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02
Jun
09

What’s a Wii?

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Okay so this is a little strong I know but let’s face it the wii has got some serious competition, even Sony’s new motion sensitive tech doesn’t compete with this. For those of you not sure what I’m talking about let me clear this up. Microsoft were nice enough to finally clarify what they meant in an earlier press release where they said “We will announce something at E3 that will revolutionize gaming.” Now most people, myself included, dismissed this as hype over something impressive but hardly revolutionary.

Shockingly enough this was an understatement, Microsoft announced something they call project Natal. It’s a camera with 3D recognition allowing the gamer to interact with the game without using controllers. The camera picks up when you move forward, throw a punch and even squeeze your finger to fire a gun. As well as this it’s not just your hands the camera picks up on it’s your entire body, giving impressive usage for fighting and sport games. Now this obviously means you have more freedom with game play than on the current motion sensitive king console, the wii.

However Microsoft took this thing further! How can that be I hear you ask well the beautiful little gadget is also fitted with face and voice recognition software allowing users to automatically sign in to their console gamer tag because the camera recognizes you. The voice recognition software also allows you to interact with characters in game by talking. This nifty little gadget isn’t just for your games either the demo shows it being used in the media centre, messaging service and with your avatar. All these add-ons mean that Microsoft have not only taken motion sensitive gaming and improved it far beyond wii standards but they have also changed the way you interact with everything on your console, it looks set to be the beginning of a new way to play games and even use your console. Don’t just take my word for it check out the demo below, no word has been given about release dates but I’d guess Christmas so start being nice because Santa probably on has a limited stock.

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15
May
09

Busy Week!

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I should start by apologizing for my absence, can’t believe I neglected my baby for a week. You all have  my word it’s not going to happen again, anyway on with our gaming news! The biggest news of the week has to be the shock announcement that Atari has pulled out of E3. After the news broke rumors began to circulate about financial difficulties with the gaming giant, at first backed up by their deal with Sony over Ghostbusters, these were later confirmed by Atari’s announcement their European department was shutting down. It looks like these financial difficulties are hitting everyone hard, but could this spell the end for Atari? We’ll just have to wait and see.

 

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The good guys at Ubisoft were nice enough to email me and let me know that they have now set up a splinter cell conviction site. To be honest people don’t click it expecting too much, there’s one teaser vid giving you about 30 seconds of Fisher talking. Mostly about his past and the agreement that he made with the government sounding oddly like the Bourne franchise.

Anyway it has other content set for time release so it’s worth checking out, point being the game looks set to finally be released this year. It sure will be an interesting Christmas that’s all I can say.

 

screenshot_8878 To help build the anxiety for Red Faction THQ were good enough to go ahead and announce that not only will red faction have a multiplayer feature but they’re also giving everyone a multiplayer demo. The demo will be coming out on May 21st but considering the type of game this is will a multiplayer feature be a good thing or just something to try and grab the competitive gamers interest?

Either way the demo has 2 maps, 9 weapons and a collection of other goodies so considering it’s free it’s something to stop buy the marketplace for.

 

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Microsoft decided to come out and shock everyone by announcing that there will be a new premium crackdown theme available on Xbox live marketplace. A new theme isn’t worth news but considering it’s a PREMIUM theme for a game released 2 years ago that warrants attention. Now Microsoft said they were just wanting to let their fans connect with their favorite games and so created the new theme. They also said they had nothing else to announce at this time regarding future projects. My guess is Crackdown 2 will be getting unveiled at E3, do you really think we can’t connect the dots Microsoft?

I know there’s more news like mass effect and COD so I’ll be back with more info on that later!

06
May
09

Updates!

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Epic announced that GOW 2 has achieved an amazing 5 million sales worldwide, meaning that the entire Gears of war franchise has now achieved over 11million sales. To celebrate this momentous achievement Epic announced some extra game content for their successful franchise.

As well as this Epic announced that they will be releasing a special edition of the game that will include all downloadable content to date. This special edition game is being called “All fronts collection” I don’t know why but it is. Included in this special edition game is a game add on called “dark corners”, which will also be available on Xbox marketplace for 1600 MS points, this add on will include seven new multiplayer maps and an added campaign chapter. The chapter is called “Road to Ruin” apparently Epic are big on labeling things, this new chapter was deleted from GOW 2 before release but now Epic are looking to celebrate their throwing it in there. I’ll bet the chance to make money without extra work never even entered their minds.

