Evolve is coming

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Gears of War’s Mad World was a magical trailer. It successfully imprints itself into my brain and left me wanting to know more about the game. Since then many publishers have tried to replicate that trailer’s approach but it takes more than a somber tune and some pretty graphics to pull me in.

2K and Turtle Rock Studios’s Evolve trailer is the latest attempt:

The trailer starts promising enough but it should have ended around the 1 minute and 30 second mark.

As for the game itself? The actual game looks alright. It’s a multiplayer only title featuring 4 player controlled humans vs 1 player controlled monster. I wasn’t much of a fan of Left4Dead’s style of co-op, I prefer class based co-operative modes. I’m also not a fan of the asymmetrical 4 vs 1 style of game play. They sound intriguing but not enough to warrant a try.

Evolve is slated for a 2014 release for the PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.

Left4Dead 2 PC Demo Impressions

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I purchased Left4Dead when it was $29.99 on Steam. I enjoyed it for its co-operative element and frantic nature. Hundreds of fast moving zombies swarming four survivors who are armed with barely enough firepower was a winning formula — especially for that price. However, I’ve only played through the co-op campaign once and I haven’t returned to it since.

Today, the Left4Dead 2 campaign demo is out for public consumption and I decided gauge my zombie fatigue level and try it out. My current PC with its Athlon 64 X2 3800+ and GeForce 7900 GT may not be a top of the line rig anymore, but it should be able to run a Source Engine game like this. And it somewhat succeeded.

Regardless of the less than ideal performance, it was clear that this was more Left4Dead. New weapons such as the AK 47 and newly added melee weapons were nice and so were the new enemy types. But the fundamental idea remains unchanged: fight hordes of zombies while moving to the next safe room or evacuation point. I don’t think I can justify a full price purchase based on all of that.

Perhaps its just the demo though. Perhaps they’re saving the real game changers for the final release. As for what else they included in the demo? They showed off the fact that zombies can roam around in the day time. That was new, different and an ideal setting to show off the new dismemberment and gore additions. I didn’t see gameplay differences with it, so I’m thinking it was added to simply gross people out. And let me tell you,  It was disgusting, but in a good way.

If I’m sounding like I’m down on Left4Dead 2, it’s because I am. I’ve had my fill of zombies for the year and thus I don’t see myself getting near Left4Dead 2 until probably sometime after I get my new PC built. If you’re not like me and are still hungry for zombie blood, I can’t see any reason why you shouldn’t be picking up Left4Dead 2. It seems to be everything you wanted and then some.

Left4Dead 2 will be released on November 17, 2009 for Xbox 360 and PC. For more information, visit the official website.

FYI: No more in-game Wipeout HD Ads & More L4D DLC Incoming

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  • Sony Announces and Then Pulls Troublesome In-Game Ad From Wipeout HD (via Edge-online)
  • Left4Dead Crash Course DLC Announced (via Gaming-Age)
    • Includes new single player, multiplayer and co-op gameplay
    • Takes place between “No Mercy” and “Death Toll” campaigns
    • Multiplayer Versus additions and tweaks included
    • Releasing in September via Xbox Live! (560 MS Points) and Steam (Free!)


  • Nintendo DSi Sales Top 3 million in Japan (via Edge-Online)

E3 2009: Coming Exclusively to Xbox 360

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Update: Added some Xbox Live! related items

Instead of breaking down the Microsoft E3 2009 press conference and include both multiplatform and exclusive content, I’m going to focus on the stuff you can find “exclusively on Xbox 360” — or as exclusive to the Xbox 360 as it can get.

A shit-ton of Microsoft announcements await you below. For everything else, check here.

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