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Brothers: A Tale of Two Mediums

Starbreeze Studios, makers of the exceptionally excellent, and criminally underappreciated “Chronicles of Riddick” games, released a developer’s diary this week for their upcoming download title, “Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons.”  The video goes into detail about the tone of the game, the unique control scheme, and about the emotional journey on which the developers hope to take the players.

The thing that stands out most to me is the cinematic quality that the game’s creative director, Josef Fares, instills in the game. It’s no wonder, since, as he states in the video, Fares started out in film. However, the “cinematic” quality of a game, that is to say, the aesthetic quality of Cinema, can be found in nearly every big title released over the past two generations of consoles. Game-makers have long striven to create “cinematic” games, more and more by increasing the graphical detail and by shifting the plotting to hit particular beats standardized by films. The apex of the modern game seems to be the “playable movie.” There’s nothing wrong with that, after all, Cinema started very much the same way, and eventually, (especially with the introduction of sound) began to emulate the beats of the Theatre, right down to the three-act structure which is still touted in screenwriting books and seminars every day. Whoever said that “everything is a remix” was right. However, having said all that, if what Fares claims is true, “Brothers” possesses a quality of the Cinema that is rare in games: round characters.

It’s a necessity of the medium that most characters in games remain flat, that is, as defined by E.M. Forster, that they do not undergo a change or transformation during the course of the story (just to be clear, it’s no insult to classify a character as flat, after all, Sherlock Holmes, one the of the greatest characters in Japanese Literature is a flat character). It’s hard to set things up for a sequel if the characters all change.

That’s why you have, in something like “Assassin’s Creed,” a flat character in Desmond (the one constant throughout the entire series), who proceeds fairly unchanged throughout the five games in which he is featured, while the Assassins he inhabits all undergo some kind of transformation within their narratives. It’s only when Desmond’s own narrative is hurtling toward a close that he is allowed to become a round character.

If Fares and Starbreeze truly do create a game in which round characters traverse a narrative and come out changed on the other side, then they might come closer than anyone has before to marrying the two mediums of games and Cinema. And I am very excited to see how it unfolds. “Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons” will be released by 505 Games on PC, PSN, and XBLA Spring 2013.

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Tristans Twisted World: BioShock Infinite Review

BioShock Infinite returns into the hands of it’s original creator Irrational games. They made one of the highest rated games of all time for the Xbox 360 back in oh hmm 2007. It was a marvel of wonders as to this date remains one of my favorite games. The question here is how does BioShock Infinite stand up to the first one or is it even worth the while for all these delays.

Soundtrack, Audio, Voice: The oldie time soundtrack mixed in with the orchestra music makes it feel like your in year 1912. It brings the exploring or admiring aspect back with familiar sounding music. The audio is perfect nothing to loud or to soft you can hear everything a big thumbs up to the sound staff. The voice acting especially between Booker and Elizabeth is some of the best I ever heard in a first person shooter and any video game.

Graphics, Physics, Glitches, Engine Performance: Since we have yet another game powered with unreal technology we expect to see some of the best and worse gaming has to offer. The graphical achievements in this game though are just astounding using realistic nature of the skylines a building brought back the rapture feel expect in the clouds. The game’s glitches are usually only when enemies get killed a certain way or if Elizabeth gets between a wall and a dead body I had to restart twice because of that. It seems very smooth though so you can tell they did there best. The engine works like how you would expect Unreal to work. Explosions look realer than ever and characters look like you could touch them.

Characters/Enemies: The two characters that most defiantly stand out is obvious with Booker and Elizabeth. There relationship evolves over the course of the game. It starts off with a kind of untrust from Elizabeth but then they learn they need each other to survive. It is not a romantic interest between them but just two friends caring for each other. Other characters either keep showing up  through out the game or do not get enough attention but characters are so simple that you can easily understand them. The enemies in the game are vast ranging from foot soldiers to pyros to Handy Man or the Big Daddy replacements. You have to fight each a different way but it seems like they were made differently in a way but fresh from fighting Splicers all the time in BioShock 1 and 2.

Gameplay: If you have played BioShock 1 and 2 it is similar to those but with some changes. Big changes being the smart evolutionary and revolutionary AI in Elizabeth. She will give you items if your low on them or struggling in combat. She also gives advice and lets you make rips in the space time to bring in turrets, cover, weapons, and so much more. The hook system is great as you can flank enemies with it or plan your attack or just get away when your shields are down or health is low. The meter system letting you know how much energy in stuff you have left is a lot better this time around to.

