EA, the publisher best known for all of the sports games, Need for Speed and more recently, project $10. Those are the top 3 things that you think of when someone says ‘EA’ .To me, when someone mentions the almighty publishing giant’s name, I think of the thing I have a love/hate relationship with : the sequel cycle. The sequel cycle is the process of releasing a game in a series annually such the FIFA games which are on shelves with a new year on the cover and few updates in the game, every year, without fail. The sequel cycle ensures that publishers are guaranteed money in their pockets and gamers are sure to get a bright, shinier and sometimes even better version of their favourite franchised games. Recently I’ve been surrounded by talk of games in the sequel cycle, such as UFC Undisputed 2010 and FIFA World Cup and it made me think about how annoying that damn sequel cycle really is!
So you’re probably all going to start asking “what is First Play?”. Well, readers, I’ll quickly summarise it here. Basically First Play is a brand new interactive service that will be coming to PS3s in the UK on April 8th (it’s already out folks!) First Play will provide screenshot galleries, HD reviews & previews as well as featured downloads, which will be handpicked from the PlayStation Store by the First Play team plus there’ll be network highlights featuring the best things the PlayStation network has to offer. This could range from the best LBP level, the best PSP Minis or even the best content in the video store. Simply put, First Play is pretty awesome.
I was one of the lucky people who got sent a beta code because I signed up for updates via their website which is how I got to do this hands-on article before the release date. Anyway, read on and find out exactly why you need to download First Play!
Do you own a PS3? Raise your hand. Do you also own Little Big Planet? Actually, that’s a stupid question, because if you own a PS3, of course you own Little Big Planet! Although it was out way back in 2008, everyone still plays it and as of their May issue, the Official PlayStation Magazine (UK) has titled it the 3rd most essential game for PS3, after Uncharted 2 and Modern Warfare 2, both of which were sequels so it certainly says something that an original IP is that awesome! We’ve been hearing snippets of info and rumours for months now (oh, those pesky rumours!) but it was finally confirmed the other day by Sony and Media Molecule that the game that all PS3 owners loved and that all Xbox 360 owners were jealous of, is getting a sequel. Not convinced that there should be another outing to the wild world of all things creative? Well, to convince you, I’ve gone to the liberty of rounding up the 5 biggest changes to Little Big Planet 2, a game that will not only be better than the original, but will blow all the other games out of the software sea.
1. Creation On a Bigger Scale What made most of us buy the first game, was that Little Big Planet allowed us to “Play.Create & Share” and anyone who bought the game could design levels, outfits and even bad guys to go against. We were given full creative reign, with people designing levels in which you could ride snowmobiles, get set on fire and I even played a level that was a game show from TV! Obviously LBP (1&2)’s developer, Media Molecule is eager to allow us gamers to be more creative and design even more outrageous things and with an improved ‘Popit’ (Sackboy’s inventory) we will now be able to make our own music, direct cinema masterpieces as well as create bigger, badder enemies to face-off against. Imagine going into an art studio and being given a blank canvas and all of the art tools in the world to work with, that’s what I envision Little Big Planet 2 to be like.
Hello gamers and blog readers from afar, my name is Jasmine and I’m the creator of J Station X!
What is J Station X?
Good question, truth is, I have no idea! Ha ha! Obviously I’m just kidding 🙂 J Station X is a hub, a station if you will, for gamers to meet up on the net, chat about games and be a great community. Instead of just being a corporate blog with robot writers and nameless bloggers with no care for readers, J Station X represents (holla!) all gamers who have all sorts different opinions. Do I care if you disagree with me? No, it just makes for a great conversation and I appreciate the input no matter what you have to say. Not only that, but I will also respond (almost) every tweet E-mail or comment that you send my way!
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Like many of my fellow online gamers, I have spent approx. every waking hour (besides school etc.) playing Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2! Within one day after release I had completed the game’s main story mode and from there I headed online, where the real Modern Warfare’s at. Now I’m gonna be honest, I’m no “l33t” player when it comes to MW2’s online modes but having been ruthlessly killed by so many other players so many times means that I have picked up some great tips & tricks on how to rack up a huge killstreak! Check ’em out below.
Do you know how many times I was killed by the same guy today? 6! Within a space of 3 minutes he had made me respawn 6 times! Now you’re probably thinking to yourself “why on Earth didn’t she just kill this crazy fool!?” well I tried and failed. Each and every time I set up my aim to look around and thenpump a few rounds into this n00b I was killed! But then, the 6th time that I respawned, it hit me, the reason that he’d been able to avert my beady eyes was because he’d been lying down. This simple feat can keep you easily hidden and provided that you lay fairly
still you can kill your enemies, undetected.
Please click through to see images of the characters you can play as in the Assassin’s Creed Brotherhood Multiplayer mode.