MAX PAYNE 3 – What We Know

We can still remember walking into our local WHSmith and suddenly seeing Max Payne on the PC shelf. It came from absolutely nowhere! Rockstar (who published the game developed by Remedy) had only injected cash for pre-order hype, but had forgotten to market for day-one sales. Most games would have seriously suffered for this. But not Max Payne. He just downed his pack of pills, held his head high and let PC magazines all over the world, do the work for him. Max Payne made a statement that day. That statement being that you don’t have to rely on huge marketing hype to push first-day sales. If the developer put their heart into a games development, customers will put their hands in their pockets…and that’s exactly what happened. Max Payne was a huge success and became known as “the game the PC needs right now” from PC Gamer. The first game and Max Payne 2 made a flag stand tall for the PC’s action game genre. But the last we heard of Max and his rattling aspirin bottle, was 10 long years ago. Major changes have been made since we all last shotgun-dived thorough the nearest doorway, as Remedy (who were busy working on the superb Alan Wake) gave full rains to Rockstar for publishing and development. So What’s Happening With Max Payne 3? After the superb news of confirming the third game…all went silent. The odd image popped up of Max Payne 3 and we must admit, things looked frighteningly different. Max looked unrecognisable with a great big bushy beard and shiny noggin: There was even talk of a new cover system, but while most of us would expect that from modern shooters today, we still couldn’t help but think it could take the edge off bullet-time. Lets take a look at the first shots shown of Max...

L.A. Noire – Next-Gen Consoles Need This

Those of you who thoroughly enjoyed Heavy Rain on the PS3 (like us) are anxious to get their hands on Rockstar’s L.A. Noire this week. Although many believe Rockstar have developed L.A. Noire, the GTA and Red Dead Redemption creator have actually taken a seat in their publishing HQ. Team Bondi are the creators of this forties detective fest and we have to say, it’s looking to be a pretty amazing PS3 and Xbox 360 release. We’ve witnessed some very good feedback from L.A. Noire and from what we’ve seen, read and heard…we can honestly say that L.A. Noire is the game all Next-Gen consoles have been crying out for! We’re all familiar with the golden rule that gameplay always triumphs over visual appeal, but at the same time I’m sure many of you (just like us) have often wondered why you shell out for such Next-Gen powerhouses when many developers simply pump-out Tetris remakes, arcade classics or any other retro remake? Don’t get us wrong, these are still amazing to play but be honest…did you honestly shell-out £300 on your next-gen console to play these titles? No. This is where the beauty of L.A. Noire comes into play. It’s no secret that L.A. Noire looks amazing. The trailers show Team Bondi’s newly created technology that enables real-life actors to perform scenes for the development team to then graphically create over. But here is where our graphics and gameplay join ultimate forces. Here is where you suddenly realise that for the first time in gaming history, one can’t truly live without the other. L.A Noire’s gameplay will mainly revolve around questioning and interrogating witnesses and suspects. You’ll have to decide who’s telling the truth, lying or covering all from the facial expressions and overall body language of the characters. This means that L.A. Noire’s gameplay totally relies on it’s...

PSN Outage – Sony’s Welcome Back Programme

Was it Sony’s fault or purely the hackers? Did Sony neglect their network and sit on a ticking time bomb or were they totally and utterly out witted by these cyber ninjas? We’ll never really know the true story or even the real cause of the breach, but one thing is for certain…us PSN customers are the ones who are hit the hardest. So what are Sony doing about it? The PSN Welcome Back Programme The only thing Sony described in detail was the 30 day pass to PlayStation Plus for all PSN users. PlayStation Plus may have been hit by harsh criticism for it’s total value for money (especially on a yearly basis) but this subscription service becomes totally worth while and irresistible when it’s FREE! Games, Add On Packs, PSone Classics and much, much more will be at every PSN users fingertips once PSN comes back online. BUT…will PlayStation Plus be the same as it was before the outage? Best PSN Scenario – PlayStation Plus comes back online with additional content to make up for the outage to all PSN users…Double Whammy Style! Fair PSN Scenario – PlayStation Plus is back and in the form we were familiar with. Nothing added but nothing taken away. A download fest, nonetheless. Worst PSN Scenario – PlayStation Plus comes back with less content then it had before it went down! If pure greed kicked-in, Sony could temporarily take more valuable and more expensive content down for the re-up. This may protect sale figures for Sony, but if you strike PSN users while they’re already down…they’ll become more powerful than Sony could possibly imagine! I’ll put my toy lightsaber down (for a bit) and move on to other forms of “Welcome Back” content: Providing nothing is taken away for the re-up, PlayStation Plus is a much welcomed “Welcome Back” freebie. However,...