A lonely cowboy is a dead cowboy.
A lonely cowboy is a dead cowboy.
It has been 36 days since Halo: Reach hit the store shelves. In the past five weeks a ton of great games have come out for single and co-op play. Vanquish, Enslaved, Castlevania, Dead Rising 2, and Fallout: New Vegas are just a few good to excellent games that have all been vying for attention. For many gamers I know, Reach has made the trip back to that 'Used Games' shelf in the sky in exchange for a down payment on an apartment in New Vegas, or a hovel in Albion.
If you like your music games with a bit less metal and a bit more crossfading, you'll be glad to know that DJ Hero 2 is on store shelves starting today. Up to two turntables and a vocalist can team up to... er, spin that record, babe. If you're undecided about the game, you can try a browser based demo, using the mouse and keyboard to simulate the true turntable experience. It's actually pretty fun by itself, though I can't compare it to the real controller as I've never used one.
The 1986 film Fist of the North Star was one of my favorite anime when I was a kid. It was just so ridiculously violent. The storyline takes place after a nuclear holocaust in a land where savage gangs prey on the weak and martial art super men lay the smack down on a whim.
It's a good thing those miners in Chile didn't get stuck in this underground area, because they probably wouldn't have survived 70 days fighting zombies with only a few cans of tuna at their disposal. Perhaps Nexon's timing is impeccable, or perhaps they just have good luck - but they are jumping all over this new mining fad by launching a new co-op map called Black Lung in Combat Arms.
Valve have announced that Steam, their online digital store and community for PC gamers, has surpassed 30 million users. What's more impressive is that sales on the platform have increased over 200% from the prior year and the adoption rate of their SteamWorks platform has increased to over 200 titles as well. What does this all mean? It means digital distribution and PC gaming is as strong as ever.
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The twin stick shooter is enjoying quite a bit of popularity these days, and a new title in the genre has to do something special to really stand out among the field. MicroBot's innovation is the setting: the inside of a human body. Two players can team up in their microscopic ships to eradicate diseased cells that have merged with rogue nanobots. A dynamic level generator will ensure that, as in real life, no two human bodies are alike, and the MicroBots are upgradable, as well. Most intriguing is the "innovative co-op editor" that allows partners to work together to create the ultimate MicroBot.
As we mentioned earlier today, there's quite a few music games coming out this fall. One game though that's doing something a bit different is PowerGig: Rise of the Six String. Like Rock Band 3 and its pro mode, PowerGig is looking to add something to a stalling genre by introducing ways to learn how to really play the instruments. Best of all, it's out now.
It's unclear exactly who is behind this unlicensed, unofficial, free indie game...but they've obviously put a lot of effort into bringing a virtual open world of LEGO creations to life. The concept is simple: pick from around 70 different types of blocks, pick a color for each, and assemble them however you like.