We have known that Microsoft and Epic’s latest bro-tastic shooter would be coming out around the fall for some time now, but now we have a solid date. The next installment in Epic’s Gears of War series will be coming out on September 2oth. I am sure if you have played or even seen someone play a little of Gears of War you know whether it’s for you or not. I personally am excited as it’s one of my favorite shooter series out currently.
Anyone else excited for the continued battle against the Locusts?
You may or may not have caught Entertainment Weekly’s Jeff Jensen stating that Kirby’s Epic Yarn was the WORST game of 2010, because it was “too cute”. While I’m a strong proponent of free speech and allowing the opinions of others to be heard, Jensen’s reasoning behind the game’s flaw as the worst game [which, frankly, let’s look at some Wii shovelware and compare the two] were weak and baseless at best.
Apparently, Jensen also admits it at this point. He openly admits that the purpose behind the making of the “worst” game segment was to spark a controversy and get the gaming world talking about “cuteness” in gaming.
Frankly, I don’t see where a “cuteness in gaming” kind of controversy would go anywhere. Do we really want to completely kill the entire family-friendly market of games? Gaming market divisions would just as rather cut off their right arm and enter a Twister tournament.
Looks like Santa Nintendo thought Europe was naughty this year!
Sadly enough, Europe won’t be getting their hands on Kirby’s Epic Yarn until February 25, 2011. While the ridiculous amounts of wait time between localizations in the separate countries continues to confound the marketer in me, at least we won’t have a repeat of Australia’s luck with No More Heroes or Rock Band.
While my review of Epic Mickey won’t be coming out until after Christmas, here’s some of the reviews compiled together from the rest of the gaming journalism world.
GamesRadar (9/10): “It’s a life-affirming tribute to both forgotten characters and game genres well worth remembering, with an all new added twist. And contrary to how it looks, there’s a startling amount of maturity and replayability wrapped within this family-friendly package.”
IGN (8/10): “Ultimately, the positive elements of Epic Mickey do manage to make this worth a shot. Going in with the proper level of expectation should manage to keep some of the WiiMote throwing to a minimum… just keep that wrist strap tight.”
CVG (7.5/10): “Disney Epic Mickey, with its freeform nature and deep exploration, has plenty of appeal – and completists and adventure fans may even adore it. But its rough edges ultimately dampen its potential. If only it had been given an extra lick of paint…”
Game Informer (7/10): “Epic Mickey goes out of its way to show gamers Walt Disney’s body of work, but rarely fires on a level that turns this beloved content into exciting gameplay.”
Eurogamer (6/10): “Fundamentally, Epic Mickey misunderstands what people love about Mickey Mouse. He simply doesn’t fit in this grim, post-modern dystopia, dripping with bitter-sweet nods to forgotten corners of Disney lore, nor does he need to confront his dark commercial heart to stay relevant in 2010.”
I personally choose to read into GamesRadar, mostly because Epic Micky is an epic part of my Christmas list [and its what I want to hear!].
This is the same demo that was shown at Gamescom but with added commentary by Tanya Jessen of Epic. For those unaware Bulletstorm is a first person shooter taking the games back to an earlier sentiment of fast-paced and ridiculous action. The game is being developed by People Can Fly who created the Painkiller games which were had a similar sentiment to the Serious Sam games in bringing First Person shooters back from Counter-Strike to Doom and Quake.
You can check out the video after the jump.
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