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Infinite LivesLego The Lord of the Rings: The Video Game Preview

Posted on Monday November 5, 2012, 09:19 by Ali Plumb in Infinite Lives
Lego The Lord of the Rings: The Video Game Preview

Lego The Lord of the Rings: The Video Game is the latest in a long line of Lego video games based on movie properties. Though they’ve only been making them since 2005, developers Traveller’s Tales have brick-ified Indiana Jones (twice), Batman (also twice), Star Wars (three times) and many, many others, creating family-friendly 3D platformers with their own unique look, feel and sense of humour, all centred around everyone’s favourite plastic building blocks.

The team are so trusted, it’s almost inconceivable that TT wouldn’t do the films justice. The bigger question this time around is whether they can rejuvenate a series of games that’s so set in its ways it’s practically become its own genre.

Encouragingly, TT’s previous Lego game, Lego Batman 2: DC Super Heroes, was a huge leap forward for the franchise, creating a more open world for Lego fans to explore, fix and smash up. But the second plastic coming of the caped crusader was limit...

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Infinite LivesThe Return Of Max Payne

Posted on Tuesday May 1, 2012, 16:47 by Ali Plumb in Infinite Lives
The Return Of Max Payne

The original Max Payne game came out in 2001, with Max Payne 2: The Fall of Max Payne arriving two years later. Both are still regarded as minor classics, despite Mark Wahlberg’s ill-fated (and quite frankly god-awful) cinematic adaptation tarnishing the brand’s reputation.

Now, nearly a decade later and the company that took over the Max Payne franchise, Rockstar Games – also known as the guys behind GTA, Red Dead Redemption and L.A. Noire – are finally releasing the franchise’s follow-up, taking the bullet-dodging antihero and planting him in the seedy underbelly of São Paulo.

The reason for his jolly holiday? Well, after the tumultuous events of the first two games, Max has, would you believe it, hit the bottle hard, so when a friend offers him a private security gig in Brazil, he takes it... but that doesn't mean trouble isn't too far behind.

It's no secret that die hard Max Payne fans weren't dancing in the street when they fi...

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Infinite LivesEmpire's Modern Warfare 3 Multiplayer Survival Guide

Posted on Sunday November 6, 2011, 14:30 by Ali Plumb in Infinite Lives
Empire's Modern Warfare 3 Multiplayer Survival Guide

If you’re in possession of a games console and a pulse then you’ll doubtless be picking up a copy of Modern Warfare 3 when it hits stores next week. While some of you will immediately jump into the game’s multiplayer nirvana with aplomb and start lighting up noobs like there’s no tomorrow, a great many of you will more likely end up on the wrong end of a Barrett .50 cal, getting your arse handed to you by bloodthirsty twelve-year-olds. Because we’re the caring sort here at Empire, we’ve assembled a few broad tips that should keep MW virgins from spending all their time watching killcams and waiting to respawn.

1. Know what kind of player you are

Even if you’ve only played first person shooters a couple of times in your life, you’re already going to have an inkling as t...

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Infinite LivesIn Search Of The Ultimate Xbox Controller

Posted on Tuesday September 20, 2011, 15:32 by James Dyer in Infinite Lives
In Search Of The Ultimate Xbox Controller

With Gears of War 3, Battlefield 3 and Modern Warfare 3 each vying for position as this Christmas’ obligatory time sink, the need to get a leg up on the multiplayer league tables has become rather more pressing. While the average thirteen-year-old can put in a dozen hours a day to develop pixel-perfect sniping and nanosecond reflexes, we ‘mature’ gamers (ones with, jobs, wives or iPad editions to put out) simply can’t compete. It’s with this catch-up mentality in mind and the bitter taste of a recent CoD defeat at the hands of a cackling German teenager fresh in my mouth (“I am ze master, you are ze noooobie!”) that I set out to do the only mature, responsible thing left to me. Cheat.

There are literally dozens of different controllers out there and I’ve tried them all. But extra tactical buttons (thank you Mad Catz) or adjustable thumbsticks (Razer, please stand up) have only provided the smallest of performance boosts. To take my game to the next le...

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Infinite LivesHands on with El Shaddai: Ascension of the Metatron

Posted on Tuesday August 9, 2011, 16:15 by Ali Plumb in Infinite Lives
Hands on with El Shaddai: Ascension of the Metatron

It’s no great surprise that El Shaddai: Ascension of the Metatron starts up with “this game was made by a multicultural team with various religious beliefs”, Assassin’s Creed-style, what with it essentially riding roughshod over The Dead Sea Scrolls with some seriously rough shods.

You play Enoch, God’s scribe, who’s called away from his scribbling duties to kick the celestial buttocks of seven fallen angels down on earth. You’re helped by Lucifel, a guardian angel who dresses like a slick Japanese media consultant – black trousers, black shoes, poorly buttoned up black shirt – while you look like Troy-era Brad Pitt wrapped up in strips of white cloth.

