Part 2 of the Gears of War 3 DLC, RAAM’s Shadow.
Concluding the story campaign of this expansion.
My #Xbox gamerscore has hit 117,000 thanks to the Reclaimer Achievement in #Halo4
As a bonus, if you use the US Calender, you’ll see I also did this on 11/7!
Project Aces have given the date and content details for the next DLC pack for Assault Horizon.
Hitting on February 14th, its a suitably unromantic anti-Valentines day gift for those of us that remain single and aren’t even remotely bitter about it. =p
We knew it would include the fabulous looking Northrop-McDonnell Douglas YF-23, the ATF competetor that, to some certain measures of controversy, lost to Lockheed-Martin and Boeing’s YF-22, giving birth to the F-22A Raptor.
But we’re also getting the Kamov KA-50 attack helicopter. With the NATO reporting name of “Hokum”, its also known as the Werewolf and more recently as the Black Shark.
The KA-50 is an awesome helicopter. Small, very durable, very fast, very agile and very easy to fly, all thanks to its coaxial rotor system.
This configuration eliminates the need for a vulnerable tail rotor and a long tail boom to mount it clear of the main rotors.
It also makes the KA-50 inherently stable and its no wonder that when you typically buy one of those radio controlled toy helicopters, they mimic this system to make them easier to fly.
It’s also a helicopter with an ejection seat.
In 16:9 Widescreen and upscaled to 720p, this is the intro and ending movie of Sonic CD, and in 3 flavours no less.
The new, instrumental version of the EU/JP soundtrack from the digital download version released December 2011.
The US soundtrack (Sonic Boom) from the original North American release of the game on the Sega-CD.
Finally, a recreation of the version from the EU/JP versions of Sonic Jam on the Sega Saturn, with the original soundtrack, combining the good and bad endings and speeding up that extended ending video to 1.68x speed.
Sonic Generations Music
Here’s a linky to a selection of tracks from the game that I’ve recorded in high quality 320kbs MP3.
Includes the following:
Skill Shop (Sonic 2 - Multiplayer Results)
Green Hill (Classic)
Green Hill (Modern)
Chemical Plant (Classic)
Chemical Plant (Modern)
Sky Sanctuary (Classic)
Sky Sanctuary (Modern)
Metal Sonic (Sonic CD - Stardust Speedway, Bad Future)
Death Egg Robot (Sonic 2 - Final Boss)
City Escape (Classic)
City Escape (Modern)
City Escape (GUN Truck Chase)
Rooftop Run (Classic)
Rooftop Run (Modern)
Teamwork Challenge (Sonic 3 - Balloon Park)
Super Sonic Racing 2011 (Sonic R)
And here is the third and final sample video from Sonic Generations.
This time its the classic and modern incarnations of Rooftop Run from Sonic Unleashed, which is the game which finally brought upon a truly great feeling of 3D Sonic.
Enough so that its formed the basis for the Wii exclusive Sonic Colours and now Generations.
Second of the three Sonic Generations videos.
This time focusing on the 128-bit Era.
Sonic Adventure, Sonic Adventure 2 (bleh…) & Sonic Heroes (urgh)
Fortunately, the re-imagined versions of these levels in Generations are waaay better than the originals!
First of three Sonic Generations taster videos I’m making.
These are basically to show a bit more of the game, beyond the demo, for those that are (quite rightly) weary of the franchise.
Personally I think its great. Probably the best platform game for Playstation 3 and Xbox 360.
And the best one I’ve played since Super Mario Galaxy.
This one focuses on the 16-bit era, featuring a play-through of Sky Sanctuary (Classic and Modern), the Rival Battle with Metal Sonic and the first boss fight, which is the Death Egg Robot.
Spoilers? Well its nothing that isn’t on the back of the box!
Loved the Sky Sanctuary music back in Sonic & Knuckles, and continue to like it to this day. That’s why I picked it (and its gorgeous)
Another Ace Combat Assault Horizon video I put together last week.
This is for the fans of Forward Swept Wings.
If you have no idea what that means, it should be quite easy to spot in the video.
Featured are the real life experimental Russian jet, the Su-47 Berkut (Golden Eagle) and the fictional ASF-X Shinden II (震電II, “Magnificent Lightning”), which was designed by co-creator of Macross, Shōji Kawamori.
Naturally it features all kinds of transforming parts.
Sonic the Hedgehog for the Sega Mega-Drive (Genesis in the US) was the first game and first console that I ever owned.
All the way back in 1991, not too long after Sonic was released on these shores.
Given how big a part of my life gaming is, I suppose it was genuinely a life changing moment.
For the 2 decades that he has now been around, the last 10 years of Sonic’s career have been difficult, to say the least.
Sonic Adventure 2, Sonic Heroes and Sonic the Hedgehog (2006).
All utter disasters as far as I’m concerned.
2008 brought a reprieve though in the form of Sonic Unleashed.
For all its bad press and some honest flaws, that game had genuine moments of brilliance. The day time stages had the potential of successfully capturing the feel of the earlier games.
This was developed into the Wii exclusive Sonic Colours and now, finally, to Sonic Generations.
This is the Collectors Edition. My Collectors Edition.
Exclusive to Europe, this is number 5282 out of 12000 made.
It is the most neat and tidily packaged collectors edition I’ve ever seen.
Forza Motorsport 4 (Xbox 360)
Ah, the Toyota Celica GT-Four ST205.
This car holds a special place for me in gaming lore. Draped in this Castrol livery, it became one of the first completely recognisable real life cars in a video game.
I am of course referring to the original Sega Rally Championship arcade machine and its subsequent Sega Saturn port.
Along with the Martini Racing Lancia Delta HF Intergrale and the Alitalia Lancia Stratos, you have some of the most iconic cars in both the history of gaming and rally racing.
Forza still doesn’t really have any proper off-road rally, but you can ‘fake it’ for photos like this. Taken from one of the gravel traps around the famous Circuit de la Sarthe, better known for the annual endurance race, the 24 Hours of Le Mans.
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Forza Motorsport 4 (Xbox 360)
Audi Sport Quattro, in Group B Rally Car trim, upgraded and tuned to Group B spec.
Parked up on the side of the road as the sun sets over some lovely Spanish mountains.
Keeping the Forza theme going. The November Speed Pack is now available from the XBL Marketplace although, typically, its not yet listed in-game for season pass holders!
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