This is the last issue before the big makeover (issue 200) that GI is about to go under but the font already looks pretty different. What’s really awesome here is obviously the amazing art for Epic Mickey.
In case you missed it Epic Mickey sort of came out of the blue just a few months ago and is supposed to be a darker, more adult game for the Wii created by Warren Spector.
In case you’re not familiar with Warren Spector, he worked on the Ultima and Wing Commander series, as well as Cult favorites Thief and Deus Ex. So as you can see this is a pretty exciting prospect and the cover just makes it even more epic…(Mickey).
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.
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
Back in September 2007 Game Informer released the first infos on Borderlands, the new project from Gearbox Software. The developer is responsible for most add-ons and ports of the original Half Life as well as developing the Brothers in Arms series.
Borderlands is set Sci-Fi FPS with some RPG elements set to release on September 1 2009 on PC, 360 and PS3.
Viva Piñata 2 4-Way Online Coop?
Rare released some of the Achievements for the game and among these was “Full House” which requires you to play online with 4 people in cooperation for at least an hour. How this coop mode will work however remains to be seen.
AMD Teams With Blizzard
The chipset manufacturer announced today that Blizzard Entertainment has allowed them to bundle their games with all ATI video cards. AMD is also the exclusive graphic sponsor to the upcoming BlizzCon 2008 which will take place on October 10-11 in Anaheim, CA.
Parents Would Prefer Their Kids Drunk Than Playing Video Games…
*Sigh*… So a survey conducted by What They Play, a parental advisory website, shows that parents would basically rather have their kids smashed on beer than playing GTA IV.
The survey asked 1,600 persons what they were most afraid their kids would indulge in while at a sleepover. here are the replies:
- 49% Smoking Marijuana
- 19% Playing GTA
- 16% Watching Porn
- 14% Drinking Beer
Furthermore in a previous survey conducted in April they asked 1,266 participants what offended them most in video games, here are the replies:
- 37% A man and a woman having sex
- 27% Two men kissing
- 25% A graphically severed head
- 9% Multiple uses of the F-Word
First of all I’ll skip the sheer open-mindedness of these people who would rather watch people butcher each other instead of having two gays kissing and I know the source implies that these people have no, or very little, clue about what video games are but are people really that stupid??
As far as I can remember I became sexually aware around 12 and have played video games since I was 6 (granted, the realism isn’t on the same level) and I’m certainly not a model of virtue but I’m still able to remember that a game is…a game! shocker!
It’s funny how every new ‘medium’ that arises bring with it a slew of ignorants who would rather ban than try to understand. First it was Christianity, then it was Protestants, then it was the age of reason, then came raunchy books, then came movies which talked about important subjects such as abortion (OH NO!) and then came Rock and Roll, and now we have video games.
To think that these people will vote in November scares me to death.
Batman: Arkham Asylum Announced
OK back to reality, Game Informer said that Eidos and Rocksteady are currently working on a new game featuring the Dark Knight. It seems the game may be an FPS set at least partly in the infamous asylum and will feature the Joker and several other villains.
Batman games havne’t had a great reputation since the 8bits and 16bits era (exception made of the LEGO game) but Paul Dini (one of the main honchos behind the great Batman: The Animated Series) is cowriting on the game so this may be one to watch.