July 24, 2012

The Broken Joysticks Top 5: Nostalgic Pick Me Up RPGS

Posted on July 24, 2012 by Eric Bastelak

Greeting dear readers, you will have to excuse my infrequent posts as of late as I prepare for a big move I’m finding myself with less time. Chores, apartment viewings, work and, Rainbow Moon (Yes that review will be posted VERY soon). As life keeps throwing curve balls at me I tend to get depressed. When I get down I always seem to gravitate to immersive games from my childhood. I get wrapped up in these games. They provide an escape which can be a great break from reality. I always come back feeling refreshed ready to tackle whatever life has to throw at me.Read More


See Insomniac Games’ Outernauts On Facebook

Posted on July 24, 2012 by Seung Lee


Starting today, Outernauts is playable on the biggest social networking site right now, Facebook. What is Outernauts? It’s a new game from the folks that brought you classics such as Ratchet & Clank, Resistance, and Spyro the Dragon. As for how it plays, Outernauts is much like the popular Pokémon franchise.

According to the press release from EA, players will “explore planets, harvest loot, and fight asynchronously alongside or against friends to master a wild, untamed universe.” Don’t think that Outernauts is just a simple flash game to waste an hour or two on though. Ted Price, President and Founder of Insomniac Games, says that by  “bringing the breadth and elements of console gaming to a social game, we hope to give our fans—both old and new—a unique gaming experience on Facebook.”

Try the game now at https://apps.facebook.com/outernauts/. See EA’s press release at http://news.ea.com/portal/site/ea/index.jsp?ndmViewId=news_view&ndmConfigId=1012492&newsId=20120724005027&newsLang=en.


Report: Silent Hill Downpour Developer Under Review

Posted on July 24, 2012 by Rae Michelle Richards

Vatra Games, developers behind the mediocre Silent Hill Downpour are in trouble according to reports around the industry. Parent company Kuju Entertainment issued a statement regarding Vatra Games, simply saying that they are reviewing all aspects of their games business including the Silent Hill studio.

“[We have] been conducting a strategic review of all aspects of the business  and the activities of Vatra are currently under review.”

Despite all of the denial going around, officially, members of fellow Czech based developer, 2K Czech, tweeted ” Vatra Games RIP” despite no reports of mass layoff, closure or sale just yet. If more develops we will be sure to bring it to you.

Source: IGN


Quake Con 2012 Panel Schedule Released

Posted on July 24, 2012 by Daniel Shannon

Bethesda has just released the full list of panels and panelists that will be at Quakecon 2012. I’ll be there as well and will have an opportunity to interview some of these people and ask questions at the panels. If you have any questions you’d like asked, then post a comment here or email me at danielshannon@brokenjoysticks.net with the subject QuakeCon 2012.

The full schedule is posted below.Read More


Left 4 Dead 2 Patched and Cold Stream Release Date Set

Posted on July 24, 2012 by Daniel Shannon

While PC gamers have been able to play Left 4 Dead 2’s Cold Stream DLC content for a year now, a release date has finally been set for the Xbox 360. Cold Stream, which includes the new Cold Stream campaign as well as the entire original Left 4 Dead campaigns that haven’t already been released as DLC, will be available for the 360 on July 24th.

Meanwhile, the PC version of the DLC has just received a substantial patch that makes all of the games mutations (like my beloved Taaannnk!! mutation) accessible from the main menu. Additionally, there are a number of fixes to the Cold Stream and original Left 4 Dead campaigns. Furthermore, the PC version is 75% off ($4.99) through Thursday at 4 P.M. Pacific Standard time. You can read the full list of changes below.Read More


Two Older SNK Games Released As PlayStation Minis

Posted on July 24, 2012 by Rae Michelle Richards

Through the magic of emulation SNK Playmore have brought back a few of their older titles for the modern generation to experience. When we say older, I mean just about as old as our staff members. If you’re reading this and can remember  Time Soldiers on the SNK Alpha from 1987, well then you are a much more hardcore gamer than I can ever hope to be.

Joining Time Soldiers is Gang Wars, ports of games from the 1980s that ran on pre-NEO GEO hardware. Each game is available for $2.99 through the PlayStation Store and will run on either PS3 or PSP using the Minis option on your system’s dashboard. Unfortunately there was no mention of PS Vita compatibility at the time of writing.


Arma 2: Combined Operations Patch Released

Posted on July 24, 2012 by Daniel Shannon

After Day Z came out, Arma 2: Combined Operations has sold, and this is just a rough estimate, about a bazillion copies. In fact, it always seemed to be in the top 5 best sellers of the latest Steam summer sale even when it wasn’t heavily discounted. Now that so many more people are playing Arma2: Combined Operations, Bohemia Interactive has released a patch (version 1.62) for the title. The press release promises lots of “fixes to multiplayer, which- aside for the large scale military battles, will also make zombie hunts much less prone to crashes and should improve server stability.”

The main highlights of the patch are below, and you can read the whole change log after the jump.

  •     Multiplayer optimizations, security and server improvements
  •     Overall stability was improved with numerous tweaks and fixes
  •     Added new video options (Post-Process Anti-Aliasing, Alpha To Coverage)
  •     Additional AI improvements and numerous bug fixes
  •     Resolved issues with several training missions
  •     Added a lot of new script commands for content makers

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Prototype 2 Now Available For PC

Posted on July 24, 2012 by Rae Michelle Richards

Not even PC’s are safe from the Blacklight Virus that spreads in Activision’s Prototype 2. The publisher has announced that the Windows PC version of Radical Entertainment’s last game will be available in North America starting today and in Europe on July 27th, that’s this coming friday.

The Windows version of the game will retail for $49.99 through several digital distribution services and casts you in the role of James Heller as he traverses a devastated New York City.

If you’re worried your rig won’t be up to the task, you might want to take a peek at the minimum specs for Prototype 2 after the jump. Unfortunately Dual Core machines are out of the running, Prototype 2 seems to be one of the few games that requires at least 3 cores running at 2.6gh with a 3GHZ quad core recommended.Read More


ASTRO Announce A50 Wireless Gaming Headset

Posted on July 24, 2012 by Rae Michelle Richards

Are you looking for a pair of headphones that may never leave your ears? ASTRO’s latest wireless gaming headset may come at a hefty price, $299.99, but we can guarantee they’ll probably sound better than what you’re using right now. If you need a set of headphones that will put you right into the action of Battlefield 3 or Call of Duty is there any other choice?

Admittedly, we’re not the kind of gamers to spend more on our headphones than we did on the console we’re using them on, but there is no denying there is a market for high quality headphones. You see these things everywhere: whether its demoing a game at a retail chain or convention or watching pro-gaming high quality headphones have a place in the gaming landscape.Read More


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