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8. Psycho Mantis – Metal Gear Solid

Tough bosses are one thing, but trying to take down a bad guy who can literally break the Fourth Wall is a new challenge altogether. Metal Gear‘s Psycho Mantis is a wholly unique villain in the sense that his operating space goes beyond the confines of your 22-inch TV screen.

A shady telekinetic clairvoyant with little more than a menacing looking gas mask, Psycho Mantis does not pose the biggest threat upon first glance. He can’t shoot fireballs from his hands and does not posses superhuman strength. His most utilized defense is to throw commonplace objects at you. But the reason we fear him is not the fact that he can chuck a stapler at your head. Psycho Mantis will mindf**k you, the gamer, in a way that few other villains throughout the history of gaming have been able to. The telekinetic can read your actual memory card, analyzing which games you’ve been playing and how many times you’ve saved. He then even makes your screen go blank, giving the allusion that he’s erased everything you’ve saved. If making you believe that your five games of Parappa the Rapper are lost is not enough to gain you a place amongst the most evil villains of all time, I’m not sure what is.



Sniper Elite V2 will give gamers the greatest pre-order bonus ever conceived

We completely share your frustration when you feel as if that $5 “pre-order incentive” you put down on your most anticipated upcoming release does little to add any additional excitement to the game’s launch day. Aesthetic items? Challenge maps? Is it too much to ask for a pre-order bonus that appeals to our inherent and epitomizing American patriotism that is characterized by a hatred of all things Nazi? Thanks to Rebellion Developments and 505 Games, should you choose to put down $5 on Sniper Elite V2, you will receive what many in the Western world will see as the greatest pre-order bonus ever implemented: the chance to put a bullet in the head of Adolf Hitler.

Pre-ordering your copy of Sniper Elite V2 will get you what the developer refers to as “the ultimate mission.” Friendly intel has informed you that the Führer himself will be arriving in Berlin sitting comfortably aboard his personal train. Little does he know, an incredibly talented and motivated American sniper controlled by a player who has had about 67 years of built up resentment toward Fascist Germany lurks among the shadows. It’s safe to assume Hitler will be heavily guarded by his men, so the challenge will ultimately be finding adequate cover and timing your shots perfectly in order to get a clear, direct line of sight toward your target.

Rarely do pre-order incentives nearly warrant a purchase in and of themselves, but this one comes pretty damn close. How many games allow you to personally put one in the head of arguably the single most hated human being ever to walk the planet? Regardless of whether or not you choose to put that $5 down, you can be certain that should you decide to re-enter the familiar grounds of WWII enemy territory as a bushwhackin’ guerrilla sniper, you’re gonna be doin’ one thing and one thing only…killin’ Nazis.

Check out the Sniper Elite V2 trailer below: