Site hacked, Resistance 3 review, Well Played podcast and more
For at least one full day, this website looked like this. Exactly like that, in fact – it seems that this site was hacked by the same guy. Clearly, based on the fact he seemingly hacks sites and then turns them into neon-coloured gloat pages, this guy has skills. If only he were to use his powers for the good of mankind…
So, why my site? Who knows? Presumably because he could.
In any case, my man Craig Nimmo came to the rescue once again. Leggetron.com’s risen from the ashes like some glorious phoenix, and Mr Nimmo has even made a few improvements to the layout while he was at it. From here on in, I should be much better prepared for such an outage in future. Ka pai, Craig – I owe you big time!
So the disruption to the site prevented me from updating it with some of the things I’ve been doing recently. First of all, I reviewed Resistance 3 for Game Console. It’s a shooter that took me by surprise, but it’s not necessarily something I’d move heaven and earth to pick up. It’s a nice-looking game, but with some unconvincing characters and voice work, and a story that takes a few chapters to find its feet. It does get pretty interesting eventually, though, and it features some of the most inventive weapons to grace the shooter genre in a while.
It’s hard to deny, though, that September has been mostly all about Gears of War 3. I posted my review right here on launch day, and all five of us discussed it at length on the latest Well Played podcast. Let’s just say that I see this taking up a fair chunk of my gaming time in the coming weeks.
Within the next few days, I should have filed a review over at Game Console for an interesting Kinect title by the name of The Gunstringer. A couple of us also chatted about our early impressions on this one a little on the latest podcast, but it’s fair to say that I’ll have a lot more to say about this one in my full review. We also talked about the recent “free-to-play” action RPG Crimson Alliance for Xbox LIVE Arcade.
Also in the yet-to-be-published file is an editorial feature article that I’ve written for Gameplanet. Stay tuned – I’ll update once both of these are live.
In other, non-review gaming, I picked up Star Fox 64 3D for 3DS. It’s a fun and gorgeous-looking space shooter, but I think this one will have to wait for out-of-town excursions before it gets any serious play time.
It was with great sadness last night that I dismantled a 50″ Panasonic 3D Viera television, an associated Panasonic 3D Blu-ray player and a multi-purpose UltraPlus PVR, ending a month-long dream living-room run. Anyways, Tone readers should see reviews for these products in the next issue.
And finally, I’m currently participating in a TVNZ All Blacks Rugby Challenge tournament! In a bit of fun that’s attempting to mimic the actual Rugby World Cup, each department has been assigned a team. My department (formerly Captioning, but now rebranded to Access Services in recognition of the fact that we now also produce audio description) is representing Samoa along with our neighbours in Marketing. Along with my partner from Marketing (Teresa Wong, formerly of Activision-Blizzard distributor Total Interactive and, funnily enough, an old associate of mine), managed a 50-0 win over Namibia. I’m not getting my hopes up too much as I think there are some dark-horse Rugby Challenge players in the ranks at TVNZ, but I think Samoa could be something of a secret threat.