Rockstar has their formula down. They’ve been building greek tragedies in a sandbox for years and they’ve polished that pearl quite nicely. GTA IV showed us some new things, Red Dead Redemption brought them to the next level, but L.A. Noire is the sweet culmination of all that hard work. I’ve been a Rockstar fan since I memorized the weapons codes for GTA III on Venice’s Playstation, I even played a little top-down GTA II with my senior year roommate. But looking back it’s almost unfair to make comparisons. The story telling has come so far it makes the likes of Vice City and San Andreas seem cheesy. But let’s face it. They were cheesy. Remember the Scarface homage in Vice City? Or watching Sammy L. driving that fire truck off the bridge in San Andreas? It was fun, but boy was it awful. Fast forward 10 years to L.A. Noire. Here we have a story that lives up to the genre. A gritty murder mystery full of corruption and Colt .45s that keeps you on your toes to the end. I seems Rockstar needed to team up with Sony’s men down under to bring it all together. Continue reading
Comics that start in silly exercises in boredom have a tendency to get away from their creators to go on to much better things. Why would you want to be just a mediocre webcomic when you could be, I dunno, the greatest webcomic of all time?! Great, created by Ryan Armand on his confusingly named website www.kiwisbybeat.com, shows us just how much you can accomplish with a little confidence and a whole lot of self-delusion. Continue reading
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Splinter Cell star Sam Fischer has always been about stealth. The old formula involved catching foes unawares one guy at a time and sneaking up behind them to put them down. Then a couple of things happened. Number one is Ubisoft clearly started watching 24. Number two is Sam Fischer decided that while it’s fun to sneak up behind guys and take them out one at a time it’s even more fun to shoot 4 people in the face in the span of 3 seconds. As gamers, we should be thankful for both of these things. Continue reading
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One of the first webcomics with a storyline that I began reading with any kind of consistency was a little comic called Post-Nuke. As the title implies its one of the many post-apocalyptic stories about a man and his dog fighting a losing battle against the final destruction of civilization. It’s a very grim comic done in pencil and pen. The storyline is presented in issues like a traditional paperback, and author and artist Andreas Duller did originally plan to publish each issue individually. Now the plan is to publish the first 10 issues in a single book.
Duller has said that the online edition of Post-Nuke is more of a first draft for this final book than an actual publication, and it shows. Duller is not a native English speaker, which honestly doesn’t affect the comic a whole lot, but it’s something to keep in mind when the dialogue begins to degrade. And believe me, it will degrade. The fact is the whole comic begins a vicious tale spin in issue 7, but we’ll come to that later. Continue reading
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