OXCGN’s RaiderZ Preview and Beta Key Giveaway

OXCGN’s RaiderZ Preview and Huge Giveaway

CompetitionZ: WIN Beta Keys and a Trip to PAX Prime!

by Arthur Kotsopoulos

©2012 Arthur Kotsopoulos

Perfect World Entertainment had an extremely successful E3 this year, with Neverwinter and RaiderZ their two Free to Play (F2P) MMO RPGs receiving wide-spread applause from gamers and critics.

I was lucky enough to have the chance to check out both games (you can check out my Neverwinter preview here).

Today I’m going to talk about RaiderZ, the other Free to Play MMORPG that MAEIT Entertainment, best known for GunZ/ The Duel, have cooked up.

If you’re a fan of the Monster Hunter franchise then this game is right up your alley.

Also be sure to enter our HUGE competition for closed beta keys and a TRIP to PAX Prime.

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Injustice: It’s not another MK v DC Universe

Injustice: It’s not another MK v DC Universe 

For one thing, it has Batman!

by Arthur Kotsopoulos

©2012 Arthur Kotsopoulos

Upon arriving at Warner Bros booth to check out Injustice: Gods Among Us which is being developed by Netherrealm Studios, my expectations had not been set.

I had a completely open mind, ready for whatever they had to throw at me.

I spent the next 20-30 minute sitting with no prior knowledge about this game apart from the fact that it’s set in the DC Universe and it’s the second DC fighting game developed by Netherrealm Studios.

Injustice: Ready…fight! This way

Halo 4: A Hands-On Preview by a PS3 Journo

Halo 4: A Hands-On Preview by a PS3 Journo

My editor thinks he’s funny, but I get the last laugh

by Nicholas Capozzoli

©2012 Nicholas Capozzoli

My editor has asked that I, devout Playstation gamer and archbishop of the church of Kevin Butler, preview Halo 4, an exclusive 360 title.

I’d be a tad worried for his sanity, but it’s possible that he was hoping for a fresh look at a series that has been such an ingrained feature of the Xbox for two gaming generations.

Either that or he thought it would be fun to taunt me with a game I will not be able to play on release.

Well, for better or worse, here are my thoughts on how Halo 4 looks to be shaping up.

Before you go to crucify me in the comments section, please know that I’ve always admired the Halo series, and I’ve at least a little experience with the games to my name.

All things considered, I’ve now actually had a decent amount of time with Halo 4, even among my fellow writers here at OXCGN.

In addition to firsthand coverage at Microsoft’s conference and demo time at E3, I was lucky enough to attend a “VIP” event for Halo 4 at the Exchange nightclub in Los Angeles to see what the game looks like after you’ve overindulged at a comped bar (spoiler: kinda blurry).

Now that Halo 4 was playable at last weekend’s RTX 2012, and new details emerged at San Diego Comic-Con, it’s a good time to review what we know about the game, and what impressions I’ve managed to garner from my time with controller in hand.

Halo 4 Preview from a Playstation Journo this way

What Dishonored Has On Assassin’s Creed

What Dishonored Has On Assassin’s Creed

Honoring The True Assassin

by Nicholas Capozzoli

©2012 Nicholas Capozzoli

Let me preface this piece by saying that I’m thoroughly impressed by what I’ve seen of Assassin’s Creed 3. In fact, I gave it “Game of the Show” honors for E3.

But do you recall the debut trailer for the original Assassin’s Creed, unveiled back at E3 2006?

It’s still the best game trailer that I’ve ever seen, and I vividly remember how amped it made me for a game that I had never actually seen in action.

Remember the scene? A public execution. As a knight at the gallows decries the actions of the accused, a figure appears on a tower high above the crowd. A split second later and he’s gone, vanished in the time it takes for a single ring to sound.

He’s on the ground now, and moving with purpose. He reaches the gallows, and dispatches the knights in a flourish of violent attacks, finishing the leader with a signature leap and hidden blade.

Then it’s off to the races, as pursuing guards struggle to keep up with the assassin’s acrobatic free-running moves. He reaches a church, makes a dramatic turn, then melts away into the crowd with casual ease.

It still manages to give new chills, even six years later.

But you’re probably wondering why I’m talking about an old Assassin’s Creed trailer when this article purported to be about Dishonored, aren’t you?

Dishonored in action: is it good? here

Need for Speed: Back on The Map as The Only Worthwhile Racer

Need for Speed

Back on The Map as The Only Worthwhile Racer

by Arthur Kotsopoulos

©2012 Arthur Kotsopoulos

At E3 2012, EA had an impressive lineup of titles that seemed to have continually gotten better with each new game that I saw. Most Wanted is a modern day re-imagining of arguably the best Need for Speed game ever released, Need For Speed Most Wanted.

Criterion have already re-modernized Need for Speed with Hot Pursuit (2010) which won multiple awards and is the highest rated Need for Speed title in the franchise.

They brought to Need For Speed what made Burnout an amazing game: an open world racer with the freedom to go anywhere and do anything.

Most Wanted seems to combine the best of both Burnout: Paradise and Hot Pursuit giving it a good chance of following in the same foot steps as Hot Pursuit.

Is the king back? Find out…

Dead Space 3 Preview: Don’t like change? Then you most likely won’t enjoy Dead Space 3

E3 2012: Don’t like change? Then you most likely won’t enjoy Dead Space 3

True survival horror is dead

by  Arthur Kotsopoulos

©2012 Arthur Kotsopoulos

Spending time at the EA booth at E3, which took the better part of 5 hours. I managed to get my hands and eyes on almost every title they had to offer.

Dead Space 3, developed by Visceral Games, was being shown and was an extremely visceral (oops…a pun) and visually gruesome showcase.

From the moment Isaac awoke upside down in a crashed cockpit, to the sound of the howling blizzard he needed to traverse, everything sounded crisp and clear.

Too bad the vision for this game seems less clear, as what followed had me shaking my head in dismay.  True survival horror seems to have died, an action-focused alien bursting from its innards to replace it.

Dead Space, dead horror: read here

E3 2012: Get ready for Neverwinter to consume your life (for free)

E3 2012: Get ready for Neverwinter to consume your life (for free) 

Winter is coming…

by Arthur Kotsopoulos

©2012 Arthur Kotsopoulos

I’ve never been a huge fan of Massive Multiplayer Online Role Playing Games and I can safely say that World of Warcraft is the ONE game I have not been tainted by.

I enjoyed Warcraft 3, however I didn’t see any personal appeal with World of Warcraft MMORPG.

No matter how many times people tried to shove it down my throat, I resisted and gave my time to other games which I felt had more depth and meaning.

This negative approach to MMORPG’s could change however when Neverwinter hits BETA and is eventually released, because in all honesty playing this for roughly 20 minutes on the final day of E3 totally sucked me in.

Neverwinter: Winter is coming here