Tuesday, October 31, 2006

Dave Dorman Fantasy Art

Born Michigan USA in 1958, Mr. Dorman is an Eisner award-winning illustrator who has been working as a professional artist since 1979. He is best known for his photo-realistic renderings of action and fantasy subjects.

Past work includes Batman for DC Comics,Indiana Jones and Star Wars series' for Dark Horse Comics. In addition he has done a wide range of book and magazine covers. Some of these include the Aliens paperback series, the Lone Wolf series, the Surfing Samurai Robots series and many other single book covers. His work is also showcased in the Bram Stoker nominated, illustrated novel Dead Heat from MoJo Press, and a book collection of his art, Star Wars: The Art of Dave Dorman. Dave Dorman also owns his own print company, Rolling Thunder, through which he publishes limited edition lithographs of his artwork.

Dave Dorman Official Website

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Rainbow 6 Vegas multiplayer Video

Deitrix spots em, I post em, and judging from the action I won't stand a chance on multiplayer.....

If like me the action makes you want to rest a while, why not take a flick through an archived library (aka museum) of 168 back issues of Compute Magazine, from the indominatable Gnome

Footage from ToxicSoldier on Youtube

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Emergence Day, Hammer of Dawn and the TV AD

Yes folks Gears of War, The Ad above should be coming to a TV screen in your locality very soon, (from roadblock315) and to whet your appetite details on Gears of War multiplayer, OTT game modes and Weapons and a preview of what's in store for us following the games launch... as spotted by Eagle Eyed Deitrix on IGN.

Gears of War flicker photo set
from Hollywood Forever promotion
Geras of War soundtrack snippets from IGN

Deitrix's Weapon preview
1)Lancer-COG assault rifle (the one with chainsaw)
2)Locust assault rifle- (less accurate, but does more damage) NOTE: Bothe COG and Locust have lancer in MP
3)Shotgun (Nearly guarantees one-shot-kill if close)
4)Snub Pistol (COG pistol)
5)Magnum (Locust pistol-more powerful with zoom)
6)Sniper (COG sniper with 6x zoom)
7)Torque Bow (laser bow weapon-charge up for more power)
8)Rocket Launcher (Duh)
9)Boomshot (grenade launcher-but with only two grenades)
10)Grenades (A ball-and-chain thing that you swing round to throw)
11)......HAMMER OF DAWN!!! (Massive Orbital Laser with unlimited ammo, but, you have to stand still while using it, and it takes time to charge up!)
12)Oh, and your heel, which you use to crush enemies heads with! (lovely!)
13)Unspecified Chaingun
15)UV Ray Turret
16)Smoke Bolo Grenade

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Tekken 5 Dark Resurrection (psp)

In a departure from the norm and fashionably late, the elderly offers for your delectation dada!!!! Tekken :Dark Resurrection for the PSP. A handheld version of Namco's venerated fighting series, this PSP game is based on the arcade expansion to Tekken 5. Returning a favour to a certain beseiged FatherKrishna.

Gamespot Review 92%

With plenty of modes to mess with and the promise of ghost exchanging, Tekken: Dark Resurrection is a long-lasting game that impressively delivers quality 3D fighting to the PSP. It makes smart additions while retaining everything that makes the Tekken series so popular in the first place. Fans of portable fighting games can't go wrong with this one.

IGN Review 92%

Tekken: Dark Resurrection is the best PSP fighter released for the system. It blows its competition right out of the water.

Tekken 5 on Wikipedia
Tekken 5 Official Website (the best wallpaper)

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Monday, October 30, 2006

Ninja Gaiden Sigma Screenshots

Ninja Gaiden Sigma billed as a more "complete version" of the Xbox Team Ninja title, with new moves, actions, and weapons for Mr. Hayabusa (Ryu to his friends). Available Japan Dec 2007 on Ps3, yes a whole year away..... hey nothing like being prepared!

More Screenshots and Trailer on IGN

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Bond "Explosive" Music Video

Music Video from crossover classical string quartet Bond. Their debut album Born (2001) was removed from the UK classical charts, owing to it "sounding too much like pop music".
Hell Classical Music was pop music back in the day.....

Bond Official Website

Bond on Wikipedia

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Sunday, October 29, 2006

Hellgate: London Game FMV

Touted as a PC release, surely a next gen version cant' be too far away. Click image for eyecandy size.

The setting is London, 2038. The city is in ruins, rubble litters the streets and the buildings that once stood proud in the skyline are now vacant, shadowed hulks burning with eternal hellfire. What’s left of the once-great city now serves as the arena for the great battles that pit the human resistance against their demonic enemy. From the Temple Church on the banks of the Thames to abandoned and secured Underground stations, this international metropolis is now ground zero in the fight to save humanity.

