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The History and Influence of Survival Horror

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Halloween is just around the corner, and what better way to celebrate than to take a look at the history and influence of the survival horror genre. The genre has undoubtedly had its ups and downs over the past couple decades, but things are currently looking about as good for the genre as they have since its golden age.

Developing games with the intent to scare people has been around since the early 80′s. Games like Mystery House and Haunted House were some of the first games to try and instill fear in players by putting them in the shoes of characters who were weak in comparison to the enemies they faced.

Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2 Revealed

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During their pre-E3 event, Konami revealed Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2. No details were revealed about the title, but that’s okay because the debut trailer is bad-ass.

 

Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance E3 2012 Trailer

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During their pre-E3 event, Konami revealed a new action packed trailer for Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance. In this trailer, Raiden manages to completely obliterate a helicopter with a sword and run up a 90 degree angle. The feats performed in this video are pretty incredible, especially since they are being performed by a man who used to do naked cartwheels while covering his junk.

The fact that Revengeance is being developed by Platinum Games explains why the gameplay looks a lot like Bayonetta, only with a sword wielding ninja instead of an absurdly promiscuous witch. Despite that fact, Revengeance still looks like a lot of fun and should at the very least be an interesting addition to the Metal Gear franchise when it releases early next year.

 

Silent Hill HD Collection Review: Classic Survival Horror Overload

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Publisher: Konami
Developer: Konami
Platform: PS3
Release Date: March 20, 2012
ESRB: M- Mature

The Silent Hill HD Collection takes two of the series’ best entries, Silent Hill 2 and Silent Hill 3, and updates them with high definition graphics. Cutscenes are vastly improved due to the enhanced visuals, as are the lighting effects. Character models, along with the environents are also improved, although less noticeable. The high definition graphics do an admirable job of making the games feel even eerier than they did years ago.

Silent Hill 2 ranks among the greatest survival horror games of all time, and deservedly so. The amazing soundtrack and generally creepy locales mesh together in a way that isn’t often seen. The HD collection doesn’t add a whole lot to the formula aside from the previously stated boost in graphics, but then again why mess with such a highly loved title. You do have the option to opt for the new voice cast, although I personally prefer the original voices. Not to say that the new voice performances aren’t well done, but I just can’t help sticking to the originals.

Dazzling Metal Gear Solid HD Vita Screens Revealed

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Konami have released a batch of screens to display how the Metal Gear Solid HD collection is going to fare on the PlayStation Vita. While you really don’t get a sense of how the purported touch controls are coming along, it doesn’t appear any significant visual sacrifices are being made to transition to handheld. You can view the gallery below. The first seven screens are from MGS2, then the next four from MGS3, and a shot of the box art for good measure.

Metal Gear Solid 3D: Snake Eater Review – Commencing Virtuous Article…Now!

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Publisher: Konami
Developer: Kojima Productions
Genre: Stealth, Action/Adventure
Platforms: Nintendo 3DS
Release Date: February 21, 2012
ESRB: M-Mature

There’s usually little reason to be anything but excited and perhaps a little curious whenever Hideo Kojima, a man now regarded as one of the most prolific game designers of all time, announces a plan to release a new project. I would be lying if that excitement were blunted a little when the next bout of games pouring forth from Kojima Productions would be joining the growing wave of HD collections and 3D re-imaginings. Metal Gear Solid HD Collection has been in stores for a few months, and the Zone of the Enders collection is on its way. Most recently, MGS 3: Snake Eater had been released as a 3D game on Nintendo’s 3DS. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t have many problems with seeing some of my favorite games re-mastered for HD or even 3D, but it would be yet another lie if I said I wouldn’t be more excited to see those series continued in new releases, with fresh characters and narratives. But, because of the radically classic nature of almost all of these games, especially those belonging to the MGS franchise, the lack of excitement melts away with the prospect of being able to relive the many landmark moments found within and throughout each of those titles – especially Snake Eater.

Metal Gear Solid HD Collection Coming to Vita this Summer

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The Metal Gear Solid HD Collection will launch on the PlayStation Vita in Japan June 28, and will make its way to the west sometime this summer.

Similar to the PS3 version, the Vita version will include Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty and Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater, with graphical upgrades, trophy support and altered controls to take advantage of the Vita’s touch-panels.

Here’s what Konami Digital Entertainment General Manager Martin Schneider had to say:

“We’re confident that users will be pleased with the new innovations Kojima Productions have implemented with the new PlayStation Vita iterations, offering a truly unique experience for this exciting new format.”

There was no mention of Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker. Further details, like pricing and an exact release date were not given.

NeverDead PS3 Review: Put It Out of Its Misery

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Publisher: Konami
Developer:
Rebellion
Genre:
Third Person  Action
Platforms:
Playstation 3, Xbox 360
Release Date:
January 31, 2012
Rating:
M- Mature

As I write this review for NeverDead I feel like I’m lying on a couch talking to a psychiatrist. This is almost going to be a therapeutic experience because I bottled so much of the issues I have about the game inside over the nine hours I spent with it. You might be catching on that I did not like NeverDead, even in the slightest. There are many reasons for this, from the game’s frustrating and occasionally broken gameplay, to the poorly written and lazy story.

Metal Gear Solid: Snake Eater 3D Impressions

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Metal Gear Solid: Snake Eater 3D is a port of a PlayStation 2 title that released back in 2004. The game originally began as concept to demonstrate the capabilities of the 3DS. The game has not changed much from its PS2 days.  The graphics appear slightly more polished than the PS2 original, but the 3DS has evidently proved in other recent releases that it is capable of much more. It also does not help that the game was only just recently released as part of the Metal Gear Solid Collection in HD.

Metal Gear Solid 3D Demo Available This Week

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If you been looking forward to getting hands-on with Metal Gear Solid 3D, you’ll get your chance this week in the form of a free demo. The demo should be available this Thursday on the Nintendo eShop.

Metal Gear Solid 3D is a re-worked version of the excellent Playstation 2 title Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater (originally released about 7 years ago). Developed under the watchful eye of Hideo Kojima, the stealth action title, optimized for 3DS, will take advantage of the device’s 3D and touchscreen functionality. In addition, it will also make use of the 3DS’s camera, allowing players to take pictures of real life items and turn those photos into usable in-game camouflage. Whether this means Snake will go unnoticed lying in a grassy knoll disguised as a pepsi can is yet to been seen, but it should be an enjoyable distraction. The title will also be one of the few games to utilize the Circle Pad Pro peripheral, which you can read Joe’s review of here.

Metal Gear Solid 3D Snake Eater will be available February 21 this year, only on the 3DS.