Thursday, June 2, 2011
Calling all Reaper Heads!! We have moved location to www.REAPERGAMING.com - There will be no more posts here on this Blog site - Its Dead! Please reset bookmarks and do please continue to follow us at the new location - its better but still the same!
Don't forget E3 kicks off for June 6th and will be covered across all gaming news sites. Personally I recommend the following to watch it on - Epic Battle Axe - Giant Bomb - G4TV - and Gametrailers.com. Also, Spike TV will be covering the event in a more 'exclusive' manner. Of course we will also be doing our best to bring you the highlights. God, I love games!!
Tuesday, May 31, 2011
Check out the video below which does a much funnier and better job of explaining this than I do, its rather good actually. There is also a full feature on this over at the Wall Street Journal here. Boom - Bank account shot!
Monday, May 30, 2011
Friday, May 27, 2011
Hunted: The Demon’s Forge; at Gamestation
Release Date; 3rd June 2011
Xbox 360 and PS3 - £32.99/$54.41/38.11 Euro
PC - £24.99/$41.21/28.87 Euro
Promising to deliver all the thrills and spills of a modern day shooter, Bethesda’s Hunted: TDF, puts you and your gaming partner in control of the ranged weapons expert E’lara or the sword wielding Caddoc as you descend into the dark and dangerous world of Kala Moor. Built on the Unreal 3 engine this Co-Op title will certainly attract both fantasy fans and non fantasy fans alike, with combat ranging from out and out kill-fests to choosing the right tactics to combine your powers as you take down your enemies with brutal combo moves. The game will also include The Crucible feature, a level editor that lets you build and share your fiendishly designed dungeons.
The Sims 3 - Generations; at Amazon UK
Release Date; 3rd June 2011
PC/Mac £24.91/$41.10/28.78 Euro
Another expansion for the interactive dollhouse that is The Sims 3 is on the horizon, this one is suppose to give your Sims a richer life experience. For your kiddy-wink-sims you’ll be able to dress-up as dinosaurs, fairies and alike, play in tree houses and generally be mean to each other if the trailer is anything to go by. You can also relive the drama of your own teenage years, (although Lord knows why you would want to do that, I seem to have spent most of mine lying on my bed hating everyone and listening to The Smiths, although that hasn’t changed much now I’m an adult come to think of it) with the possibility to play pranks and graduate from high school. The adults don’t get left out either, you can engage in gossip with others about who is engaging in relational fornication with who. I am sure fans of The Sims series will be looking forward to this one and hoping its not just another opportunity for EA to get them to part with hard earned reddies.
Duke Nukem Forever; at Amazon UK
Release Date; 10th June 2011
Xbox 360/PS3 £34.70/$57.13/40.04 Euro
“Hail to the king, baby!” He’s back and he’s looking bigger, badder and more politically incorrect than ever. With the joyous news that the game we’ve waited for, for so long went gold this week, it actually looks like we’re going to get our grubby mitts on a game that has almost become mythical. The aliens are back to take over the world, but as you’d expect Duke isn’t having any of it, as well as the hilarious one liners and badass FPS action we’ve come to expect from a Nukem title, we are now let loose in a massively interactive environment, including everything from lifting weights to “interacting” with urinals if your so inclined. There is also a vast range of multiplayer modes for your and your mates to enjoy all bundled together with The Kings bawdy humour. Probably one to avoid if your easily offended, for the rest of us, get ready once again to kick ass and chew bubblegum.
inFamous 2; at Amazon UK
Release Date; 10th June 2011
PS3 £36.99/$60.91/42.65 Euro
The continuation of the Cole MacGrath saga, sees the modern day superhero attempting to build on his powers to take on “The Beast” who is destroying the whole of the East Coast and potentially the whole world. As seen in the original title, this action-adventure follow up takes place in an open world setting, with our protagonist collecting new powers as he goes along, but there are also some new features including a morality system which will lead you to one of the two possible endings, depending on your choices and user created content meaning you can knock out some devilish side missions to share with other gamers.
The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D at Amazon UK
Release Date; 17th June 2011
Nintendo 3DS £29.91/$49.28/34.50 Euro
A classic from the days of the Nintendo 64 gets a remake in glorious 3D on the latest handled, pleasing the many fans of Link. Ocarina of Time is being released with all new content including quests, boss battles and much more. If you didn’t get the change to experience the game back on the N64, don’t miss out this time around.
This fall, the highest rated racing franchise of this generation returns with “Forza Motorsport 4”, the biggest racing game of the year. Starting today, fans can pre-order the game at U.S. retailers for $59.99 (US ERP). For even more incentive to pre-order, Turn 10 Studios confirmed today that fans who pre-order “Forza Motorsport 4” at participating U.S. retailers will receive a token to unlock one of the following five cars, while supplies last:.
