App Store Bargains
Death Rally (universal) free, down from $0.99 (in turn down from $2.99). This will probably be the one of the (very) few times it’ll be free, so do yourself a favor and get it. It’s a very well-polished and fun racing/car combat game, and it just had it’s fifth (!) content update at the start of the month.
Various Capcom iPhone/iPod Touch games at $0.99: Street Fighter IV, Resident Evil Mercenaries VS., Dead Rising Mobile and Devil May Cry 4 refrain (I’ve always wondered why they didn’t capitalize the ‘r’). Street Fighter IV is a great iOS port, get it if you haven’t already; it’s usually priced between $1.99 to $4.99. Devil May Cry 4 refrain is a decent game, but not great. Haven’t tried the rest.
Team Fortress 2 Goes Free-to-Play (PC, MAC)
I suppose this was the free-to-play project they mentioned earlier. Although there might always be another one. Team Fortress 2 is a fun team-based, objective-based shooter (kinda like another game but more awesome), and now it’s free! I haven’t played it in a(long)while but from what I know/remember, the payable stuff (aka Mann-conomy) are just in-game accessories which give small bonuses, if any (some are for just for appearance). You definitely don’t need to buy those to enjoy the game.
Update on Brink: DLC, title updates, and new screenshots (360, PC, PS3) (via Bethesda Blog)
Speaking of team-based, objective-based shooters, Brink will be getting its first DLC, Agents of Change, sometime in “early July”. You can check the details of the content here, which consists of 2 maps, 1 ability for each class and 1 universal ability, 2 weapon attachments and 2 outfits. As promised in May, the DLC will be available for free (on Xbox Live, PSN and Steam), although only for the first 2 weeks (you’ll be able to continue playing it for free subsequently).
This is basically the E3 2011 stage demo with more specific developer commentary added. More insane, over-the-top and generally fun action coming on November 15 later this year.
Bastion Daily Demo (360/XBLA, PC)
Long-time GameSpotters will see a familiar face here. Greg Kasavin, part of the development team at Supergiant Games, was at GameSpot to demo Bastion — an action RPG for the Xbox 360 via Xbox Live Arcade, with a PC release due later. The game looks amazing, and the gameplay is no slouch either. Problem (for me) is the lack of space on my HDD. With all the narration (can’t really hear it in this demo but the game narrates pretty much every other action you perform) this game certainly looks like it’ll take up a fair portion of megabytes. The game is due to be released sometime between late July to late August for the Xbox 360.
Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim preorders yield cloth map (360, PC, PS3)
“Limited to North American and European gamers only” supposedly. Hopefully Asian gamers will get their share of similar-to-burlap-goodness, and that Bethesda neglected to mention it because they think people from the other side of the globe don’t visit their site. Or something.
L.A. Noire: Final Thoughts (360, PC, PS3)
Here, GameSpot takes a look behind one of the big games this year with developer Team Bondi, where they talk about the technology behind the game and how they captured the essence of 1940s Los Angeles for the game. In other news, L.A. Noire is due out for the PC in fall. There is also an interview regarding DLC here.
No mention of an iPhone/iPod Touch version, if any, but most likely not. For the moment anyway. In any case, it’ll be free and coming out soon, supposedly.
ExEn Might Be An Easy Solution To Porting XNA Games To iOS (iOS) (via Touch Arcade)
There are a ton of great games on the Xbox Live Arcade, some of which would be great on a mobile platform as well. Although there won’t be gamescore for you (or me) to earn, the reduced price (assumingly) and the ability to play those games on your phone is no doubt something to look forward to.
Can You Fall In Love with This Beautiful Girl? (IRL) (via Gizmodo)
IRL meaning In Real Life. Nothing to do with gaming, but this is an article/video about the secret of Eguchi Aimi, the newest member of Japanese girl group AKB48 — that she was computer generated with various facial features made up using composites of different members in the group. She was created for the Glico (I always thought it was Qlico or something) ad, and even appeared on the front cover of a magazine (NquiteSFW). You can even make your own idol on the Glico’s page here. Fan disappointment (about the reality) aside, this is some pretty great tech, like if games such as L.A. Noire had facial customization features. Or if that of Saints Row was on steroids.
(Video review) Seems decent enough, but not quite at the level to warrant a day-one purchase. I’ve only ever played demos of the first 2 games on the PC, but they were interesting enough. Dungeon Siege III seems to be more console-oriented though, with the PC controls sounding not quite like they should be. Apparently a future patch will fix that though. You can also check out a 20-minute gameplay video here.
Shadows of the Damned (360, PS3) – 8.5
(Video review) Shadows of the Damned is the latest game directed by Suda Goichi aka Suda51 (Killer7, No More Heroes etc.). The game looks fun and satisfying, and the combat looks much like Resident Evil 4/5 with the laser sight aiming. You can also check out the first 45 minutes of the game here.
F.E.A.R. 3 (360, PC, PS3) – 7.5
(Video review) The co-operative play seems pretty interesting with the addition of Paxton Fettel as a playable character (you can also unlock him for solo play), since he has a levitation ability and can also possess enemies. I need to finish playing the first F.E.A.R. sometime. You can also check out a 20-minute gameplay video here.
Trenched (360/XBLA) – 8.0
(Video review) Looks like MechAssault (a pretty fun third-person mech shooter on the Xbox) with tower defense elements thrown in. Unlike MechAssault, you can customize your mechs here with various parts, chassis and weaponry, which is a neat feature. Available on the Xbox Live Marketplace for 1200 MSP.
The Sims 3: Generations (PC) – 6.5
I’ve played The Sims and The Sims 2 but never the expansions, since keeping track of the numerous add-ons is already a daunting task. Generations is the Xth expansion pack for The Sims 3, yay.