Friday, February 13, 2015

UNBOXING The Order 1886 PS4 [HD]



This. UNBOXING The Order 1886" for the Sony PlayStation 4. If you LIKE the video, please SHARE and SUBSCRIBE! https://www.youtube.com/user/madskillzdotcom

Friday, December 5, 2014

KHOU 2014 holiday gift guide for gamers - with M4d Ski11z [HD]



WATCH. M4d Ski11z, the Houston Gamer, schools KHOU's Ron Trevino on what
gamers want for Christmas 2014. If you LIKE the video, please LIKE it,
SHARE it and SUBSCRIBE!

Monday, November 24, 2014

Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker EARLY UNBOXING [HD]



This. "Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker" on the Nintendo Wii U - BEFORE
RELEASE! Early unboxing of "Captain Toad." If you LIKE the video, please
SHARE and SUBSCRIBE!

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Persona Q Premium Edition EARLY UNBOXING [HD]



This. "Persona Q: Shadow of the Labyrinth" Premium Edition UNBOXING. If you LIKE, please SHARE and SUBSCRIBE! https://www.youtube.com/user/madskillzdotcom

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

EARLY Skylanders Trap Team UNBOXING [HD]



EARLY Skylanders: Trap Team UNBOXING! If you LIKE the video, please SHARE and SUBSCRIBE! https://youtube.com/user/madskillzdotcom

Monday, September 29, 2014

SHADOW OF MORDOR UNBOXING PS4 [HD]



UNBOXING Shadow of Mordor PS4 [HD] If you LIKE the video, please SHARE and SUBSCRIBE! https://youtube.com/user/madskillzdotcom?feature=watch

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

EARLY Disney Infinity 2.0 Marvel Super Heroes UNBOXING [HD]



This. EARLY UNBOXING of Disney Infinity 2.0 Marvel Super Heroes Starter
Park, characters AND playsets a WEEK BEFORE RELEASE! If you LIKE the
video, please SHARE and SUBSCRIBE!

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

UNBOXING DESTINY THE GHOST EDITION Xbox One [HD]



Unboxing "Destiny The Ghost Edition" for the Xbox One. If you LIKE the video, please SHARE and SUBSCRIBE! https://youtube.com/user/madskillzdotcom?feature=watch

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

M4d Ski11z speaks about Ferguson, race on Fox 26 Houston



Houston's illest video game journalist, M4d Ski11z, the Houston Gamer, was interviewed by Fox 26 reporter Damali Keith about Ferguson, Missouri, driving while black and race. If you LIKE the video, please SHARE and SUBSCRIBE!

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

So I played "Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare" [HD]



Yes, I played "Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare" at a multiplayer event in San Francisco last week. If you LIKE the video, please SHARE and SUBSCRIBE! https://www.youtube.com/user/madskillzdotcom

Friday, May 23, 2014

EARLY WATCH DOGS UNBOXING PS4 XBOX ONE



This. Early "Watch Dogs" PS4/Xbox One UNBOXING! If you LIKE the video, please LIKE the video, SHARE and SUBSCRIBE! https://www.youtube.com/user/madskillzdotcom?feature=watch

Friday, May 2, 2014

UNBOXING MLB 14 THE SHOW PS4 PlayStation 4 [HD]



EARLY MLB 14 The Show for the PS4 UNBOXING! If you LIKE the video, please LIKE, SHARE and SUBSCRIBE! https://www.youtube.com/user/madskillzdotcom

Friday, April 18, 2014

What are YOU playing this weekend? With Ski11z



What are YOU playing this weekend? I'll be playing "Infamous Second Son"
and watching "The Passion of the Christ." If you LIKE the video, please
SHARE and SUBSCRIBE. ;)

Sunday, April 13, 2014

SCORE! Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker, Pikmin!



So, Houston's sickest video game journalist, M4d Ski11z, picked up
"Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker" and "Pikmin" for the Nintendo Gamecube ON
THE CHEAP! If you LIKE this video, please SHARE and SUBSCRIBE!

Skylander Easter basket GIVEAWAY!



Do you want a FREE Skylander-themed Easter Basket? Watch this video! If
you LIKE the video, please SHARE and SUBSCRIBE! More info at -
Houstongamer.com

Friday, March 14, 2014

EARLY Infamous Second Son UNBOXING!



EARLY Infamous Second Son UNBOXING - a week before release! If you LIKE the video, please SHARE and SUBSCRIBE!

Monday, March 10, 2014

EARLY Titanfall UNBOXING with M4d Ski11z



In the mail today. "Titanfall," the multiplayer shooter from EA and Respawn Entertainment. If you LIKE the video, please SHARE and SUBSCRIBE!

Monday, March 3, 2014

No, the Xbox One and Microsoft aren't in trouble [HD]



For gamers - no, the Xbox One and Microsoft AREN'T in trouble. Just play. If you LIKE the video, please SHARE and SUBSCRIBE!

Friday, February 21, 2014

What are YOU playing this weekend? With Ski11z



What are YOU playing this weekend? I'm finish up 'Thief,' 'Donkey Kong
Country: Tropical Freeze' and will take the Snakebyte Vyper Gaming
Tablet for a spin. If you LIKE the video, SHARING is CARING and please SUBSCRIBE!

