E3 doesn’t start until Tuesday but GameTrailers has some early goodies for us!
Last night GTTV aired what they called VGA’s E3 First Look 2009 on Spike. So aside from the sad attempt by Skipe to try to shove the lackluster VGAs down our throat (the freaking thing takes place in December and has nothing to do with E3!) and the mandatory girl who obviously knows nothing about video games (sorry Rose McGowan), we actually had some pretty cool stuff.
Some of the stuff didn’t air last night but has since popped up on GameTrailers.com.
Not everything was great but nothing sucked (as opposed to the VGAs). I’m going to post the trailers that I like most.
On a sidenote I wish I could embed the HD version from GT but WordPress doesn’t support that so I have to go through the Tube.
The Saboteur: amazing trailer, ambiance and art direction. I’m feeling good!
Mafia II: Mafia II!!!! Need I say more??? This is going to be epic!
Mass Effect 2: looks fraking sweet!! Awesome music too
Arkham Asylum: Joker gameplay looks awesome and Mark Hamill is the best
Dragon Age Origins: the Grey Warden! Great trailer!
Alpha Protocol: very effective trailer with good gameplay promise!
Dante’s Inferno: cool trailer, I like the ambiance
Brink: good but not much info. It’s the next Bethesda so it has my attention
Just Cause 2: very nice surprise, looks like loads of fun
Lost Planet 2: a nice effective trailer
Brutal Legend: as offbeat as you can expect from Tim Schaeffer
More trailers where shown like Madden, NHL 10, DJ Hero…. but these are, to me, the most noteworthy.
I love the Trauma Center series. Even though I’ve only played Second Opinion on the Wii I fell in love instantly. The nice graphics and style, the very Japanese feel that oozes from the game and the amazing soundtrack from Shoji Meguro all made me a big fan.
Second Opinion was a port of the first Trauma Center on the DS and since then Trauma Center 2 came out on the portable. I have been hoping for a port on the Wii and at first I thought that this was it. But it is actually it’s own original title.
Trauma Team (Hospital in Japan) will be the first in the series to let you take the role of several key staff int he hospital. You will be able to play as a general surgeon, diagnostician, emergency medical technician, orthopedic surgeon, endoscope technician, and medical examiner.
Atlus announced the game for Spring 2010 exclusively on the Wii so far. More is expected at E3.
Atari has been in trouble for a long time now. It was acquired by French company Infogrames (of which Mr. Harrison became president) and underwent serious changes last year.
As a result Infogrames announced annual net loss of €226.1M ($319.5M) for 2008/2009 mostly due to restructuring charges.
Phil Harrison announced that he would step aside after a year as president to be non-executive Director of the Group. He will continue to help with the company’s strategy.
Despite this their revenues have gone to €136.4M ($192.4M), up from €90.3M ($127.4M) last year.
Infogrames also announced that it would take the Atari name and move basis of operations to the U.S.
As far as games go they said that they canceled several games but did not give details as to which ones.
These are definitely tough times for the old firm but let’s hope they are able to weather the storm and become stronger in the process.
Sometimes you just see a news that you didn’t expect and it makes you happy. Today is such a day.
Fragile: Farewell Ruins of the Moon (Fragile: Sayonara Tsuki no Haiko) is an RPG for the Wii developed by tri-Crescendo and Namco. In the game you walk through the ruins of the world with your trusty flashlight looking for survivors as well as answers as to what happened.
Being such a particular game I wasn’t sure it was going to get picked up. On top of that Namco Bandai stated that they would not bring the game to the U.S. so my hopes were low. But now IGN reports that Xseed Games will localize Fragile and we can expect it this Winter.
Here we go I knew it was coming! Square Enix has put out a lame statement today saying that chances are the game would only have English dub in the U.S.
The problem seems to be that there is not enough space on a 360 DVD. Something I can understand even though Lost Odyssey didn’t seem to have any issues but let’s accept it. The problem is that they seem to use this as a lame excuse to not even bother with the dual voices on the PS3.
Yoshinori Kitase, producer on the game, said “Obviously, when we talk about XIII it’s for PS3 and Xbox — with PS3 being on Blu-ray there would be enough memory, but on Xbox probably not. At the moment we’re thinking of releasing the voice in English only. Are there many people who would like to play with Japanese voices?”
Yes there are!!! I for one will not rush to buy the game if it’s only in English. Shame on the RPG giant for putting less effort into games than Nippon Ichi and Atlus.
N.B: I had written this a while ago but just realized it had never published so here you go.
- BioShock 2 is announced for PS3, 360 and PC on November 3 (October 30 in Europe)
- Assassin’s Creed II announced for Q3 2009
- Splinter Cell: Conviction announced for Q3 2009
- I Am Alive announced for Q4 2009
- Mafia II is delayed to the first half of 2010
- Red Dead Redemption is delayed to the fist half of 2010
- Beyond Good & Evil 2 is…not even announced!!
Rockstar just announced the new content for Grand Theft Auto IV in what may very well be the best game title to come to us since the mid 90s!!
In it you will play Luis Lopez who is the assistant of Anthony “Gay Tony” Prince. Both characters appeared in the “Diamonds Are a Girl’s Best Friend” mission in the original game.
The DLC will be available this Fall on 360 for 1,600MS points ($19.99). It may seem steep for a downloadable content but Rockstar proved with The Lost and Damned that they new how to treat their fans. The game will also be available in retail as part of a bundle called Grand Theft Auto: Episodes from Liberty City, a DVD that will feature stand-alone versions of The Lost and Damned and The Ballad of Gay Tony.
Check out the press release below:
“New York, NY – May 26, 2009 – Rockstar Games, a publishing label of Take-Two Interactive Software, Inc. (NASDAQ: TTWO), is proud to announce the fall release of both the second episode of Grand Theft Auto: The Ballad of Gay Tony – exclusively for download on Xbox LIVE® online entertainment network, and Grand Theft Auto: Episodes from Liberty City, which will include both episode one The Lost and Damned, and episode two The Ballad of Gay Tony together on a single disc exclusively for Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft.
“Liberty City is the most vibrant game world we’ve created yet. The episodic structure has allowed us to interweave stories, gameplay and atmosphere in a whole new way,” said Sam Houser, Founder of Rockstar Games. “The team at Rockstar North have yet again surpassed themselves, and made something that is both epic and very innovative. This episode’s focus on high-end night life contrasts with the biker gangs portrayed in The Lost and Damned, whilst giving us a lot of new gameplay possibilities.”
Grand Theft Auto IV’s second downloadable episode, The Ballad of Gay Tony injects Liberty City with an overdose of guns, glitz, and grime. As Luis Lopez, part-time hoodlum and full-time assistant to legendary nightclub impresario Tony Prince (aka “Gay Tony”), players will struggle with the competing loyalties of family and friends, and with the uncertainty about who is real and who is fake in a world in which everyone has a price.
Grand Theft Auto: Episodes from Liberty City delivers two games on one disc – the all-new episode The Ballad of Gay Tony and the first episode, The Lost and Damned – together on disc for the first time – for Xbox 360 for $39.99 and will not require a copy of the original Grand Theft Auto IV to play.
The Ballad of Gay Tony will release on Xbox LIVE this fall for $19.99 or 1600 MS points and requires players to have Grand Theft Auto IV for Xbox 360 and Xbox LIVE membership to download.”
Alright back from a long Memorial Day weekend and dealing with slow, unexciting news most of all.
But fear not I will cover E3 bringing you links to full press conferences, the best trailers (in your servant’s humble opinion), best news and such.
So be sure to tune in on June 2 for the latest fromL.A.
Now this next bit can be filed under the “yeah fake!!!” or “wow potential real” category.
PlayStation LifeStyle got (somehow) the first possible footage of the new project from Team ICO. The developers had been announcing their game for a while with potential trailer coming at last year’s TGS and then this year’s GDC. So of course everyone is now expecting it to hit E3 in a few days.
But what leaked last night is unexpected. For starters the source is odd and doens’t name any details but the quality of the trailer (if it’s a fake) is mighty impressive. The art and animation is clearly of the caliber of the series but the textures are a bit low and the sound when the beast gawks seems…”foreign”. to me it feels like the sound is added on top and doesn’t feel like it’s coming out of the guts of the animal.
The music also appears to be a track from Miller’s Crossing.
So it is indeed hard to tell. SCEA is obviously in hardcore “no comment” and denial mode so we will have to wait a few days for E3 where we will hopefully finally have more info from Fumito Ueda.
Update: It appears that the trailer has been confirmed as legit. I was shown to several journalists behind closed doors more than a year ago. It seems to be a pre-alpha state.