PTDemo1Yesterday’s news that Silent Hills, the Hideo Kojima/Guillermo del Toro project starring Norman Reedus has been cancelled was more than disappointing. It shot down a glimpse of true innovation that the horror genre desperately needs.

Konami confirmed to Kotaku the cancellation:

Konami is committed to new Silent Hill titles, however the embryonic ‘Silent Hills’ project developed with Guillermo del Toro and featuring the likeness of Norman Reedus will not be continued.

In terms of Kojima and Del Toro being involved, discussions on future Silent Hill projects are currently underway, and please stay tuned for further announcements.

I love horror games, and the Silent Hill series, and I thought PT was outstanding. PT is hands-down the scariest game you can currently play, and arguably the best horror game of the last decade. If you haven’t experienced it already, and you love horror, it is your duty to download it onto your PSN account before they remove PT from the PlayStation Network at midnight tonight.

PT isn’t perfect. the ending is somewhat of an ambiguous mess, but this teaser demonstrates two geniuses of their separate fields collaborating to bring much needed life to a potentially great-yet-struggling franchise.

Konami reassures fans in its statement that future Silent Hill projects are currently underway, but this is a significant setback for the series. It feels impossible that the Silent Hill can recover from this series of events. Please prove me wrong, Konami.

Rest in peace, PT, you scary asshole.

Rest in peace, PT, you scary asshole.

billpaxtonI previously saw zombies as a half-baked idea, lacking in strategy, polish and, most importantly, excitement. That was until I purchased Advanced Warfare’s take on the popular gamemode, as the latest version zombies is quite simply exo-llent!

Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare Zombies Havoc 4D-XL Premium Edition stars John Malkovich, Bill Paxton, Charmed’s Rose McGowan and that crazy guy from The Walking Dead. Why, you ask? Because money, that’s why! Regardless, Zombies’ story or characters isn’t why you’re here: It’s for the mindless chaos this gamemode continually offers. I couldn’t tell you what character Bill Paxton is playing, what his motivations are, or recite a single line he uttered. He was as evocative as a LinkedIn discussion group. However, that’s Bill motherfuckin’ Paxton, so I’m not going to deny myself the opportunity to play as him and have a great time quoting every single line of Aliens I can remember.

I’m not actually sure if zombies is technically good, I just enjoy its self aware mindless action. Advanced Warfare doesn’t change the formula of zombies, but there’s a certain amount of style in its execution, and exo-suit offers increased manoeuvrability that feels great. Faster zombies are much more intimidating than the previous slowly shuffling enemies, as the diverse array of future technology and weapons keeps gameplay fresh.

Yes the AI is rudimentary, yes this might be an extremely shallow FPS gamemode, but I’m definitely having a blast. Although technically I’m paying £11 for a single level (on top of the £40 I initially spent on Advanced Warfare), this take on zombies is surprisingly enjoyable, breathing life into an otherwise dead series for me.

If anything, now I want more zombies, perhaps in its own dedicated spinoff title. I’d like more strategy options available: perhaps a gamemode that’s allows you to build barricades and hold off zombies in bottleneck positions (rather than continuously moving like in traditional CoD zombies). As mentioned previously, until such strategic depth is released, I’m willing to look over any gameplay shortcomings whenever Bill Paxton is involved. It’s definitely not game over, man.

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I feel guilty neglecting this blog being, you know, a journalist/writer and all. But hey, is blogging really that important as we go into 2015? Regardless of how irrelevant this platform might be, my new year’s resolution is to deliver on here at least once a week a gaming-related post.

Let’s see how it goes, shall we? 

I’m already planning on publishing some written content, perhaps a game of the year roundup, plus some brief reviews of the games I’ve been enjoying recently. There may also be some opinion articles. Expect a lot of dumb videos. You can subscribe to my YouTube channel here.

Gaming is my biggest love, so it feels weird not actively writing about it at this stage. This will be my platform for expressing my love for the medium. I don’t want to brag too much, but I’m basically gaming journalism’s Picasso, as everything I touch is a masterpiece. 

You can follow me on Twitter @Robbie_Palmer for future updates.

PS. Apologies in advance

When Captain America isn’t starring in superhero sequels, he likes to unwind by blending into a hall full of fakes. And stroking things.CAPTAIN-AMERICA-HUGGING-PIKACHUOur only hope of salvation, the Capp’n visits London’s MCM Comic Con, in a quest for the most “strokeable” stuff at this year’s show. This is the Oscar-baiting video that resulted.

So whatdya’ think? Like, subscribe and share!

By Robbie Palmer and Alex Bullock

Music courtesy of Incompetech

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