Hellgate: London randomly created levels, items and events. The player creates a heroic character, completes quests and battles through innumerable hordes of demons to advance through experience levels and branching skill paths. A robust, flexible skill and spell system, highly customizable appearances and a massive variety of randomly generated equipment allow players to create their own unique hero.

Official Website

Game Preview

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Pro Evolution Soccer 6 Review (Ps2 vs. Xbox360)

I've been puzzled for a while, why game reviewers generally shun comparing a game across different formats. And now I perhaps have discovered one reason for this apparent oversight.

Eurogamer have conducted an in-depth review of both Ps2 and xbox 360 versions of PES6 and the news is not all that encouraging for Xbox 360 owners. Xbox 360 the next generation console, the console of choice for the next geneation ....cough!..... sports fewer multiplayers, fewer stadiums (8 compared to PS2's 33), no shop options, no replay saves. Rushed release? I didnt' say that!

"With so many features missing, a poor online implementation and a tragic unwillingness to treat this as a next generation project, Konami has taken a hefty gamble with PES6 on the 360."

Notwithstanding that the game received a score of 80%, though you might want to bypass the xbox 360 section in your local game shop. Out in Europe due for release in US January 2007

Also Known as:
Winning Eleven 2007,
Winning 11: Pro Evolution Soccer 2007
Winning 11 10,
World Soccer Winning Eleven 10 (JPN)
Pro Evolution Soccer 6 (UK)

Eurogamer Review
Pro-Evolution Soccer on Wikipedia

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Rogue Warrior Preview

Based on a novel by Richard Marcinko and set in North Korea (talking about topical) the copy and paste bit happens next from Bethesda game info page.

"Rogue Warrior is a story-driven shooter that provides team-based tactical combat set in massive, contiguous levels using Unreal 3 streaming technology. Central to the game's single and multiplayer experience is the idea of a freeform battlefield, where players are given the freedom to choose how to complete a given objective, allowing for creativity and surprises, rather than heavily scripted events and tightly contained spaces traditionally used in this genre.

An advanced AI system allows NPCs to react and fight realistically, see and hear others, and respond as a team. Rogue Warrior offers a new take on the multiplayer experience, with 10 gameplay modes and a system whereby maps are created using tiles that are selected by each team. Rogue Warrior's tiling system allows users to experience over 200 maps in both day and nighttime settings. In addition, the campaign features solo and on-the-fly cooperative play for up to four players, where anyone can join or leave an existing campaign game at any time without having to go to menus or save progress.

In Rogue Warrior, you play Dick Marcinko, leader of an elite SEAL unit trapped behind enemy lines in North Korea on a covert mission to assess the threat posed by North Korea’s nuclear arsenal. When war breaks out between North and South Korea, you must try to lead your team back into South Korea while greatly outnumbered and with no support and limited resupply. Your journey will take you through a variety of never-before-seen environments inside of North Korea, including submarine pens, shipbreaker yards, prison camps, and more."

As spotted by Deitrix, set for US release on Xbox 360 in Fall 2007.
Not to be confused with Rogue Trooper

Rogue Warrior the Novel:

Rogue Warrior, by Richard Marcinko, is an account of how he founded two U.S. Navy counter-terrorist units, SEAL Team SIX and Red Cell. Commanding Red Cell, he was directed to use them to test the Navy's anti-terrorist capabilities. During the tests, Red Cell was able to infiltrate supposedly impenetrable, highly secured bases, nuclear submarines, ships and other "secure areas", including the Presidential plane Air Force One. In doing so he claims to have embarrassed several superior officers, whom he accuses of involvement in his subsequent conviction for misappropriation of funds and resources under his command.

Preview from IGN

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Gears of War Screenshots

Blood and Gore, Intense Violence, Strong Language and that's just the ESRB rating. Unlike other shooters, Gears of War is about teamwork. All game modes, levels and scenarios are designed specifically to encourage co-operative play, whether it be with A.I. partners or human players. Due for release US November 7th and Europe November 17th. As spotted by Deitrix!

Screenshots (83) from IGN
Official Website
Jaw dropping Trailer

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Friday, October 27, 2006

Wu Ji The Promise DVD

An orphaned girl, driven by poverty, makes a promise with an enchantress. In return for beauty and the admiration of every man, she will never be with the man she loves. This spell cannot be broken unless the impossible happens: snow falling in spring and the dead coming back to life.

Now a beautiful princess, she regrets her promise, for all of the men she's loved has always been met with tragedy. In love again with a man behind a red armor and a golden mask who rescues her from death, she is tormented by their inevitable parting. Meanwhile, Kunlun, the slave of a great general, is searching for the lost memories of a family he once had. Soon the fate of these two intertwine when the princess believes the general to be her hero, thus pulling him into this web of fate. What end will befallen our three characters? Are their fates already sealed by a higher power, or can they still choose a life they want?

