Daily Archives: August 19, 2009
Wed, Aug 19, 2009 | 23:56 BST
Fallout 3′s through. Over and done. So, what bomb is Bethesda dropping on the videogame world next? Well, we don’t really know. And Bethesda’s not telling. For now, anyway.
However, MTV Multiplayer sends word that we’ll hear something from Bethesda “in the next month or so.” What will it be? Well, according to Pete Hines, it won’t be an iPhone project or Todd Howard and co.’s next big thing.
Perhaps it’s that Wii game we’ve been waiting so long to hear about?
Wed, Aug 19, 2009 | 23:49 BST
New screens for BUZZ! Quiz World for PSP showed up over on Eurogamer today.
The PSP version features online infrastructure support, over 3,000 new general knowledge questions in a larger single player mode, and players can also access MyBUZZ! content on-the-go.The game will also be supported post-launch with additional PSP-specific expansion Quiz Packs available on the PlayStation Store.
Also to made available, is the PS3 version which includes over 5,000 new questions, enhanced online multiplayer “Sofa vs. Sofa” action, along with new rounds and characters set in a new TV-studio setting.
It’s expected to be released just in time for the holidays.
Go have a look at the screens.
Wed, Aug 19, 2009 | 23:35 BST
Steam has added some Interplay titles to its download catalog.
Now, users of the service can purchase Fallout and Fallout 2 along with Fallout Tactics: Brotherhood of Steel, Kingpin: Life of Crime, and Sacrifice.
For the next week, you can get each one for 10 percent off the normal price as well.
“We are excited to offer the millions of Steam customers online access to Interplay titles beginning with some jewels of our classic PC catalog priced below $10,” said Interplay CEO Herve Caen.
“Interplay is committed to delivering the best quality titles to PC gamers and distribution on Steam is one of the many steps we are taking to increase accessibility to our content for fans around the world.”
Full press release through the jump.
Wed, Aug 19, 2009 | 23:21 BST
Playlogic has announced that Fairytale Fights will release on October23 and 27 for PS3 and Xbox 360 in the UK and US, respectively.
Using the Unreal 3 Engine and inspired by cartoons like Happy Tree Friends and Itchy and Scratchy, the game takes characters and tales from well known fairytales and makes them more macabre. Players must fight their way through “hordes of bloodthirsty enemies on a quest to restore their own personal honor and re-establish peace in the land of fairytales.”
Players can also cooperatively complete quests in the single-player storyline or multiplayer battles with up to 4 others with over 100 weapons, and DLC is expected to be released on a regular basis post launch.
The game will also be made available for PC in 2010.
Full press release is below, and D’toid has a hands-on preview if you would like to have a look.
Wed, Aug 19, 2009 | 23:09 BST
CVG‘s gotten a quick peek at Lego Rock Band on this Nintendo DS, and apparently, it’s even more family friendly than the main versions of the game.
For one thing, “suggestive lyrics” will be absent from the game. Songs included on the DS’s surprisingly capable cart are Ruby by the Kaiser Chiefs, Monster by The Automatic and Ray Parker Jr’s theme from Ghostbusters.
The game includes an ad hoc multiplayer mode, and its single-player functions similarly to that of Rock Band Unplugged.
More through the link.
Wed, Aug 19, 2009 | 22:55 BST
New screens for South Park: Let’s Go Tower Defense Play popped up on the net, courtesy of Shack.
To be made available on October 7, it’s exactly as the name suggests. A tower defense game.
What could be better than a game starring a fat fascist, a bleeding heart, a poor pervert in a hoodie and a kid whose Dad holds the record for the largest poo?
Dunno really, but we’ll find out soon enough.
Wed, Aug 19, 2009 | 22:42 BST
Wed, Aug 19, 2009 | 22:22 BST
Assassin’s Creed: Discovery is real. We’re sure now. The ESRB has spoken, and it doesn’t lie. Ever. Here’s the ESRB’s description of the game, courtesy of GoNintendo.
“This is a side-scrolling action game, set during the Renaissance, in which players assume the role of an assassin fighting against an enemy group known as the Templars. Players traverse rooftops and alleyways, employ stealth attacks to kill targets, and engage in combat by using swords and throwing daggers.”
