It is incredible to think how far first-person shooter gaming has evolved over the years. It all started with Battlezone in 1980, but the big game changer was Doom released in 1993. To play it now you would question the dodgy controls and questionable graphics but back then it really put FPS on the map.
We’ve gone a long way since then with Duke Nukem, Half-Life, Quake, Halo and Call of Duty bringing use into the 21st century with amazing weaponry. But, with the number out there at the minute, how can the genre evolve positively? The key is creativity. Maybe you prefer strategy pc games where outcomes change and it isn’t a generic storyline that you can predict.
Cult gaming classic title Metro 2033 will be available to purchase on the Xbox Live Arcade from the 16th of October, at a reduced price. Metro 2033 will actually be half price to buy until the 22nd of October.
“About Metro 2033:
Based on the novel of the same name by acclaimed Russian author Dmitry Glukhovsky and set in the shattered subway of a post-apocalyptic Moscow, Metro 2033 is a story of intense underground survival in which the fate of mankind rests in the player’s hands.”
THQ are offering Metro 2033 for £5.49 for a limited time, in anticipation of the release of their upcoming first person shooter Metro: Last Light.
Two new trilogy game sets are making their way to Sony’s PS3 this November. First up we have the Mass Effect trilogy. Mass Effect 2 and 3 were both released on the PS3 but, the original Mass Effect game that started it all off was an Xbox 360 exclusive and as of yet has not been made available to PS3 owners. Come November 7th however, you will now be able to finally play the first Mass Effect game. As well as making the game available in this trilogy box set, the game will also go up on the PlayStation Network for download. The launch coincides with the first annual “N7 Day”, which is a worldwide celebration for the Mass Effect franchise. Will you be celebrating N7 Day on November 7th by playing the first Mass Effect game?
Two new games from Sega will be heading to your Xbox 360 or PS3 very soon. Sega have announced two of their games from the ‘SEGA Heritage Collection’ will be arriving on the PlayStation Store and Xbox Live Arcade very soon. Both Sonic Adventure 2 and NiGHTS will be available for download on PSN on October 2nd priced at $9.99 each. While 360 users unfortunately have to wait a couple of days longer. Both games will go live on October 5th for 800 Microsoft points.
Sega have also announced that NiGHTS will include Christmas NiGHTS content in the price, while Sonic Adventure 2 will get DLC in the form of Battle Mode for $3 on PSN and 240 Microsoft points on XBLA.
Sony have confirmed that they are to release a newly designed version of the PlayStation 3. The console will be sold as a bundle package with Uncharted 3: Drakes Deception included within the $270 price tag for a 250GB PS3. Sony also plan to release a 500GB version of their ‘new’ PlayStation 3 which will go to market along with Assassins Creed III. The 500GB will be released in October where as the 250GB PS3 package will be available to buy from September 25th in North America.
People use their smart mobile phones for all sorts of purposes. With remote Internet access, the capability to play music on your phone, mapping programs, and all sorts of other features, just about everyone can find something extremely useful in an advanced smart phone. This is largely thanks to the massive and ever-expanding selection of apps available for just about any smart phone you pick up from a popular provider like O2. These apps serve a seemingly limitless number of different purposes, though perhaps their most popular use is for gaming. People can enjoy all sorts of different gaming apps on their smart phones, whether to pass the time when bored or for entertainment on a regular basis. Whatever the case, here are some of the top gaming apps for Android phones:
Game recently entered administration and today they have closed 277 of their 610 stores nationwide. The figure includes Game stores and Gamestation stores and in some areas all stores have been closed. We have the full list below thanks to MCV and Retail Week which has now been organised alphabetically along with the address. The list however doesn’t specify which are Game or Gamestation stores.
The Game Group have been having a hard time lately and it doesn’t look to be getting any better. Game has been unable to stock many new titles including EA’s Mass Effect 3 and many other suppliers have also refused to do business with Game.
Game has now had to file for administration as they need to raise £180 million, £21 million of which is for their quarterly rent bill. Around £40 million makes up their debts to suppliers.
Despite the gaming industry being the UK’s largest entertainment sector in 2011 with sales passing £1.93 billion (videos and music making £1.8 and £1.07 million respectively), Game haven’t been ale to turn their fortunes round.
SSX may be the last EA title Game and Gamestation stock. It has been confirmed that Game will not be releasing the highly anticipated game due to supply issues. For those who per-ordered the game, you will have the chance to have £5 worth of rewards points added to your Game loyalty card. Unfortunately it looks like Mass Effect 3 isn’t the only title that Game won’t be stocking with other titles like Fifa Street or Tiger Woods PGA Tour 13 also looking unlikely to be released through the Game Group. The collectors edition of Mass Effect 3 will be available instead through other retailers such as Amazon.
On Monday we reported that EA’s SSX would have a demo released the following day for North America PS3 owners with Europeans having to wait until later in the week. The demo was also stated to arrive on Xbox 360 but, at the time it was unknown whether it would only be available to those with Gold Live accounts.
With the demo now out on Xbox Live, we can now confirm that yes, you do need to have Xbox Live Gold member status to download the demo. If you haven’t got Gold already, Microsoft have an offer on where you can get 2 months Gold for £2. Which, if you can’t wait until release day to try the game, is a really good deal, especially as 48 hour trial codes unfortunately don’t allow you to download the demo.