Call of Duty: Black Ops Prestige Edition Review – Keeping Memories Alive

War like this can be just as exciting as the other two times. Call of Duty: Black Ops heralds another energetically convincing warfare title by developers Treyarch to hardcore gaming enthusiasts worldwide. The storyline introduces us to characters that are unforgettable in the emblem of Call of Duty, and the sounds with the incredibly stunning visuals make Call of Duty: Black Ops one of the most realistic warfare titles of 2010. The action is thrilling, the pacing brings players to the edge of their seats, and the multiplayer makes for one of the most nostalgic and more refined online gameplay campaigns ever set in the Call of Duty realm. Call of Duty: Black Ops prodigiously fathers itself into the hall of family name that makes up the incredible Call of Duty series up to this inception.

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Posted By: Usman Ihtsham
ON Wednesday, November 10th, 2010
3:00 AM



WhatIfGaming’s Overall Best of E3 Awards 2010

E3 2010 was a spectacle, due to the opening of admissions to smaller retailers and media publications – with numbers nearing the similar peak. We were there to get every exciting moment: from Dead Rising 2, to KINECT and everything in between the PlayStation Move inundation. E3 2010 was marked through displays of motion and 3D, similar to our coverage of the 3DGS Convention. As always, it was certainly a great time, and now that time is over. It is time to look forward, ahead to newer and better releases, and to ennoble titles in this year’s WhatIfGaming’s Best Of E3 Awards 2010.

Criteria: The Best of E3 Awards, a subcategory for the WhatIfGaming Prizes, are given solely to those video games that demonstrate a pure excellence in the field for which they are not only nominated but also chosen. These awards only apply to playable games at E3 given a few exceptional categories.

Nomination & Selection Process: Compared with other site awards, the WhatIfGaming Prize nomination and selection process is long and extremely rigorous. This is the sole reason why WhatIfGaming Prizes have grown in importance over the years to become the most important prizes in their field. Forms, which amount to a personal and exclusive invitation, are sent to 150 (2010) selected individuals to invite them to submit nominations months in advance from the latest builds per video game. Self-nominations are disqualified. For WhatIfGaming Prizes, inquiries are sent to such people as developers, industry experts, analysts, among others. After our deadline passes, the nominations are chosen by permanent committee of 5 selected individuals from staff and only the final stage of nominees remain per category. From all of these, a winner is chosen.

The names of the nominees are not publicly announced, and neither are they told that they have been considered for the WhatIfGaming Prize. Some are announced publicly by practice. Nomination records are revealed approximately 2 years after each respective award year.


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Posted By: Usman Ihtsham
ON Thursday, July 1st, 2010
10:45 AM



WhatIfGaming’s Overall Best of E3 Awards 2009

WhatIfGaming E3 2009 Awards

Talk about intense. E3 was packed this year with resellers, and less media —but it got bigger, better, and more selective. We were there to get every exciting moment: from Project Milo to Heavy Rain, and exclusive interviews. As always, it was certainly a great time, and now that time is over. It is time to look forward, ahead to newer and better releases, and to ennoble titles in this year’s WhatIfGaming’s Best Of E3 Awards 2009.

Criteria: The Best of E3 Awards, a subcategory for the WhatIfGaming Prizes, are given solely to those video games that demonstrate a pure excellence in the field for which they are not only nominated but also chosen. These awards only apply to playable games at E3 given a few exceptional categories.

Nomination & Selection Process: Compared with other site awards, the WhatIfGaming Prize nomination and selection process is long and extremely rigorous. This is the sole reason why WhatIfGaming Prizes have grown in importance over the years to become the most important prizes in their field. Forms, which amount to a personal and exclusive invitation, are sent to about over 1,000 selected individuals to invite them to submit nominations months in advance from the latest builds per video game. Self-nominations are disqualified. For WhatIfGaming Prizes, inquiries are sent to such people as developers, industry experts, analysts, among others. After our deadline passes, the nominations are chosen by permanent committee of 5 selected individuals from staff and only the final stage of nominees remain per category. From all of these, a winner is chosen.

The names of the nominees are not publicly announced, and neither are they told that they have been considered for the WhatIfGaming Prize. Some are announced publicly by practice. Nomination records are revealed approximately 2 years after each respective award year.


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Posted By: Usman Ihtsham
ON Thursday, July 2nd, 2009
5:48 PM



Upcoming Shows – Official WhatIfGaming E3 2009 Awards and More

WhatIfGaming E3 2009 Awards

Turn your mouse clickers and scroll wheel timers to WhatIfGaming this upcoming Saturday July 1st, 2009 for an exclusive presentation of our 9th year anniversary of the WhatIfGaming E3 Awards for 2009, with official public listing that celebrated from late 2001.

The WhatIfGaming E3 Prizes had their origins ever since the end of 1999′s E3 ceremony when we revealed to select publishers what our site cherished for their offerings during exclusive press meetings through an official sticker prize from yours truly. Very few gained them, and some were only notified. Over the years, the awards became public but remained even more strenuous in criteria, with no nominees ever being publicly listed until  a future predetermined date. 5 members of our staff in a permanent committee select the winners from a long line of industry related inquiries taken and personal consideration.

Also, feel free to log on Friday June 26th, 2009 for an Overlord II review (with over 46 hours played and timed only from us) and also an exclusive post-release interview with the creative minds behind Overlord II and their future plans!




Posted By: Usman Ihtsham
ON Wednesday, June 24th, 2009
5:21 PM



Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars Review – No Translation

Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars Review

Chinatown Wars seems like a return to Grand Theft Auto series’ 2D beginnings, but it’s far from that. The action is viewed from a top-down perspective, and the action from the actual previous games on consoles translates perfectly well. Chinatown Wars has a lot of similarity with GTA IV than it does with earlier games, and improves on the formula that made those games so successful with great features, incredible storyline, competitive multiplayer, and great minigames.

