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Star Wars: The Old Republic – Timeline Trailer #3

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If any of you is either interested by the prospect of The Old Republic, or just a Star Wars fan, chances are you would enjoy these timeline trailers.

They are narrated to perfection by actor Lance Henriksen (Bishop from Aliens) and give you a nifty background story to the events leading up to the game. I would suggest you check out the previous trailer as there is a continuity to the story.
You can find on the official website and also on GameTrailers, Youtube and probably a bunch of other places.

Right now enjoy the rise of Mandalore!

July 6, 2009 Posted by | PC News, Video Game News | , , , | Leave a comment

Blizzard Trademarks ‘Cataclysm’

The net has been abuzz  recently because when the Blizzard howls, people listen. But of course no one really knows what the whole thing is about.

The name itself could very well refer to the next World of WarCraft expansion or even the one for the upcoming Diablo III… or really just another game. The most popular explanation though is that it could be the title of their new MMO project.

After several job openings at the Irvine firm people started speculating that a new online game was in the works. The rumor grew ever bigger until Jeff Kaplan, then lead designer on WoW, announced he was moving on to a new project.

So the bottom line is that we don’t know much but we love Blizzard and want to know more.

July 3, 2009 Posted by | PC News, Video Game News | , , , | Leave a comment

Necessary Force Could Be the New Max Payne

While Max Payne 3 is being developed we are, as best as I can put it, cautiously hopeful. The game looks very different and developed by a new company so there is worry. But we shall wait until we actually play the game to pass final judgment.

If all else fails there is one game that could carry the torch. Necessary Force looks to be this game. I just discovered the debut trailer and it looks very promising.
The setting is very noir, looks to be set in a New York type town, featuring a gritty detective and even the music sounds very similar. It looks great and I will keep an eye on this one.

The issue being that is is developed by Newcastle, a Midway UK branch, who may go under soon…. Let us pray people.

June 17, 2009 Posted by | 360 News, PC News, PS3 News | , , , , | Leave a comment

Max Payne Voice Actor to Change

max-payne-3-imageThe Max Payne series was known for a few things. The Bullet Time, the dark gritty New York ambiance and Max’s voice…among other things.

But this time things are different. Max is old, he’s not in NY but in Sao Paulo, Bullet Time has been done to death…. and we just learned that he had an operation on his vocal cords.
Rockstar announced that the actor who voiced Max to perfection int he first two games, James McCaffrey, will not be returning. The main explanation is that Max is older and so his voice has changed and the actor needs to reflects this.
Now I get the idea but I don’t know about you, my mom’s voice hasn’t changed dramatically in the 29 years I’ve known her… But let’s give them that.

What worries me is that Rockstar’s art director Rob Nelson stated that “All the Max Payne themes will remain intact – manipulation, betrayal, and the stuff that really made Max Payne“. But that’s not it! What Made Max Payne Max Payne was the noir ambiance, the NY setting, the moody soundtrack and of course Max’s thoughts being voiced by James McCaffrey.

I fear Rockstar will not be able to capture the feeling that Remedy gave to the series. But I will wait and hope.

June 16, 2009 Posted by | 360 News, PC News, PS3 News, Video Game News | , , , , | 1 Comment

Max Payne 3 First Info

Game Informer once again scores big, after Halo 3: Recon, Uncharted 2, God of War III, BioShock 2, Assassin’s Creed II and Modern Warfare 2 (Phew!) it’s now time for our favorite gritty cop (sorry Vic Mackey) to take center stage.02212802

Taken from the cover story of their last issue we get the first few details of Rockstar‘s Max Payne 3.

  • Max is bald (as we can see)
  • He has become addicted to Pain Killers which will affect gameplay in some way
  • The game will take place 10 years after The Fall of Max Payne
  • It will take place in Sao Paolo with urban battles in the slums
  • There will be Bullet-Time but it will be more violent
  • There will be a night/day cycle
  • You can destroy environments
  • The game uses the RAGE engine (GTA IV, Red Dead Redemption)
  • There will be a multiplayer mode

June 10, 2009 Posted by | 360 News, PC News, PS3 News, Video Game News | , , | Leave a comment

The Best of the Rest From E3 2009

In this post I will post everything that impressed me that didn’t come from the Big 3 conferences. So this includes EA, UbiSoft and of course the various booths throughout the floor.

