Site is reborn

After 8 months of being default, the site is back and is lonelier than ever.

With a low point of one writer, the site is looking to re-staff and progressively bring itself back to it’s original state.

As founder, I take full responsibility for the downfall of the site as I as much as others lost interest. 

However since then I have acquired more disposable income, more disposable time and more knowledge of the gaming industry.

Hopefully there will also be a noticeable different between my previous writing attempts and my current posts as my skill as a writer has grown from working for other websites and newspapers.

The Gamers Inquest is back!

Kinect Sports Season 2 Review

Kinect Sports is the best selling game on kinect, with good reason too. It’s accuracy in Table Tennis was outstanding, track and field was fun aswell. Although they’re my personal favourite, the response was pretty good for them all. It’s sequel has the lessons learnt.

There are different sports others prefer, but I believe the sports leave alot to be desired. I’m sure there is people who always wanted Darts, but I wouldn’t. (More on darts later) American football should work well but the fact you have 4 downs to get all the rather than 10 yards and cant defend, or even catch kicks makes it seem lacking. Theres also baseball, which is probably the worst adaptation on the game, it seems like it tries to match wii sports and then adds running. Running only happens on certain hits, and works well. Theres the occasional slide what wasn’t meant to happen, but keeps you in. The pitching is strong every so often, but it has poor patches. Many homers have been scored by kinect picking up the wrong pitch and doing their favourite kind of ball.

Skiing is a strong addition and picks up movements well, compared to the appalling Motionsports version. It just doesn’t grab me much. Theres tennis, which is strong and ridiculously accurate 90% of the time. It’s one of the only games with challenges. It doesn’t have hawk-eye and instead it’s a replay. There’s also the fact that when you win a challenge, you don’t get it back like professionals do. You also don’t win the point if it’s right. You are essentially punished for being right. Golf works great, the voice commands make it easier and controls are simple (put hand like your looking into the distance, and to look in to the distance etc.) but works well.
But the main sport I play is darts. The presentation is clean, you can move left and right to view the board differently. The controls make it easy to score, but hard to master. I play most nights and still haven’t got a 180. The suggestions help when checking out. The one thing I have to say it seems too easy to get bullseye. It’s the easiest way to checkout. I don’t know how kinect works on this one because it is to track the whole arm, and with one poor movement you could lose the match.

Kinect Sports Season 2 tries to implement voice control but it doesn’t work all that well, it heard me say “ready, hike”, and some clubs. Shouting commands to your team in American Football isn’t the most fun you win have. This game had big shoes to fill and it gets on close to filling them, but too many things are frustrating. No defence, occasional pitching errors and no reason to carry on playing some after winning all 3 difficulties. It has got fun graphics, great accuracy on golf and darts, voice controls what could be patched to work and good presentation on menus and every sport.
This game isn’t hard to recommend if you know what you’re getting. The shortage of kinect games will help this gme thrive.
Kinect Sports Season 2 gets a 8 from me.

Batman Arkham City Ending!!! (Spoilers are heavy!)

On the 18th of October and the 21st of October. Batman Arkham City will be available to a variety of people throughout the world. Many people are asking themselves how it will end, but we here at Gamers Inquest have got that one covered.

The game ends when Batman goes into a room where Joker is holding Talia Al Gaul. Whilst Joker is talking Talia stabs Joker with a sword, whilst Batman and Talia are speaking Talia gets shot in the head. We then see the joker again, Joker then tells us that the Joker that Talia just killed way actually Clayface. You then have a 10-20 minute boss battle with Clayface before watching the final scene.

Batman has been holding something that Joker wants, something that he needs, The Cure. Batman then smashes the cure, Joker then sadly dies doing what he loves, Laughing. Batman picks up the body and walks him out of the City past Catwoman, Harley, Commissioner Gordan and places Joker’s body on a police car.

This is an incredibly sad ending which could outrage or annoy fans of this popular villian.

But what strikes me most is. Arkham 3 without the Joker?

PlayStation Network has Returned!

Finally, some great news has come from Sony. The PlayStation Network has begun returning in the United States as well as select regions internationally. The green states have returned service as on 1:52 AM EST. They have been steadily returning service to regions over the past 3 hours. After 23 days PSN has returned.

PlayStation Network has Returned!

To bring even more good news, Sony’s Group CEO, Kazuo Hirai, has announced that every PSN user will receive a special “Welcome Back” package in the coming days as well as the option for a free year of identity theft protection services. This is a very nice gesture from the company considering they themselves were among the victims as well.

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Sony Releases Some Promising News

First, I would like to apologize that this site has seemingly been consumed by this whole ordeal, but I feel it is very important to the gaming community so I will continue keeping you updated on the topic.

Sony has released a brief Q & A session on their blog that has answered many questions we have all been dying to ask. To some up this post, basically, Sony is working closely with a security firm and law enforcement to find the guilty party no matter where they are located. They have confirmed that our personal information was taken as it was not encrypted only shielded by the prior security system.

Personal Data is not really what most re concerned about. The topic of interest is more about whether the credit and debit card numbers were taken.  Sony confirmed that the data was encrypted and they cannot say whether the data was taken or not. As precaution you should monitor your account and contact your financial institution for further advice. One positive thing Sony released was that security codes were not taken as they were not required to sign up for the PlayStation Network. This severely limits the purposes of the credit and debit card numbers.

The final matter to worry about is whether your account has been jeopardized. To combat this problem Sony has stated they will have a mandatory update once PSN returns. This update requires all users to change their passwords associated with the account.

Finally, the best news of the day: some PSN and Qriocity services will return by May 4th. This is promising as we finally have a legitimate time frame to hope for. They made it clear however that they will only bring services back if  they are positive they are secure. “However, we want to be very clear that we will only restore operations when we are confident that the network is secure.” For now we have something to look forward to, and we can only hope justice is served one way or another.

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Update: Sony Clarifies Much About the PSN Outage

Sony has come out today stating that the PlayStation Network outage was caused because of an external security breach as many expected. PSN was brought down a precautionary measure. As soon as Sony learned about the breach that occurred sometime between April 17th and 19th, they acted fast using three counter measures outlined in their most recent post:

  1. Temporarily turned off PlayStation Network and Qriocity services;
  2. Engaged an outside, recognized security firm to conduct a full and complete investigation into what happened; and
  3. Quickly taken steps to enhance security and strengthen our network infrastructure by re-building our system to provide you with greater protection of your personal information.

These  precautions were safety measures taken to ensure that their customers are as protected as they can be in a situation like that. I for one will not blame Sony. They are trying and working diligently. This could have happened to any system and similar things have happened to other systems to a lesser extent of course. Despite these actions, they are unsure whether the 70 million accounts were protected. No one is sure whether the credit and debit card information was taken.

I highly suggest everyone read the blog posting linked above. Sony has made many suggestions for PSN  users to be on the safe side. The most important suggestion is to monitor your billing statements and make sure there are no fraudulent charges. Many banks today have preventative measures to prevent such a thing, but it cannot hurt for you to double check this as well. If you are unsure as to whether your bank offers such services a simple phone call or email can clarify the subject. Thanks for reading, again stay diligent during this downtime. Its not entirely Sony’s fault.

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Return of the sick

Hello staff and fans of the site. I am happy to announce my return to the site after a bad holiday experience which left me in a foreign country without a return flight. First of all I would like to announce that my articles are going to begin to continue flowing this week.

Sorry to all from me. Well done James and Tim for continuing the site whilst I was stranded in Turkey.

Charlie Killick