Tag Archives: video games

Retro Gaming: Super Nintendo & Super Mario All Stars

One of my favourite video game consoles of all time, the Super Nintendo with one of the best games released for the system: Super Mario All Stars. Released in 1992 Super Mario All Stars gave you 3 great NES Mario games (Mario 1, 2, 3) and and a special mario lost levels which were apparently only originally sold in Japan. The console definitely stands the test of time and is still very playable even today.

I had lots of fun playing games on the SNES back in the day, and am hoping those good old times can start again now that I finally have a working SNES console with a few other games on the way. There are plenty of copies of Donkey Kong Country on the SNES on eBay, I’ll see if I can get my hands on that game which was epic.

Path of Exile – Waiting for Diablo 3

Path of Exile – A Diablo clone using much of the same formula as Blizzard’s epic series. Is it too much of a rip off to be any fun or will this gorgeous action RPG tide us over until Diablo 3 releases next year? Yep, I think so!

Should be released a little later this year. Fingers crossed this one actually comes out a little sooner rather than later.

Death of the Disc-Based Game

Death of the Disc-Based Game – PC Feature at IGN.

The full-priced retail game might not disappear until after the next generation of consoles, but it will eventually. Major franchises like Call of Duty will continue to move huge quantities through ever-expanding brand recognition, but new or lesser known intellectual property is doomed to either flounder or catastrophically fail if they’re sitting on a store shelf bearing a prohibitively high price tag.

More and more games these days are being sold with ‘digital download only’ copies which makes you wonder how much longer will it be before we start seeing all games sold this way.

Blizzard are already doing it, the Steam platform on the PC has been around a while and becoming more and more popular and the console landscape is really the only place left for publishers to make a stand. Even consoles have downloadable games now via the XBOX Live Arcade, PlayStation Network, etc.

It will still be at least a few years before we see all games ship this way, but those without a solid internet connection will unfortunately be left in the dark with no good option to purchase new games, and that is truly a shame. It will be because of this reason, and likely this reason alone that publishers will continue to ship physical media. The question is, when will the switch happen?

Battlefield 3 Just Around the Corner

There were a lot of new details shown at this years E3 gaming Expo in Los Angeles including a Q4 release date (27 October, 2011 in Australia). There has been a lot of multiplayer footage and also gameplay footage. One thing must be said the game looks absolutely spectacular. It’s going to be very interesting to see what happens when this game launches as Infinity Ward’s ‘Modern Warfare 3’ will be set to launch around the same time. Modern Warfare games in the past have dominated first person shooter sales for the last few years with Battlefield (to be honest) a close second.

Battlefield 3 global release schedule:

October 25, 2011
USA, Canada, Singapore

October 27, 2011
Denmark, Finland, Netherlands, Germany, France, Spain, Norway, Sweden, Australia

October 28, 2011
UK, Poland, Czech Republic, Italy

Sources: http://www.ea.com/news/battlefield-3-release-date-announcedhttp://www.enterbf3.com/

This year though I think DICE and EA have a hot game on their hands with BF3 and I think will knock Call of Duty off its very high perch. Can’t wait for this one, will be looking forward to it!

Team Fortress 2: First Multiplayer Match – I Suck at TF2!

OK my first multiplayer match in Team Fortress 2 and I absolutely suck as this game! I don’t play a lot of first person shooters to begin with but the least I can say is that I have a long way to go :). I really enjoy making gameplay videos and posting them on the internet. I am a fan of all games and love finding new stuff to sink my teeth into. TF2 is quite different to a lot of other shooters out there but is quite fun nonetheless. I can see myself really getting into this game and playing a lot more multiplayer online.