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Tue, Aug 18, 2009 | 14:07 BST
Mark Rein’s spent the last few days at Realtime World’s offices in Dundee, Scotland, playing what-Dave-Jones-did-next MMO, APB.
Want to know what it’s like? The Epic VP gave us an exclusive overview of what to expect at GDC Europe today. Hit the link.
Sat, Aug 15, 2009 | 22:17 BST
Over on the official forums for Call of Duty: World at War, Treyarch’s community manager, Josh Olin has said that not only is Map Pack 3 currently in the works for PC, but so is a patch.
Here’s the post:
As with the previous two Map Packs, Map Pack 3 will indeed be coming to the PC – the team is hard at work on it and I’ll let you know when it’s in test.
As such, there will be a Patch 1.6 as well, which will address some additional game issues. When I have details on what else will be included in the patch I will be sure to post them.
We appreciate your patience as always, and look forward to its release as much as you do!”
Good to know.
Wed, Aug 05, 2009 | 18:43 BST
GamesCom’s just around the corner and Activision, Electronic Arts, and Square Enix have all revealed a list of games that will be present for the event.
- Activision: Bakugan, Band Hero, Blur, DJ Hero, Guitar Hero 5, Modern Warfare 2, and Tony Hawk RIDE.
- EA: APB, Army of Two: The 40th Day, Battlefield Bad Company 2, Brutal Legend, Command & Conquer 4, Dante’s Inferno, Dead Space Extraction, Dragon Age: Origins, FIFA 10, Mass Effect 2, MySims Agents, Need for Speed SHIFT, Need for Speed NITRO, NHL, RAGE, The Beatles: Rock Band, The Saboteur, and Tiger Woods Online.
- Square Enix: Batman: Arkham Asylum, Dissidia Final Fantasy, Final Fantasy XIII, Final Fantasy XIV, Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days, Mini Ninjas, Order of War and Supreme Commander 2.
Huge bunch of games, there. Be on the look out for Sony’s list soon.
We will be there through the whole shebang with interviews, live-blogging, the works – so stick with us during the event.
Fri, Jul 24, 2009 | 17:44 BST
Dogmeat almost never made it into the Fallout series because of the tech involved, according to an interview posted over on The Escapist.
The developers also never realized how popular he would turn out to be or the lengths players went through to keep him alive.
“We never expected that Dogmeat would become such a popular character,” said lead designer Chris Taylor. “I always intended that the various NPCs that joined up with the player would come to a violent end.
“I was shocked when I heard of all the work people went through to keep Dogmeat alive to the end – especially the hell that they went through with the force fields in the Military Base.”
The developers also state that the inspiration for Dogmeat came from A Boy and His Dog and, obviously, The Road Warrior.
More about the pup is through the link.
Tue, Jul 21, 2009 | 16:27 BST
Croteam boss Roman Ribaric won’t be drawn on any specifics about Serious Sam 3 as it’s “too early.” However, he will say that the cartoony look of old has been dropped.
“”I can’t yet reveal any new features on Serious Sam 3, as it’s still too early,” Ribaric told Eurogamer.
“However, I believe Serious Sam fans would want to hear the following two things. First, Serious Sam 3 will play like the original Serious Sam. And second, we’ll leave the cartoony look behind.
“As for standing up to other games: simply, if it’s good to play, it’s good to play,” He went on.
“Serious Sam games belong to their own unique fast-paced FPS genre and should best be compared to previous Serious Sam games.”
Serious Sam 3 has no date or platforms as yet.
Wed, Jun 10, 2009 | 15:17 BST
The Dante’s Inferno website received an update yesterday, and will every month on the ninth to commemorate the nine circles of Hell in the game.
Yesterday’s updates include a video with executive producer Jonathan Knight during E3 chatting about the show and reaction to the game.
Visceral Games has also added a blog to the site, and a new developer diary video describing Limbo, and we have that for you after the break.
Game’s out next year.
Tue, Jun 02, 2009 | 22:34 BST
The E3 trailer for No More Heroes 2: Desperate Struggle has been released.
NMH2 continues the tale of punk anti-hero Travis Touchdown, who finds himself at the bottom of the United Assassins Association rankings and must wage war to become the No. 1 assassin once again.
Ubisoft is to publish it, and it’s out for Wii in early 2010.
Eurogamer Germany has the trailer. Go watch.
Wed, May 27, 2009 | 15:43 BST
Tecmo Bowl Wii is on hold and has been replaced by Family Fun Football, which was announced last Friday, Tecmo said today.
The game is still slated to hit Xbox Live Arcade in early 2010, though, so don’t be too terribly sad.
“As much as we’d like to say this [Family Fun Football] is a completely different game, it did start out as the ‘Tecmo Bowl Wii’ project,” a Tecmo spokesperson told G4.
