Gamr. Issue 3 - Is Uncharted 3 the Over Rated Game of the Year?
GAMR. Magazine: Issue 3 - this issue we look at PES 2012, Batman: Arkham City, Uncharted 3, go hands on with the PlayStation Vita and lots more!
1 CHIEF EDITOR Tynan Muddle EDITORS Daran Smith Cristian Espinoza Stephanie Kelso 07 PLAYSTATION VITA HANDS ON CONTENTS Shane Hayden LAYOUT Tynan Muddle CONTACT EMAIL firstname.lastname@example.org BLOG 04 EDITORIAL 06 NEWS 08 PLAYSTATION VITA 14 EXTRA LIFE team.aussie-gamer.com FORUM forum.aussie-gamer.com FACEBOOK facebook.aussie-gamer.com TWITTER @AussieGamr 2 The team at gamr. make efforts to ensure the information in this magazine is accurate at time of publishing, however we offer no warranty, expressed or implied, as to the accuracy, effectiveness or completeness of content published in this magazine. gamr. is a registered trademark. Games, characters, images, screenshots, etc, published in this magazine are copyright to their respective owners. No content of this publication may be reproduced. 20 19 PREVIEWS 27 REVIEWS 42 OTAKU CULTURE 44 RELEASE DATES 22 KIRBY’S BACK! 28 PES 2012 REVIEW 31 14 3 37 24 HOUR GAME MARATHON FOR CHARITY SONIC GENERATIONS BATMAN: ARKHAM CITY UNCHARTED 3 REVIEW EDITORIAL TECHNOTAINMENT THE VIDEO GAME CATEGORIZATION ISSUE TYNAN MUDDLE Console sales slowing down, social gaming software bubble deflating, new consoles on the horizon are getting less than shiny reviews. The video game industry is not looking so crash hot today - depending, of course, on what publication you prefer to read. But is the industry as bad as the doom and gloom articles would have us believe, or do writers - and even investors - have the wrong idea about what the video game industry actually is? I propose that one of the biggest problems when it comes to console manufacturers share price is the fact that a lot of the industry watchers automatically place them as "technology companies". This idea has spawned from the early days, when console power seemed to mean something in terms of sales; the more powerful the console, the more sales it was likely to get. This was, in retrospect, not because powerful consoles looked more "realistic", it was because better graphics meant more fun. Games like Zelda, Mario and Metal Gear looked better than ever with more colours, better sound and the introduction of polygons. At the end of the day, no one cares how they made Avatar. Why should we buy games based on how powerful the hardware is? entertainment. People buy consoles and games because they offer a distraction from work, cure boredom, and are a great social tool - much like the TV and Movie industries. Why then do we class video games only as 'technology', and judge companies harshly when they don't follow trends of high end devices? When Nintendo president Satoru Iwata first introduced the Wii in 2004, then codenamed "Revolution", he told the packed crowd "I suppose I And while the backbone of the video game could give you a list of our technical specs, I believe industry is embedded in high end technology, you'd like that, but I wont for one simple reason: they the driving force behind the entire industry is really don't matter. The time when horsepower alone 4 entertainment, and less about how powerful the console is. Suddenly, the power debate was over. Consoles no longer needed to be extremely powerful and expensive to “win” accolades from critics and, most importantly, the paying customer. Why, then, do we continue to class them as “technology” - or gadgets? The industry has proven that video games aren’t tools; they’re fun ways to pass the time. made a difference is over.". What his overall point was that technology is merely a tool and, as such, is the least important aspect of the entertainment and gaming experience. And, as it turns out, he was right. The Nintendo Wii is by no means as powerful as the PlayStation 3 or Xbox 360, however it has been the most popular console of this current hardware generation. Why? The answer is simple; the Wii checks all the boxes. It's a distraction, it cures boredom, and is a great way to socialise with family and friends. The vast majority of people who jumped into games because of the Wii finally realised that it was about the 5 Classing video games as entertainment has added benefits, particularly to the investor. No more will you be out of pocket when a console manufacturer takes a chance and releases a bold, new device to an uneasy consumer base. As more entertainment investors get on board, product launches will be judged on their entertainment value; rather than if they include the latest social network integration, or support for third party applications. Let’s move gaming out of the technology category and start enjoying it as entertainment. Let’s allow the industry to write it own rules, away from the PC and mainstream. Maybe then a company can announce an innovative game platform with exciting new features without the doom and gloom articles popping up all over the world. NEWS ORIGIN NOT ALL ORIGINALS EA Games are adding more games to it’s new “Origin” download service, making it a decent competitor to rival Steam. The publisher noted that Batman: Arkham City will appear on the service from November, followed by Saints Row: The Third and more. The service will host games from THQ, Warner Bros. and Capcom, among others. You can check out what’s on offer at www.origin.com. R18+ RATING A FEW YEARS AWAY Sadly, Australian gamers are unable to purchase games made for mature players, such as “Mortal Kombat” as there is no R18+ classification for games yet. The Australian Government are planning to implement change, however according to an official, that change may be atleast two years away. This would mean that mature gamers will have to wait until they’re even older before they’re allowed to play certain titles. NINTENDO LEARNS IT’S LESSON Nintendo’s president Satoru Iwata says the company has learned it’s lesson after the launch of the Nintendo 3DS, and are doing everything possible to ensure a successful launch of