Saturday, January 24, 2009
Friday, January 9, 2009
Skate 2 (360 & PS3): After the major success that was EA's Skate it's hard not to be excited about this game, and better yet it comes out later this month! Blackbox (EA's development company behind the game) are promising us a marked improvement over the original in the form of the ability to skitch cars, get off your board and even move objects around any area of the New San Velona. It all sounds like the Skate franchise is developing in a similar way to the Tony Hawke's franchise, but with such vastly different (and way better) control mechanics Skate 2 is promising to once again take the genre to a whole new level. Expect to see a review very soon!
Heavy Rain (PS3): In 2005 French developer Quantic Dream released the very unique Fahrenheit, a game that challenged the way gamers get involved in the story by actually making being directly involved in how the plot unfolded, creating what can only be described as an interactive movie. Four years later Quantic Dream are poised to release another game that allows you, the gamer, to decide how the story is told with the PS3 exclusive Heavy Rain. The plot and characters are still hazy at this point in time - something about a taxidermist serial killer - but with David Cage behind the helm of Quantic Dream I expect great things.
Uncharted 2: Among Thieves (PS3): Uncharted: Drakes Fortune was among the establishing game for PS3 owners when released, developer Naughty Dog (behind the original Crash Bandicoot series as well as Jak & Daxter) combined third-person shooter elements with platforming exploration to create a game that felt like the quirky love-child of Gears of War and Tomb Raider. While the original introduced us to the flawed hero Nathan Drake and his company in some very pretty Pacific island settings Uncharted 2 has appeared to present a polar opposite setting - the Arctic (gotta love puns eh?). While fighting mercs in a snowy landscape may not sound as visually impressive as a tropical paradise infested with pirates I have full confidence in Naughty Dog.
Tuesday, January 6, 2009
Yup, the best kind.
For those not in the know Eagles of Death Metal, despite the name, is not a metal band, but in fact is the rock'n'roll offspring of Jesse "Boots Electric" Hughes and the mighty Joshua "Baby Duck" Homme (of Queens of the Stone Age and formerly Kyuss fame). Heart On is their third album together since the band was formed out of the Desert Sessions and has barely halted their creative love-juices from spirting all over your carpet.
Heart On takes a more diverse approach to EODM's blue grass-inspired flavour of rock'n'roll with some refreshing slower tempo songs ('Now I'm a Fool' and the drunk sounding 'Solo Flight') thrown in to balance out the million-miles an hour stlye that Homme's quirky drumming and Hughes sleeze-machine vocals and guitar has come to symbolise. In true EODM style Heart On reeks with rock'n'roll sleedyness (the good kind) with track titles including '(I Used To Couldn't Dance) Tight Pants' and the title track 'Heart On'. Erotic puns aside the album continues many fine EODM traditions evident in the first single 'I Wanna Be In L.A.' and the slide guitar-strewn 'How Can a Man With So Many Friends Feel So Alone'. While 'Cheap Thrills' contains the echoey back up vocals reminiscent of Death By Sexy's 'The Ballad Of Queen Bee And Baby Duck''s chorus, again we are thrown back into the gaping abyss of bouncing rock'n'roll 'I'm Your Torpedo' courtesy of Homme's drumming prowess.
If you're looking for a refreshing take on rock music then you cannot go past Eagles of Death Metal's Heart On, while it may not be as amazing as their last album Death By Sexy or as ground-breaking as their debut Peace, Love, Death Metal it is still something that needs to be checked out.