Video splash for Transformers: War for Cybertron

In case you haven’t been keeping up with the videos for the Transformers War for Cybertron video game coming out June 22, here’s a group of them:

Campaign:

Multiplayer:

Pre-Order Characters (for Escalation mode):

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Character List for Transformers: War for Cybertron video game [update 4]

Update (3):  To see better images of ALL characters in the game, go to this newer blog post.

More and more info has been coming out each month on the upcoming Transformers video game, War for Cybertron.  For starters, the game is set to come out in May of 2010.  As said before, the game centers on the autobot vs. decepticon war on cybertron BEFORE they ever went to earth.  Therefore the characters will not resemble earth vehicles, but rather cybertronian modes.  The characters are greatly inspired by Generation 1 (G1), the original transformers from the 1980’s.  The game will include a separate autobot campaign and decepticon campaign.  Also in the game is multiplayer and online co-op.  It sounds to be the best Transformers game yet (but we’ve heard that before — we’ll see).

The following list of characters is confirmed (and some rumored) to be in the game:

Autobots: Optimus Prime, Bumblebee, Ratchet, Ironhide, Jetfire, Air Raid, Silverbolt, Warpath, Sideswipe, and Arcee.  Omega Supreme is in the game, but not playable.  Jazz is available for Escalation mode by pre-ordering the game from Best Buy.  Zeta Prime will be another non-playable character in the game.

Decepticons: Megatron, Starscream, Soundwave, Brawl, Skywarp, Thundercracker, Breakdown, Barricade, and Slipstream.  Trypticon (the big dinosaur bot you see in the trailer) is in it but non-playable. [Update 4]  Laserbeak, Rumble, and Frenzy show up too, but not playable.  You play against them.   Shockwave will be playable in Escalation mode to those who pre-order the game from Gamestop, and same goes for Demolishor when pre-ordering from Amazon.com.

Below you’ll find pictures of many of these characters as they’ll be seen in the game:

(but you can find pictures of every character at this newer blog post)

Optimus Prime (about to unleash his axe)

Megatron (with his mace)

Bumblebee

Starscream (concept drawing)

Soundwave

Shockwave

Ironhide

Ratchet

Omega Supreme

Trypticon

Brawl

A Toyline has been confirmed to go along with the game.  Toy pictures for Optimus Prime and Megatron can be viewed here and Bumblebee on the cover of Transformers Collectors Club can be viewed here.

The most recent trailer for the game can be viewed below.

Do you feel a must-have classic Transformers character is missing from the above list?  Are you happy with the current list of names?  Surprised by any?  Sound off in the comments section below.

UPDATE: According to this post on Seibertron.com, Jetfire, SilverboltAir Raid (aerialbots), and Breakdown (stunticon) are characters in the game.  Omega Supreme is also confirmed.

UPDATE 2: New gameplay video trailer at http://www.gametrailers.com/video/exclusive-gameplay-transformers-war/62342 This brings up more rumored characters, such as Laserbeak, a Quintesson, Sideswipe, Scorponok, and Ultra Magnus.  Only time will tell.

Spike TV’s Video Game Awards (VGA) Winners and Trailers

Spike TV’s Video Game Awards 2009 was held Saturday evening, Dec. 12.  Although the winners of each category may be controversial to some, some of the trailers and/or announcements made at the conference were quite exciting.

One of these announcements was that Green Day: Rock Band is in the works for 2010.  The best part is that the entire track list from this stand alone game will be exportable (for a $ fee, we’re sure) to play in Rock Band 2 for xbox 360 or PS3 owners (sorry Wii owners).  Here’s hoping they’ll include their Dookie album in the game…

The new Halo: Reach trailer was revealed, showing off multiple spartans, including female ones, and one spartan with a skull painted on his helmet.  You can view the trailer below:

Some of the winners from SpikeTV’s 2009 VGA’s were as follows:

  • Best Action Adventure:  Assassin’s Creed 2
  • Studio of the Year:  Rocksteady Studios (who did Batman Asylum)
  • Best Team Sports Game:  NHL 10
  • Best Individual Sports Game:  UFC 2009 Undisputed
  • Most Anticipated Game:  God of War 3
  • Best DLC:  Ballad of Gay Tony (for GTA IV)
  • Best Downloadable Game:  Shadow Complex
  • Best RPG:  Dragon Age Origins
  • Best Shooter:  Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2
  • Best Mulitplayer:  Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2
  • Best Handheld:  GTA China Town Wars
  • Best Fighter:  Street Fighter IV
  • Best Driving Game:  Forza 3
  • Best Original Score:  Halo 3: ODST
  • Best Soundtrack:  DJ Hero
  • Best Music Game:  The Beatles: Rock Band
  • Best PC Game:  Dragon Age Origins
  • Best Wii Game:  Super Mario Bros Wii
  • Best PS3 Game:  Unchartered 2: Among Thieves
  • Best Xbox360 Game:  Left 4 Dead 2
  • Best Graphics:  Unchartered 2: Among Thieves
  • Game of the Year:  Unchartered 2: Among Thieves

We were happy with Marty from Bungie getting recognized for best original score for Halo 3: ODST and happy that CoD: Modern Warfare 2 earned two awards.  They deserved that.  But we have to wonder about the best Xbox 360 game winner.  And where was Trials HD?  Why weren’t they even nominated for Best Downloadable Game???  That’s not right.  Dana White from the UFC must be very happy with his organization’s win.  We can’t help to wonder if the people who vote for the games in a video game awards show on Spike TV would be biased towards voting for a game that has a show on that station (UFC’s The Ultimate Fighter)… hmm.