it’s next console, the Wii U. Wii U was first shown at E3 this year, but it turns out that it wasn’t the final version. For example, controllers were tethered to 6 the unit. Nintendo are planning to bring Wii U to E3 2012, where the final product will be showcased, as well as a huge amount of titles. UPGRADE Nintendo are planning to upgrade Nintendo 3DS consoles in December with a brand new firmware version. The new firmware will give users a new StreetPass Quest, 3D Video recording, a system-to-system text messaging service and a revamped eShop. The update will also allow publishers to offer paid downloadable content (DLC) for the system via microtransactions. This means you will be able to extend certain games by purchasing, at a small price, extra levels, items, abilities, etc. TAKE A DIVE Marine nerds have discovered two new forms of coral - the stuff that grows underwater - and have given them names straight out of Call of Duty: Black Ops. The two new coral types, which are from the “Acanthastrea” forms, are officially “n00b tube” and “Nuketown”. The school text books of the future are going to be awesome! 7 THE WRAP FAST TALK - A tester for Naughty Dog has said they managed to beat Uncharted 3 in as little as 3 hours! Of course, he’s payed to play games for a living... WOOPS - A report on website Ve n t u r e B e a t i s s a y i n g t h a t someone has stolen a copy of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 from a shipping warehouse! SERVER ISSUES - The launch of EA’s Battlefield 3 has been somewhat marred by server downtime. EA say they are constantly working on the issues. PRE-ORDER NOW!! - Sony are allowing US customers to get the Vita early, if they pre-order. Sony say that the console will be available to those who preorder one week early. REMAKE - Nintendo are remaking the original Kid Icarus game for Nintendo 3DS. It will be offered on the eShop as a 3D Classics title, and will be in full 3D HANDS ON SONY is entering the next console generation with the very powerful PlayStation Vita console. Armed with a OLED touchscreen and enhanced online capabilities, the 8 PlayStation Vita is set to launch in Australia in the first half of 2012. We were at the Tokyo Game Show where Sony produced the console for the first time to public scrutiny to bring you a hands on report. The original PSP’s functions were sparse to say the least and camera and microphone functions were limited to those who had gone out and purchased extra attachments. Over time the PSP got thinner, lighter and came in a variety of colours and promotional designs. Eventually in 2009 Sony upgraded the PSP’s design to the ‘PSPGo’ and removed the capability of playing games via UMD and limiting gamers to only purchasing games via download on the PSN. Although the Go had a nifty slide design and built in camera, the portable failed to improve sales, as it was far from what people expected in a true successor to the PSP. H o w e v e r, s o o n r u m o u r s , speculation and dodgy fan concepts of the next portable console to come out of Sony’s doors started to appear on the web. Surely with Nintendo’s latest handheld on its way Sony would retaliate in kind? On the 27th of January 2011 at the “Playstation Meeting” in Japan, Sony announced that the latest and greatest handheld to be developed by Sony had been codenamed the ‘Next Generation Portable’ or ‘NGP’ and would revolve around 5 key concepts; Revolutionary User Interface, Social connectivity, Location Based Entertainment and 9 GRAVITY RUSH ASPHALT INJECTION FLYING HAMSTER Converging Real and Virtual entertainment. Teasing specs such as a 5 inch OLED touchscreen, 960x544 resolution, 3G, Wi-fi and Gyro, fans were truly salivating over what such a device could bring to the handheld gaming market. Eventually at E3 2011, the name of this glorious beast was revealed; ‘Playstation Vita’, Vita being the Latin word for ‘Life’. Coming in 2 different models, a 3G/Wi-Fi version and a Wi-Fi only version and with a long list of functions and specs, it seems like they went out of the way to cover all bases and leave nothing unexplored! At this year’s Tokyo Game Show I got a chance to test out the Vita and play a demo level of Naughty Dog’s new Uncharted for PSVita. Waiting in line for the Vita was a testament to how badly gamers want this device. Most lines to play the device were either closed off for too long a wait or were around a 90-120min wait. PLAYSTATION VITA HANDLES IT’S GRAPHICS VERY WELL After ‘umm-ing’ and ‘ahh-ing’ as to whether to spend close to two hours in line for my chance to play, I jumped in, and was not disappointed. While in line massive screens played trailers for up and coming games such as Gravity Daze and Katamari No-Bita (a hybrid of Katamari and Noby-Noby boy it seems!) but to really appease gameshow attendees waiting in line, there was a treat! Once the middle of the line was reached eight eagerly awaiting fans would be asked to stand 10 WELCOME PARK This app takes you through a guided tour through all of Vita’s new features. Welcome Park is great for beginners. PARTY Voice chat with multiple friends at once, regardless of what game they’re playing. Users can join or host chat parties. PS STORE The PlayStation Store is host to all the PSP games available on PSN, along with brand new Vita titles to launch along side retail copies. GROUP MESSAGING Like the Party App, Group Messaging allows you to text chat to multiple friends at once, across games. PHOTOS Vita features two cameras with VGA resolution (0.5MP) which allow you to take and email photos from the front or back of the unit. around a table with four Vitas while a cheery attendant gave us a little introduction on the Vita, its menus and functions. That was around the point I wished my Japanese were fluent! After her little intro she guided us to tap one of the menu choices using the front touchscreen and in pairs we would take turns playing a series of mini-games designed to show off various functions. The first thing I noticed when picking up the Vita was that it