UNBOXING Snakebyte Vyper with M4d Ski11z



In the mail today - the Snakebyte Vyper Gaming Edition Tablet. It's an
Android tablet that is a console, Smart Tv and a tablet. If you LIKE the
video, please SHARE and SUBSCRIBE!

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Last of Us: American Dream UNBOXING with Ski11z



M4d Ski11z unboxes "The Last of Us: American Dream" comic from Dark House. If you LIKE the video, please SHARE and SUBSCRIBE!

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

EARLY Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze (Wii U) UNBOXING!



This. Early unboxing of "Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze" on the Wii U. If you LIKE this video, please SHARE and SUBSCRIBE!

Thursday, February 6, 2014

Old-school games that need MODERN HD remakes!



Here are a few old-school games that need new-school remakes on PS4,
Xbox One and the Wii U. If you LIKE the video, please SHARE and
SUBSCRIBE!

64gb iPad, Canon camera and lenses on SCORE!



In this episode of SCORE, a 64gb iPad for $100 and 2 Canon lenses for
just $27! If you LIKE the video, please SHARE and SUBSCRIBE!

Monday, February 3, 2014

Over an HOUR of "Fable Anniversary" gameplay!



Forgive the over gamma. Here's over an HOUR of "Fable Anniversary"
gameplay. If you LIKE the video, please SHARE and SUBSCRIBE! Tell your
friends, peeps, even yo MOMA!

Friday, January 31, 2014

Don't buy a PS4 or an Xbox One now. Here's why [HD]



After two full months with both the Microsoft Xbox One and the Sony PS4, if you are still on the fence, don't buy either. Here's why. If you LIKE the video, please SHARE and SUBSCRIBE.

EARLY Fable Anniversary UNBOXING [HD]



EARLY Fable Anniversary UNBOXING! If you LIKE the video, please SHARE and SUBSCRIBE!

Backward Compatibility should be on PS4, Xbox One


 
Backward compatibility should be on the PS4, Xbox One. If you LIKE the video, please SHARE and SUBSCRIBE!

Thursday, January 9, 2014

PlayStation Now - the good, the bad, the ugly



Sony announced a new gaming service, PlayStation Now. Here are a few of my thoughts on the streaming service. If you LIKE, please SHARE!

Friday, December 20, 2013

2013 Holiday TECH GIFT GUIDE with M4d Ski11z



Here it is - the 2013 holiday gift guide for TECHIES with the Houston Gamer - M4d Ski11z. If you LIKE, please SHARE and SUBSCRIBE! Thank you!

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Fox 26 Houston holiday video game gift guide with M4d Ski11z!



This - Houston Gamer, M4d Ski11z - Willie Jefferson was on FOX 26 Houston with *Retro Gamer* Damali Keith and his picks for the HOTTEST video games of 2013. If you LIKE, please SHARE and SUBSCRIBE!

Thursday, December 5, 2013

Gran Turismo 6 (PS3) UNBOXING with Ski11z [HD]



The Houston Gamer unboxes "Gran Turismo 6" for the PlayStation 3. If you LIKE, please SHARE and SUBSCRIBE!

Fox 26 Houston teaser with M4d Ski11z



Here's a quick video I shot after the holiday gift guide segment at Fox 26 Houston on Wednesday. The actual segment airs 9 a.m. Saturday.

Thursday, October 3, 2013

EARLY Unboxing of BEYOND TWO SOULS [HD]



EARLY "Beyond Two Souls" unboxing with M4d Ski11z. If you LIKE the video, please SHARE and SUBSCRIBE! 

Saturday, September 28, 2013

Hands-on with Sony PlayStation 4, Skylanders Swap Force PS4



Snap! Houston Gamer M4d Ski11z got a special visit from Activision. Not only did they bring "Skylanders Swap Force," they brought along a sick PS4! If you LIKE the video, please SHARE and SUBSCRIBE!

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Grand Theft Auto V SWAG EDITION unboxing



Here's the actual unboxing of Grand Theft Auto V and a closer look at the Grand Theft Auto V swag. If you LIKE the video, please SHARE and SUBSCRIBE!

Grand Theft Auto V - SPECIAL SWAG EDITION unboxing



Here it is - Grand Theft Auto 5 UNBOXING and some really slick GTA V swag, courtesy of Rockstar Games. If you LIKE the video, please SHARE and SUBSCRIBE!

Sunday, September 15, 2013

Orb Audio Mini-T amp packs a punch - REVIEW



This. Orb Audio's Mini-T amp is small but packs a PUNCH. If you LIKE this video, please SHARE and SUBSCRIBE!

Unboxing Killzone Mercenary (PS Vita)


Check out my Killzone Mercenary for the PS Vita UNBOXING. If you LIKE this video, please SHARE and SUBSCRIBE!

Review: Take your Jabra Solemate everywhere


This. Jabra's Solemate brings wireless sounds to any locale with you. If you LIKE my video, please SHARE it and SUBSCRIBE!

Saturday, August 31, 2013

Very rare E3 2011 Skylander Spyro worth $750?!


Very rare E3 2011 Skylander Spyro worth $750? Yes. Here's why. If you LIKE the video, please LIKE the video, SHARE and SUBSCRIBE!

