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Too Human, Not Enough?

For those of you who don’t know, Too Human is a Diabloish style game with a third person view set in a futuristic world of Norse mythology. Sounds pretty awesome to me. The initial gameplay videos made me really excited about the game. I was hoping that Too Human would be everything Hellgate: London was supposed to be. Exciting combat in a Sci-Fi setting with some awesome coop (and having it work). Well, last weekend the studio set out some preview copies to let reviews have some time with the game, and the results are not good. 

From Kotaku’s Round up:

Poor Denis DyackToo Human‘s not even out yet, and already, the knives are out. None sharper than this one: over on the Eurogamer boards, one of the site’s mods – a chap who claims to be a journo – says his Too Human review NDA is “against [his] human rights”. He also says “this has to be the worst game I’ve played in the last 5 years”, citing everything from the game’s animation to its supposedly repetitive combat. This follows on from a few hands-on impressions hitting yesterday that range from the wary to the downbeat to the cautiously damning. None of which are the final word. But all of which will nevertheless be taken as final gospel/reviews by the impressionable and trollish (despite the potential that one is a complete fabrication), which should make a fascinating case study in the construction of internet preconceptions for some student, somewhere.

“Interview with Silicon Knights about Too Human” [Eurogamer, via VG247]

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Alone in the Dark: Review Collection

Seems the game reviews are a bit split on the score to give Alone in the Dark, but mostly the reviews seem to be pretty bad.

IGN – 35/100
I love a good yarn, and I was hoping to find one in Alone in the Dark. Instead I was introduced to yet another amnesiac fighting demons and carrying around a spooky stone. It doesn’t help that our hero is challenged in the dialogue department, having been endowed by the game’s writers with a nasty blue streak. You can count on hearing the words f*** or s*** nearly every time our scarred-up hero opens his mouth, an attempt at gritty realism that comes off as adolescent and trite.


Team Xbox – 42/100
The problem is, who – if anyone – at the publisher or developer actually played this game and decided it was a good thing to unleash on gamers? Did they not realize how horrible the game is to control or how screamingly annoying the camera is switching from third person to a fixed shot is? Did no one say, guys we really need to make this game less of a frustrating mess, even for people who play lots of games? The answer to these questions seems to be “no”. – 60/100
For a game set in an eerie looking Central Park, with monsters around every corner, Alone in the Dark isn’t really very scary. You’d assume this would be a given. You even have the trademark torch that runs out of batteries, yet there are few scares. When a monster lands on the roof of your car for the first time you might jump, but then when you’ve seen another magically fly 100 metres in order to do so it ruins the mood somewhat. There’s a constant fear of death, but this isn’t down to the setting but the inevitable fumbling in your inventory. One of the scariest moments occurred early on when Carnby appeared to be having some kind of seizure, his body uncontrollably gyrating on the spot. Alas, this was a bug, just one of many that occurred during my play through of the game.


1UP – 75/100
As a lesson in ambition and creativity, AITD is an awkward (but welcome) role model. Though no one element is particularly polished, the game’s plenty varied, and it happily defies genre characterization wherever it can — racing segments, rappelling, and a handful of great ideas keep things fresh. Though with such methodical, purposeful design every step of the way, it’s tough to sit back and enjoy what’s otherwise an engaging, surprisingly cinematic caper. You likely won’t be thrilled by the time you sit through both of the equally lame lose-lose endings, but I can’t imagine you’d regret your time in the Dark.

Guitar Hero 4: Guitar First Look

Here is your first look at the new Guitar Hero 4 guitar. The buttons are higher on the neck and are also touch sensitive. I am pretty amped on this. I hope they retain the build quality of the GH3 guitar and don’t end up with another Rock Band guitar.

Xbox 360 Info Leak

It seems that once again the guys at Neogaf have come across some information about games that haven’t even been announced just yet. The information comes from a marketing website, which featured some of the latest information on Activision and Microsoft’s future titles. 

As reported by Palgn:

First up, it seems like avatars will be coming to the Xbox 360. According to the image we’ve been shown, “Avatars are digital personas available this holiday for all Xbox Live connected members and this Spring [Autumn for us] for all new console owners. Avatars will be used in place of the gamer picture you have today and will give you a much more lifelike, animated and fully customisable persona for you to reflect who you are online”. 

