Demon’s Souls – The evolution of the console RPG – Part 1

27 08 2009

DSAsianby Matthew Moore

After defeating the second Demon, I feel its time I put into words just why Demon’s Souls is the evolution of the console RPG.

With my RPG roots going back to Ultma, Demons Winter and more recently Neverwinter Nights, I feel I know the hooks of a good role playing game.

As each new title is launched on a console I get very excited but each time ultimately let down, the most recent of these being Too Human, although the grind was there.  The gameplay wasn’t!

I believe Peter Molyneux has the right idea when it comes to the Fable series, you’ve got do something different when making a console adventure and as much as I did enjoy Fable 2, it just didn’t have the depth I crave from an RPG.

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Podcast Special – Why we WOW

24 07 2009

world-of-warcraft-logoby Matthew Moore

“Why we WOW” is a look into all that’s good and bad about World of Warcraft.

With help from two members of the Tree Hugging Hippies we delve into what makes this game so popular and addictive along with its future along side other MMO’s.
Even if your a level 80 hardcore raider or never heard of World of Warcraft, you’ll take something away from this podcast.

http://cdn1.libsyn.com/midlifegamer/MLG_-_Why_we_WOW.mp3?nvb=20090724130735&nva=20090725131735&t=00a28932a9b587bddd8e3




The Sims 3 Review

5 07 2009

the-sims-3-logoby AntMan

I was once a musician, raven haired and lithe. What remains now is a mere shadow of what I once was.
It started out innocently, as a young adult I flipped burgers by day and played guitar for tips by night. Returning home to a black and white TV and eating ice cream for dinner.

But time, like bad news, has a habit of creeping up on people. Before I realised, I was middle-aged, hair fading and responsibilities growing. Gone is the burger flipping, I now turn over capacity crowds as a rock star. My days are long and filled with pressing the flesh and autograph signings.

Alas, those days are over. I rarely leave the house for fear of the Reaper’s icy touch on my shoulder. By all accounts I’m a walking ghost, well over 200 years old. Everyone I knew is dead, their grandchildren even show the cruel signs of old father time.
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What does Sky TV on Xbox mean to a MidLife Gamer?

4 06 2009

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by Matthew Moore

Sky TV is soon to be attached to the Xbox Live service, we all know this!
Some might wonder what type of person is going to embrace, or even care about such features of their games console.

Running a gaming website and associated podcast, I think its safe to assume that I’m as hardcore a gamer as they come, but I’m also a grown man who wants more from his console.

When I first moved into my current house I had the opportunity to take up with Sky for the first time, until then I always had basic cable (before the Virgin Media takeover).  It was great to finally get the chance to make use of the Sky recording system.
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Podcast Special E3 2009 – Microsoft brief

3 06 2009

beatles-e3_1414716cImmediate reaction of the Microsoft press briefing at E3 2009.
The games –
The Beatles Rock Band, Tony Hawk Ride, Modern Warfair 2, Final Fantasy XIII, Shadow Complex, Joyride, Crackdown 2, Left4Dead 2, Splintercell Conviction, Forza 3, Halo ODST, Halo Reach, Metal Gear Solid Rising and Alan Wake
The tech –
Sky TV, Zune Video Marketplace (1080p HD quality video), media content via party system, Facebook, Twitter and Project Natal (motion sensor)

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GTA4 Episodes from Liberty City

27 05 2009

gta_gay_tonyby Matthew Moore

After The Lost and Damned I think we all need a break from the grime.

How about living the high life in the glitzy night club scene of Liberty City.  With the baton passing going from Niko the lovable immigrant to the hardened biker Johnny, its now being handed off to Luis Lopez the part time hoodlum and employee of nightclub owned Tony “Gay Tony” Prince.

According to the official announcement, “players will struggle with the competing loyalties of family and friends, and with the uncertainty about who is real and who is fake in a world in which everyone has a price.”

This will be dropping in DLC format as per TLAD this winter with the same 1600 price point.  However this is not the only way to get hold of this expansion.

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Bioshock 2 playable demo?

15 05 2009

bioshock2by Matthew Moore

Any Xbox 360 owners during August 2007 will surely remember the release of the Bioshock Demo which was announced by Ken Levine on Major Nelsons podcast.  It is widely acknowledged that this has been one of the most successful demo’s to date on the Xbox 360 Marketplace, with the perfect amount of tutorial and sneak peak to what the game will be like.  One thing the developers cleverly did was alter the opening 45 minutes of the game to allow the player to play with more plasmids than in the retail copy.

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