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The new City Folk DLC is here! This time we get a pile of leaves to celebrate the start of fall!
GamesCom 2009 is officially underway here in Cologne, Germany. While the show has a heavy focus on European games, there’s still a huge presence of American games. But few games from the States are as high profile as Modern Warfare 2. We opened the show by checking out that game’s new Special Ops mode, which expands on the format of the short, action-packed Mile High Club bonus level from Call of Duty 4 and adds some interesting new bells and whistles.
Realtime Worlds’ open-world online shooter APB has languished in development limbo for years, with the development team surfacing only on a scant few occasions to provide an update on its progress. However, when Electronic Arts announced during this year’s Electronic Entertainment Expo that it would be publishing the title through its EA Partners in spring 2010, a new sense of urgency sprang up about the title.
COLOGNE, Germany–Such services as OnLive and Gaikai have had their share of headlines recently. They promise to almost totally remove the need for local computer hardware, with video and audio processing happening on a computer in a remote location. Part of the greater IT trend known as cloud computing, it is a system that’s not without its doubters thanks to concerns about latency, financial viability, and other concerns. However, Silicon Knights founder Denis Dyack is a huge believer in the concept and claims that in 20 years time, cloud computing will be dominant.
I was waiting for the Trials HD demo. Actually that would be a understatement. I waited till the clock ticked 12 AM, then quickly downloaded my prize. The next few hours, they were certainly something.
Trials HD is a physics based dirtbike puzzle/platformer game. You’ve played these games online before. In fact, RedLynx, the developer, developed Trials HD as a sort of sequel to Trials 2 (which can be played online free). Once I saw that this game was the epitome of what I loved about those games – and more – I put it on my watch list.
Trials HD is fun. The physics feel great and the whole thing has very high production values. I loved bailing off my bike mid air and seeing how my rag doll rider would take the fall. Then a few hours later I learned that you could press the Y button after bailing to grab onto nearby objects, which led to a few more hours of fun. Keep in mind that the demo only has 3 real levels, but also gives a taste of two of the “skill games”. One has you inside a metal ball, rolling down a variety of terrains, trying to keep yourself from falling of your bike. The other a contest to find out how far you can blast your bailed rider through the air before hitting the ground.
After 20 minutes of attempts and crushing failures, I finally got the fabled gold medal on the final track, tenaciously titled “Wheres the Ground?”.
If you have Xbox Live and any interest at all in physics based games, I would reccomend at least giving the demo a download.I will definitely be buying the full version as soon as I get the money.
Price: 1200 M$ points
Release Date: August 12th, 2009
Platform: Xbox 360 (Xbox Live Arcade title)
My Impression: If you have any interest, definitely download it.
A portion of a Nintendo Life review…
The whole idea of building a video game around a simple game of catch may make some gamers a little nervous at first, mainly due to the fact that it is an activity that is difficult to convert into a video game. That being said, catch-based mini-games have appeared in many other video games, most notably party-style games, but the thought of building an entire game around the concept is risky. The folks over at Prope thought they could do with their WiiWare debut, but sadly it falls short of raising the bar.