Dead Space 3

Dead Space 3

The story line

Issac Clarke is back for a third installment, this time he is on a mission like no other.  The thrilling story continues with  merciless soldier John Carver in tow having crash-landed on the treacherous frozen ice planet of Tau Volantis they begin their nerve shredding journey to discover the true source of the Necromorph outbreak.  What is lucky..in a way..is that Issac is an engineer, this means he can combine raw materials and scavenged parts together in order to create and customise not only survival tools, which is a given why they are required, but also survival tools.  Perhaps think a somewhat similar extreme version of Minecraft.

This game is action-oriented game-play and set in a classic space environment, in the brutal wildness you come across mortal enemies where you can not let them embrace you. Although from judging what they look like (no offence but they do look horrifying) you would not like them to anyways.  Although fellow gamers are wondering if EA have abandoned ‘scary’ in favor of a more ‘shooty’ approach. Creative director Ben Wanat has stated that “horror is a personal and a company obsession.” Please note as the game has just been released today in North America (5th February 2013) we will have to wait for the reviews to see if the horror that we are expecting is there. Although with research for this game done on ‘mummified’ corpses and his love for horror films there probably will be something haunting about ‘Dead Space 3’.  Although on PC there is a muddy texture quality, for the most it does not look bad in action.  There are several quality settings available which, on low quality, the dark shadows can appear light, which in a dark game like this make a huge difference.

Back to the story, you are also out to destroy as you drift through space equipped with an eva suit every shot counts.  You must collect and build your arsenal very cleverly to flee in what is set to be a nerve shattering expedition where danger is everywhere.

embrace not allowed

embrace not allowed

New co-op feature

There is set to be more steady pacing in this game, instead of the safe room where you can catch your breath, you now keep playing to a (hopefully) thrilling perfect pace where the action, horror and terrifying scenes will have a much greater impact on the player.   This game does look to be visually stunning, captivating, although frighting images to some.

drop in/drop out co-op

drop in/drop out co-op

There is a new co-operative mode!  Unlike the other two games you can now decide to play on your own or with a friend.  What is positive about this feature is the friend can join and leave at any checkpoint, this allows you to continue playing the game rather than waiting for them, although you can do that if you wish. There could also be a benefit of helping each other out fending off attacks as danger is set to be everywhere. Stated on the ‘Dead Space’ website;

“…playing the co-op version of Dead Space 3’s campaign, you will uncover additional story elements, cut-scenes, and battle strategies that are exclusive to this mode.”

Dead Space 3 is available from today on PC, Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 for North America and available from 8th February for Europe. (Although it is available now in Europe on PC)

If you would like to see some game play for yourself here is the official trailer from when the game was announced at last years E3.

If you have never played Dead Space before and would like to play Dead Space 3, or want a recap here is a video from IGN titled “Dead Space in 5 minutes” 

Dead Space in 5 minutes

Sources;

Dead Space (2012) Dead Space 3 Co-Op. [online] Available at: http://www.deadspace.com/team-up-with-co-op [Accessed: 5 Feb 2013].

Deadspace.com (2013) Dead Space 3 – Thrilling Story. [online] Available at: http://www.deadspace.com/de/thrilling-story [Accessed: 5 Feb 2013].

IGN (2013) How Horrifying is Dead Space 3?. [online] Available at: http://uk.ign.com/articles/2013/01/31/how-horrifying-is-dead-space-3 [Accessed: 5 Feb 2013].

Market Place Xbox (2013) Dead Space 3 – Xbox.com. [online] Available at: http://marketplace.xbox.com/en-GB/Product/Dead-Space-3/66acd000-77fe-1000-9115-d8024541099d [Accessed: 5 Feb 2013].

UK PC Game Spy (2013) GameSpy: Port Authority: Dead Space 3. [online] Available at: http://uk.pc.gamespy.com/pc/dead-space-3/1227341p1.html [Accessed: 5 Feb 2013].

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Disney Infinity

Disney-Infinity-Logo

A few weeks ago, on 15th January 2013, Disney Infinity was announced to the world during an exclusive media event at the El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood.  Set to be a new video game where a spark of imagination unlocks the freedom to play with some of your favorite Disney and Disney/Pixar characters.  This game wants to take us to infinity and beyond (pun definitely intended) so lets go and explore what this game is about.

Have you ever dreamed about writing your own story and having your favourite Disney/Pixar characters join together  and star in it?  This game can make that dream a reality. Disney Infinity, a third person adventuring mode, sees you accessing characters and environments by standing a series of chunky toys in different slots on the Infinity Base, this base is essential to the game as it allows the characters you have chosen to appear on screen before you.  With the characters you have chosen you can choose to either play in worlds native to the characters or make your own worlds.

The Infinity Base which allows characters to appear in the game

The Infinity Base which allows characters to appear in the game

It’s creativity and playfulness combined. If you’ve dreamed of ever having different Disney characters meet and explore their own missions then with good old Disney magic, this is a dream come true.  Personally for me what would be interesting to see is what characters it features and which ones they do not feature, for example can you have ‘The Beast’ from ‘Beauty and the Beast’ appear or have all the classic Disney characters unfortunately disappeared.

Characters in the world

Characters in the world

To play this video game to it’s full potential you will have to purchase additional features, there are power discs, playset pieces and hexagonal skin and item discs as well. The playset pieces unlock themed levels, the power discs which add buffs and abilities to characters when stacked underneath them, and the hexagonal discs allow you to unlock vehicles, items, wallpapers and give you even more to use when creating your own levels.  With each play set created to give you an estimated 15+ hours of game play this could be worth it.

John Pleasants, Co-President of Disney Interactive, says it is a “new interactive gaming platform.” He goes on to state, “Disney Infinity is not a single game.”

There will initially be 40 interactive pieces and 17 characters to collect, but additional pieces, sets, and characters will release over time.

  • The Disney Infinity starter pack will be $74.99(features the game, 3 figures, Infinity Base, Play-set token for three adventures (Monsters UniversityPirates and The Incredibles) and upgrade token.)
  • Other play sets/expansion pack will be $34.99(2 figures and a Play-set token for as yet unannounced franchises for launch)
  • Additional three-packs of figures for $29.99 (3 figures)
  • Individual figures for $12.99 (1 figure)
  • Power-disc pack for $4.99 (2 tokens in each foil pack but unseen before purchase)

If you purchased one of each of the above it will cost $157.95 (around £99.80)

We can't help but feel this is true

We can’t help but feel this is true

What you do in this game is up to you.  You can do a mission summoning a range of ‘prank’ devices to install at specific spots in a level, for example – things like call boxes which produce fly swats that knock characters around the map, or manhole covers that spring them into the air. Although each individual sets is reserved only for the specific characters whose worlds they draw upon. There will be no pirates around the plazas of Monster University and no superheroes on the deck of the Black Pearl.  Editing is all done without leaving the game world or switching to another mode which of course is a plus. You simply equip your character with a magic wand that lets them highlight and manipulate things. You can load in new texture packs and sky domes by stacking power disks onto the Infinity Base alongside your figurines. The entire process will feel pretty effortless which allows for smoother game play.

To view the Disney Infinity Trailer click on the link  

Infinity has been set for a June release on Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Wii, Wii U, 3DS, PC, and mobile devices.

This 3 characters will be included in the starter pack

These 3 characters will be included in the starter pack

Game footage

Game footage

Possible characters available

Possible characters available