The Dead Space games do a masterful job of presenting nightmarish and visceral sci-fi imagery, thanks largely to its macabre artwork. The Art of Dead Space is a compendium that chronicles the series’ wildly imaginative art, featuring concepts, settings, and an extensive chapter on the hellish monsters that make the games so terrifying – the Necromorphs. It may just give you bad dreams. You’ve been warned.
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Well, that was quick.
After less than a year, Electronic Arts has opened Star Wars: The Old Republic’s doors to the free-to-play masses. Thought to be a possible World of Warcraft killer prior to its release, the game never surpassed 2 million active subscribers. Like most MMOs, BioWare’s critically-acclaimed, story-driven MMORPG subscription numbers dwindled as fickle gamers saw a squirrel or something.
Now, like The Lord of the Rings Online and Dungeons & Dragons Online before it, Star Wars: The Old Republic will introduce a subscription-free model this fall. Subscription-free players will be able to play until level 50 with a few restrictions. Additionally, BioWare will introduce a secondary currency, in this case “Cartel Coins,” that can be used to jedi mind trick these restrictions away as well as customize gear and access “convenience features.”
Electronic Arts deep space scarefest isn’t due out until early 2013, but it’s never too early to hype things up. The pay off is always worth it. Am I right, Duke Nukem fans?
I know this won’t be a train wreck like Duke Nukem was. It’s just, man, twenty minutes of footage for a game that’s eight months away seems a bit much, doesn’t it?
Oh, Detroit, haven’t you had enough pain in recent years? You were on the rise, what with that Chrysler Eminem commercial and… well… the Lions made the playoffs for the first time since 1999. That was something, right? I mean, the job market’s still just… yeah… but… anyway.
Now your star wide receiver, Calvin Johnson, is on the cover of Madden after beating Cam Newton 52%-48%. Your dreams of a Super Bowl behind Suh, Johnson, and Stafford went out the window. That picture of Johnson needing a little help to get off the field? That’s the past as prologue.
Congratulations go out to the 28 teams who have avoided the Madden Curse for the 2012-2013 NFL season. You’ve got a shot at reaching Super Bowl XLVII.
However, fans of the Carolina Panthers, Detroit Lions, Green Bay Packers, and San Francisco 49ers may want to hold their breath for a couple of weeks. Panthers’ quarterback, and NFL Rookie of the Year, Cam Newton faces off against 49ers linebacker, and perhaps the NFL’s best inside linebacker, Patrick Willis. Meanwhile, Packers’ quarterback, and the reason no one really misses Brett Favre, Aaron Rodgers heads up against the new highest paid receiver in the NFL in the Lions’ “Megatron” Calvin Johnson.
For the second year in a row, Electronic Arts has put the Madden Curse in the fans’ hands. There are some interesting choices, though the most interesting has to be Tim Tebow. The Denver Broncos quarterback, whose pose became the phenomena known as “Tebowing,” is currently on the trading block thanks to one Peyton Manning.