Article Archive for August 2009
Better open up your nearest email client and look for a message from Sony. Word on the street is that beta invites are being sent out for the 256 player battle royal that is MAG.
Of course, even if you do get the email, it’s not going to be a walk in the park to participate in the beta. You’re going to have to go through some training if you want to become the leader of your own unit…
No doubt one of the biggest disappointments last year in terms of new games for the PS3 had to be Haze. Developed by Free Radical, the game was looking to be another overnight success from the people who brought you the classic franchise; Time Splitters.
But it clearly wasn’t. Reviews were very poor and many across the industry were shocked by how a much-loved developer could come up with a disaster of a game compared to what was promised.
Tekken 6 has been a long time coming.
Heck we’ve been following every jab, roundhouse and kick to the stones since it was first announced for consoles way back in 2008.
First there was all the talk of the introduction of weapons into the game. Then it was the chatter surrounding the special inclusion of the Cardboard Tube Samurai costume. Now it has been revealed that Tekken will be hitting the UK shelves in just a few short months.
Those PSN games just keep on coming. This time we have a “fresh and innovative” turn-based strategic game from Amsterdam based W!Games entitled Greed Corp.
Coming across as overtly “green”, the game will be the first in a series from the studio to highlight the destructive force of industry on our environment.
Check out the following link over at C&VG for a look at some behind the scenes footage taken at Rocksteady, the studio behind the upcoming and eagerly anticipated Batman: Arkham Asylum.
On its own, it’s an interesting exposÃ© with interviews from the likes of comic-book maven and game writer Paul Dini to some pretty cool mocap shots of martial artists going through their acrobatic moves, helping the animators capture Batman’s unique fighting style within the game.
What is also intriguing from the footage is, right at the end when the camera pans across the Rocksteady development floor, there appears to be a blurred console sitting vertical on one of the developer’s desks.
You’ll no doubt remember our report on Visceral’s 2nd developer diary for their Hellish title, the indulgent and twisted Lust. In fact, you’re probably still in therapy because of it.
Well, better clear your shrink’s schedule because wait ’til you get a load of the absolutely bizarre and nauseating Gluttony layer in the game. Bring a sick bag. Actually, bring a sick suitcase.
Partners Pixel-Lab, Northwest Vision and Sony have announced that the successful Get in the Game development program will run again this year.
Founded in 2008 as a way to entice and encourage digital developers to produce content for the PlayStation Network, five winning companies will receive a Â£10,000 grant each to fully realise their product and potentially have it released on Sony’s digital distribution platform.
Directly from the depths of Rapture comes an announcement we all saw coming. Those of you, and by you I mean Americans or Canadians, who pre-order BioShock 2 at either GameStop or EB Games will receive some special company for the new multiplayer mode.
Back at E3 in 2008, on the exact same day as their conference, Sony officially announced and launched a video store for the United States.
But straight away as expected, people from other regions around the world were asking when they would see their own store to download television shows and movies, including some of the latest blockbusters straight on their PS3s.
Chalk this one down to cashing in your celebrity status but it appears that Curtis Jackson (50 Cent to his friends and fans) — while on a visit to Infinity Ward — has snagged one of the multiplayer voice duties in Game of the Year candidate and all round Call of Duty juggernaut Modern Warfare 2.
Stressing that Fiddy is just one of many voices that will be heard in the mutliplayer aspect of the game, Activision revealed that other celebs will also be heard chiming in with the usual “Man down! Medic! Don’t look me in the eye you peon!” battlefield yelps.
Have you ever wanted to become just like AltaÃ¯r or Ezio and spy on your target, gathering as much information as you can about them? Well, the folks at Ubisoft have made it that much easier to do for their upcoming adventure.
Users can now embed a widget featuring news, screenshots, and videos all about Assassin’s Creed II into their Facebook, MySpace, Twitter, and all other forms of social networking. That’s not all though!
One of the biggest issues with every new Guitar Hero game is that, now that you’ve purchased the updated edition, accessing your old rock library will require switching back and forth to the old titles.
Fancy some ‘Trapped Under Ice’ by Metallica? Guitar Hero Worth Tour. Want to follow up with Rage Against The Machine’s ‘Killing In the Name Of’? That would be on Guitar Hero Greatest/Smash Hits.
With Guitar Hero 5 this is all about to change with the introduction of a new track importing feature.
If you’re like us, you probably responded to the news that Tony Hawk’s next skateboarding game would incorporate a real-life skateboarding peripheral with equal amounts of cagey suspicion and head-scratching confusion.
Like, how do you do tricks? Can you make a claim if, while attempting a double kick-flip varial to call-an-ambulance face-plant, you inadvertently send yourself into the coffee table and break three of your ribs? And what if you’re really fat and break the thing? Will the super-rich Mr. Hawk send you another one free of charge? (That’s a no to the last one and it should be noted that the board does come with a weight limit).
Prepare to have all none of your questions answered while watching actual testimony from real people who tried out the fake board on camera.
That’s right, come September, fans will be able to shred on their guitars, basses, drums, and mics to the legend that is Johnny Cash. Not only will you be able to play along to his famous “Ring of Fire” tune, but you be able to play as the man himself.
We all know Tim Schafer’s BrÃ¼tal Legend features a hell of a lot of metal.
However, what we didn’t know was to just what extent the guys at Double Fine and EA went to make the music in the upcoming game one of the finest testaments to the metal genre ever.
In fact, it’s so jam packed with artists from the very top of the metal food-chain that they’re calling BrÃ¼tal Legend’s music “the Ultimate Heavy Metal Soundtrack”.
Write it down, staple it to your pinboard, write it on your forehead in permanent marker. Just don’t let that date slip passed. Because that’s when NFS:Shift hits the shelves.
Makes a nice change, if you ask us! We’ve got a new trailer for the game to commemorate the occasion.
Sony Computer Entertainment Europe have confirmed a new Heavy Rain character will be revealed at this year’s GamesCom event in Cologne that runs between the 19th and 22nd of August.
The news started speading when PS3Center claimed that they had information about Sony unveiling a new character for the Quantic Dreams title at the up-and-coming games event.
No so long ago we posted a news item about the fall of the Midway Newcastle studios after a search for a buyer had failed. At the time, there was still a question mark hanging over the future of the studio in San Diego.
But now, THQ has announced their acquisition of “substantially all” the assets for Midway Games’ San Diego studio at a sum of $200,000.
Set for a release on October 2nd — the same day the standard version also hits — Tecmo Koei have now revealed not just what will be in the Collector’s Edition of Ninja Gaiden Sigma 2, but just how much it will cost.
Bucking the trend of asking gamers to sell a kidney to get their hands on the more “elite” of game editions, Tecmo Koei have announced that the Collector’s Edition of the popular action series will retail at Â£49.99 (no word on other currencies just yet) and is exclusive in the UK to retailer HMV.