was much wider and longer than the PSP, but it was still around the same thickness of the PSP-3000 which was surprising. The Vita was not at NEAR Near allows you to find Vita players close by, and trade data or arrange multiplayer matches using the built in GPS chip. TROPHIES Trophies are being brought over from the PS3, meaning you can show off your accomplishments across consoles. MUSIC Store and play your music on Vita and listen to it as you play your favorite games. Music is stored on Sony Memory Sticks. FRIENDS This app allows you to view and add friends based on their PSN ID. You can arrange matches and see their trophies, or send messages. BROWSER Sony have redesigned the web browser for Vita with an on-screen keyboard, tabbed browsing and a smoother experience. all heavy and the fact that it was bigger was mostly noticeable by the screen size! The display was gorgeous, it almost made me upset to have to use the touchscreen and l e a v e s m u d g e s o n t h e s c r e e n . To accommodate the larger screen, the button and directional pads either side were smaller than the PSP’s pads or a normal PS3 controller’s pads. The analogue sticks were also smaller but they were still easy to use. 11 GET SOCIAL Vita has integrated social networking from several big named websites. A custom Facebook App allows you to connect with friends, view photos, fan pages, likes, etc, all on the large, 5” Vita screen Twitter has been integrated to allow you to share your game progress with the world. This allows you to take screenshots of your game and post them in your feed. Skype calling has been included into Vita and will ship with voice and text chat. Skype allows you to make calls to friends all over the world. Foursquare allows you to check into locations, using Vita’s built in GPS chip. You can see where your friends are, and let them know where you are. The mini-games that I was able to try out were simply made just to show-off different ways of using the Vita, such as using two fingers to double-tap two separate objects on the screen at once, or using different areas on the rear touchpad to alternate jumping objects up into the screen. Another gameshow attendee played a game where she used the touchscreen to swipe through a wheel of numbers and pull down each UNCHARTED EVERYBODY’S GOLF LITTLE BIG PLANET successive digit. After having a taste of what was to come I resumed lining up for my turn to play Uncharted. Finally approaching the handheld in all its gleaming glory (nicely polished up by the attendant after it’s last handler of course!) I was able to get a better look and feel of the Vita running an actual release title! Firstly, let me say, Vita handles it’s graphics very nicely. It was as if I shrunk my PS3 and HD TV into a little portable bundle, which is exactly how it should be! The real time cutscenes in Uncharted have always been stunning in my opinion, and none of that polish was lost on the Vita. Uncharted made good use of the new functions on the Vita, if perhaps not a bit too much overenthusiastic use of them. Running and jumping as usual in Uncharted games was performed by tapping the ledge you intended Drake to jump to, so I found myself tapping where I wanted to go next quite a lot in the game. Also swinging to and balancing over wooden beams was handled by the Vita’s gyroscope by swaying the handheld back and forth. They also made use of the touchscreen to simulate charcoal rubbing on some wall scratchings and slicing up obstacles in the way of Drake. Most of the TGS gameplay demo can be seen online so you can get a better idea of the types of ways you can expect to use the Vita, and I must say it was completely worth waiting in line for my chance. I planning on purchasing the Vita on launch, and I’d recommend this is something you don’t want to miss out on! STEPHANIE KELSO 12 THE UGLY SIDE SPECS Some of Vita’s biggest strengths are overshadowed by some of it’s biggest downfalls.. CPU: ARM Cortex A9 (4 core) BATTERY LIFE GPU: SGX543MP4+ Sony have announced that Vita will last as little as three hours on a single charge - that’s assuming you have turned off wireless communication, networking, the speakers and turned the screen brightness down. PROTRUDING STICKS Dual analogue sticks on a handheld is a great idea; unfortunately it hurts portability. We envision a future of holy pockets and broken sticks. BULKY EXTERIOR Vita is no small fry - in fact, it’s one of the largest handheld consoles ever made. Coming in at 182mm, it’s a third longer than Nintendo 3DS; this big boy is more bag friendly than pocket. TOUCHING IS GOOD Vita has some special stuff happening behind the scenes the back of the console is a touch sensitive panel. This panel is mapped 1:1 with the 5” touch screen on the front, meaning where you touch the panel will correspond perfectly with the action on the screen. This will be used in a variety of ways - like easy to reach buttons for racing games, or even just to mirror the front touch screen so you can have all the control without the fingerprints! 13 SIZE: 182mm x 18.6mm x 83.5mm SCREEN: 5” OLED Touchscreen CAMERAS: Front and rear VGA (640x480 Max Resolution) WIRELESS: 3G (3G model only) IEEE 208b/g/n Bluetooth 2.1+EDR GPS (3G model only) WiFi Location Support MISC: PS Vita Game Cards Sony Memory Stick slot SIM Card slot (3G Model only) Exp. slot (for USB, DC in, Audio) Stereo Out Accessory Port Six-axis Motion “Three-axis” electronic compass Armed with a video game console and a lot of spare time, thousands of gamers from all over the world took the incredible challenge to play their favorite games for 24 hours straight in a selfless bid to raise much needed money for local childrenâ€™s hospitals. 