Apr 22, 2010

Gonna Be In Vancouver Soon?

By Andrew Shin

The 1st every Canadian Video Game Awards are taking place this May 5th at the Vancouver Convention Centre in Vancouver, BC. If you want to attend this momentous event, you can now purchase tickets for as low as $22. That's right, only $22.

To bring more oomph to the Awards, Video Games Live will be providing the musical entertainment at the event.

If you are unable to make it out to Vancouver, don't fret as the Awards will be broadcast across Canada on G4TV Canada

For full event information, please go to: www.canadianvideogameawards.com

Apr 13, 2010

Gears Of War 3 First Trailer

By Andrew Shin

Gears Of War 3, the final installment in the GOW series, is expected to be released in Spring of 2011. While that is still a far time away, Epic has released the first trailer for the game to give us a glimpse of what to expect in this final chapter.

From the trailer below, we can see that both Marcus and Dom have aged due to the rigors of war with the Locust. However, it appears that Marcus and party may have trouble bigger than the Locust on their hands. Enjoy the trailer.

Apr 12, 2010

Future Shop Hosting Splinter Cell: Conviction Autograph Session in Montreal

By Paul Hunter

I just caught wind that Future Shop will be having an autograph signing session with the team behind Splinter Cell: Conviction on Tuesday, April 13 at the Centreville store location (460, Rue Sainte-Catherine Ouest) from 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. EST. The first 100 customers in line will receive an autographed Splinter Cell: Conviction poster.

The development team at the signing consists of Patrick Redding (Game Director, Co-op), Alexandre Parizeau (Producer), Maxime Beland (Creative Director), and Steven Masters (Lead Game Designer).

Of course, the timing is aligned with the release date of Splinter Cell: Conviction on the Xbox 360. If you're thinking of picking up the game on opening day, you could turn your regular edition into a signed edition, or your collector's edition into an elite collector's edition. There's even a 360 bundle available -- imagine how cool it would be to get that signed.

The PC version has unfortunately been delayed by two weeks, so if you don't own an Xbox 360 you're out of luck, at least if you want an autographed copy.

Apr 6, 2010

Splinter Cell At Toronto Comic Con

By Andrew Shin

About two weekends ago, Toronto played host to the Wizard World Toronto Comic Con and NextGen Player was there to check it out. Actually, we were specifically there for the Ubisoft hosted Splinter Cell: Conviction preview event with special guest Michael Ironside - more famously known as the voice of Sam Fisher in the entire Splinter Cell series. Being a huge fan of the series, this was an exciting opportunity for me to meet and hear Michael talk in person about his involvement and experience with all of the Splinter Cell games.

Some of the interesting things Michael talked about included his initial rejection of the offer to voice Sam Fisher for the first Splinter Cell game and the fact that he was sure that he likely wouldn't have come back to do another after the fourth installment in the series. This time around for Splinter Cell: Conviction, Michael felt the story was compelling enough and in a new direction from previous games that convinced him to come back and play Sam Fisher.

In addition to the Q&A session with Michael Ironside, there was an opportunity to play the game in the single player and co-op modes. Lots of fun. From what I've seen thus far on the game, it appears this will be best Splinter Cell game in the series.

Here are some pics from the event. Enjoy.

On a side note, being at the Toronto Comic Con I of course did some looking around at all of the various artists showcasing their works. One of the more interesting booths was Heroes Of The World - a concept that all countries in the world has its own group of superheroes. Heroes Of The World is the brainchild of Toronto artists Joe Bonsu and Mark Williams. Great local talent. I had the pleasure of chatting with Joe and Shawn Cuffie (their business manager). I encourage you to check out their site at http://www.theheroesoftheworld.com.

Apr 4, 2010

NextGen Player Interview: Discussing God of War III with John Palamarchuck

By Paul Hunter

Last month we had an opportunity to interview Edmonton native John Palamarchuk, Lead Cinematic Artist on God of War III. In the interview John discusses Sony's approach for the God of War III cinematics, the technology behind the game, and a few surprises. Alice Stancu once again conducted the interview. Check it out:

I was also given the opportunity to play through the first boss battle in God of War III, and what I played was very impressive. You can read my full preview impressions of the game over on the Future Shop Tech Blog. My full review went up a week later, you can check my thoughts on the game here.