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Ground Branch On Kickstarter

Monday, June 11th, 2012

First off, us here at TFB would like to say that our experience with the recently released ‘Ghost Recon: Future Soldier’ has been highly positive (the occasional laggy online experience including the “questionable tactics” of random players aside). However, it is lacking that certain… realism that older Red Storm Entertainment games like ‘Rainbow Six’ and the original ‘Ghost Recon’ had. John Sonedecker, former member of Red Storm Entertainment, and his game development studio BlackFoot Studios are hoping to let players relive the days without regenerating health bars and XP-based progression systems with their game ‘Ground Branch’.

You can see full details at their Kickstarter page, where you can also donate a bit of cash to help this game come to life. They’ve still got $390,000 with only 25 days left to go, so spreading the word is also highly appreciated.

http://groundbranch.com/

https://www.facebook.com/BlackFootStudios

E3 2012 – Medal of Honor: Warfighter Multiplayer Trailer

Tuesday, June 5th, 2012

E3, the Electronic Entertainment Expo, starts today, and with that comes the obligatory rush of awesome video game trailers, including this one featuring multiplayer gameplay for Medal of Honor: Warfighter:

Linkin Park aside, the trailer is amazing and showcases multiplayer that’s leaps and bounds over that featured in 2010’s Medal of Honor. Plus, there’s plenty of Special Forces from every corner of the globe to play as, and if the trailer is any indication that also means faction-specific weaponry and equipment.

Medal of Honor: Warfighter drops October 23, 2012.

Aliens: Colonial Marines Release Date Trailer

Sunday, May 27th, 2012

Why does February 23, 2013 have to be so far away? Oh well, at least Prometheus will be in theaters next month.

Ghost Recon: Future Soldier – Team Ghost Member 3: Coco

Saturday, May 19th, 2012

Thanks to TG for the link!

ZDAY Survial Simulator HD

Friday, May 4th, 2012

Are you a big fan of the choose-your-own-adventure genre, but are hoping for something more zombie intensive? Well, Mongadillo Studios has an iPad app called ‘ZDAY Survial Simulator HD that may serve that need. The app is text and picture based and takes place in a zombie apocalypse scenario where you have to make various choices throughout the story to determine your fate. If you’re not totally sick of zombie-themed, well, anything by this point, you can pick the ZDAY Survival Simulator HD at the iTunes app store for $2.

iTunes – ZDAY Survival Simulator HD

Hat Tip: Cool Material – ZDAY Survival Simulator HD

Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 Reveal Trailer

Wednesday, May 2nd, 2012

Hey, remember when this series was based on actual conflicts?

‘Ghost Recon: Future Soldier’ Xbox 360 Pro Gamepad Review

Tuesday, April 17th, 2012

Mad Catz has created another excellent third-party controller in the ‘Ghost Recon: Future Soldier’ PrecisionAIM Pro Gamepad. Decked out in ‘Future Soldier’ imagery with backlit analogue stick modules and “non slip pistol grips”, the Pro Gamepad is as great looking as it is functional. The quick fire triggers are very responsive, as is the d-pad and face buttons, while the sticks offer a degree of accuracy not found in the standard 360 pad. This can be further assisted by activating the PrecisionAIM feature, which slows down on-screen movement for more precise shots.

XL combat buttons on the rear of the pad can be programmed via selector switches (found above the buttons) to function as either face buttons (right combat button) or directions on the d-pad (left combat button). This feature was developed in conjunction with the Ghost Recon development team to best work for use with Future Soldier, although it’s more than useful enough for a wide variety of games. Finally, it features a 3ft braided cable, so no batteries required.

Pricing is in the $40-50 range, so it’s around the same cost as a wireless 1st party controller. Despite this, the controller is a worthy edition to any gamer’s collection of peripherals, if only because it boast a number of noticeable improvements over the vanilla 360 pad. Plus, it just looks pretty damn cool.

Ghost Recon: Future Soldier drops May 22, 2012 (June 12, 2012 for PC)

Ghost Recon Network

Thursday, April 5th, 2012

What is Ghost Recon Network? Well, in layman’s terms, it could be called the Ghost Recon equivalent to Call of Duty ELITE, but that wouldn’t be doing the service justice. It boasts more than enough unique features to distance itself from its competitors.

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Ghost Recon: Future Soldier Co-op Walkthrough

Tuesday, March 27th, 2012

Check out this video walkthrough of a Co-op mission in the upcoming Ghost Recon: Future Soldier. Come for the invisible camouflage, stay for the awesome gameplay.

Ghost Recon: Future Soldier drops May 22, 2012.

