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Call of Duty: World at War Beta Open to Everyone

Been drooling over all of your friends playing the Call of Duty: World at War beta? Have people been making fun of you at school because they're all shooting each other in Japan, while you're still trying to finish off some achievements in Vampire Rain? I was like you once but thankfully I got a beta code and over night became the talk of the town – do you want to be the talk of the town? Now you can! It has just been announced that the Call of Duty: World at War beta has gone public. No waiting around for a code or putting down money to preorder. It's just sitting there on Xbox Live, waiting for you to download it and love every minute of playing it. Here's how to get your own exclusive download! 1.Go to Xbox Live Marketplace 2.Find Call of Duty: World at War in either the "New Releases," "Games," or "Demos" section of Xbox Live Marketplace 3.Click on CoD: World at War and you will see the Multiplayer Beta available 4.Download the Beta and prepare yourself for the addictive multiplayer action Call of Duty is known for! -- Easy enough and absolutely free! I have a few friends who have put more time into this beta than any other release in the past 2 months, so think that's a pretty good indication at how good the game is. Plus, there really is no way to hate on a game that allows you to summon attack dogs to do your evil bidding. Read More


Vampire Rain: Altered Species: So Bad it's Good?

Vampire Rain. Heard of the game? You fight vampires... in the rain. The best way to describe how the game plays is like watching a low budget movie from Japan that tries really hard to resemble a popular Hollywood movie. Instead of Sam Fischer or Solid Snake, you play as John Lloyd a guy that kinda looks like Fischer with the about a quarter of the moves of Snake. Not only that, but Lloyd's squad of elite commandos is a bunch of cliché stereotypes. You have the gruff black guy, the nerdy white guy and the always in peril woman. Now the PS3 has the once Xbox 360 only game and you can expect about the same from Vampire Rain: Altered Species which is more of a directors cut approach and it turns out to be not a good thing. The problem from the beginning of this game was over direction. I can see some game producer leering over the shoulder of his development team for every input to make sure their vision was complete, which is a crying shame. The lack of creativity and stiff final product clearly show the game wasn't managed properly. Altered Species isn't unplayable but it will be remembered for all the wrong reasons. The twist is that it might be a good thing for the game. The voice acting is as wooden as it gets and you can't switch the language to the native Japanese and read English subtitles. The action and stealth parts of the game are generic but frustratingly difficult in some spots that need not be. You might mistake the game for having a sense of freedom and option about how you choose to complete missions but it is all smoke and mirrors as there is a very specific path you must take. As the game stands, it is a great weekend rental purely for amusement. If you can quasi-embrace the negative aspects of the game, you'll be laughing your way from start to finish, like watching a B-movie for the sheer thrill of seeing how ridiculous the plot and action go. This game could actually bring in a new genre, the B-game. If gamers like to think of video games as a relative to movies, it is entirely possible that some gamers find these sorts of design flaws appealing. While it might not seem like it was intentional, there is a kitschy quality that is reminiscent of taking an 8-bit game and only giving the graphics a considerable face lift. While it is extremely rough around the edges, I can see where people could find Altered Species so bad it's good. Check back for our full review soon. Read More


Vampire Rain: Altered Species Requires 3.8 GB and 30 Minutes of Your Life

For all twelve of you that are going to willingly buy Vampire Rain: Altered Species this week, make sure you have yourself 3.8 GB available on your PS3. You might also want to check your gaming shelf to make sure there is nothing else on there that would be a better use of your time. Maybe I'm being a little hard on the title due to my experience with the Xbox 360 version, but anyone who has played it has to admit that it was pretty horrible. Horrible in the type of way where if you squinted hard enough you could see stink lines rising off of it. ArtToon is at it again, giving Vampire Rain a chance to be a big hit for the Playstation 3 next week. When GamersPlatform received the review copy of Vampire Rain: Altered Species last week, we were surprised to find out that the game will have a 3.8GB mandatory install! So, the people who are thinking of giving Vampire Rain a try should ready themselves for a 3.8GB mandatory install. It took me 30 minutes for the installation to finish… -- GamersPlatform 3.8 GB install and 30 minutes of your life you're never going to get back. Artoon better have made some improvements to this game to put gamers through all of that suffering. Vampire Rain: Altered Species hits stores this Tuesday for the Playstation 3. Read More