their games, and flash their consoles. If Microsoft pulled the tray from the Xbox 720 altogether, then it eliminates being able to burn games, and being able to flash a console.  Piracy will always find its’ way to a console, but by not using commonly found items it will make it more difficult for hackers to crack the code.

Other than piracy, I do not see any other real advantage.

Solid state memory is extremely costly. While prices have come down quite a bit over the past few years, the amount of money for a decent size solid state drive is high. A 128 GB SATA III drive is on average about $120 with a good sale, and after rebates.

There is no reason for Microsoft to use the latest and greatest solid state technology. A device that could transfer speeds as fast as SATA II drives would be more than sufficient for a console, and would provide more than enough speed for reading the games stored on them. Even still, the price to manufacture the rumored cards cannot be cheap compared to manufacturing a Blu Ray or proprietary disc.

Also, when you look at Microsoft striving to be the center of your living room, the idea of not having a Blu Ray drive seems highly improbable. Yes, Microsoft would have to pay Sony a licensing fee, which is kind of humorous to me, but the fact is a lot of consumers do not like digital media yet. A majority of consumers like the idea of having physical media, and Blu Ray’s are selling quite well. DVD’s still sell millions of units every year, and if I bought a brand new Xbox 720 that couldn’t even play a DVD, I would be more than displeased.

Even looking past the solid state cards and Blu Ray playback, there is one humongous factor that makes this rumor seem illogical to me, backwards compatibility.

No disc  drive means no Halo 4 on the Xbox 720. I guess Microsoft could create a transfer program for consumers that own 360 titles, but transferring all of your 360 library would be a licensing nightmare. If you ever had to transfer your license to a new  360, then you know how much of a pain it can be. Backwards compatibility  will undoubtedly be something Microsoft needs in their next console. The library of games for the 360 is growing, and it is packed with tons of games that deserve the title instant classic.

Backward compatibility is a strange subject this generation. Nintendo is fully onboard for Gamecube games on the Wii, and the Wii U is fully backward compatible with the Wii library. The Playstation 3 has not been able to play PS2 games for a majority of its life, and the Playstation 4 will most likely not be backwards compatible. Then you have the Xbox 360 which is backwards compatible, but only with certain titles with emulation software.

Some people genuinely care about being able to play their old library of games, and some do not. The argument usually breaks down to, just keep your old system, and I don’t need to have 6 consoles hooked up to 1 TV to play my games.

I find this rumor to be truly strange, especially since Microsoft went out of their way to include backwards compatibility in the Xbox 360.  The original Xbox ran off a Nvida chipset, and the Xbox 360 off an AMD/ATI chipset. Microsoft had to develop emulation software, which obviously took a lot of time and money.

After all of the rumors of the next Xbox, the features on the system are truly in the air. Microsoft could remove the drive all together, and have some elaborate scheme to get the 360 library on the Xbox 720. Personally, I just find the rumor to be very farfetched given the way the industry looks at the moment.

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I agree that the Ideology behind the no disc era is bizarre. However they have already invested money into making games available through download. You can even save games to Cloud. I doubt we would fall back on memory cards given the hard drive size capability. I could see Microsoft pushing the games on demand more through advertisement and limited disc sales. This is a long shot and I think the rumors behind this are far from true. Microsoft even released a statement saying it was looking for new ways to bring better experiences to the gamer, but not through the means hinted at by MCV.

Xbox 360 2012 Games List


To be clear this is a list of the games that are currently announced. There is a possibility that new titles will be announced as the years progresses. Also there may be games not listed. If so I apologize and remind the critics that perfection is always our goal, but sadly we are human and bound to make mistakes.

The List:

Halo 4
Forza Horizon: Porsche Expansion(Not a new game)
Steel Battalion: Heavy Armor
Fable: The Journey
Tiger Woods: PGA Tour 2013
Kinect Rush: A Disney/Pixar Adventure
Kinect: Star Wars
Darksiders II
Wreckateer
Diabolical Pitch
Deadlight
Bloodforge
Joe Danger: The Movie
Minecraft
South Park: Tenorman’s Revenge
Quantum Conundrum

Thanks to IGN for the help with the list!

