Shawn DrotarLittleBigPlanet looms on the horizon

Posted on September 29th, 2008 in Gaming, Playstation 3, News, Opinion by Shawn Drotar

After spending a weekend with the LittleBigPlanet beta, one thing was clear: this game is going to be huge in nearly every way imaginable.
It’s adorable, of course, but it’s also an engaging platformer and an impressive tableau for self-expression.
At its heart. LittleBigPlanet is simple; customize a cuddly “sackperson” and take them through wildly creative levels […]

Shawn DrotarWii Can Do Better

Posted on September 25th, 2008 in Gaming, News, Opinion, Wii by Shawn Drotar

By and large, the gaming world is a positive, expressive place where designers unleash their most creative impulses, but from time to time, the road to hell is still paved with good intentions. This week, we found some of the paving stones.
Look at the the picture on the left. Please keep in mind that this […]

Shawn DrotarScattershots

Posted on September 23rd, 2008 in Gaming, Xbox 360, Playstation 3, News, Opinion by Shawn Drotar

Musings for a Tuesday morning:

The second patch for Madden 09 is out on the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3. Our friend Pastapadre has the details here. It’s worth noting that the game’s been out for roughly two months and has two patches and four roster updates already. Now, in a perfect world, there would have […]

Shawn Drotar“NCAA Basketball 09″ Revealed, Part Three

Posted on September 18th, 2008 in Gaming, Xbox 360, Playstation 3, News, Opinion by Shawn Drotar

NCAA Basketball 09 Revealed, Part One can be found here and Part Two can be found here.
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NCAA Basketball 09’s newfound heritage from EA Canada’s NBA Live 09 is impossible to ignore.
So many facets of the game, from the gameplay and animation engine, to the procedural “quick-play” play-calling system to the ability to make your own […]

Shawn Drotar“NCAA Basketball 09″ Revealed, Part Two

Posted on September 17th, 2008 in Gaming, Xbox 360, Playstation 3, News, Opinion by Shawn Drotar

NCAA Basketball 09 Revealed, Part One can be found here.
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NCAA Basketball 09’s gameplay is driven by its new tempo system, which directly and immediately rewards gamers who play their team’s game instead of their game, which may be a first in sports gaming.
To provide further encouragement, the deisgn team added the Points of Emphasis system; […]

Shawn Drotar“NCAA Basketball 09″ Revealed, Part One

Posted on September 16th, 2008 in Gaming, Xbox 360, Playstation 3, News, Opinion by Shawn Drotar

The successor to the late, unlamented March Madness series of games had nowhere to go but up.
In an event held last week at the EA Canada studios in Burnaby, British Columbia, the developers of March Madness‘ replacement - the newly-minted NCAA Basketball 09 - proved that they understood both that fact, and the scrutiny that […]

Shawn DrotarNCAA Basketball 09: Fun With Lawyers

Posted on September 15th, 2008 in Gaming, Xbox 360, Playstation 3, News, Opinion by Shawn Drotar

I’m still following up on what I can and can’t say about NCAA Basketball 09 after attending last week’s Community Event.
It’s always a challenge to fairly assess games in early states of development, and the build I played was in no way final. As a result, I’m sure EA Canada is trying to decide what […]

Shawn DrotarUnveiling “NCAA Basketball”

Posted on September 5th, 2008 in Gaming, Xbox 360, Playstation 3, News, Opinion by Shawn Drotar

UPDATE: I’m waiting on information regarding the embargo on information from the recent Community Event. I do want to talk about NCAA Basketball 09 with you, but I hope you’ll forgive me if facing a lawsuit wasn’t in my plans for the weekend. I suspect I’ll be good to go Monday.
In the meanwhile, I answered […]

Shawn DrotarReturn of the Quarter-Eaters

Posted on September 4th, 2008 in Gaming, Xbox 360, Playstation 3, News, Opinion by Shawn Drotar

They’re back; those great video games of days (and arcades) gone by that would watch you pump a roll of quarters in to keep playing for hours.
Only now, they eat the roll at once, and one time only.
Xbox Live Arcade’s Castle Crashers and the PlayStation Network’s The Last Guy brilliantly revive this simple-but-fun, wildly addictive […]

Shawn DrotarOn The Radar: September 2008

Posted on September 2nd, 2008 in Gaming, Xbox 360, Playstation 3, News, Opinion, Wii by Shawn Drotar

It’s been a while since we’ve had one of these on 5WG, mainly because I haven’t wanted to ride solo - but a man’s gotta do what a man’s gotta do, and this September’s games are worth taking a look at.
After a better-than-usual August release schedule, which included the return of brawling champ Soul Calibur […]