 

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The Ghostbusters game, a game already appearing in hundreds of news articles with praises and bad news alike has been buzzing for ages. A short while ago I wrote an update mentioning how Atari had announced the game was set for release. Well that’s still going to happen but now the game developers Atari have agreed a deal with Sony, to allow them to help develop and release the game on 19th of June.

However this means that for now Ghostbusters is a PS3 exclusive game. Atari have maintained the right to publish the game to other consoles at a later date but whether or not they will is yet to be seen. For now Xbox owners will just have to keep dreaming about Ghost busting is actually like, as well as thinking up new names for their proton packs …mine was going to be Sheila.

 

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Wolverine: origins has stunned gamers and actually broken the curse of the movie release game, not only that but it beat of the rest of it’s competition and claimed second place in the game chart. It came second to wii fit, which makes sense as everyone wants to get fit but not leave there house you can’t fault Nintendo’s genius there.

The game has even been referred to by one fan boy as “the first movie license game to be better than the movie.”  it seems that no matter what you do with a character like Wolverine it’s set for gold.

 

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Capcom have announced that although they are releasing marvel vs.. Capcom 2 on Xbla they have no intentions to release a 3rd. Capcom have said one of the major reasons is trying to negotiate the license as the Marvel title and it’s associated parties has been put about recently.

By releasing the old Xbox game on arcade they hope to ignite gamers excitement for the game and maybe gain some momentum for a possible 3rd. As it stands right now however there doesn’t seem to be any plans for a 3rd, the fate of the game does truly rest in the hands of its gamers.

Capcom have announced however they were thinking about releasing the game with an themed joystick due to the success of the Madcatz street fighter IV sticks, so at least something will come of this.

 

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A game legend was feared dead today as the developer of Duke Nukem Forever, 3D Realms, was shut down. The reason being funds, a common problem especially in today’s financial climate, which leaves Duke without a developer.

3D had been in cahoots with Take-Two but they have said this was purely a publishing arrangement and so they were unable to help fund the project. Duke Nukem Forever was supposedly far enough along development to release game play footage and Take-Two have said they retain the publishing rights. The real question is will Duke Nukem be made or will it fall into oblivion like so many other games.

05
May
09

Deadpool Game

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The character that most people know from the Marvel comics, Deadpool and wolverine, is one of the many unsung Marvel anti-heroes with a strong fan base. The classic anti hero who now even has a role in the new wolverine movie is being considered for his own game by the producers of Wolverine: origins the game.

The smart mouth mercenary is loved by the self proclaimed fan boys of Raven software. An interesting choice as to date he hasn’t actually featured in any other marvel games than the ultimate marvel alliance one, as well as being recently announced for two, and x-men legends. In both cases Deadpool was hardly a main character and so it warrants the question why now?

The guys at Raven said they loved his “smart assed attitude” and they were “huge fans of Deadpool” making him the next obvious choice for a game. The guys from Raven continued to say that the Deadpool character in the recent x-men movie was good but not exactly the first choice they would have made. When asked about making their own Deadpool game the guys said they would keep the character 100% authentic to the comics. 382px-Deadpool11

The major question here however is can Deadpool pull off his own game? A fun character certainly and would be interesting to play, regarding his high tech weaponry and sword play, he would be like a happy go luck wolverine that found batman’s utility belt. Is that enough to have his own game? the character Deadpool had been given his own comic title that featured him as the main character but unfortunately only made it to issue #69.

Does this250px-DeadpoolYellowBoxes mean the Deadpool lacks the strength to gain interest and sales in his own game, personally I don’t think so. Deadpool is a fun character who could deliver hours of endless fun and seeing that he is one of the few comic characters to know he is actually in a comic it would be funny to this transferred to a game.

The only problem holding Raven have is trying to show that Deadpool is worthy to hold his own game title and if they can come up with a strong enough storyline to support it things should work out.  Not a game to be taken too seriously however I would imagine it being a lot like the recent Matt Hazzard game, fun game play filled with tons of wise cracks and parody. At the very least a Deadpool game would be worth buying just to give a break from hardcore gaming. At this point it’s no guarantee the game is actually going to be made but if the people at Raven have their way a Deadpool game will be quick on the heels of Wolverine.

