Archive for February, 2010

REVIEW: No More Heroes 2 Brings the Hardcore Violence Back to the Wii

The latest gaming news: No More Heroes 2: Desperate Struggle is the realization of worried mothers’ fears about games rotting young brains. If any game could be called pure sex, drugs and rock & roll, Desperate Struggle would be it. It is made by the wildly bizarre developers at Grasshopper Manufacture, lead by the charismatic Suda51, who is quoted as saying, “Being alone is very important. I go to the bathroom, I try to poop and then I will come up with a [videogame] idea.” Past titles from Grasshopper include the strange Killer7 on the Nintendo GameCube and Flower, Sun and Rain, the Groundhog’s Day of gaming on the PS2 and DS. They have a history of eschewing normal conventions of game design and trading them in for unique traits that make games memorable. Desperate Struggle keeps with that tradition.

The main character in Desperate Struggle, Travis Touchdown, is a brash, cocky frat boy that loves to shove his talent of killing people down his opponents’ throats. He has no remorse for slaying people where they stand and is as unlikeable as they come. The world he lives in, Santa Destroy, is a cold city where safety and peace are as fictional as green eggs and ham. In the beginning of the game, the only reason he is motivated to enter into another assassination tournament like the first game is because he wants to spend a night hanging from the chandeliers with the United Association of Assassins agent Silvia Christel, and not because his life was in danger or because it was the right thing to do, like many modern altruistic videogame heroes. If Travis were labeled in real-world context, he’d be a horny, 16 year-old boy Nerd Raging on Xbox Live. This site is updated several times each day with all latest Free Slim PS3 news and reviews.

Posted on February 28th, 2010 by  |  No Comments »

Slim PS3 news: Final Fantasy VII HD Remake? Impossible

Or at least improbable.
In an interview largely about Final Fantasy XIII, Yoshinori Kitase, the game’s producer stated that it was “unrealistic” to remake Final Fantasy VII with the glorious HD graphics of FFXIII.
Kitase explained that Final Fantasy XIII took three plus years to make, and due to the scope, Final Fantasy VII would take three to four times as long to create. That means in order to recreate a version of FFVII with the production values of FFXIII would be a decade, or so, long process. Unrealistic, seems to be an appropriate word.
It’s not that the interest isn’t there. Kitase mentioned that if the facilities and team existed that could crank out FFVII HD in a year, they’d certainly be into doing it.
So here’s hoping for a shift in the way animation is done, or some other magical tech falls from the sky that would make productions of a Final Fantasy game faster. Until such time, keep watching Advent Children… it’s as close as we are going to get to seeing Cloud and Co. in 1080p anytime soon.
[Source: Techdigest]
Final Fantasy VII HD Remake? Impossible originally appeared on About.com PlayStation Games on Saturday, February 20th, 2010 at 15:47:32.

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Posted on February 27th, 2010 by  |  No Comments »

Week-Ending Game Endings – 02.26.10 – Mega Man X

For this week’s week-ending game ending, I thought I would go with an old favorite, and a true classic…

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With any luck, this game will someday find its way on to the Wii’s Virtual Console. And with better luck, maybe Capcom of Japan will finally wise up and put the remake, Mega Man: Maverick Hunter X, on downloadable services such as Xbox LIVE Arcade and the PlayStation Network (and WiiWare, if it would fit), so a wider audience can play and appreciate it, hopefully paving the way for a sequel.

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Posted on February 27th, 2010 by  |  No Comments »

PS3 news: BioShock 2 Review

The sequel to one of the most memorable first-person shooters has you putting on the diving boots of a Big Daddy, the iconic thoughies of the original BioShock. But how does that fare?
BioShock 2 not only has you playing a bigger, badder character, but the game is expansive and grand… yet very, very familiar.
In my review I take a look at the return to Rapture and ask, does BioShock 2 live up to the legacy, or is it a soggy rehash?
BioShock 2 Review originally appeared on About.com PlayStation Games on Sunday, February 21st, 2010 at 00:19:39.

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Posted on February 27th, 2010 by  |  No Comments »

Nintendo To Publish Dragon Quest IX In Europe This Summer News

Nintendo has announced that it will be publishing the DS exclusive Dragon Quest IX in Europe this summer. This follows a similar announcement yesterday for the US market.

It seems the much delayed Square Enix title will eventually find its way to Western shores, albeit a year after Japan where it sold by the bucket loads last July.

Our last Dragon Quest IX news article, from way back in November 2008, speculated that gamers would be playing the new DS (i.e. the DSi) by the time the game eventually reached Europe. With the DSi launch now long gone, Dragon Quest IX is set to arrive after the DSi XL launch in the West next month.

What have we learnt? You’re better off waiting for a new DS console than you are a Dragon Quest Western release…

Source: VG247

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Posted on February 26th, 2010 by  |  No Comments »

PS3 news: Stereophonics Competition open now

The latest news:

You could meet the Stereophonics and get your hands on some signed merchandise, with SingStar.

To celebrate the Stereophonics’ upcoming gig in PlayStation Home, SingStar has some amazing signed goodies to give away.

The band have a fantastic SongPack waiting for you to download from the SingStore, packed with five great hits to rock out to. All you have to do is download the SongPack, and sing along to one of their songs.

When you’ve perfected your vocals and air guitar routine, record your performance with the PlayStation Eye camera. Then upload it to My SingStar Online for the judges to see. It’s easy to join My SingStar Online through the PlayStation Network.

The Stereophonics competition closes on 11 March, so make sure you submit your entry before then.

