Shawn DrotarBioShocked

Posted on August 16th, 2007 in Gaming, Xbox 360, News, Opinion by Shawn Drotar

After spending hours with BioShock’s demo - which is available for download on Xbox Live now - I’m convinced that 2K Games Boston/Australia (née Irrational Games) has created something very, very special; a first-person shooter with a soul, in a fully-realized world whose story is told with aplomb.
Creative director Ken Levine, whose dystopian-undersea-world-in-decay draws […]

Shawn DrotarScattershots

Posted on August 15th, 2007 in Gaming, Xbox 360, PC Gaming, Playstation 3, News, Opinion by Shawn Drotar

Musings for a Wednesday afternoon:

EA Sports guru (and one-time 5WG contributor) Bryan “Pastapadre” Wiedey lets loose on substandard online performance in the newly-released Madden 08. I’ve played two games online myself, with Mark, and our experience was essentially lag-free - with the exception of some kicking and play-calling timing issues. Then again, we live relatively […]

Shawn DrotarFat Tuesday

Posted on August 14th, 2007 in Gaming, Xbox 360, News, Opinion by Shawn Drotar

Fat Tuesday’s sometimes called “Pancake Day”, and the traditional pre-Lent celebration of eating a day before the fasting season has slowly transformed into an outrageous party of excess at Mardi Gras. Between John Madden himself (of whom it’s reasonably assumed given his carriage, is also fond of pancakes) and the over-the-top marketing surrounding Madden 08’s […]

Batten Down The Hatches!

Posted on August 13th, 2007 in Gaming, Opinion by Guest Writers

5WG is pleased to present the following article, written by guest columnist Chris Sullivan.
August 14th.
It’s been circled on my calendar for months. For anyone that’s been living under a rock, August 14th is the day that Madden NFL 08 officially hits store shelves.  As Mark and Shawn witnessed just a few weeks back,  us internet […]

Shawn DrotarNHL 08 Community Day: The Rest of the Story

Posted on August 10th, 2007 in Gaming, Xbox 360, Opinion by Shawn Drotar

Shawn Drotar: NHL 08 was a revelation at the recent Community Day in Burnaby, B.C. The game’s impressive and unique gameplay was praiseworthy, but there’s even more under NHL 08’s hood — including an impressive array of creation tools, a robust Dynasty mode and what would be a first for EA Sports, if it comes […]

Shawn DrotarAdjusting On The Fly

Posted on August 9th, 2007 in Gaming, Xbox 360, Playstation 3, News, Opinion by Shawn Drotar

This week, upgraded Xbox 360s started appearing on store shelves. These units, manufactured in the last six weeks or so, come with an HDMI output standard - something that was previously only available on the Xbox 360 Elite.
I’m not sure how I feel about this. I’ve been trying to summon the righteous indignation that much […]

Shawn DrotarSmoke and Mirrors

Posted on August 7th, 2007 in Gaming, Xbox 360, News, Opinion by Shawn Drotar

The next time you see an Xbox 360, it’ll be $50 cheaper than it was at launch - a strategy timed to coincide with the release of Madden 08 in an effort to scoop up all those PlayStation 2 users that haven’t jumped into the next-gen gaming world yet.
“The fact that we have been able […]

Shawn DrotarScattershots

Posted on August 6th, 2007 in Gaming, Xbox 360, News, Opinion by Shawn Drotar

Thoughts for a Monday afternoon:
– The Asian online magazine TechOn! takes a fascinating look into the Xbox 360 to let you know why the systems tend to burn themselves up. The short answer: seemingly questionable design. If you’re curious as to which type of innards your 360 has, modder deluxe Benjamin Heckendorn has an unintrusive […]

<ADMINNICENAME>On The Radar: August 2007

Posted on August 3rd, 2007 in Gaming by

In this monthly feature, the 5WG Collective will take a look at upcoming games and highlight what we’re most looking forward to over the next 30 days. As always, release dates are subject to change.

Gentlemen, start your engines! It seems that all year long we’ve been building up to the Megalith Holiday Season, and this […]

<ADMINNICENAME>NHL 08 Community Day: On the Scene

Posted on August 1st, 2007 in Gaming, Xbox 360, Opinion by

Last week, 5WG’s Shawn Drotar and Mark Fossen attended the EA Sports/Easton NHL 08 Community Day in the Vancouver suburb of Burnaby, British Columbia, and received not only time with the game, but valuable one-on-one time with many of the game’s developers in an effort to learn about what might become the best sports game […]

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