Story: Ever wonder how many Infinite worlds or the way things play out are? Well that is why this game is called BioShock Infinite. You play as Booker Dewitt a gun for hire trying to redeem him self by wiping away the debt by bringing an unknown payer a girl in the floating city of Columbia. The story features choices throughout it some affect the story in minor ways others in a lot bigger ways. The story gets down on a big emotional level of trust between Booker and Elizabeth. Booker must face his past in many different ways as morals are questioned and things go wrong. The story features major plot twist but the fact that the ending is a mind wrapper that even I can not figure out all the way makes things go kinda odd. The story is incredible the best story told in first person view in just the eyes of one man. Going back and forth between times and spaces causing revolutions and bringing out different versions back it a wild ride.

Final Verdict: BioShock is back and better than ever expected without the horror part this time. Going far to free the girl from her prison and finding out things about Booker while a revolution is occurring and a mad man using religion trying to get what he wants…or is he? Find out for yourself this a probably the best game I have ever played in my life. I give BioShock Infinite a 10/10 a marvel of story telling.

Overall Score: 10/10

Review Copy Info: BioShock Infinite was purchased by Realgamernewz.com for review purposes

Available on: Xbox 360 , Playstation 3, and Computer

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Tristans Twisted World: RealGamerNewz Playdate Gears of War Judgement

Join me on Gears of War: Judgement multiplayer Tuesday, March 26th at 8 p.m. eastern time zone. The only needed things are Xbox Live Gold and the game itself, of course. Basically just be ready to play. I will take the first nine people and if people leave I will alternate others. I will see you in the Judgment madness!! Leave your comments below with Message me [TwistableT B1RD] on Xbox 360 with your Xbox Live ID to join the fun.

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RealGamerNewz Zombies: Tutorial Pt 1 – How To Turn On Power, Build Tramplestein and Sliquifier

In the first episode of the new RGN Exclusive series, RealGamerNewz Zombies, a tutorial for those having a hard time with the basics of the game. This video includes everything you need to know to turn the power on, build the essential Sliquifier and Tramplestein, and all in less than 10 minutes without a squad. This is just the very beginning of this video series covering not only Black Ops 2 Zombies but also Revolution map pack and future map packs as well as future games. Feel free to leave feedback whether you love the video or hate it, your opinion’s are appreciated. Welcome to Episode #1 of RealGamerNewz Zombies, enjoy:

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Tristans Twisted World: Realgamernewz Update Citadel DLC, Tomb Raider and more

We got a new video for today after the weekend break and we got tons of stuff tommorow so get ready.

 

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WRC 3: FIA World Rally Championship Review

The WRC racing series has always paved the way and made a name for itself within its own niche of pure rally racing that comes straight off the top as an exciting and adrenaline-filled experience. If you know anything about racing games then you know that there might be more hardcore simulation systems out there but when it comes to simply wiping dirt all over your opponent’s face, WRC 3 is going to spend some time spinning your wheels.

The gameplay consists of taking out every car you can think of from the latest FIA World Rally Championship (which is the 2012 at the time this game was released) and bringing even exclusive content such as Rallye Monte-Carlo, Volkswagen Polo R WRC Test Car into the arena adds to the mayhem. The controls are smooth and the graphics are beautiful, you really feel like you are in the race. I almost wanted to pull out my dirtbike and start doing jumps alongside my vehicle while I ‘ghostride the whip’ from outside, unfortunately that is a bit of a pipe dream with this game I’ll admit.

The lack of story won’t stop FIA World Rally racing fans from thoroughly enjoying this title, but it may off-put some gamers that are not seasoned to the racing genre. For that I can forgive here and there, unfortunately the lack of a good collision system is a lot harder to forgive. Sometimes it just feels like you aren’t doing the real thing because if you hit a wall you feel like you’re just driving an indestructible cardboard box; for that some points were removed.

If you are looking for something to blow through and enjoy you won’t be let down though. The Art Direction reminds you of paradise, and the soundtrack is fairly well laid out. Replay Ability is the same as most racing titles, through the roof because there’s a lot of challenges to accomplish.

Final Verdict: WRC 3: FIA World Rally Championship Review suffers from lack of a good damage system and for a racing car game that is very lacking in this day and age, on the other hand it offers beautiful scenery and great FIA World Rally realism to the experience. It’s definitely worth playing whether you usually enjoy racing games or not.

