Dead Space 2 – Review

5 Feb

Dead Space 2

Publisher: EA
Developer: Visceral Games
Release: January 28th, 2011
Platforms: PC, 360, PS3

I have but one word for this game. AWESOME. Dead Space 2 by EA/Visceral Games is definitely a masterpiece in the world of survival horror games. Picking up three years after the events on USG Ishimura, Isaac Clarke awakens to find himself in The Sprawl, a space station which is orbiting around Titan (Saturn’s moon).

There are very few changes between Dead Space 2 and the original Dead Space, minor tweaks with the characters movements (It’s less stiff now) but overall the game mechanics remain unchanged. The atmosphere is done incredibly well, always keeping you on edge as you move about in the game. As in the original, the game is very linear, but the pacing of the game is done so well that it is barely noticeable or considered a negative for the game.

There are a considerable amount of moments in the game which just leave you in pure jaw dropping awe, whether at the graphical beauty of the game, or the heart-pounding non-stop action of many of the action sequence scenes which occur randomly.

Dead Space 2 Pic 1

In Dead Space 2, the events that occured on USG Ishimura have severely haunted Isaac to the point of having hallucinations. The thing’s he experienced, especially seeing his girlfriend die, have driven him mad. The internal struggle that Isaac Clarke goes through in Dead Space 2, adds to the haunted atmosphere of the game.

In conclusion, Dead Space 2 is definitely a great start for gaming in the year 2011. Visceral has done an excellent job on improving the things that were negatives in the original game, such as making combat more slicker and more accurate, and also making the story flow a little better.

Rating: 9/10

Trailer


Sony Unveils Playstation “NGP”

1 Feb

Playstation NGP

Sony has finally unveiled it’s latest project, the Playstation “NGP” – which is it’s temporary name for this next-gen PSP. This device is jam packed full of technological goodies, and no doubt will provide a great experience for it’s users. It’s new sleek design is definitely an eye catcher, but will the NGP be an over-hyped gadget? Keep on reading, as I list out some of the known specifications of the Playstation NGP!

Battery Life

Sony has stated that the Playstation NGP will have comparable battery life to the current PSP and that users can expect an equal amount of battery life, if not more. Many estimates state that the device will have around a four to five hour battery life.

Specs

CPU – ARM Cortex a9 Core
GPU – SGX543MP4+
Dimensions – Approx. 182 x 18.6 x 83.5mm
Sound – Built in stereo and microphone

Controls, Screen & Games

The Playstation NGP will use a small flash based memory card in order to load/play games. This flash based memory card will definitely help with battery life as the UMD cards from the previous PSP devices were known for eating the battery. The NGP has a large 16:9, 5″ OLED touch screen display and has a 960×544 resolution. Another unique feature with the NGP is it’s touch pad on the BACK of the device which will offer new control experiences. The NGP also features TWO analog sticks (instead of the normal one), and the normal directional pad and action buttons. For motion control, the NGP contains an accelerometer, a compass, and a three-axis gyroscope.

Playstation NGP 2

Price

The price of the Playstation NGP is a tricky topic, as there are many speculations as to what it could be. As Nintendo has recently announced that it’s 3DS will sell for $249.99, many are estimating that the Playstation NGP will also be in the same price range.

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Jagex To Bring Back Free Trade & Wilderness – Runescape

30 Jan

Runescape

After a month of voting, Runescape Developers (Jagex) have confirmed that the Free Trade and Wilderness will be coming back. When these features were first taken away, many players quit and left the game behind. Now, with the Wilderness and Free Trade system being implemented back into the game on February 1st, Runescape will see an increase in it’s player count no doubt.

“Thank you to all those of you who took part in the historic RuneScape Referendum, which ended on Friday. We received an incredible 1.2 million votes, with a united 91% of you voting for the restoration of free trade and the Wilderness. We have heard your call and will be restoring these much loved features to RuneScape on Tuesday 1st February.

