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Halo Wars review is live!

Yikes, it's been a while since I've given my blog some love! If you missed it all over the homepage, I posted my review of Halo Wars on Friday afternoon so check it out if you haven't already. Needless to say it's sparking a lot of debate among Halo and strategy fans.

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Leaked Star Wars Battlefront III video

Got a YouTube link from an anonymous Free Radical Design employee today.

The five minute clip, posted today on YouTube, features gameplay of Stormtroopers, Ewoks, Tauntauns, The Millennium Falcom, TIE Fighters, A-Wings and what looks to be Boba Fett's ship, Slave I, as well as a prominent FRD logo watermark throughout. According to the user who posted the video, "this video was taken in an internal show and tell Alpha meeting back in November."

Going GaGaGa over Dead Rising

Dead Rising was an early classic for the Xbox 360 and Wii owners will be able to get a taste for blood next month with Chop Till You Drop.

I'm always amused by Japanese pop culture and this latest video from Capcom certainly lives up to my expectations. They've just released a crazy videoclip of a Japanese band called GaGaGa SP singing about the game (zombies included!) Check it out below!

Disturbing accessories: nude stickers for your DS

Sometimes hardware manufacturers make good accessories, such as Logitech's Driving Force steering wheel range. Sometimes they make bad ones, such as Microsoft's fugly "mushy pea green" Xbox 360 controller. And then there's some that are just downright disturbing. Meet Wrapstar Skins for Nintendo DS.

According to a press release that accompanied the DS protective sticker, "with a style that is directly influenced by Japanese art, Terratag takes elements from both Eastern and Western culture and creates a mash-up of manga, pop art and graffiti. The end result is an effect that is as much about Shoreditch as it is Shinjunkunot." Wow. Really? All I see is a bad drawing of a naked Asian girl on a beanbag!

Don't get me wrong, Wrapstar does (apparently) offer "tough, durable and sleek protection" for your DS. Unfortunately the sample we got sent is just plain offensive and tacky. But hey, the worst case scenario is you're sure to get a few surprised looks on the train! The rest of the Terratag range doesn't look too bad though.

 

 
 

Chattin with Red Alert's Gemma Atkinson!

Being a games journalist certainly has its ups and downs. While you have to constantly wade through media releases from publishers all trying to tout their new "groundbreaking" titles, and play through some mundane, run-of-the-mill, or downright God-awful games, you also get first access to ones that look amazing and show a lot of promise. You also get to meet some interesting people in the process...people like Gemma Atkinson.

I got a chance to interview the former Hollyoakes actress, glamour model, and now star in Red Alert 3 at EA's Be the One show at Trafalgar Square and I present it now for your viewing pleasure. Hope you enjoy it as much as I did! :)

Now with added Twitter!

I've been using Twitter for a while, but haven't gotten around to mentioning it on my GameSpot blog, so here goes. I now have a twitter feed (wow, that wasn't so hard!).

Anyway, if you want to track what I'm up to at work, what games and events I'm checking out, and general ramblings on a myriad of topics, my account is:
http://twitter.com/lukeando

FIFA 09: A game ad done right?

Let's face it, videogame publishers aren't renowned for making the best advertisements in the world (those honours are usually reserved for beer, deoderant and car companies) but EA's 4-min long TV ad for FIFA 09 is actually an amusing watch, especially if you're a Man U or Real Madrid fan.

The ad was well-known around these parts long before it debuted in Sky Sports' half-time break between the Chelsea and Man United match on Sunday 21st September, after Wayne Rooney was spotted on location during filming for the ad, despite being reportedly too sick to play for the team. Watching the match at a friends ad I couldn't believe it went on for a whole four minutes, the longest ad I can recall. While unlikely to be as expensive as a half-time ad during the Superbowl, the match would've no doubt attracted a lot of viewers.

There's also an alternate ad featuring Ligue 1's Olympique Lyonnais (Lyon) and the Bundesliga's FC Schalke, which can be seen here. Fifa 09 is out tomorrow and Zavvi are hosting a midnight launch tonight for London's football faithful.

Chattin to Reuters about Spore

Last week I headed down to Apple's Regent Street store in central London to hear Will Wright give a presentation on Spore, just a few days before its launch (check out photos from the event here). While I was there I talked to Reuters' Matt Cowan about the game. Check out what I had to say below (from about 0:58 onwards).

Photos from Leipzig 2008

Leipzig's over, the crowds have gone home, the currywurst and bier has long run out and the international press has moved on to more pressing matters (get it?) and gearing up for the next big show: Tokyo Games Show. But let's not forget the spectacle that was Leipzig Games Convention 2008.

Over on our London Calling blog you can check out some pics I took while hanging out in downtown Leipzig (okay, at the train station to be exact) and checking out the public halls at Games Convention 08.