Need For Speed: Most Wanted (2012) [ Review ]
A lot of fans would agree that the first Most Wanted game was perhaps the best Need For Speed game to have ever been made as it had less gimmicks and more straight-up racing with realistic cars and nice racing physics. Upon Criterion's development of this reboot, they had the reboot of Hot Pursuit to go by, giving fans the confidence that this new game will be up to snuff with their tastes, and indeed it is.
In the new Most Wanted, you race in the city of Fairhaven, where illegal street racers vie for automotive supremacy with a wide selection [...More
Hottest Games of November 2012
Each and every year, the biggest month in gaming is November. The biggest games release in November, and the most games typically release in November. Obviously, this is planned out to take advantage of the holiday shopping season when people are out buying games more than any other time of the year. This year, November is even bigger than ever before, with the eighth generation of home video game consoles set to take off with Wii U.
These are all the games coming out this month. I'll point out the best ones, speculate about the unknowns, and make sure you don't [...More
Hottest Games of October 2012
October is huge this year. Fall gaming rush is in full swing, and we are seeing some of 2012's most anticipated games release within days and weeks of each other. The gaming industry will explode this month, as the hottest games for all systems finally hit store shelves and release in the digital download space. While it may not have quite as many games on tap as November, October is going to be one of the biggest months this year for the gaming industry, and Cheat Masters is here to point out all the great video games that are on [...More
Tokyo Game Show 2012: Day Four Recap (Tales of Xillia!)
Tokyo Game Show 2012 is starting to come to a close, and on the fourth day of events, we didn't get as much new information or new game announcements, but there was still a lot to be excited for, especially for RPG fans. In this article, I will offer the latest about Dragon Ball Z for Kinect, go over the new information about Tales of Xillia, and cover a brand new PlayStation Vita augmented reality game that has been called the "sleeper hit" of TGS 2012.
You'll get to decide that one for yourself. In the meantime, don't hesitate to check [...More
Top 10 Game of TGS 2012
With each gaming event comes a slew of new announcements and new information about the hottest games on the horizon. The following 10 games are the 10 stand-out titles that I thought were the best of show at TGS 2012. These ones will be games to keep your eye on in the coming months.
10. Remember Me (PS3/360/PC)
Capcom debuted this new IP at Gamescom 2011, but it has since been retooled into an entirely new vision. Unveiled at Gamescom 2012, the game that is now known as Remember Me is an upcoming third-person action game that looks incredibly unique, and it's [...More
Tokyo Game Show 2012: Day Three Recap (Yakuza 5!)
Tokyo Game Show keeps barreling along. So far, the show has seen a few exciting announcements, such as the announcement of Kingdom Hearts finally being remastered in HD, a PlayStation 3 redesign, and the first story trailer released for the highly anticipated game Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance. The third day of the show saw more information come out about those releases, plus other games had their turn in the spotlight as well. This article will cover the likes of Persona 4: Golden and Sega's upcoming open world crime drama, Yakuza 5.
In the meantime, if you missed out on the first [...More
Tokyo Game Show 2012: Day Two Recap (Dragon Quest X on Wii U!)
The second day of Tokyo Game Show 2012 proved to be another day of exciting announcements and new details for upcoming games from Japanese developers and publishers. There was exciting news abound, and it's sad to think that there's just one more day left of TGS, and they we have to wait all the way until E3 for the next truly big gaming event.
In the meantime, TGS has been very exciting. To read all of the latest and great news from Sony's press conference, check out the link below. The article provides all the latest Sony news, including information and [...More
Tokyo Game Show 2012: Day One Recap (Ninja Gaiden 3: Razor's Edge!)
Tokyo Game Show 2012 kicked off today in Japan, and there's already plenty of news and new information regarding the hottest games of the year coming from the show. I've already provided an article/editorial covering Sony's press conference of the show, but what about all the other information that has come out so far? What about upcoming Wii U games and third parties that are exhibiting the latest games at the show? This is a complete day one recap of the events at Tokyo Game Show.