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Overall Score: 8.25/10

RGN Rating: Silver Game

Available on: PS3 / 360 / PC

Handheld Version Available On PlayStation Vita

Played on: PlayStation 3

Review Copy Info: a copy of this game was provided by the publisher to RealGamerNewz for purposes of this review.

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RealGamerNewz Playdate #1 – Modern Warfare 3 Xbox 360 with Tristan Werbe

The first RealGamerNewz playdate is coming! We would like you to come out and join us for a night of fun and games so come play with us on Xbox 360 on May 18th 7 pm eastern to 9 pm eastern on Call of Duty Modern Warfare 3 in anticipation of Black Ops 2.

Some of us behind the scenes at RealGamerNewz will be taking up arms in this by hosting lobbys for and we will also be having some help. The following gamer-tags are who will be hosting lobbys and depending on what type of gamer you are will help you decide on what lobby.

The first groups of people will be allowed to join and if you want to bring a guest, let us know. Enter by sending a message to the following gamer-tags about this and like I said the first few people will be allowed to join. You will be sent a message back letting you know if you have made the cut. Cycling may occur if necessary.

Gamertag: TwistableT B1RD
Name:
Tristan Werbe
Description: Hosting fun chatty but not afraid to talk smack lobby on Team Death-match.

Gamertag: nd64

Description: A friend of Tristan’s – hosting more competitiveness in his lobby with some Kill confirmed but will relax and chat.

Gamertag: Jakesnake122

Name: Nigel Schonfeld

Description: hosting make fun of lobby were if any spots were not filled to make of randoms or each other in his lobby on Capture the Flag.

Gamertag: BenzyBaby

Description: Tristan’s Cousin- A gamer girl as she is she will not take crap and is very good at FPS if you are a guy and try to flirt don’t be surprised if you get kicked out as she host Headquarters pro

Well that’s our lobbies for Playdate #1 come out a join us for a night of fun May 18th 7 pm to 9 pm eastern see you there!

*Future lobbies coming for titles including Starhawk and more.*

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Modern Warfare 3 Survival and Spec Ops Review

Having finished up both the campaign and multi-player reviews on this title and by request of a few readers I figured might as well get some time in on the remaining modes Survival and Spec-Ops. After logging almost fourteen hours between the two modes the first thing I have to say is with the exception of missions changing Spec-Ops is the exact same mode as Black-Ops released last year and it’s predecessor MW2.

There are different objectives different maps different enemies but the overall game mode has remained unchanged. The plus side to having this extra game mode is more game time for the money you shelled out seeing the story mode even on hardened mode is easily completed by most in under six hours. I will break down the missions in order though they maybe played in any order you choose. The down side to it is that you are just playing a remix of the story mode over again broken down into separate smaller timed missions with a few changes to keep it interesting.

Stay Sharp : This is a real short version of the obstacle course that has the metal cut outs of the bad guys along with the good guys and you race the clock to complete without harming any civilians. One thing about the course this time around I found it to be way too easy and also way to short.

MileHigh Jack : In this one instead of protecting the president like you did in the campaign story you are actually taking out his personal guards and trying to capture him.

Over Reactor : The Russians have rigged the nuclear sub with explosives in hopes of causing a meltdown. But they are also on the sub at the same time defending it which makes absolutely no sense at all even the hatch to get inside has explosives strapped to it.

Hit And Run : A sizable amount of enemy forces are holding you embassy staff hostage. The objective kills are shown on the map the amount of enemy doesn’t make it easier to complete they get reinforcements. So like the title says you need to hit and run.

Toxic Paradise : Outfitted in a Juggernaut suit you must collect a number of nerve gas samples while fighting off the waves of enemies that have truck mounted 50  calibers and also marking out targets with their smoke for air support bomb runs against your location.

Firewall : This section requires you to hack into the enemy security sentries and make your way to the subway system before your allotted time runs out. This mission requires two players.

Fatal Extraction : Find and collect all five pieces of Intel to help locate your high priority target then take him out.

Hostage Taker : You will need to use stealth to eliminate the guards and find the presidents daughter before they do. They have helicopter support so the need to go unseen is a priority. But wait, didn’t we just highjack the presidents plane and take him hostage on the MileHigh Jack mission?

Charges Set : Another round of the obstacle course with different weapons  more enemies ans explosive breaching still too easy and too short.

