Monthly Archives: April 2012

The Trials Evolution edition with Radio Wammo

Trials Evolution is a downloadable game on Xbox Live Arcade. It’s the sequel to Trials HD, which came out a couple of years ago, and it was one of those games that really bought out the competitive spirit between your XBLA friends. How dare they beat my time by one one hundredth of a second!! I shall avenge my previous high score!

Today with Glenn “Wammo” William, I spoke about Trials Evolution and how much I love it. I do. It’s the most played game in our house over the past week (although, I was off work sick today so gave The Witcher 2 Enhanced Edition some love this afternoon. Oh, how much I hate that kayden swamp monster!)

I’ve just watched the video and apologies: I look worse than I expected. I didn’t really do my hair, I’m unshaven and I just generally look like a slob. I hope my words come out better than my appearance.

Let me know in the comments section what you think of Trials Evolution. Please.

Tuesday usual on a Friday

It’s Friday now but I really should have posted this up on Tuesday as, you know, seeing as that’s the day I chat to Glenn “Wammo” Williams about gaming on Kiwi FM. That’s might slack of me, to be honest. Oh, well, sorry about that.

Anyway, with Glenn we chatted about Kinect Star Wars and, sorry, but I didn’t like it that much. It’s a great idea – let’s pretend we’re real life jedis waving our lightsabres about the place – but unfortunately it’s just a very average game – even my 12-year-old son who likes Star Wars (a bit) didn’t like the game much at all. Most of the issues I had, apart from the lacklustre story and the average visuals, was that Kinect didn’t seem to be able to keep up with all my movements all of the time.

I actually found – maybe subconsciously – that holding something in my hand, such as a TV remote, actually worked better than just holding thin air or a fist in front of Kinect. I still think, and I’ve said this many, many times, that for certain games I still think Kinect needs some sort of peripheral to help with the motion tracking. Just a thought.

Anyway, watch the video and let me know what you think in the comments section. One thing I did notice was that I shouldn’t stretch like I did at the beginning: It made me look like a fat bastard. And I’m not.

G’nite.

The Witcher 2 really is that good

You might remember that some time ago I posted an interview with some dude from Polish game developer CD Projekt about the upcoming RPG game, The Witcher 2 Asssassins of Kings Enhanced edition (Xbox 360). He spoke all about the game, which is the console version of the PC game that came out a year or so ago. He told us lots of interesting things about the game (you did read it, didn’t you? Of course, you did).

Well, on Thursday that game was sitting in my mailbox when I got home from work. And that night I played it (my dear wife even sat on the couch and watched the opening cinematic, which is breathtakingly good. You can see it here. Go on, click the link: you know you want to) and next thing I know it’s 12.45am and I have to  force myself to go to bed as I’ve got a day job.

After a few scant hours, I’ve fallen in love with the game world featuring Geralt of Rivia, a witcher and slayer of dragons.

I didn’t fall in love with Geralt of Rivia himself (his weird eyes just give me the creeps) but The Witcher 2 could be the best RPG game I’ve played in a very, very, very long time. I shall be playing some more of it tonight. And tomorrow night. And Sunday night. And for as many nights as it takes to finish it. It is an astonishing game.

It’s also an amazing visual astonishment, given that the 360 is what? Six years old now? CD Projekt must be pushing the Microsoft console to the very limit with the visuals on the game.

In other news today

In other news today, Rockstar has released a new video for the upcoming Max Payne 3. I played the original Max Payne and it’s sequel, Max Payne 2, to death when I used to do most of my gaming on PC. The video shows off the game’s bullet time mechanics, which look pretty neat. I had the chance to get some hands-on time with Max Payne 3 but I had to say no. My day job got in the way, unfortunately. After watching this video, I wish I’d gone to see it in action  

The Tuesday usual: chatting with Radio Wammo

Now that it’s getting autumnal for us here in New Zealand (my son things that’s a great word: autumnal. He used the phrase autumnal leaves in a school essay) what better way than to spend a cool autumn evening than listening to me and Kiwi FM radio announcer Glenn “Wammo” Williams talking games, games and more games.

Today on is Radio Wammo breakfast we discuss the rumours surrounding the PlayStation 4, codenamed Orbis, chat about Angry Birds working on taking over the world (hold on: hasn’t it already taken over the world?) and briefly touch upon Kinect Star Wars, which embargoes lift for at midnight tonight, NZ time.

Grab a warm toddy, put on your slippers, pull up the rug and turn up the volume. That’s how I watch me on Radio Wammo.