14 The mission is a simple one; do whatever you can to raise as much money as humanly possible for sick kids all over the world. Extra Life is a fundraising initiative held annually to achieve this special goal. Now it’s in third year, more gamers than ever have banded together to lend their epic skills. The charity event was the brainchild of website Sarcastic Gamer who was inspired by a young girl named Victoria “Tori” Enmon, who tragically lost her battle with lymphoblastic leukemia. Since 2008, the event has raised over $1.3 Million for hospitals under the Children’s Miracle Network. More and more hospitals are added every year, with the event even stretching out to Australia which is where we come in. Team Aussie-Gamer took up the challenge and happily raised over $500 for the cause, with all proceeds going straight to the Children’s Hospital at Westmead, New South Wales. You still have time to donate and get behind this wonderful charity. 15 GET INVOLVED http://extra-life.org Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals has grown dramatically since its founding in 1983. The network was founded on with two simple goals; 1. Help as many children as possible by raising funds for children’s hospitals. 2. Keep funds in the community in which they were raised to help local children. The organization was founded by Marie Osmond and her family, John Schneider, Mick Shannon and Joe Lake.As of 2011, Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals has raised more than $4.3 billion—most of which is donated a dollar or two at a time. TEAM AUSSIE-GAMER IF there’s one thing that Extra Life has taught me this year it’s that I’m not as young as I once was. In my prime, I would laugh in the face of a 24 hour gaming marathon, much in the way a drunk man would laugh at the statue he is defecting; hysterically with a little bit of urine involved. Geist is an interesting Now, at the ripe old age of 25, my gaming title - you’re basically a ghost who habits have matured from the reckless, sleepless weeks and rendered into something can possess anything from a mop a younger me would sooner spit at then bucket to a rat, and even humans. It is indeed a game from a time where become associated with. innovation and bold ideas outweighed Bodily fluids aside - the 24 hours kicked off to a the bottom line. bad start as I slept in - another hallmark of being an old bag - and missed the 8am kick off. Thankfully, the rules are somewhat flexible and my marathon started with a round of a somewhat obscure GameCube title: Geist. Of course, anyone who’s played the game will tell you that it’s a bit of a third person-everything rather than specifically a shooter as the box and the multiplayer mode would have you believe. About an hour into it, there’s a section where you work as an engineer, punching rivets into steel. This is shortly before a massive boss battle. Here is where the game’s questionable difficulty spike is best witnessed. Having spent the last 30 16 minutes on the annoying rivet section, I was less than impressed when I was to take on a room full of soldiers, a sentry gun and a mofo boss all at once! Without surprise, I was killed and the GameCube controller was almost hurled across the room. It was then I decided to play The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker. This is perhaps, in my opinion, one of the greatest Zelda games ever made, and perhaps the best game produced for the GameCube. It was also the game I would invest the next 11 hours in. I decided not to bore those mad enough to watch the live stream by exploring the huge world and just tackled the story. 9pm rolled up that night - but it was great. Wind Waker is the perfect title to play this marathon as those long boat rides are a god send for much needed eye breaks. After a short break which involved a trip to the airport (long story), and more importantly, sustenance from every gamer’s true kitchen; McDonald’s, the marathon was back on, with 12 hours to go! 17 This back end of the marathon involved dangerous amounts of energy drinks, bouts of WaveRace Blue Storm, Pikmin 2 and, of course, Super Smash Bros. Melee - since the GameCube was already set up and running. To be honest, the rest of the marathon was a bit of a blur, but I’m pretty sure nobody was harmed in any permeant way. Although there’s now a questionable stain on the lounge room rug... TYNAN MUDDLE UNGODLYGAMING.COM 18 PREVIEWS PREVIEWS 20 22 19 SONIC GENERATIONS KIRBY’S RETURNS TO DREAMLAND FORMAT: Multi RELEASE DATE: November 2011 Sonic the Hedgehog has not entered the 3D game world gracefully. He’s seen the demise of the very company that created him, and what feels like an endless release of less-than-awesome releases. 20 years after his debut, Sonic is being celebrated with a game that plays homage the world’s fastest hedgehog’s glorious past by offering two play styles. 20 Sonic Generations is a compilation of the most memorable Sonic levels from every game in the series, remade in 3D for a new generation of gamers. The two play styles mentioned earlier relate to Sonic’s “glory days” of 2D platforming, and the more modern, 3D style of gaming. Players can choose which Sonic they wish to play each level through as. If you choose to play as classic Sonic, the level will be played out as a 2D, side scrolling style. Modern Sonic style will be similar to “Sonic Colours” type gameplay, with the camera behind the main character as he runs “into” the screen. The game is being released on PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360, and since Wii isn’t a HD console, Generations will see a release on Nintendo 3DS, with exclusive levels not 21 playable on the console versions. Sonic Team are aware that hardcore Sonic fans may already consider themselves hardcore Sonic pros and have added many alternative routes through the levels. Some of these routes are hard to find, and a lot harder to complete. Sonic’s friends may-ormay not be making a come back. Tales has been confirmed, as has “Dr. Eggman/Robotnik”, as for Amy Rose, Knuckles, Shadow etc - those details have not yet been revealed. Visually, the game looks stunning on all platforms, and there’s a true sense of speed in both styles of gameplay. HD Console owners can pick up Sonic Generations from November 4 whereas 3DS owners are to wait till November 30. FORMAT: Nintendo Wii RELEASE DATE: 25/11/2011 Kirby and his friends are back in an all new platformer for Nintendo Wii. When an alien spaceship crashes in the otherwise peaceful realm of Planet Pop Star, its pieces are scattered throughout the land. Players must guide Kirby as he retrieves the ship’s parts and helps an alien return to its home planet. 