GRID 2: Pushing The Envelope For Racing Games!

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Category : Featured, Game On, PC, PS3, Steam, Xbox

Courtesy of Codemasters

Courtesy of Codemasters

The long anticipated wait for GRID 2 is almost over! With its release date rapidly approaching (May 31st) fans of the GRID series of racing games are in for a well-deserved treat. Game development has built upon the original American themed GRID and now game play expands through 40 years of motor sport heritage and across three continents: North America, Europe, and Asia. Of course, the objective of GRID 2 is to develop your driving skills and become one of the top-ranked drivers in the world. There are also many new features, vehicles, and courses added that will allow game-play to be sensational for the PS3, XBOX 360 and PC platforms.

GRID 2 offers a multitude of vehicles, all separated by tier levels. Tier 1 being the introductory – the place where your race career begins. Vehicles in this tier include boosted Japanese sports cars, such as the Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution, American hatchbacks such as the Ford Focus ST, or classic European tuners, like the BMW 1 series. As game-play goes along, the 2nd Tier vehicles improve in quality. These vehicles include the Mercedes C63 AMG and Ford Mustang Boss 302. The final and most exotic stage of vehicles, Tier 3, includes dream-like machines of the highest class. The vehicles in this group include the McLaren MP4-12C, Subaru BRZ and the Super Touring Class Volvo S60.

Along with the vehicles, styles and locations of game-play have been upgraded for GRID 2. Certain game modes include time attack, world-series racing, and elimination to test your mettle as a driver. The most exciting attribute to these modes are the venues selected by developers for racing. Tracks include the beaches of Miami, the skyline of Chicago, the nightlife of Los Angeles, a run around the Eiffel Tower in the streets of Paris and, of course, the beautiful Cote d’Azur in the advanced levels of game-play. Other European circuits include Brands Hatch and the Red Bull Ring raceway. Many more tracks and road courses throughout the world with great scenery and attention to detail show how GRID 2 pushes the envelope for racing platform games.

The updates to innovations in the game set GRID 2 apart from the competition. The amount and degree of damage a car experiences has been intensified with realistic effects if you decide to trade paint with your opponents. Artificial Intelligence is no longer a standard push over; it marginally increases its level of difficulty according to how well you perform in your races, thus always allowing you to develop properly as a racer. A feature that is becoming more popular in racing games, the flashback and rewind feature, has been added to game-play in GRID 2. This feature allows you to correct any major mistake and focus on what is most important: driving at the limit. One final feature that was an interesting add to game-play was the True Feel Handling System, which offers real-life physics application to simulate the realistic drive ability of any vehicle, making game-play approachable, yet challenging to master overnight.

Sebastian is an amateur blogger, car affectionado and casual gamer. Driving and racing simulations have always been his go-to games after a hard days work.

 

Humble Bundle Weekly Sale Offers Pay What You Want DRM-Free Games Every Week

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Category : Featured, Game On, Indie, Linux, Mac, PC, Steam, Windows, Xbox

Gamers who appreciate a good deal, DRM-free gameplay or indie games are already familiar with Humble Bundle. The Humble Indie Bundle was created as a way to feature independent games and offer consumers a way to purchase games while doing good. Arguably the best value in gaming, Humble Bundles often bundle multiple game titles for gamers to purchase by setting their own price. Humble Bundle sets pricing level suggestions that allow for additional content bonuses, but does not pressure consumers into paying more. Not only can consumers benefit from a great deal, they can feel good about their purchase, as Humble Bundle allows consumers to determine how much of their purchase price is paid directly to the game developers, Humble Bundle for hosting and processing, and select charities.

Courtesy of HumbleBundle.com

This week, Humble Bundle launched their first Humble Bundle Weekly Sale! Each Tuesday, Humble Bundle will offer a new game for sale using their pay what you want model and providing the same distribution model to allow funding to be split among the game developers, Humble Bundle and the selected charities.