Ghost Recon: Future Soldier Official Page

Medal Of Honor Warfighter Announcement Trailer

Thursday, March 15th, 2012

Check out this announcement trailer for the upcoming Medal of Honor Warfighter, the sequel to 2010’s Medal of Honor. If its anything like its predecessor, Warfighter will be the perfect blend of action and realism set in actual modern day conflicts. Its also worth mentioning that Danger Close, the developer, will be handling multiplayer duties along with the campaign this time around, and the game is running on the latest version of Frostbite 2 instead of a modified Unreal 3 engine.

Medal of Honor Warfighter drops October 23, 2012.

http://www.medalofhonor.com/

BioShock Infinite – Motorized Patriot

Saturday, March 10th, 2012

BioShock Infinite was already looking pretty damn cool, and that’s before I saw this video for the robotic, Gatling-gun wielding George Washington. October 16th can’t come soon enough.

Battlefield 3: Aftershock

Sunday, February 12th, 2012

EA has released Battlefield 3: Aftershock, a free game app on the iTunes store inspired by the upcoming movie ‘Act of Valor’. It’s a multiplayer game with four weapons (five, with an unlock) and “leading edge graphics”. Not bad for something free.

Thanks to Rob for the tip!

It’s Official: Man Vs. Wild With Bear Grylls Is The Greatest Video Game Ever

Saturday, February 4th, 2012

From sweet, gravity-defying flips to snake skin canteens full of urine, this video featuring (hilarious) commentary by best friends Matt and Pat easily shows why the Man Vs. Wild video game is the greatest game ever.

Words of warning: you may want to turn your volume down just a tad. Also, the video is a bit NSFW.

Aliens: Colonial Marines Contact Trailer

Wednesday, February 1st, 2012

Check out the latest trailer for the upcoming ‘Aliens: Colonial Marines’. It’s Kick-ass Space Marines fighting terrifying Xenomorphs, all gloriously pre-rendered. Sure, there’s no actual new gameplay footage, but it already looks a lot better than ‘Alien 3’ could ever hope to be. It’s a shame this game got pushed back to Fall.

Resident Evil 6 Reveal Trailer

Saturday, January 28th, 2012

Check out this reveal trailer for the upcoming Resident Evil 6. Fan favorites Leon S. Kennedy and Chris Redfield return as the main characters along with a brand new protagonist as they deal with a world-wide zombie/BOW (Bio Organic Weapon) outbreak. Looks even more action packed than previous games in the series, which, considering 4 and 5, is really saying something.

Resident Evil 6 drops November 20th, 2012.

SHOT Media Range Day – EOTech

Tuesday, January 17th, 2012

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Two new products on display at EOTech’s booth attracted my Fanboyish tendencies. The first was the MW3 Holographic Hybrid Sight II. The MW3 sight is composed of the EXPS2-2 holographic sight with 2-dot reticle combined with the G33.STS magnifier. The MW3 logo is clearly displayed on the side of the EXPS2-2. Like other kits in the Hybrid Sight family, the Quick Switch to Side (STS) mount allows the operator to disengage the magnifier with a simple lever flip, then snap it back into place as needed.

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The other product is the XPS2-Z Zombie Stopper Holographic Weapon Sight. The main feature that differentiates this sight from the standard XPS2 is the use of a biohazard symbol as the target reticle, which features a 65 MOA ring with a 1 MOA aiming dot. The reticle is also displayed on the top of the sight in white instead of red. Additionally, the final product will feature a stylized Zombie Stopper logo on the side of the sight. At the very least, it’s a relatively unique concept; no other company, to my knowledge, has done a zombie themed reflex sight with a biohazard reticle before. It’ll be available in April of this year with an MSRP of $559.

Eotech-inc.com

CES 2012 – CTA Digital Inc. – U.S. Army Licensed Products

Friday, January 13th, 2012

CTA Digital Inc. has released a line of officially licensed U.S. Army video game peripherals. Seen above is the Elite Force Assault Rifle (US-EFR). Modeled after an M4 Carbine with an EOTech holographic sight (“modeled after actual military equipment”), the Elite Force controller has every button featured on a standard DualShock 3, including the rumble effect, and connects to the PS3 using Bluetooth. The ‘barrel’ can also be removed from the Elite Force and replaced with a Move controller, turning it into a navigation controller. The controller is powered by two (2) AA batteries. Available in digital camouflage and in Olive Drab with green-grey furniture as the ‘Commando Assault Rifle’ (not pictured).

