A lot of the old Colin McRae Rally fans still refuse to play DiRT 2 because it is no longer a rally sim. It’s their loss because DiRT 2 really is a great game, and while the old Colin McRae games will be missed, Codemasters have made the transition from simulation to arcade exceedingly well. DiRT 2 richly deserves the title of Racing Game of the Year and it is also the staff pick for this category.
The following is part of IVG’s year-end feature, where each of our writers will highlight their top 5 games of 2009. 2009 was not 2008 – duh. Recession affected everyone, including the game industry which many thought immune. The hype machine didn’t have much work to do since quite a few titles were pushed back to 2010 rather than face the juggernaut of Modern Warfare 2. The year started with the multiplayer title PS3 players have always wanted in Killzone 2, achieved mass hysteria on Xbox LIVE with Halo 3: ODST, reached perfection with Uncharted 2, drove home the point that graphics take a backseat to good writing in Dragon Age: Origins and Assassin’s Creed II, and tied it all up nicely with Modern Warfare 2. Microsoft wowed us with Natal, Scribblenauts showed what game innovation can be, and gamers softened by Lazyboys and stale pizza cried when they switched on Demons’ Souls. Oh, and I bought a PS3 so I can watch Blade Runner the way it was meant to be seen. [singlepic id=1678 w=450 float=center]
Choosing Umang aka ThePainkiller as IVG’s Gamer of the Year for 2009 wasn’t a very tough decision; in fact, it was unanimous. So when I asked him for a picture of himself for this feature (one that wasn’t taken in a bathroom) and he refused, I had no choice but to bribe a constable from the Orrissa Police Department to get us his mugshot from the police’s juvenile records. As it turns out, Umang had his run-in with the law when he taped his eyelids to his forehead and ran around scaring unsuspecting residents of his sleepy Cuttack neighbourhood. As you can see, the effects of having his eyes stretched open for a long time are still visible in the mugshot.
The following is part of IVG’s year-end feature, where each of our writers will highlight their top 5 games of 2009. You too have the opportunity to let us know your top 5 games of the year, and in turn contribute towards picking IVG’s overall Game of the Year for 2009. Click here to participate in the Game of the Year polls. 2009 was another great year for gaming. From epic sprawling RPGs and enjoyable sandbox romps to superhero games and adrenaline-fuelled shooters, I really enjoyed a lot of the titles I played this year and it was very difficult for me to choose five out of them. Before I begin, I must admit that I’m not a big fan of competitive multiplayer so pardon the lack of the Modern Warfares and Killzones. I also want to mention some of the great games that I loved but ultimately failed to make the top 5: Risen, Torchlight, inFamous, Dirt 2, Anno 1404, Call Of Juarez: Bound In Blood, Brutal Legend, The Path and Halo 3: ODST. [singlepic id=1642 w=450 float=center]
The following is part of IVG’s year-end feature, where each of our writers will highlight their top 5 games of 2009. You too have the opportunity to let us know your top 5 games of the year, and in turn contribute towards picking IVG’s overall Game of the Year for 2009. Click here to participate in the Game of the Year polls. There are good games every year, so every year is a good year for gaming. But was 2009 a great year for gaming? I think not. It’s not a good sign when you see very few decent new IP. While 2008 was full of great new properties in many genres – Pure, LittleBigPlanet, Mirror’s Edge and Dead Space, just to name a few, it’s been slim pickings in 2009. Secondly, I was left disappointed by many of this year’s high-profile games that I expected big things from. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2, Gran Turismo PSP, FIFA 10, and Brutal Legend all failed to impress. I apologise if this is starting to read like an orbituary, so let me now get to the good part. While I think 2009 wasn’t a great year for gaming, there were still…
The following is part of IVG’s year-end feature, where each of our writers will highlight their top 5 games of 2009. You too have the opportunity to let us know your top 5 games of the year, and in turn contribute towards picking IVG’s overall Game of the Year for 2009. Click here to participate in the Game of the Year polls. I’m not really fond of Top 5 lists, or top 10, 20, 25, 50, 100… you get the drift, right? And compiling a list for the top 5 games of 2009 just highlighted my dislike. This year saw some truly fantastic games, and more than choosing five games out of them for this little featuring, putting them in order was nothing less than a Herculean task. However, after putting in more thought than I’m normally used to, I managed to put them in order. A disclaimer here though; I wouldn’t put too much stock in the numbers if I were you. Each of these games is a brilliant experience in itself and your life is meaningless without playing any of them.