01
May
09

Quick news!

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Army of Two: 40th day had been announced a while back. An unexpected, and to some an unwanted, sequel to the original game. The good folks down at E.A were kind enough to write out an info sheet for the game talking about some of the things to expect and here’s what it said

Army of Two: The 40th Day features a bigger playbook of new co-op moves that either player can use at any time, opening up new strategies and countless choices for both players. The result is a bigger, better, more organic and immersive co-op experience that lets gamers put their best two-man tactics to use whenever and wherever they want.”

A pretty impressive promise from E.A. and something they’re backing up with an impressive, in game footage, trailer of the game.

 

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Sad news was announced by Eidos interactive as they confirmed the rumors that Batman Arkham Asylum has been delayed. Although they never announced a definite date of release they had said the game was slated for release in the summer of 2009. Eidos have now announced however that the game isn’t set for release until the end of summer 09. Thanks again to xboxmattyb89 for tipping me off about this unfortunate piece of news.

The people involved in the games production said this time was going to be used to best improve the game so that it’s “at the highest quality for gamers.” As one of the fan boys anxious to get my hands on this game I sure hope this is true and they’re not stalling because the games looking sketchy.

 

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Call of Duty Modern Warfare 2 is one of the most anticipated games to be announced, after the roaring success of the first game, selling over 12 million copies to date and winning multiple awards, this is one title everyone is happy to have announced. Infinity ward were even so kind as to announce a solid release date which I’m sure you all noticed at the top of this news bit.

I haven’t gotten concrete info on this baby yet and considering how far the release is I think any information at this time would be susceptible to change anyway, so I’ll wait until I get the correct details. Until then indulge yourselves with this interesting all be it uninformative teaser that’s driving gamers everywhere crazy.

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One of the best looking games to be announced by Ubisoft, think I am legend but with no monsters and that’s what you have here. Unfortunately little else has been said about the game after the initial release information and interest. All Ubisoft have mentioned is that the game is a post apocalyptic game featuring a hero called Adam. The other aspects of the game such as story line, game play and features haven’t been confirmed, Ubisoft appear to be keeping their hand close to their chest on this one. The website is live but it doesn’t offer any more information other than a graphic wallpaper and trailer. The game was announced at last years E3 but nothing more has been said about it and with this years E3 quickly coming in it makes one wonder exactly what Ubisoft is doing about this game.

The trailer itself does open up some questions and gives an idea into what the game is about. The trailer starts by our hero, Adam, attempting to escape pursuers just to protect a bottle of water. amazingly enough the trailer shows the world in a wreckage and says it all appears to have happened in just 6 DAYS! That alone should wet your appetites at least your curiosity, find out for yourself check out the trailer below it’s looking good.

 

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Christmas is going to be a merry one this year, as well as multiple other games being announced around this time the new splinter cell is announced. The fifth installment of the franchise seems to tie in close with the rest of the games.

This game sees you running from the government you once served in an attempt to get to the truth of who wants you dead. In order to survive you’ll need the usual stealth practices of the other games and the ability to build an underground base of allies.1179936598

These allies will help you get your hands on the cool gadgets everyone has come to love about the splinter cell games. As well as stealthy sneaking around the game includes what at first glances appears to be a pretty cool hand to hand combat system. 

 

29
Apr
09

Batman Arkham Asylum!

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Batman a world famous superhero synonymous with fear, power and rich people with too much time on their hands. The legendary vigilante isn’t a stereotypical hero and that’s probably why people love him so much. Bound by only one rule he watches over the troubled city of Gotham lurking in the shadows and protecting the citizens who are unable to fend for themselves.

Surprisingly enough however this is one DC legend who has had his reputation and image almost destroyed in past years. Due to poor game releases and even poorer attempts at movies, times have changed however. The past two movie releases became more than just box office hits they became movie legends with some even saying the dark knight helped save the movie industry.

The Batman game, soon to be released, ties in with the last movie following on straight from the jokers capture. The game has had more than enough effort put in to make it a success. It was written by Paul Dini, the Emmy award winning Batman writer, and voiced by Mark Hamill the voice of joker in the animated T.V series. Having the right team behind the game is often more than enough but Eidos and WB continued there strive for glory by ensuring the design was close to the dark themes of the comics.