Game Releases in 2012 & 2013


2012

February 2012
  • 02/07 – The Darkness II (PS3, 360, PC)
  • 02/07 – Fallout: New Vegas (Ultimate Edition) (360, PS3)
  • 02/07 – Inversion (360, PS3)
  • 02/07 – Jak and Daxter Collection (PS3)
  • 02/07 – Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning (360, PS3, PC)
  • 02/07 – Resident Evil Revelations (3DS)
  • 02/13 – Rhythm Heaven Fever (Wii)
  • 02/14 – Binary Domain (PS3, 360)
  • 02/14 – Tales of the Abyss (3DS)
  • 02/14 – Tekken 3D: Prime Edition
  • 02/14 – Twisted Metal (PS3)
  • 02/14 – UFC Undisputed 3 (360, PS3)
  • 02/21 – Asura’s Wrath (360, PS3)
  • 02/21 – Metal Gear Solid Snake Eater 3D (3DS)
  • 02/21 – Syndicate (360, PS3, PC)
  • 02/22 – Army Corps of Hell (Vita)
  • 02/22 – Asphalt Injection (Vita)
  • 02/22 – Ben 10: Galactic Racing (Vita)
  • 02/22 – BlazBlue: Continuum Shift II Extend (Vita)
  • 02/22 – Dungeon Hunter Alliance (Vita)
  • 02/22 – Dynasty Warriors Next (Vita)
  • 02/22 – Escape Plan (Vita)
  • 02/22 – F1 2011 (Vita)
  • 02/22 – FIFA Soccer (Vita)
  • 02/22 – Hot Shots Golf: World Invitational (Vita)
  • 02/22 – Hustle Kings Vita (Vita)
  • 02/22 – Little Deviants (Vita)
  • 02/22 – Lumines: Electronic Symphony (Vita)
  • 02/22 – Michael Jackson: The Experience (Vita)
  • 02/22 – ModNation Racers: Road Trip (Vita)
  • 02/22 – MotorStorm RC (Vita)
  • 02/22 – Ninja Gaiden Sigma Plus (Vita)
  • 02/22 – Plants vs. Zombies (Vita)
  • 02/22 – Putty Squad (Vita)
  • 02/22 – Rayman Origins (Vita)
  • 02/22 – Shinobido 2: Revenge of Zen (Vita)
  • 02/22 – Super Stardust Delta (Vita)
  • 02/22 – Tales from Space: Mutant Blobs Attack (Vita)
  • 02/22 – Touch My Katamari (Vita)
  • 02/22 – Ultimate Marvel Vs Capcom 3 (Vita)
  • 02/22 – Uncharted: Golden Abyss (Vita)
  • 02/22 – Virtua Tennis 4: World Tour Edition (Vita)
  • 02/22 – WipEout 2048 (Vita)
  • 02/27 – PokéPark 2: Wonders Beyond (Wii)
  • 02/28 – SSX (360, PS3)
March 2012
  • 03/01 – MLB 2K12 (Wii)
  • 03/06 – Mass Effect 3 (360, PS3, PC)
  • 03/06 – MLB 12: The Show (PS3, Vita)
  • 03/06 – Ridge Racer Unbounded (360, PS3, PC)
  • 03/06 – Street Fighter x Tekken (360, PS3)
  • 03/06 – Top Gun: Hard Lock (360, PS3, PC)
  • 03/06 – Unit 13 (Vita)
  • 03/11 – Mario Party 9 (Wii)
  • 03/13 – Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm Generations (360, PS3)
  • 03/13 – Silent Hill: Downpour (360, PS3)
  • 03/13 – Tales of Graces F (PS3)
  • 03/20 – Armored Core V (360, PS3)
  • 03/20 – Ninja Gaiden III (360, PS3)*
  • 03/20 – Resident Evil: Operation Raccoon City (360, PS3, PC)
  • 03/20 – Silent Hill HD Collection (360, PS3)
  • 03/23 – Kid Icarus: Uprising (3DS)
  • 03/27 – Silent Hill: Book of Memories (Vita)
April 2012
  • 04/03 – Devil May Cry HD Collection (360, PS3)
  • 04/06 – Xenoblade Chronicles (Wii)
  • 04/13 – Spirit Camera: The Cursed Memoir (3DS)
  • 04/17 – The Witcher 2 (360)
  • 04/24 – Prototype 2 (360, PS3)
May 2012
  • 05/01 – Sniper Elite V2 (360, PS3, PC)
  • 05/08 – Starhawk (PS3)
  • 05/15 – Max Payne 3 (360, PS3, PC)
  • 05/20 – Mario Tennis Open (3DS)
  • 05/22 – Dragon’s Dogma (360, PS3)
  • 05/22 – Ghost Recon: Future Soldier (360, PS3, PC)
  • 05/29 – Resistance: Burning Skies (Vita)
  • TBA May – Dirt Showdown (360, PS3, PC)
June 2012
  • 06/12 – Gravity Rush (Vita)
