Archive for September, 2011

Gamefly Nightly Deals 9/28/2011

Posted: September 28, 2011 by Tim Utley in Video Game Deals
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I just posted some of the remaining deals from yesterday’s nightly deal sale (over now unfortunately), but tonight is anew and here are the deals.

These games are only available at this price for a limited time so jump quickly if you see something you like.  Also they have free shipping which rocks.  As always stay tuned for more deals and you can follow me on Twitter @GamersAbstract and on Facebook for more coverage of all things video game related.  Happy Shopping!

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Crazy Amounts of Deals [Update]

Posted: September 28, 2011 by Tim Utley in Video Game Deals
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The fall gaming onslaught is but all in session and with that onslaught of gaming goodness also comes an exorbitant amount of deals.  Here are some deals that are currently running so jump at them fast and hopefully you find something you want.

  • This deal was exclusively online for awhile, but it has finally landed in stores.  Playstation Move Accessories are all 50% off while supplies last.  So if you have waited to pick up move because of the expensive accessories or title support Gamestop can hook you up with some stuff on the cheap, so go to your local GS if you are interested before this deal ends.

There were other deals for Gamefly’s Nightly deal series, but by the time I got around to posting them here they had expired.  Gamefly is running deals every night until the afternoon of the following day.  Be sure to check back here or head straight to Gamefly for some serious savings.  I will also try to throw them up on Twitter if I get a chance @GamersAbstract.

  • Extreme Shopping Sale – This sale includes a large selection of discounted XBLA games, DLC, and themes and avatar items.
  • It will be available I believe to everyone on 9/30 (silver members), but is running all week for Gold members
  • Here are the XBLA titles on sale
  • Bionic Commando Re-Armed – 400 MSP
  • Bionic Commando Re-Armed 2 – 600 MSP
  • Trials HD – 600 MSP
  • Section 8 : Prejudice – 800 MSP
  • Outland – 400 MSP (picked this up finally, so good)
  • Monday Night Combat – 600 MSP (scored this as well)
  • Yar’s Revenge – 600 MSP
  • Shank – 600 MSP
  • Serious Sam HD : The First Encounter – 400 MSP
  • Trouble Witches Neo! – 400 MSP
  • The Maw – 400 MSP
  • Star Raiders – 400 MSP
  • Ghostbusters : Sanctum of Slime – 400 MSP
  • Island of Wakfu – 400 MSP
  • Star Raiders – 400 MSP
  • Blade Kitten – 400 MSP
  • Moon Diver – 600 MSP

The other stuff you can check out on your 360 if you are super interested, but these XBLA games are the meat of the sale.  That wraps up things for now, but as always follow me on Twitter @GamersAbstract and on Facebook for more coverage of all things video game related (including sweet deals).

Binary Domain looks incredible

Posted: September 18, 2011 by Tim Utley in News and Updates
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Since I am currently unable to report my own TGS coverage I have been looking amongst what is already out there.  I haven’t seen a terrible amount of coverage (been kind of busy) but what I did see that really caught my eye was some footage of Sega’s upcoming futuristic shooter Binary Domain and was I ever impressed.

The shooter looks like an amalgamation of Gears of War and Terminator (which both rock).  Frenetic shootouts with robots to protect humanity from something that we don’t quite know yet mixed with cover based tactics.  The visuals were also super impressive.  Even though it is still early and with the TGS trailer and other mini videos just debuting I am pretty much sold on this.  So Sega keep it together and you will have something on your hands that will be pretty fascinating to play, but also might start a promising franchise.

I could keep talking about how awesome Binary Domain looks but I’d rather show you.  So enjoy this trailer and mini video showcase of Binary Domain and comment on what you think or anything else that you think looks sweet from TGS and as always you can get more of me on Twitter @GamersAbstract and on Facebook.

Videos are compliments of 1up.com and YouTube (NucleAHero)

Dead Island First Impressions

Posted: September 8, 2011 by Tim Utley in Reviews
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I just got done with my first session of Dead Island and it has been very satisfying thus far.  By now most of you have either read a review or even picked up your own copy of the game, but this isn’t for you; this is for those who might be on the fence about picking Dead Island up.  I will hopefully clarify some things in the next couple of paragraphs.

Dead Island might just be another zombie game to most, but this adventure blends game mechanics from many other popular titles such as Fallout 3, Dead Rising 2, Left 4 Dead and even Borderlands.  This game above anything else is very Fallout-esque because of the mission structure and looting mechanics.  I wasn’t the biggest fan of Fallout 3, but that isn’t relevant at the moment.  Dead Rising 2’s contribution comes in the form of weapon creation (which is also kind of Fallout at heart, but zombie game, weapon creation, just go with it).  Left 4 Dead qualities are pretty obvious, but Dead Island boasts 4-player co-op in a open sandbox environment (ala Borderlands) and allows players to jump in and out of friends games and even complete stranger’s games.  Lastly in terms of inspiration the island of Bonoi (the setting for Dead Island) has a very Farcry feel to it, which I totally dig.  But enough with the comparisons, lets talk about why Dead Island is a great game (yes I didn’t make you wait another paragraph to tell you that).

Dead Island stands apart from any other zombie game because right from the start it gets under your skin (in a good way) and makes your feel the desperation that has overrun the island.  The characters display emotions that in most other zombie games are non-existent (ergo Chuck Green’s stone face in DR2).  That desperation and with each character being inundated with fear makes you want to play and help the NPCs out that much more.  One image I can’t get out of my head happens early on in the game and it is a man sitting in a shallow pool filled with blood and the bodies of his family and all he can say is that he didn’t know what else to do.  That my readers is some deep shit that rarely gets captured in any type of game especially horror.  The human element really flushes out the story and moves it along steadily.  I haven’t played a terrible amount yet, but I plan on seeing this one through to the end and hopefully having a few friends jump in and experience it along the way.

My only caveat that I will disclose and have discovered so far is that texture-loading times can be brutal at certain moments, but if you are patient they render within a few seconds.  Other than that if you are looking for a good game to play alone or with friends before the Fall Onslaught of games begins Dead Island is a great experience that I know will only continue to get better.  As always you can get more of me on Twitter @GamersAbstract and on Facebook.  Stay tuned for more.

I played Dead Island on Xbox 360 for approximately 2 hours and the game was purchased by me for $60.