Leak different

Perhaps not as much as we wanted to meet the eye

Friday, June 11, 2010 | 02:21 AM | by

The Transformers: War for Cybertron multiplayer demo hit XBL this week. I sort of wish it hadn't. It didn't present any sort of impressive gameplay that elevated my interest in the game from "optimistically curious" to "sold and eagerly anticipating". While there's still a good chance that the single player (with co-op) campaign will still be fun and worth the purchase price, it's hard to shrug off the "meh" experience that the multiplayer demo left me with.

On the flip side of that coin, a recent brief beta period for All Points Bulletin has solidified my interest in the game. The pre-release version I played was a little rough around the edges, and I expect some of that to persist through the launch. However at its core it was still a hell of a fun game of cops and robbers.

Since the game relies almost completely on player skill, the advanced weaponry that higher ranked people had access to did throw things a little out of whack... it was not uncommon in my limited play time to see three or four lower level players dispatched against a high level opponent, and still have trouble taking him down, especially if we got singled out. From what I've read, they're toning this down a little bit for release.

I still question the longevity of the game... I had a blast playing, but it's not too hard to look down the line an imagine it getting a bit stale unless RTW keeps pushing out some new content to keep things interesting.

Either way, I plan to get in there at the end of the month. The hourly price plan they're offering sounds like a fantastic option for some guilt-free gaming should you decide to just play a little here and there, and not feel like you're wasting a subscription fee.

The MH3 Contest and APB

Friday, June 11, 2010 | 02:50 PM | by

At this point, the deadline for the Monster Hunter 3 contest has passed. I want to thank everyone that entered. It's probably going to take me through the weekend to finish reading through all of the entries (there are over four hundred of them). When I'm done, I'll contact the winner directly and make an announcement.

In the meantime, APB is running a Keys to the City open beta starting tomorrow. If you were already in the beta, you should be able to get in with your previous account, however if you want to check out the game, head over to FilePlanet and get yourself a key. The beta event will give you five hours of gametime over the next week.

Chef Brian Apron

Friday, June 11, 2010 | 07:32 PM | by

Just in time for grilling season, our Chef Brian cook's apron is now available from our store. Cook the world!