First information was also revealed on Microsoft published games, Scene It? 2, Forza Motorsport 3 and Lips. The following is a direct quote describing Lips: “Lips is a music and singing game that includes 30 songs, 2 wireless interactive microphones, the ability to use and sing your own music or downloaded songs from an online service. Designed to have fun with friends, Lips scores you on your singing (pitch, rhythm, and tune) and overall performance. Wireless mics are interactive, with lights on the shaft of the microphone that pulse to the rhythm of your voice, and motion sensors that allow you to dance, move or swing to score points. Take songs from a CD or your iPod, and upload them into the game. The game will reduce the vocals so you can sing along and be heard, and score on whether you’re in tune. Lyrics can also be added directly into the song to sing along.” 

Scene It? Pop Culture Edition will contain trivia questions about movie, music and pop culture. According to the website, Forza Motorsport 3 will be a 2 disk title, with 100 tracks and over 400 cars. The game will feature “near limitless customisation options for car tuning and custom artwork” and will feature several new race modes, such as drag, drift, oval and point-to-point racing. 

In the leak, some new information was also released about Guitar Hero 4. Apparently the game will come with a new touch-sensitive guitar neck slide that opens up the “entire guitar neck for unbound solos”. The leaked document also states that some of the artists that will feature in the game include Jimi Hendrix, The Doors, Foo Fighters, Smashing Pumpkins, Korn, System of a Down, Ozzy Osbourne, Interpol, Muse and “dozens more”. 

For more information on other Activision titles such as Marvel Ultimate Alliance 2, Spider-Man Vs Marvel Zombies and Transformers 2, head to Neogaf. It’s worth noting that Microsoft and Activision have confirmed none of these details just yet. When, and if they do, we’ll let you know.


Xbox 360 – Major Info Leak (and I mean MAJOR)

Last nigh a whole bunch of secret, as-yet-to-be-announced information was left accessible to the public (first spotted by MMaRsu@GAF). Here is some unconfirmed stuff that you should know. This stuff may well have been due to appear as official E3 announcements (for Microsoft) or official same-time-as-E3 announcements (for Activision). Looks like someone as MS is getting a talking to today.

Here are a WHOLE bunch of links to Kotaku, who was nice enough to wade through all the info:

Leak Seems to Confirm Xbox Live Avatars On the Way
Leaked Details On Lips, Microsoft’s Answer To SingStar
More Leaks: Forza 3 and Call of Duty
Game Show Channel Coming To Xbox Live
Guitar Hero World Tour’s New Guitar Control Revealed, Priced
Ultimate Band for Wii: Music Games in a More Casual Style
Spider-Man Wii Games To Use Wii Fit Balance Board, “Web Shooter” Controllers
Rumor: “Trioxide” To Allow Console Games To Be Played On PC?
Powers & Titans Probably Announced For 360, PS3, PC
Marvel: Ultimate Alliance II Details, Platforms
Microsoft Avatars Will Be Playable, Licensed?
New Tony Hawk Game To Employ Motion-Controlled Peripheral?
Racing Equity Probably Announced

Metal Gear Solid 4: Reviews from Other People

I didn’t have time to grab MGS4 yesterday, as I was late for watching the Lakers kick the crap out of the Celtics…

Oh right.

Anyway, Kotakuhas done the work for us and collected another of their Frankenreviews. Here are what some of the other major review sites had to say about Metal Gear Solid 4:


Score: 100

Is it possible to give a game an 11? If so, this would be the game that would merit that score. Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots is a title that exceeds all of the hype that was attached to the title. Regardless of whether you’ve seen every trailer and screenshot, read every preview and heard every interview, you won’t get a full sense of how phenomenal this title is unless you sit down and experience it for yourself.

Wow, do you think IGN could get their noses any farther up Konami’s ass? I don’t, but when was the last time you read a really good review form IGN anyway? 

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Mega Man 9?

Mega Man 9 (ESRB)

It appears as though the ESRB has rated Mega Man 9……..

New Classic Mega Man and he couldn’t show up in Brawl. I am both excited for this game, and PISSED at Nintendo for being such asshats and leaving him out of SBBB.