Earlier in the week before the VGA’s, a new Transformers game was announced.  The game is called Transformers: War For Cybertron.  The game is based on the war(s) between the Autobots and Decepticons before they traveled to Earth.  So, the vehicle modes will be cybertronian, not Earth-based, and you won’t be seeing any humans.  Will this game be coinciding with the new Transformers cartoon that will eventually be showing up on Discovery-Hasbro’s new channel?  No one really knows but rumors will likely be around the interwebs.  You can see the teaser trailer below:

Are you excited about any of the new trailers?  Any winners from the VGA’s that surprised you?  Let your voice be heard below in the comments section.

Transformers: Revenge of the G1 Characters (DLC)

RotF Game - DLC pic

Previously mentioned on this blog, new downloadable content is coming to Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen video game in the form of G1 (original 80’s cartoon) characters.

 

Here are the details:

Release date:  August 27, 2009

Cost of DLC$10 via xboxlive marketplace (800 MS points) or playstation network

Characters:

  • G1 Optimus Prime
  • G1 Megatron
  • G1 Starscream
  • G1 Sunstorm (yellow/gold-ish jet similar to starscream)
  • RotF Movie Soundwave
  • RotF Movie Sideswipe
  • RotF Movie Jazz
  • RotF Movie Jetfire
  • New skins for characters:  G1 colors for Movie Ratchet and Movie Sidewipe;  Stealth colors for Movie Bumblebee

New MapsCourtyard (U.S. Eastcosast), Hillside (Cairo, Egypt), & Sandstorm (Cairo, Egypt)

 

With the game going for $32-43 AFTER shipping on ebay (and even less if you don’t mind a used game), this might be the time to consider getting it.  Every boy who watched this show as kid in the 80’s (and who played Atari or Nintendo back then) would have LOVED to play as G1 Optimus, Megatron, or Starscream.  On August 27, you can (and this game has online multiplayer!).  Check out the new DLC launch trailer below.

 

Halo 3: the love and hate relationship

Grifball - Halo 3

I love Halo 3… but it drives me crazy (sometimes) too.  For some reason, I have very high expectations when I play.  I expect to win or at least be very competitive.  When I don’t win or, worse yet, when I’m totally not competitive at all and end up getting demolished, I’m not a happy camper.  Why?  I’m not like that with other games that I play online.  When I’ve sucked at Call of Duty 4 or Call of Duty: World at War, I didn’t mind and still had fun.  Same can basically be said about Gears of War 2.  But Halo 3… if I suck, then I’m not having fun (usually).  However, I keep coming back to it more than Gears.  There must be reasons why.

Things I love about Halo 3:

  1. Playing with friends:  I still have not found a game that has as good of a party system as Halo 3.  It’s the best for playing online with your friends.  After each game, you’re back in “your room” with just your friends.  While matchmaking searches for the next game, you’re with your friends.
  2. Fun weapons:  Between the battle rifle, shotgun, sniper, needler, rocket launcher, spartan laser, missile pod, energy sword, gravity hammer, and so on… there are lots of fun ways of getting your enemy.
  3. Vehicles:  Many first person shooters lack vehicles or have vehicles that are hard to control.  In Halo 3, the vehicles are easy to control and there’s a nice variety of them.
  4. I don’t have to listen to idiots online:  Halo 2 was plagued by having to listen to morons on the opposing team or even worse, on your team!  In Halo 3, I can easily mute them in game, or better yet, I can choose the option of only being able to hear the people on my team and in my party.  NOTE:  With the xbox live’s new party system, the latter can be acheived in any game.
  5. GRIFBALL:  Arguably the biggest surprise of Halo 3.  A gametype similar to soccer or rugby, but in Halo 3 with gravity hammers and energy swords.  Lots of fun.  Lots of laughs.  Best played with friends.

