FWD Progress: That Time Again

PlayStation Move ControllerAs the Summer winds down the release list starts to heat back up, though I didn’t find the traditional video game drought season that bad at all this year. There were a number of high-quality releases, both on the retail and the downloadable sides of things to keep us busy and keep our review backlog growing. 

Recently I’ve been playing Mafia II on the Xbox 360 and am very impressed with the game world that the team at 2K Czech created. Kane and Lynch 2: Dog Days is certainly stylistic, but its ultra short campaign and stale, uninspired gameplay left me with a bad taste in my mouth. Read More...

I started playing Madden NFL 11 and got hooked on its fantasy football-inspired Ultimate Team mode, only to find a vastly improved version of the mode in the NHL 11 demo. I don’t even really like hockey, but I will be playing the Ultimate Hockey Team mode quite a bit when the game is released.

On the downloadable side, we reviewed Limbo and Puzzle Quest 2 for Xbox LIVE Arcade and the PSN version of DeathSpank. I’ve got reviews of Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light and Castlevania: Harmony of Dissidence in the works too.

It’s nice to see more larger “full-game” experiences hit the download services, but I’ve noticed a sharp decline in the overall amount and quality of downloadable games in 2010. I’m hoping to expand on this idea in a blog post this week.

I’m also hoping to start a new series of backlog posts. There are a ton of downloadable games that we purchase, but don’t get around to writing up full reviews of for whatever reason.

Mostly though, I want to get the site updated while we have a lull in content being posted. I don’t plan on doing anything too major. I mostly want to tweak a few things and clean up the look of Game Forward a bit. I will be opening up user registrations soon and hopefully putting a monthly round-up newsletter.

And of course, with Fall coming there are a ton of releases on tap, including the launch of two new motion control methods by way of PlayStation Move and Kinect for Xbox 360. We’ll have both of these and a selection of software on their respective launch dates and plan to thoroughly test and review them. I haven’t been this excited in a long time.

Nathalie and I also love music games, so we’ll be all over Def Jam Rap Star, SingStar Dance, DJ Hero 2 and Rock Band 3. I can’t wait to try out the keyboard and Nat is going to be brave and try out the “half-tar” peripheral that literally has hundreds of fret buttons on it, maybe even the “realtar“ if it‘s not too expensive. I simply can’t use either because of my Palsy and the unwillingness of companies to manufacture a true left-handed guitar peripheral.

You may not see a lot get posted at Game Forward over the next week or two, but we’ll be busy. In the meantime, please follow Nathalie and Brian on Twitter and “like” Game Forward on Facebook. You can help support the project by reading another article or two before you leave as well. If you are interested in contributing to the Game Forward project, please read this article.

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