 

What better way to start the weekly sale than to feature a critically acclaimed game? For the first Humble Bundle Weekly Sale, Humble Bundle teamed up with Supergiant Games to feature Bastion! Bastion is an action-RPG game that allows players to take on the role of a kid who is tasked with restoring the world after the Calamity wrecks it. With remarkable 2D painted artwork, varied gameplay and an immersive soundtrack, Bastion earned much praise and many awards, including the Game Critics Award for Best Downloadable Game of E3 2011.

 

Graphic: Supergiant Games

To purchase Bastion and for more information about this week’s deal and the additional content available, visit the website at HumbleBundle.com/weekly. Don’t forget to bookmark the site as new deals will be revealed every Tuesday.

Good To Be A Gamer Podcast, Episode 109 – Week of 01/01/2012

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Category : Featured, Good To Be A Gamer

Recorded 01/08/2012

 

 
Good To Be A Gamer is Available on iTunes!
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Dreamcast the Movie: Super Mario Bros. Results
Mario: James Gandolfini
Luigi: Will Arnett
Peach: Jayma Mays
Toad: Nick Frost
Yoshi: 3 way tie: Andy Serkis, Seth Rogan, Jonah Hill
Bowser: 3 way tie: John C. Reilly, Brendan Gleeson, Jack Nicholson
Wario: 2 way tie: Danny DeVito & John Noble
Director: Terry Gilliam

 

Dreamcast the Movie: Eternal Champions
http://www.goodtobeageek.com/?p=2626

 

NEWS

-Microsoft Discusses Xbox Live Security Issues [IGN]

http://xbox360.ign.com/articles/121/1215973p1.html

-Major Nelson reports the top Games Played on Xbox Live [Major Nelson Blog]
http://majornelson.com/2012/01/06/top-games-of-2011/

- Crysis 2, Super Mario Galaxy and Gears of Wars 3 Are Among the Most Pirated Games of 2011 [TorrentFreak]
http://torrentfreak.com/top-10-most-pirated-games-of-2011-111230/

-Finalists Announced for Game Developers Conference [GDC Site]
http://www.gdconf.com/news/game_developer_choice_awards/skyrim_bastion_lead_finalists_.html

-Steam continues to Grow & Show No Signs of Stopping [GameSpy]
http://pc.gamespy.com/articles/121/1215997p1.html

-Toxic Games Qube released on Steam [Qube Site]
http://qube-game.com/

-Asura’s Wrath Story Trailer [IGN Entertainment YouTube Channel]
http://youtu.be/pAEwZ_MJd5g
 

EVENTS

 -Arisia
January 13-16, 2012
Boston Westin Waterfront – Boston, MA

http://arisia.org

 

-TempleCon
February 3-5, 2012
Crown Plaza – Warwick, RI

http://www.templecon.org

 

-Total Confusion
February 23-26, 2012
Holiday Inn – Mansfield, MA

http://www.totalcon.com

 

CONTACT

Questions? Comments? We want to hear from you! Feel free to post a comment on the podcast entry at http://www.goodtobeageek.com, or email us at gamer@goodtobeageek.com. You can also email David at dlucier[at]goodtobeageek.com, email Jessa at jphillips[at]goodtobeageek.com.

Special thanks to Sterling for the use of his music in the podcast. Be sure to check out his Magnatune profile page to learn more about him and discover more of his music.

Good To Be A Gamer is sponsored by Good To Be A Geek – let your geek run wild! Opinions expressed on Good To Be A Gamer are those of the hosts and/or guests and do not necessarily represent those of Good To Be A Geek.