“However, given the recent trend on the Wii and its target audience, Tecmo made a business decision to switch the project into a family oriented football game. So then what happens to Tecmo Bowl? For now, we’re focusing on bringing Tecmo Bowl to the Xbox LIVE Arcade early 2010.”
No details for the XBL version were given, but is expected to be shown at E3.
Wed, May 27, 2009 | 07:15 BST
It’s a Metal Gear game, OK? The Kojima teaser site‘s timer ended last night to reveal another time and a picture of Big Boss.
In case you’re still unconvinced, the latest Famitsu is showing Big Boss and Raiden in its pages, alongside shots of the site and the letters “MGS”.
The site is now counting down to 3.00pm PST on Sunday, May 31.
Kojima’s teasing skills wouldn’t seem out of place in an expert brothel. We’ll know everything next week.
Mon, May 25, 2009 | 12:10 BST
In an interview with the Major, Infinity Ward’s Rob “FourZeroTwo” Bowling has said that there are currently 13 million unique Xbox Live users that have sampled Call of Duty: Modern Warfare’s multiplayer modes.
“The thing we learned the most [from Modern Warfare 1] was how much focus goes into multiplayer,” said Rob when asked about what the team has learned from the first game and will be carrying through to Modern Warfare 2.
“I mean, Call of Duty 4 on Xbox Live just exploded. Right now we’re at 13 million unique users on 360 and that’s insane.
“The focus that goes into multiplayer…and that’s why community specifically, is such a tent pole for Modern Warfare 2.”
Earlier this month, Act-Blizz said in its Q1 earnings call that Call of Duty: Modern Warfare had sold 13 million worldwide across all platforms.
A deluge of new Modern Warfare 2 media was released overnight, including a mouth-watering new trailer. Take a look.
Mon, May 25, 2009 | 09:53 BST
BioWare’s released issue #7 of it’s Star Wars: Old Republic build-up web comic entitled Threat of Peace.
The MMO is shaping up rather nicely, and these we comics do a good job of keeping the thirst for more media well and truly quenched.
Mon, May 25, 2009 | 12:31 BST
Australian site OXCGN has details on a rather spiffing-sounding 360 Gears of War bundle set for release down under on June 4.
The limited edition Gears of War bundle will include an Xbox 360 Pro console, both Gears of War 1 & 2 and a shiny red box all for just $449 Australian (€250).
No idea whether EU or US will get it. We’ll check tomorrow.
Press release after the break.
Mon, May 18, 2009 | 16:22 BST
EA, MTV and Harmonix have now given us the Euro date for Rock Band Unplugged on PSP.
It’s scheduled to hit our shores on June 19th, which is just ten days after the US release.
Full track listing through the link.
Sat, Apr 25, 2009 | 14:31 BST
The newest video for Alpha Protocol highlights the dynamic dialog included in the game and gives you a walkthrough of an early stage that takes place in Moscow.
Obsidian’s spy-RPG is looking more interesting to us all the time.
It’s out for PC, PS3 and 360 in October.
Wed, Mar 11, 2009 | 23:34 GMT
Recently the music composer for Harry Potter and Red Alert 3, James Hannigan, sat down with the BBC and chatted about the challenges that come with composing music for games.
Hannigan says the main challenge is writing for scenes that he has not personally viewed, which is never the case with television or movies. Games, especially, do not follow a “conventional linear narrative” and the composition between third- and first-person offerings is a completely different thing all together.
In first-person games, he said, “You’re sending out the message that this is you, this is your eyes and ears,” and more prominent music could “conflict” with the immersion in a first-person game.
Third-person, however, is approached differently.
“You’re in control, but there’s also a sense that you’re part of an interactive audience,” he said. “So there is room to have more manipulative music that treats you at least partly as an audience”.
Hannigan also mentioned that he is thrilled that game music gets the younger generations interested in classical music.
Full thing over on BBC.
Fri, Mar 06, 2009 | 23:12 GMT
World of Goo, the award winning physics based puzzle/construction game is now available on Steam for $4.99.
If you don’t have it already, go get it if you feel like dropping “living, squirming, talking, globs of goo to build structures, bridges, cannonballs, zeppelins, and giant tongues.”
Wow. Thanks, Heitzu.
Wed, Feb 11, 2009 | 23:19 GMT
Activision Q4 2008 numbers are rolling in. Here’s what we know so far.
- Reported a net loss of $72 million, or 5 cents a share.
- Adjusted revenue was $2.3 billion which was much more than they predicted, and more than $2.15 billion which Wall Street estimated.
- Forecasting a 2009 adjusted profit of 61 cents per share for adjusted revenue of $4.7 billion for 2009 (includes negative impact of $400 million from a stronger US dollar).
- Guitar Hero World Tour and Call of Duty: World at War games were the No. 1 and No. 2 console games, respectively, in North America and Europe in the fourth quarter, according to NPD.
- World of Warcraft was the top-selling PC game in those regions 2008.
Call is still on going so more will be announced soon, so stick with us.