With the massive success of the first two Rock Band games and the brilliant execution and critical acclaim of The Beatles: Rock Band, Harmonix has seen some amazing highs. But the Rock Band series has seen better days. Thanks to the over flooded music genre market, both Rock Band and it's competitor Guitar Hero (which was also created by Harmonix) has really dragged the genre to the ground and chocked it with a microphone line. But that was years ago so maybe it's time to try out old ideas and make them fresh again.
There's more to the MLG Summer Championship than just the eSports. We also got to spend a ton of time with the Matt Charles, Producer of Borderlands 2, and if you can't tell he didn't want us taking pictures of the demo station. Thats fine with me as long as he lets me play the most recent Borderlands 2 demo again for the 5th time.
During our visit to Spark Plug Games last week, I got the chance to get some exclusive hands on time with Plight of the Zombie. I'll be honest, I've been over the zombie genre for some considerable time but I've been looking forward to this one just because of how it turns everything around. You don't fight the zombies, you are the zombies and your goal is simple. Eat Brains. Also it's not a Tower Defense title, it's a Offense Puzzle game that requires a bit of strategy. It's not a gore fest either, it has uhh cute zombies? Well at least as cute as zombies could be. It's a game that does everything you would think is the wrong thing to do and makes it right!
Last year Sega released the first direct sequel to the original Sonic the Hedgehog series from back in the 90's heyday. Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode 1 didn't have the luxury of coming out right after Sonic and Knuckles, it had a 17 year wait and during so many of the games featuring the Blue Blur had tarnished the name of Sonic. Hitting a wall of jaded nostalgia with out any climbing gear, Episode 1 was the first expedition up the wall to get back Sonic's good name. Unfortunately poor physics and lazy design left many fans in the dust of what was supposed to be Sonic's 2D comeback. Did Episode 2 fix this and is the magic finally back?