More than 1,500 IVG members sent in over 3,000 entries for our Uncharted 2: Among Thieves Contest, which concluded yesterday. And why wouldn’t they? There’s a brand new 120GB PlayStation 3 slim and a copy of the game up for grabs. After sifting through the duplicate entries and discarding the incorrect ones (yes, surprisingly, there were quite a few of those), we have finally arrived at the lucky winner. [singlepic id=1543 float=center]
Welcome to our round up of IndianVideoGamer.com’s most discussed games for the months of September and October. There are no surprises at the top, with Uncharted 2 still the most popular game on IVG. Speaking of Uncharted 2, don’t forget to enter our Uncharted 2 contest, where one lucky IVG member will win a PlayStation 3 slim and a copy of the game. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 replaces Batman: Arkham Asylum at #2 as its release gets closer, but Arkham Asylum still clings on to the #3 spot. Here’s the list of the Top 10 Most Discussed Games in September and October on the IVG forums. To discuss this list and to find out which games line up between #11 and 20, click here. [singlepic id=1331 w=450 float=center]
In case you haven’t noticed, Uncharted 2: Among Thieves is one of the awesomest games of the year. Our review says so too. It’s also a PlayStation 3 exclusive, which means you’ll need Sony’s supercomputer-disguised-as-a-Blu-Ray-player-pretending-to-be-a-video-game-console in order to experience Naugthy Dog’s master piece. We feel every gamer should get a taste of Nathan Drake’s latest adventure, and while we can’t just hand out PS3s to everybody that wants one (although, wouldn’t we like that), we can give one away to a lucky IVG member in our Uncharted 2 contest. [singlepic id=1543 float=center]
TWIVG: WAR! WHAT IT’S GOOD FOR ABSOLUTELY NOTHING EDITION! *cue Rush Hour OST * Gentlemen, trolls, newbies and the unnaturally hormonal members of IVG! Welcome to latest and greatest edition of TWIVG because your usual host for the evening is busy fapping off to UC2. You know, the game that can cure cancer, AIDS and desperation if the responses to delays over delivery are to be believed. Did i mention it can get you laid too (Edit: yes i did)? Guess that would explain why we’ve seen unprovoked attacks from members to those who’ve got the game already. It’s amazing how one little piece of software code can ruin what usually is a great community (except for that Slackerninja guy, he’s a turd).
While you guys might think there’s no point of ‘This week on IVG’ in the middle of the week, there is a singular point which demands an entry of IVG’s favourite feature. And that point is: WHERE THE FRACK IS MY FIFA 10? This is without a doubt the question on the minds on many IVG members. The conclusion of the FIFA 10 offer has turned into a nightmare partly due to the callousness of the distributor in the matter and mostly due to the incompetence of the courier company they are using, which seems to be routing its couriers via Nigeria.
Hellooooo everyone and welcome once again to a brand new edition of ‘This week on IVG’. It’s been sometime so let me remind you all why we do this: Primarily to make fun of immature moderators and members who instigate random fanboy wars, but also to tell you the latest events on IVG. Uncharted 2: Among Thieves has been setting the gaming world on fire off late, and IVG has been among the first to stoke the flames with our single player review and our multiplayer hands-on. Sam has reportedly been seen walking around the streets of Mumbai in a dazed state ever since he has played the single player campaign. He even says that he wants to be an adventurer among thieves now, just like Nathan Drake. What this does is make the wait to October 16th all the more unbearable. Our Uncharted 2: Among Thieves IVG offer is also underway, so why don’t you save some money and order a copy right now? You’ll even grab a free poster (which will make you very popular with the ladies) along the way.
It’s the same story every year. Publishers save their best games for the year-end holiday season, and in the process, leave us consumers to deal with the impossible task of deciding which ones to buy and which ones to hold off on. While many games initially slated for release this year (Splinter Cell: Conviction, Mafia 2, Max Payne 3, Bioshock 2, etc) have now been pushed back to 2010, this year’s holiday release schedule is still choc-full of AAA goodness. So here at IVG, we decided to do our bit to make the decisions just a little easier. To do that, our writing staff members put their heads together to come up with the top 10 games for the rest of 2009 that demand your attention. And here they are. [singlepic id=1401 float=center]
With all the recent buzz around Ashes Cricket 2009 and The Ashes itself, not many may have noticed another promising cricket title quietly building up to its release. Cricket Revolution is a PC-only cricket game with a strong community and multi-player focus. It’s developed by Mindstorm, a Lahore-based independent studio, who will release the game on Steam sometime this year. The amount of information on offer and details into the gameplay mechanics available at the game’s website will tell you that these guys know their cricket. The game has been in development since the studio was set up in 2006, and Mindstorm even have their own motion capture studio, which as you can see from the gameplay trailer, has been put to good use in Cricket Revolution. [singlepic id=1342 w=450 float=center]
Yes, yes I know I am late. In case you guys plan to pull out the pitchforks for the bluish tinge on your face, I would request you all to reorient your weapons in the direction of MarketTantrik (Get it? Bluish tinge -> face turned blue -> holding your breath waiting for this week’s edition……..? Yeah, it was funnier in my head). You see, I started reading his summary of the week’s purchases yesterday afternoon and I just finished with the list. It seems that MT has been splurging at the mall, spending what appears to be the GDP of a small African nation on gaming gear. There’s a lesson in it for you kids. Study hard, drink your milk, listen to mom, get good grades, and become an investment banker. The perks are in front of you.