Friday, August 30, 2013

EARLY Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 ReMix (U.S. version) UNBOXING


Sony sent an early review copy of "Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 ReMix" (U.S. version) for the PS3. If you LIKE the video, please LIKE the video, SHARE and SUBSCRIBE!

Fox 26 interviews Houston Gamer Willie Jefferson



This. I was interviewed by Fox 26 Houston about children and gangs. Check out my video AND please LIKE, SHARE and SUBSCRIBE!

Friday, August 2, 2013

Saints Row IV: Commander in Chief UNBOXING


Saints Row IV: Commander in Chief Edition UNBOXING! 3 weeks before release! If you LIKE the video, please SHARE it and SUBSCRIBE!

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

VERY EARLY Pikmin 3 Wii U UNBOXING!

This. EARLY Pikmin 3 unboxing with M4d Ski11z. http://youtu.be/CetLr_j8Nhc

Thursday, July 18, 2013

$399 Xbox One? Yes, says M4d Ski11z!

$399 Xbox One? SERIOUSLY? Yes, says M4d Ski11z. If you LIKE this video, please SHARE and SUBSCRIBE.

http://youtu.be/54nYAOvh7o0

Let me be clear - George Zimmerman verdict



This. M4d Ski11z sounds off on the George Zimmerman verdict. If you LIKE the video, please SHARE and SUBSCRIBE.

Saturday, July 6, 2013

Shoutout Saturday AND Let me be clear - with Ski11z

Shout out Saturday AND Let me be clear - when to PULL the PLUG! If you LIKE this video, please SHARE and SUBSCRIBE! http://www.youtube.com/user/madskillzdotcom

http://youtu.be/QiyLJZD6S0I

What are YOU playing this weekend with Ski11z

This. http://youtu.be/R4bfBi-dVCM

So, what are YOU playing THIS WEEKEND? If you LIKE, please SHARE and SUBSCRIBE! http://www.youtube.com/user/madskillzdotcom


Sunday, June 23, 2013

EARLY "Project X Zone" 3DS UNBOXING with M4d Ski11z

http://youtu.be/KJwj8Ru1B5A

"Project X Zone" for the Nintendo 3DS in for review. If you LIKE the video, please SHARE and SUBSCRIBE! http://www.youtube.com/user/madskillzdotcom

Thursday, June 20, 2013

Microsoft drops DRM and Xbox One for $399? Yepp ...

Do you think Microsoft will release a $399 Xbox One? I think so. My thoughts.

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http://youtu.be/ViWMJKOJU6I

Monday, June 17, 2013

E3 2013 ANALYSIS with M4d Ski11z




  LOS ANGELES - It’s been a week since E3’s main events started, from the Xbox One’s gaming lineup reveals to the unveiling of Sony’s newest PlayStation, the PlayStation 4. Not to be outdone, Nintendo didn’t do a huge breakout event but did reveal several first and third-party titles during their Nintendo Direct segment.

However, the biggest announcements at E3 revolved around the PlayStation 4 and the Xbox One.

One of the coolest things about the Electronic Entertainment Expo, called E3, is how many video game events around the city actually start days before the main event, which typically starts on Tuesdays.

On Sunday, Disney was the first out of the gate with their action-figure video game, “Infinity.” The video game, which uses plastic figures that appear in-game as playable characters, doesn’t hit store shelves until August, was unveiled at a private event in downtown LA on June 9th. After a brief introduction about the game and a movie about the title, Disney gave the media and VIPs a chance to take the title for a spin. The game is aimed directly at younger gamers and will utilize several iconic characters from Disney franchises. I could see Disney even using “Star Wars” and Marvel characters in this game.

On Monday, Microsoft unveiled a few surprises, including a new, slimmer version of the Xbox 360, as well as a hefty list of video games for the Xbox One. Microsoft did reveal the price of the new console - $499 – but wasn’t clear on the specific date when the Xbox One would launch.

The gaming lineup for the Xbox One is excellent, though many of the heavy-hitters won’t be available at launch. Some of the big titles announced included a new “Halo” title, the newest driving game, “Forza 5,” a Roman-flavored 3rd person action game, "Ryse," a futuristic shooter by Respawn called “Titanfall” and a few exclusive titles including “Dead Rising 3” and the anticipated reboot of the Nintendo title, “Killer Instinct.”

Not to be outdone, Sony had their PS4 unveiling later that day at the LA Sports Arena. Sony showed off several titles, including their newest “Killzone” title, their driving game, “Grand Turismo 6,” actual gameplay from Bungie’s upcoming shooter, “Destiny” and several announcements about console exclusive content for upcoming titles.

The biggest shocks for the PS4 unveiling was the price - $399, $100 cheaper than the new Xbox One – and the ability to play used games. As soon as Sony exec Jack Tretton showed the graphic detailing the differences between the Xbox One and the PS4, the crowd cheered loudly. The PS4 will not require online, unlike the Xbox One, and will be able to share used games or resell them.

For Nintendo, the company will focus on their handheld, the 3DS XL with a gaggle of new titles, including “Pokemon X & Y,” “Super Smash Brothers,” (also on the Wii U) “Mario Party.” For the Wii, Nintendo is bringing several titles, including a new “Zelda” game, “Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker,” “Super Mario Brothers 3D,” “Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze” and “Mario Kart 8.”

