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Tuesday September 2, 2008 – Back to Labor

Command & Conquer: Red Alert Free!

All you RTS players need to go this site and download the game. With Red Alert 3 coming out in October Electronic Arts has decided to make the first episode, released in 1996 (12 years ago!!!!), available for free.
Also anyone who preorders Red Alert 3 will get Red Alert 2 for free also.
Wow EA is turning into Santa Claus!

2 New PS3 Bundles for Europe

Sony will release two new PS3 bundles on October 29:

  • LittleBigPlanet, 80G console and a Dualshock 3 pad for €399
  • Gran Turismo 5 Prologue, 80G console and 2 Dualshock 3 pads for €449

360 Cheaper than Wii in Japan

Microsoft is going all out to help push its console into Japanese homes. The recent release of Tales of Vesperia helped but this can’t hurt either. The Redmond firm announced yesterday in Tokyo that it will cut the price of all its consoles fairly significantly starting September 11.
The biggest psychological drop comes for the Arcade version which drops to ¥19,800 ($183) which is ¥5,200 ($48) cheaper than the Wii.
Meanwhile the Elite will drop from ¥47,800 ($440) to ¥39,800 ($368) and the Pro model will go on sale for ¥29,800 ($275) which is ¥5,000 ($46) cheaper than its 20G predecessor.
Phew! Good deals all around.

Tenchu 4 Trailer and screens

I loved Tenchu for its ambiance and great soundtrack but the sequels were just OK. My main complaint being the lack of Japanese voices with English subtitles.
Anyway Tenchu 4 is coming out in Japan on the Wii on October 23 and today we get some yummy screens and a pretty nice trailer.
Please give me Japanese voices with subs! 😦

Guitar Hero Strikes Back

Last week Harmonix announced a bunch of albums for their Rock Band 2 and today Activision announced they signed a deal with many…MANY instrument manufacturers. here’s the list: Ampeg, Audio-Technica, EMG Pickups, Ernie Ball, Evans Drumheads, Guitar Center, Krank Amplification, Mackie, Marshall, Orange County Drum & Percussion, Pork Pie Percussion, Regal Tip, Sabian cymbals, Vox and Zildjian drumsticks. Wow!
They also announced today that World Tour will feature exclusively the new Smashing Pumpkins single named G.L.O.W. along with 1979 and The Everlasting Gaze in a pack. Today will be featured on the main Guitar Hero: World Tour disc.

September 3, 2008 Posted by | 360 News, Industry News, PS3 News, Tech News, Video Game News, Wii News | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Friday August 29, 2008

Team ICO to Unveil New Project at TGS

Since the release of the great Shadow of the Colossus, it has been announced, alongside a lone screenshot, by Famitsu in 2006 that the developers were working on a new project for the PS3. Since then though the project has been very silent and absent from this year’s E3 and GC.
In comes Shuhei Yoshida, head of Sony Worldwide Studio, who said that news should come “very soon”, presumably at TGS. Considering the quality of their former project, we shall eagerly await the announcement.

Rock Band 2 Gets 6 Albums!

It was revealed in an article in this week’s Entertainment Weekly that the game from Harmonix will add six full albums to its song roster. Here is the list:

  • Red Hot Chili Peppers – Blood Sex Sugar Magik
  • Foo Fighters – The Colour and the Shape
  • Jane’s Addiction – Nothing’s Shocking
  • Megadeth – Peace Sells…But Who’s Buying
  • No Doubt – Best of
  • Stevie Ray Vaughn – Texas Flood

The Saga of Ryzom Free

Today the MMORPG became entirely free. So if you’re into online games, if you are looking for an MMO but don’t want to front the cash before you’re sure you like it, or if you just to try something new go ahead and download the game here.

Screens for Still Life 2

Still Life was a successful adventure game developed by French studio Game Consulting. Its sequel, set to come out in November, will let you take the role of Victoria MacPherson, a detective who will go to Maine to check on a gruesome murder. You will also be able to control Journalist Paloma Hernandez.

Square Enix Bids for Tecmo

Even though they announced yesterday that Ninja Gaiden II had sold more than a million units Tecmo has been having troubles including lawsuits and resignations.
Today the RPG giant made a friendly $200M bid for the company to “rescue Tecmo” according to Yoichi Wada, president of Square Enix.

Rumor of the Week

The story comes from famous Japanese magazine Famitsu so it may hold some truth to it. Capcom is working on a Resident Evil 2 remake for the Wii that will include new creatures, new puzzles… The real story is that is will use the Resident Evil 4 engine!
If one thing’s for sure it’s that Capcom are masters at milking a franchise.

August 30, 2008 Posted by | 360 News, Industry News, PC News, PS3 News, Video Game News, Wii News | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Thursday August 14, 2008

RetroBeats Session 11 Out!

This week I’m taking a look at some of the best original Disney games from the 16bits era, including Castle and World of Illusion, Quackshot, Mickey Mania and Maui Mallard in Cold Shadow

EA Is Expanding to Movies and TV

Considering the average quality of game adaptations to the screen this news can be scary but either way Electronic Arts has signed an agreement with the United Talent Agency to adapt some of its licenses to both the big and small screen. The First on the list appear to be The Sims, Mirror’s Edge and Army of Two.
Now’s a good time for a prayer.

Fallout 3 Will Be Released in Australia But Censored

After they said they would simply ban the game for it’s violence and language in the land down under, Bethesda went back to modify the game so that it could be released. Hence in its Australian version Fallout 3 will have some edited an deleted scenes and dialogues as well as the removal of all mentions of drugs.
Welcome to the 21st Century where democracies still act like the 3rd Reich in its hey-days. Long live the First Amendment.

