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TGS 2008 Highlights

OK well I have to admit I was a bit underwhelmed this year.
It wasn’t abysmal by any means but nothing really thrilled me. We got some nice and lengthy trailers but not many games stood out on there own…And frankly I love RPGs but I can only take so many new DS titles. And it begs the question as to why there are billions of new RPGs for the handheld but barely any on the Wii.

Either way I am going to post the trailers I liked most throughout the show. Enjoy!

  • Street Fighter IV – In my mind THE trailer of the show. Simply amazing and I need to grab this remix of Ryu’s theme!!
  • Resident Evil 5 – With already seen a lot from the game at E3 and GC but just seeing Albert Wesker makes it all worthwhile.
  • Muramasa: The Demon Blade – One of the great surprises of TGS. The game comes from the developers of Odin Sphere and bares a similar gameplay. Plus it simply looks gorgeous.
  • Bayonetta – Devil May Cry meets Otaku fan service….and why not! Warning though: this trailer was made by guys, for guys.
  • Halo 3: Recon – You know Bungie can put out a great trailer and this is another one.
  • Otomedius Gorgeous – Ok this may look like another fan service game (this is TGS after all) but this actually looks like a very decent Shoot’em Up.
  • Nikuni: The Another World – Aside from the translation straight from 1986 this game combines Level 5 and what seems to be Studio Ghibli so one has to pay attention!
  • Gensou Suikoden Tierkreis – Finally a trailer for the new Suikoden! The game looks a bit different but still awesome.
  • Castlevania: Order of Ecclesia – Same basic formula, still as enjoyable.
  • Tales of Hearts – If there is one thing the Tales of have mastered it’s kick ass trailers! and this is… a kick ass trailer. By the way if you wanted the crap CG version, well… too bad.

So ther you have it, what my brains has retained from this year’s TGS.

October 14, 2008 Posted by | 360 News, DS News, PS3 News, PSP News, Video Game News, Wii News | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

GC 2008 Late Night Edition

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Since the Game Convention started in Leipzig today there’s a lot of stuff to cover so I’m going to summarize the most noteworthy announcements and link the best trailers only in HD.
Basically this is your one-stop Leipzig newsdesk.

Noteworthy Announcements:

  • New PSP 3000 will come out on October 15 and feature a better screen and built-in mic for $199
  • PS3 160G Hard Drive on October for $499, the 80G one will replace the current 40G
  • New 160G PS3 Uncharted Bundle featuring game, dualshock 3 and PAIN voucher for $499
  • EA is going to tackle Tennis games on Wii in 2009 taking advantage of the Wii Motion Plus
  • Banjo Kazooie: Nuts & Bolts will be released November 14 for $40
  • Fallout 3 will come out October 28 in North America and October 31 in Europe
  • Suikoden Tierkreis is a DS title
  • Chrono Trigger on the DS will come out November 25
  • The Sims 3 worldwide release February 20, 2009

Noteworthy Trailers and Footage:

August 21, 2008 Posted by | 360 News, DS News, Industry News, PC News, PS3 News, PSP News, Tech News, Video Game News, Wii News | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

08-08-08 (Hey It’s a Once in a Lifetime Thing Right Here!)

Diablo III Art Director Quits Blizzard

It’s funny to think that a bit more than a month ago the game wasn’t even confirmed. Since then we’ve some very good, if not great, trailers in typical Blizzard fashion. Then some fans were up in arms against what they called a brighter version of the game which looked more like Warcraft III than Diablo (obviously these fans had neither played Warcraft III or been to Lut Golein in a while) and launched a petition for a “darker Diablo III”.
This all seemed at least to me like another wishful thinking endeavor until Blizzard issued a statement earlier this week basically saying “Thank you for your passion about this project but this is what we’re doing and if you don’t like it…tough luck”. And then today we learn the the Art Director on the game, Brian Morrisroe, has quit and is to be replaced.
It appears that the official story is that the two events aren’t related and that he left because he wants to start his own company and the art direction will stay on course as planned. Funny how sometimes things that seem naturally related occur so close to each other and yet there is no connection whatsoever (Gamespot Vs. Jeff Gerstmann anyone?)

More LEGO Games on the Way

Jon Burton, president of Traveller’s Tales, has said that his studio has signed a deal with Warner Bros. to make more adaptations of their franchises. Considering the catalog of the movie studio could we see Superman, Harry Potter or The Matrix in all its cubic splendor soon?

New Suikoden?

Konami seems to be trying to block the Suikoden Tierkreis which should mean that a new game is coming. Whether it is a full-blown sequel, a port of past games on the DS or the PSP, or a different game altogether, remains to be seen.

Gears of War 2 Special Edition with Life-Size Lancer!

Following in the footsteps of Halo 3‘s Legendary Edition which came bundled with a somewhat underwhelming Spartan helmet replica, Epic Games is set to release an edition for $139.99 which will come bundled with the GoW staple weapon. The replica designed by NECA will need 3 ‘C’ batteries and will vibrate, produce chainsaw noise and feature a removable clip as well as adjustable side handle. Geek heaven on the way?

Fable II Pub Games Next Week

Microsoft announced today that the special feature will be available on August 13 for 800 points (you can also get it for free if you preorder the game). The casino type game has an interesting feature which allows you to transfer your gains into the main game when it’ll be released on October 21. This should help people get money since the only ways to gain money in Fable II will be to work or gamble, eschewing the money drops on animals and other unrealistic mobs.

August 8, 2008 Posted by | 360 News, Industry News, PC News, Video Game News | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 3 Comments