Available at Amazon.com- Subaru Impreza WRX STI:
The Subaru Impreza WRX STI is the highest standard-edition trim in the Subaru compact car line. The STI is recognized as a speed demon on race tracks, winning first place at Super GT in 2008.
Available at Best Buy- BMW 1 Series M Coupe:
Reaching top speeds of 250 km/h, the 1 Series M Coupe is the high-performance version of the famed BMW 1 Series Coupe.
Available at GameStop- Alfa Romeo Giulietta Quadrifoglio Verde:
The creation of Italian automaker Alfa Romeo and first introduced at the March 2010 Geneva Motor Show, the Giulietta contains an exclusive Quadrifoglio Verde configuration with a 1.7L turbocharged engine that will steer you to victory.
Available at Wal-Mart- MINI John Cooper Works Clubman:
MINI enthusiasts around the world rejoice! The JCW Clubman sports a 1.6-liter four-cylinder MINI engine that has been tuned and turbocharged to include 208 horsepower and 192 pound-feet of torque.
Available at Target - Honda CR-Z EX:
The Honda CR-Z EX is Honda’s sport hybrid with an ultra-modern and sporty look, featuring 16” wheels and tires, low-to-the-ground stance and swooping bodywork. Additionally, its six-speed manual transmission makes it the only hybrid with three pedals.
This same list of cars is available in other regions worldwide and more information for those regions is coming soon.
For “Forza” fans who crave the VIP treatment, a Limited Collector’s Edition will also be available. Stay tuned for more details on the exclusive content the Limited Collector’s Edition will offer.
A limited quantity of “Forza Motorsport 4” games at retail will include an exclusive in-game car pack available at launch that boasts five incredible cars for fans to race, tune, paint and share. This car pack, limited to the first production run of “Forza Motorsport 4” game discs, will include:
Ford Mustang GT Coupe 1965:
Take to the road in this classic American stallion, one of Ford’s most successful launch cars behind the Model A.
Koenigsegg Agera 2011:
“The Agera--from the Swedish verb “to act”--celebrates 15 years of Koenigsegg’s uncompromising philosophy of making dream cars.”
Lexus SC300 1997:
A classic personal luxury coupé, the SC300 combines a powerful racer with a 225hp I6-powered engine.
RUF RGT-8 2011:
The spectacular RGT-8 is powered by a 4.5-liter V8 engine that has been fine tuned to deliver unmatchable sports car power and curb appeal.
Tesla Roadster Sport 2011:
For luxury car fans, the Roadster Sport is electric heaven. Get behind the wheel of this electric two-seater and go zero to 60 mph in 3.7 seconds with a peak rating of 288 horsepower.
Turn 10 Studios is also revealing that the cover car for the standard edition of “Forza Motorsport 4” is the Ferrari 458 Italia. The Ferrari 458 Italia is an 8-cylinder two-seater berlinetta with a mid-rear mounted engine, and represents a genuine break with the past in terms of Maranello's previous high-performance sports cars. The Turn 10 team has worked closely with Ferrari to include every intricate detail of the Ferrari 458 Italia in the game, from its sleek aerodynamic design to its exquisitely modeled 4499 cc V8 engine, offering players the most realistic driving experience off the track.
“The Ferrari 458 Italia was a perfect fit for the ‘Forza Motorsport 4’ hero car. It has the ideal blend of style, creative flair, cutting-edge technology and power that makes it just as gorgeous to look at as it is thrilling to take to the track,” said Dan Greenawalt, creative director of Turn 10 Studios. “We’ve worked closely with our partners at Ferrari to bring this amazing car to life in your living room.”
For those who have invested tireless hours in “Forza Motorsport 3”, Turn 10 Studios is pleased to announce a unique “Forza Motorsport 4” feature called Profile Import, which rewards fans for their time. Based on your player level and the cars in your garage in “Forza Motorsport 3”, gift cars will be automatically added to your “Forza Motorsport 4” garage and you’ll also receive bonus gifts and credits. And for those who spent hours creating intricate layers and liveries in the “Forza Motorsport 3” Livery Editor, you will be able to import those layers, so your time isn’t lost!
Stay up to speed on all things Forza Motorsport at http://ForzaMotorsport.net and stay tuned for more announcements at E3 in Los Angeles starting June 6, 2011.
Thursday, May 26, 2011
Microsoft has come up with a unique way of handling the situation. General manager of Microsoft in Ireland Paul Rellis said that Microsoft "is working with the teenager to develop his talent and help him use his skills for legitimate purposes".
Well it's certainly a different approach to Sony's 'throw 10,000 lawsuits at the wall and see what sticks' methodology.