In other words, it’s totally bonkers. Then again, it’s directed by Takeyasu Sawaki, the character designer behind other Japanese gaming oddities Devil May Cry and Ōkami, so we wouldn’t accept anything less.

So yes, it’s totally bonk...

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Infinite LivesJapanese gaming hero Suda 51 on his latest, Shadows Of The Damned

Posted on Tuesday May 24, 2011, 09:48 by Ali Plumb in Infinite Lives
Japanese gaming hero Suda 51 on his latest, Shadows Of The Damned

If you're not in the know, "Suda51" is the nickname of reknowned Japanese game director Goichi Suda, the man who's produced such influential and controversial titles as The Silver Case, Killer7, and the No More Heroes series.

Often heralded as one of the few "auteur" video game directors out there, he's famed for his mad punk style and regular gaming signatures - like exceptionally long corridors, games within games, and creepy hotels - but with his first game for Western audiences (and with the help of EA) Shadows Of The Damned coming out later this year, it's interesting to see just what he has planned for this horror survival game that us poor Westerners will be able to wrap our heads around.

So as his team got in touch with us, a email full of questions was sent, and an email full of answers was recieved, and here is the result, a little Q&A with a gaming maverick and someone who's never, ever made a boring game in his life - no mean fe...

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Infinite LivesHands On: Razer Onza

Posted on Tuesday May 10, 2011, 12:15 by James Dyer in Infinite Lives
Hands On: Razer Onza

There’s no denying that Microsoft’s Xbox controller is a glorious piece of engineering. After a brief misstep with the original Xbox’s colossal ‘batarang’, the smaller, svelter model has proved an able gaming companion across two generations of consoles. But it’s not perfect. The digital D-pad is lacking when compared to Sony’s DualShock, the triggers are a tad stiff for twitch shooting and the thumbsticks lack the pixel precision that PC gamers enjoy with a mouse. It’s that last point that I’ve always pined about, especially during heated Call of Duty matches with the rest of the office – most notably when I fail to snipe John with the Barrett, only to have him run up and stab me in the face. Fun times.
I’ve gone through buckets of third party offerings over the years and, by and large, all third party 360 controllers have two things in common. Firstly, they’re all wired, rather than wireless. Secondly...

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Infinite LivesEmpire Sits Down With The Portal 2 Writers, Gets Worryingly Excited

Posted on Wednesday March 2, 2011, 17:56 by Ali Plumb in Infinite Lives
Empire Sits Down With The Portal 2 Writers, Gets Worryingly Excited

The original Portal was never expected to be such a huge hit – but it was. A big hit. Bundled in with the fantastically good-value Orange Box by Valve, it become nothing short of a sensation, winning rave reviews from practically everyone who played it.

The premise was deceptively simple: you’re trapped in a futuristic testing zone called the Aperture Science facility, armed with a gun that opens two portals when fired. Using the portal gun you had to puzzle your way out of the facility, room by room, before defeating the AI computer system in charge the whole facility.

So as two of the game’s writers, Chet Faliszek and Erik Wolpaw, were in town, we jumped at the chance to meet the pair of them to talk about it all. And, of course, play the game for half an hour or so. Our pre-emptive review of what we saw? Very, very good.

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Infinite LivesMovie Karaoke, Anyone? Yoostar 2 Can Turn You Into Arnold Schwarzenegger... Kind Of

Posted on Wednesday March 2, 2011, 11:42 by Ali Plumb in Infinite Lives
Movie Karaoke, Anyone? Yoostar 2 Can Turn You Into Arnold Schwarzenegger... Kind Of

We cover a many different types of games here on Infinite Lives. Some are movie tie-ins, some are only movie-affiliated, and some are so good that movies are just waiting to made from them.

This one, however, was 100 per cent made for you. Seriously, if you’re a movie geek, this game was produced to delight you more than any other. It’s called YooStar 2, and essentially it’s movie karaoke.

Allow us to explain. Using your PS3’s PlaystationEye or your Xbox 360’s Kinect, Yoostar 2 records your very own body and transposes it ...

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Infinite LivesHave You Seen The Awe-Inspiring Dead Island Trailer Yet?

Posted on Wednesday February 16, 2011, 17:19 by Ali Plumb in Infinite Lives
Have You Seen The Awe-Inspiring Dead Island Trailer Yet?

Dead Island is a "first-person zombie-slasher/action-RPG" – at least that’s what the developers call it, anyway – and it’s got a trailer you quite simply have to see.

It’s a trailer so good, so engaging, so goddamn bloody that half the zombie-loving internet (so, half the internet, then) is talking about it, and as we like to share only the best with you here on Infinite Lives, we thought we should show it to you here too, just in case you’d missed it.

The game itself revolves around a group of survivors who find themselves trapped in The Royal Palms Resort, a luxury hotel complex on the remote island of Banoi, Papua New Guinea. Just being trapped in a hotel resort would be fine and dandy (for a while, at least), but it’s all very different when everyone you’ve been sharing mojitos with suddenly starts trying to eat you.

The guys behind the...

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