July 29, 2011

One of Seven

One of the ways to ensure a game these days is to create desire for someything before the punters even know what it is. Queue Bungie's ARG games to promote Halo,  T-shirts with unexplained logos and now the mysterious One of Seven Page that HBO duly alerted the troops to overnight.  So what hype are they building to with this One of Seven promo?

What does it all mean? It would appear that Bungie has gone all Willy Wonka on us and put seven magical golden tickets into the recent charity bags that were sold as part of the laudible fundraising efforts during the Bungie Anniversary weekend. Did you get your steak?

Bungie's One of Seven page basically reads as the rules of a compeition but this part is key:

'Bungie is having a One of Seven promotion. Each of the seven tickets entitles you to something extraordinary. On July 7th, 2012 and not a moment before, visit http://www.bungie.net/oneofseven to receive further instructions. Your ticket and the verification code contained therein are personal, one-of-a-kind, and not transferable. Do not reveal the hidden code beneath the scratch off before Bungie Day 2012. Do not share your ticket or code with anyone else. Failure to follow these instructions will render your ticket, and the promise that it holds, null and void.'

July 7 you say? What could this be? The launch date of the first game from Bungie Aerospace? A test to get the Keys to the kingdom ala Charlie and the Chocolate Factory? Something to do with Destiny? More than likely it's something completely unimagined outside Bungie at this stage.

I suspect this is going to drive a few Bungie fans absolutely nuts trying to figure it out!

July 28, 2011

The Ultimate Mass Effect Cos Play Page

Garuss quietly contemplating life

The Ultimate Mass Effect Cos Play Page

One of the best games we played in recent times was Mass Effect 2. If it wasn't the cool story of bringing together a kick ass suicide squad to deliver some justice to the Reapers, it was definitely some of the characters that hooked me. 

Mordin was a great fellow to have on board the Normandy, I could listen to him ramble on for hours. While Jack was just a crazed b'arch, Samara was a soothing voice in the loneliness of space...... so it's thoughts like that it's no great surprise that Mass Effect fans like to go a lil cosplay crazy with the heroes and villians of the Mass Effect Universe.  Here's a walk down the ulitmate costume players from around the galaxy.

Above is the actual model on whom Samara was modelled on - Rana McAnear- so is this life imitating art?

This Yellow Space Cow Boy was a secret unlockable character if you found every single piece of space dust.

Female Sheppard means business

Too Cool for School Sheppard on the right

Smurfette dressed up for the ball

These guys and gals look like actual models of Mass Effect characters?!

Jack be nimble

We'll there was this one time the Turians tried to wipe out out race. That was fun.

A very sexy Femshep

Miranda waking up from her beauty sleep. It worked.

From Left to Right: Mrs Kick Ass, Mrs Knock you for Six and Mrs Fuck You Up!

Something wrong with your eye, Garrus?

Possibly the the most popular Gears of War picture, a nude Mass Effect babe.

Scarred up Sheppard. 

Freeze Sucker

Scar Face Sheppard

Tali cosplay

That's Mrs Lawson to you

Another Smurfette wannabe

Space Smurf with the much sought after Ipad 19


Who knows what cosplay Mass Effect 3 might produce?

July 21, 2011

Meagan Marie's Anya Stroud cosplay

I spied on Cliffy B's twitter account that he gave props to Meagan Marie's cosplay effort to capture the glory that is Anya Stroud - over the past few months the Gears of Wars producers have made it pretty clear that Anya is going to feature in Gears of War 3 in a big fashion, so why wouldn't Meagan want to get together a sweet costume for the Comic Con? More detail here.

More Anya Stroud cosplay at the link.

Also here's Meagan dressed as Poison Ivy. 

July 11, 2011

Masters of the Universe Cosplay

Hoo ra for She Ra!
I have the poweeeerrrrr! So went the catch cry of Prince Adam as he transformed into his alter ego of He-Man  in the Masters of the Universe cartoon. And so do cosplay fans have the power as they work their She Ra and Evil Lyn magic. There's plenty on offer here - buff He-Man, evil Skelteor and some cool little Ork fellas. And a lady Ork too, which is kind odd but it works.Should we call her an Orkette? Enjoy the pictures below!

Madam, I'm Adam

Ork and muscle bound man

Babes putting the sex into the Universe, masterfully.

