OXCGN’s EB Expo 2012 Snapshot: Upcoming Games Previewed – Day One

OXCGN’s EB Expo 2012 Snapshot: Upcoming Games Previewed – Day One

Quick thoughts on the latest up-and-coming games.

by Daniel Geikowski

©2012 Daniel Geikowski

Every gamer (and budding gaming journalist) dreams of going to E3 in Los Angeles. Getting their hands on and playing the most anticipated games.

However, like most people, I’ll take what I can get.

Here in Australia we currently have the EB Games Expo. While it’s not as big as E3, Australians like myself get a chance to check out the latest on games we’re all looking forward to, often with later builds of games shown earlier in L.A.

Over the next three days, we’ll be providing feedback on the latest, greatest and everything in between that we manage to get our hands on.

The following are our impressions from the limited time we had with each game, and are subject to change over the course of each game’s development cycle.

Impressions are judged with the following rating:

Green: game looks fantastic, polished and basically a guaranteed winner

Yellow: game looks great, but there’s a bit of uncertainty or something that didn’t quite work right

Orange: game is shaping up, but needs some work.

EB Expo game impressions

OXCGN’s Darksiders II Review: Death Comes Knocking

OXCGN’s Darksiders II Review

Death Comes Knocking

by David Faulk

©2012 David Faulk

Death. The big sleep. The final curtain call. The inevitable. The end.

This is how Darksiders 2 begins.

Darksiders 2 is the sequel to THQ and Vigil’s mildly successful game Darksiders, which was released in early 2010.

It takes place during the events of the first game, with the most powerful of the four horsemen of the apocalypse, Death, riding to clear the sullied name of his brother, War.

Instead of taking place solely on Earth, Darksiders 2 takes Death all around the outer realms, from Angelic Outposts to the Land of the Dead, and practically everywhere in between.

Darksiders 2 review

OXCGN’s Darksiders II Event: ‘Death’ comes for us all

OXCGN’s Darksiders II Event 

‘Death’ comes for us all

by Chris Fox

© 2012 Chris Fox

THQ were nice enough to invite me to their European headquarters to show off their new game last Monday.

The place: sweltering hot London.

The game: Darksiders II.

The food: really, really good burgers.

The question on the lips of everyone present was can Darksiders II take the enjoyable exploration and even more enjoyable combat to the next level for this sequel?

It was time to saddle up with the four horsemen and find out.

Darkness II answers here

OXCGN’s E3 2012 Snapshot: Day 2 New Games Previewed

OXCGN’s E3 2012 Snapshot: Day 2: New Games Previewed

Massive number of bite-sized previews

by David Hilton

©2012 David Hilton


Games are ultimately what draws the press from around the world to Los Angeles for E3.  The chance to see, play, and preview the newest announced or displayed games from around the globe.

But that’s just for the press.

We don’t want you to completely miss out though, or wait for long detailed descriptions on the games you want to know about now.

So we are running around like chickens with our heads chomped off (by ZombiU zombies?) to give you mini-previews of as many games as possible.

Each day we’re going to list a short snippet regarding each game, listing what we “got” – whether that is hands-on time, a trailer, et cetera – our impressions based upon that, and then our thoughts.

Click Here for Day 1

Click here for Day 3

Impressions are judged with a badge based upon the impression itself.

Green: game looks fantastic, polished and basically a guaranteed winner

Yellow: game looks great, but there’s a bit of uncertainty or something that didn’t quite work right

Orange: game is shaping up, but needs some work.

And now, let’s get down to business!   Day 2!

E3 2012 Game previews, click here

OXCGN’s Top 10 Anticipated Sequels of E3 2012

OXCGN’s Top 10 Anticipated Sequels of E3 2012

All roads lead to E3

by Daniel Geikowski

©2012 Daniel Geikowski


The one thing that makes gamers around the world go absolute batshit crazy.

Some in a good way, where announcements make gamers jump into loving bro-hugging (or the female gamer equivalent….sis-hugging….”shugging” we’ll go with) embraces, others which draw the ire of gamers everywhere.

Over the last few years, we have come to expect a few things are a given at E3; the latest Call of Duty will feature, Microsoft will draw the gaze of gamers everywhere simply by saying “Halo”, some weird and awkward guy on stage will make an ass of himself using the Kinect, and people everywhere detest Valve for announcing/demoing/talking about a game that isn’t Half Life with the number 3 attached.

However, it’s usually the announcement of the unexpected that gets gamers up and about.

It’s E3 Sequel time here