Resident Evil 6 Anthology and Resident Evil 6 Archives Spotted

Resident Evil 6 Anthology on Playstation 3
Celebrate the upcoming release of Resident Evil 6 with the complete library of Resident Evil 1-6! Included in this PlayStation 3 exclusive package is the latest installation of the blockbuster series, Resident Evil 6, along with digital copies of Resident Evil Director's Cut, Resident Evil 2, Resident Evil 3: Nemesis, Resident Evil 4 HD, and Resident Evil 5 Gold Edition redeemable on the PlayStation Network.
Resident Evil 6 Archives on Xbox 360
Celebrate the upcoming release of Resident Evil 6 with the best of the Resident Evil franchise. Included in this Xbox 360 exclusive package is the latest installation of the blockbuster series, Resident Evil 6, the feature film Resident Evil Degeneration, and downloadable copies of Resident Evil 4 HD, Resident Evil CODE Veronica X HD and Resident Evil 5 (with bonus Gold Edition content) redeemable on Xbox LIVE.

Bulletstorm Preview: Five reasons why it is different from other first-person shooters

In Bulletstorm, you play as Grayson Hunt. After learning that the mercenary group you work for is not what they preached to be, he and his friend were exiled into a faraway planet. The lost paradise is filled with many hazards, mutants and weapons, which will lead to many unique gameplay situations.

Coming from the developers of Painkiller (People Can Fly) and Gears of War (Epic Games), Bulletstorm is expected to feature large and creative weaponry. The game did not disappoint. For example, the Screamer is a revolver that can send a flare towards an enemy, making him a part of the firework explosion. Another unique weapon is the Flailgun, which either cuts through or lassos enemies with chain-linked explosive grenades.

Melee and Leash
The enemies are tougher in this game than the ones you face in other first-person shooters. Not only do they have plenty of health, they will also charge at you. Playing Bulletstorm like any other games in the genre will get you killed most of the time. Instead, you have to constantly use the game’s melee and leash system.

Using melee attacks from up close or the Energy Leash from far away, you will slow down time and suspend the enemy up the air. Doing so will give you a better aim and provide you a temporary haven from the constant bullets flying towards you. Not to mention that you can also kill enemies with the numerous environmental hazards using these methods.

Skillshot System
With the leash and melee attacks, you can get some creative kills in Bulletstorm. In fact, the game’s tagline is “Kill with Skill.” Based on how clever you are at disposing your enemies, you will rack up points. You can then convert these points into new creative weaponry.

The Skillshot System ensures that you won’t be standing around picking off targets one-by-one in Bulletstorm like you would in many other games in the same genre.

Anarchy and Echo
Unlike most first-person shooters, Bulletstorm does not have a traditional competitive multiplayer. In its place are two modes: Anarchy and Echo.

Anarchy Mode is similar to the Horde Mode in Gears of War 2. You can up to three other friends play cooperatively to take on wave after wave of enemies. Once the team accumulated enough points, they will move onto the next increasingly difficult round.

The single-player Echo Mode is a score attack where you play certain parts from the single-player campaign to try to get as high as a score as possible and compare them to the other players.

Bulletstorm breaks many of the traditional modern-day first-person shooting conventions. The setting, weaponry, melee-focused attacks, points system and multiplayer modes will have you thinking about creative ways of disposing an enemy. If you are looking for an atypical first-person shooter, than you should definitely give Bulletstorm a hard look.

Star Wars: The Force Unleashed 2 Preview

The original Star Wars: The Force Unleashed had several interesting ideas going for it. Despite selling very well, there was certainly room for some improvement. Two years later, LucasArts hopes to further build on the solid foundations set by the first title. Here is a preview for Star Wars: The Force Unleashed 2 on the Playstation 3.

Star Wars: The Force Unleashed 2 is set several months after the events of the first game and one year before the start of The Last Hope. You will play as a clone of Starkiller, the secret apprentice to Darth Vader. Instead of serving his master again, Starkiller decided to escape to find his own identity.

Graphics and Sound
Star Wars: The Force Unleashed 2 uses the same complex physics engine from the first title. The extra two years really makes a difference, however, as the sequel features more details, smoother frame rate and a clearer image quality. While the frame rate does fluctuate when the action gets a little too intense, it does not take away from the experience.