The top ten finalists will receive signed merchandise from the band, and will also be invited to attend a VIP meet and greet session in PlayStation Home. The Stereophonics will then choose three winners who will get their hands on some fantastic extra prizes.

Download the Stereophonics SongPack now for a chance to win some great prizes, and then make sure you attend their exclusive two week gig in PlayStation Home between 25 March and 8 April.

Please make sure that you have read and understood the Terms and Conditions before entering this competition. For full details go to SingStarGame.com.

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Posted on February 25th, 2010 by  |  No Comments »

Alpha Protocol Creeps Up On May 28th Release News – Console news

Alpha Protocol has been delayed for so long that its original near-future storyline has since become the near-past. Nonetheless, we’re sure that a QA tester somewhere in a dark corner of Obsidian’s studio is hurriedly changing any of the game’s references to the year 2009 (its original setting) with 2010, thereby retaining its near-future credentials.

Whatever the case, SEGA has just confirmed a European release date of May 28th for the espionage infiltrated RPG, which essentially marks the game’s second big delay on its tumultuous path to release. Originally scheduled for an early 2009 release, Alpha Protocol was then pushed to October 2009, and then spring 2010.

“Alpha Protocol offers a new take on the RPG genre giving players the chance to immerse themselves in the world of modern day espionage,” said Gary Knight, European Marketing Director of SEGA Europe. “Being the first ever RPG in this setting, Obsidian has written a truly immersive storyline with a cast of characters everyone will remember.”

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Posted on February 25th, 2010 by  |  No Comments »

Slim PS3 news: Darksiders developer video interview

The latest PS3 news:

eu.playstation.com has a chat with comic book legend and creative director of Darksiders, Joe Madureira, about the post-apocalyptic adventure on PlayStation 3.

Exploding from publisher THQ and developer Vigil Games, action adventure title Darksiders thrusts you into a world where the Apocalypse has prematurely erupted. And only you can find out why by taking up the sword of the first of the Four Horsemen, War.

In this exclusive video feature you can peek behind the scenes of the game with its creative director, Joe Madureira, who became a successful and popular artist in the comic book industry through his work on titles such as X-Men and Battle Chasers.

And this is just the start – if you want to give the hellishly hot action of Darksiders a try, why not download the demo from PlayStation Store now?

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Posted on February 25th, 2010 by  |  No Comments »

PS3 news: Sony: Wii Sends Third-Party Developers to PS3

Following up on Sony’s bash of Microsoft yesterday, SCEA Senior Vice President of Publisher Relations Rob Dyer evidently also had a few words to say about Nintendo’s current offerings. Dyer believes that the domination of first-party videogame sales on the Wii turns third-parties off to the system and has brought them over to Sony’s PlayStation 3 instead.

“What publishers have said is they’re not going to spend the resources on Wii,” he asserts. “In the past, it was ‘Look how hot the Wii is,’ or ‘Look how hot the DS is,’ and ‘We should put resources there.’ They did that and realized, ‘You know what, third-party product just doesn’t sell on that platform.”

This realization is only a boon to the PlayStation 3, according to Dyer. “So now they’re taking those resources, coming back to us and saying, ‘Sony we’re going to be able to provide you with that exclusive content,’ or ‘We’re going to put more engineers on it and figure out to maximize the Blu-ray and get more out of PS3.’ That’s what we’re seeing now.” I like how Dyer is basically saying that third-parties tell Sony: “Well, nobody buys third-party games on the Wii, so I guess we’ll try your complicated-ass system and see how that works.” PlayStation 3 games must require at least 50% more engineers than Wii games.

In Dyer’s opinion, “Unless [third-party developers have] a particular franchise that’s worked well on the Wii, you don’t see a lot of innovative new IP coming out on that platform.” He’s right, thought I’m not sure Nintendo can do anything to fix the problem. People buy Nintendo games because they are the easy casual buy when walking into a store, and they are also fun for the hardcore. When any gamer looks at a wall of Wii games, finding something good is like searching for a needle in a mountain of poop. Nobody can stop publishers from cloning mini-game collections, or from naming and packaging them in a way that makes them look fun, when in reality they are the blights of the current videogame industry. The Wii has a reputation for crap, so even if a good game comes out on the system, it’s associated with the same crap as everything else.

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Posted on February 24th, 2010 by  |  No Comments »

The Mighty Decider

Folks who live on the other side of the pond (we’re talking about being in the UK) will definitely have heard of the globally acclaimed British sketch comedy sensations, The Mighty Boosh. Well, The Mighty Boosh and Tribal Games have come together with the latter being a mobile games developer, having worked on a new game known as The Mighty Decider. This new app is capable of delivering what this indecisive world has been waiting for – a life management tool which is capable of helping one in the decision making process while offering hour after hour of entertainment for any social network.

Boosh fans across the globe will revel in the fact they can turn to the quirky and surreal Boosh universe at a moment’s notice to assist in their life choices. Just as compelling for those not yet familiar with the Boosh, The Mighty Decider is the perfect introduction to the inventive and fantastical act of nature known as The Mighty Boosh. The Mighty Decider is now available worldwide from the App store for the iPhone, iPod Touch or iPad. To download The Mighty Decider, go to www.mightydecider.com.

We sure as heck hope that government leaders won’t do anything silly like making decision on going to war using The Mighty Decider as much as they would like to. Celebrities themselves can now reach out to the “Crack Fox” and “Flip a Coin” to decide which scripts to accept, while couples and admirers can participate in a little bit of “Spin the Bottle” with a special love potion hand-mixed by “Bob Fossil”. As for the ordinary Joe on the street, he can head on to “Naboo The Enigma” and have him read his fortune.

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Posted on February 24th, 2010 by  |  No Comments »