Kyle Black, in a magnanimous gesture, offered me this week’s gamer pulse and I accepted. Gingerly I settle at the helm. The controls are familiar to me, the function an old friend to my senses. Now the question remains; can I sail this ship home? Let’s see what’s in store. This fall looks to be an exciting time for our kind! The line-up of potential blockbusters is staggering: Battlefield 3, Modern Warfare 3, Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword, and Batman: Arkham City (just to name a few). Let’s take a look at what else the gaming industry has in store for the future, shall we?
- Recently, we as a nation stood in remembrance of a tragic event a decade ago; September 11th. I offer the opposite side of the coin; something awesome from ten years ago. In 2001, a game which pushed the genre of FPS a huge step forward, Halo: Combat Evolved, was released. In honor of this, Bungie is coming out with a revamped version of this ground-breaking title, Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary. Due to release on November 11th, this Xbox360 version is not only the original game with pretty new wrapping; it boasts some pretty ambitious extras such as new multiplayer maps and even a new story. The weekend I committed to buying an Xbox just to play Halo was an iconic time in my life and I will always look back on that with a nostalgic sigh. As a fan, I am personally relieved that this title isn’t being brushed under the couch by its upstart younger brothers.
- In 2007 Sony introduced us to Nathan Drake, the thrill-seeking descendant of the famous explorer Sir Francis Drake, in the PS3 exclusive title, Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune. Offering a healthy combination of adventure, beautiful locales, history, and sarcasm, it’s not difficult to understand why it became so popular. Its darker sequel, Uncharted 2: Among Thieves, was very well received and left players wanting more. I’m pretty excited to see what kind of trouble Nathan’s going to get himself into next, in the third installment entitled Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception. November 11th is the day of truth, or in Nathan’s case, the lack thereof.
- Anybody remember this critter? Spyro is probably one ofthe most (if not the most) iconic characters for the first generation of Sony’s PlayStation. His debut title was also one of the first games in the pioneering generation of 3-dimensional gaming. Super Mario 64, which I would consider Spyro’s Nintendo counterpart, blew players away with its breakthrough graphics. Sequels to this beloved game were generally considered to be less than satisfactory and receptions were therefore unenthusiastic. Incidentally, Activision will soon be releasing something that may or may not tip the status quo. Skylanders: Spyro’s Adventure could go one of two ways; with its innovative new peripherals it could be an exciting time, or it could be yet another disappointment sparked by the promise of a beloved character. The game will come with three small figurines and a “portal” peripheral. The player would place one of the figurines on the portal to play their story in the game. This has been drawing much criticism across the message boards, and understandably so. The gimmick (yes, I’m calling it a gimmick) with the peripheral smacks strongly of merchandising avarice. However, as I said before, it could go either way, and, honestly, it could end up being nifty. I look forward to reading more of those message boards after the release on October 11th.