Also available is the U.S. Army Universal Gaming Headset With 3D Effect (US-UGH). The Universal Gaming Headset connects to a monitor or sound system via RCA stereo jacks (red and white cables) and directly to your console or PC via USB. This allows you to independently adjust in-game and chat volume using the in-line controller. A ‘3D Sound’ button takes advantage of the triple drivers in each ear cup to deliver realistic sound based on volume and location in-game. Other features include a 14ft cable, removable microphone, and padded ear cups.

http://www.ctadigital.com/

Microsoft To Ban Avatar Firearms From Xbox Live

Sunday, January 1st, 2012

Happy New Year, everybody! Sadly, it looks like us here at TFB will have to start said year off with a story about a denial of Second Amendment rights. Well, digital Second Amendment rights, anyway. It looks like M$ is withholding any additional sales of Firearms-like items for your XBL Avatar starting this year. This news comes directly from Epic Games Community Manager Will Kinsler. Since Epic is known for their games involving tons of bullet-shooting, rocket-launching, acidic-goo-spewing weaponry, there’s little reason to doubt Mr. Kinsler’s word, even without an official confirmation from M$ themselves. Luckily, if you’ve already bought one of the targeted Avatar items, you’re grandfathered in, so wield those Lancers and Hammerbursts with pride!

Thanks to a reader for the tip!

Original Story – Game Front

TacHacker – Articulated Street Sign Armor

Saturday, December 24th, 2011

Looking to perfect that Mad Max or Fallout cosplay? Then you might want to follow the example of Ivan Owen and build a set of street sign armor. Although the exact details are scarce, the piece was constructed from forming street signs using an anvil and ball peen hammer and affixing said signs to a belt harness. Mr. Owen also has an Etsy store where it’s entirely possible you can commission said armor, provided your smithing skills aren’t up to snuff.


MAKE – Street Sign Armor

Tactical Fanboy Gift Idea: Razer Onza Tournament Edition Controller

Thursday, December 22nd, 2011

The Razer Onza Tournament Edition controller was designed to be an improvement over the standard Xbox 360 pad. It features a rubberized surface for increased grip and adjustable resistance analog sticks. The “hyperresponse action” face buttons take much less pressure to activate, which is noticeable when you’re, say, playing a fighting game or chainsaw dueling someone in Gears of War, and every press counts. One of the bigger strengths of the Onza is the 15ft braided cable, since Microsoft doesn’t offer their own official wired controller anymore (no more batteries, or optional charge kit). The only flaw, a fairly small one at that, with the Onza is the “Multi-Function Buttons”. These are two programmable bumpers that share real estate with the standard 360 bumpers. At first, it’s quite easy to accidentally press one of the programmable bumpers instead, but a bit of time spent with the pad will adjust muscle memory accordingly. With better designed ergonomics and a lower price point, the Onza TE is a great choice for any 360 gamers our there, professional or not.

Razer Onza Tournament Edition Controller

Gravity Gun Replica

Tuesday, December 13th, 2011

Harrison Krix of Volpin Props developed this replica Gravity Gun for the purpose of auctioning it at a dinner benefiting Child’s Play, a charitable organization. In the words of the creator, his last piece “…fetched a little more than twice what my car is worth…”, so it’s not hard to imagine the price will definitely be above what many would consider reasonable. But hey, it’s for charity, right? Plus, the Gravity Gun is from Half-life 2; greatest FPS ever, anyone?

Volpin Props – Gravity Gun

Black Powder Red Earth Prologue

Tuesday, November 29th, 2011

Check out this video that details the events leading up to the story that the Black Powder Red Earth Facebook game takes place in.

Speaking of which, the ‘Black Powder Red Earth’ graphic novel is still readily available from Amazon and other retailers. Give it a look, it’s a pretty good read.

http://www.blackpowderredearth.com/

Ghost Recon: Future Soldier Signature Edition Camo Vote

Tuesday, November 29th, 2011

If you have a Facebook account, you can help to decide which exclusive weapon camouflage is going to be included with the signature edition of the upcoming Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon: Future Soldier. Simply go to the (conveniently linked) Signature Edition Camo Vote page then ‘like’ the camo you, uh, like the best. The winner will be chosen on November 30th, so get those votes in ASAP!

Ghost Recon: Future Soldier drops March 6, 2012.

Ghost Recon: Future Soldier Official Site

Max Payne 3 – Creating a Cutting Edge Action-Shooter

Wednesday, November 23rd, 2011

This trailer for Max Payne 3 showcases the technical aspects of the game, including the use of the Euphoria engine for realistic character movement and individually modeled bullets, to create a well-crafted and cinematic experience. Bullet time hasn’t looked this good since the original Max Payne came out. Or the first Matrix movie. Take your pick.

Max Payne 3 drops March, 2012.

http://www.rockstargames.com/maxpayne3/

Sideshow Collectables Video Game Weapon Replicas

Monday, November 21st, 2011

Sideshow Collectables is offering prop replicas of the COG Snub Pistol from Gears of War 3 and the M8 Avenger Assault Rifle from Mass Effect 3, both manufactured by TriForce. The only thing more staggering than the quality and detail, however, is the prices: $399.99 and $649.99, respectively. I could go into my usual tirade about how one could buy a real firearm for the money instead, but these were clearly intended for a different market. It’s also worth mentioning that both replicas are limited to a 500-piece run, so if you’re interested you better pre-order soon.