Tuesday, May 24, 2011
Keep an eye out for Dead Island at E3 and if your itching for a trailer then jump to Techland's site here.
With some fans being left a little disappointed with Bioshock 2, here's hoping that a trip outside of Rapture will bring a refreshing new outlook to the series.
In short, it looks more attractive than a Sloth in a basque, in fact I'm so overwhelmed I'm going to have to take some painkillers and have a cold shower.
Friday, May 20, 2011
Dirt 3; Xbox 360/PS3 at Amazon UK
“Brum brum, screech, smash” That Ladies and Jellyspoons is my total knowledge of cars in a nutshell., however some of you seem to like these new fangled contraptions, even more so when they are hammering around a track at breakneck speeds, so if your one of these types Codemasters have just the thing. The third in the Dirt franchise offers double the amount of tracks that appear in Dirt 2, over fifty Rally Cars and more mud, sweat and gears than you can shake a sparkplug at. Dirt 3 is out on 24th of this month.
A fantastic alternative for disillusioned CoD players, battle your way through everything from alien jungles to artic tundra, get your grubby mits on a varied and diverse range of weapons and beat the living daylights out of the Helghast with a brutal melee system.
Race around the track with Sonic and chums in this high speed cartoon romp.
How do you like your Japan? Personally I like it with a slab of crime and more than a dash of marshal arts, which means Yakuza 4 is perfect. An open world title, that’s a cross between GTA and Street Fighter, with enough RPG elements to keep you interested as you immerse yourself into the Japanese underworld. If this is your first foray into the Yakuza games you don’t have to worry about missing out on any of the plot from the first three releases as you get a recap at the start. As we have come to expect from releases from the Far East, there is quite a bit of dialog and cut scenes, but these only help to pull you deeper into the rich storyline. There are a couple of things that may put you off, the dialogue is in Japanese (so you’ll need your reading glasses for the subtitles) and graphically, with the exception of the cut scenes, it’s a bit weak. Your getting a hell of a lot of bang for your buck here though, with hours, if not days worth of playtime.
Assemble your squad and brace yourself for a stunning look at the most anticipated blockbuster of the year, as a new trailer for “Gears of War 3” premieres next Saturday, 28 May during two of the world’s biggest sporting events of the month.
The spectacular conclusion to one of the most celebrated sagas in video games, “Gears of War 3” has already surpassed one million pre-orders worldwide, making it the fastest pre-selling Xbox exclusive in the history of the platform. As further testament to the immense anticipation surrounding the game, more than one million players participated in the “Gears of War 3” multiplayer beta this spring, helping refine and polish the hotly anticipated juggernaut.
Irish & UK fans will be able to watch the trailer when it airs on Sky Sports 1 at 9.45PM on Saturday, 28 May 2011.
Wednesday, May 18, 2011
In a statement to Eurogamer a Microsoft representitive said:
"Following a recent update to our system software, we have become aware of an issue that is preventing a very small number of Xbox 360 owners from playing retail game discs. This issue manifests itself a as a unique 'disc unreadable' or 'disc unsupported' error on the screen. We are also able to detect this issue over Xbox Live and are proactively reaching out to customers that may be impacted to replace their console."
And with a gentle hand
Lay it where Childhood's dreams are twined
In Memory's mystic band,
Like pilgrim's withered wreath of flowers
Plucked in a far-off land.
Monday, May 16, 2011
I really hope they do sort their shit out and make Evo 2012 a great game, we here at Reaper Towers have very fond memories of the series as far back as when it was know by the name 'International Superstar Soccer' or ISS. Yeah, I know... were old.
Saturday, May 14, 2011
Although developed by two different divisions of Activision it is likely that they will be sharing trade secrets and Infinity Ward (or whats left of them) have a massive statement to make with this title, its make or break time for the developer, so I imagine they will be throwing everything they have at it... here's hoping anyway!
Check out the official first trailer's below, not allot to see but still, its nice to see something at this early stage, we will be shooting all over the world anyway. We will find out all on November 8th when the game is released and we are sure to see lots more bits and bobs at E3 this Summer. Rumours are running riot of what to expect, from battles in Brooklyn to having missions involving Seal Team 6 - the Osama killers. Kotaku have a nice piece on it here. Lets see how this one unravels... Either way, I recon Battelfield 3 will be shitting in its boots.
Brink; PS3 at Amazon UK
This one only made it onto the list this week as we like to bring you the best price on a newly released title. This is Bethesda’s latest offering that puts you on a floating city called the Ark, which is on the “brink” of civil war. It really seems to boil down to sounding like a cross between Haze, with a pinch of Bioshock and some Hippie bullshit you’d normally find in a Final Fantasy game. The initial reviews are mixed to say the least, so it might be worth letting this one hit the pre-owned shelves or bargain bin before you check it out.