22 This time, however, he’s not alone. At any time, up to three more players can join in the fun and play as Meta Knight, King Dedede, Waddle Dee or a different color Kirby. This style of gameplay was first popularized in Nintendo’s “New Super Mario Bros. Wii” but has been taken to another level in Kirby. Firstly, the action is opt-in, opt-out meaning players can join in or leave at will, without having to restart the game (as is the case in Mario and Donkey Kong Country Returns). Players can also stack their characters on top of each other to reach new areas and defeat certain enemies. Fans of the series will best know Kirby for his ability to suck down enemies 23 and steal their powers, a feature that plays heavily in this game. Kirby has new ultimate attacks which are unlocked for a limited amount of time only after he ingests certain enemies. These attacks have different effects, but mainly involve annihilating everything in sight. The Ultra Sword, for example, gives Kirby a huge sword he can swing around, which destroys the enemies, bricks and even the level itself! Level destruction is another great introduction to the series. Many ledges and areas are destroyable, which opens up different ways of progressing through a level. For example, there might be a group of enemies that are particularly hard to get through. If you had the “Monster Flame” ability, you can blow up an over-hanging platform, which falls down and squishes those enemies. 24 Of course, the game looks absolutely stunning and has a tooth achingly sweet colour palette. It wouldn’t be a Kirby game if it didn’t have a puzzling PAL release date delay, and Nintendo have not swayed from tradition this time around. While US gamers will pick this up on October 27, Australian and European gamers will have to wait until November 25. KIRBY OF MANY COLOURS FIRE Kirby’s Fire hat allows him to shoot burning ash at enemies, or use a powerful air dash. ULTRA SWORD A giant transforming sword that doubles as a meat cleaver?! You wont want to mess with the puff. SWORD Kirby’s green hat gives him a sword that he can charge up and smite his enemies with. WATER With the Water hat, Kirby can slide around the levels, surfing a wave of water as he goes. LEAF Kirby’s Leaf hat sends a flurry of leaves around in a whirlwind, sending enemies flying! 25 DO YOU LOVE VIDEO GAMES? Weâ€™re looking for editors! Weâ€™re looking for gamers who love to write to help produce top quality content to a growing audience of video gamers. If you think you have what it takes to write great online and print based content, get in touch with us at email@example.com 26 REVIEWS 28 PES 2012 32 BATMAN ARKHAM CITY 38 39 40 PLANTS VS ZOMBIES BEJEWELED TWIST UNCHARTED 3: DRAKE’S DECEPTION SCORE GUIDE F E C B A A+ 27 F - Avoid E - Try before you buy C - Fairly decent with major flaws B - Good A - Great A+ GO BUY RIGHT NOW! REVIEW FORMAT: PS3, X360 RELEASE DATE: October 14 Konami are bringing PES back with the 2012 edition shooting onto consoles in October. As a series known for it’s detail in accuracy, the PES series has come to be known as a safe bet for enthusiasts. So how does PES 2012 stack up, and does it feature enough incentive for you to buy it? PES 2012 combines everything you’ve come 28 to expect from modern soccer games with the fun and social aspects of the classic games in the same franchise. Visually, the game is supurb – a better looking football game will be hard to come by (and yes, this includes FIFA). Stadiums look real, grass is well defined and the lighting is a testament to the skill of the folks over at Konami. The overall look and feel of the game is dark, with night time matches looking especially great. The blacks, greys and blues of the menu give the game a nice, polished feel. This is translated nicely to the character design, which features both real-life players from all teams and a character creator which allows you to make your own avatar anyway you see fit. 29 REVIEW Movement of the characters varies greatly depending on what they’re doing. While the animation is always realistic and doesn’t miss a beat, performing acts like dribbling the ball feels choppy and stilted. This, thankfully, isn’t the case for all actions – kicking, attacking, passing, etc, are all done smoothly. The overall physics and range of motion the game offers isn’t the best on the market when you compare it to the new FIFA title, for example, but it hold up against such comparisons nicely. Where the game shines though is in the accuracy of the soccer experience overall. Konami have left no stones unturned. There are several modes on offer for different styles of matches which pair you against a variety of different teams. Each match starts with a player randomly or flocking towards the ball. The computer players change their strategy o n t h e fl y b a s e d o n t h e g a m e ’s circumstance and I’m happy to report this works incredibly well. In fact, going back to that FIFA comparison, PES knocks it out of the park when it comes to AI. The only exception is the goal keepers, who remain as thick as door knobs. PES 2012 also includes a new system called “Off the Ball Control”. This is perhaps the best thing to happen to sporting games since the invention of the 30 tactical positioning screen, allowing you to fully customise your strategy heading into the match. From there, the players you aren’t controlling are taken over by the AI. While this has been an annoying mess in the pass, the game’s “Active AI” makes your team mates smart – they no longer make dumb moves like running away motion control. It basically allows you to highlight any player at any time with the right control stick. This means you can better control the entire match by knowing exactly who