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Gamescom 2012: PS Vita is Still Alive and Well

Written by Micah Messer

PS Vita launched in North America about 6 months back with a pretty solid software launch lineup. Since that launch date, however, we haven’t gotten much of anything in terms of new games. Vita has also suffered from poor hardware sales, probably due to lack of games. The problem is, who is gonna want to develop games for a platform that has poor hardware sales? It’s a vicious cycle, and one that the Vita has been stuck in for nearly 6 months.

Everybody thought that this year’s E3 was gonna be Sony’s chance to talk about what they’re doing to improve upon Vita’s sales and software lineup. However, the Vita seemed like more of an afterthought at the show. Other than showing a new game or two and announcing a new bundle, the Vita was almost completely ignored. Thankfully, Sony heard our concerns. At their Gamecom 2012 press conference, PS Vita was the star of the show.

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Mass Effect 3 Extended Cut Released

In response to the fan outrage at the ending of the acclaimed Mass Effect trilogy, Bioware released Mass Effect 3: Extended Cut today. You can expect our thoughts on this potential “fix” of the ending of this remarkable series within the next few days.

Best of E3 2012

Here at IPGR, we watched E3 with the glee of children in a candy shop. Every year, new games and systems are shown off, the Internet is abuzz with video game talk, and people get very excited for the coming months. However, this year, our overall elation at new public video game announcements was punctuated with disappointment at the abundance of sequel announcements and general lack of focus on gaming. It certainly wasn’t all bad, though, and in fact, we’re very excited for some of the upcoming games! It’s no secret that some games and companies “win” E3, so without further ado, here are our winners in various categories:

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God of War Ascension: What can they Improve?

Written by Micah Messer

Greetings friends! With the recent announcement of the new PS3 exclusive, God of War: Ascension, being developed by Sony Santa Monica Studios, I made the decision to play through God of War 3 again. In my opinion, the game is a total mixed bag, but despite its flaws, I enjoy it quite a bit. With a new installment in the God of War series on the way, I thought I might give my thoughts on what I feel they got right, and what they can improve on.

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Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception Review

Written by Micah Messer
 
It’s quite difficult to accurately describe in words how good this game actually is, but I’ll do my very best. BUY THIS GAME!
Playstation game developer Naughty Dog has dug itself into quite the hole with their critically and commercially successful Uncharted series. Uncharted and Playstation 3 pretty much go hand and hand; If you buy a PS3, you’re gonna get Uncharted. The game’s sequel, Uncharted 2, has also received dozens and dozens of perfect scores and game of the year awards. Because of this, everybody’s expectations (including my own) for the next installment in the series were through the roof. I’m very happy to say that Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception delivers in almost every way possible. It’s an absolutely fantastic experience that simply must be played by anyone who owns a PS3. It’s really no surprise though. Naughty Dog’s developers are some of the most talented in the business.

The graphics of Uncharted 3 are absolutely mind-blowing. It’s by far the best looking game on the console to date. Naughty Dog should be commemorated for the amount of detail shoved into this game. Nathan Drake, (the game’s protagonist) reacts exactly how you would expect a human to react in any given situation. His animations are absolutely top-notch. If you walk around a corner, he puts his hand on the wall and drags it across. If you come near fire, he will shield is face from the light. The game exudes polish. While the story might not be as tight as the yarn spun in Uncharted 2, the locations that it takes you to are much more impressive; Yemen, London, Syria, and France to name a few.

Well, guess I better start walking…

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Ratchet & Clank All 4 One Review


Written by Micah Messer

Sorry for the delay folks, I was distracted by Orcs Must Die and Infamous: Festival of Blood. Bastards! In any case, here’s the review for Ratchet and Clank All 4 One!

Insomniac has been very busy recently. With the freshly released Resistance 3, and the still-in development Overstrike; perhaps the title getting the least amount of attention is Ratchet and Clank All 4 One. The long-running Sony-exclusive series has been around for almost ten years now. That’s right, your favorite Lombax and sentient robot duo have appeared in over ten different titles over that amount of time. Seven of them being official releases developed by Insomniac themselves for Sony’s home consoles (PS2/PS3), with Ratchet and Clank All 4 One marking number eight for that group. The Ratchet and Clank series has always been a blast; but after that many games, it’s understandable that the formula could start to become a bit stale. Insomniac attempts to mix it up a bit by adding 4 player co-op into the series for the first time in All 4 One. We’ve seen co-op before in Ratchet: Deadlocked, but not like this.

I’m a big Ratchet fan. I’ve played all of the official Insomniac releases to completion except A Crack in Time(which I hear is great.) I was very sceptical watching gameplay previews for All 4 One throughout it’s development, but also fairly intrigued to see how well they’d pull off 4 player co-op gameplay. I’m pleased to report that Insomniac has done a great job of implementing co-op into the Ratchet and Clank series, though the formula had to be tweaked a bit to do so. Things like the new shared camera angle make for some chaotic fights where you can lose track of your character at times. While it’s not the deepest experience ever, you’re definitely not wasting your money buying it. It can be a hell of a lot of fun, especially with friends.

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Uncharted 3 Kill Montage

Even though it seems I am incapable of achieving anything greater than some generic grenade kills, here is a kill montage from the Uncharted 3 Multiplayer.

-Micah Messer

Heavy Rain Review

Written By Thomas Read

Heavy Rain is a roller-coaster of a time that is more like a movie than a traditional video game. Don’t think for a second, however, that you’ll be watching anything for long. The game’s immersion is phenomenal and you feel like you’re literally in the shoes of whichever character you’re currently playing as. The game has four playable characters, and by the end of the game you feel connected and emotionally invested in each of them. The game is an achievement in storytelling, which is, above all, a cinematic experience that is both entertaining and engaging without a doubt.

The story is vast and contains multitudes, as nearly every one of your smallest choices shape how the game’s plot develops. This can honestly be a bit scary at times, because the game has no game over. If you make a mistake, or something goes poorly, such as failing a life-threatening challenge or even not feeding your son on time, the consequences stick with you. In some cases, playable characters can even die. Every playthrough is unique, and every player’s experience will be an exclusive story based on their choices and actions.

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InFAMOUS 2 Review


Written by Micah Messer

The original InFAMOUS marked developer Sucker Punch’s first attempt at straying away from their highly under-appreciated Sly franchise, and onto a new IP. Although things like mediocre visuals and lackluster voice acting seemed to drag it down, InFAMOUS 1’s great gameplay and awesome story made it a very solid addition to the Playstation 3 library. Sucker Punch attempts to right the wrongs of their previous title with InFAMOUS 2. Smart design choices, noticeably refined gameplay, and a great new art style definitely make Cole’s electrifying adventure to New Marais worth picking up.

InFAMOUS 2’s story is a direct continuation of the original’s. To get you up to speed with current events, Cole Macgrath’s origin story was one of a classic comic book beginning. He was just a regular guy before getting caught in the middle of an explosion caused by a device called the Ray Sphere. It’s designed to drain the nuero-electric energy from a group of people, and channel it into an individual. The explosion leaves Cole with extremely powerful electrical super powers. Without spoiling anything, Cole must now prepare for the arrival of a prophesized apocalyptic force—a creature titled only as “The Beast.”

Meet Cole Macgrath, super-powered extraordinaire

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