Rock Band 2 Delayed?

It seems that while the game itself is still planned for the September 14 launch on the Xbox 360, the instruments will not be coming out until mid-October which coincides pretty well with the release of the game on PS3, PS2 and Wii. Doesn’t seem like a great exclusivity deal anymore.

Lian-Li Case for Xbox 360

Those of you who are into building their own computers are most likely familiar with Lian-Li, a very high quality case maker for PC. Well it seems they are releasing a special case for the Microsoft console. We all know the 360 is pretty noisy and gets fairly hot, so while this is a good idea I can’t help but feel that this is one of their weaker design and it simply looks too much like a PC tower.

Layoffs, Layoffs and More Layoffs

Since the Activision ‘streamlining’ a few weeks ago it seems that companies are firing people and canceling projects left and right. There was Midway a few days ago, NCSoft yesterday and now it’s Radical and High Noon, which are both owned by Activision Blizzard.
I know the economy isn’t at its best but this really doesn’t bode well for independent studios and original games.

Overlord Is Taking Over

Last year Overlord, a game I haven’t played but seems like a cross between Dungeon Keeper and Pikmin, was a surprise hit and Codemasters posted their best revenues ever. So it’s not too much of a leap to expect a sequel…BUT WAIT! They are actually planning to release 3 different games!
The PC, 360 and PS3 will be graced with a sequel: Overlord II while the Wii will have a prequel: Overlord: Dark Legend and the DS, a spin-off: Overlord Minions.
Pretty impressive and most certainly good news for fans of the original.

Overlord II:

Overlord: Dark Legend:

Overlord Minions:

August 14, 2008 Posted by | 360 News, DS News, Industry News, PC News, PS3 News, Tech News, Video Game News, Wii News | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Friday July 18, 2008

In gaming news today and as the E3 is drawing to a close we can finally start to sit back and relax (a little).

Guitar Hero: World Tour to Feature 3 Jimi Hendrix Songs

Activision stroke back with a vengeance today when they announced that the new Guitar Hero would feature not one, not two but three! songs from Jimi Hendrix. And not the least known ones either: Purple Haze, Foxy Lady and Little Wings. During the Microsoft conference at E3 2008 Harmonix announced that they would finally feature AC/DC in Rock Band 2, but they are only featuring one single song, Let There Be Rock, which gives Guitar Hero a sudden edge. The music game battle rages on!


Knights of the Old Republic Online is finally confirmed!

Portfolio.com got the story today form the horse’s mouth, Electronic Arts chief executive John Riccitiello, that EA is indeed working on the next KotOR project and that “yes”” it is an MMO. No release date or any other details have been announced yet but it seems the name might be “The Old Republic”.

Alan Wake to Be Shown at TGS

A Vista promotional page hints at the fact that the game will finally be shown at this year’s Tokyo Game Show. The game was strongly missing for E3 2008 and one can wonder about the validity of showing a PC game in Japan which is a very console oriented market.

Wii Sales Above 360 in the U.S. for the First Time

As of June, according to numbers released by the NDP, the Wii has sold 10.9 million units whereas the 360 has sold 10.4 million, officially beating the Microsoft console for the first time in the U.S. It is worth noting that worldwide the Wii has been above the 360 for some time selling close to 25 million units as opposed to 19 million for the latter.

July 18, 2008 Posted by | 360 News, Industry News, PC News, PS3 News, Video Game News, Wii News | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

E3 2008 – Microsoft Press Conference Summary

E3 2008

E3 2008

Today Microsoft held their press conference at E3 and is what I took from it.

  • Complete revamp of Xbox Live with avatars. at first glance I’m not sure about the changes but we will have to see it and try it to make sure.
  • Netflix is partnering with Microsoft to distribute movies on Xbox Live. To me this is THE announcement that’s worth a million bucks.Combining the cheap format of Netflix with the (almost) instantaneous aspect of Live download is a gold mine.
  • The Fallout 3 gameplay felt very underwhelming to me. I’m pretty disappointed as I have high hopes for this game. We’ll have to wait and see some more.
  • Final Fantasy XIII will be released simultaneously for PS3 and 360! Now this is another major gain for Microsoft and another blow to the PS3. Sony must be really glad they integrated Blu-ray in their console because otherwise…
  • The online Co-Op modes for Resident Evil 5 (releasing Friday the 13th March 2009) and Fable II look very nice. Fable II gives a lot of promise and looks like another nice RPG that people will enjoy playing. Resident Evil 5 continues in the footsteps of RE 4 adding a promising cooperation mode.
  • Confirmed release dates of November 7 2008 for Gears of War 2, March 13 2009 for Resident Evil 5, October 2008 for Fable II and September 2 2008 for Infinite Undiscovery (which looks like Lost Odyssey but has a kick-ass website).
  • Other announcements counted Guitar Hero World Tour which looked OK but was overshadowed by Rock Band 2 and their announcement that AC/DC will finally be featured on the game. Rare confirmed Viva Piñata 2 and Banjo & Kazooie: Nuts & Bolts. Geometry Wars 2 and Portal 2 are coming to Xbox Live Arcade and a few other details which weren’t that thrilling.

Overall the Microsoft conference was average with mostly confirmations and footage we had seen before. Still it included the big FFXIII slap and some nice new footage of Fable II, Resident Evil 5 and Fallout 3.

You can watch the full coverage of the conference here.

July 14, 2008 Posted by | 360 News, Tech News, Video Game News | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment