First Impression: Bulletstorm Demo (Gameplay Video)

Welcome to the little shop of horrors of video games!  DigitalDpad / STLgamer go through this demo with a semi fine-toothed comb.  That way, those neon brutes feel every tooth!

Bulletstorm for the PC, PS3, and Xbox 360 will be out on Feb. 22nd.  For now, the demo is available.  For all those people that either can’t get enough of the game that you have to watch while away from your controller, or you don’t have access to Xbox Live or the Playstation Network then you’re in luck!  Look below for our video.

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Killzone 3 Beta on PSN Feb. 2nd

Announced today on The Official Playstation Blog, the Killzone 3 OPEN beta will be available for download Wednesday, February 2nd for North America.  The beta will be open from Feb. 2nd – 14th with Playstation Move and 3D support.

The beta will consist of one map, “Frozen Dam” and four multiplayer modes:

Guerrilla Warfare – 16 Player Team Deathmatch

Operations – 16 Player “story-based gameplay….the ISA must try to secure the docks and destroy the dam, while the Helghast must try to protect the dam facility”

Botzone – 1 Player and 15 Bots….enough said

More details about the beta to come soon.  Killzone 3 will be released on February 22nd in North America for the Playstation 3.

Source: Playstation.Blog

Image: Flickr – Playstation.Blog

The DPAD Life Podcast: Episode 1

Since development of our new website (DigitalDpad.com) is taking a little longer to polish to our liking, we thought it would be a good idea to post our first podcast so you can partake in the cast’s musings of gaming.  In our inaugral episode of what we call “The DPAD Life” we talk about the differences of Call of Duty: Black Ops and Medal of Honor, Heavy Rain issues, World of Warcraft, remembering The Matrix Online, Playstation Move, Halo: Reach spoilers abound (timestamp: Part 2 @ 10:40 – 10:50) and much, much, more!

Because of audio issues we had to split the podcast into two .mp3 files, hopefully we’ll fix that in later recordings.

The DPAD Life: Episode 1 – Part 1

The DPAD Life: Episode 1 – Part 2

(both recorded on 12/20/2010)

Final Fantasy XIII-2 Coming Next Winter

Square Enix announced that a second story iteration of Final Fantasy XIII is coming to Xbox 360 and Playstation 3 next winter.  And by the looks of the trailer below, Lightning and her chocobo loving friends are all better and ready for another adventure.  Maybe it will be less linear than XIII.  But on second thought, it would probably come on 7 DVDs for the Xbox version versus 3 for the original.  Guess that means I have about a year to finish up my play through of XIII.  Curse you Chapter 11!!!

Source: US Playstation.Blog

Bulletstorm Demo Coming

EA and People Can Fly announced today that a Bulletstorm demo will be reelased on Xbox Live and PSN.  The demo will be available on January 25th on Xbox Live worldwide and in North America for the Playstation Network.  Europe’s Playstation Network will get the demo on January 26th.

The Bulletstorm demo introduces a slice of Echo mode in which players traverse a collapsed building on the deadly paradise planet Stygia as ex-Dead Echo leader Grayson Hunt. Players will utilize the “Skillshot” system in Bulletstorm as they crush enemies in increasingly creative ways to rack up points using an arsenal of powerful weapons, from a futuristic assault rifle called the Peace Maker Carbine, to the Flail Gun, which fires two grenades linked by a chain, and the Screamer, a powerful revolver that turns enemies into human fireworks.

The Bulletstorm demo will give PS3 fans a chance to try before you buy the Bulletstorm Limited Edition that “will also offer additional bonus content in-game”.  And Xbox 360 fans will be able to have a look at the game before dropping down a pre-order for the Bulletstorm Epic Edition and gain access to the Gears of War 3 Beta.

Bulletstorm releases on February 22, 2011 in North America and February 25, 2011 in Europe for the PC, Playstation 3, and Xbox 360.

Bulletstorm Epic Edition $59.99, Early Access to Gears of War 3 Beta

EA announced today that they are releasing a  Bulletstorm Epic Edition that will be available only on the Xbox 360 for $59.99 when the game releases on February 22nd, 2011.  Oh yeah, and the Epic Edition will grant you early access to the Gears of War 3 beta.  Yeah, that’s right.  Double barrel shotguns anyone?

Mike Capps, President of Epic Games, says, “Epic is poised to break new ground in 2011 with Gears of War 3 and Bulletstorm.  With these two highly anticipated triple-A experiences comes a unique opportunity to do something to really excite players, and that’s what we intend to accomplish with the support of Microsoft Game Studios and EA. This is for the shooter fans.”

I guess this is why Gears of War 3 got pushed back, strategy.  Let’s just hope we don’t have another day one debacle like the Halo 3 beta that was accessed through Crackdown.

Bulletstorm Epic Edition will be limited, so you better go out and pre-order it now if you want access!

Bulletstorm is being developed by People Can Fly and Epic Games  and is published by EA.  The game will be released on February 22nd, 2011 on the Playstation 3, Xbox 360, and the PC.

Dead Space 2 Demo Coming to PSN, XBL

What more could you ask for for christmas than a Javelin gun and your trusty plasma cutter, and Zero-G!!!!!

EA and Visceral Games announced today that a demo for their new game Dead Space 2 will be available on Xbox Live December 21st worldwide, and on the Playstation Network December 22nd in North America. Europe will have to wait a day later, December 22nd, to enjoy The Sprawl.

Dead Space 2 will be released January 25, 2011 on the PC, Playstation 3 and Xbox 360.

Source: Press Release

First Impressions: Call of Duty: Black Ops

After a month of running through all of the modes, maps, weapons, attachments, party disconnects and overall carnage that is the Call of Duty Multiplayer, I finally decided to tear through the campaign.

My first thoughts were, “This is definitely a movie in game form.” At the time of this writing, I would presume I’m around ninety percent done with the campaign, and compared to other Call of Duty campaigns I actually have a better sense of what is going on. I haven’t had the big reveal of the plot twist, but I think I can come up with a pretty good estimate of what’s going to happen.

The game starts you, Alex Mason, being interrogated by an unknown person. The interrogator keeps asking you about your past escapades in secret operations and something about ‘numbers’ and a ‘number station’. This is how Treyarch goes about telling the story, placing you in a bunch of flashbacks as missions. You mainly play as Alex Mason and you’re sprinkled as a couple other people in the story later on.

Black Ops has the typical Call of Duty / Modern Warfare gameplay. On the Normal difficulty, enemies take about three shots and their accuracy is on par of a five year-old child. But if you dare turn up the heat to the Veteran difficulty, you’ll find that the enemy AI has the fortitude and accuracy of a T-1000. This is compared to your AI companions that will let enemies run a b-line straight at you from fifty yards and gun butt you in the forehead before they take a shot.

The game mechanics are also similar to past games from Treyarch and Infinity Ward. There are stealth missions that turn into the typical ‘go loud’ and shoot everything that moves missions, the air-supported missions, and TWO countdown missions that end in game-over if you don’t get out in time. So I’m not bored, the game is really good at keeping things fresh.

However, I have two issues with the game so far. The first one is part of a mission that started you off as one of the other main characters in the game trying to get some information out of a doctor. Things go wrong and you have to traverse through the upper levels and roofs of some buildings. About one-fourth through the mission you have to take a jump from the roof of one building to about the fourth or fifth floor from the top of another. I made the jump and so did one of my AI partners. But for some reason, the other AI partner never showed up. So I’m standing there waiting for the AI to move a refrigerator to move through the rest of the game. After a few restarts from checkpoint and a complete reboot of my system and I realized that I had to restart the mission.

My second issue is where the game saves. I wanted to finish this mission before signing off for the night. So I turned off the system halfway through the end-of-mission cut scene, waiting until after I got my achievement but before I saw any details about the next part of the story. Unfortunately when I started up the game again, I started from the beginning of the previous mission. Now before you say anything, I know the number one rule is to ‘save and quit’, but so many games do an automatic save during cut scenes that I have gotten used to that. So you can call that user error, but it was an annoyance to me; especially since I had to do that darn exploding barrel mission over again on veteran.

All in all, I’m pretty happy with how the campaign is. Look for more after I finish the Medal of Honor campaign and the DigitalDpad team does their game vs. game discussion that EA wanted so many people to do.

Dead Ops Arcade unlock within Black Ops

There is an abundance of game within Call of Duty: Black Ops proper. A single player campaign, the usual robust multiplayer, and zombies were probably enough for my $60. But Treyarch didn’t stop there. Treyarch added a computer that you can access in the interactive main menu. Full of text, pictures, emails, and user files that flesh out the story. But the big bonus is Dead Ops Arcade. DOA is a top-down twin-stick shooter a la Geometry Wars where you kill zombies while collecting new gun power-ups. Coming from a person that didn’t care for Call of Duty 3, and didn’t purchase Call of Duty: World at War because the beta was enough for me, Treyarch is making it hard for me to experience any buyer’s remorse. Check it out!

Gran Turismo 5 has a November 24th Release Date

For all those Playstation car enthusiasts, your wait is almost over. Stand up and cheer! Again. Gran Turismo 5 has an updated release date of November 24th, 2010. I say 2010 because if you’ve followed any news about this game, you know not to head to Las Vegas and put your life savings on Polyphony Digital and Sony making this date.

But for those of you that have been holding your breathe waiting for this franchise (sans Gran Turismo 5 Prologue) to debut on the Playstation 3, you might be able to breath again.

However, do note that the countries listed on the post are the following: AE, AU, GB, IE, NZ. Notice anything missing????

Source: Playstation Blog