Archive for January, 2011

PS3 Slim news: D&D: Daggerdale first of a trilogy

Latest news: Bedlam Games’ creative director Zandro Chan has revealed that Dungeons & Dragons: Daggerdale is only the first game of a trilogy, and a demo level will be available to gamers before the game is released.

If that weren’t all, players will be able to use their save games to carry their favorite character forward, much like players were able to import Commander Shepard from Mass Effect to Mass Effect 2. Slim PS3 is updated frequently per day with the latest Free Slim PS3 news.

Posted on January 31st, 2011 by  |  No Comments »

PS3 news: Modern Warfare 3 Gets a Holiday 2011 Release Date

File under: Rumor

According to Matt Peckham over at PCWorld, Activision will be releasing “Modern Warfare 3″ in time for the 2011 Holiday Season. If I were a betting man, I’d wager that Infinity Ward’s “Modern Warfare 3″ will have an 11/11/11 release date.

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Posted on January 29th, 2011 by  |  No Comments »

Slim PS3 news: PS3 and PS2 New Releases January 24-28, 2011, “Dead Space 2!!”

Isaac Clarke is ready to dispatch more creepy aliens in “Dead Space 2.” Of course, this time you could also play as the alien and nosh on a human if that’s your game.

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Posted on January 29th, 2011 by  |  No Comments »

PS3 Slim news: Review: Monopoly Streets – WMT

Does EA’s latest on interactive Monopoly score some free parking or go straight to jail? WhatsMyThoughts.com takes a look at this new take on Monopoly to see if it’s worth picking up at an already discounted price. This site is updated regularly each day with the very latest Free Slim PS3 news and reviews.

Posted on January 27th, 2011 by  |  No Comments »

Dead Space 2 – review

Xbox 360/PS3/PC; £39.99; cert 18+ Visceral Games/EA

If you think things are bad at the moment, just be thankful you’re not Isaac Clarke. To describe the character you control in the second instalment of EA’s acclaimed space-survival-horror franchise as “put-upon” would be the mother of all understatements.

Dead Space 2 resumes Isaac’s story three years after the first game, in the frankly unwelcoming surroundings of the Sprawl, a giant city on one of Saturn’s moons. Once again, our poor old hero – who begins the game in a straitjacket – must negotiate double-dealing and deranged behaviour from fellow humans, hallucinations of his dead girlfriend and, most of all, the unwanted attentions of a set of mutants known as necromorphs which are so disgustingly putrid, blood-crazed and brain-lackingly persistent that the likes of Clive Barker would be proud to have created them.

That Dead Space 2 happens to be a video game which puts you at the heart of the action is a bonus: it would stand up impressively as an example of non-interactive horror. The ranks of the necromorphs have been impressively added to this time around with the likes of Pukers, who spew acid at you from a distance accompanied by blood-curdling screams, and featureless children with scythe-like limbs who swamp you in a pack.

But much of Dead Space 2’s impressive scariness derives from more mundane devices, such as vents that unexpectedly blast you with steam, and gloriously chilling music, lighting and sound effects.

Appropriately, given the way in which he is a more seasoned necromorph-dispatcher, Isaac gets some great new weapons – such as the Javelin Gun, a powerful speargun which can impale his assailants, and old favourites such as the Plasma cutter have been subtly improved (plus, of course, you can upgrade your favourites via workbenches, or re-spec them if you take an upgrade direction that doesn’t work out).

Isaac’s Kinesis ability to pick up objects and fire them has been made vastly more responsive, so that it now has a part to play in combat. You can, for example, fire severed limbs at necromorphs. Ammo is still in severely short supply during periods of the game, and like its predecessor, Dead Space 2 is challenging and unforgiving to play. Which is just how games like this should be.

Once again, it contains some great puzzles that involve manipulating objects with Kinesis and Stasis, and plenty of floating around in zero gravity. And this time around, it has acquired a four-versus-four multiplayer mode, in which four humans try to achieve an objective while four necromorphs try to maul them to pieces. Slightly unexpectedly, it’s somewhat reminiscent of Left4Dead.

In general, pretty much every aspect of Dead Space 2 has been improved: the combat is slicker and more accurate, the story flows in an exemplary manner (with puzzles occurring just when you’re screaming for a break from the relentless necromorph onslaughts), the graphics and sound are fantastic and, in general, production values are sky-high. As long as you’re not of a remotely nervous disposition, you’ll discover there is a vast amount of pleasure to be found in it.

• Game reviewed on PlayStation 3.

Rating: 4/5

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Steve Boxer

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Posted on January 27th, 2011 by  |  No Comments »

Slim PS3 news: Bone-idle.ie : Dead Space 2 Review

Leading Irish gaming website www.bone-idle.ie writes “Dead Space was without doubt one of the best games of this current generation, the low budget meant that they had to exploit every trick in the book to create a game in which the fear of what was coming was far more terrifying than anything they could have produced on screen. The creepy dark corridors created an atmosphere of claustrophobic panic and the brilliant use of surround sound really made a game that was very uncomfortable to play. In fact I didnt really enjoy it until I finished it and knew I was safe!” This blog is updated several times every day with the very latest Free PlayStation news.

Posted on January 27th, 2011 by  |  No Comments »

GameCity Nights and Gamesblog Live events!

Two unmissable dates for your gaming calendar…

Just a quick post to let you know about two events on the near-horizon. First up, this Friday sees the launch party for GameCity Nights season two, a new series of indie-flavoured games nights from the people behind the lovely GameCity Festival. Kicking off at 6pm at the Antenna club in Nottingham, the intro night will feature guest appearances from comedian and game developer Graham Goring, the amazing Theremin Hero and Free Market Economy, Derek Williams’ famed music/monologue feature from video game radio show, One Life Left. The GameCity team apparently have some amazing events planned and they’re spilling the beans here. So get along there tomorrow.

Also, just a reminder that I’ll be hosting the first ever Gamesblog Live event on February 19 at the Guardian’s very own offices. I’ll be talking to the chaps behind Need for Speed: Shift 2, Dragon Age 2 and Crysis 2, and there will be demo units so you’ll be able to sample the games. It’s a great chance for Gamesblog readers to meet up, play EA’s latest titles and hear the developers discussing their influences and game design theories. Also, if you witnessed my presenting skills at last year’s GameCity 5 Gamesblog breakfast events, you’ll already know you’re in for an unforgettably slick performance…

And I’ll have more on several other forthcoming UK games events soon…

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Posted on January 27th, 2011 by  |  No Comments »

PlayStation news: The Most Anticipated Games for 2011 – Drivers

Latest PS3 news: LusoGamer: If 2010 was a year filled with racing cars of all shapes and sizes, in 2011 the imagination does not end and the studios and publishers are preparing a series of releases that will leave the world rendered with both meteor. The funniest thing is that since the beginning of the year until the end will receive great driving titles. Slim-PS3.com is updated several times every day with the very latest Free Slim PS3 news and reviews.

Posted on January 25th, 2011 by  |  No Comments »

PS3 news: Bulletstorm – Demo tips video

Recent news: Eurogamer has release an tips video from Bulletstorm demo. Slim-PS3.com is updated frequently each day with the latest Free PS3 news and reviews.

Posted on January 25th, 2011 by  |  No Comments »

Slim PS3 news: DC Universe Online Broken? “World Down!”

So, I gush about DC Universe Online in my review, then I go to play it I get an error message saying I can’t download a critical update. It finally downloads and I go to play “Rahjur” on “The Killing Joke” sever, only to find out, in rather dramatic language (World Down!), that the server was down for maintenance.

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Posted on January 23rd, 2011 by  |  No Comments »