you’ll control after you pass the ball. While it takes some getting used to, sports fans will no doubt see huge value in this seemingly simple addition. For the true hardcore soccer fan, Konami has added in “Football Life” mode which includes Master League, “Become a Legend” and brand new “Club Boss” mode. These are story progress modes and sees you taking a player from an PROS absolute nobody to an inevitable somebody - SMART ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE TO CUSTOMISE whereas Club Boss puts you in the managerâ€™s -- LOADS BEAUTIFUL GRAPHICS office, controlling a club financially. Cut scenes have been included this year which is CONS a nice addition. - MOVEMENT CAN FEEL A LITTLE PES 2012 is a welcome addition to the series. STIFF AT TIMES - GOAL KEEPERS ARE DUMB While the tried and true formular is indeed present, the game offers enough in terms of s o p h i s t i c a t e d a r t i fi c i a l i n t e l l i g e n c e , customisation and overall quality to make it stand out this year. 31 FINAL RATING A REVIEW FORMAT: Playstation 3 RELEASE DATE: October 24 SEQUELS are a dime a dozen in the video game world these days, and one of the most undisputed kings of the sequel is none other than Batman, whoâ€™s franchise has spanned 32 many movies, revivals, TV series and comic books. It seems fitting, then, that the latest Batman game, Arkham City, is a sequel, as well. As the follow up to Arkham Asylum, Batmanâ€™s latest foray is nothing sort of satisfying, if not over the top. The story kicks off a year after the events of Arkham Asylum - a large portion of the city has been sectioned off and filled with Gothams seedy criminals, lead by Dr Hugo Strange who kidnaps Bruce Wayne to keep him from meddling with his mysterious “Protocol 10” plan. The first thing you will notice 33 is the gameplay has b e e n s i g n i fi c a n t l y upgraded from Aslyum, the entire experience feels well refined. Most of the action requires one button mash to attack, but Batman has a bunch of brand new abilities, keeping the otherwise simple attack system feeling fresh throughout the game. Enemies are abundant, a n d t h e r e ’s p l e n t y o f incentive to fight them with style, as you can gain more experience points, REVIEW unlocking plenty of unlockables. Detective Mode is back and works much like it did in the first game which becomes a mustuse feature when it comes to the slathering of Riddler Challenges that pepper the city. This mode allows you to see hidden things such as items, so completionists will feel right at home here. The overall game is huge - there’s a significant upgrade in terms of “stuff to do” over the original. Once the main story is complete, you will unlock a “ N e w JOKER This demented clown is not taking his defeat in Arkham Asylum lightly, and is more blood thirsty than ever. Now ravaged by disease, Joker has only one thing on his mind: revenge. TWO-FACE While Gotham is much safer with the capture of Two-Face, his incarceration in Arkham City has seem him rise to power amongst a group of criminals. 34 CATWOMAN Catwoman has her own storyline in Arkham City and is completely playable. She teams up with certain villains in Arkham City to survive. Game +” feature which amps up the difficulty quite a bit, as well as the challenge maps which come with the option to play as Catwoman. 35 The whole game has been smothered in polish one would expect from a modern AAA video game. Voice acting is top notch, and graphically the game is stunning. One small but nagging point I picked up was the game has lost it’s ominous, menacing tone from the original. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing, but if you were a fan of the gloomy Arkham City, REVIEW something will feel missing. Luckily, thereâ€™s a lot more content and the tone of the game is still quite dark - just a little more over the top than the first game in the series. 36 That said, hardcore Batman fans are those who the game will appeal to the most - had they played the first game or not. Seeing the franchises best enemies plotting together is always a treat and is well handled in Arkham City. Overall, Batman Arkham City delivers serious bang for your buck. While the game may be in some cases a little linear, the sheer scope of the tasks at hand are enough to satisfy the most time-rich gamer. For those wondering if the game has managed to outperform Arkham Aslyum - the answer is yes; in almost every way. In fact, itâ€™s one of the best superhero games to ever be released. PROS - BATMAN FAN FRIENDLY - ONE OF THE BEST GAMES RELEASED THIS YEAR - WELL PRESENTED CONS - STORY IS LESS MYSTERIOUS THAN ARKHAM ASLYUM - SOME LIP SYNCING ISSUES FINAL RATING 37 A+ PLANTS VS ZOMBIES FORMAT: Nintendo DS RELEASE DATE: September 28 Plants vs Zombies is incredibly addictive. The premise is simple; the zombies are trying to get to your house, so it’s your job to plant a bunch of flowers to defend your abode from the oncoming undead. Your plants all have different abilities and attacks and it’s up to you to strategically place them on your lawn to ward off the zombies. Charmingly, you will find new stuff at every turn as you journey through the levels. One minute you’re in the main game, shooting zombies, the next you’re rolling potatoes down the lawn in “Zombie Bowling”. There’s also multiplayer modes, minigames and survival modes after you’ve played through the main game. The game can feel a little choppy when the screen is full of action, but the scope of levels and things to unlock far outweighs these small presentation issues. This sickeningly addictive game is a load of fun and will be a valuable asset to anyone embarking on those long school holiday drives. FINAL RATING 38 B BEJEWELED TWIST FORMAT: Nintendo DS RELEASE DATE: September 28 BUSTING gems is a sure-fire solution to boredom, as games like Bejeweled have proven time and time again. This time around, a new â€œtwistâ€? element has been included which means instead of flipping two gems over, you twist around a quartet of gems clockwise to match