Good To Be A Gamer Podcast by Good To Be A Geek is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License

Good To Be A Gamer, Episode 103 – Week of 11/07/2011

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Category : Good To Be A Gamer

 

Recorded 11/14/11

NEWS

Is Gaming as Important as TV & Film? Activision Is Out to Prove It [Game Tyrant]
http://gametyrant.co/news/2011/11/9/activision-blizzard-out-to-prove-gaming-is-as-important-as-f.html

 

Steam Forums Hacked [Steam]
http://store.steampowered.com/news/6761/

 

Assassin’s Creed: Revelations Trailer Released [Ubisoft]
http://assassinscreed.ubi.com/revelations/en-us/home/index.aspx

Official Launch Trailer – http://youtu.be/ZqEWW4Hzb8M
Story Trailer [Game Spot] – http://youtu.be/XFjoiBevNlU
Official E3 2010 Trailer featurinng “Iron” by Woodkid – http://youtu.be/VCTtIIW1WA0

 

Level-5 and Studio Ghibli Partner to Bring Anime to PS3 [Game Tyrant]
http://gametyrant.co/news/2011/11/9/level-5-and-studio-ghibli-partner-to-bring-anime-to-ps3.html

 

Star Trek Online Goes Free-to-play [Star Trek Online]
http://www.startrekonline.com/f2p

Game of Thrones RPG In the Making [Game Spot]
http://www.gamespot.com/news/game-of-thrones-action-rpg-coming-from-atlus-6344623?tag=updates%3Beditor%3Ball%3Btitle%3B3

 

Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim [Rip Ten]
http://www.ripten.com/2011/11/10/ripten-review-the-elder-scrolls-v-skyrim-xbox-360/

 

DISCUSSED

3P Start – Retro Gaming Reviews and Opinions by Matthew Bartlett
http://3pstart.blogspot.com

 

Skyrim Epic Rap by Dan Bull
http://youtu.be/j50u0zUeCmU

To the Moon
http://www.freebirdgames.com/to_the_moon/

 

Burn the City

Andriod Market – https://market.android.com/details?id=com.JoshOclock.BurnTheCity
App Store http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/burn-the-city/id444525916?mt=8

 

CONTACT

Questions? Comments? We want to hear from you! Feel free to post a comment on the podcast entry at http://www.goodtobeageek.com, or email us at gamer@goodtobeageek.com. You can also email David at dlucier[at]goodtobeageek.com, email Jessa at jphillips[at]goodtobeageek.com.

 

Subscribe to the RSS Feed and get Good To Be A Gamer on the go at http://goodtobeagamer.libsyn.com/rss!

 

Special thanks to Sterling for the use of his music in the podcast. Be sure to check out his Magnatune profile page to learn more about him and discover more of his music.

 

Good To Be A Gamer is sponsored by Good To Be A Geek – let your geek run wild! Opinions expressed on Good To Be A Gamer are those of the hosts and/or guests and do not necessarily represent those of Good To Be A Geek.

 

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Spend Your Summer Vacation With Steam – Summer Camp Sale Starts Today!

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Category : Game On, Mac, PC, Product Announcements, PS3

How will you spend your summer vacation? Steam is hoping you will spend it gaming with them. Today, the gaming network launched its Summer Camp Sale.

Photo Credit: Steam

Steam has become known for its epic sales – sucking gamers into the simple “click and buy” motion with prices they simply cannot resist. What makes these sales so irressitable? The games. After all, just because a game is 60% off does not mean gamers will suddenly want to buy it. Gamers want to play the games they enjoy. Steam understands this.

Even on day one the Steam Summer Camp Sale boasts some fantastic deals, including Medal of Honor and Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion for 66% off, or Borderlands for 75% off the regular purchase price. How about Portal 2 or Left for Dead 2 for 35% off? Let’s say you are loyal to a particular publisher like Capcom. Steam has you covered. Today’s Summer Camp Sale deals include 33% off select Capcom titles, like Lost Planet 2, Dead Rising 2 and other fan favorites. If none of the sale offerings excite your inner gamer. No worries, every day through July 10th 2011, Steam is featuring different games and publisher offerings in their daily deals.