Those are some massive.... staffs that Evil Lyn and She Ra have
Ra Ra oh Lady Ra Ra
Female Skeletor and Beast Man all fury like

Skeletor in full pose mode

Trap Jaw Cosplay
Not everyone was into Masters of the Universe in the day. Maybe you were a Teen Age Mutant Ninja Turtles fan

July 9, 2011

Teen Age Mutant Ninja Turtles Cosplay

Babelicious Turtles
Cowbunga dudes and dudettes, it's time for some 'Turtle Power' with these awesome TMNT cosplay shots of babes and dudes play homage to one of the most awesome cartoon shows of all time, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Man, I used to rush home from school to watch TMNT - for a while it was the coolest show on the planet! Till Vanilla Ice appeared in a movie anyway...

It appears a lot of over fans still love the green guys that make up the TMNT as there's a lot of cosplay action out there! Check out these costume players living out their fantasies of being a green shelled super hero!

Gee I love being a Turtle!!
Fun Fact: 3 out of 4 turtles cannot smile
Oh I found the pizza. It was attached to some babes. Hands off theme Splinter!
April and a green friend
Five TMNTs!

I think these three lads with their nun chucks and bad greed body paint counts as a cosplay fail. Maybe they should have got some body painting tips from these ladies.... below is some pretty awesome costumes of the TMNT which I'm assuming was from some promotional venture.

We started off with some babes dressed up as the TMNT, it would be rude to not finish with some:
I don't think the middle one eats enough Pizza!
Here's a question for you. If the turtles are gluten free, what would there favourite food have be?

July 5, 2011

Anya Stroud Fan Art by Anjin Anhut

Anjin Anhut has whipped up a pretty cool piece of fan art of Anya from Gears of War 3. Nice work Anjin!

July 2, 2011

JJ: Reviews Bioshock 2 for the Xbox

JJ: Reviews Bioshock 2 for the Xbox

So I know I'm a year and a half behind but I've finally got hold of Bioshock 2 and had a run through the campaign and I got say, like the original Bioshock, this is a bloody good game!

Set some 8 years after the first decent to Rapture, Bioshock 2 begins with you as a Big Daddy (known as Delta) facing your foe. As you induces you to commit suicide using hypnosis you immediately what kind of hell hole have you found yourself, is it Rapture's own version of the Devil's Dungeon?

Game play is based on the original BioShock, where the player Delta explores the city of Rapture and fights off Splicers,other abominations, the remaining psychotic and deluded human population of the city, using a combination of the environment, weapons, Plasmids and Tonics.

I found myself favouring the electrical plasmid, the shotgun and the spear gun as my weapons of choice. The real fun to be had its mixing it up with the differing kinds of ammunition, the burning phosphorous shells being an effective show stopper.

The story line is intertwined with the original tale of Rapture in the sense that the struggle between Andrew Ryan and this game's Antagonist Sophia Lamb is the back drop to your attempt to rescue your daughter Eleanor. This time the game focuses on a discussion of a kind of socialism / religion that would determine a new Utopia as opposed to Ryan's rhetoric of a free market with out principle or rule of law.

Is Sophia really your daughter? Is this a fake out like the classic Would You Kindly? from the original? Who is going to double cross me? Should I let this Old Lady die? What about this Child Kidnapper? Should he be made to suffer for his actions?

These are some of the questions that Bioshock 2 asks you to think about and even act on. There are plenty of occasions when you have no time to think but merely react - this is when the Big Sisters come for you. As you venture through the game, your Little Sister can obtain some Adam for you - the Big Sisters do not want you to get the Adam (as you become stronger) so they come to attack - the are relentless screaming banshees that do not stop until you are dead or they die trying.

The Big Sister attacks make for a delightful gaming experience, and kudos to the game designers for introducing this new facet to the game to mix things up. While it's always fun to take on a rampaging Big Daddy, they simply aren't scary anymore when put up against the Big Sisters.  The music that accompanies a Big Sister attack is simply a perfect mix of conveyed terror and danger - indeed the music of Bioshock 2 is an absolute triumph.

What's up Sister?
Overall Bioshock 2 is a damn fine sequel to what was a refreshingly original piece of gaming adventure. People without brains can play it for it's run and gun appeal whereas those with some life learning or education can enjoy the fantastic story - not since the last Bioshock game have I really had to think - sure Mass Effect asks you to make choices along the way, but Bioshock has the edge in engaging my mind.

I think Bioshock Infinite has a lot to live up to after this game. Hopefully it's story will be as appealing as both Bioshocks have been. For this gamer, I'll definitely be getting it so as to have another chance to play with the magic of the Bioshock series.