Daily Archives: August 18, 2009
Tue, Aug 18, 2009 | 23:55 BST
EA has just sent us over some rocking Mass Effect 2 screens.
Nice to look at they are.
We have them after the break.
Tell the wife to go hide while you enjoy yourself.
Tue, Aug 18, 2009 | 23:42 BST
A new Dragon Age: Origins video was shown by Ray Muzyka during EA’s press event today at GamesCom.
We have it posted for you below the fold courtesy of BigDownload.
The video reveals the origins of the Darkspawn and how the Grey Wardens were formed to fight back all the evil.
Game’s out in November for the PC, PS3 and Xbox 360.
Tue, Aug 18, 2009 | 23:31 BST
Sony has released videos for both the Digital Reader and PSP minis.
We have both posted after the break courtesy of Joystiq.
For now, the Digital Reader is for comics only, but who knows what the future holds. Digital copies of Wuthering Heights, The Doppelganger or Atonement may not be just a pipe dream folks. We’ll have to wait and see.
Minis are expected to launch with the Go on October 1. Yay.
Tue, Aug 18, 2009 | 23:16 BST
Details on Persona 3 PSP’s downsized upgrade are finally* starting to roll in, and the game’s looking like much more than a simple port.
Most notably, all that female main character jazz is choice-driven. At the game’s outset, you decide rather you want to be a soft-skinned, purty-lookin’ Japanese girl or a boy who, well, looks just about as a pretty as his female counterpart.
Depending on your main character’s gender, certain events within the game’s story will change. For instance, if you charge out the gates as a girl, a male attendant replaces Elizabeth in the shadowy Velvet Room.
Other changes include new difficulty levels, more effiecient methods of travel, and the ability to directly control your party members in battle.
The game’s launching day and date with the PSP Go in Japan. Odds are, it’ll reach our shores eventually, but for now, Atlus isn’t talking.
*It’s been, like, less than a day since it was announced. We’re very impatient when it comes to Persona, it would seem.
Tue, Aug 18, 2009 | 23:18 BST
Activision’s Bobby Kotick, has told The Economist that despite criticism that the company is too dependent on exploiting franchises, many gamers feel the opposite.
“A small segment of very vocal gamers say everything has to be new and different every year,” he told the site. “Actually, people are happy with existing franchises, provided you innovate within them.”
The trick, according to Kotick, is to strike a balance “between the familiarity of a trusted brand and ‘innovative and inspiring’ new features.”
Guitar Hero 5 is out in September.
Tue, Aug 18, 2009 | 23:10 BST
The official Gran Turismo 5 website has updated with some brand new info and screens for you to feast on. However, the info is in Japanese on the game’s website. Luckily, GTPlanet has the info translated for you already.
Here’s what you’ll get when the game releases:
- 1,000 vehicles in the game
- 80 courses in the game. 60 revealed with another 20 to be revealed
- YouTube support
Those are just some of the gameplay features in the game. Go through the link to find out more.
It’s in Cologne this week for journalists to get their hands on it. It could potentially be out by Christmas.
Tue, Aug 18, 2009 | 22:58 BST
A new trailer for Ju-On: The Grudge has surfaced on the net.
It’s the Euro trailer, and it’s after the break.
Game’s out in October for Wii on both sides of the pond.
Tue, Aug 18, 2009 | 22:58 BST
Tue, Aug 18, 2009 | 22:51 BST
Or at least, they’re as family friendly as God of War screens get. No blood, entrails, or cyclops-turned-no-clops in sight. Just Kratos and a big, mean monster man striking poses at each other.
There are also a couple shots of Kratos attempting to fly in a cave, which strikes us as counterproductive.
See them all over at Shacknews.
Tue, Aug 18, 2009 | 22:44 BST
Ubisoft has announced Silent Hunter 5 at GamesCom for PC.
Currently in the works at its Romanian studio, it’s expected to be released in 2010 and to continue the realistic submarine combat sim series by being set in the Atlantic and Mediterranean. Players will be able to take control of both Allied subs and German U-Boats during World War II.
A first for the strategy-sim series will be the ability to view the action in first-person view and will also allow players to simulate life inside the boats by interacting with crew members and give them duties.
We have a trailer of it posted after the break courtesy of D’toid.
Tue, Aug 18, 2009 | 22:32 BST
Just as Endrant Studios finished pushing Wolfenstein out the door, the big bad wolf that is financial troubles came and blew the developer’s house down. Or part of it, anyway.