Photo Credit: Steam

 Cheap games not enough for you? How about free stuff? All you have to do is play. Playing games earns you Summer Camp Steam Achievements. Each achievement earns gamers a prize ticket that can be redeemed for great in-game content such as playable characters, gear and maps. Prize tickets must be redeemed during the Summer Camp Sale to get your free goodies. But wait, there’s more! Each prize ticket earns gamers a chance at the Grand Prize. 100 lucky gamers will be selected to receive the top 10 games on their wishlist!

Sign in to your Steam account on Mac, PC, or PSN today to take advantage of these great deals, giveaways and gaming. If you do not have a Steam account, head over to http://www.steampowered.com to register and install for free.

First Impression: Steam on PS3

Category : Game On, PS3, Reviews

So yesterday was Portal 2sday, which we all know to be very, very important. Truly, it is, and I will have more on that in the very very near future. However, the other important thing about yesterday was the debut of Valve’s Steam service on its third platform, That Triple. As much as I have looked forward to Portal 2, I’ve almost been more excited about this Steam thing and what it could possibly mean in the future.

I probably should have tempered my expectations a bit. Steam on the PS3 is exactly what Valve told us it would be, which isn’t a bad thing. Actually, it really highlights some of the flaws of PSN in ways that I’m sure Sony had hoped it wouldn’t. Pressing the select button during Portal 2 gameplay brings you right to the Steam overlay, letting you quickly chat with anybody on your Steam friends list much more quickly than sending them a PSN message, and it lets you view your own and your friends’ Steam achievements before the XMB could even finish the obscenely long trophy sync operation. Even in this limited implementation, I think it would be great if other publishers were able to take advantage Steam integration. It remains to be seen how things such as updates will work, but I’m optimistic and feel that overall this is a step in the right direction.

Now, if you’ll excuse me, there is science to be done and then I can tell you all about how much I love Portal 2 because I love it quite a bit.

Good To Be A Gamer – Episode 01

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Category : Game On, Good To Be A Gamer

Good To Be A Gamer (Ep 01)

 

On the show, I talk Enslaved: Odyssey to the West. The Nintendo 3DS gets a release date and a price tag, EA Sports is betting on Virgin Gaming, we get details on Portal 2 for the PS3 and The Walking Dead make it into a video game?

NEED TO KNOW

**News**

Nintendo 3DS get a firm release date and pricing. Nintendo officially announced their next generation DS at E3 2010, introducing the 3DS. The 3DS is the first foray into glasses-free gaming and it looks amazing. Finally we have release details! Nintendo 3DS hits shelves in the US on March 27th and you can get yours for $249.99.
Learn more about the Nintendo 3DS.
Read the Nintendo press release.

Portal 2 announces PS3 Features including cross-platform game-play with PC & Mac. The announcement Portal 2 would be released on the PlayStation 3 shocked and excited the gaming community. This week, GameSpot brought us feature details. The most exciting feature is the Steamworks support, allowing PS3, PC & Mac gamers to engage in co-operative play and online chat. Gamers who purchase Portal 2 for the PS3 will have the ability to download a free PC or Mac version so long as they integrate their Steam and PlayStation Network accounts. PS3 gamers will also get the ability to save their games in the cloud. Portal 2 will be released April 19, 2011 for Mac, PC, PS3 & Xbox 360.
Read the full story at GameSpot.

Virgin Gaming joins forces with EA Sports to bring gambling to game-play. Electronic Arts penned an agreement with Virgin Gaming to make them the official world-wide provider of online tournaments for EA Sports. Virgin Gaming will integrate their tournament platform into selected EA Sports games to enable competitive game-play on Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 consoles. Gamers will be able to buy-in to official tournaments, bet on the game outcome and the platform will track game-play to prevent cheating.
Read the Virgin Games press release.

The Walking Dead Video Game? 1UP.com notified readers they recently received an invitation to a Telltale Games event to take place February 17th. At the event, Telltale Games is expected to announce their newly developed games. The invitation includes a rather vague description that could reference a video game based on the hugely popular television series adapted from the graphic novel, The Walking Dead.
Read the post on 1UP.com.

