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Reveal Highlights from the VGA’s

Spike’s Video Game Awards were this weekend, and since no one really cares who win’s the awards, they jam pack the thing with debut trailers and reveals. As always some of them caught my eye, and some of them made me want to close my eyes and go to sleep.

Transformers: Fall of Cybertron

Of course I’m leading off with Transformers. First announced at the NYCC, the only thing we really knew going in was that Grimlock was in it. In this trailer we get a few more glimpses of what to expect. First off, BRUTICUS! Something tells me however that Grimlock and Bruticus are going to get the same treatment as Omega Supreme and Trypticon in War for Cybertron, meaning that they will be heavily promoted, but ultimately non-playable boss fights. Bruticus would certainly be too overpowered and by the early look of Grimlock next to Optimus, he may be too. Our only hope might be if we got to play as one against the other (maybe multiplayer?). Other than that it looks like there could be a bigger emphasis on close combat. I’d also like to know why they are still on Cybertron since the first game did such a good job of getting them on their way to Earth. I don’t even know why I’m complaining though when I know damn well I’ll be pre-ordering regardless.

The Last of Us

Easily the most anticipated game heading into the VGA’s, this PS3 exclusive had everyone buzzing based on nothing more than 2 screenshots and old news footage. When the trailer finally debuted we finally found out what the hell we were so excited about. A beautiful looking surival horror type game from the same guys that brought us the Uncharted series.

Yawn

Look, I’m sure it’ll be good, but I’ve seen this type of trailer too many times before (hello Dead Island) do we really need another game where you’re among a small ragtag group of survivors fighting zombies against all odds in an apocalyptic environment? I’m personally growing numb to the big reveal shot of how desolate a once thriving big city has become. Knowing Naughty Dog there will be huge set pieces, plot twists, and on point controls. I just hope there is a fresh take on the story too.

Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance

HO-LEE CRAP! What a difference a new lead character makes. So much awesome in this trailer it’s almost beyond words. Dismemberment? Check. Cyborgs? Check. Giant robots? Giant check. Pretty much everything you know about playing Metal Gear looks like it’s thrown right out the window. Watching Raiden in action makes me wonder why we’ve been spending so much time sneaking around as Snake for 20 years. I’m getting a very Ninja Gaiden vibe from the trailer, and I’m sure there will be plenty of cut scenes. I’ll sit through pretty much anything though to slice a guy into a million pieces, so bring it on!

Mass Effect 3

I never played Mass Effect before but I do know it’s a big deal that it’s on it’s way. I don’t know the significance of what I saw, but I do know that we have some third person play, a lot of running, apparently not a lot of shooting, really big robots, really big monsters fighting those robots, and a planet looks doomed. Yes it looks really good, but is it worth saying that about games anymore? In this age of HD-3D graphics and big budget games, isn’t every big title supposed to look gorgeous by now? I think I’ll hold off on talking about how a game looks for those occasions when a game really looks like garbage.

Diablo 3

Another series I should probably check out. Interesting move showing the opening cinematic. Like where the story is going but based on this alone the gameplay would appear to be similar to my Old Testament final paper research in college. I’m sure there’s more to it than that, and I can say one other thing, that girl’s uncle is TOAST!

The Rest

The Amazing Spider-Man will be bad of course but it’s interesting going to an open world again and we got a lot of good looks at the new costume.

Rainbow Six: Patriots showed me one thing. A old man getting got!

Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater HD could be a big step forward for the franchise. Just like Sonic, the best way to being good again is to go back to basics. Updated graphics and with old school gameplay. This might be the last gasp for Tony Hawk games.

Any games I missed that you’re looking forward too? Comment and let me know

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Playstation finally gives me my due

A little late to post this, but I have to thank the Sony Playstation team for recognizing my achievements over the years via this commercial:

I just wish they would have let me know they were doing it first. I would have gladly allowed them to use my image.

Thanks again guys.

“Abobo’s Big Adventure” is the Best Free Game That Hasn’t Come Out Yet

Are you a fan of the original Nintendo Entertainment System? Well brace yourself, because the trailer you are about to see might make you wet your pants. In development since 2006, a indie group known as Team Bobo has been working on a game that combines the best of the entire NES library. But enough talk, here is the trailer:

Now that you have put your eyeballs back in their sockets, you might be asking who the hell Abobo is. If you are asking that, then you deserve a punch in the face. Abobo one of the more recognizable enemies from the Double Dragon series, and now he is out the rescue his son Aboboy who has been kidnapped or something. To do so he must go through 8 worlds that combine as many other video games as possible.The best part? It’s FREE! All you need is flash and you’re good to go.

