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Bulletstorm Review

So what is Bulletstorm? Originally hyped up due to the presence of developers Epic and People Can Fly, many folks expected a heinously cheeky, violent slaughterhouse that only a name like Bulletstorm could suggest. But as time went on, evidence started to mount that there was going to be something special about Bulletstorm, once again hard to pin, but unmistakably present.

Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Trailer Arrives

The first trailer featuring in-game footage of the anticipated Elder Scrolls sequel, Skyrim, has arrived. Elder Scrolls V is Bethesda's long awaited follow-up to the excellent Oblivion, a game that was praised at the time for its state of the art visuals. Skyrim seems to be following in its predecessors footsteps, the fantasy role-playing game's visuals look second to none.

Interview: Nobuo Uematsu, Arnie Roth & Distant Worlds

One November night, fans gathered at the ex-Hummingbird, now Sony Centre, simply to share in the presence of Nobuo Uematsu. Titled Distant Worlds: The Music of Final Fantasy, a full orchestra presented material by the legendary Uematsu, conducted by Grammy winner Arnie Roth.

Fable III Review

Since the first Fable game, Peter Molyneux has over projected expectations of his now trademark series. All of it, as you probably know, has come off as a bit obnoxious and delusional, since, with the series bogged down by lazy combat and fart jokes, the fabled Fable has never really stood up to its own concocted legacy. Does Fable III offer a glimpse into Peter’s long-winded fantasies or will you just be absorbing more troll-related toilet humour?

Extensive Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Info Revealed

Bethesda Game Studios, today confirmed the upcoming release of The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, the next installment in the award-winning Elder Scrolls series and follow up to the 2006 Game of the Year, The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion. Under the direction of Todd Howard, Skyrim will be released on Xbox 360, PS3 and PC worldwide on November 11, 2011.

Best of 2010: Games

We here at the Shelf decided that there was no better way to ring in 2011 than by compiling a list (A list at the end of the year?! What a concept!) of our favourite games of 2010. In an industry regularly dominated by triple A titles and billion dollar publishers, this past year proved to be a breakthrough of sorts for indie gaming. This is not to say that there weren't great blockbuster games this year - there were plenty - or that indie games weren't a forced to be reckoned with in years past. 2010 merely showed us all that good games are good games, period.

Interview
TRON: Evolution
Art Director David Patch

The 1982 original TRON film evokes some very specific imagery. Recognizer tanks zooming by in defiance of the laws of aerodynamics, lightcycles racing through the city leaving behind light trails, and above all else neon reds and blues crisscrossing against a sleek digital world. These still form the basis of the re-imagined world spearheaded by the film TRON: Legacy, but as we found out, the tie-in video game TRON: Evolution goes a bit further.

Splatterhouse Review

I distinctly remember being very fond of the Splatterhouse series. In high school I generally dug horror, gore, and all manner of spooks, creepers and creatures for no reason other than being ‘out there’. I also liked Sega Genesis and baseless angst, so it was kind of an interesting convergence of loves. I also remember imagining how 'rad' a remake would be. Well, Namco Bandai has decided to revisit the Splatterhouse series, but is this the game I asked for years ago or just a nightmare wrapped in another’s dream?

Star Wars: The Force Unleashed II Review

LucasArts brings us back to a galaxy far far away and into the shoes of Darth Vader’s insubordinate apprentice Starkiller, as he grapples with Vader’s mind games, searches for his lost love and aids the fledgling rebellion.

Enslaved: Odyssey to the West Review

It has been a derivative year for games. But it’s also been a great year for games. Old material doesn’t mean a bad game, and even when titles like Darksiders were dramatically close to plagiarism, they remain some of the most enjoyable entries this year. Ninja Theory’s Enslaved is an ‘adaptation’ of one of China’s earliest exports: fables. Specifically the Journey to the West, but I would argue that it’s a more accurate ‘adaptation’ of Ubisoft’s Prince of Persia series. Even if it’s monkey see monkey do, does this monkey shine?

Shaun White Skateboarding Impressions

Shaun White and Ubisoft have made a favourable pairing in the past, as both the PlayStation 3/Xbox 360 and separate Wii versions of Shaun White Snowboarding received mostly positive reviews last year. Past success bodes well for the upcoming Shaun White Skateboarding, and the PS3 version was playable at the Sony Holiday Preview Event in Toronto earlier this week.

The Toronto Xbox Kinect Experience

Microsoft opened The Kinect Experience this weekend in Toronto, a venue designed to show off Kinect, their new controller-free gaming peripheral for the Xbox 360. Jonathan had a chance to visited the Kinect Experience earlier this week and provided some impressions of Microsoft's Kinect game lineup.

Batman Arkham City
First Screens

The first in-game stills from Rocksteady Studio’s sequel to the award winning Batman: Arkham Asylum were mysteriously leaked onto the internet today. Besides the enigmatic teaser trailer, this is our first real look at the game. Nothing official has been announced about the Batman: Arkham City to this point, other than its title. We know […]

Darksiders Review

Just because we’ve entered a new decade doesn’t mean we’re so eager to start things anew. The success of Modern Warfare, Grand Theft Auto and Halo echo in countless other wannabes and it’s a story gamers have had to groan through time and time again. 2010 will probably play no differently, and with God of […]

Castlevania: Lords of Shadow
Launch Date Announced

Konami to Release Latest Castlevania Installment in North America This Fall Konami announced today that Castlevania: Lords of Shadow will be available at retailers nationwide for the 360 and PS3 entertainment systems on October 5, 2010. This reboot of the Castlevania franchise is being developed by Spain’s Mercury Steam in collaboration with Kojima Productions. Metal […]