“We have recently completed a development cycle and have regrettably been forced to make adjustments to staff and headcounts,” a company rep told GamesIndustry.biz.
“Those affected are valued members of our team who have worked incredibly hard on our latest title. We hope that they land on their feet quickly.”
Wolfenstein was the (formerly) 17-person team’s first game. We join the rest of Endrant in hoping those who now find themselves unemployed don’t stay that way for long.
Tue, Aug 18, 2009 | 22:26 BST
A SCEE rep has confirmed to VG247 that the PSP Go will retail in the UK for £224.99.
It comes as the platform holder gutted the price of the fat Playstation 3 tonight down to £249, while also sticking on the same price tag for the newly revealed PS3 Slim.
We see some special bundles coming for this and the PS3 Slim.
Tue, Aug 18, 2009 | 22:29 BST
Some very lovely shots of the slim can be seen over on Flickr.
The folks at Sony brought a slim to the offices of the PlayStation: The Official Magazine and that’s basically what you’ll see. Lovely photos of the thing.
Did we mention that it was lovely? No? Well it is lovely.
There’s also a video of GamesRadar and PTOM opening the box after the break.
Tue, Aug 18, 2009 | 21:49 BST
Amazon UK is now taking preorders for PS3 Slim.
Says it’s 32 percent smaller, 36 percent lighter and consumes 34 percent less power than the original.
Has it up for £249.99 coming out September 4.
By the way, only five units per household, so that means you can put 4 on eBay like the Wii fiasco, remember?
Tue, Aug 18, 2009 | 21:51 BST
Guitaroo Man dev legend Mitsuru Nakamura and Harmonix boss Alex Rigopulos have both given clear indications that instrumentless music games are on the way with a bomb, speaking at a GamesCom Microsoft after-party tonight.
“First of all it’s very, very exciting,” Nakamura said of Natal. “I think we all feel the same way,” he added, indicating the Rock Band boss, saying the Microsoft system “has the big potential” to “be the broadening interface” in the next wave of games.
“I think peripherals until now have tried to make the experience of making music a lot simpler,” he added.
“With Natal we’re try to [it] one step further” and let the player “feel empowered when they stand in front of the device.”
Rigopulos went further.
“I think an interface like that will change people perceptions of what games are, he said, saying Natal will, on a “very deep psychological level,” affect how people view games in general.
Molyneux up next. Fancy a bit of Milo?
Tue, Aug 18, 2009 | 21:40 BST
Tue, Aug 18, 2009 | 21:36 BST
Tue, Aug 18, 2009 | 21:28 BST
Harmonix boss Alex Rigopulos said in Cologne tonight that creating Rock Band content is now just part and parcel of route to market for many serious musicians.
“It turns out that many major artists have taken advantage and are moving quickly to bring content to the platform,” said Rigopulos in a talk and Microsoft’s HQ in the city.
“Creating Rock Band levels is just part of what they do now.”
Rock Band Network, an open service to allow musicians to upload their own tracks for play by others was a measured move “in order to eliminate Harmonix as a bottleneck,” said the exec.
He banged on about Natal for a bit. Instrumentless Rock Band confirmed.
Tue, Aug 18, 2009 | 21:21 BST
Comedian Danny Wallace has lent his voice to Assassin’s Creed II.
His likeness and voice will appear as Shaun Hastings a guide and source of information for the player.
“When the UK suggested Danny to us, we were completely open to the idea,” said script writer Corey May. “Danny has been fantastic to work with, and his manner and particular style of humor has worked out perfect for the role of Shaun.”
“Going right back to my days of working on Sega Power, I’ve always been a keen gamer, and being involved – and actually being in a game like Assassin’s Creed II is amazing! I have to say, I’m rather excited,” said Wallace. This should make more than a few rather happy at the news.
More over on CVG.
Tue, Aug 18, 2009 | 21:17 BST
Yesterday, Sony let the cat out of the sack concerning a Game of the Year edition of LittleBigPlanet, topped off with such bonuses as 18 new levels and a ModNation Racers beta code. One problem, though: the announcement only mentioned a North American release for the game.
We asked Sony about this glaring omission, and — unfortunately — were told that Europe’s just going to have to make do with the plain jane version of LBP, as there are “no plans” for a European GOTY edition.
“Unfortunately there are no plans currently to release a LBP GOTY edition,” Sony UK’s Laura Bentham told VG247.
Cue that totally heartbreaking Sackboy cry-face. You know the one.