So far I’ve noticed all of the following games referenced: Super Mario Bros, Super Mario Bros 2, Castlevania, Pro Wrestling, Kung Fu, Donkey Kong, Double Dragon (of course), The Legend of Zelda, Tetris, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Donkey Kong, River City Ransom, Megaman, Contra, Punch Out, and T&C Surf Designs: Thrilla’s Surfari.

I know there are plenty I missed so if you can identify any post it below. The game is due out sometime this year (I hope) and you can read more about it on their website: http://www.abobosbigadventure.com. I encourage anyone to spread the word because this looks like it will be an absolutely epic game.

Star Wars: The Old Republic (NYCC)

Nerds and geeks alike have been waiting for Star Wars: The Old Republic to come out for over 3 years now. On December 20th of this year, all those dorks can stop waiting. BioWare is essentially looking to make this MMO everything Star Wars: Galaxies wasn’t. I spoke to BioWare producer Cory Butler about classes, pvp, and voice acting:

Shoot Many Robots demo (NYCC)

We’re getting back to our New York Comic Con coverage (there is still plenty) with Shoot Many Robots. Published by Ubisoft, this side scrolling shooter by Demiurge Studios is best described as a 4-player, run-n’-gun RPG. Think Metal Slug with online co-op. I spoke to developer Josh Glavine about what sets the game apart. Check it out:

I also got to demo the game at the booth. The version I played seemed a bit overpowered but there is a lot of mayhem and plenty to do. I was rocking a flame thrower and a pet carrier that dropped time bombs. See for yourself:

Shoot Many Robots will be made available for download on Xbox Live Arcade, PlayStation Network, and PC in 2012. A worthwhile purchase for sure.

Cosplay from the New York Comic Con (and a wrap)

Don’t worry, we’re not nearly done with our Comic Con Coverage. We still have video games, tv shows and more to talk about. That will all have to wait until next week though. We know what you really want. COSPLAY! I hope you don’t mind but we added in an overall wrap of the entire 4 day weekend that pretty much wiped Chris and I out for a couple days. Enough of reading what I write though, BRING ON THE COSPLAY

By the way, don’t forget to check out the details of the video on YouTube. We have links to plenty of talented people that all helped us in some way over the weekend. Thanks for watching everyone.

Spider-Man: Edge of Time details (NYCC)

Along with X-Men: Destiny, Activision had it’s other Marvel title available with Spider-Man: Edge of Time. Billed as NOT being a sequel to Spider-Man: Shattered Dimensions, this title looks to use a similar engine and gameplay to the first game. We get some details on it with Beenox Studio Head Dee Brown (not this Dee Brown). Check it out:

X-Men: Destiny 2nd look (NYCC)

X-I wasn’t the kindest to X-Men: Destiny when it first came out. In fact I basically called it crap (see here). That may not be too fair considering I never played the game. With that in mind I spoke to Silicon Knights’ Zac Alcampo about the game at the New York Comic Con. Let’s see if he changed my mind at all:

KMI TV invades the New York Comic Con

Starting Thursday, we will embark on a full court press of the New York Comic Con. Check here all weekend and into next week for interviews, news and highlights. Follow us on twitter too as we’ll be updating live from the panels and more!

Among the things we will be covering:

Adult Swim
Cartoon Network isn’t playing around, sending most of their Adult Swim lineup to New York. On hand will be talent from Robot Chicken, Venture Bros, Superjail, and the upcoming miniseries The Heart, She Holler starring Patton Oswalt and Kristen Schaal.

Shoot Many Robots
We’re going to demo Demiurge Studios’ upcoming action-RPG Shoot Many Robots. So far it looks like it has a little Metal Slug in it. If so we’re in for a downloadable treat!

Activision
Activision will have a number of titles headlining their booth (I won’t get into X-Men Destiny) centered around the soon-to-be-released GoldenEye 007: Reloaded and PROTOTYPE 2. Hopefully we can get some information on the new Transformers game as well.

Voltron
With all of the 80s cartoons and shows coming back, it was only a matter of time before Voltron made it’s presence known again. Will new toys, a THQ video game, comic books and a new TV series, we’ll see just how much Voltron I can handle before I throw up.

 

Avengers
Fans have been waiting years for the Avengers to assemble on the big screen, and with the trailer debuting this week it’s that much closer to actually happening. Chris Evans, Tom Hiddleson and Cobie Smulders will be on hand to debut some new footage from the movie, and most likely start the biggest nerdgasm of the weekend.

We’ll have that and plenty more to talk about from games, to movies, and even comics (this is a comic book convention after all). So don’t forget to check the site periodically for videos, stories, and more!