The biggest shockers of E3? Witnessing a street race in front of the LA Convention Center between two “Forza 5” themed McLaren’s and getting a chance to play the new Xbox One.

Stay tuned for more E3 coverage.

Thursday, June 13, 2013

Check out E3 2013, first-person shooter style!



Check out my first-person shooter walkthrough video from E3!


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Early Jak and Daxter Collection (PS Vita) Unboxing!


This. One of my homies from way back, Mickey C. aka Dr. Micah Carter, a preacher, unboxing Jak and Daxter Collection for the PS Vita days before release.

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

"The Last Of Us" UNBOXING - 10 DAYS EARLY!



Naughty Dog's "The Last Of Us" UNBOXING 10 DAYS BEFORE RELEASE!

If you LIKE, please SHARE and SUBSCRIBE! http://www.youtube.com/user/madskillzdotcom

Thursday, May 30, 2013

M4d Ski11z introduces CyPOP and Josie Baik



M4d Ski11z introduces CyPOP and Josie Baik! If you LIKE the video, please SHARE and SUBSCRIBE! http://www.youtube.com/user/madskillzdotcom

Thursday, May 9, 2013

EARLY Metro Last Light Unboxing!


EARLY Metro Last Light Unboxing! If you LIKE the video, LIKE it, FAVORITE it, SHARE and SUBSCRIBE! http://www.youtube.com/user/madskillzdotcom

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Why gamer chicks are HOT - with M4d Ski11z



This. Why gamer chicks are HOT.


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Friday, February 22, 2013

Minh Dam (Dam Gamer Chick!) AND What are YOU playing?



Introducing Minh Dam - aka Dam Gamer Chick - and what are YOU playing this weekend.

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Friday, November 30, 2012

AFTERGLOW Universal Wireless Headset REVIEW



Review: PDP's Afterglow Wireless headphones are great value for $89.

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Thursday, November 15, 2012

UNBOXING with Ski11z - what came in the #mail today?


The Harman Kardon Soundsticks Wireless speakers in the mail.

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Thursday, November 8, 2012

EARLY WII U UNBOXING with M4d Ski11z



EARLY Wii U Unboxing - 10 days before release!


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Monday, October 22, 2012

"HALO 4 LIMITED EDITION" UNBOXING - 2 WEEKS EARLY



"Halo 4" Limited Edition, TWO WEEKS before release!
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Wednesday, October 3, 2012

REVIEW: Sony PULSE wireless stereo headsets by M4d Ski11z



This.M4d Ski11z of the Houston Chronicle reviews the Sony PULSE Wireless Stereo Headset. 

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Tuesday, September 11, 2012

VERY EARLY "BORDERLANDS 2" UNBOXING with M4d Ski11z! ;)



Yes. It's Borderlands 2 - a WEEK BEFORE RELEASE.


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Friday, September 7, 2012

EARLY UNBOXING - TEKKEN TAG TOURNAMENT 2 with M4d Ski11z!



In the  today - Tekken Tag Tournament 2 - EARLY UNBOXING!


Please subscribe and tell your friends! http://www.youtube.com/user/madskillzdotcom?feature=watch

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

R U ready for "Black Ops II?"

Activision announced details Tuesday about "Call of Duty: Black Ops II" and the various editions. Here is the skinny on them:


CARE PACKAGE (Xbox 360/PS3) SRP $179.99:
  • Call of Duty: Black Ops II
  • Remote Controlled MQ-27 Dragonfire Drone - Command cutting-edge technology, exclusively for this once-in-a-lifetime combat collection.
  • Nuketown Zombies Bonus Map - Battle hordes of Zombies in this beloved 1960s nuclear neighborhood.
  • Nuketown 2025 Bonus Map - Relive the close quarters chaos of this classic fan-favorite map re-imagined in a 1960s visionary depiction of the "model home of the future."
  • Collectible 2-Sided SteelBook - Limited edition game case featuring exclusive artwork.
  • (2) Challenge Coins - Limited edition challenge coins that serve as your key to exclusive digital content.
  • Weapon Camo - Rank-up in style with an exclusive multiplayer weapon skin.
  • (2) Player Card Backgrounds - Liven up any killcam with two exclusive player card backgrounds, inspired by Nuketown 2025 and Zombies.
  • Official Call of Duty: Black Ops II Soundtrack - A digital copy of composer Jack Wall's epic in-game score with Theme by Trent Reznor.
  • Xbox LIVE CLAW Avatar Prop - An exclusive avatar prop, deployable to a dashboard near you.
  • Xbox LIVE Zombies Avatar Costume - Show off your pride with an avatar costume built exclusively for fans of the Call of Duty undead.
(PlayStation 3 versions include a dynamic multiplayer theme of the Turbine map as well as a dynamic Zombies theme that shows off Call of Duty: Black Ops II Zombies)