Let’s dive right in!

Star Wars: The Old Republic
OMG!!!!!! As soon as i saw all the Jedi walk in I knew it. But still the trailer blew me away. It is as high quality as a Blizzard trailer would be and that is the biggest praise I can give it. Watch and rewatch it!

The Secret of Monkey Island – Special Edition
Yes Yes Yes!! This looks and sounds amazing!!!!!! I’m a huge LucasArts and adventure games fan so this is just amazing. The instant switch between classic and special edition is truly impressive

Professor Layton and the Diabolical Box
Sweet trailer. I loved the first one and have been expecting this ever since so this is great news!

Final Fantasy IV: The After Years
Sequel to FF IV available through nine episodes on WiiWare

Castlevania: Lord of Shadows
Amazing trailer!! Potentially a great 3D Castlevania at last. Kojima Productions is working on it. It looks really polished and the gameplay looks nice.

Academy of Champions
This trailer caught my eye. I’m not a big sports fan but I like the Harry Potter meets Captain Tsubasa feel of the game.

Warhammer 40,000: Space Marine
Another Warhammer 40,000 another great trailer! And this game is an action-RPG so it’s more up my alley.

June 2, 2009 Posted by | 360 News, DS News, PC News, PS3 News, Video Game News | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

E3 2009: Microsoft Press Conference

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Today at 10:30am PST E3 officially launched with the Microsoft press conference. It feature several announcements, some big and some small, some exciting, some yawn-inducing. But overall I think it was a good conference.

Mantra: Showing Not Telling.

NB: Keep in my mind that I will add/update links as HD videos pop up on the web.

The big announcement of the conference was Project Natal. The long speculated camera with movement recognition. It turns out it will also feature facial and voice recognition.
They really pushed it with appearances from Steven Spielberg and Peter Molyneux but it was a mixed bag.

The lame painting demo, though somewhat fun gave me the same feeling as Wii Music last year. Completely gimmicky and useless. Not precise enough to be used in games. The Ricochet demo, likewise, was fun in the sense that the girl who did the demo after 5 minutes seemed ready to jump into the shower. So what of hour long sessions…..

The whole Lionhead demo is also bittersweet. On the one hand the demo itself is sad! Following on the whole new stuff for Live, now you don’t need to press a button with Natal voice recognition, you don’t need to see your friends because you have Facebook and Twitter everywhere and with Milo you don’t even need a friend! Sad really.
But on the other hand if you look past the presentation itself. What it offers in terms of new technology, when harnessed, could be amazing in games. Imaging being in Resident Evil 5 and instead of having to go through ammo inventory management hell, you would just say “give my shotgun ammo” and ..voila! Truly an amazing potential that has yet to be developed.
It is after all still a ‘project’ so let us give them the benefit of the doubt.

In other none-straight-game-related stuff, Microsoft announced new partnerships:

  • Last.fm which will allow access to the famous music site. In addition people with gold subscriptions will have access to it all for free. This feels like this year’s Netflix deal.
  • Facebook. This a a pretty big thing if it’s exclusive but all in all it allows you to do what you already do on your PC and Blackberry from your 360. YAY lazy.
  • Twitter. Same as Facebook, nothing to add.
  • Sky TV in the UK which will allow you to watch live TV.
  • All videos will now be available instantly in 1080p. Nice but I’ll believe it when I see it.

The announcements most of the people who may read my blog (however few) are interested in are the games. On that front I thought Microsoft did pretty well so let’s dive in.