up the colours, causing them to explode and more to drop down. The subtle difference here is that instead of the two mismatched gems flipping bat to their spot, your gems will stay in place, causing you to think ahead before making the change. There are special gems for your busting needs, too - such as the bomb which gives you bonus points. The scope of the game feels endless and addictive, you will spend a lot of time trying to best your score or beat the puzzles in Challenge Mode. The Twist of Bejeweled Twist is a thought inducing one, and may turn off the loyalist casual player who is attuned to simple, zombie like progression. But we liked it a lot. 39 C FINAL RATING REVIEW FORMAT: PlayStation 3 RELEASE DATE: November 3 UNDOUBTEDLY, Uncharted 3: Drakes Deception will make waves in the gaming industry, and for good reason. First and foremost, the game is visually stunning. Armed with motion capture and high definition graphics, the game feels less like a game and more like you’re directing a movie. This is part of the problem I personally had with it - the overall gameplay feels derivative and a little “been there, done that”. More on why later. The standout of the title is the story, especially to fans of the series. UC3 fleshes out the backstory of all the well known cast and does this in a way fans will appreciate. New to the series is the “melee” combat system, which does add a level of newness to the series and can be quite fun (if a little cumbersome). This does away with the series annoying stealth parts, a welcomed change most will agree with. The biggest problem I had with the game, as mentioned earlier, is that it feels very 40 derivative. It’s almost like the developer went too far with the story and forgot they were making a game. Scaling walls and jumping around in a pre-rendered world is very 1990‘s “Pince of Persia” - more innovation is needed. Yes, it looks stunning, the story is epic, but the levels feel short and lack depth. Thankfully, the game does have lots to occupy those with forgiving attention spans. Hundreds of hidden items lurk w i t h i n t h e g a m e , a n d t h e r e ’s a multiplayer mode for those done with the story. 41 Multiplayer is a mixed bag - for diehard fans of the series it’s an orgasmic treat waiting to be experienced. For hardcore fans of third person shooters, GTA IV is probably where you’ll return to, as Uncharted still feels a little clunky and the maps too massive for their own good. Overall, though, the game presents very well and is probably the best looking game ever made - this has been accomplished at the expense of innovative, fun gameplay which sadly lets the title down. You’re still going to buy it, though. A FINAL RATING OTAKU CULTURE AKIHABARA JAPAN’S OTAKU PARADISE Any Otakus visiting Japan must visit Akihabara otherwise known as Ground Zero for anime, manga, gaming and imports that you can't find anywhere else. I’ve been fortunate enough to have gone a few times during our two trips to Japan and I can vouch for the eye opening experience it is. The whole district is one big oasis for anything and everything relating to modern Japanese pop culture. There are literally endless shops filled with anime, manga, video games, J-Pop and tonnes more. Electronics fans are also catered for with a vast array of stores for any parts you may need or want to pick up on the cheap compared to most other countries. The further away you get from the train station, the smaller the shops become but this is offset by the bigger bargains you will find. The streets themselves are filled with the kind of people you’d expect as well with their trendy outfits sporting their favourite anime characters on them and not just restricted to the youth. You’ll also find grown men and women especially in many cafes from Starbucks to Excelsior Café, having multiplayer games on their PSP’s and DS’s. You're bound to see groups of gamers playing Monster Hunter in their Hunter parties. I 42 was most astounded by the tight knit groups that these gamers have found for themselves with like minded people. Super Potato is a store that I see constantly mentioned by visitors to Japan and for good reason. It is the best retro game store I have ever laid eyes on. It’s where I picked up three of my treasures. My mint copy of Rez for the Sega Dreamcast, a brand new never opened Visual Memory Unit for the Nintendo DS and the platinum pack for Metal Gear Solid for PSX with all the goodies intact from the dog tags to the TShirt, soundtrack and art book. All this rarity for $40AUD! They have a floor dedicated to Nintendo, Sega and various other consoles and handhelds. There is literally nothing from yesteryear that they don’t have and it’s all in mint condition. The Japanese gamers know how to look after their stuff. There are expensive stores as well and they’re usually the real glitzy ones that you can spot a mile away but for the most part everything, price wise, is within reach for the everyday gamer, considering how exclusive some items were. There’s definitely bargains to be had, but bring comfortable shoes as there’s a ton of walking to be had! One of the other unique features in Akihabara are the Maid cafes where you can have a meal and the maids dote over you and power up your food with cries of “Moe Moe, Kyun, Kyun!” They do speak some English but we had very little problem navigating the menu and ordering food. The maids are very animated and speak in high pitch voices as they do in the animes so it isn’t for everyone! They do charge by how long you stay there as well, but one hour should be plenty of time to eat, talk, interact with the maids and if you like, have your picture taken with a maid of your choice which makes a great souvenir. You can take pics of your food, however you can’t take pics of the inside or of the maids. We only went to Maidreamin’ which is on busy Chuo Dori, the Main Street, there are others but be wary, as some of the maids aren’t there to serve you food but to offer you…other services. 