For a preview over what to expect from the entirety of the show, please click [...More
Tokyo Game Show 2012: What to expect (Monster Hunter 4!)
The Tokyo Game Show is the Japanese equivalent of E3 in the United States, or Gamescom in Europe. It is a hugely important show, and it is traditionally the last of the major gaming shows of the year. Obviously, Tokyo Game Show focuses on the Japanese market, but that's not to say that the news coming from the show doesn't effect the rest of the world. There are often major announcements at the show, such as the reveal of the Wii remote controller and its motion control functionality, and new details about confirmed globally-released games obviously pertain to overseas gamers [...More
Tokyo Game Show 2012: Sony (Soul Sacrifice and Muramasa!)
Tokyo Game Show 2012 kicked off with Sony's press conference. Sony is the only one of the "big three" console manufacturers that decided to show up to Tokyo Game Show, meaning that they had another opportunity to really hit one out of the park and try to reclaim dominance in the console and handheld markets. Did Sony do a good job at TGS like they did at Gamescom, or did they ultimately flop when they had a perfect opportunity to strike?
Vita, Vita, Vita
Criticized for not focusing enough on Vita at E3, Sony has made it a point to showcase their [...More
StarCraft II - Changes in 2012 Season 4 [ News ]
The eighth ladder season, third of this year, has now been locked and will end on September 11. Along with the new season comes big changes for Season 9 (2012 Season 4). With the Heart of the Swarm Beta becoming a big focus in the SC2 scene, Blizzard is bringing in new stuff to keep Wings of Liberty interesting.
As always, the matchmaking rating (MMR) still changes with games played during the lock, so you can then get promoted if you have enough after the placement match at the beginning of the next season. This particular season was supposed to end [...More
Top 10 Games of PAX 2012
PAX is a gamer's convention. Every year, at their multiple locations around the world, gamers gather at PAX to play the hottest games before they have a chance to release. Other conventions like E3, Gamescom, and Tokyo Game Show, favor journalists over gamers. PAX allows gamers to really have a chance to play these games.
However, just because PAX favors game-playing in general, that doesn't mean that there isn't big new game announcements and the like that comes from the show. Indeed, PAX is one of the "big four" gaming conventions that is held each year, and this year certainly did [...More
PAX 2012: Complete Recap (Dead Island: Riptide and Lightning Returns!)
Just before the fall gaming rush, there are multiple gaming conventions that help build the hype. First, there is the biggest gaming event of the year, E3, which is the home for the biggest announcements and surprises. Gamescom follows after, Europe's answer to E3, and it is often used to showcase games that the presenters didn't have time for at E3. For example, Sony used this year's Gamescom to show off plenty about the PS Vita, and Activision used it to showcase the major changes coming to Black Ops II's multiplayer. Then there is PAX, a gamer's convention that is [...More
Christmas Shopping 2012 - Must Haves [ Editorial ]
The Christmas period is, as always, full of franchise releases that are lining up for your cash, and despite the steady influx of new ideas and talent, it appears that, as per usual, the holiday season is sequel-mania. Let’s take a look at some of the most promising releases in between now and the end of December.
Borderlands 2 – September 18th (PC, PS3, Xbox 360)
The first sequel on our list, and the first that seems to be a massive improvement to the first one. Lots of additions in terms of the lootable guns and equipment, expanded skilltrees and greater [...More
Hottest Games of September 2012
September is a very big month for gaming! The fall gaming rush is really starting to pick up, and there is plenty to get excited about this month. While it may not be quite as packed as October or November, there are still very big games that are releasing in September for multiple seventh generation, and eighth generation, systems! So, use this list as your one-stop go-to while planning your gaming budget to make sure you get nothing but the hottest games!
Pinball has seen a new wave of popularity thanks to Zen Studios. Zen Studios has seen a lot [...More
Gamescom 2012: Ubisoft (Ghost Recon Online and Might & Magic!)