  • The Beatles Rock Band. Paul, Ringo and Yoko! Pretty big PR. Check out the amazing game intro. All You Need Is Love is a 360 exclusive and I am so getting this game! I don’t own it yet and the Beatles guitars look awesome. Out 09-09-09!
  • Modern Warfare 2. They showed the long trailer that came out last week but they also had a gameplay demo in the snow with blizzard weather and snowmobile that was awesome!
  • Final Fantasy XIII. It was basically the Japanese demo of the English version with English voices. I’m still praying for VO in the game though. They unveiled Odin which was cool. It’s set to release in Spring 2010.
  • Splinter Cell: Conviction. They showed a very nice demo and trailer. The game looks darker and features some new stuff like an EMP grenade and ‘Mark and Execute’ which allows you to sort of set a sequence and get it going for a fast kill.
  • Left 4 Dead 2. Featured a great trailer and a release date for October of this year.
  • Halo 3: ODST. Another sweet trailer, Bukcle up and prepare to drop! Some gameplay footage in New Mombasa as the Rookie. The game will have a flashback systema nd you will play several ODSTs to build up the plot.
  • Halo: Reach. Unveiling of the game. Set around the time of the novel ‘Fall of Reach’ which was a prequel to the game. No surprise another nice trailer. Set to release in 2010 and there will be a beta access with ODST.
  • Alan Wake. At last!!!! A very nice footage of the game. Walking around at night with a tryst flashlight. It reminded my a lot of Alone in the Dark on the DC. You seem to be facing ghost which are neutralized with a sort of EMP weapon. The game is coming out Spring 2010.
  • Forza Motorsport 3. A short trailer and a live demo showing the different views with the head vision going left and right. A new very deep costumization and video editing system for Live. Release date set for October.
  • Metal Gear Solid: Rising. and HERE. WE. GO. After Devil May Cry and Final Fantasy Sony lost the Metal Gear exclusive. Aside from this the whole thign was fairly poor. Same trailer we’ve been teased with for weeks (and the countdown hadn’t even reached zero!). Even though it’s called Metal Gear SOLID it Kojima made a point to say it doesn’t feature Solid Snake but Raiden as we knew.
  • Shadow Complex. New Epic Game for XBLA. was unveiled through massive sound problem so we didn’t hear a bunch of stuff. The animation looks a lot like Bionic Commando Rearmed and the map is reminiscent of Metroid/Castlevania.
  • Crackdown 2. Featured a nice trailer but that’s about it.
  • Brutal Legend. Tim Schaeffer detailed some of the voice work and characters in the game with a  fun trailer. Included are Ozzy Osbourne, Motorhead’s Lemmy Killmeister, Lita Ford and more. Still coming out Rocktober!
  • Tony Hawk Ride. unveiled the final design for the skate peripheral as well as a basic trailer. nothing thrilling.
  • Joy Ride. A sort of Mario Kart with your Avatars in the cars. But it’s free so there’s really nothing to complain about. Could be fun.

June 1, 2009 Posted by | 360 News, Industry News, PC News, Video Game News | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

GameTrailers Pre-E3 Trailers

gttv_logoE3 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.

Enjoy!

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.

May 29, 2009 Posted by | 360 News, PC News, PS3 News, Video Game News | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

The Lazy Fast Date Update.

YAY!

  • 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

NAY!

  • 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!!

May 27, 2009 Posted by | 360 News, PC News, PS3 News, Video Game News | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

New Aliens Vs. Predator Screens and Teaser

SEGA unveiled their new AvP game with a few screenshots and a nice little teaser. From what we can see so far the game is coming along really well. I really like the stylized art of the screens and the teaser sets the mood nicely.

The game is developed by Rebellion who worked on the orignal Alien Vs. Predator game in 1999. It will apparently be part of a series of Alien-based titles that SEGA bought the rights to from 20th Century Fox.

You will be able to play through three seperate campaigns for the Space Marine, Alien and Predator which will interconnect. There will also be a 3-way multiplayer mode to slay each other to our hearts content.

The game is set to release on PS3, 360 and PC in early 2010.

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May 20, 2009 Posted by | 360 News, PC News, PS3 News, Video Game News | , , , | 1 Comment