HARDENED EDITION (Xbox 360/PS3) SRP $79.99:
  • Call of Duty: Black Ops II
  • Nuketown Zombies Bonus Map - Battle hordes of Zombies in this beloved 1960s nuclear neighborhood.
  • Nuketown 2025 Bonus Map - Relive the close quarters chaos of this classic fan-favorite map re-imagined in a 1960s visionary depiction of the "model home of the future."
  • Collectible 2-Sided SteelBook® - Limited edition game case featuring exclusive artwork.
  • (2) Challenge Coins - Limited edition challenge coins that serve as your key to exclusive digital content.
  • Weapon Camo - Rank-up in style with an exclusive multiplayer weapon skin.
  • (2) Player Card Backgrounds - Liven up any killcam with two exclusive player card backgrounds, inspired by Nuketown 2025 and Zombies.
  • Official Call of Duty: Black Ops II Soundtrack - A digital copy of composer Jack Wall's epic in-game score with Theme by Trent Reznor.
  • Xbox LIVE CLAW Avatar Prop - An exclusive avatar prop, deployable to a dashboard near you.
  • Xbox LIVE Zombies Avatar Costume - Show off your pride with an avatar costume built exclusively for fans of the Call of Duty undead. 
(PlayStation 3 versions include a dynamic multiplayer theme of the Turbine map as well as a dynamic Zombies theme that shows off Call of Duty: Black Ops II Zombies)

In addition, the Digital Deluxe Edition for PC contains the following digital items--

DIGITAL DELUXE EDITION (PC) SRP $79.99:
  • Call of Duty: Black Ops II
  • Nuketown Zombies Bonus Map - Battle hordes of Zombies in this beloved 1960s nuclear neighborhood.
  • Nuketown 2025 Bonus Map - Relive the close quarters chaos of this classic fan-favorite map re-imagined in a 1960s visionary depiction of the "model home of the future."
  • Weapon Camo - Rank-up in style with an exclusive multiplayer weapon skin.
  • (2) Player Card Backgrounds - Liven up any killcam with two exclusive player card backgrounds, inspired by Nuketown 2025 and Zombies.
  • Official Call of Duty: Black Ops II Soundtrack - A digital copy of composer Jack Wall's epic in-game score with Theme by Trent Reznor.
  • Call of Duty®: World at War Game Download Token - A digital download of Treyarch's classic title, traversing WWII storylines from the Pacific to European theaters of war.

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Reviews: Darksiders 2, Sleeping Dogs


Darksider II
Published by THQ
Developed by Vigil Games
Available: NOW
Price: $59.99
Available on: Sony PS3, Microsoft Xbox 360 and PC


I’ve brought pain – I’ve dropped the hammer but never, ever have I played as the character Death himself. I was looking forward to taking “Darksiders II” for a spin as the Grim Reaper, heck, with my black hoodie, my deadly scythes and an irritable disposition – and no Skittle or Arizona tea either (RIP, Trayvon).

However, I quickly realized that even the dreaded Death got a makeover. Now, instead of a hooded figure, Death looks like he’s touring with Alice in Chains. He’s buff – guess he has been hitting Planet Fitness like a boss – and even packs his brother’s lost revolver.
Just one question – what does Death need with a revolver?
Developed by Vigil Games and published by THQ, “Darksiders II” is the second installment in the “Darksiders” series. In this game, Death must figure out how to restore humanity and clear his brother name, War, who is accused of starting the Apocalypse.
The action kicks off slowly – you start off with Despair, his trusty horse (you'll find yourself being tired of Death saying 'This is no place for a horse') and his crow, Dust. You will face a few enemies to introduce you to combat. You have two main weapons – your primary weapon and a killer, heavy weapon – as well as your revolver – well, your brother's.
The game is also filled with minigames – brain teaser type games. You may find yourself stuck, hanging off a ledge and figure out you need to run across the wheels – Death rocks at this – or scale overgrown vegetation. You'll also get tired of rolling huge stone balls around to unlock gates. Meh. You'll also be able to use constructs - these rock creatures that are powerful enough to destroy rock formations, fight baddies and unlock doors.
 
The biggest gripe so far is the suspect camera angles. You will find yourself shaking your head, especially in the midst of battles – and the camera pans behind a rock, blocking your view of Death. I would love to find a way to reset the camera, especially as enemies descend on you in unrelenting waves.
I haven't been able to get online with the action yet – but I'll definitely update it when I can get back online. I also have about 6 minutes on gameplay uploaded on YouTube if you are interested. http://youtu.be/FtTWdkKpT0o
My recommendation? BUY. This game is repetitive - no doubt - but it's still fun clearing your brother and fellow Four Horseman's name and restore humanity. If you don't mind the crazy camera angles at times, it's a fun game to just unplug and enjoy.

8 stars (out of 10)




Sleeping Dogs
Developed by: United Front Games
Published by: Square-Enix
Available: NOW
Available on: PC, PS3, Xbox 360

Price: $59.99 and up

Rating: M for Mature


I have been a huge fan of Activision's franchise “True Crime.” It was a GTA-knockoff, but it was still fun to play. The first one was by far my favorite. Set in LA, you fought gangs, Triads and drove like you were Joilet Jake and Elwood Blues in the “Blue Brothers.”

Finally, Activision made plans to bring the last-generation sensation to current generation HD consoles. However, Activision didn't think their newest offering, set in Hong Kong would catch fire so they dropped it. Square Enix decided to pick up the title and finish what Activision started. Did they succeed? Did they fail? It's not perfect but Square Enix has pumped life into the 'True Crime' series, even if they had to flip the script and change the name.

