Games Meet Metal: June 2012

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Friday, June 29, 2012

Randy Blythe In Jail: Faces Charges of Manslaughter

Sorry for the lack of posts, kids. Work has been doing the usual to me. Plus I haven't been getting a whole lot of sleep the past few days. Goofy ass dreams keeping me up.

However, I do have a few minutes to spare right now, and it's to pass along a shocker. Last night, Randy Blythe, the awesome lead singer of Lamb of God, was arrested in the Czech Republic on charges of manslaughter from an incident in 2010. Apparently, LOG had a show back then where a fan had jumped on stage and was knocked off by Randy, where he hit his head. How the injury exactly happened is still in question, or if Randy was even the cause, but the fan fell into a coma and passed away soon after.

Now, this thing just seems several different kinds of loopy. For starters, how come no one knew of the charges ahead of time? Are the Czech cops just lazy? Plus, it's been two years. No one could get the legal ball rolling until now? Either way, Randy's in some major legal trouble. Odds are he'll get bailed out in the next day or two, but this looming charge is gonna be one hell of an impact on Lamb of God.

In the end, I hope this gets sorted out quickly. While Randy has had legal difficulties, inadvertently causing someone's death just doesn't seem like something he would do, even in self defense. 

Monday, June 18, 2012

8-bit Metal Mondays-A Concert Going We Will Go

At last, we're entering a video gaming "lull." E3's actually the start of it, as you get one huge blast of news before the summer hits. Then you don't get jack shit for three months. Looking at my gaming schedule, I won't be picking anything up until at least late August. This will be a perfect time to catch up on some other games that I fell behind on, and to also get my ass to some summer shows.

Next big show on the list is an interesting pairing: Iron Maiden and Alice Cooper. I'm sure this stems from Alice and Bruce giving each other verbal fallacio on their respective radio shows. Still, it's a great chance for fans to see a couple of legends play on the same stage. Myself, I have yet to see the Coop do his thing, which is a shame with Alice being a home town boy and everything. Maiden's gonna be doing another "classic" show, with material being played no older than their 7th Son of a 7th Son album. So, classic goodness all around.

In some bleepy celebration, let's listen to some digitized Maiden and Cooper.

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

E3 2012 Recap Part 2: The Winners and Losers from the show floor!

Alright, one more E3 post and we can put this silliness behind us until next year.

So, yesterday and today was spent mulling over a crapton of gameplay videos as well as reflecting on my own personal thoughts, and I think I have finally got s good bearing as to what was good and what was not so awesome. So, without do..

Best of Show TIE: Ubisoft and Konami

Some personal fanboyism is really showing through here, but the floor presentations by both companies caught most of my attention. Let's start with Ubisoft.

Another demo video was hosted for Assassin's Creed III, but this time we got the first ever screens of a recreated Boston during the Revolutionary War. One new aspect shown were passthroughs, open areas in buildings that you can use to break a pursuing guard's line of sight. Plus, there was more sea battling shown, which just makes me anticipate the game's release even more.

On the Konami front, they were showing probably the greatest amount of re-releases, but a few stood out. Zone of the Enders HD looks fantastic with the hi-def upgrade, so all you mech fighting fans will be very pleased. Plus, the collection will include a demo of Metal Gear Rising on-disc! That's pretty damn ironic, considering the first ZOE game had a demo for MGS 2 included with it.

There were no demo's of the console version of Castlevania Lords of Shadow 2, but it's 3DS cousin, Mirror of Fate didn't suffer the same, er, um, fate. It's another Metroidvania game, but the graphics got a 2.5D remake. Kind of reminds me of the remake that Rondo of Blood got with the PSP. The game brings back Trevor and Simon Belmont, as well as a few other unmentioned vampire killers, as they traverse Drac's home in different timelines.

Speaking of Metal Gear Rising, said demo was there to be played, and it was beautiful. I think I spent a little too much time with Raiden's  slice cutting mode, where you could snip your enemies into a million little bits. It truly is a sight to behold.

Comeback King: Capcom

After having  major disappointments with Dragon's Dogma and Resident Evil: Operation Raccoon City, Capcom's gotten back on the rail with Resident Evil 6 and their Devil May Cry reboot. RE6 is looking fabulous. It's gonna have a mix of the action of later titles, with the mix of creepiness of the earlier titles thrown in. The DMC reboot is keeping a lot of the super-fast action and gunplay of it's predecessors, but the tone has gotten a lot darker. It also has broken loose of a lot of it's Japanese influences, ahs has adopted a more worldly feel, especially in music. Everything from Brit-pop to American metal will make the game more global.

Same as the Last: Square and Sega

While both companies had impressive booths, it just felt like they were treading the same water since PAX East. Both just about had the same presentations with a few tweaks here and there. From Square, Hitman and Quantum Conundrum got their own booth space, but Tomb Raider was nowhere to be seen. Cold feet, perhaps? On the Sega side, they were pushing Sonic's new racing game pretty hard. They also brought Aliens: Colonial Marines back, but it was close to the same demo as before. I believe they introduced a new  map and shotgun. I guess their is "don't fix what isn't broke", but some new stuff would of been nice.

Best of Show Game and Best presentation for a single Game: Halo 4

Gee, ya think Microsoft wanted Halo 4 to sell or something. The latest trek for Master Chief had a structure built that was right for a God. It took up about a good third of what Microsoft had for floor space They had a mock Warthog in front of the display for photo taking. Of course, they also had an actual showing of the game, as long as you were willing to brave the 3-hour wait. I did, and I am satisfied. Not only did we get live commentary of the single player level, but we got hands-on with the a new multiplayer level. Damn, those rifle sound effects are awesome!games shown

Biggest Loser, yet has the Most Potential: Nintendo

Why does Nintendo lose?