  • 06/26 – Darksiders II (360, PS3, PC)*
  • 06/26 – Spec Ops: The Line (360, PS3, PC)
July 2012
  • 07/03 – Anarchy Reigns (360, PS3)
  • 07/24 – Prototype 2 (PC)
September 2012
  • 09/04 – Far Cry 3 (360, PS3, PC)
  • 09/20 – Borderlands 2 (360, PS3, PC)
October 2012
  • 10/16 – BioShock Infinite (360, PS3, PC)
  • 10/30 – Assassin’s Creed III (360, PS3, PC)*
November 2012
  • 11/20 – Resident Evil 6 (360, PS3, PC)
TBA 2012
  • Q1 2012 – Crush 3D (3DS)
  • Q1 2012 – Disgaea 3: Absence of Detention (Vita)
  • Q1 2012 – LEGO Harry Potter Years 5-7 (Vita)
  • Q1 2012 – Rayman Origins (3DS)
  • Q1 2012 – Reality Fighters (Vita)
  • Q1 2012 – Ridge Racer (Vita)
  • Q1 2012 – Supremacy MMA: Unrestricted (Vita)
  • Q2 2012 – Aliens: Colonial Marines (360, PS3, PC, DS)*
  • Spring 2012 – Tera (PC)
  • Fall 2012 – Halo 4 (360)
  • Fall 2012 – Tomb Raider (360, PS3, PC)
  • *TBA 2012 – Aliens: Colonial Marines (Wii U)
  • TBA 2012 – Animal Crossing 3DS (3DS)
  • TBA 2012 – Assassin’s Creed Vita (Vita)
  • *TBA 2012 – Assassin’s Creed Wii U(Wii U)
  • *TBA 2012 – Batman: Arkham City (Wii U)
  • TBA 2012 – Bioshock Vita (Vita)
  • TBA 2012 – Brothers in Arms: Furious 4 (360, PS3, PC)
  • TBA 2012 – Call of Duty Vita (Vita)
  • TBA 2012 – Counter-Strike: Global Offensive (360, PS3, PC)
  • *TBA 2012 – Darksiders II (Wii U)
  • TBA 2012 – Diablo III (PC)
  • TBA 2012 – Dishonored (360, PS3, PC)
  • TBA 2012 – Doom 4 (360, PS3, PC)
  • TBA 2012 – Dungeon Defenders (Vita)
  • TBA 2012 – Dust 514 (Vita)
  • TBA 2012 – End of Nations (PC)
  • TBA 2012 – Final Fantasy Versus XIII (PS3)
  • TBA 2012 – Final Fantasy X (PS3, Vita)
  • TBA 2012 – Grand Theft Auto V (360, PS3, PC)
  • TBA 2012 – Guild Wars 2 (PC)
  • TBA 2012 – Hitman: Absolution (360, PS3, PC)
  • TBA 2012 – Kinect Star Wars (360)
  • TBA 2012 – Kingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop Distance(3DS)
  • TBA 2012 – The Last Guardian (PS3)
  • TBA 2012 – The Last Story (Wii)
  • TBA 2012 – LEGO City Stories (3DS, Wii U)
  • TBA 2012 – LittleBigPlanet Vita (Vita)
  • TBA 2012 – Lollipop Chainsaw (360, PS3)
  • TBA 2012 – Lord of Apocalypse (Vita)
  • TBA 2012 – Luigi’s Mansion 2 (3DS)
  • TBA 2012 – Metal Gear Solid HD Collection (Vita)
  • TBA 2012 – Metal Gear Solid: Rising (360, PS3, PC)
  • TBA 2012 – Minecraft (360)
  • TBA 2012 – Mortal Kombat (Vita)
  • TBA 2012 – Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch (PS3)
  • *TBA 2012 – Ninja Gaiden III (Wii U)
  • TBA 2012 – Oddworld: Munch’s Oddysee HD (Vita)
  • TBA 2012 – Oddworld: Stranger’s Wrath HD (Vita)
  • TBA 2012 – Paper Mario 3DS (3DS)
  • TBA 2012 – Pikmin 3 (Wii U)
  • TBA 2012 – Prey 2 (360, PS3, PC)
  • TBA 2012 – Ragnarok Odyssey (Vita)
  • TBA 2012 – Serious Sam 3: BFE (360, PS3)
  • TBA 2012 – Sly Cooper: Thieves in Time (PS3)
  • TBA 2012 – Sound Shapes (Vita)
  • TBA 2012 – Star Trek: The Game (360, PS3, PC)
  • TBA 2012 – StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm (PC)
  • TBA 2012 – Street Fighter x Tekken (Vita)
  • TBA 2012 – Super Monkey Ball Vita (Vita)
  • TBA 2012 – Tales of Innocence R (Vita)
  • TBA 2012 – Tekken Wii U (Wii U)
  • TBA 2012 – Transformers: War for Cybertron 2 (360, PS3, PC, Wii, 3DS)
  • TBA 2012 – Warrior’s Lair (Vita)
  • TBA 2012 – Zone of the Enders HD Collection (Vita)