Developed by United Front Games and published by Square Enix, “Sleeping Dogs” follows an undercover cop, Wei Shen working with the Hong Kong PD, who is looking for a way into the Sun On Yee organization. Wei uses his old contacts from his days in Hong Kong to gain the trust of the Red Poles.

The first part of the game starts off with you doing errand missions – take over stores, chase a hood – but after you wipe the floor with an early boss, the world of Hong Kong, which seemed some closed and focused at first – is now open for gamers. It's single player, so you can't do co-op with a friend to tear the town up, but it's still a hoot without the feature.

You are free to complete main missions, side missions or just cruise. You start off with a motorcycle and unlike GTA and “Saints Row,” you can't just jack a car or bike and expect to store it for later. You ARE an officer – be it undercover, so you have to adhere to the law somewhat, even if you beat down suspects to an inch within losing their lives.

The slickest feature is, without a doubt, the fight system. Wu can bust caps, pick up knives, pipes and wreck shop. The controls are very similar to “Batman” - you have punches but jam on Y to counter a foe's punch or kick. When the foe is about to strike, most times – I repeat MOST TIMES – the enemies will flash red, letting you know they are about to strike.
The story is cool – it's not cheesy and you actually feel sorry for the people he's gaining the trust of. Revenge motivates Wei Shen.

The camera angles are ok – the biggest adjustment for me was remembering which side of the street to drive on. The graphics look good, though at times the game suffers from slight pop-in and during cutscenes, the game sometimes shows it's shelf life.

Be warned - the language is salty. I counted quite a few F-bombs in just 5 minutes of gameplay alone. If you have little ears around, please wear headphones or put the sound on mute.

The music is killer - the sounds are great, the soundtrack a hit. If you don't mind the characters speaking their language and mixing it with English - enabling subtitles is a definite plus - you'll have fun with the audio.

Want to see video of "Sleeping Dogs" gameplay? Here's the link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2rPz2D7p3WE

My recommendation? BUY. Sure, it will remind of you "Yakuza" or "Stranglehold." Sure, the plot is worn but trust me - the game is so much fun. You have the freedom to play this game the way you want. I'll update the review with online gameplay as soon as possible.

8.5 stars (out of 10)

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

VERY EARLY DARKSIDERS II UNBOXING 2 WEEKS BEFORE RELEASE!



VERY EARLY DARKSIDERS II UNBOXING! 2 WEEKS BEFORE RELEASE!

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Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Review: Able Planet PS400B, JOURNEY and Test Drive: Ferrari Racing Legends

Able Planet PS400B headphones
Cost: $99
Available: Now



Creating a killer headphone isn’t hard. A few rules of thumb - make the headset affordable, comfortable on the ears and seal in the music. Make the listener forget there’s a down economy, the dog is barking and they are trapped in a dead-end job. Sadly, most headphone makers don’t come close to making a quality product that offers any of the features listed earlier.


Enter Able Planet, stage left. The company, known for their $349 noise-canceling Clear Harmony headsets, has lower-end models for consumers on a tighter budget. The new PS400B headset at $99 offers a great mix of sound reproduction without the need for batteries.


The headset is lightweight and fits over your ears comfortably. While the headset isn’t as sturdy as the Clear Harmony headset, it’s still sturdy enough to take damage if it has to. The headset is light enough that you’ll forget you’re wearing them.

The sound reproduction is superb. From the deep bass of hip hop, to the high notes in classical songs, the PS400B can give your ears a good treat for a fraction of the cost of the Clear Harmony headset. While the PS400Bs lack noise cancelation, the headset does do a really good job of blocking out most noises.


The PS400B also offers in-line volume control so you can reach for your cable to adjust the volume.


My recommendation? BUY. If you are looking for good headphones that won’t break your bank, you can’t go wrong with Able Planet’s PS400B headphones at $99.



“Journey” is a video game that plays like a movie




Developed by: Thatgamecompany
Published by: Sony Computer Entertainment
Available: NOW
Available on: Sony PlayStation 3 exclusive
Price: $15 on the PSN Store. If you wait, you can buy all three thatgamecompany games - fl0w, flower and JOURNEY - on one disc.



Most games are entertainment. Most games offer you a quick escape into deep space, a trip to the jungles of Africa to find an ancient artifact or put you into the middle of a combat situation. “Journey” does something very unique. “Journey” puts you into the role of a being, in the middle of a desert. You don’t know your way until you see a distant light on the horizon.

Developed by thatgamecompany and published on the PlayStation Network by Sony, “JOURNEY” is a video game that plays out like a movie. During a conference call with the game’s director, Jenova Chen, he said the game would be engaging and would even draw nongamers into it. He said it would play out like a movie.

Here are a few things to know about this game. First, it’s only available for the Sony PlayStation 3. Second, it’s only 2 to 3 hours long. If you take your time, expect 3 hours max - about the same length as a feature film. Third, it’s $15. That price may seem high to get a maximum 3 hours of fun out of the title, but after finishing the game, you’ll consider it an awesome investment.


