Some of us love it; others call it offensive and crass, but there’s no denying that South Park has proven one of the most successful TV comedy shows of recent years. The show has been running for thirteen years, longer than either Friends or Frasier (although it only has about twelve episodes a year, so less episodes in total than either show.) It’s also easily held its own against close rival Family Guy with the quality of the latter falling off of late while some may even say that South Park has improved with age. Nonetheless, it’s surprising that South Park hasn’t proven to be a bigger franchise, even taking into account several pieces of merchandising, a movie and some successful video games.
South Park Let’s Go Tower Defense Play! is the latest such video game and after having a go at first-person shooters, party games and racing games, this time around the characters are seeing how they get on in a tower-defense style strategy, available now for download exclusively through XBox Live Arcade.
The town of South Park is under attack from all manner of evil creatures, including gingers, underpants gnomes and zombies and it falls to our four favourite pre-pubescent kids, Stan, Kyle, Kenny and Cartman to protect the town across several levels, including the High School, their homes and Hell’s Pass Hospital. It’s up to the kids to take down the invading forces by throwing snowballs, building obstacles and putting defensive towers around the map, including lasers and fireworks.
We recently got a chance to check out some upcoming games and new releases for Microsoft’s XBox 360 console, and it just wouldn’t be fair if we didn’t share the experience. We only got a chance to play a little bit of each game, so you can expect full reviews at a later stage, but until then, we give you a preview of Halo 3: O.D.S.T., Forza 3 Motorsport and The Beatles: Rock Band.
It was a performance by The Beatles that opened Microsoft’s press conference at this year’s E3, and with the game already released, is as good a place to start as any. Taking the familiar Rock Band controls and gameplay, The Beatles: Rock Band covers the band’s career from the early days in the Cavern Club right up to full-blown Beatlemania. The concept is simple, rhythm based input using either the guitar or drum controllers, or sing along to one of the 45 songs featured in the game.
Nope, it’s not a Futurama post, but rather a run-down of some stuff from yesterday’s E3, with some pretty amazing videos.
Day One of the Expo kicked off with presentations from Microsoft, EA and Ubisoft, with some overlap between them, but a whole host of impressive trailers and videos…and some not so impressive.
We’ll start off with the least impressive of the bunch and Ubisoft: Microsoft and EA were both tough acts to follow, but Ubisoft really didn’t give much away. A witty introduction from TV presenter Joel McHale led to Ubisoft’s director’s dicussing their attempts to cross media barriers and offer a multimedia approach: director James Cameron took to the stage to discuss Ubisoft’s involvement in his upcoming Avatar movie and the tie-in game. In what is probably the most disappointing and lengthy discussion ever, Cameron spoke at length about the film’s plot and effect, along with his hopes and expectations for the game…and showed nothing. Read more…