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Review: Max Payne 3 (Xbox 360 / PS3 / PC)

By now, everyone should know that the people over at Rockstar Games always create mind-blowing games: the Grand Theft Auto Series, Red Dead Redemption, to name a couple.

Max Payne 3 is no exception.

Before we begin, lets take it back and have a quick insight into the first two games.

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New Gaming/AV Set-Up

Firstly, before I get started with the main post. I just want to say I hope you all had a very merry Christmas yesterday and I wish you all the best for 2012 when it arrives. It’s been a very busy month for me, with an increase in hours at work and trying to sort things out for Christmas, free-time has been very hard to find lately.  As a result of this, I have been a tad AWOL and I will try posting a lot of new stuff when I get the chance. Right, back on topic and please excuse my crappy Blackberry phone camera (it sucks !)…

After using a 22″ BenQ monitor for most of my gaming needs over the last 2-3 years, I have finally upgraded to something a little bigger and better. Due to working quite a lot this month and the fact I’ve been wanting to buy myself a nice flatscreen TV for a good while now, I took the plunge and upgraded my 22″ monitor to this…

LG 42LW650T: 42", Full HD 1080p, Cinema 3D, LEDplus TV

The LG 42LW650T: A 42″, full HD 1080p, cinema 3D, LEDplus TV (so glad there isn’t anymore D’s, B’s, P’s or HD’s involved in the description: ”Yeah I got a..wait for it… a 42 inch full 1080p, HD, 3D, LED, Freeview HD, MP3, USB, DVD, TV” – you get the idea).

But wait theres plenty more…

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Sony Clamps Down On PlayStation Game Sharing With Policy Update

PlayStation gamers in the UK have now had the maximum number of console/handhelds link to their PSN accounts cut, from five to two as Sony update their PSN game content usage policy.

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Grand Theft Auto 5 Teaser Trailer (GTA 5)

Last week we were promised by Rockstar that we would all get a peek at the next installment of the GTA series and they stuck to their word…obviously.

The GTA 5 teaser trailer was released today and it’s looking really good so far. I had a look over it and heres what I can decypher from what I’ve seen so far…

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Golden Joystick Awards 2011

With over 2 millions votes cast across various different categories, the organisers-and folk over at the Guinness World Records-claim this to be the biggest video games award ceremony on the planet.

This was the Golden Joystick Awards 29th Ceremony and it was Valve’s Portal 2 that was crowned ‘ultimate game of the year’ – beating the likes of LA Noire, Call Of Duty: Black Ops and Gran Turismo 5 to the top spot.

No game was awarded more than one award this time, but check out this list below to see the winners of each category.

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Battlefield 3: New Multiplayer Gameplay Trailer

Just when I thought I couldn’t get anymore impatient to get my hands on this game, they release a brand new trailer of some sweet looking multiplayer action.

The video pretty much includes everything that we expect from a battlefield game: loads of vehicles, explosions, jets, helicopters, mass destruction, new maps and BASE jumping…

Yes, BASE jumping ! I shall say no more, just watch the video (courtesy of Battlefield on YouTube) below to see for yourself.

 

Hitman: Absolution – 16 minute gameplay trailer

There hasn’t been an awful lot of media released about IO interactive’s fifth installment of the Hitman series, Hitman: Absolution.

Being a big fan of Hitman personally, I’ve been searching high and low to find out any new details of the game that is due for release sometime in 2012.

So im pretty glad I can now share with you (courtesy of the bald man himself) a 16 minute video showing you actual gameplay of Agent47 taking refuge in an abandoned library somewhere in Chicago.

The video shows off many new gameplay elements, including IO Interactive’s new Glacier 2 engine. As well as this, you will of course witness some of Agent47’s new/old tricks – such as changing into his dead victims clothes, eating chocolate donuts and also crashing the party at a hippie, weed infested flat.

Sit back and Enjoy…

Goldeneye 007: Reloaded comes to Xbox 360 and PS3 this November

Out: November 1st US, November 4th UK

Seeing a couple of N64 title re-releases on the Xbox 360 over the years, such as Perfect Dark and Banjo-Kazooie (and Tooie) got me hoping that one day they would re-release Goldeneye.
 
My hoping days are now well and truly over! Well sort of anyways.

Activision has stated that the release date for the remake of Goldeneye is set to hit shelves in the UK on November 4th. Initially I thought this would have been a downloadable game from either Xbox Live Arcade or the Games On Demand section, but it turns out its going to be on disc probably retailing for around 40 quid as well.
 
However with the release of BF3 the week before, and then COD:MW3 only 4 days later (8th Nov), then Skyrim on the 11th November, this game will release with bad-timing written all over it.  From the amount of fun I had with it on the N64, I’m hoping (see I’m hoping again) this game is going to deliver something special on Xbox 360.
 
Being a re-release doesn’t mean it’s the Wii version with prettier graphics either, oh no, the team behind it have developed a brand-new engine for the Xbox 360 and PS3. A couple of things to expect in the remake are enhanced HD visuals and increased environment frame rates of 60fps.

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Crysis Releases on Xbox 360 & PS3 Next Week

''I didn't eat your last rolo I swear!!''

Crysis, originally released for the PC back in November 2007, is suited-up for its re-release on Xbox Live and PSN next week…

Personally I didn’t get the chance to play the first Crysis on PC (purely because my PC at the time was like a dinosaur with really bad arthritis). Crytek’s president Cevat Yerli gave this as one of the reasons to re-release it on consoles – due to a lot of gamers not being able to experience the PC version first time around.

For the re-release Cevat mentioned that they have tweaked the nanosuit controls to mirror the ones seen in Crysis 2. He also pointed out that a lot of time & effort has been put into the console version, in terms of rebalancing the game and adding brand new features (such as a new lighting system and special effects) ensuring the entire Crysis experience is a tense, challenging, and captivating one for all.

So will it be any good as a console version?

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Resident Evil: Code Veronica X HD on Xbox 360 & PS3

With Leon Kennedy (Resident Evil 4 HD) creeping his way onto Xbox Live and PSN last week, Claire & Chris Redfield-and that guy Steve-will be jumping on the same band wagon next Tuesday with Capcom’s HD release of Resident Evil: Code Veronica X.

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