We Review: Uncharted: Golden Abyss

The Uncharted franchise is considered by many as the crown jewel of high-definition gaming on the PlayStation 3 platform’s regalia. It has won numerous awards from fans and industry players alike, and it’s no surprise that Sony looked to it to lead the valiant charge of launch titles onto the PS Vita (reviewed here). So, in Uncharted: Golden Abyss wise-cracking treasure hunter Nathan Drake shoots his way onto Sony’s newest handheld gaming console. Is the experience up to the lofty standards that have been set by the previous Uncharted games? Has the essence of Uncharted been distilled into the pocket-sized console? Let’s find out.

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Report Back: Mass Effect 3 Launch Party

Thanks to some very nice folks up at Mweb Gamezone (thanks, @mwebgmz!), Kalahari.com (thanks, @kalaharicom!) and EA South Africa (thanks, @EA_southafrica!), I was fortunate enough to be invited to the launch event for Mass Effect 3 (the review will be coming your way soon!) on the 9th of March. The event was sponsored by Mweb Gamezone, Kalahari.com, Gamersgate, EA South Africa, Red Bull, Samsung, and Rectron. If you’re not one of the approximately fifty guests, PR people, press, and general VIPs who were invited, then here’s a rundown of what sheer awesomeness that you missed out on. Yes, I’m telling you all this to make you jealous.

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Fresh Guacamole!

Written and directed by the artist known as PES, Fresh Guacamole is a stop-motion short film that shows how to create the tasty Mexican dip using everyday objects like grenades, golf balls, and light bulbs. There are visual puns aplenty in this humorous and creative cooking clip.

PES also shows how to cook pasta sauce in Western Spaghetti. See that short after the jump.

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We Review: Hungry Giraffe

Hungry Giraffe, a new PlayStation Minis game from Laughing Jackal games, sees you taking control of the titular character as you make your way ever upward, gobbling all sorts of things as you go along. We rode the giraffe skyward to see what this game was all about.

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A Sentient Android is “Born” in Project KARA

Project KARA is a short film created by Quantic Dream. That name may be familiar to those who experienced the psychological crime thriller, Heavy Rain.

In this seven-minute short, the French video game company uses their new motion-picture technology and the processing power of the PlayStation 3 to create a story of a humanoid robot that is being assembled. Conversant in over 300 languages and designed to be a general house helper (and sexual companion if need be), a third generation AX-400 android is being put through some standard tests, it soon becomes apparent to the operator that there are some ghosts in the machine…

Quantic Dream are quick to downplay the talk that Project KARA may be a scene from an upcoming game. It’s reportedly just a tech demo.

[via io9]

We Review: SSX

Whether it is carving, jumping, grinding or flying, SSX has it all. From the word go, I am going to say this game is amazing! Being EA’s first next-gen offering of the franchise, the game does not disappoint. The graphics are great, the locations detailed, and it’s very tricky in parts. And the tricks? Well, they just got more insane than before! Find out why after the break.

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Beautiful Liquid Sculptures

If you liked Linden Gledhill’s photos of dancing paint or Heinz Maier’s water droplet art, then you might just enjoy the liquid sculptures of Markus Reugels.

The photographer from Schweinfurt, Germany uses similar high-speed photography techniques to capture water and milk in motion, or at the very moment when the droplets make contact with various surfaces. The very precise, synchronized actions results in extremely beaultiful and colourful splashes. Have a look at some of Reugel’s liquid sculptures after the jump.
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We Review: Smash n Survive

Vehicular combat games have been around for a long time, and its history can be traced back as far as 1976, with 1995’s Destruction Derby for PSOne being one of the most memorable. A new Indian indie developer team, Version 2 Games, has now brought us a new one: Smash n Survive, exclusive to the PS3. Can it stand up against established vehicle combat games? We test drive this game to find out.

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Mercedes Benz Create the Invisible Car

So we don’t usually post big brands here, but this is one marketing campaign that has captured our attention. Mercedes Benz is developing a new range of hydrogen-powered cars. Their claim is that the car will produce zero emissions, thus making it invisible to the environment.

As a part of their campaign they have covered one side of the new car in LED lights and placed a Canon EOS 5D Mark II on the other. This recorded footage live and transmitted it onto the LEDs. The effect: an invisible car. They drove the vehicle around Germany and caught the reaction of consumers. Needless to say, it is very impressive!

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We won’t be seeing one of these cars in the near future as the costs will be prohibitive to most consumers. It is likely only to be put into production by 2015.

[via Digital Trends]

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