The Promise is made by one of Chinese Cinema’s famed directors Chen Kaige (The Emperor And The Assassin, Farewell My Concubine, Temptress Moon).

Full Review from Kaijushakedown.com
Official Website

Available from Play-Asia
region2 dvd (Europe, including France, Greece, Turkey, Egypt, Arabia, Japan and South Africa)

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Fear Xbox 360 Review

Critically acclaimed PC release now ready for the Xbox 360. An unidentified paramilitary force infiltrates a multi-billion dollar aerospace compound, taking hostages but issuing no demands. The government responds by sending in special forces, but loses contact as an eerie signal interrupts radio communications. When the interference subsides moments later, the team has been obliterated.

As part of a classified strike team created to deal with threats no one else can handle, your mission is simple: Eliminate the intruders at any cost. Determine the origin of the signal. And contain the crisis before it spirals out of control. Set for release Oct31st US and Nov1st in Europe

So how did the PC/Xbox360 conversion go, I'll give you a clue, it's won an award

IGN Xbox360 Fear Review
screenshots from teamxbox
Official Website

thanks to Deitrix for the heads up!

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Marvel Ultimate Alliance Review

Superhero-filled action-RPG, players assume the roles of more than 20 Marvel Super Heroes including Spider-Man, Wolverine, Blade and Captain America, and through their actions determine the fate of both planet Earth and the Marvel universe.

Ps2 version 84%
Xbox version 85%
xbox360 version 86%
from Metacritic.com

ps2 reviews summary
Teammate AI is very impressive, often getting to baddies before you even see them, but once again, Raven has designed a game that is better through cooperative play.
If you're a comic-book fan, this is probably the most satisfying videogame ever made for you.
pretty much the same game we’ve seen before. The level design and puzzles are a snooze, lacking any innovation.
Tons of gameplay, a plethora of Marvel characters, a great presentation, and successfully balances the action and RPG elements

Xbox reviews summary
Marvel Ultimate Alliance could be the geekfest that keeps players wrapped onto whatever platform they chose like a pair of tight blue spandex with a big 4 on the chest.
There is always great action and the potential to share that action with your friends, and that is what really make this game rise above its predecessors and a total joy to play.
It's a well-made game that you can try again and again with numerous heroes and their plethora of powers.

Xbox360 reviews summary
The critical path is incredibly long and is joined by bonus comic missions for most of the characters.
Successfully balances the action and RPG elements, while letting players choose just how much they want to micromanage.
We wish good luck to anyone looking to pry any comic collector they know away from this game long enough to complete a sentence.
Marvel Ultimate Alliance is a feature-packed game; one of those rare birds that feels like arcade gaming, but with that next-gen edge that helps to justify $400+ dollars of hardware.

Official Website fanart section/wallpaper
88 Screenshots from IGN
31 videos from IGN

thanks to Deitrix for heads up!

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Crysis First Look

Crysis is a new first person shooter being developed by Crytek, the makers of the award-winning Far Cry. Players take the role of Jake Dunn, a United States Delta Force Soldier sent into a mysterious island in the South China Sea to investigate an unidentified flying object that has crash in the area. Crysis is highly anticipated, as it will be one of the first Direct X 10 games. Some of the technology it will utilize include dynamic day/night cycle, fully interactive environments, sunrays and diffuse transmission, real time soft shadows, soft particles, interactive/destructible environments, volumetric clouds, and advanced shader technology.

Set in 2019 after a colossal asteroid crashes to Earth, Crysis begins amidst a tense military standoff between the North Korean and United States governments for control of the impact zone. Amid rising tensions, the asteroid suddenly bursts open revealing a massive alien ship, which begins freezing vast portions of the island and altering the global weather system. The invasion of Earth has begun. Crysis features an epic three-act story of alien invasion where players are able to customize their armor and weapons in real time to confront an ever-changing enemy and a harsh, dynamic environment.

Scheduled for a PC outing in Q1 2007 can a ps3 xbox360 version be far behind?

Trailer from steveo693
Crysis fansite incrysis.com
Crysis Wiki
Screenshots from IGN

thanks to Deitrix for the tip off!

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No sweat! the antiperspirant Ps3 Controllers

I kid you not!! as reported by freelance games activist Deitrix, spotted on IGN, finally a cure for the sweaty palmed (Palmar Hyperhidrosis) amongst us. Featured sweaty person Monica Belluci

Full story from IGN

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Family Guy Video Game Review

The new game from Take-Two's 2K Games introduces the Griffins to gamers everywhere. Players take on the role of multiple characters such as Stewie, Brian the Dog, and Peter, the hapless patriarch, as they interact with many of the citizens of Quahog.