Things that annoy me about Halo 3:

  1. How did I die?:  In Call of Duty 4, once you die, you get to see a replay of how you died before you respawn.  Therefore, there’s no confusion.  In Halo 3, you sometimes have no clue how you died.  Yes, you could go to theater mode after the game is done and watch the video of the whole game, but there’s two problems with this.  One, you have to fast forward to the part that you wanted to see (hopefully you remember how far into the game you want to go).  Two, going into theater mode while playing with friends in between games seems to never happen, as it would inconvenience the other members in your party.
  2. That’s ridiculous!How are they still alive?  Too many times (due to lag?), you’ll (appear to) unload a full clip of your weapon into an enemy, only to see them survive.  Yes, this can happen in other games too, I suppose, but it seems to happen more than I want it to in Halo 3.  Perhaps my high expectations for Halo 3 distort my perception on this topic.  Maybe it happens less than I think it does… but regardless, when it happens, it’s very frustrating.  Good thing I play in my basement at night… I don’t need my family (sleeping upstairs) to hear me yelling during these moments.
  3. Ranking system is “broken”:  To say the ranking system is “broken” is a bit harsh, but it drives this point home.  Every night I play, I get matched up against level 50’s (the highest one can be).  Let me clarify, they’re not level 50 in the playlist I’m playing in, but they ARE level 50 in something else (like Lone Wolves or Team Slayer playlists).  I’ve seen the argument that a Team Slayer level 50 isn’t necessarily equal to being a level 50 in an objective game, like Capture the Flag… but I hate that reasoning.  If a guy is level 50 in Team Slayer, then that means they excel at killing their enemies — which last time I checked is a HUGE component of succeeding on offense and defense in objective games!!!  So, why am I being put in games against level 50’s in Squad Battle or Team Skirmish or Social Big Team games???  Bungie, the creators of Halo, has used the earlier argument to explain it… which I hate.  This is a major annoyance and problem for someone like me that is only a level 31 (in Lone Wolves).
  4. Experience rating vs. Actual Rank:  In every playlist, you have an experience rating, but also a rank (unless it’s a Social playlist, where you’ll only have an experience rating).  This is very confusing for many people.  Yes, it’s been explained by bungie here, but people still get confused by it — probably because they use the same symbols for experience rating as they do for overall rank.
  5. People playing on second accounts:  Although this could be argued as not exactly “cheating”, there are people who are normally ranked in the 40’s or level 50, who say “hey, let’s make a new account so that we’ll be ranked low and get to pwn noobs!!!”  The Team Doubles playlist seems to be plagued by these type of gamers.  How do you know if you’re against someone like this?  Check out their game history — if they haven’t played much, but their overall experience is only slightly lower than their games played, then that means they’re winning almost all of their games.  This likely indicates a guy who was probably a level 50 who now is on a 2nd account to be able to totally demolish his enemy… which is YOU!  Have fun.

Halo 3: ODSTHalo 3: ODST comes out on September 22 of this year (2009).  It will include two discs, one with the new ODST campaign, and the other with a Halo 3 multiplayer disc that has the last 3 new maps, Longshore, Citadel, and Heretic (a remake of Halo 2’s Midship map).  It also comes with a new multiplayer mode called “Firefight”, which is similar to Gears of War 2’s “Horde” mode, where you fight with friends against waves and waves of alien enemies.  Looking forward to it…

What are you “married” to?

1 Kings 11:1-4

King Solomon, however, loved many foreign women besides Pharaoh’s daughter — Moabites, Ammonites, Edomites, Sidonians and Hittites.  They were from nations about which the Lord had told the Israelites, “You must not intermarry with them, because they will surely turn your hearts after their gods.  Nevertheless, Solomon held fast to them in love.  He had seven hundred wives or royal birth and three hundred concubines, and his wives led him astray.  As Solomon grew old, his wives turned his heart after other gods, and his heart was not fully devoted to the Lord his God, as the heart of David his father had been.

Solomon was a very wise dude, but he was still human.  He unwisely married many women who worshipped other gods.  This led him to eventually turn his heart away from the One true God.

So… what are you “married” to?  I’m not talking about your wife or husband.  I’m talking about things that hold your interest or grab your heart.  It could be your ministry, your job, your favorite hobby, sports, TV, video gaming, whatever…  None of that is bad per say, however, too much of any of that could, if you let it, turn your heart away from God.   (Sometimes it’s about balance.)

So, the question is… are you allowing those other things steal your heart from God?  Are you so focused on the things of this world (or even on “church things” that God really doesn’t desire for you to be part of at this time) that you have lost your focus on God?

That’s what this scripture got me thinking about.  It challenges me in my own life.

… on a side note …  700 hundred wives and 300 concubines?  What was Solomon thinking?

DLC for Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen video game

RotF Game - G1 Starscream

I might actually have to buy Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen VIDEO GAME for my xbox 360 now.  I saw today on Kotaku.com that the makers of the game plan on releasing some new characters as DLC for the game — including G1 Starscream (as in the original starscream based on the original transformers from the 80’s).  My fav. character in the game?  Boy, they know how to get me to spend my money, don’t they!

Apparently the game isn’t too bad for a video game based on movies (which usually are terrible).

source:  http://kotaku.com/5315069/transformer-dlc-brings-characters-maps-and-more-this-summer

This game is considered by many to be the best Transformers video game ever made… but that might not be saying much considering the history. It does have multiplayer as an option, and G1 Starscream will (eventually) be one of those characters that you can play as.

You can check out some in-game (campaign) cinematics footage of this game here: