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,…
In the PlayStation 3’s 2.50 firmware update last year, Sony added the screenshot capture option, which would allow users to take direct feed screengrabs from their games. How many times have you wished that you could capture a priceless gaming moment on your console and share it with friends? Sony finally gave us hope that that would be possible with this feature last year, but nine months later, there isn’t a single game that supports it; not even a PSN title! [singlepic id=1230 w=450 float=center]
After last week’s terrorist attack on IVG, which threatened (and almost managed) to convert this gamers’ haven into a high school musical, this week was a recovery of sorts with an explosion of reviews, previews, and discussions that were related to gaming (imagine that!) Of course, the aforementioned ‘terrorists’ biggest setback came when one of their generals, the man who strangely addresses himself as the underwear of a certain bald, angry, tricycle-riding anti-hero, was banned from the terrorist stronghold – Shout. This broke the back of the attack, leading to complete disarray. While some timidly backed off, others like Dante77 attempted a kamikaze attack by trying to get Reaper to ban him. Reaper, being the emo kid that he is, took the high road and… oh wait… most of you don’t know the Reaper story, do you? A petition to get him to come out of the closet once again is called for! [singlepic id=1170 w=450 float=center]
Inspired by that of Rakhi Sawant on TV, IVG had its own Swayamvar show – Sati ka Pati – in full flow this week with the lovely contestant, Ms. Sati, on stage being the only 2nd gamer-chick to ever grace the forums (Sorry MT, Shahrukh Mirza does not count!) Our very own in-house drunkard Daroo, although quick to occupy the first of the musical chairs, was however dethroned soon enough by the almighty Kesri Chacha who, forgetting all about Chintoo’s maalkin, went out of his way to ensure that all the platinum in the world would not be able to impress the lady. The show had its fair share of controversies including one in which undergarments of both men and women in the audience experienced a very annoying itch and another in which a certain young member in the audience kept asking others if Kesri Chacha was secretly a woman. This inquisitive fellow, however, kept disappearing and reappearing mysteriously before his question could be answered, for which he kept blaming the hammer-wielding gate Keeper.
If last week’s Dating Advice Thread wasn’t bizarre enough for you, CaPwN continued his stellar form on IVG this week with his brand new This is so awsome thread. I just hope that there aren’t any girls browsing IVG; let’s just say that the content may deem us unfit for society. This week also saw us inch closer to the launch of the second IVG FIFA 09 League on PSN, hosted by our personal Santa Claus, DaN. 24 players are going to battle it our through July for the league and some awesome goodies. Will zophar666 retain his crown, or will a new champion rise? There’s just one place you’ll find out… Finally, we did not do any reviews this week! But before you even arrive at the “L” of lazy bums, we’d like to tell you all that starting this week (actually… last week), the IVG Blog will feature prominent news from the gaming world alongwith the usual announcements and reviews. Our efforts will be to bring out news that other gaming websites usually miss, making IVGians a cut above the rest. After all, the whole idea is not just to bring out the murderer in you, but also…
Onimusha: Warlords and Onimusha 2: Samurai’s Destiny The Onimusha series may be long forgotten, but back in the early days of the Playstation 2, there were few moments in gaming more awe inspiring to me than watching the first Onimusha game or it’s sequel in motion. Much of this shock and awe was a consequence of the majority of launch titles for the Playstation 2 failing to live up to the all consuming pre-launch hype. The bad blood didn’t last long though, and I could see the tide turn as I popped the Onimusha game discs in and played what I (still) think are two of the best games of the past generation. Not only were you greeted by some of the best pre-rendered CG sequences (by ROBOT) ever in gaming, but the visual fidelity didn’t let up when you switched over to actual gameplay. Extra special (to the cinophile in me) was how Capcom used real actors to base their heros on. Takeshi Kaneshiro and the late Yusaka Matsuda oozed class and the feudal Japan sets and environments (all lovingly pre-rendered) chanelled the best parts of every Samurai film I’d seen. The attention to detail didn’t stop with the…
Do you feel lonely? Do you feel unloved? Do you wish to wrap yourself around a special someone like a pretzel and mumble sweet nothings to each other as a comet gracefully arcs across the starry night, binding that moment forever in time? [singlepic id=1101 float=center] Then look no further folks! Register yourself at the IVG forums NOW! We have all the advice you need to woo the ladies in our brand new Dating Advice Thread, started by CaPwN. At first I couldn’t quite wrap my head around the fact that the thread was being taken seriously, but one look at CaPwN’s avatar makes it abundantly clear that he has more than just dating advice going on for him, making him the perfect candidate for our resident Love Guru. I can almost hear Shawn Michaels’ theme in the background.
A CNET poll pitting Forza 3 versus Gran Turismo 5, Valve once again professing their dislike for the PS3, and Microsoft claiming a 10-year life cycle for the Xbox 360 – these are just some totally unrelated discussions this past week that all inevitably turned into a childish console war. I swear I can literally feel millions of brain cells being fried when I’m in these threads; they make my brain hurt. [singlepic id=1075 w=450 float=center] But that happens every week, so what’s new this week, you ask? Well, more IVG members got their hands on the Uncharted 2 multi-player beta this past week, and the feedback is mostly positive, as you can see from Nitin’s preview. If you were wondering why our inFamous review was taking its own sweet time to show up, well, it’s because Ty was working on an epic, and I’m sure you won’t find a more comprehensive inFamous review anywhere.
It’s time to announce the winners of yet another IVG contest. Our inFamous contest has been one of our most popular, with more entries than even our Game of the Year 2008 contest, which had a PS3 up for grabs. Needless to say, over 90 percent of the answers were correct. For those wondering, here are the correct answers: 1. Name the city in which InFamous takes place – Empire City 2. When (year) & where (event) was InFamous announced? – 2007, E3 3. What did Cole McGrath work as before the explosion? – Bike Messenger [singlepic id=1068 float=center]