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Posted By: Usman Ihtsham
ON Monday, March 16th, 2009
12:29 AM



Coming Up! January-March 2009

So…the 2009 new year is here and we are back as we promised, and I have a lot of things to share from all of us at WhatIfGaming.

Here’s some great reviews we have coming up:

Killzone 2 [We will be releasing this closer to launch than the February 2nd 'Permission Date' Sony set up for those with early copies of the game] Why? Because as you all know already, we take a more intense and thorough process than most and it does not get done in a day.

Skate 2 Review [This one might be a bit late from our end]

Resident Evil 5 Review [You all read the E3 Impressions already, but this final game is just alive from Capcom. Note: US will be covering all Capcom UK titles in the future since they have some very ignorant media people there].

Best of all: We have a surprise interview with a LEGEND from Japan and Anime Entertainment. Here’s a guess: it starts with ‘Ha’ and ends with ‘Ki’.

Sandisk Imagemate All-in-One Reader/Writer Review

Some other things in the pipeline.




Posted By: Usman Ihtsham
ON Thursday, January 22nd, 2009
2:45 PM



Rock Band 2 Review: Feel The Music

Rock Band 2 is the latest game to emerge from Harmonix Studios from the previous rhythm game that was the first of its kind to provide party knockers and rollers guitar, bass, and vocal instruments all in a sexy blue box. Rock Band 2 still sticks to the roots of the first games, providing the same instruments but Harmonix definitely made an effort to refine and perfect features that were introduced in the original game and make everything more lively. Some new modes have strummed out, and the development team has completely streamlined the interface, making it better to navigate and go into a game than flip through confusing menus and over practical layouts. Rock Band 2 is definitely thee version of the Rock Band series that anyone wants to play. With a new interface, new band smashing modes, and dozens of new songs and downloadable content to enrich the experience, Rock Band 2 definitely has immense potential for the holiday season and for WhatIfGaming’s Game of the Year 2008- Best Music Game.

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Posted By: Usman Ihtsham
ON Tuesday, November 11th, 2008
1:03 PM



Naruto: Ultimate Ninja Storm Review: Bad Ninja

Naruto: Ultimate Ninja Storm is a Naruto fan’s dream, and anyone who is just an avid watcher of anime. The game itself has many great aspects about it from the anime offsprings to the cohesive battle system as the first current-gen concoction of CyberConnect2′s Ultimate Ninja fighting series which just looks and plays out like a great anime.

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Posted By: Usman Ihtsham
ON Thursday, November 6th, 2008
12:55 AM



Sorry Folks. E3 2009 Isn’t Public – Just More Improved

Don’t cry everyone! Just be happy to know that the ESA just contacted WhatIfGaming to say that E3 2009, to take place June 2-4, 2009 is not public as many were hoping after some ridiculous statements about E3 2008 not “displaying the games industry’s wealth.” As I’ve taken position before, allowing E3 2008 as a media only event was the right choice and so is the same case again. E3 2009 is just a little “expanded” to allow for retailers to participate in the convention this time around. There is always E For All everyone! According to ESA:

The 2009 Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) will take place from June 2-4, 2009, at the Los Angeles Convention Center (LACC), the Entertainment Software Association (ESA) announced today. The expanded E3 will welcome all qualified computer and video game industry audiences, including international and U.S.-based media, analysts, retailers, developers and business partners to preview the latest in interactive entertainment and technology.

When directly asked if “public,” meaning Timmy and his 4 parkour friends to the game lines will be able to attend, ESA stated to us rather directly:

The changes only include: increased booth sizes, increased qualified audiences, and an intensified focus on reinforcing the improved plans for E3.

Update: Talk about the level of hate mails I just received (around 500) from posting this. This is what ESA wrote to us. We specifically asked if “non-members” of ESA meant anyone in the public, and that’s a no. It just means that people NOT in the ESA group (few companies, exhibitors, and now developers) can gain access to this event in 2009. Public is still not allowed.

Update # 2: Confirmed again. Not Public. Press/Developers/Attending Companies/Business Partners still need to APPLY to attend. E3 2009 will be like the “old” E3′s in terms of scale in the booths, not public attendance. Public cannot attend.




Posted By: Usman Ihtsham
ON Wednesday, October 22nd, 2008
10:59 AM



Dead Space Review: A New Franchise Survives Dark Matter

What!? A newcomer to the survival horror genre, that offers a much needed twist to the stale pre-established franchises of the genre? While many companies may stick to the familiar, and take the “don’t fix what’s not broken” approach, EA Redwood Shores is doing the exact opposite. Dead Space challenges the genre taking it into unfamiliar territory supported with strong story elements, fresh game triumvirates, and plenty of scares that are terrifying enough to pull away fans of the other games in the genre and others and even make new fans of horror survival. In short, Dead Space is the new benchmark on “how to launch a new franchise.” EA has a winner here.

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Posted By: Usman Ihtsham
ON Friday, October 17th, 2008
12:50 PM



Wipeout HD Review: Wow-out.

It is difficult to say what the future holds for racing games. We have come a long way from the top down track games of old. Each generation  of gaming has it is own generation of racing games, all unique to the systems capabilities. One franchise that’s managed to survive through 4 generations of consoles is the Wipeout series. A series that has withstood the test of time, and even in this generation of high definition it has found a place it can call home. “WipEout HD” is a futuristic combat racing game, known for it is flashy graphics and high speed gameplay. Most games of this style however, may have a strong draw but get boring rather quick and are known to become repetitive. There are a lot of factors that can make or break Wipeout HD.
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Posted By: David Jeffers
ON Wednesday, October 8th, 2008
9:36 PM