No 3ds games shown.\

Let me repeat that: NO 3DS GAMES SHOWN.

You'd think that the leader in handheld entertainment would be trotting the size of it's portable penis, but any 3DS games were show at 3rd party booths. Plus it's not like Nintendo doesn't have a ton of games coming out. Paper Mario, Luigi, Fire Emblem, Animal Crossing, and more could of been demoed right there. But no, all of Nintendo's space went towards the WiiU and it's ridiculously huge number of tech demos. However, what I did see of the WiiU has got me really excited about the technology behind it. Having that second screen on the tablet controller is genius, and some of the uses on the show floor show some real promise. Too bad the initial game collection just doesn't have the oomph that a new system really needs.

And there ya have it! E3 is officially done for this year! now, let's start hoping that there will be an E3 next year, as construction of a new football stadium in Downtown L.A. threaten everything.

Friday, June 8, 2012

E3 2012: The Picture Dump!!

Oh dear God. I am so goofy feeling after my red-eye flight from L.A. I wonder if this is what people feel after they down shrooms. Druggy feelings aside, I got some pics to show ya! Now, the original plan was to do a bunch of filming, but two unique problems occurred:

1. I'm way too short to get any good footage. A place like this just isn't easy for a short fella like me to get good footage. Pictures, better.

2. I just don't have a real steady hand. Maybe it was all the caffeine.

Either way, what footage I did get was terrible and will never see the light of day. So these pretty pics will just have to do.

Thursday, June 7, 2012

E3 Recap Part One: The Conferences!!

It's that time of year again kiddies, as E3 has descended down upon us like a harpy from hell, and we're gonna have to cut our way through it's underbelly to get to the good stuff. I forewent the usual recap methods this year, as I actually got to attend a few of the conferences in person. I tried Tweeting my heart out, but the Wi-Fi was really hit or miss anywhere I went, so I just had to wait until I had some time to sit and think it all through.

For the record, I got to attend the Microsoft, Ubisoft, and Sony conferences. The fact that I even got into these deals is amazing, and I thank the PR people responsible for making it happen. The conferences themselves are held in decent size theaters where you would normally see higher tear metal bands play. These places could probably headline Lamb of God pretty easily. So it was like seeing a concert, expect it was all talking and trailers. It was also three in one day. Now I've done three shows in three days in my youth, but three in one day is a whole new record. It's even scarier to think that I'm gonna try to top it next year. Ah, the pains of ambition.

A quick piece of advice to any would-be E3 conference goer: get a hotel close to the LA Convention Center. I delayed and got a hotel so far out of the way that it didn't offer any shuttle rides. So I had to subway it. Problem here was that the nearest subway entrance was a mile from my hotel. So yeah, I lost a few pounds on Monday, but my feet and ankles were near death. Not good when you have to be on your feet for the next three days. So, a closer hotel means a shuttle lift and easier access to the subway. I hear booking a year in advance is a real good idea.

So, on to the conferences after the jump!!

Friday, June 1, 2012

Riff's E3 Checklist!!!

\\=\Oh gratuitous amounts of joy, it's almost here! Time to spend too much on a hotel room and stand in line for hours at a time. That's right, it's time for E3! This is my second year at the gaming mecca, and I'll be going a bit deeper into the journalistic side of things. I'll be attending several of the media briefings (Microsoft, Ubisoft, and Sony respectively) as well as getting alone time with some top tier titles (Capcom and Square gave me a bit of a hookup).

Now that most companies have released their line-ups for the show, let's run through the gauntlet and see what yours truly will try to play.

EA-In all honesty, I wasn't even expecting to stop by their booth, unless they had something Mass Effect related. Then, they go and announce a playable demo of Dead Space 3. Well played, EA. Now let's hope I'm not in line for forever.

Activision: It's all about Black Ops II here. It's unknown if they'll even have a build there, but they'll at least have hundreds of HD screens showing off the goods. This would also be a good time to blow the doors off of whatever Bungie's working on for them.

Konami: Holy crap! Did you see their pre-E3 briefing? These guys are bringing the thunder hard core! Metal Gear Rising, Zone of the Enders HD, and TWO NEW CASTLEVANIAS!!! That's a possible best-of-show line-up right there!

Capcom: The home of Mega Man has granted yours truly some personal access to Resident Evil 6 and the Devil May Cry reboot. I'm hoping the hype matches the game. Also wouldn't mind checking out Lost Planet 3 should the opportunity arise.

Ubisoft: No question that it's all about Assassin's Creed III. Dunno if they'll be showing single or multiplayer, but I'll take what I can get. A bit of Rayman would be good too.

Bethesda: Getting a peak at all the Elders Scroll stuff would be nice, but I expect the lines to be ridiculous for those. Instead, I may take a peak at their future assassination game Dishonored instead.

Sega: Looks like they're gonna have a similar booth compared to what they had at PAX East, so now would be a good time to try some of the games I missed from last time. Of course, I still wouldn't mind another shot at Aliens: Colonial Marines.

Square-Enix: The boys of Squeenix are giving me a full blown booth tour, complete with play time of the new Hitman and Tomb Raider games.

Microsoft: Halo 4, baby! Oh and a new Gears for War too.

Sony: Give me some God of War, please. Getting to check out their Smash Brothers ripoff would be nice. Well, maybe.

Nintendo: Wii U! Not every show you get to try a new system. Also, they should have a bevy of 3DSgames to try. Looking forward to some Luigi's Mansion 2 myself.