The clock is ticking and you have just two weeks to get ready for this monumental update. To help you prepare, we will be releasing a series of guides, FAQs and expert advice about the Wilderness and free trade, so that players both old and new can get ready for this epic release.

Now it is up to you to prepare for battle, level your account, gear up your armour and equip yourself for the ultimate Wilderness experience.

There is just one question left unanswered: are you ready?

Mark Gerhard and the RuneScape Team”

Definitely exciting stuff to look forward to. I for one can’t wait to see how this all turns out, as Runescape was the first MMORPG that I played.

Lord of the Rings Online – Review

30 Jan

LoTRO

My first review that I will be doing will be on Lord of the Rings Online, a MMORPG by Turbine which is no doubt well known in the MMO universe. LoTRO is a formerly pay-to-play game but has recently switched to a free-to-play model, which is great because there’s no excuse to not check out this excellent game now! If you absolutely love games which have rich story and lore, then you will definitely have to try this game out. The game has four races which include the Humans, Hobbits, Elves and Dwarves and has a total of nine different classes available but not all of them are usable to all races. In terms of graphics, LoTRO definitely has some of the richest graphics to date in the MMO world. It utilizes both DX9 and DX10, and everything looks fantastic either way.

The nine classes in this game include:

  • Captain – Use a large variety of weapons and armors. They control pets and have many buffing abilities which enable them to be good tanks. This class is only usable by the race of Man.
  • Champion – Can dual-wield and tank, but are mainly damage dealers which learn several area-of-effect moves. This class is usable by the race of Man, Elves and Dwarves.
  • Guardian – Can use most weapon types and armors, can deal moderate damage but are mostly used for tanking and absorbing damage for their fellowship. This class is usable by all races.
  • Hunter – A ranged damage dealer, hunters dish out heavy damage using bows or crossbows from a distance. They have lower defense and health than the other classes. This class is usable by all races.
  • Burgler – Burgler’s fight with daggers and are the debuffers of LoTRO. They can dish out heavy damage but have low defense and health. This class is usable by the races of Man and Hobbits.
  • Minstrel – The Minstrel is the healer class in LoTRO. They use their instruments to play songs which heal and buff allies. This class is usable by all races.
  • Lore-Master – The main spell casting class in LoTRO, Lore-Masters deal heavy damage, but have low health and defense. They are capable of summoning pets and have good crowd control. This class is usable by the races of Man and Elves.
  • Rune-Keeper – This class must first be purchased through the Turbine Store in order to be played. The Rune-Keeper is a multi-purpose class which is capable of dealing heavy damage, but also healing. This class is usable by the races of Elves and Dwarves.
  • Warden – This class must first be purchased through the Turbine Store in order to be played. The Warden is a melee class which uses medium armor and many different weapon types to annihilate it’s opponents. Warden’s are mainly damage dealer’s, but can also tank. This class is usable by the races of Man, Elves and Hobbits.

My experience:

My experience with Lord of the Rings Online has been nothing but positive so far. The animations, story/lore and graphics of the game pull you in effortlessly. The quests in LoTRO are very interactive and are not repetitive, which is a nice change of pace in the MMORPG universe. The rumors of Lord of the Rings Online dying because it “had” to switch to a Free-To-Play model is totally incorrect. The game didn’t “have” to switch to a Free-To-Play model, but doing so was the right choice as it increased the player count substantially. The game still has a huge community with many different servers. The crafting system in this game is top notch. This game is definitely one of my top favorite MMORPG’s and probably my favorite free-to-play MMORPG.

Rating: 8.5/10

Videos
LoTRO Free2Play Launch Video

LoTRO

 

Hello Gaming World!

30 Jan

Welcome to Gaming Global News (Or GGNews for short)! I have created this site because I wish to share with the world my passion for video games. Gaming has been a hobby for me for many years, and I have only now just decided to share this passion by giving detailed information and news about old and even upcoming video games in today’s world.

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