As expected from a LucasArts title, the background music is epic and should please many Star Wars fan. Along with the solid voice-acting, the presentation is definitely the best part of Star Wars: The Force Unleashed 2.

The gameplay remains largely the same from the first game with a few refinements.
You can now use dual lightsabers in Star Wars: The Force Unleashed 2, which opens up new attack combinations. Other combat options include Force Fury, Force Lightning, Force Push and Mind Control. Most of these skills can also be ranked up as you progressed through the story. Special enemies also require you to perform short quick-timed events to be finished off. Different costumes and lightsabers also add more depth.

Overall, the combat feels so much tighter than Star Wars: The Force Unleashed as the attacks (which now include dismemberments) and characters have more weight while the controls are more responsive. The sheer amount of attack options should keep each encounter with the enemies fresh.

Between each fight, you will have to maneuver through the linear environments. Along the way you will run into several platforming elements in addition to some simple puzzles that require you to manipulate the environment with your Force Grip ability. The puzzles can be as mundane as breaking several control panels to break a force field barrier to as thrilling catching and flinging TIE fighters in order to knock down a tower to create a pathway.

Star Wars: The Force Unleashed 2 does not reinvent the action genre as you will find many similarities between it and the first game and even God of War III. Even so, its high production values and refined gameplay mechanics more than made up for the lack of originality.

Star Wars: The Force Unleashed 2 comes out for the iOS, Nintendo DS, Nintendo Wii, PC, Playstation 3 and Xbox 360 on October 26th.

Chart-Track - Week 8 of 2010

01 (__) PS3 Heavy Rain (Sony Computer Ent.)
02 (02) WII Just Dance (Ubisoft)
03 (01) 360 Aliens Vs Predator (Sega)
04 (03) PS3 Aliens Vs Predator (Sega)
05 (07) WII Wii Fit Plus (Nintendo)
06 (06) WII Wii Sports Resort (Nintendo)
07 (04) WII New Super Mario Bros. Wii (Nintendo)
08 (__) PC Napoleon: Total War (Sega)
09 (13) 360 Forza Motorsport 3 (Microsoft)
10 (09) 360 Call Of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 (Activision Blizzard)
11 (05) 360 Bioshock 2 (Take 2)
12 (12) PS3 Call Of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 (Activision Blizzard)
13 (10) WII Mario & Sonic At Olympic Winter Games (Sega)
14 (15) WII Mario Kart Wii (Nintendo)
15 (__) WII Sonic & Sega All-stars Racing (Sega)
16 (__) 360 Sonic & Sega All-stars Racing (Sega)
17 (14) 360 Fifa 10 (Electronic Arts)
18 (20) NDS The Legend Of Zelda: Spirit Tracks (Nintendo)
19 (28) PS3 Uncharted 2: Among Thieves (Sony Computer Ent.)
20 (16) 360 Mass Effect 2 (Electronic Arts)
21 (31) PC Football Manager 2010 (Sega)
22 (17) NDS Mario & Sonic At Olympic Winter Games (Sega)
23 (08) PC Aliens Vs Predator (Sega)
24 (11) PS3 Bioshock 2 (Take 2)
25 (18) NDS New Super Mario Bros. (Nintendo)
26 (19) PS3 Fifa 10 (Electronic Arts)
27 (21) 360 Lego Batman: The Videogame (Warner Bros. Interactive)
28 (26) WII Wii Play (Nintendo)
29 (24) 360 Pure (Disney Interactive Studios)
30 (__) PS3 White Knight Chronicles (Sony Computer Ent.)
31 (__) PS3 Sonic & Sega All-stars Racing (Sega)
32 (34) PS3 Mag (Sony Computer Ent.)
33 (32) 360 Vancouver 2010 (Sega)
34 (22) PS3 Vancouver 2010 (Sega)
35 (__) PS3 Batman: Arkham Asylum (Square Enix Europe)
36 (30) NDS Style Boutique (Nintendo)
37 (__) PS3 Grand Theft Auto Iv (Take 2)
38 (35) 360 Grand Theft Auto Episodes - Liberty City (Take 2)
39 (__) 360 Lips: Party Classics (Microsoft)
40 (27) PC The Sims 3 (Electronic Arts)


PSN Store Weekly Round-up (02/25/10)

PSN Stores Weekly Round-up lists all the games and demos released on this week’s update for all regions. It also includes one don’t miss item.

View the list at PSN Store.