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[Preview] GoW3 HighDef Screenshots

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Killzone 2 may just be around the corner, but another of the PS3’s most anticipated games is causing thumb-itchiness syndrome from gamers.  Santa Monica’s third installment for the God of War (GoW) series has released some hi-def screenshots for this highly anticipated game.  The game picks off from the end of GoW2 where Kratos, on along with some vengeful titans are climbing Mount Olympus hunting down Zeus.  Here are the pics. Enjoy!

All Pics taken courtesy of Jett:


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February 14, 2009 at 9:52 pm

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I thirst for FPS action *Dreams of Killzone 2: Multiplayer*

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Due to my craving for FPS games, I have tried to quench that thirst with other titles.  I’ve already downloaded and played:

The succession in which I listed the games is not random, I specifically enjoyed the games in that order. I loved how Open Arena made use of the Quake III arena engine and the different characters you can play.  I chose mine to be some velociraptor-ish gunner which I named Sackboy (reference to Little Big Planet, a game I’ve definitely getting :D). Somehow in the game, I found myself constantly on the lookout for Kyonshi, who I enjoyed pwning the most.

Assault Cube is a more modern type game, in which you play as humans, using real guns.  Although it reminded me a bit about CounterStrike, I just didn’t like much of the controls, and how the recoil of the weapons caused your gun to slowly point up until you end up shooting the ceiling.

I didn’t enjoy Alien Arena at all.  The futurish type gameplay just didn’t suit me.  I also hated the most, the house and techno music.  It made me want to puke as how I remember a former friend who constantly played house music, thinking he was the coolest guy in campus.

All these games can also be played in Linux, just google for the installers.  However, these games just were not up to task of satisfying my lust for FPS.

Watching videos of Call of Duty 4 gameplay on the net almost made me drool on my laptop.  Now, having found a video that shows multiplayer action of Killzone 2 is just too much torture for me.  As with the first Killzone, I am intrigued to find out if the sequel can finally live up to the hype surrounding it.  The sight of a cloaked Helghast sniper shows potential diversity of weapons and enemies in this game, and therefore will force the gamer to think of different strategies for different scenarios.  Well, to shut me up, here’s the video. Look out for the cloaked sniper :p

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September 18, 2008 at 8:54 am

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Gaming Update

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Just got news from the Leipzig Game Convention 2008 about Sony’s hardware releases.  Big news from Sony with their plans to release new models of the PS3 and the PSP.  The PS3 will be brandishing around a more powerful hard drive capacity of160 GB. This mammoth-like size hard drive is said to be designed to fully utilize the media streaming capabilities and the downloading functionalities of the PS3. This version of the PS3, rumored to be worth 449 euros, was also announced to be bundled with the Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune game.

The PSP 3000’s existence was also confirmed.  A built-in mic feature will be included, best for use for applications such as Skype.  Other changes such as updated buttons, and cosmetic changes are also expected.  Rumors about the new PSP to have mobile phone functionalities are still buzzing around the Interwebs, but SCEI has not confirmed on this yet.

On a personal standpoint, I am not that convinced on why I should purchase the new version of the PS3, with no significant technical differences from the 80GB model.  However, with no official price-tag attached yet, I am expecting that Sony maybe holding out to announce new features for the 160GB version, say maybe, full backwards-compatibility or even video capturing capabilities? I am more curious to see how the PSP 3000 turns out.  As I am planning to purchase a PSP early next year, I may wait to see if I should buy the new model or go ahead and purchase my girlfriend’s PSP 2000.  If the rumors are true that the new PSP will have mobile phone functionalities, I will definitely consider a buy, it will definitely be a whole lot better than that other overrated touch-screen phone, with so stupid apps that serves nothing except to let people know how rich you are.

That’s it, I still have lots of games to review. As of the moment, I have 10 titles pending to be reviewed. Maybe some time, when I manage to squeeze in more time for my gaming needs

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August 22, 2008 at 1:03 am

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Must-Play 3-4 (E3 2008 Edition)

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E3 is up this week, and I won’t be able to watch its whole coverage again. Once again, I’m one of those unfortunate ones who will just have to rely on the Internets to catch up on the event all of us gamers wait eagerly for. And in honor of E3 2008, I put together these 2 games in one post in my Must-Plays for this year:

Must-Play 3: Project Origin

This is said to be the sequel to FEAR, a game that I missed, and may regret so. I must admit that I may be one of those few gamers who will just have to start with the sequels. That said, this game still looks amazing, and would certainly get my hands on this one ASAP. If I don’t understand the game in its entirety, I won’t mind as it IS my mistake for missing the first game, I would still bring the house down with what looks to be a freakishly good game, put aside some bad voice-acting! :p

Must-Play 4: Fallout 3

I have nothing to say about this one. I know little about it, and will just have to wait for E3 for anything about it

That’s it! I’m looking forward to this two games, and will eagerly anticipate it in E3. Resistance 2 was also a game I will get my hands on, but my review about it will be reserved for another time.

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July 13, 2008 at 3:56 am

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Must-Play Entry 2: Prototype

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Entry 1 is Killzone 2 (I forgot to include that in my previous post)

Prototype ( Sierra, 2008 ) is an open-world action game (for you noobs, think GTA and Assassin’s Creed Combined). It’s by Radical Entertainment, famous for games such as Scarface: The World is Yours and The Simpsons: Hit and Run. These titles, however, can’t seem to compare with this upcoming project.

You play as Alex Mercer (related to Ron Mercer? :p), a mysterious, amnesiac shape-shifter finding his way through New York City. He has an unbelievable absolute mastery over his genetic structure and learns that he is not the only one with this remarkable skill. Soon enough, he finds out that there is a secret war brewing within NYC as the government tries to stop a deadly viral infection from spreading further – or will you help the creatures spread the virus by infecting more people? This is the decision said to be made by the gamer in this very open-world game that stresses freedom.

Adaptive Parkour and Combat

What I find intriguing in this game is the Parkour element. You breeze through cars, climb walls, and hopscotch over buildings throughout the city. Combat is violent with lots of explosions, gun fire, melee combat, as you unlock and unleash your full power over your enemies.

The Bad News
The game is forecasted to be released in Q3 this year, however, with no official announcement yet of an official release, there are rumors that the game would have a delayed release to 2009. If it requires that much time to build and develop this game into something even more mysterious, and gameplay-generous, then the wait could be more than worth it. I still have MGS4, GTA4, and Killzone2 to play anyway

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May 11, 2008 at 5:42 am

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Killzone 2

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Word has gone out of the imminent release of Killzone 2, the sequel to Killzone (PS2), which was dubbed the Halo Killer.

But, and I stress a big BUT, this was not the fact as was seen when I played Killzone. I for one, was not at all convinced at first when I heard of this, I even thought that Killzone won’t even beat Black (EA 2005)! Graphics were impressive on first look, which could be the reason why several gamers could have been convinced this would be the source for the demise of Halo, but when zoomed in, the textures were rough and not at all smooth. I have also seen Templar (I played as Rico) seemingly magically having his hairstyle changed when you looked at him from different angles. Controls were also terrible! You run at a CRAWLING pace and crouch as slow as a grandfather with a bad back. The guns (for the first time ever in a game) were to the advantage of the enemy.

Most guns especially the rocket launcher engulfs almost half of the screen, making it harder to aim and quickly look around for other enemies. Most guns were also hard to aim, especially the guns of the Helghast. These are the few of the issues that Guerilla should resolve. I have yet to see actual gameplay footage of Killzone 2, however, based from the official trailer, it looks quite promising.

Can’t wait for Feb’09

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May 7, 2008 at 9:17 am

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