Resistance Movement : Make your way through the destroyed downtown streets ‘quietly’ while freeing  and gathering as many rebels from enemy custody as you can and get them to the landing zone for extraction.

Little Bros :  Multiple short missions trying to destroy all the data before the Russians can get a hold of it.

Invisible Threat While suited up as juggernaut use the UAV (Unmanned Aerial Vehicle) ( to mark the IED’s (Improvised Explosive Devices). While being swarmed with enemy forces and receiving timed back up response from friendly’s. To clear the way so your armor can roll through safely.

Server Crash : Battle through the streets taking out armored trucks full of enemies from the back of a jeep with your grenade launcher. Then get into Volks’ underground hideout and download his master plan.

Resistance Movement : Drop in from the helicopter after taking out a bunch of militia to rid the town of the contraband while they try to stop you.

Flood The Market : Head to the stock exchange floor to retrieve the Russian’s encryption codes.

Fire Mission : Disable enemy anti-air defense and infiltrate their base while using the AC-130 for support. This mission requires two players.

All but two missions can be completed solo though it is much easier to have some help along for the ride. For the most part the best thing about it as I mentioned is extra time that you wouldn’t have if they left it out this time around which would make it a worse deal all together.

Survival mode is more of a challenge with seemingly endless waves of enemies swarming your location with such accuracy that it seems like they have unlimited advanced UAV’s. Though the mode id different from the zombies mode of Black ops you can I feel if it were mostly indoors as zombies was it would feel exactly the same.

If your looking for where the camping aspect has been plaguing this title since the first release look no further this is like basic training for the camp happy style players. It literally tells you from the first seconds of the game to dig in and use all resources available. This mode also gives you unlimited amount of time to train at camp happy find all the best spots try all the best camp strategies on every single map before you go into multi-player and set up your real campy camp.

You start out with the pistol only. Some of the key differences about the weapon systems are in zombies you used the cash generated to buy the weapons on the wall. In survival you can salvage all weapons from the enemies you take out. The ammo also comes along with it but most every enemy gun has around 10 to 15 shots left on it when you pick it up and no grenades to keep it interesting. Also the weapons carried by the enemy only advance as you do so don’t expect to get all the best gear from them right away cause they all carry the same weapons simultaneously.

After completing the first wave your weapons armory will open up map will display a handgun silhouette showing you it’s location at all times. In this case you can use the cash acquired to purchase various items but each one opens up to you at a certain rank as you start to climb the ladder.

Weapons Armory 

  • Refill Bullet Ammo ($750)
  • Handguns
  • Machine Pistols
  • Assault Rifles
  • Sub Machine Guns
  • Light Machine Guns
  • Sniper Rifles (Unlocked at level 90)
  • Shotguns
  • Weapons upgrades

The equipment armory is available after wave number two has been completed. This will appear on your heads up display as a frag silhouette.

Equipment Armory

  • Frag Grenade Refill
  • Flash Grenade Refill
  • Claymores – 30 max
  • C4 x5 – 10 max
  • RPG-7 x2 – 4 max
  • Sentry Gun
  • Sentry Grenade Launcher
  • Body Armor
  • Self-Revive
  • Riot Shield

After the third wave has been completed the air support armory will be available. The shape of the predator missile will be the silhouette.

Air Support Armory

  • Predator Missile
  • Air Strike
  • Delta Squad
  • Riot Shield Squad
  • Perk Care Package

Sounds like a lot unlocked right away but remember you still have to rank up and earn the cash to be able to access any of these items. There are four maps to start off with and twelve more you will have to unlock by completing the waves. The waves differ from wave level and map but most consist Bomb squads, attack dogs, choppers, juggernauts and juggernauts with riot shields, chemical warfare, and claymore experts.

I didn’t really find it challenging until the upper teen levels and even then I wasn’t taking full advantage of the armories or weapon upgrades. The good part is starting over doesn’t take as long when you die you can build back up to where you were at pretty quickly. I honestly say that I do like survivors mode more then the zombies of Blops.

You will get more game time for sure with these modes especially if you play all difficulty levels and try to acquire all three stars for every mission. For the most part both of these modes are better then the multi-player aspect of the game just due to the fact that there is no lag, and no aggravating twelve year old’s talking smack.

Overall Score: N/A

This game was purchased by RealGamerNewz for independent review purposes.