2013

TBA 2013
  • TBA 2013 – Devil’s Third (360, PS3)
  • TBA 2013 – Guillermo Del Toro’s InSane (360, PS3, PC)
  • TBA 2013 – Homefront 2 (360, PS3, PC)
  • TBA 2013 – Metro: Last Light (360, PS3, PC, Wii U)
  • TBA 2013 – Super Smash Bros. Next (Wii U, 3DS)
  • TBA 2013 – Tom Clancy’s Rainbow 6: Patriots (360, PS3, PC)
  • TBA 2013 – XCOM (360, PS3, PC)

* = Wii U release also announced, not dated (See TBA 2012)

IGN released this list and I thought it would be a good post for reference to the games coming out in 2012 and 2013. Remember these games are always subject to change.

Source: IGN

Assassin’s Creed III – Preview


The rumor is that the new Assassin’s Creed will take place in 1777-1778. I hope so, it would be so cool to see how a game played out the founding of the United States. I look forward to more info on this, and will post as it becomes available.

Source: IGN

Kill Hitler in Sniper Elite V2 with Pre-order


I read on IGN that 505 Games will give you a chance to kill Hitler with a pre-ordering of the latest shooter. The game is set to release in May of this year. It is available on the Xbox 360 and the PlayStation 3. Surprisingly the price is only $49.99 in the U.S.

I don’t see myself spending the money on it considering the current problems with jobs. Save my money for better titles. I will however add to Gamefly.

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