**Games released last week include:
Mass Effect 2 (PS3)
Little Big Planet 2 (PS3)
The Mysterious Case of Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde (Nintendo DS)
Plants vs. Zombies (Nintendo DS)
Mindjack (PS3, Xbox 360)

**Games being released this week include:
You Don’t Know Jack (Wii)
Dead Space 2 (PC, PS3, Xbox 360)
Lord of Arcana (PSP)
Two Worlds II (PC, PS3, Xbox 360)
Breach (PC, Xbox 360)

**On the Calendar, check out these Upcoming Events:

Unity Games XVII
Play Day (Board & Card Gaming)
January 29, 2011 – 9am to 12am
Woburn Hilton Hotel in Woburn, MA
http://www.unitygames.org/ugxvii/ugxvii.htm

TempleCon (Board, Card, LARP, Miniatures, Video Gaming & Steampunk)
February 2-4, 2011
Crowne Plaza in Warwick, RI
Website: http://www.templecon.org

Total Confusion
February 24-27, 2011
Holiday Inn in Mansfield, MA
Website: http://www.totalcon.com

 

GET IN THE GAME

**Enslaved: Odyssey to the West
Enslaved: Odyssey to the West is the follow-up game to Ninja Theory’s Heavenly Sword. 150 years in the future, Mankind is struggling to stay alive. The remaining humans are hunted and enslaved. When a slave ship crashes in New York, the only survivors are Trip and Monkey. Trip is a tech-savvy young woman from a tribe that has remained hidden while robots rule the earth. You play as Monkey, a big, burly fighter with acrobatic skill. To increase her chances of survival, Trip enslaves Monkey to ensure he will protect her as they travel across the treacherous landscape to find a way back to Trip’s people, fighting off mechs along the way. The story is well-told and integrates nicely with the game-play.

Enslaved is set in a post-apocalyptic world. Instead of going for the typical dust-bowl landscape we’re used to seeing from so many games, players are immersed in a lush, green environment which reminds me of the History Channel’s Life After People. Steel, concrete and brick crumble under the oppression of nature, as plants scale structures. The destabilized structures also provide a great environment for the platforming aspects of the game, adding that bit of danger when you realize your hand-hold is crumbling under your weight. Quite simply, the game is gorgeous.

Another fantastic aspect of Enslaved is the facial recognition. A lot of effort has been put into the character design and motion capture to add an additional feeling of realism. A prime example is the inclusion of Andy Serkis, of Lord of the Rings fame, who lends himself to Enslaved for the facial and motion capture, as well as the voice of Monkey. In addition, he puts his considerable talents to good use as co-director of the cut scenes.

In terms of the actual game-play, the game is fun. It combines strategic planning and combat, platforming and hack & slash with a dash of shooter game-play. The companion aspect with Trip is done well. While your primary mission is to protect her, Enslaved doesn’t make it feel like a babysitting job. The companion aspect is a welcome interactive experience, providing necessary assistance to get through the game. The fighting is not especially difficult, but the developers have done a great job mixing in different types of game-play to prevent the game from becoming too monotonous.

Sadly, it’s not all good for Enslaved: Odyssey to the West. Somehow, the game has not been able to avoid dreaded hang-ups. There are more than a few instances when you will find yourself stuck in the background, forcing you to move back before you can continue forward. Hanging on a piece of scaffolding when hopping from one piece to the next is a sure way to be removed from the gaming experience. Another issue is physical interaction with Trip. Too many times you will find yourself walking into and around Trip in order to find just the right stance to toss her to the next level.

To find out more about Enslaved: Odyssey to the West, visit Namco’s Official Site.

THANKS

Special thanks to Sterling for the use of his music in the podcast. Be sure to check out his Magnatune profile page to learn more about him and discover more of his music.

Good To Be A Gamer is sponsored by Good To Be A Geek – let your geek run wild! Opinions expressed on Good To Be A Gamer are those of the host and/or guests and do not necessarily represent those of Good To Be A Geek. For more information and show notes, please visit the website.

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