43 But they’re usually pretty obvious by the flyers they’re handing out. Akihabara at night is a must visit as well, with it’s multitude of neon signs and the bright lights illuminating massive billboards advertising anime and new games. It truly is a unique experience that cannot be replicated anywhere else in the world with heaps to buy and see, so bring your extra deep pockets. So in summing up, Akihabara is a must visit for anyone making the pilgrimage to Japan, no questions asked without doubt. Full of great bargains, rare finds and eye opening sights! CRISTIAN ESPINOZA JAPANDAMAN.COM @JAPANDAMAN71 RELEASE DATES NOVEMBER 2011 1st - Goldeneye 007 Reloaded (PlayStation 3) 1st - Goldeneye 007 Reloaded (Xbox 360) 2nd - Lord of the Rings: War in the North (PlayStation 3) 2nd - Lord of the Rings: War in the North (Xbox 360) 2nd - Lord of the Rings: War in the North (PC Games) 2nd - Lord of the Rings: War in the North Collector's Edition (Xbox 360) 2nd - Lord of the Rings: War in the North Collector's Edition (PC Games) 2nd - Lord of the Rings: War in the North Collector's Edition (PlayStation 3) 2nd - Moshi Monsters Moshling Zoo (Nintendo DS) 3rd - Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception (PlayStation 3) 3rd - Sonic Generations (Xbox 360) 3rd - Sonic Generations (PlayStation 3) 3rd - Uncharted 3 Special Edition (PlayStation 3) 3rd - Raving Rabbidss Alive & Kicking (Xbox 360) 3rd - Sonic Generations (Nintendo 3DS) 3rd - Pro Evolution Soccer 2012 (Nintendo Wii) 3rd - Turtle Beach Modern Warfare 3 Foxtrot PX21 (PlayStation 3) 3rd - Turtle Beach Modern Warfare 3 Charlie Z6A (PC Games) 3rd - Turtle Beach Modern Warfare 3 Bravo PX3 (PlayStation 3) 3rd - Turtle Beach Modern Warfare 3 Delta XP500 (Xbox 360) 3rd - Emily the Strange (PC Games) 3rd - Sonic Generations Collector's Edition (PlayStation 3) 3rd - Sonic Generations Collector's Edition (Xbox 360) 3rd - Sonic Generations Limited Edition (PlayStation 3) 3rd - Sonic Generations Limited Edition (Xbox 360) 3rd - Just Dance Kids (Nintendo Wii) 3rd - Just Dance Kids (Xbox 360) 3rd - Hasbro Family Game Night 4: The Game Show (Xbox 360) 44 3rd - Hasbro Family Game Night 4: The Game Show (Nintendo Wii) 3rd - Hasbro Family Game Night 4: The Game Show (PlayStation 3) 3rd - Playstation 3 320GB Limited Edition Silver Console (PlayStation 3) 3rd - Turtle Beach Earforce XP500 (Xbox 360) 3rd - XBA Bluetooth Wireless Chat Adaptor (Xbox 360) 3rd - Dark Souls (PlayStation 3) 3rd - Dark Souls (Xbox 360) 8th - Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 (PC Games) 8th - Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 (Xbox 360) 8th - Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 (PlayStation 3) 8th - Zumba Fitness 2 (PlayStation 3) 8th - Zumba Fitness 2 (Xbox 360) 8th - Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 (Nintendo Wii) 8th - Xbox 360 Call of Duty Modern Warfare 3 Limited Edition 320GB Console (Xbox 360) 10th - Shinobi (Nintendo 3DS) 10th - EyePet & Friends (PlayStation 3) 10th - Naruto Shippunden: Ultimate Ninja (Sony PSP) 10th - Monster High: New Ghoul at School (Nintendo Wii) 10th - Order Up! 3D (Nintendo 3DS) 10th - Deepak Chopra's Leela (Xbox 360) 10th - The Black Eyed Peas Experience (Nintendo Wii) 10th - The Black Eyed Peas Experience (Xbox 360) 10th - PS3 Wireless Stereo Headset (PlayStation 3) 10th - Cars 2 (Nintendo 3DS) 10th - Spongebob's Surf and Skate Roadtrip (Nintendo DS) 10th - Spongebob's Surf and Skate Roadtrip (Xbox 360) 11st - The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim (PC Games) 11st - The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim (Xbox 360) 11st - The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim (PlayStation 3) 11st - The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Strategy Guide (PC Games) 11st - Elder Scrolls: Oblivion (PC Games) 11st - Elder Scrolls: Oblivion (PlayStation 3) 11st - Elder Scrolls: Oblivion (Xbox 360) 15th - Saints Row: The Third (Xbox 360) 15th - Saints Row: The Third (PlayStation 3) 15th - Saints Row: The Third (PC Games) 15th - Halo - Combat Evolved Anniversary (Xbox 360) 15th - Assassin's Creed Revelations Special Edition (Xbox 360) 15th - Assassin's Creed Revelations Special Edition (PC Games) 15th - Assassin's Creed Revelations Special Edition (PlayStation 3) 15th - Saints Row: The Third Platinum Pack (Xbox 360) 16th - Family Guy: Road to Death (PlayStation 3) 16th - Family Guy: Road to Death (Xbox 360) 17th - Carnival Games (Nintendo 3DS) 17th - Need for Speed: The Run Limited Edition (Xbox 360) 17th - Need for Speed: The Run Limited Edition (PlayStation 3) 17th - Need for Speed: The Run (Nintendo 3DS) 17th - Need for Speed: The Run Limited Edition (PC Games) 17th - Need for Speed: The Run (Nintendo Wii) 17th - Mario & Sonic at the London Olympics 2012 (Nintendo Wii) 17th - uDraw Disney Princess (Nintendo Wii) 17th - uDraw Pictionary HD (PlayStation 3) 17th - uDraw Pictionary HD (Xbox 360) 17th - uDraw Studio HD (PlayStation 3) 17th - uDraw Studio HD (Xbox 360) 17th - Disney Princess (Nintendo DS) 17th - Ultimate Marvel vs Capcom 3 (PlayStation 3) 17th - Ultimate Marvel vs Capcom 3 (Xbox 360) 17th - uDraw Game Tablet (PlayStation 3) 17th - uDraw Game Tablet (Nintendo Wii) 17th - uDraw Game Tablet (Xbox 360) 17th - uDraw Marvel Super Hero Squad: Comic Combat (PlayStation 3) 17th - uDraw Marvel Super Hero Squad: Comic Combat (Nintendo Wii) 45 17th - uDraw Marvel Super Hero Squad: Comic Combat (Xbox 360) 17th - uDraw Instant Artist (Nintendo Wii) 17th - The Quest Trio (PC Games) 17th - Turtle Beach Earforce PX3 (PlayStation 3) 17th - Turtle Beach Earforce XC1 (Xbox 360) 17th - Turtle Beach Earforce XL1 (Xbox 360) 17th - Turtle Beach Earforce Z6A (PC Games) 17th - 7 Wonders: Treasures of Seven (PC Games) 17th - Nickelodeon Dance (Nintendo Wii) 17th - Nickelodeon Dance (Xbox 360) 17th - Medieval Moves (PlayStation 3) 17th - Let's Cheer Kinect (Xbox 360) 17th - Twister Mania (Xbox 360) 17th - Anno 2070 (PC Games) 17th - Dora & Friends Pet Shelter (Nintendo DS) 17th - Motion Explosion! 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