Eb Samuel is a gamer on the go and is bringing his expertise to a monthly roundup of mobile gaming for Complex.
It’s a phone! It’s a PSP! It’s both! Yes, Sony Ericsson’s Xperia PLAY cell phone is both cell phone and gaming system, and for once that’s not just marketing spiel. Like the ill-fated PSP Go, it slides up to reveal a control pad and touch analog controls. Does it work? Well, sort of—but more on that later.
Read the full mobile gaming roundup, only at Complex.
Brandon Lloyd of the Denver Broncos has some strong opinions.
So you really don’t like the new Madden games?
Really. I’ve shied away from it because I don’t like the next-gen graphics or the controls. I think they’re getting closer, but the controls are just too confusing. I like the old PS2 controls. Plus, the character models. I can remember the first Madden on PS2, and I was loving those little details, things like QB towels. They should have developed around those character models. Now they all look like tall athletes. They all have long arms. It’s just not very visually stimulating.
Read the entire Brandon Lloyd interview on Complex.
Eb Samuel reviewed Green Lantern for our sister site, Tail Slate. He was not pleased:
The Green Lantern mythology is complicated and ethereal, involving a unique take on willpower and fear and courage as heavy themes. These themes worked brilliantly in movies gone by, such as Christopher Nolan’s Batman Begins, but here, a lack of exposition makes viewers feel as if they’re watching an exceptionally well-CGIed children’s movie.
Read the rest of the Green Lantern review on Tail Slate.
This was my first E3 experience. Heck, it was my first experience in California.
And, courtesy of Stu’s “One Night in Los Angeles,” you all know by now that I spent one not-so-delightful evening in California Hospital (yes, that’s its real name), instead of at the delightful Downtown Sheraton Hotel.
It wasn’t that horrible. Turns out, when you tell medical folks in L.A. that you want out early the next morning so you can visit E3, they get excited and tell all their other late-night medical buddies. Before you know it, an Asian doctor is visiting you. You figure he’s just replacing the Indian doctor who wants to keep you overnight for “observation.” But really he’s stopping by to find out what your early impressions of E3 are (that’s a true story).
Another true story? In between that one strange evening and now, I found time to ponder my favorite non-Wii U and non-Vita E3 2011 moments. You know, for posterity. (more…)
Believe it or not, but some of us over here on Team Unwinnable like sports, and when we write about it, we do it well.
So it’s finally sunk in: Peyton Hillis is really going to be on the cover of Madden NFL 12. Sorry, but it just took us awhile to digest the fact that Peyton Freaking Hillis, who has exactly one 1,000-yard season and one 10-TD season since high school, has somehow landed the most prestigious box cover in sports gaming. No wonder gaming companies aren’t run by fans.
Read the rest of the article at Complex.
Tune into it tonight, before it’s too late, before you’ve missed the best show you always wanted but never dared to watch for fear that it was too lame.
Lamenting Mass Effect 2 for PS3
I waited in line to buy Mass Effect 2. I never wait in line for games, never bother getting up at midnight and camping outside a videogame store to get home at 1 a.m. and fall asleep for another day of work. It makes no sense, really, makes less sense than weight loss diet based around beer and doughnuts.
But I actually trotted happily to my car on that January night, braved the cold (which if you know me you’ll know I hate), and stood outside my local Gamestop with some guys who were doing their Commander Shepard impressions and patiently waited for Mass Effect 2.
And I’ve now spent exactly 144 hours kicking myself – or rather wishing I could kick myself, since the idea of kicking myself makes even less sense than the thought of waiting in line for Mass Effect 2.
Why? Because I just attended a Sony PlayStation 3 event in Manhattan, and the Mass Effect 2 that’s going to hit the PS3 in 2011 blows the original Mass Effect 2 – the one I WAITED IN LINE FOR – completely out of the water. (more…)