Monday, October 03, 2011

@Gamer Issue #13

The start of another month means yet another issue of Best Buy's awesome @Gamer Magazine.  Of course, another issue of @Gamer means that another chance to check out a little bit of video game coverage from a certain video game journalist we all know and love.  Plus, this marks the debut of an extra little goodie in the magazine that we'll hopefully see more of in upcoming issues.  More on that later.

For now, though, let's take a quick peek through the pages of this month's issue of @Gamer and see what sorts of cool and interesting stuff you'll find inside.  Afterwards, if you haven't already done so, make plans to head out an pick up a copy from your nearest Best Buy ASAP.  Or better yet, head on over to the @Gamer website and get yourself signed up for a one-year subscription so you don't miss a beat.

Let's start with the obvious.  Right up front on the cover, you can see there's coverage of the latest chapter in the life (and past bloodlines) of assassin Desmond Miles, courtesy of Ubisoft's upcoming release, Assassin's Creed Revelations.  Executive Editor (and damned good game journalist), Andy Eddy, hops into the Animus and gives fans a peek at new toys (Ezio's hookblade), new settings (Constantinople), and new multiplayer components.  Other previews in this issue include Metro: Last Light, Hitman: Absolution, and a meaty preview of Blizzard's upcoming juggernaut, Diablo III.  The @Gamer crew isn't just about the games we play, though.  They're also all about the hardware you'll be using to play.  In that vein, Steve Klett and the rest of @Gamer crew bring a new round of Gear reviews to the October issue.  This time, they're taking a look at the ASUS VG236 23" LCD 3D display, Razer's Naga line of mice, Power A's Batarang 360 controller, and all sorts of other fun hardware.

Still need more reasons to pick up the magazine?  Well, how about some good ol' fashioned cash in your pockets?  Every issue of @Gamer so far has come packed with more than $100 in coupons ... and this issue is no exception.  Say you want a (Human) Revolution? You can get the new Deus Ex: Human Revolution game for fifteen bucks off.  Want to game in style with some Gunnar Optiks eyewear?  Pick up a pair of Phantom or PPK at Best Buy for $20 less than regular price.  Looking forward to getting in some zombie bashing with Frank West in Dead Rising 2: Off the Record?  @Gamer's got you covered with a $10 off coupon this issue.  And that's just a few of the deals in this issue of @Gamer.

Don't worry.  I haven't forgotten about the actual game reviews this month.  In fact, take a look at this shifty looking guy, whose cartoon likeness finally makes his first appearance in the Review Crew intro of @Gamer:
Yup ... that's me, or rather @Gamer's stylized version of yours truly.  Although I've been writing for @Gamer for some time, there's something fun about seeing this little guy finally pop up in the mag.  This month, I tried out SEGA's Rise of Nightmares survival horror game for the Xbox 360, as well as Atlus' Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Survivor Overclocked for the 3DS.  Of course some of the guys handled a few of the other titles this issue, such as Star Fox 64 3D, FIFA Soccer 12, Warhammer 40,000: Space Marine, and a little title you might have heard of called Gears of War 3.

I'm only scratching the surface of the stuff packed into @Gamer this month.  Is this some blatant self-promotion on my part?  Umm ... yeah.  But the truth of the matter is, I'd be bragging about the magazine even if I WASN'T writing for it.  Of course, it naturally makes things better by having my charm and wit tossed into the mix. (Yes folks, that's just a wee bit of teasing on my part and no, I'm NOT actually that full of myself).  The fact is that Future US and Best Buy have put together a great magazine for video game fans, and I'm genuinely honored to be working with all the amazing talent there every month.

So what are you waiting for?  Go out now (or soon, depending on what time it is that you're reading this) and hit up your closest Best Buy for the latest issue of @Gamer.  It's more than worth the $4.99 investment.


Anonymous said...

You seriously don't even mention the six-page feature in the middle of the magazine? Really?

WldCard said...

Gee ... and I thought the cover would've given that one away. Heh.