As stated earlier, you are this hooded being that must make its way through deserts, snow-covered mountains and even water on your journey.



Your character doesn’t talk - you do use your voice to sing and capture red tickets that you can use to soar. Depending on how long your cloak is, you can soar for up to a minute. Chen said he wanted to create a story where language wasn’t important - he wanted the player - and bystanders - to be engaged in the story, instead of the dialogue.

Throughout your journey, if you are online, you can team with other players on their journey. While I was reviewing it, a couple players from Australia and Poland came online.


As I got to the end of the game, everything started making sense. And that’s the beauty of the game.


Nongamers will find themselves gazing on the beautiful game, engaged in the story and into the game more than the player is.
The soundtrack is just as moving as the action and the story. The game is flawless and a work of art. Controls can be a tad confusing at times, but overall, you will be moved by this game.


My recommendation? BUY. This is the first game nongamers actually watched and felt attached to. You start rooting for the hooded character, longing to see the end of the journey.



“Test Drive: Ferrari Racing Legends” takes new path


Developed by: Slightly Mad Studios
Published by: Atari
Available: NOW
Available on: PC, Sony PlayStation 3, Xbox 360
Price: $49.99



“If it ain’t broke ...”

You have heard that phrase forever. You don’t mess with a winning formula. I liken it to a successful franchise - Call of Duty - tweaking it’s winning formula and start making a cooking game. Yes, people would buy it, but it’s not what it’s known for. The franchise is known for first-person shooting games that break entertainment sales.



With that said, I can’t tell you what Atari was thinking when it let Slightly Mad Studios make a new “Test Drive” drive. The thing that makes the “Test Drive” franchise awesome is the ability to drive around a couple large islands at your own pace. You don’t want to race? Fine. You want to cruise around the island of Ibiza or Oahu in free-roam mode? Check. That’s what “Test Drive” and the earlier offerings - “Test Drive Unlimited” and “Test Drive Unlimited 2” - you can drive at your own pace. “Test Drive: Ferrari Racing Legends” breaks away from the pack with this installment. You literally hit the ground running - and watch as the difficulty in later levels gets amped up.

The awesome thing about the game is the Ferraris. You will get behind the wheels of the most beautiful - exotic and some extinct - Italian whips. You have your choice of the old - the not-so-old and new Ferraris to drive. You are dumped into scenarios that you must win to advance and unlock more cars and tracks. You can always rerace tracks you’ve unlocked.

As much potential this game has - utilizing the Ferrari license for in-game cars - and the uber slick graphics - the game fails to get past second gear. There are enough racing clones out there - why not release the cars as DLC OR realize a free-roam island to drive around? Yes, I’m talking about going back to the basics with this game.



The concept is cool - but honestly, if you are going to depart from a winning formula, at least give gamers the option of staying close to home. Give them these single-player modes as an option, not the main drive.


My recommendation? RENT. As much as I love Ferraris, it got dull quickly racing around tracks, meeting certain criteria to get more bonuses - more cars, more tracks. Sorry, but I’d much rather zip around an island in a Mini Cooper instead of tracks.


willie.jefferson@chron.com

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Thursday, June 21, 2012

5 things that WON'T happen in video games

COMMENTARY


The average video gamer is 30. According to the Entertainment Software Association site, the average gamer has been playing for 12 years. Sixty-eight percent of gamers are 18 years of age or older.



One thing is for certain - gaming is here to stay and growing by leaps and bounds. The future is bright - and speculation abounds.


Sit back and let your friendly, H-Town gamer guru, M4d Ski11z, give you some detailed speculation on the future of video games.


Let's kick off stuff that is NOT going to happen EVER in gaming.


1. The Xbox 720 will release in 2014.





Last week, a source leaked a 56-page document with data that seemed to reveal plans to release a new Xbox and plans to roll it out in 2014.


Here's a link to the document: http://www.gameinformer.com/cfs-file.ashx/__key/CommunityServer-Componen... (Update: Microsoft's legal team is taking down sites that have the document, so download fast!)


There are a few problems with that date. First, the 360 is already 7 years old - and still selling nicely in the U.S. However, software makers are already working with the new Xbox, so you know it's closer to release than 2014. The 720 will release in 2013, and expect the 360 to drop to $99 or $149 with a Kinect bundle.


Microsoft is still making money off the 360, but they will release a new console to keep Sony on the ropes.




2. The Wii-U will be a game-changer.





The graphics are on par with current-generation consoles. Ok. The Wii-U will offer a slick tablet-like controller to give a different, unique way to play video games. Nice. But all of that won't help Nintendo. Mark my words - the Wii-U won't be as successful as the Wii. Why did the Wii thrive? It lured nongamers into the fold. With little advertising, the Wii took off due to word of mouth. And limited supplies made it one of the most sought-after devices of 2006 and onward. Now? You can't swing a dead cat without hitting a Wii.




3. The Sony PlayStation 3 will win this generation.




Get real. Seriously, the time for the PS3 to dominate was when the Xbox 360 had the red ring of death issues. That was when Microsoft was against the ropes. Abroad, the PS3 is still doing good. In the U.S.? The Xbox 360 is checking Sony and Nintendo. It is dominating and making a name for itself in the living room. It offers many nongaming apps, including Amazon movie-viewing app, Crackle, as well as Netflix. Plus, AT&T lets its customers use their Xbox 360s with the U-Verse service for a fee ($99).