Sony really impressed me with their Gamescom press conference. The focus on brand new games and hyping already announced titles helped their conference stand out from all the others. Now Ubisoft closes out Gamescom on the second day of Europe's biggest gaming show with a conference of their own, promising to focus on free-to-play video games.
Ubisoft is hugely pushing free-to-play gaming, and they believe that it is the future of the gaming industry. Apparently, free-to-play gaming will become a $24.7 billion dollar market by the year 2014.
To promote their free-to-play lineup, Ubisoft announced that their free-to-play game The Settlers Online [...More
Gamescom 2012: Complete Recap (Star Wars 1313 and 007 Legends!)
The bulk of Gamescom 2012 is now over, but don't forget that there was plenty of information that came from the show floor that wasn't just from the four press conferences. Games like Call of Duty: Black Ops II, God of War: Ascension, and Resident Evil 6 were all featured extensively on the Gamescom show floor. Come check out the latest information on all of those games, including the completely redesigned Black Ops II multiplayer, and the new online infrastructure coming for Resident Evil 6.
Call of Duty: Black Ops II
Black Ops II was shown a little bit at Sony's [...More
Gamescom 2012: Sony (Assassin's Creed III and Black Ops!)
Capcom and Electronic Arts made up the early morning portion of Gamescom, but when Sony took the stage, they stole the entire show. Sony's press conference at Gamescom certainly bolstered the reputation of the PlayStation Vita, but they also took time to focus on new games coming out for the PlayStation 3, including traditional ones, Wonderbook games, and games that use the PlayStation Move. I am excited to tell you all about Sony's fantastic press conference, so be prepared Sony fans and read on about how Sony stole the show at Gamescom.
What's to come
Sony kicked off their presentation with an [...More
Gamescom 2012: Electronic Arts (SimCity and Dead Space 3!)
The second press conference at Gamescom was actually streamed live over the Internet by Electronic Arts in the early morning. Electronic Arts also took the same opportunity Capcom did and used most of its time to show off its already announced games for its established IP. Of course, new information came to light, and Cheat Masters is here to bring you all of the juicy details straight from Gamescom!
Sims for everyone...and a "premium" service
SimCity is being rebooted in February, and so far EA has only spoken about the PC version. However, at Gamescom, Electronic Arts revealed that SimCity is also [...More
Gamescom 2012: Capcom (Resident Evil 6 and Remember Me!)
Gamescom is upon us! Europe's answer to E3 has been the home of some of gaming's most exciting announcements and reveals. Don't expect it to be on the same level as E3, but Gamescom has proven itself a very important event in the past, with major games and news being revealed during the event in the past. This year's event will see four press conferences. One from Capcom (that will not be taped as it occurs very early in the morning in United States time), one from Electronic Arts, one from Sony, and one from Ubisoft tomorrow.
In the meantime, Capcom [...More
London 2012: The Official Video Game [ Review ]
The Olympics are here, and this time they are in London. Amidst all the fireworks, cool uniforms, and of course, the quest for human greatness and potential, the current market is amiss with all sorts of sponsorship deals to take advantage of this event that happens only once every four years. From sports drinks to fast food restaurants, the familiar Olympic logo has been emblazoned in order to celebrate, and take advantage of, this momentous occasion.
Video games, apparently, are not far behind with Sega Studios Australia’s London 2012: The Official Video Game. This is the official video game tie-in for [...More
Hottest Games of August 2012
Xbox 360 has won this little series two entries in a row. Granted, July was a pretty barren month for video games, with very little releases for any of the systems. August is the start of the "fall gaming rush", and while it's not quite as hectic as the few months that follow it, August is the beginning of it all, and it will be intense. Multiple huge games will release in the month of August, and many of them will either flop, be critical hits, or go on to sale millions regardless of anything. Which game will be the [...More
Hottest Games of July 2012
Welcome to the second monthly edition of "Hottest Games"! This month we will look at all the new releases for the month of July. And if the weather doesn't get any better, these games just may literally be the hottest games. So, stay in doors, put sunscreen on anyway, and plop down in front of your television for serious gaming sessions. At least you'll be protected from the sun!
Allow me to give you a quick reminder of the format of this editorial series. I will go through each calendar date in July that has a game releasing on it, give [...More
Summer of Arcade 2012
Last year, we received numerous titles from the Summer of Arcade, of immense quality. Bastion headlined the promotion, and that new IP quickly became both a critical and commercial success. From Dust satisfied the cravings of a niche crowd, and Fruit Ninja Kinect took advantage of Microsoft's new peripheral, while simultaneously bringing one of the best casual games to the Xbox platform. For the more hardcore crowd, Insanely Twisted Shadow Planet proved to be a capable and action-packed platformer, and Toy Soldiers: Cold War was the sequel that everyone hoped it would be, and more.
This year, Summer of Arcade features [...More
E3 2012: Complete Recap (Final Fantasy XV and Left 4 Dead 0!)
Ever year, E3 is the biggest week for the video game industry. It is to gaming as Superbowl is to football, as WrestleMania is to professional wrestling, as the World Series is to baseball. E3 is the biggest event of the year for gaming, and for good reason. It's when all the major game companies compete to put on the best conference they possibly can. It's when all the major games of the future are showcased. It's where new video game systems debut. It's incredibly important and it's importance should never be undermined.
Simply put, E3 is big. [...More
Who won E3 2012?
E3 2012 is winding down, but what an exciting week it's been! We've seen brand new games unveiled, the possibilities of the eighth generation of gaming, and much, much more. And of course, Cheat Masters has been here to cover all of the biggest news coming out of Los Angeles this week, with massive editorials over all five of the big E3 press conferences, from Microsoft to Electronic Arts to all the other presenters. So, who won E3 2012?
First off, let's get the losers out of the way first. Out of all the press conferences, the absolute worst was Microsoft. [...More
Top 10 Games of E3 2012
Another E3 is in the books! All the major video game companies were in attendance, and they all showed off their greatest games. You could spend hours and hours reading about all of the games that were covered this past week, but what are the 10 absolute best games at the show? What 10 games stood out more than all of the others? I've compiled the games that I believe left the best presentation, feel the most significant, and truly defined this year's E3 event.
This top 10 list is going to be a little different in format than the usual [...More
E3 2012: Nintendo 3DS (Mario and Pokemon!)
Following a humorous introduction by Reggie Fils-Aime, Scott Moffit took the stage. This gentleman showed up at the Nintendo press conference on Tuesday, being the main presenter for the 3DS. It was there that this extra conference was announced, which has time set out to focus entirely on Nintendo's eighth generation handheld system, the 3DS.
The first revealed was a third-party offering that fans of the original DS should be absolutely excited for. Castlevania: Lords of Shadow - Mirror of Fate was shown off a lot more extensively during this conference, and my god, it looks absolutely phenomenal. [...More
E3 2012 Report Card: Nintendo (New Super Mario Bros. and Mass Effect!)
Pikmin are all around us
Who is the most important person at Nintendo? Shigeru Miyamoto. Not only is he the mind behind gaming's greatest franchises such as Super Mario and Zelda, but Shigeru Miyamoto is one of the key people responsible saving the industry from the video game crash of 1983. Miyamoto is a bonafide video gaming legend. Starting their show with him was probably the best way to go about it. It got the crowd excited, it got me excited (...), and it got all the Nintendo fans frothing out the mouth, for sure.
The video in question showed Mr. [...More
E3 2012 Report Card: Sony (God of War: Ascension and The Last of Us!)
A wonderful history
First off, I must say that Sony's stage was really impressive. From the lighting to the set structure to the overall design was just outright cool. By comparison, the other press conferences feel a bit "small time", so to speak. I'm glad Sony takes E3 seriously. It shows by the amount of production value they put into their presentation.
Leading up to the show, we were given interviews with various members of the gaming community, like developers and more, all around the E3 area. This was a nice way to lead up to the press conference, but I was [...More