IGN 41%
three different genres packed into one game, but none of them work well at all. It's repetitive, boring and even frustrating way more often than it should be.

1up 71%
Several stages become quite repetitive, placing you in essentially identical situations, with identical characters, over and over. However there's so much else here that easily makes up for the blemishes. For hardcore fans of the show, especially at the $30 price, it's still pretty freakin' sweet.

Gamespot 64%
Though it gets the show's style of humor down pat, Family Guy is derailed by frustrating and uninteresting gameplay.

Official Website
Unofficial Website
Ps2 Walkthrough from Gamefaq

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Mortal Kombat Armageddon Walkthrough

The seventh entry in the ongoing fighting series is a full-blown armageddon, bringing together every blood letting character in Mortal Kombat history as well as adding new characters eager for violence. Also featured are Create–A–Fighter mode, Create–A–Fatality mode, and a brand new Konquest mode.

Ultimate guide with 28 Character FAQ's, endings, krypt guide, relics, finishing moves, History, Konquest mode walkthrough, Kreate a fatality faq.
Cheats and unlockables from IGN
Cheats codes from 1up
Move and Fatality list from IGN

MK Armageddon Official Website

Mortal Kombat The Movie

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Thursday, October 26, 2006

La demo di Rainbow Six: Vegas scaricabile dal Marketplace.

La demo del single player di Rainbow Six: Vegas è disponibile da oggi sul Marketplace di Xbox360. L'ambientazione è quella del livello giocabile in single player "Dante's Casino".

Players will Observe, Plan and Assault (O.P.A.) their way through the Gothic-themed casino that is under construction and believed to be a hideout for the terrorist leaders.
The game is set for release on PC, Xbox 360 and Ps3 (...spit!!!) in November

Ubisoft, have announced that the Xbox Live Vision Camera can be used in conjunction with the game to put your own face on the character. In just two simple steps, a head-on photo and a profile photo taken with the Vision Camera, gamers can create a custom head that looks exactly like the actual player. Once the custom head is completed, players can move on to customize their online character further by choosing weapons, clothing, camouflage and body armor.

Post sponsored by Deitrix
who said:

"I played the OXM demo- which should be the same as downloading it off of Live...
I am hooked on this demo! Its the most fun I have had in a game in a long time! Kicks the crap outta' GRAW and Splinter Cell Double Agent..! -and this is just the demo without any options..
Im thinking this will give Gears of War a run for its money..? !! Gears of course will have better graphics, but the fun factor and options you have in R6 Vegas is going to be hard to beat.
The sound in R6 is amazing as well as everything else if I must say.. The background music is great, it really puts you in the mood to kick some arse!! Plus all the sound effects, from the weapons to the AI is alot better than anything before... more real than ever.
I love how they did the 3rd person view when taking cover (plus it changes into 3rd person when doing other actions as well-grappling and using quick ropes to slide down, ladders n such too). It makes the experience so, so, so much better than playing a regular 1st person shooter... Dont even compare it to PDZ!
Well I could go on about every little tid bit, but Im not.. I will say the IGN editors are saying that this game might be more fun and entertaining than Gears of War.....? HHhhhhhmmm. I will post that article later, will have to find it again!

Play the demo! As soon as you rope down from the chopper and the music starts in... well you'll see what I mean. " ....Deitrix

Wallpaper from Rainbow six "Vegas" Official Website

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Wednesday, October 25, 2006

The Bioshock, Gears of War, Vampire's Rain, Deitrix Trailer Trilogy

3 trailers as recommended by the magnificent Deitrix whose got a keen eye to what's fashionable in Game Blog videos, the following unique trailers on Youtube...... eyecandy overload....

Bioshock Trailer from Thenewamazing

Gears of War Preview from ChrisLegend

Vampires Rain Trailer from Kuansi

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Tuesday, October 24, 2006

Bully The Walkthrough

A dark comedy set in the most vile and sadistic setting yet, the schoolyard. As a troublesome schoolboy, you'll laugh and cringe as you stand up to bullies, get picked on by teachers, play pranks on malicious kids, win or lose the girl, and ultimately learn to navigate the obstacles of the fictitious reform school, Bullworth Academy. But your stuck! not for long, the following walkthrough links will soon sort things out......

The essential Gamefaq collection, 3 whole Walkthroughs

Mycheats.Com Superguide (in progress)

Official Bully Website (wallpaper, screensavers, buddy icons)

Screenshots (115) Videos (10) from IGN.Com

The Bully Controversy a potted link history
Judge to decide "how bad" bully is
Jack Thompson (the judge) no prohibition on Bully
Make out with girls and boys in Bully
Jack Thompson could be jailed over Bully
Jack Thompson suggest boy on boy kissing isn't suitable for esrb-T rating

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