“The stealth attacks represent the most intense instanced of violence and usually require players to sneak up on targets unnoticed. When players stab enemies in the back or chest, a blade unsheathing noise can be heard as the target falls to the ground and disappears.”
So that’s that.
Wed, Aug 19, 2009 | 22:27 BST
SCEE president Andrew House has told VG247 that initial feedback for PSPgo has been positive, and the consumers who hop on board first will benefit.
“I think, clearly, there is a delta there between PSPgo and the existing PSP-3000. We’ve received, to date, some tremendous anecdotal feedback on the form factor and the sheer sexiness of the device which I think bodes well for its launch.
“We, at least for Europe, were very keen to put an initial offer in place that would reward the consumer who jumps on board first. Therefore, I think the offer that we announced yesterday, that those initial purchasers will be able to get GT for PSP absolutely free. I think that goes a long way to addressing that.
“We’re also looking at some other plans further down the line that will come together for launch around people who have existing UMD libraries and what we can do to incentivize those as well. So, I think that and a combination of what is a really very attractive portable device leaves us feeling fairly confident where we are right now.”
Go through the link for the full interview.
Wed, Aug 19, 2009 | 21:40 BST
Microsoft’s put out 22 new screens of Halo 3: ODST. Some maybe new, some may not be, you decide.
Catch them over at Eurogamer.
Game’s out from Bungie on September 22nd.
Wed, Aug 19, 2009 | 22:21 BST
SCEE president, Andrew House, has said that Sony would like to knock down the price of PS3 to the same £199 price point PS2 saw during its peak last generation.
However, that is providing the decision to lower the cost that much was within the boundaries of “sensible business”.
“If we could get to a more aggressive price point within the boundaries of sensible business, absolutely would we wish to do that? Yes, we would,” he told VG247 exclusively during GamesCom.
“We have to deal with an exchange regiment that is-what-it-is right now, and not something that we are obviously in control of. I also think, as well, that that we have – let’s not forget – a great line-up of content coming for PS3 this year that I think will be very motivating and I think what we are also trying to do – we spent a lot of time yesterday very deliberately talking about the network – talking about what we are doing to improve, refresh, and add more capabilities to the network.”
As far as making a splash during this holiday season, House believes with the recent announcement of the movies on demand service along with the size of PSN, Sony is in good shape.
“What I hope is starting to become very apparent with PS3, is that the network has a larger community that you can engage with because there are more services, more things that you can do – access to movies now coming in November – and we are adding value to the existing PS3 owner as well.
“I think, will put us in reasonably good shape for this holiday.”
You can read the full interview through the link.
Wed, Aug 19, 2009 | 21:25 BST
Beatles: Rock band getting three more albums in 2009, Rock Band adding Queen, Nirvana, every song ever
Harmonix gave the business to GamesCom this year in the form of a colossal cacophony of Rock Band news.
First up, the world’s rockin’-est game developer announced that The Beatles: Rock Band has three DLC albums lined up for the rest of 2009, with Abbey Road coming in October, Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band in November, and Rubber Soul in December. You’ll also be able to jam to Abbey Road’s full 16-minute B-side as one continuous track. Rock on… and on and on and on.
Don’t think Rock Band and Rock Band 2 missed out on the fun, though. Harmonix announced that Queen, Nirvana, Tom Petty, Elton John, Iggy Pop, The White Stripes, Pantera, Talking Heads, Korn, The Raconteurs and more (!) are taking their tours into Rock Band’s virtual world.
The full press release is after the break.
Wed, Aug 19, 2009 | 21:20 BST
Bethesda’s put live three brand new shots of Splash Damage’s Brink.
It has to be said – they look incredi-fucking-ble.
The screens are at Eurogamer.
Nathan interviewed the developer last week at QuakeCon. You’ll hopefully get the interview soon.
Wed, Aug 19, 2009 | 20:56 BST
There will be no multiplayer Beta for Modern Warfare 2, according to Activision.
Speaking with CVG at Gamescom, the publisher said it had no plays to release a Beta for the sequel, as it it did for the original.
Guess the first one was a big enough hit as it was, we reckon.
It’s out on November 10.
Wed, Aug 19, 2009 | 20:53 BST
Konami had their GC press conference today and none other then creator of the MGS series, the motherfucking man himself, Hideo Kojima was there.