 

I’d say they’ve managed to stay close to the dark themes of the comics wouldn’t you?

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The storyline looks set to be something to remember as well, after Batman takes the joker to Arkham in order to keep him locked up out of the way of Gotham’s citizens. However keeping within the Jokers truly maniacal, but amazingly well organized, personality he reveals the whole thing as a trap. Soon after the Joker is brought to the Asylum he breaks free and starts his sadistic game of cat and mouse with Batman holding the city at ransom. This is where the fun begins, the asylum is notorious for it’s architecture and massive scale meaning you’ll have a lot of interesting ground to cover, imagine a less colorful Rapture. As well as all that the joker has managed to sneak in a collection of henchmen and weaponry for the escapee’s. 3267711515_1f7f9c74fa

To regain order in this chaos Batman has to face off against some of the ugliest henchmen you’ll ever see , seriously it’s no wonder you knock these guys around. You’ll also have to develop some of the finer skills of Batman, you didn’t think this was really just another punch em up game did you? As you make your way through the game you have to keep hidden and in the shadows, striking out at opponents without them realizing what’s hit them. You need to remind them why they should be afraid. 

Arkham is famous for holding a multitude of Batman’s rivals some of whom are scheduled to make an appearance in the game. Some of these unusual guests, on first glance, promise to deliver an interesting fight that will no doubt require players to stay on their toes.1221250348

The game also features tons of unlock able gadgets, and I think combos, meaning the more you play the more you get from the game. The gadgets in the game are some of the classics such as the grappling gun, bat vision and of course the baterangs. You’ll have no limit to how you’re capable of talking on the foes in this game. The game also features a detective, stealth predator and combat mode helping to fuel the excitement for this title. These features mean players can go from a large brawl with multiple enemies to silently stalking one, before making your move.

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The detective mode is also an interesting feature to help you throughout the game, once in this mode players can survey there surroundings and pick up on the small details around. This isn’t just a feature for helping to notice the small cracks on the wall or interesting tattoos your victims have. It can be used to strategize as the detective mode shows the opponents moods, possible attacks around the room and points of interest such as a light switch or gas canister.

The combat features of the game are capable of so much it’s sure to keep you entertained just finding new ways to tackle and finish off bad guys. From button mashing the basic attack button to making strings of combos and attacking multiple targets it’s an exciting thought to have so many bad guys to practice on. As well as this there are unlock able side missions you can play in the game called challenge rooms. These rooms focus on specific points such as stealth or combat and give you goals to achieve in each room, helping you either practice or show off. Your scores can be submitted to the world leader boards and you can see just how you measure up against other batmen in the world.

The game is set for release in summer but has already caused controversy for some gamers by announcing that PS3 players will be able to play as the joker in some side missions. There hasn’t been any word on whether or not Xbox players will also have this feature but for now it doesn’t look like it. As the release date draws near the website has gone live and a large selection of screenshots have become exposed all over the internet. It was tempting to try and post them all on here but I managed to restrain myself to those few, if you want to see more check out the site. It features extra a developers blog ad the latest news so if you’re as excited about this game as I am keep your eyes peeled on the site. Or just wait for me to blog, either way the game looks golden and the trailer is a perfect example of what to look forward to.

29
Apr
09

Ghostbusters New Trailer

 

GBgameCover The once orphaned game Ghostbusters, recently saved by Atari, is set for release in June 19th. In the lead up to the games release Atari have released another game play trailer of the game, already looking to be a blockbuster hit.

The latest trailer footage shows new weapons and the sort of monsters you can expect to face in the game. It also shows how these weapons can expect to be used against the undead creatures that terrify most normal citizens.

The trailer is preceded by a small introduction from one of the cast as well as a brief description of what the game is about for those of you who don’t know. Everything looks set to be worthy of gaming gold and with the game featuring original cast members and interesting new weapon choices it should be something to keep any hardcore gamer interested.

As an extra treat I managed to get the opening scene of the game to wet your appetites a little more. It’s just like watching the movies themselves and as soon as you hear that classic song you’ll wish the game was in your hands already.