2013 has only just begun, but we’ve already seen multiple video game meltdowns. The SimCity fiasco, as it’s now known, resulted in millions of disillusioned players unable to play their game for days after launch due to the “always online” mandate. It drove people to the internet to voice their displeasure, while EA claimed the more »
Activision made an announcement today that is poised to rock the gaming world. It is going to revolutionize MMOs and outdo all other gaming mashups with Call of Duty: Warcraft. It has been revealed that, for the last six months, Treyarch and Blizzard have been secretly working together on a game the elements of two more »
Ho ho ho and merry Christmas everyone! Or happy holidays, whichever you prefer. GamerTell just wanted to extend our holiday greetings to you on this most festive of days. I hope you’re all enjoying yourself with loved ones, cherishing what you have and what you’ve just received. We’re doing the same, in case you’re curious. more »
It’s another big week with four titles in the Xbox Live Arcade. Crimson Alliance is an action-RPG that sees you fighting the Cult of the Soul Siren. You can choose from the wizard Direwolf, mercenary Gnox, or the assassin, Moonshade. Crimson Alliance supports Xbox Live co-op for up to four players. The download is free. Watch this move, though. One character is 800 Microsoft Points, all three are 1200 MP. If you download the free version, you get a “trial character” and numerous prompts to buy a real character. Thank the “freemium” gaming model for this price structure. It has already been the source of a fair amount of confusion.
Anyone already planning out their iPad 3 plans? According to industry rumors you’d better because it’s around a month away. However that does at least leave you a little time to build up your armada in Buccaneer Blitz™ Freemium. It’s a freebie this week that pits you against the enemy to see who can conquer the opposing sides islands. You can also call on your friends and take over their islands using spells and other sneaky pirate skills. Not a bad way to spend nothing at all.
According to a poll, 35 percent of people will be upgrading to the iPhone 5 no matter what. How about you dear iPhone and iPod Touch gamers, will you be upgrading when the next devices hit? Even if you don’t plan to upgrade I bet 80 percent of you are planning to download our first game this week, it’s Groove Coaster. If you played the insanely good Space Invaders Infinity, then you know what to expect from this game with the only minor difference being this is a rhythm game and not an Invader shooting game. Essentially it boils down to listening to awesome music and tapping to the rhythm. It’s currently going for $0.99 so pop on it while it’s affordable.
This week in the Xbox Live Arcade, it’s time to play God with From Dust. This game is the latest treat from Eric Chahi, creator of Another World. You will have to guide the inhabitants of a primitive world where nature is often violent and destructive. The tribe will need to channel the lost powers on its ancestors on their journey, but you have to keep them alive long enough to do it. If your tastes lean toward the strategic, this game is probably worth a look for you. From Dust is 1,200 Microsoft Points ($15). It’s also one of the Summer of Arcade games. The others are Bastion, Insanely Twisted Shadow Planet, Fruit Ninja Kinect and Toy Soldiers: Cold War. If you purchase all five through your Xbox Live account, Crimson Alliance will be yours for the low, low price of free. Crimson Alliance is coming September 2011.
Time to blow some stuff up with Ms. Splosion Man, the sequel to Twisted Pixel’s Splosion Man. Big Science has captured the first game’s hero and has cracked the bubbly. Champagne shorts out some equipment unleashing Ms, Splosion Man on an unsuspecting world. Coming along with her are 50 levels of single player, a separate 50 level co-op campaign and oh so many explosions. In Twisted Pixel tradition, the game contains avatar items and awards for the truly dedicated sploders to unlock. Ms. Splosion Man is 800 Microsoft Points. ($10)
The 3DS has been available in North America for almost two weeks now, giving everyone plenty of time to start forming opinions on it. Both Kirk and I have had an opportunity to put our day-one purchases to the test and we’re ready to say exactly what we think. We’ve decided to discuss some of the most pertinent 3DS issues and concerns and tell you exactly what we think. I hope you’re ready to hear about battery life, games and those 3D-induced headaches!
Who you gonna call for four-player, ghost-trapping arcade action? Oh, I think you know. Ghostbusters:Sanctum of Slime hits the marketplace this week, a top-down arcade scrolling adventure in the style of Gauntlet or Smash TV. Four new characters will dodge slime, cross streams and drive the new ECTO-4WD. There is local and online multiplayer, in fact this game is designed with multiplayer in mind. This Atari release launches at 800 Microsoft Points ($10), less than the usual 1200 MP for brand new releases. You have the tools, you have the talent.
There was so much news to come out of Activision’s earnings call with investors yesterday, you would think there was a big convention going on. Activision made several cuts to employees, announced new services and outlined what games it and Blizzard will be producing over the next couple years. In case you missed out on the announcements, we’ve put everything together for you in one easy to find place.
I really wonder why Apple doesn’t just cancel the white iPhone 4. At this point, who really wants one? The latest news gives us a 2011 release date, which doesn’t make much sense since there should be a new iPhone next year anyway.
But cheer up, this week the ever-growing App Store unleashed some really great titles that includes Chu Chu Rocket and Worms 2. Now your days should start to look brighter.