Article Archive for March 2012
It’s been a busy day at thatgamecompany with a few interesting news stories.
There really isn’t much to speak of hitting the store this week on the European front. Unless of course you’ve been pining to relive the salad days of the arcade with the likes of Metal Slug 2 and The King of Fighters ’96.
Highlights are hard to come by this week but there is a full game download for the latest in the always solid Tiger Woods PGA Tour series as well as plenty of DLC to pick through.
How about we go ahead and have a look?
An award-winning indie game appears on the store this week in the form of Closure. The puzzler brings over 100 reality bending puzzles for you to enjoy.
Also coming to the store are full game downloads of FIFA 12 and Supremacy MMA for the Vita. PlayStation Plus members will notice a bounty of discounts.
There’s something for everyone. Check it out.
Thanks to the Twitter savvy studio heads at Naughty Dog we’ve been granted a selection of very intimate, very disturbing close-ups of the infected which will hunt you down and haunt your dreams in the upcoming PS3-exclusive, The Last of Us.
They’re gross. Exceptionally, unforgettably gross.
For developer BioWare, Mass Effect 3 represents perhaps the highest degree of difficulty that any studio has faced leading into a project. With two stellar games already seeded in the public consciousness, the third and conclusive act in the Mass Effect series comes with heaps of well-earned pressure. BioWare’s ambitious directive to carry specific player decisions over the entirety of the trilogy also creates a unique set of circumstances and expectations surrounding the final chapter.
With that in mind you’d be hard pressed to find another studio anyone would rather trust with the biggest RPG release in recent memory than the Canadian-based studio. Chances are you started putting money aside for ME3 right around the time ME2 wrapped up, however those with lingering doubts should quickly put them to bed. Mass Effect 3 is a masterpiece that demands to be played.
LittleBigPlanet is taking its Play, Create, Share model to the race tracks with LittleBigPlanet Karting, Media Molecule announced today.
The company is teaming up with United Front Games, the folks behind ModNation Racers, to put Sackboy and friends behind the wheel of their very own racing kart. The game will feature the same customization tools familiar to the LPB community and will hopefully please racing audiences as well.
George Osborne’s 2012 budget didn’t please everyone. It was even described as “cynical, deluded and regressive” by one political commentator. But you can’t please all of the people all of the time. Can you? Osborne may be consoling himself with that sentiment at the moment.
Osborne did please some of the people, though. Those people are the good folk working in the UK games industry. After snatching away their tax breaks in his first budget, he’s decided that they are necessary and good for the country.
This week the PlayStation Store says to hell with new games in favor of a selection of games you may remember or totally missed altogether. Three Assassin’s Creed titles are ready for download along with Rayman 3 HD. This is as good a week as any to whittle down that backlog of downloadable titles you’ve been meaning to play.
Other highlights include downloadable content for Kingdoms Of Amalur: Reckoning and…let’s see here…a Vita demo. What can we say, it’s a slow week.
Who knows you may find something to your liking, head on in and check it out.
For the past two weeks, football fans have been voting for their favorite athletes on the SportsNation Facebook page, selecting between two athletes per sports team.
The results have been tallied and the following 32 players will all be competing against each other for the Madden 13 cover athlete, as voted for by the fans. Does your favorite player make the cut?
If you like yourself some PSOne era Final Fantasy get ready to open your wallet. Discounts for 7 the most beloved RPGs ever to come out of Japan hit the store with Plus members getting even steeper price cuts.
Other highlights include new DLC for Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning and a new Vita title.
Go on in and have a look.
So far we’ve seen a clock work George Washington in the Motorized Patriot and the massively handed Handyman in BioShock Infinite’s video series, Heavy Hitters. The third installment introduces us to the Boys of Silence.
Already successful in the literary and television realms, The Walking Dead begins the lifeless, meandering advancement to the PS3.
You might not have heard of Dishonored, but this upcoming FPS from French dev Arkane Studios is shaping up to be one of 2012’s most interesting titles.
Every year the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) hosts the British Academy Video Games Awards to honor the best in video games from the past year.
Awards from 18 categories were presented to development studios who achieved excellence in 2011 at an event held this past Friday.
Coming off the success of the original LEGO Batman, Traveler’s Tales has discovered a way to improve the Dark Knight’s blocky experience. It’s very simple really, more super heroes.
The Man of Steel, Green Lantern, Lex Luthor and more get their LEGO makeovers. See how they look in the game’s announcement trailer.
The sprawling adventure that is Kingdoms Of Amalur: Reckoning stands to receive a substantial addition next week with a download titled, “The Legend of Dead Kel”.
Have a look at the trailer before the DLC hits your PlayStation Store. Pirates, treasure and ominous mist abound.
The failure of the Channel Islands to win their judicial review against Low Value Consignment Relief (LVCR) is a major blow for many online retailers, including popular videogame retailers such as HMV, Amazon and Play.com.
These companies have benefited enormously from LVCR, which has allowed them to sell products under £15 VAT-free. In fact, it is estimated that the loophole is costing the exchequer a whopping £130m each year in lost VAT. That’s a lot, but it isn’t just the public coffers that are emptier.
Yesterday the Channel Islands lost their judicial review against the end of Low Value Consignment Relief, or LVCR.
What does that mean, and why is it yet another blow to the video game retail industry?
Zen Studios is bringing four all new tables to Marvel Pinball this spring with the Avengers Chronicles DLC pack, just in time for the release of the new Avengers film in theaters.