Tuesday, May 29, 2012

ONE - Alternate Ending

Video game cutscene director Robert Stoneman has made an incredible short film shot in Battlefield 3 titled ONE.

I got permission and made an alternate ending to the film.  Embedded video after the jump.

Monday, March 12, 2012

How To: Restore a corrupted PS3 hard drive: Part 2

Last time I detailed my experiences dealing with a corrupted hard drive on my PS3.  Now I'll run through, step by step, the process on how to do it yourself.

Now for the 1, 2, 3s.

How To: Restore a corrupted PS3 hard drive: Part 1

If you're in a hurry, go directly to Part 2 for the bullet pointed guide.

It's what every PS3 owner dreads.  The system freezes and when you reboot you get this horrific message "The hard disk's file system is corrupted and will be restored."  "All is not lost," you may think, sometimes all it really takes is to just restore the file system.  However, this time it's a hard drive failure.  This is when you try to remember the last time you did a system backup, try to remember the passwords for your accounts, wish you were a PS+ member so you could use cloud saves, wonder when you last sync'ed trophies, and think about the hours of lost gameplay.  Even now, all may not truly be lost though.  In this article I will attempt to guide you through this valley of the shadow of death.  There's no guarantee that it will work, but if you're worried about your data, it might be worth a try.

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

'ModNation Racers' - Review

When people think of kart racing games they almost instantly think of 'Mario Kart' and rightly so as it basically created the sub-genre.  What is Kart Racing?  It's basically a type of racing game where you drive tiny vehicles around wacky environments while picking up power-ups and weapons.  Many games have copied it, some not bringing anything to the table, others, like 'ModNation Racers', brought a whole lot.

Saturday, October 2, 2010

'Metroid: Other M' - Review

'Metroid' has always been one of my favorite game series.  I've played just about every 'Metroid' game ever created, the one exception being 'Fusion', and for the most part, I enjoyed every one.  Some more than others, of course, but, even with the slight variations, they've all essentially felt like a 'Metroid' game, with the possible exception of 'Hunters'... and 'Pinball'.  To me, 'Metroid' has always been about running, jumping, and exploring.  Story has always taken a back seat, not because I wouldn't be interested in exposition in a 'Metroid' game, just because it's never been a focus of any of the games.  Now, with 'Other M', there's a 'Metroid' game that gives plot a front row seat, but does it really deserve it?

Sunday, September 26, 2010

'Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light' - Review

I'm a 'Tomb Raider' fan and I'm not ashamed to admit it.  I absolutely loved the first game when I played it on my Playstaion fourteen years ago.  The combination of 3D platforming, puzzles, and acrobatic gun fights were, at least to me, totally unique at the time.  Despite my love of the first game, I never played another until 'Tomb Raider: Legend' on the 360.  This absence from the series was due entirely to a RPG/FPS/PC gaming phase I went through.  I inexplicably completely abandoned console gaming for years.  When I heard about a coop 'Tomb Raider' game I was really excited, but then the excitement faded when I heard it had an isometric, fixed camera angle.  I wasn't entirely sure it would have the same charm I loved about the previous installments.

Friday, September 24, 2010

'Saw' - Review

Why yes... I would like to play a game.  'Saw' began life as a short film by Australian director James Wan and screenwriter Leigh Whannell as a pitch for a full length feature film.  Since 2004 a movie bearing the 'Saw' name has graced theaters every October.  In the movies the Jigsaw Killer attempts to make people appreciate life by trapping them in various devices.  The devices are meant to offer the victims a choice; a horribly gruesome death or, should they be willing to make a sacrifice, life.  Naturally, the dark atmosphere and shock horror nature of the movies would translate perfectly into a video game, right?