He was there to demo Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker and it’s co-op abillites for the game.
Kojima started off by showing the brand new trailer for the game, which you can find after the jump.
He then went on to say that, while co-op for the game is not like the recently released Monster Hunter: Freedom Unite, it does require a similar amount of teamwork.
Some of the co-op gameplay features shown in the demo included CPR, walking in tandem, hide in cardboard boxes together and back-to-back shooting. And before you know it, the demo was over.
There is more info at Kotaku.
Meanwhile, Konami have sent us ten brand new shots of the game. Them, and the trailer, are after the jump.
Wed, Aug 19, 2009 | 20:47 BST
Are you drunk on David Cage yet? Of course not! You need one more shot of his strongest words, and we’re here to provide that for you.
Speaking at GamesCom, Cage told VG247 that Heavy Rain’s gone beyond the limits of what you’d typically call a “videogame.”
“[It's] something that is not really a videogame anymore. It’s fully interactive; I’m not talking about that. But in the matter of format, objectives, and the way it works, it’s not really a videogame anymore,” he said.
“So all the rules that have been defined by this industry to promote games, like trade shows and demos, you have to ask yourself if it’s really the type of thing worth doing.”
Well, that’s enough Cage for us. We’re off to lose our last three day’s worth of lunches behind a dumpster now. But we’re lightweights. You, though — you want more. We can see the look in your eyes, the fire. Go read the rest of the interview. Do what we couldn’t.
Wed, Aug 19, 2009 | 20:45 BST
Sega loves us today, so much so it sent over some Aliens vs Predator shots, which are below the page break.
Not near as sexy as Bayonetta, but then again this is two totally different games we’re talking about here.
One is a witch who wears her hair as clothing, the other are beings from outer space that like to kill in the most painful way possible.
Hopefully you see the difference.
Game’s out next year.
Wed, Aug 19, 2009 | 20:35 BST
Speaking with VG247 at GamesCom, Quantic Dream’s David Cage said that, while his company might drizzle out a demo of Heavy Rain, it won’t be easy.
“[A demo]’s currently in discussion. So yeah, that’s a possibility. At the same time, though, it’s difficult to find one scene that will represent the game and do justice to it,” he told us.
“It’s like asking a movie director, ‘Can you show me two minutes of your movie that will show what the movie’s about?’ Well yeah, I can show you a teaser, but if I show you two minutes from the movie, it’s very difficult to understand the atmosphere and what’s going on.”
This article’s basically a demo of the full interview. Are you having a hard time figuring out the atmosphere of our chat with David? Then why not read the full thing?
Wed, Aug 19, 2009 | 20:32 BST
The first game isn’t out yet, but there’s already a possibility of Heavy Rain 2, right?
Don’t count your chickens yet.
Quantic Dream’s David Cage has told VG247 that he isn’t “sure” there will be one. But why is Heavy Rain 2, or for that matter Fahrenheit 2, most likely not gonna happen?
“I’m not sure there will be a Heavy Rain 2. I’m not a guy who does sequels, because, when you work on a story, you have something to say. It’s a response to a moment of your life and what you want to express,” he admitted.
“But it’s the same reason I didn’t want to do a Fahrenheit 2, because I got the feeling I said what I had to say on the story and the characters. And with Heavy Rain, it’s pretty much the same. I feel the same way.”
We’re sad now. And we haven’t played the first game yet.
Heavy Rain is out in 2010 for Playstation 3. Read our full interview with David Cage here.
Wed, Aug 19, 2009 | 20:21 BST
During an interview with VG247 at GamesCom, the main brain behind Heavy Rain, David Cage, spoke of his admiration for Sony’s PS3.
“It’s incredible — all the things you can do with it. I mean, you can have a video conference. It’s a media center. It connects to your PC and allows you to use your movies and your songs. It’s just insane. I’m not sure when people compare consoles, they compare the same things. It’s a Blu-Ray player. It does so many things. It’s truly a fantastic machine,” he exclaimed.
“And I’m not saying that just because [an SCEE guy] is behind me,” he added. “Honestly, I really think it.”
Obviously, then, it’s not much of a stretch to say that Cage is excited about the recent PS3 price drop. He told us that it’ “is really the right price now.”
Read the full interview for more.