Reviews

Review: The Beatles: Rock Band – X360/PS3/Wii

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There’s not much that can go wrong with the Rock Band formula. Thus far, Harmonix has done a great job with the whole “take songs from various rock genres, invite a couple of friends and rock the night away” approach to rhythm games. Still, single band games tend to be somewhat of a mixed bag unless you’re really into those specific bands. Games like Guitar Hero: Metallica were never all that appealing to me. I like Metallica, but not to the point I would buy a whole game based around them. Plus, since Rock Band peripherals don’t work for the Guitar Hero series, I wasn’t about to shell out $200 just to play a set list of Metallica classics. Still, The Beatles: Rock Band was something I was excited about for quite some time. I’m a big fan of the Beatles, and after getting a chance to try the game hands-on at E3, I have to say I was hooked. Unfortunately, even after receiving an advanced copy from Harmonix, a series of unfortunate events made it so that I wouldn’t be able to play upon release. With my Xbox 360 dying on me and schoolwork piling up, I had very little opportunity to play the game. But now that I have played it, I have to say, I was thoroughly satisfied with the experience. The Beatles: Rock Band managed to incorporate that core Rock Band gameplay, while adding a few additions to make it an enjoyable and somewhat different experience. Read On

Review: Uncharted 2 – PS3

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I originally purchased the PS3 for Blu Rays but then I slowly realized the Video Game Gems the PS3 had to offer. It started with Little Big Planet and evolved to Metal Gear Solid 4. One Gem I had my eyes on from the very start was Uncharted. After finally getting to play the game it became clear that the sequel would be one the PS3s biggest Gems. How does the sequel hold up to the original, does Uncharted 2 make push the PS3 to the Max?

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Pixelated Geek at the London Eurogamer Expo

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Yours truly will be reporting from the London leg of the Eurogamer Expo this Saturday 31st October, bringing you the latest news and previews from one of Europe’s largest games exhibitions. The Eurogamer Expo, London, is a total sell out with 16+ different publishers showing off over 50 different titles, many with a 2010 release schedule including the first UK showings of:

  • Aliens vs. Predator
  • Assassin’s Creed II
  • God of War III
  • MAG
  • Heavy Rain
  • Left 4 Dead 2’s Scavenge Mode
  • Mass Effect 2
  • New Super Mario Bros. Wii
  • Red Steel 2
  • Split/Second

All of which will be playable.

So if you’re unlucky enough not to have snagged a ticket for either Leeds or London, then don’t worry because we got your covered.

All coverage of the Eurogamer Expo on Pixelated Geek can be found here.

South Park: Let's Go Tower Defense Play [Review]

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South Park has been around for quite sometime, sense my early days of High School I’ve been something of a fan. With a huge successful franchise usually brings about a Video Game. South Park has had a couple of these, while I did enjoy the FPS N64 version there hasn’t been any that have caught my eye. Well that was until I heard there was going to be a South Park Tower Defense Game. I was first introduced to Tower Defense with Field Runners on the iPhone sense then it’s been something of an addiction. How does South Park’s leap into the Tower Defense Genre hold up?

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Bayonetta Hand's on Preview

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Sega’s upcoming Bayonetta was on show at the MCM London Expo and we were on hand to give it a short play through.

From the short time we spent with the game we were impressed by the smooth, fluid animation, especially in combat. The cutscenes likewise were well animated and fleshed out. Of course we’re not talking Metal Gear Solid 4 here, but good none the less. Controls were good too and will suit button bashers and combo kings alike. Read On

Pixelated Geek at the MCM London Expo

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Tomorrow yours truly, representing Pixelated Geek, will be present and reporting from the October 2009 MCM London Expo.

On the agenda for the show is:

For Halo fans we also have a treat for you with the full size Halo M12 ‘Warthog’ LRV, which is to be used in the upcoming Halo fan-flick Operation Chastity making an appearance.

Of course they’ll also be a load of cosplay on show, so we’ll have the best, the worst and the down right strange on show for you.

For more on the MCM London Expo, check out their website here.

Tritton AX 720 Headset Review

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With great power comes great responsibility, or in my case with gaming comes loud flipping noises!!! Currently I’m running a 7.1 Surround Sound System and according to the Wife it can be heard throughout the house. It was especially loud when I went through my Modern Warfare phase. Sense then I’ve always kept an eye out for the perfect Headset. I was fortunate enough to receive a review copy of the Tritton AX 720 headset. I’ve been familiar with Tritton sense E3 and have always kept an eye out on their new Gaming Headsets. I came across the AX 720 at my local Best Buy. How does this headset hold up compared to a 7.1 Surround Sound System??

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iPhone App Review: Star Defence

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Tower defence games are a thriving genera on the iPhone with many, many games, some good, some great and some just plain bad. Today were going to be taking a look at one of the better TD games, Star Defence from ngmoco.

StarDefenceStar Defence follows the usual tower defence premise: bad guys, aliens in this case, invade and it’s your job to stop them dead in their tracks. The stand out feature for Star Defence has to be it’s 3D rotating worlds that you fight on. Instead of a field arena, you get small planets on which the path of the enemy is fixed. This takes some getting used to at first, especially if you’re used to the classic kind of playing field provided by the excellent Fieldrunners, but it’s well worth the effort. The graphics provided in Star Defence are really quite good and look akin to the graphics provided by Command and Conquer Generals, allowing you to zoom right in on the action for close ups with the units which are all pretty well animated. Read On