The Sony PlayStation offers the best Blu Ray player on the planet, but the 360 mops the floor with it on other points. From the Oprah effect - when she gave away several Kinects/Xbox 360 to John Stewart's audience in late 2010 - to exclusive content, the 360 is still going strong in the U.S. while Sony and Nintendo continue to struggle.




4. Next-generation consoles will NOT play used/older generation games.


Sony had this mindset early this generation. They knew people would graduate to the PlayStation 3 and stop buying PS2 software. To speed the process, they removed backward playback of older PS2 titles on the PS3. Bad move. If you want to get consumers to embrace your product, give them a reason to. You have one of the most successful consoles of all-time and you stop giving people the ability to play the vast library of games on your new system. Blu Ray players didn't remove the ability to play DVDs. That also goes with used games. Most gamers don't have $60 to just throw away on a game that may or may not be awesome. Removing the ability to play used games/rentals is a bad move and you'll feel the wrath as gamers close their wallets.





5. People will STOP wake up and refuse to buy Madden





That's a wish some people would love to see become reality. Every year, the same game is released, with a few extra features. Every year, millions of hungry gamers buy the game. Every year after the season is over, you can buy the game for pennies on the dollar. Meh. Make a new version of the game. Give me some motion-controller features. Let me play it with the Kinect or the PlayStation Move. Let me make the gestures, be the quarterback and throw a simulated pass with my controller or my hands if I am playing with my Kinect. Let me by a wideout who runs, does a spin or two and makes a leaping catch in triple coverage. That's innovation, my friend. This same-old, tired format that's the same game with glorified roster updates is a hot mess.


Up next? The future of video gaming - Part 2 - 7 things that WILL happen in video games. Stay tuned!

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Big Three have different perspectives at E3 2012



The Big Three video game console makers had three very different perspectives on display during Electronic Entertainment Expo 2012 in Los Angeles. The conference, which could be considered the Super Bowl of video game conferences, is arguably the best event for video game makers, publishers and developers to show off their upcoming consoles and games in a grandiose manner.

This year was no exception. The trade show event is only open to the gaming press and generates unreal buzz about upcoming video game releases later this year or in the near future. The conference was scheduled to last 3 days (June 5th - June 7th), but this year, Microsoft and Sony both held their press conferences a day early. Nintendo opted to hold their press event opening day of E3.

Microsoft started their press conference discussing upcoming titles ("Halo 4," increased Kinect voice support with EA's "Madden 13" and Ubisoft's "Splinter Cell: Blacklist"). However, Microsoft shifted focus to several nongaming features involving their console, the Xbox 360. From the "Avatar" like swiping and screen-transfer app with the Xbox Smart Glass to Internet Explorer finally debuted on the Xbox, Microsoft's focus at E3 wasn't on gaming but entertainment. The presentation reveals Microsoft's plan to make their gaming console, the 360, the bridge between tablets, smartphones and home entertainment.

Not to be outdone, Sony kicked off their press conference with a mention about their handheld, the PlayStation Vita, and showed some attention to the Move accessory, but focused fully on gaming. Sony showed off Quantic Dream's newest title, Beyond. The game, which features a character, voiced by Ellen Page (Juno), who can talk to spirits. Sony also showed off the upcoming "God of War: Ascension," as well as Naughty Dog's survival tale "The Last of Us." 

Nintendo's press conference revealed intense gameplay from the new console, the Wii-U. The Wii-U gives a much-need high definition update to the standard definition Wii, and adds a pretty slick tablet-like gamepad into the mix. From "Wii Fit U" to the zombie thriller "ZombiU," Nintendo wants to give gamers a unique experience using the new controller.

Even a couple Houston/Austin-area studios got a chance to take part in E3 this year. Houston's TimeGate Studios in Sugar Land has been busy working on the Sega shooter, "Aliens: Colonial Marines," due out early 2013. “Aliens: Colonial Marines" is on display at Sega of America’s booth at E3. TimeGate is also "working on several unannounced future projects,” according to a TimeGate official.


Not to be outdone, Junction Point Studios in Austin announced the November 2012 release for their upcoming "Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two." The game, developed by Junction Point and released by Disney Interactive, will not only be on the Wii, but will be available on the Sony PS3 and Microsoft Xbox 360.

Overall, if the E3 conference ends with as much energy as the beginning, gamers can expect a year filled with gaming goodness.

And the WINNERS of the GHOST RECON giveaway are ...



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Thursday, May 31, 2012

Aliens: Colonial Marines box art!




THIS. This is the pre-order bonuses with the Collector's Edition of Aliens: Colonial Marines, coming in 2013. Looks pretty sick, if you ask me. Additionally, for the die-hard Aliens fan, the collector’s edition will be the ultimate package with resin powerloader figurine in limited edition xeno hive box, Ripley’s flamethrower, additional Marines character customization options, and more, according to the press release.



Here are the pre-order bonuses on the Gamestop edition. In addition, Those who pre-order the title at Gamestop will be able to play online as four of the original Colonial Marines from the iconic 1986 movie.