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Call of Duty is the Most Broken Multiplayer Out: 76 Killstreak in 60 Seconds Video

FPSWin reports on an informative video surfacing from the YouTube Call of Duty community. Many hardcore gamers in the FPS genre have noticed for a long time now that the COD series is becoming, or to some extent has always been, a truly watered down formula. The main purpose of this video, which was created by iFen0m, is to show the broken down map design found in the latest COD game, Modern Warfare 3. Check out the video for yourself. Be on the lookout for more from our own RealGamerNewz archives soon!

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Tristan’s Twisted World: Call of Duty Modern Warfare 3 Review

Call of Duty 8: Modern Warfare 3 is the latest installment of the best selling FPS ever, but it’s on every system – is that why it sells so much? Is this game really even worth it?

Multiplayer: The supposed “most fun multiplayer out there” is back again with new classes, kill-streaks, guns, equipment, etc. Some of  the new ways to play in Call of Duty this time around sort of feel like playing Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare for the first time.

The maps have improved from Call of Duty 6: Modern Warfare 2 with some more featured locations. Some of the new weapons and such make this Call of Duty a lot more fair than other entries in the series. For example, the Commando perk has always been was way too overpowered for its inaccuracy and the stakeout could shoot someone over 50 yards which doesn’t make sense for a shotgun that size. MW3 has fixed all of those issues and made a more balanced multiplayer.

The servers are still terrible. It might just be all of the players but since Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare the series has suffered a never-ending plague of dropped games. Even years after a game has come hopefully they may update it or in a future title make it more dedicated. The kill-streaks are a lot more realistic this time around. There’s no random attack dogs or surprise nukes making me think MW3’s balance is far by none close to the best if not the best of the 8 games so far. Despite the fact the maps seem a little too close to the campaign , I tried to cope.

Special Ops Missions: The missions sort of felt like Battlefield 3 but that’s not a bad thing. Despite the fact that teamwork is not needed as much in these missions, it does add to the replay value of the game. They are fun missions in which you will usually end up doing objectives like defending areas and such. It is a worth it to play through it for me personally but hardcore multiplayer gamers might want to skip it altogether due to the lack of teamwork.

Special Ops Survival: The staple stone of the multiplayer for me in MW3 it feels like a first person Horde on Gears of War and definitely blows Black Ops Zombies away by a long shot. It requires some teamwork especially when you’re facing a russian juggernaut. For big co-op games or just endless waves of fun, COD Zombies fans this is something worth playing in MW3.

Graphics: The Call of Duty 8: Modern Warfare 3 graphics can be considered in the 2009-2010 standards of good graphics as they improved a lot since the E3 demo they showed when it looked like MW2 but if you haven’t played this game – think of Halo 3: ODST, that’s what this game looks like to me  visual quality-wise.

Call of Duty Elite: The new progression system in COD:Elite is full of lag so I couldn’t get perfect on this. I’ll be back to review the service when the first MW3 map pack comes out, sorry folks.

Campaign: The best part of this game for me in an epic single player story mode. It pretty much takes place right after MW2 and shows what has happened in all Modern Warfare games. It starts out like MW2 but it’s World War 3 so it looks like the reveal trailers – it’s a good intro.

Captain Price and Soap play major roles in the story again but during most of the game you play as Yuri an ex-spetsnaz soldier who helps Soap and Price. You also play as Frost, an army marine who serves in Delta along with Grinch, Sandman, and Truck in Delta.

You play as other characters as well but personally I didn’t think they mattered as much to the story. You fight mainly in America, England, France, and Germany of course as shown in trailers. This is where MW3’s World War 3 mainly takes place. In this about 6 hour campaign which I’m glad they extended the time a little bit. it still makes for a great experience. The story mode is for anyone who enjoys epic moments, intense fighting scenes, and just plain old Call of Duty.

Final Verdict: This game is not for everyone. Mainly big FPS gamers, Call of Duty lovers, and multiplayer gamers want to pick this up. If you like a little lag, mindless shooting, and over-the-top story modes give it a whirl, since that’s what most Call of Duty games revolve around. Tristan’s Twisted World awards Call of Duty Modern Warfare 3 a 5.5 out of 10 since I’ve bought the same outdated game style so many times I’m finally sick of it folks.

Overall Score: 4.5 out of 10

This game was purchased by Tristan’s Twisted World for independent review purposes.

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Editor’s Note: RealGamerNewZ has moved web servers, some older posts can no longer be commented on and have been preserved without their images. Thank you for your understanding in this matter. This article was written by Tristan Werbe on 20111203 and was last modified on 20130401 .