Welcome to the first edition of our monthly feature on the most popular games at IVG. At the start of each month, we’ll be highlighting the ten most popular games from the previous month based on how much those games are discussed on our forums. This being the first edition, we’ll expand the time period to include the last three months, covering E3 and GamesCom. Since this is a longer period, we’ll also expand the size of the list to include the top 20 games. [singlepic id=1331 w=450 float=center]
You know, I spent a lot of time thinking how to start this week’s (inaugural?) edition. I can either make jokes about the whole episode which marked the beginning of this week, or write an emotional saga of heroes who fought to protect and endure what many of us call home (and a few of us call home-page). Right, so let’s try the latter. First off, here’s a picture… a new sun rising in the horizon as we stare at a new beginning with our hearts swelling with pride. (So far, so good eh?) I was also thinking Phoenix. Not a reference to IVG, mind you, but the old website-which-must-not-be-named. It rose in the face of the most stringent challenges, spreading its wings into a majestic flight. And just as it was gaining momentum, someone shoved a double barreled shotgun to its face and pulled the trigger!
2009 is a very important year for the Need for Speed franchise; one that sees the series branch out into three racing disciplines – arcade, action and simulation. Probably the most intriguing of the three is Need for Speed: Shift, the series’ return to authentic professional racing. We had the opportunity to talk to Jesse Abney, producer for Need for Speed Shift, about what we can expect from the game and from the franchise in the future.. [singlepic id=1275 w=450 float=center]
EA knows that it has a strong product in Need for Speed: Shift; one that might just turn the struggling franchise around. We may agree or disagree once we play it, but the publisher’s confidence in the game is there for all to see. It’s the kind of confidence we haven’t seen in a Need for Speed game for quite a few years. But what’s really encouraging to see is that even if Shift is a critical and commercial success, EA doesn’t plan to milk it for all its worth by releasing a follow-up title next year. [singlepic id=1280 w=450 float=center]
The last major Xbox Live Dashboard update was exciting – it was the NXE after all. There were avatars, community games, avatars, better navigation, did I mention avatars? Now summer’s gone and a new dashboard update took place on 11th August. It’s not a groundbreaking upgrade like NXE, but it does introduce some great features – Games on Demand, Avatar Awards and Marketplace, user ratings, and more. [singlepic id=1285 w=450 float=center]
When gaming and super-heroes come together, the resulting concoction is more often than not the stuff William Shakespeare’s plays are made of – it’s either a comedy or a tragedy (sometimes it is hard to tell which one). So everyone’s skepticism towards Rocksteady’s Batman: Arkham Asylum was understood. Sure, it looked great from the previews, but we’ve seen that trick before. However, ever since the demo of the game released late last week, Batman: Arkham Asylum has been the talk of IVG. With glowing feedback all around from IVG members, it looks like a positive trend is picking up steam (starting with Wolverine managing to do quite well earlier this year in his own video game)
There’s been a lot of buzz over the past few weeks about all things PlayStation. The fact that Sony will hold a mammoth three-hour press conference at GamesCom on August 18 has only further added to the rumours that have been doing the rounds. Here’s a list of what we can expect from Sony at its GamesCom press conference: [singlepic id=1247 float=center]
Now, as an Indian gamer/cricket fan, you may not be particularly thrilled to have an Englishman or an Aussie on the cover of a cricket game. But while that will very much be the case if you pick up a copy of Ashes Cricket 2009, we’re giving you the opportunity to show us what you’d have on the cover instead if you had the chance. [singlepic id=1231 w=450 float=center]
In case you didn’t notice, we missed out on our last week’s edition of ‘This week on IVG’. That’s because we were too busy being awesome. That’s right… this week on IVG we’re going to tell you why IVG is so awesome that you should just give up on your mundane and plebian real lives and spend all your time skulking around here. We have the news Be it on the blog or the forums, our members always make sure that everyone is so well fed with enough gaming gyan to actually qualify for a Ph. D in Gaming. The last few days have been buzzing with activity, with some major titles getting release dates (Uncharted 2 and The Saboteur). And hey, our rumour mill wasn’t so far off the mark with the Uncharted 2 release date. Also on these days is Comic Con 2009, where many of the developers are showcasing their latest games and er… interactions with their kids We have teh fanboi warzzz What’s a gamer without a rabid, fanatical devotion towards his or her console of choice? And what’s a gaming website that does not promote that? While things have cooled off this week, the pitchforks,…