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The HD-ification of the Past
By: | February 12th, 2011

While Sony might be planning on 3D becoming the next big thing, right now the gaming world is focused on HD, and more specifically HD remakes. The fad caught my eye when the God of War Collection first came out in 2009. Then there were others. It feels like more and more HD remakes are coming out of the woodwork almost every day. Is this a good thing? Or is this HD-ification of the past just a shameless cash grab? Read more… »

Making a Japanese PSN account may seem daunting, but it’s actually pretty easy. The advantages of having an international PSN account are also immediately evident, as you’re able to download all sorts of demos and exclusive content.

If you want to know how to make an account, read on! Read more… »

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Demo Impressions: Catherine
By: | January 28th, 2011

[Need to know how to make a Japanese PSN account? Click here]

As of yesterday, the Catherine demo has hit the Xbox Live and PSN Japanese marketplaces. What’s Catherine? It’s the newest creation by the Atlus Persona Team, and the first Atlus Team title to officially partake in the realm of HD. The game stars Vincent, a man who starts having nightmares the night he meets the girl of his dreams: Catherine. Regular ol’ nightmares would be fine, except for the fact that if Vincent dies in his nightmares, he dies in real life.

If you haven’t already created a Japanese account – do it! It’s a pretty simple affair, it’s free, and it doesn’t take much time. For those of you who can’t make one, feel free to hit the jump and see what Catherine is all about. Read more… »

Red Dead Redemption and Mass Effect 2, the two most frequent contenders for Game of the Year 2010 awards across the gaming press, are fantastic titles and deserve the accolades…but I’ve put them down. Mass Effect 2′s ending was so anticlimactic that I don’t really feel inspired to go back unless there’s new DLC to pay through, and Undead Nightmare is giving me something to do with Red Dead Redemption but still isn’t compelling enough to keep the game in the drive of my Xbox 360.

For all its graphical bugs and quests that refuse to remove themselves from my active quest list even though I’ve completed them and other eccentricities, Fallout: New Vegas continues to hold my rapt attention after clocking 89 hours on my first character. I have to wrench myself away from the Mojave Wasteland to play titles for reviews, and it’s been weeks since I regularly played games online with my cadre of teammates. Looking back on it, I wish I’d given New Vegas one point over Red Dead when I voted in Kill Screen’s High Scores list for the best games of 2010. Read more… »

2010 was a pretty good year for video games. There were some okay games released. Red Dead Redemption might have won at the VGA’s and Mass Effect 2 might have been Gamer Limit’s GOTY choice, but I know there are games coming out next year that will blow them away. I say that 2011 will be even better than 2010! Hit the jump for my most wanted games of 2011.

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2011: The Year of Sequels
By: | January 23rd, 2011

As a new addition to the Gamer Limit team I was planning on writing an article that covered my favourite game of last year, as many of the writers here have already done. However I decided against telling you about how much I enjoyed the brilliant Mass Effect 2, because I would only be repeating articles that you have read already on plenty of different gaming websites, including Gamer Limit. Although it was rather brilliant, wasn’t it?

Instead, I thought, as a new contributor to the website, maybe it would be more appropriate for me to talk about the future of 2011 and the games that we can all look forward to. Last year was pretty good for gamers with a variety of great titles for us to choose from and 2011 doesn’t look like it will disappoint. Hopefully you all have a couple games in mind (I definitely have more than a couple), whether it be revisiting the land of Tamriel or searching for yet another lost city with Nathan Drake. Read more… »

I’m going to share something with you. Up until very recently, let’s say January 2011, I hadn’t played either of the games in the Mass Effect series despite being both a RPG and science fiction fan. I knew of the supposed quality of the series and Mass Effect 2 in particular, especially considering how many Game of the Year nominations it picked up.

I just finished playing both games. I put well over twenty hours into Mass Effect, and continuing with my female Renegade Shepard, I put over thirty-five hours into Mass Effect 2. Both games were incredible, and the series does so many things right. However there is one area where I feel BioWare missed the mark. Hit the jump to find out.

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[Over the next few weeks the staff here at Gamerlimit will be sharing their personal favorite game of the past year with the community in build up to Gamer Limit’s Game of the Year Awards for 2010]

I played a lot of great games in 2010. I also played a lot of not-so great games in 2010. However, there’s one game that really resonated with me, even though I played it at the beginning of January. Hit the jump for my thoughts on the brand new IP and my GOTY pick: Darksiders.

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[Over the next few weeks the staff here at Gamerlimit will be sharing their personal favorite game of the past year with the community in build up to Gamer Limit’s Game of the Year Awards for 2010]

The past twelve months have been a great year for gaming. I played plenty of awesome games this year…Valkyria Chronicles II, VVVVVV, Dante’s Inferno, Bit.Trip RUNNER, Tatsunoko vs. Capcom, Donkey Kong Country Returns, the list goes on and on. Hit the jump for my thoughts on one of the most spectacular titles of 2010: No More Heroes 2: Desperate Struggle.

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The 12th of November proved to be a momentously uplifting day for Gran Turismo devotees as, after months of rumours, delays and teasing leaks, the final release date for Gran Turismo 5 was finally announced amidst a plethora of ecstatic cheers and relief.

In conjunction, the full car list was also unveiled, confirming that Gran Turismo 5 will have no less than 1031 cars to drive. It’s an undeniably staggering feat for a video game, and easily the largest line-up of cars ever seen in a driving game, trouncing GT4’s previous 700+ strong car collection.

However, there may well be over 1000 cars but literally half of these are from Japanese manufacturers – there are almost 100 Mazdas, and no less than 40 variations of the bloody Nissan Skyline, for example. It’s beyond excessive.

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It’s been an agonising test of endurance for Gran Turismo fans, but after years of delays the wait is almost over and the game will finally be in your hands in less than a month’s time.

Or at least it would have been if it hadn’t been delayed yet again. Yes, the widely publicised November release date is sadly no more – Mr. Pedantic Yamauchi must have spotted some stitching that was out of line on the leather upholstery in one of the car models, halting production immediately. Fortunately, Gran Turismo 5 was proudly on display flexing its polygonal muscles at this year’s Eurogamer Expo, so I gladly took it for a spin with the knowledge that it may still be a while before we are united again.

GT5 was certainly one of the leading attractions of the Expo, attracting quite a crowd whose expectations have now spanned over six years. I too will admit that it was one of the highest priorities on my checklist of games to play, as I scurried along to the inviting stand as soon as I entered the showroom.

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MotorStorm has remained one of my favourite racing series for the current console generation with its winning formula of brutal off-road racing, so it was with great excitement that I got to sample Evolution Studios’ latest instalment in the franchise MotorStorm Apocalypse at this year’s Eurogamer Expo.

As well as managing to get my own hands-on with the game on the crowded show floor, I also attended a Developer Session presentation hosted by Matt Southern and Paul Rustchynsky, lead designers of the MotorStorm franchise, to gather additional snippets of information about the game.

Read on to find out if MotorStorm Apocalypse is looking like it has the horsepower to obliterate the opposition.

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