E3 has been quite the experience so far, with so many companies exhibiting their newest games it’s difficult to try and fit in all you want to do. But as of the demos I’ve played in the past few days, I would have to say my top vote goes for Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 Remix. The Kingdom Hearts franchise definitely holds some sentimental value for me and after pining for Final Mix for so long, it will finally be released abroad. I was a little skeptical at first, after all, it had been over a decade since Final Mix had been released in Japan.
The Dark Knight Rises is arguably the most anticipated film in the past four years, and rightfully so. It brings to life one of the most cherished superheroes of all time, and it also concludes one of the most successful film trilogies in history. But for reasons I can't even to begin to fathom, people have been labeling this a masterpiece. Really? Sure, the action set pieces are visually astonishing, and Hans Zimmer's score is fantastic, but this is hardly a masterfully done piece of cinema. Like The Dark Knight before it, there's a ton of inconsistencies, plot holes and horrible cuts and transitions between scenes.
The power of choices. Choices begets Freedom. And Freedom is liberating. Freedom is intoxicating. Empowering. But what happens when that Freedom is taken away from you? Pretty damn shitty, that's what. So let's set the record straight: Bioware screwed up. Big time. And everyone all across the grand internet kingdoms know this. Why? Mainly because of the vocalizations from its outspoken fan base – you don't just give gamers the ability to shape their own epic saga across three games in the Mass Effect franchise, only to diminish the significance of such choices near the end.
WARNING: MAJOR SPOILERS AHEAD!!!
It’s no surprise that everyone in the Starcraft 2 eSports community is aware of how much Koreans have dominated the scene since the days of SC: Broodwar. In recent major foreign tournaments, we have seen various koreans take the title of champion, some of which are: Teamliquid’s Hero (Dreamhack Winter), EG’s Puma (NASL Season 2), FXO’s Leenock, Prime’s MarineKing (MLG’s Winter Arena), and finally Fnatic’s Alive (IGN Proleague 4). However, it now looks like we have rising star within the community, and his name is NaNiwa.
In a stunning display of skill, precision, patience, and the determination for victory, South Korean Progamer Lee Jung “MarineKing” Hoon takes the 1st place in Major League Gaming's Starcraft II Winter Championship. This victory marks his second championship record in a significant foreign tournament in a row, ever since taking his first victory in February, during MLG's Winter Arena. Now the question begs: why does this particular player deserve mention? The answer is simple if you have been following the Starcraft II Esports scene for awhile.
This past weekend, Teenege Mutant Ninja Turtles fans worldwide were shocked when producer Michael Bay announced that the turtles we've all grown up and loved were going to be alien turtles in the 2013 film remake (you know, as opposed to being mutated turtles). Well, he's heard the complaints, and his response was to "chill."
It's no question that 2011 was an amazing year for video games. It was also the year of the trilogies: Uncharted 3, Gears of War 3, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3, Battlefield 3, Marvel vs Capcom 3, Resistance 3, Kilozone 3, Saints Row: The Third, Deus Ex: Human Revolution... Atelier Meruru: The Apprentice of Arland (wha?). Most of these titles were some of the hottest releases this year, but did any of them make our top five?
December second through fourth was the North American Starleague's 2nd Season Finals, held in Ontario, CA. While the first season's games were intense and nail-biting, season 2 definitely raised the bar in terms of competitiveness. Many amazing games were played, and major upsets were had. Here, we'll go recap the event and talk about a couple of the highlights.
In a stunning turn of events, a relatively unknown European Zerg player known as Stephano, from Team Millennium, took the championship at IGN Pro-league's first live Starcraft 2 Tournament over the weekend.
Next summer comes three highly anticipated comic book films: The Avengers, The Amazing Spider-Man and The Dark Knight Rises. This year alone we've had our share of good and bad comic book adaptations, and with so many of these movies out there (and many more sure to come), we bring you our top ten comic book films of all time!