In 2011 Coheed and Cambria was forced to deal with some serious issues relating to the band. Troubled bassist Michael Todd was arrested and eventually let go from the band following a drug robbery that occurred merely hours before going on stage to perform while on tour with Soundgarden. Then former drummer Chris Pennie announced he was leaving the band to pursue other musical interests.
While other bands would have probably re-evaluated their direction or other aspects, it seemed apparent Coheed and Cambria was to continue. With now half of the band gone, remaining band members Claudio Sanchez and Travis Stever welcomed back past drummer Josh Eppard, who played on the band’s first three albums. Also still in need of a fourth member to complete the group, Zach Cooper was then recruited and welcomed as the band’s newest bass player. And now comes the newest release from the band in The Afterman: Ascension – an album that sounds like it brings together some of the old familiar sound mixed in with some of the new. (more…)
Fighting games have had a bit of resurgence lately. With Virtual Fighter 5 Final Showdown releasing earlier this year along with Tekken Tag Tournament 2, Team Ninja have decided to enter the fray with the release of the latest part of their fighting series in Dead or Alive 5 for the Xbox360 and PlayStation 3, marking the first time the series return to a Sony console since the PlayStation 2 era. The Dead or Alive fighting games have always been known for their beautiful visuals, fast battles, destructible environments and over the top sex appeal, but would this game be able to show that the series is something more than just another pretty face? (more…)
Sony has continued their trend with the releasing a brand new headset in the Sony Pulse Wireless Stereo Headset. While last year’s model of the PlayStation Wireless Stereo Headset is available with the MSRP (Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price) of $99.99 and its impressive features, some could wonder what would justify the additional fifty dollars added to the price tag (MSRP $149.99) or simply upgrade to get the new model just released. Well, looks can be deceiving because with its new features, this new model serves as a better version of what was released a year ago.
To try to explain or take into scope the greatness that the original Borderlands brought when it was first released is something that could be difficult to do. Gearbox Software created an original IP that mixed RPG elements within a First Person Shooter open world that took gamers by storm. With hype of unforgettable characters, drop in drop out co-op, exotic dangerous locations and enemies, plus what seemed to be an almost endless amount of loot, Gearbox delivered a remarkable game that kept players in the world of Pandora more than 2 years after its release. But that was 2009. Four pieces of DLC (Downloadable Content), a Game of the Year version and more than a few million copies sold, it’s safe to assume the original game was a hit. So to take on the task of creating a sequel when so much as put into the original, what exactly could the developers make to possibly top the first game? Simple, it’s called Borderlands 2. (more…)
It’s time to return to the world of The King of Iron Fist. More than 15 years after releasing the first Tekken game into arcades, Namco/Bandai’s latest entry into their long running franchise is out with Tekken Tag Tournament 2. And with this has probably served up what is one of the best entries into the franchise so far. (more…)