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Quantic Dream’s Kara Tech Demo Is An Impressive Leap In Motion Capture Technology

           At E3 in 2006 David Cage, game design artist and CEO/Founder of Quantic Dream, unleashed a tech demo titled, Heavy Rain – The Casting. The tech demo presented a glimpse into where motion capture was headed. The tech demo featured crisp, lifelike animation. It focused on every human animation and gave the character a more lifelike feel than ever before. Although it was pretty revolutionary at the time, the following game, Heavy Rain, never fully realized that feel throughout its game.

           At Game Developers Conference (GDC), David Cage revealed the very I-Robot inspired Kara tech demo to the audience. The tech demo features a narrator working in a factory creating androids (human-like robot not the cell phone). The animation is top notch.Every part of Kara felt like it existed in the real world. Although this is just a tech demo, it was incredible. Everything felt so real and when she was pleading for her life, the raw emotion was conveyed perfectly by even the most minor animation.

           According to 1Up’s article, Quantic Dream’s Kara Demo Gives a Promising Glimpse Into the Future of Motion Capture Technology, “[the demo uses] a technique where all the aspects of a motion-capture performance are recorded at once, rather than the common practice of capturing them separately.” Which, in theory, will allow the animation to appear more cohesive.

           With this new technology Quantic Dream can definitely create quite an experience. The fluidness and overall realism of a game can either make or break the end-user experience. Where Heavy Rain felt janky and stiff at times, with the new tech, Quantic Dream can present gamers with a unique, refined journey.

*Video rights belong to: Eurogamer

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SSX Pre-Order Bonuses

Time is running out to take advantage of Ssx Preorder bonuses! The game releases on February 28, so here’s a quick rundown of the available options.

Amazon
Pre-ordering from Amazon will get you Mac’s level 6 elite snowboard with boost, as well as a $10 credit to use on items shipped and sold by Amazon. Item also eligible for free super saver shipping or 99 cent release date delivery.

Best Buy
At Best Buy you will score Zoe Payne’s level 6 elite snowboard with boost and qualify for free shipping

Gamestop
Gamestop gives you access to Eddie Wachowski(character that made his debut in SSX Tricky) and his elite level 6 snowboard with a boost.

Origin
Will net you the same dlc from GameStop.

Toys ‘R Us
While not participating in the dlc madness, they have the game on sale on for $44.99 with free shipping. TRU does this with a fair amount of pre-orders so be on the lookout for these deals.

Wal-mart
Finally, Wal-Mart is giving out Kaori’s level 6 elite snowboard with boost and a $10 Egift card (for use only on Walmart.com).

As you can see, the bonuses are pretty similar sans Gamestop and Origin. It is unclear whether Eddie will be an unlockable through game progression or a part of future DLC. That being said, it looks like that would be the bonus to snag, but if that doesn’t interest you Amazon definitely is the next best option. Amazon almost always doles out $10 to $20 credits so you can easily start chaining them together after a couple releases and 99 cent release date delivery is a steal.

SSX, Bring On The Avalanche (demo impressions)

          The demo for the newest iteration of SSX is now on PSN and XBOX Live and it is bigger and better than ever.

          SSX (2012) is the first SSX game since its Wii iteration, SSX Blur. With so few snowboarding games in the past years, SSX has come back to take the throne. Judging by the demo, they should have no problem carving up the snowboarding genre.

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The Vita Is Facing Stiff Competition, But The Threat Isn’t Android/iOS Devices or the 3DS

          After the 3DS launched to a shaky start, everyone feared that iOS and Android devices were going to steal the relatively large mobile market. After a mere five months Nintendo was forced to slash the price of the handheld to $170, which gave the device a huge sales boost. Thus proving the market does still exist, although it may be considerably smaller than in previous years. So why do I find it hard to believe the Vita can’t take its fair share of the market? Simply because there are far too many barriers to enjoy the Vita and Sony still can’t market their devices.

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Breathing Life Back Into The Dead

           All around you, the world has been taken to its knees. All you see is blood and fire, everywhere. You hear the groans of what sounds to be an injured man. You walk, slowly, only to find hoards of reanimated corpses. Instead of sneaking away, you pull out all the firepower you can muster and start gunning down everything. As the guns pound away, the blood begins to paint the floor. To the few who have made it close, you pull out a knife and cut their heads clean off. After every corpse falls back to the ground, again, you realize you are no different than these abominations. You are a soldier, a murderer, when in your past life you were just a simple, moral-driven human.
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Uncharted 3 contains the treasures of past games, but the hunt is starting to grow tiresome.

– A review of Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception single player campaign.

Loved:

  • Locations: Every location is more stunning than the last
  • Set-pieces: Bigger and better
  • Animation: The fluidness of Drake pulls you into the action

Lukewarm:

  • Characters: the characters should have been explored in greater detail
  • The puzzles: The ones that were there were exciting, but they were too few and far between for my liking

Hated:

  • Gun-play and the amount of it: To be honest it is quite exhausting. There is little time to explore your surroundings as shells are often flying past your head

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Valentine’s Day will never be the same. Twisted Metal Demo Impressions.

*box art was found at: Twisted Metal Blog

                 Ah! Twisted Metal, the franchise that probably killed hours upon hours of your childhood, is finally back. The most recent iteration, which wasn’t a port of a previous game (yes i’m talking about you Twisted Metal: Head on: Extra Twisted edition), was back in 2001, of course I’m talking about Twisted Metal Black. Twisted Metal Black was a fantastic game that was loved by the media and gamers alike, and introduced the more gritty feel of the Twisted Metal universe. After 11 years David Jaffe and his team, Eat Sleep Play, are ready to drop a bomb on Valentines Day (in the US), with their reboot titled, Twisted Metal. From playing the demo for about two hours, the explosions will be huge indeed. The game will be familiar to those who have played past iterations. There are jumping cars, rockets exploding and machine guns spraying around every corner.No safe haven exists in Twisted Metal. You have to be ready for anything at any moment.
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