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Alternative Cuts – Danny Wiessner – The World is Saved.

10 Aug

The World is Saved is the new epic song and anthem for video game fans. This collaborative effort from IGN’s Podcast Beyond community came about when IGN’s own Ryan Clements pulled together a small team of volunteers to animate a video to go along with Danny Wiessner’s latest single for Podcast Beyond Episode 200 in which the video made it’s debut.

The song tells the journey of gaming and everything that goes along with it, that can be summed up with the awesome line:

At the end of it all
gamers play what we play
not for GAME OVER
but rather for what we take away!

The World is Saved single is available for purchase on iTunes.

BEYOND!

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The Downside of Downloadable Content

13 Jun

If you were to ask me what I think is the biggest leap, in terms of technology in the current generation of video games consoles, I would have to say “downloadable content.” The idea of being able to extend, refresh a game or even download a full game itself ten years ago would have had console developers dropping their light guns in shock before calling you a devil and having you exorcised.

And yet here we are, in a world where if a video game doesn’t have that little bit of DLC we declare the developers of being lazy and unsupportive. We as gamers are greedy; always wanting more until we become so sick of  over saturation we push it away and say “No more!” But are we being too harsh? Or are we actually playing into these companies’ clever little games? There is a far deeper side to downloadable content than getting that extra weapon skin for your favourite shooter, or adding a four/five hour quest to the latest action game than meets the eye.

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Lego Pirates of the Caribbean: The Game (XBox 360) Review

18 May

Travellers Tales are back, once again fusing magic, wonder and bricks into a much-loved family franchise. Much like Batman, Harry Potter, Star Wars and Indiana Jones before it, it is now Disney’s Pirates of the Caribbean that gets the block treatment. Taking  you through all four movies with the exceptional charm and humour that is now expected of the franchise, Lego Pirates does well to stick out slightly more in a series that is starting to become pretty stagnant.

The first thing you are going to notice when you play Lego Pirates is the sheer production value of the games presentation, this game is pretty, charming and does everything to capture that ‘Disney Magic’ that the movie series is known for. The environments are pretty, with elements such as buildings, boats and creatures being built in Lego and other elements such as water having a more realistic visual effect. Hans Zimmer’s compositions for the movie franchise can be heard throughout and the voice acting for the characters themselves really adds a another level of detail.

The game has a weird obsession with fruit and veg, if something can be replaced with a carrot, bet your behind it will be replaced with a carrot.

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Outland (XBLA) Review

1 May

Very rarely does a game come along that is so rich in stylistic quality it catches you by surprise. Finnish developer Housemarque’s Outland does just that and all for only 800 Mircrosoft points.

Outland on the surface is a mix mash of all the positive aspects of many games that have come before it, taking them and twisting them into something that not only works well but is very enjoyable to play. The foundation of all Outland’s puzzles are based on colour polarity, something made famous in Treasure’s Ikaruga. And all of Outland’s map exploration, emphasis on upgrading powers and collecting takes inspiration from games such as Super Metroid or Shadow Complex.

However, even with saying this, Outland feels fresh and not only unlike any XBLA game you’ve ever played before but unlike any video game entirely. Throughout playing I was lost in just how pretty this game is, the contrast between the colours, the deep blacks and the glowing red and blues, all this whilst having an incredible amount of fun.

Even while facing tough bosses you will be caught in Outland's beauty.

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