Michael Irving

Gaming since the days of Lemmings and Wolfenstein, and writing since Scamper the mouse in Grade Three.

Matt Berry Narrates Worms Revolution

I’ve been playing the Worms Revolution beta, and having been required to sign an NDA beforehand meant I couldn’t discuss the details, no matter how exciting. So I have to wait until Team 17 announce things before I can run my mouth. One of the first and most exciting things I noticed was the vocal talents of Matt Berry narrating the action and telling you what to do. If his name isn...

Play “Worms with Friends” on iOS

My mum doesn’t really play video games, but we managed to get her into Words With Friends. A large part of the appeal for her was the ability to play a word, go do something else, and check back later to see if the opponent has had their turn. Gaming didn’t take up a big part of her day, and this system fit itself nicely into her schedule. This is asynchronous play, as developers have ...

Indie JRPG Mortal Legacies Released

Japanese Role-Playing Games are, despite the name, not solely the product of Japan. It’s a style, and one that New Zealand indie studio Ivatrix Games have tried their hand at. The one-man team based in Hamilton, NZ, released Mortal Legacies onto Xbox Live Indie Games last week, and it’s looking like a nice little throwback to RPGs of old. Its story reads like you’d expect: the se...

Dead City Review

Dead City Developer: DDDGame Publisher: Com2Us Platform: iOS Release Date: June 5, 2012 Price: Free; 99 cents (PLUS version) Available Here Overview Perhaps we can blame George A. Romero. He started this whole trend for any media containing zombies to have the word “Dead” in its title. Com2Us’ iOS game Dead City continues this tradition, along with many other zombie-game tropes. ...

Warioware Wii U Title Revealed

Warioware games are usually among the first titles on each new Nintendo console or handheld to really demonstrate the possibilities afforded by the new tech. The Wii U continues the trend with the tentatively-titled Game and Wario, a collection of mini-games that has you using the GamePad in various ways. Nintendo pretty much glossed over Wario’s latest outing at their E3 conference, but sev...

NintendoLand Shows Off Wii U’s Capabilities

With the release of the groundbreaking Wii six years ago, Nintendo understood the need for an easy-to-use game to act as a tutorial for the whole system’s capabilities – thus Wii Sports was packaged free with every Wii console. The task ahead of the Wii U is less daunting, with people now used to motion controls in games, but it’s still going to be a leap for a lot of people. Most punt...

E3 2012: New Super Mario Bros U Gameplay Trailer

The Nintendo conference may not have been too surprising, but that didn’t make it any less delightful. Last year, we were teased with a prototype they were calling New Super Mario Bros. Mii, because of the feature of having players’ Mii characters running through levels alongside Mario. This year, we got to see how it has progressed over the year from a tech demo to a fully-fledged lau...

E3 2012: ZombiU Gameplay Trailer

ZombiU’s appearance at Nintendo’s conference may not have had the impact it did when revealed at Ubisoft’s, but thankfully, they saved some of the details for Nintendo to present. We’ve already had the mechanics explained, including how the Wii U GamePad was to be utilized in-game, but with a gameplay trailer, we finally saw how it worked. The GamePad plays the role of your...

Spec Ops: The Line DLC Announced… Already

Spec Ops: The Line is still three weeks away, and 2K have already announced the first bit of DLC: a co-operative multiplayer campaign. Set in a Dubai besieged with sandstorms, the game comes packaged with an online competitive multiplayer component, and a single-player campaign that follows the tried-and-true Heart of Darkness/Apocalypse Now storyline. Playing as “Generic military man voiced...

E3 2012: Epic Mickey 2 Details and Screens

Not much has been revealed about Epic Mickey 2, besides the fact that it’s a thing. But amongst the chaos of E3, Disney Interactive Studios have provided more details on the game, as well as some new screenshots. The game is subtitled The Power of Two for a reason: it was confirmed that the game will feature two-player drop in/out co-op, with the second player controlling Oswald the Lucky Ra...

E3 2012: The Last Of Us Gameplay Trailer

For a brand new IP, The Last of Us is gathering quite a lot of attention. It was good to see Sony give it the spotlight as the finale to their E3 conference, providing us with the first look at what we can expect from gameplay. Labelled a survival-action game, The Last of Us is set in a world decimated by a plague that wipes out much of humanity, leaving survivors to struggle for the most basic hu...

E3 2012: Sony Unveil AR Wonderbook

Augmented Reality (AR) functionality is becoming a lot more prevalent in games, with all the major platforms featuring it in some way. I find the possibilities it affords really exciting, and Sony are exploring an interesting direction with their Wonderbook peripheral, announced during their E3 conference. From London Studio, the team behind EyeToy and EyePet, Wonderbook is a natural extension of ...

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