PNG Review – Splinter Cell: Conviction (PC)

GIVE ME BACK MY DAUGHTER!
Publisher: Ubisoft
Developer: Ubisoft Montreal

MSRP: $59.99
Grade: B+

Splinter Cell has always been one of those games that I wanted to play but could never get into.  I game both the original Splinter Cell and Splinter Cell: Pandora Tomorrow a shot and wasn’t a fan of the way the game played.  I suppose you could chalk it up to me being young and impatient as the game required a lot of sneaking and avoiding enemies.  It was the only alternative to Metal Gear for tactical espionage action.  Steam had a super sale a week or so ago where you could purchase every Splinter Cell (with the exception of Pandora Tomorrow) for the low low price of around $45.  This included the deluxe edition of Conviction which costs around $64.99 regularly.  I figured why not give it another go… and I’m glad I did!

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PNG Bro-Down Episode 38 – It’s Like An Oil Hurricane

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PNG Bro-Down Episode 38 – It’s Like an Oil Hurricane Cast: James & Dave We get back on that oh so special horse we call the PNG Bro-Down and deliver some of the highest quality free entertainment you never really … Continue reading

Magic: The Gathering – Duels of the Planeswalkers coming to PC via Steam

So apparently Wizards and Valve have struck a deal to bring Duels of the Planeswalkers to PC gamers this summer.  Per a press release by Wizards PR, it will be available for pre-order via Steam on June 1st and will cost $9.99.  The package includes the core game and the first expansion along with all the goodies you would expect from a Steamworks game.  No information on if the second expansion pack will be available for purchase.  While my first impressions of the XBLA version of the game put the game somewhere around average, it has since grown on me.  Look for a review of the PC version here shortly after it comes out!

PORTAL IS FREE! (Until May 24th)

You may be thinking “how is this possible?!!?” 

Well my friends, it’s true!  Valve is offering Portal on PC and Mac for free until May 24th and there appear to be no strings attached.  Their generosity is most likely linked to the fact that Steam is now Mac compatible.  This will be an excellent hub for those starved Mac gamers to download to their heart’s content.   Welcome to the fold our considerably more hip brethren, it’s good to have you.

PNG Beard of the Week!

Solid Snake wins the first ever Pixels and Grids Beard of the Week award for an entire series of games worth of badass stubble to full on jungle growth (and in his later years, a Wal-Mart greeter moustache, but we’re not counting that. It looked dumb. Don’t argue. It did.)

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PNG Review: Plain Sight

 Publisher:  Beatnik Games

Developer:  Beatnik Games

MSRP:  $9.99 (PC)

Grade:  A-

Ninja robots.  It just kind of rolls off the tongue in such a way that brings a smile to every growing boys face.  The very sight of a robot ninja could make your eyes glow just like it was christmas morning.  At least this is the feeling I got when browsing through Steam’s offering during a boring and uneventful lunch hour.  That is when I stumbled across a little indie gem called Plain Sight.  Hit the jump for some more details, screenshots, and the launch trailer. 

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Gencon Event Registration Today!

Just a friendly reminder that Gencon 2010 event registration goes live at 12:00pm EST today.  That gives you a little under an hour to comb through a list that’s now over 6,600 event entries long!  Some of the crew from Pixels and Grids will be attending this year and we’re looking forward to quite a few events.  At the top of our list is TerrorWerks, a sci-fi Live Action Role Playing (LARP) played with airsoft guns.   So go ahead and trudge through the impressive Gencon events list and register for some games PNG’ers!

PNG Review: Resonance of Fate

Publisher: Sega

Developer: Tri-Ace

MSRP: $59.99

Grade: A

Tri-Ace, creators of the well known Star Ocean franchise, leave the stars behind and bring it back to earth for a refreshing take on the steampunk genre.  Without delving too much into the story, in fear of spoilers and such, mankind raped the earth to hell and now live in a giant spire-city connected by a series of elevators.  You play the role of three mercenaries trying to make a better life for themselves, and of course, get mixed up in some kind of god fearing church conspiracy, where the people have been following a robot that looks like something out of 2001.  That’s in the opening movie folks, I have ruined nothing for you.

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Claptrap Episode 3! Give Him the Award Already!

The guys over at Gearbox released another video with that loveable Claptrap.  Here he explains why he should get an Interactive Acheivement Award.  I say give it to him.  Such a gripping performance.  HEY-OOOOOOOO!

My Magic the Gathering Rise of the Eldrazi Spoilers, let me show you them!

 

Oh shit!  Is that an Eldrazi?

We heard you crazy kids liked Magic.  We also heard you really like seeing spoiler cards and artwork, so we got you some.  We have 6 spoiler cards and a bunch of artwork from the upcoming expansion, Rise fo the Eldrazi, after the break.  I must say, it Wizard’s is pumping out some gorgeous and impressive artwork.  This is of course in my professional opinion as a gaming blogger.
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