Crysis 2; Xbox 360 at Gamestation
The original title is held in great affection by PC gamers as it really pushed the hardware to the limit giving us some stunning vistas and Crysis 2 does not scrimp in this area either. Although there has been some grumbling about the length and difficulty of the single player campaign, it is beautiful looking thing. An FPS for FPS fans that is better looking than a badger in a hat.
Deadly Premonitions; Xbox 360 at Amazon UK
This release from Rising Star Games split the gaming world into two camps and made sure this one became a cult classic. A survival horror that isn’t just another Silent Hill rip off, Deadly Premonitions has a engrossing storyline that blends action and homicide investigation beautifully, all of this is bolstered with some quirky additions such as maintaining personal grooming, a twenty four hour weather cycle and a selection of mini games. A blend of Twin Peaks with some elements of classic survival horror that I really enjoyed, but you will love it or hate it.
World of Warcraft: Cataclysm; PC at Game
Most, if not all Warcraft players will have this expansion by now, but if you haven’t been to Azeroth for a while this is one hell of reason to reactivate your account. Deathwing has returned and left the land masses of the Eastern Kingdom and Kalimdor in somewhat of a mess, on the bright side however it has given Blizzard a chance to revamp the whole of these continents with a shed load on new quests and starting areas. The level cap has also been raised to 85, two new playable races have been added, new race and class combinations and plenty of new raids and instances for you to get your teeth into. Blizzard has out done itself with this expansion and with Blizzcon around the corner, there has never been a better time to come back to WoW.
Hitman: Absolution follows Agent 47, a cold-blooded assassin, who takes on his most dangerous contract to date. Betrayed by those he once trusted — and now hunted by the police — he suddenly finds himself at the center of a dark conspiracy and must embark on a personal journey through a corrupt and twisted world.
That’s right everyone favourite bad-ass baldy assassin is making a come back. The game is set to be fully unveiled at E3 this year. Although no platforms were revealed, it’s rumoured that this will be Agent 47’s debut on the PS3.
Hitman 5: Absolution, will run on IO Interactive's proprietary Glacier 2 game engine
"boasting a cinematic story, distinctive art direction and highly original game design."
Thursday, May 12, 2011
Heres the Blurb - "An expedition into the unspoiled wilderness of Utah's Zion National Park goes horribly wrong when your caravan is ambushed by a tribal raiding band. As you try to find a way back to the Mojave you become embroiled in a war between tribes and a conflict between a New Canaanite missionary and the mysterious Burned Man. The decisions you make will determine the fate of Zion."
Get your shit-kickers on, your gonna be doing allot of walking!
Friday, May 6, 2011
L.A. Noire; PS3/Xbox 360 at Amazon UK
This title has had us champing at the bit since it was announced by Rockstar all the way back in 2004 and now with the release only two weeks away, we’ve been hunting down some of the best pre order prices. For those not in the know, L.A. Noire is in the same vein as the classic Noire movies of the 1940’s such as Double Indemnity and The Maltese Falcon. I for one will be playing this wearing a Trilby and Spats while calling everyone Doll-Face. If we find a better deal for you before release date, we’ll bring you that next week.
The Borgia, what an odd lot, murder, warmongering, adultery and incest, all before breakfast. A stout lot the Mediterranean people, must be due to the diet, I need a caffeine transfusion before I can make it to the shower. In the continuation of the Assassin’s Creed saga we once again tackle those fiendish Templars, this time in Rome. This package also includes a new single player story, following the disappearance of the worlds most famous painter of women in a post coital state, as well as some new multiplayer options.
One of the very few shooters that has not had a multiplatform release, but certainly deserves a look from all you console players. Set in the ruins of Chernobyl known as “The Zone” after a second nuclear disaster, this edition includes the original title and its follow up, meaning more mutants for your moola.
Joe McCarthy’s worst nightmare comes true in this game, in the year 2027 The Greater Korean Republic invade the USA after a global conflict for the worlds dwindling resources. An FPS with a gripping storyline from John Milius of Red Dawn and Apocalypse Now fame, that places you in the heart of an alien America as you fight using guerrilla tactics to take back the Home of the Brave and the Land of the Free.
This will be the last chapter for the 'Assassins Creed 2' linage and will tie up the saga of Ezio, leaving room for a brand new character to come in the third installment. Any guesses when or where that will be? Perhaps it will be a modern day one... but its more likely to be a historic setting. Salem Witch trials perhaps? Who knows... One thing is for sure - there will be a 'third' game! For more info check the Ubisoft website here or join the great reveal on facebook. No release date as of yet but we will let you know when we hear of one... till then - stay in the shadows and watch out for E3, were all will be revealed properly!